I just posted this on my personal blog( so some of the wording may be strange but the content is the same) but kinda felt it was worth sharing with any of you that may find yourselves wondering what to do with all those paper patterns you get with magazines .
I subscribe to Google Alerts, for scrolling or Intarsia patterns; And I get them all the time. Today I saw one that caught my eye because it was called “keeping track of woodworking projects and plans” I have lived through this nightmare, and the writer of this article came up with something quite similar, however it gave me the idea to share mine.
First of all I am mainly writing about the plans you get with magazines. I am always writing about Creative Wood works & Crafts as my favorite wood working magazine (with patterns) and for the most part still is. Every 2 months you get a magazine and in the center are paper patterns for the projects, however inside the magazine is also the instructions, the type, the thickness of the wood suggested for the project, etc. So it is really nice if these items can always be together. It sounds easy but inevitably I end up looking for a pattern in a mag, I find the instructions for the pattern but now where is the pattern itself? Or worse I find the paper pattern but now “which magazine did this pattern come from?” so I can find or refresh my memory on the instructions. Because I have zillions of these pattern mags and books, I truly was going crazy trying to keep them all together, and I might add, I have tried several ways. I have come up with something that is simple and doable AND keeps your sanity.
When you get one of these mags, they always have a page, usually 2 that show the picture of the finished pattern along with the page # for the instructions. I always tear these out and place them face up, on the outside of the magazine on both the front and the back. I then slip them in a see through plastic sleeve that you can buy in any drug store, paper store etc. along with the magazine itself, and with the patterns all in the same sleeve. Then all those are placed into one of those heavy duty 3 ring binders. Now I have binders full of my patterns in order and by mag, (I will place one company’s into one binder etc.)
and all I have to do is open the binder and look at 2 pictures of each mag (What I have made into the front and back)in each sleeve and see right then what each mag has to offer. The instructions, the patterns, everything is inside the sleeve in one place. I do not have to open any of them to find anything, as it is all right there. I sure hope this helps anyone who has gone through this turmoil as I did. It’s funny how simplistic trying to keep all these in one place turned out to be. Plus having them in the plastic sleeves keeps them clean and all together so they don’t get all torn.
-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!