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    Great idea...ripping out unneeded pages. I am going to do that. got my day planned now.

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    I pull out the article or pattern and put them in sleeve protectors in a notebook. You look much younger than me, so take my advice and get rid of the excess now, or you'll be overwhelmed in 20 years! I saved magazines, then did the pattern tearout thing, and I'll bet you NEVER ONCE in all those years did I use a saved pattern! There's always new ones in the mailbox and in the fabric store. Internet wasn't there when I started to sew, so there's that resource for patterns! So now, our house is crammed with sewing stuff I KNOW I won't live long enough to use and am TRYING to get rid of. Just saying...

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    A friend of mine is going to show me how to scan it all and save on a zip drive I am not able to do myself

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    Get you a binder and keep the most important things in it. (with the sheet protectors) My good friend and I have several with each different items in.

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    I put them apart and save what I want in 3 ring binders.

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    [quoteI think I will scan the patterns, but I don't think I can sell the magazines without the templates pull-out included....not sure if scanning the templates would do much good??[/quote]

    If you scan the templates, you can print out 3, 4, or 5 sections and tape them back together.

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    I use the cardboard magazine holders found at Staples. They fit neatly on shelves. I go through them occasionally and if nothing appeals to me any longer I donate them to the guild I belong to - they in turn sell them for 25 cents...so it's a win-win for everyone.

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    He might want to think about that again, maybe one day they might come in handy and the pattern could be put on a T-shirt...$$$$$

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    Quilt blocks on t-shirts....sounds like a winner!!

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    How do you go about organizing patterns and templates from magazines you no longer want?[/quote]

    I purchased one of those hand held scanners and plan to scan the parts of magazines I want to keep and then put on DVD or CD thru my PC. That way I can have what I want and get rid of the magazines that take up space.

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    Hand held scanner!!!! How great! Please let us know your progress......so many things could be downsized, in a good way.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgapeStitches
    You can buy a few (4-5) of the 5" ring binders and a bunch of the page protector sheets and gently cut out the pages and templates and place each pattern with its template into one page protector. Place protectors in notebooks. You could also add dividers to use as index or table of contents with mag info for each pattern.

    100 mags in various places into 25-30" of space on a bookshelf...problem solved
    This is what I did, and I made sure the picture of the quilt was what was facing out so when I flip through the notebook I can see easily what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgapeStitches
    You can buy a few (4-5) of the 5" ring binders and a bunch of the page protector sheets and gently cut out the pages and templates and place each pattern with its template into one page protector. Place protectors in notebooks. You could also add dividers to use as index or table of contents with mag info for each pattern.

    100 mags in various places into 25-30" of space on a bookshelf...problem solved
    I use this method. It works for me, but I still hate to get rid of the magazines. I have some I need to get rid of too.

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    I have this problem too. I've actually quit subscribing to quilt magazines because I find there might be one pattern that I really like. I've tried tearing out the pattern(s) and putting them in a notebook and typing all the patterns' names and inserting this in the front of the book. I like the idea from Diane in Alabama about the 3x5 cards. It would take a lot of work but you would surely know what you have. Thanks for the great organizing tips.

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    I went through my old mags and bought 2" binders and page protectors; I organized them by binder - scrap quilts, reprod, modern, baby & kids, wall hangings, bags, etc. Make sure you keep any templates ! I keep more recent ones in magazine holders. It's a great way to refresh the memory on ones you really liked (but forgot about!) and flag 'em for the TO DO LIST :) :roll:

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    Only 100...that is a very small amount of mags. If you use them, box them up and find a place you can access, such as under the bed to store them. I keep all of my really old magazines as they are in black & white and have many more original ideas that a lot of the newer mags. Now, if you had a FEW HUNDRED (as some of us do) that would be another story.
    Brenda

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    some I have copied off and placed in a large binder,but now I have about six large binders and they are not organized to
    types of quilts. ect. so am scanning onto cd disk and labeling
    what and where, thus can download when I need, can search the disk I need since I have cataloged contents of each disk.

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    I recently did the very same thing. I used a 3 ring binder with clear plastic envelopes and put the pic of the quilt with all the directions and templates. I was able to put two different quilts per envelope with the picture of the quilt showing - one in front and one on back. it sure did cut down on space for me.

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    Hmmmm. How about putting them into those plastic bins that slide under the bed? That way you still have access to all the patterns in each mag, but they are out of sight, out of the way & kept dry and protected. Also, I wonder what he's "getting rid of"? Surely he has some extra "stuff" that he could clear out to make room for your new need. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliea9967
    I scan patterns that I really like from magazines, books, etc., and save them to my computer. Sometimes I get way behind and the mags pile up, but I am current sometimes, too. It works for me.
    This is what I do. I love it. I can make a disc or a flash drive copy of my computer file so I don't loose it if the computer crashes.

    I started doing this years ago. To me it is against a sacrilege to tear something out. This way I can recycle the complete magazine to friends. It was awful to receive a magazine where the part I wanted was already removed. {Ever have that happen at a doctor's office: you find a promising recipe or something but it is ripped out!]

    Also, some places I have lived we have had silverfish and other 'critters' that like to nest in paper. Ugh!

    This way I have more room for - gasp - fabric.

    ali

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    wheni first started quilting i subscribed to almost every magazine so you can imagine how many i have.....started to give them away after i have gone thru them.....also giving books that i have read .......have no more room....iy's either me or them lololol

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    Yes....I have the same situation. I need to down size my quilting mags. I have unsubscribed to all the mags. I only purchase the mag if there are 3 projects i like......but I will purchase if there is one pattern that I love....love. I recently found myself looking through all the mags for a quilting pattern of a vine. So yes my tastes do change.... I am not sure if I should tear out the pages???? Or do I keep only mags with patterns i think i would make. :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    I have several quilt magazines, by several I mean, maybe 100 or so...that my husband is demanding I get rid of. I hate to give them up because I may need one some day, for a particular pattern...

    What I want to do is save the template inserts and certain patterns from each magazine, but am unsure how to go about it. I need to make room and getting rid of the bulk of the magazines is a must.

    How do you go about organizing patterns and templates from magazines you no longer want?
    I don't have as many for quilting as I do gardening and such. I just copy the pattern, article recipe etc I like and keep them in folders. Then recycle the magazine. or pass it on to someone else. You can have separate folders for specific designs to make it easy to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msariano
    I too have tons of magazines. On the older ones, I rip out the advertisements and articles I'm not interested in and that leaves a very skinny magazine. And/or, I simply tear out the patterns and staple the magazine cover to them and put them in a magazine holder. A couple of times now I've recycled magazine holders because of the space I've saved.
    Hah! - I laughed to myself one day wondering "if I tore out the pages I don't want, would I be further ahead" than tearing out the ones I wanted to keep. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Hmmmm, husband demanding, no flippin way! ........
    You Go Girlfriend!!!!!!

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