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I have a computer recipe program called MasterCook that I make different "recipe" catagories for each kind of quilt that I keep - Patriotic, Childrens themes, applique, etc. as many as you wish. There is a box for a picture that you can see next to the title of each recipe in each cookbook. I use this as a visual reference and will include the instructions in the recipe or a reference as to it's title, magazine, publication date, and location where I stored it on my computer. If there is a separate pattern sheet I scan it making sure I have drawn a box noting the scale (1"x1" or 2"x2") so that I can print it out correctly when I need it and store that in a separate folder on my computer with a notation on the "recipe". You could easily do just the picture reference and a scan of the pattern/article saved as a PDF somewhere else on the computer. Then I pass the magazine on to someone else or sell them at a yard sale. I don't tend to remember the titles or names of quilts I have admired but I love having the pictures to refresh my memory. Ann in TN
Last edited by ncredbird; 05-06-2013 at 03:51 PM. Reason: additional info
I have three loose leaf binders that are full of patterns torn from magazines and tucked into plastic page protectors along with lessons and quilt motifs. All are categorized by general themes like table runners, baby, wall hanging, seasonal. Even though a pattern may be in one category doesn't mean it can't cross over into becoming something completely different.
I keep patterns mostly for inspiration and have rarely made a quilt exactly to a pattern. They are just starting points.
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I have so many magazine, that I have been scanning them onto my computer and downloading them onto a disc. I mark the name of the magazine and dates directly on the disc. Has helped me make room for fabric and more projects. Took a long time, but worked on it a bit at a time.
DITTO to all of the above. I also fold the pages I really like so there's a "flag" out the top of the magazine.
Take bottom right corner of the right hand side page and fold it to the left so that there is a triangle poking up out of the top of the magazine. Crease the page and continue looking at your magazine. All of my magazine have triangles poking out of the top of them.
oops - sorry, as I just reread what you said I think I saw the answers! Been trying to research reviews of these scanners since you posted!!
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I keep all my magazines in a book case...The patterns I really like or think I might want to try I make a photo copy and put it in a clear plastic sheet protector and put it in a binder I have labeled might want to try...