Instructions for Assembling TABS for the K.O.I. Guide

We have received several requests to make things easier to find in the Guides.  We’re hoping that the tabs will do that.

Inventory – what you’ll receive and what you’ll need to buy
• Section locating pages – 24 pages, included in Supplement #5
• Colored tabs –   included with Supplement #5
• Tab identifiers –  numbers and words printed on transparent film, included with Supplement #5
• Scotch Magic Mending tape (3/4” wide) – to be furnished by Guide owner (that would be you)

Planning your project
We suggest that you first read these entire instructions and then plan your project.  There are some tips and alternatives that are given throughout the instructions and knowing them ahead of any assembly will allow you to make better choices.

Please note that we have included a variety of tab colors (∼8@ of 3 different colors).  And, we have also included two sets of 24 numbers plus various words and abbreviations intended as section identifiers.  Also, please note that when you’re done with this project, you’ll have lots of “left-overs” so don’t worry that not everything is used.  We just wanted to give you lots of choices.  We’re so nice to you <LOL>.

Note of caution: the laser black-type printing on the transparent film for the identifiers can be smudged.  As you handle the film, please be careful not to rub it as it may smudge.

Tab assembly onto Section Locating pages
Select a tab color for a section.  The example below is for the tan-pages.  We suggest that the same color be used for all the tabs in this section to facilitate locating pages within the section.  Tip: if you plan to use identifiers (described later), it is recommended that you choose one of the lighter tab colors so that the black type of the identifier will be easier to read.

The procedure:
Fold a tab in ½ and crease it so that the middle may be easily identified later.  Tip: if you fold the tab such that the “sticky” is NOT between the two halves, it will be easier to open (separate the halves).  You can subsequently re-fold the halves the other way, being careful not to stick the two halves together. Unfold the tab and put the sticky end into a locating pocket (printed on the page) – the tab should be positioned as shown just below.:

If tab identifiers are desired, choose an appropriate identifier and cut it out.  Tip: a metal straight edge and an Exacto knife or single-edged razor blade used on a kitchen cutting board works well for this.

Remove the backing from transparent film.  Tip: a razor blade is useful for separating the backing from the transparent film… see pic below:

Note: there are identifiers for the different sections of the Guide except there are no abbreviated word identifiers for Reserved or Blank sections.  There are, however, number identifiers for all 24 sections.

Place the identifier between the crease in the tab and the edge of the page as shown below:

Place and press a piece of ¾” wide Magic Mending tape, 2 ½” to 3” long, over the tab and centered on it as show below:

Press the tape so that it adheres to the front of the page.

Fold the tape and tab at the crease in the tab so that the far end of tape-tab assembly now lays on the back of the page:

Before pressing the tape to the back of the page, ensure that the assembly is not crooked.

Press the tape to the back of the page.

This completes the assembly of the tab to the Section-Locating page. 

Alternative assembly procedure: After folding the tab in half and then back-folding it, place the sticky end of the tab into the printed “pocket” on the page.  Fold the tab such that the page is between the two halves of the tab.  Place the identifier on the tab.  Then put the tape on the front of the page/tab assembly letting the excess tape extend past the folded end of the tab.  Then fold the tape over and stick it to the back of the page.
Final tab assembly shown below (for either method).

Be sure to press the tape well against the tab, the page and itself.  You may have to re-press it later on to keep it tightly in place

Repeat this process 7 more times to assemble a complete set of Section Locating pages with tabs for the Tan Pages. 

When you’re done they should look something like this (tab pages have been updated and may be different from this example.)

Select another tab color for another section and repeat the above process using the chosen color.  Below is an example of all the tabs for the White Section pages:

Select yet a different tab color for the last section of colored pages and repeat the process for that section.  Here is what the Green Pages might look like:

Tab assembly for Special Pages - option
You may find that you use a particular page or pages frequently and may want to locate those pages quickly.  In this case, you may wish to add a Special Tab to that/those page(s).  If so, here is what we recommend:

Select a tab of a different color from the ones you have already used.  Tip: if you use a different color from what you’ve used for the other tabs, and/or maybe let it protrude a little further than the others, it will be more easily found.

Cut the tab in ½ such the tab is now only ∼1” long.  By making this Special Tab shorter, you hopefully will not obscure any information on the special page when it’s stuck to the page.

Fold the tab in ½ and crease it in the middle (similar to what you did with the longer tabs previously).  Tip: If you choose the “sticky” end of the cut tab, this will make it easier to locate it on the page

Unfold the tab and place it on a smooth, flat. hard surface.

If desired, add an identifier (of your own design) to the.  A fine-tipped Sharpie or pen may work for this. 

Place and press a piece of ¾” wide Magic Mending tape, 1 ½” to 2” long, over the tab and centered on it.

Remove the special page from your Guide and place it, face up, on a table.

Choose a good place along the edge of the page for the Special Tab.

Stick the tape-tab assembly such that the tab crease is beyond the edge of the page by ¼” to 3/8”.  Think about if you want it to protrude beyond the other tabs, which should all stick out about ¼” from the page edge.

Fold the tape-tab assembly at the tab crease such that the tape-tab that had extended beyond the edge of the page now lays on the back of the page.  Be careful not to get the assembly cooked.

Press the tape to the back of the page.

Voila!  You’re done.  Congratulations!

Alternative assembly procedure: do not unfold and lay the ½ tab flat but rather put it in its final position on the page, then add any desired identifier.  After that, put tape over the front of the tab-page assembly leaving extra tape to fold onto the back of the page (over and onto the back of the tab).

Supplemental info:
If you need/want more tabs, they are 3M Post-it notes purchased from Staples.   They came in packs of 500, 50 of each of 10 colors.  Karen found the same packs at Walmart (I think) and I suspect other places also carry them.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

A request of you (the Guide owners):  If you discover alternative ways to do any of this, please let me know so that I might pass on your ideas to the rest of our members.  My thanks in advance.

If You Want to Print These Instructions, CLICK HERE to download the pdf.

A special note of thanks to Karen Pattist (our Web Mistress); Mary Nielsen, our very able Student Coordinator, and Cindy Badder, who, among other things, administers our KOI 101 course and is always full of good ideas.  These ladies were Guinea Pigs in the beta testing of the tabs and contributed numerous helpful suggestions along the way.  Many of their suggestions were incorporated into this project and these instructions.

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