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I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pattern Storage

First - if you are here visiting from Quilting Gallery, welcome! The giveaway post is HERE. :)

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I was listening to a podcast by Sandy of Quilting... for the Rest of Us and she was talking about ideas on how to store purchased patterns. The ones you get in your LQS in the little plastic bag.

Here is how I store them. Sorry about the lighting. There is nowhere in this apartment to take good photos.  Anyway...

This one  is actually recycled from a planner from when I was a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

I use this half size binder.
For the quilt and sewing patterns, I just take the paper patterns out of the plastic bag and drop it right into the page protector. I can easily flip through the pages to see my patterns without them slipping around.

 You can get them at Staples, as well as the page protectors , notebook paper, and dividers that go in them. There are a few other products they offer for this size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") as well. They are a little pricey, compared to regular binders, at about $7.00 each, but they work perfectly for me. I am pretty sure there are other places you can purchase them  besides Staples, but the prices will probably be pretty close.

I also use them for recipes. I am in the process of reorganizing my recipes to all fit into these little binders.

We made a family recipe book for the family Christmas gift one year using them. We didn't use page protectors, and I made the dividers with card stock and a punch, but they are a great size for storing. I don't mind having these little things on my kitchen counter. And I can easily add and remove recipes.

How do you store your patterns?

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic way to store patterns. *tongue in cheek* I do the same thing, but I use a full size binder. Then if there is a pattern in a magazine that I really like, I'll photocopy it and place it in my binder. Then file the magazine with all my magazines (they're my children that sit nicely on a shelf and don't need to be burped, changed or fed lol)
    This way when I want a pattern, I don't need to thumb through dozens of magazines to find it.
    note: I only photocopy patterns when I've bought the magazine. I don't pirate patterns - that's just wrong!