Scroll Saw files on your computer

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 01-28-2011 08:23 PM 1290 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to know if anyone has a better method of filing and finding scrollsaw files on your computer. For about six months I hadve been dumping them into a folder called Scroll Saw Files (how cute). Steve Good posted a neat way to preview the files as you scroll through them – works OK. Do you guys files them by type, design or some other method. I would really like some input here before I get any more out of control.


-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 09:13 PM

If they are images, you can try using Google Picassa. It does a good job of finding files and managing albums

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 11:31 PM

By type AND full name!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 11:47 PM

OK I guess I typed faster than my brain could think. Most of the files are PDF, some a JPG. I would like to be able to look up heart designs or Christmas themes or other catagories like that. If I am now clear.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 12:09 AM

everybody’s dos it different I do by category (clocks,xmas,deers). like that it can be timely and boring butts its helpful.


-- Scott JoBurg MI The More you know the less mistakes...........

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 12:19 AM

Just create some folders by type of project. You could also number each project and make a MicroSoft word file with the numbers and the names of the projects. It would be easy to search if you had a number and word file. Mark your projects (on the back or whatever works for you) with the number and name. Good luck.
- SY
- aka JJ

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 03:36 AM

I would ask sheila/scrollgirl. She is a scroll maestro and she is super organized on her computer. I on the other hand am neither.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 05:06 AM

I have heaps of patterns and ideas for the scrollsaw.
And no matter how you label or organise them you will always find that you will need to look in other folders for that perfect design or pattern that you are after as you will have inevitably put it under something other than what you are looking for.
With that said. I have Put them in One folder with subheadings of boxes/baskets, trivets, hearts, just patterns etc. But also when time allows it and am organised I then add tags to individual patterns so when I cant find what I am looking for I can search the folder (using the computer search button).
good luck being organised! ;-)

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 01:12 PM

the sub-headings is what I use.
I also add a number before some of the categories to help organize them.
Here I put all the holidays as #1 and types of projects as #2.

You could also add categories of “easy” and “difficult”, – it all depends on how you choose projects to do.

When I create my folders/subfolders I think about what type of projects I will be doing and how I sort the projects, in my head- (ex. by type of end product, by the design, by how easy it is).
If the process doesn’t match how you think, then you will be fighting it.
Also, you can always change it later, just easier to do it now before it gets TOO full.

Inside the folders, I also use the “1, 2, 3” process, which then lumps different types of projects together (perhaps by easy to difficult) perhaps by animal vs scenic vs abstract.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 02:24 PM

I guess I am just an old fossil and hard to train.I still do it the old fashioned way and file them in a file drawer .I put them in alphabetical order according to the subject. I spend as little time at the computer as I can -I would rather spend the time at the scroll saw.
By the way I love the byline you use—I to am learning every day !!!!

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 03:54 PM

I seperate mine in my scrollsaw pattern folder. Then I have them seperated in that folder into seperate folders by things such as religious, shapes, boxes, clocks, etc. Then in some of those folders I have subcategories. For example, religious has, Jesus, crosses, etc. while some, like clocks, has easy, hard, etc. Then the next step is the actual file names. I don’t just list one as heart, for example though, unless it is just a simple plane heart. Instead, I have heart(flowers), heart(stars), heart(friendship), heart(butterflies), etc.
Also, anything I have on my computer is backed up on disk and I have a paper copy in my file cabinets. I do not trust electronic storage. If my computer equipment crashes, and the disk gets destroyed by aliens (joking, just making a point), then I always have the actual pattern that I can take to the print shop and have copied if need be.
One other idea that I have done with mine you may want to check into if you start hoarding patterns, like me. After I realized my computer hard drive was filling up quickly, with all my music, photos, and patterns, I bought a 1TB external hard drive. I got it on sale at OfficeMax for around $60. You wouldn’t believe the amount of stuff I have on there (over 10k photos, over 6k songs, I don’t know how many patterns), and it has barely used any space in relation to the amount available. With this external, if anything does happen to my antique laptop, I can safely retain all that for my next computer. Also, if for some reason I have a need to have patterns elsewhere, I can plug the external into another computer and browse it without any problems. It can be searched from any computer it is plugged into without putting anything but temporary files on that computer, as long as that computer has Windows XP or better.


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#11 posted 01-29-2011 07:28 PM

I made folders for the different categories in a folder called ‘scrollsaw’. I try to give all the patterns a good desciptive name. When I want to find something I first do a search on the name of what I want. If that doesn’t find it, I use the ‘preview’ pane in Windows Explorer or FastStone Image viewer or the Extra Large icon view and look for them manually.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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