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    I would scan the patterns onto my computer and save them on a disc and then save the inserts in a book. That way you don't have all the wasted pages in a magazine. Sometimes I just cut the ones out I like and put in a "quilt pattern" notebook w/ the templates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    I have big 3 ring notebooks that I label with the magazine name. I put the patterns and templates, etc in those clear plastic sleeves and put into that magazines notebook. Sometimes if the mag. has a lot of patterns I want to keep, I stuff the whole magazine into the sleeve.
    Ditto

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    Yes, I sell my magazines for $2.50 plus shipping. I had to have all the quilting magazines for several years and now don't have space for them, so am selling them to other quilters.

    I find that you never know when you might want to make a special pattern and if you don't have it, it can be expensive to replace. Besides, I love to browse through them from time to time and am amazed at how many I find that I want to make someday. Those I scan into the computer now if I don't lose my harddrive again, I'll have them in a lot less space. But I miss a lot of really great patterns when I sell an issue.

    Just let your husband know that this is your "clutter" and not his. Keep them under the bed if you need to hide you magazines, but don't get rid of unless you really have to.

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    Tell him you paid good money for those magazines! And patterns cost $10 apiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    I would like to know as well. I have found that patterns that really appealed to me when I first started out, no longer do. And patterns that I didn't care for too much, now hold more appeal. Anyone else find this?
    This make me hesitate to discard any of my magazines. Especially as I have stopped purchasing them due to the expense.
    I totally agree with you dungeonquilter, but Jennifer, I guess if I absolutley had to get rid of some magazines I would go through them and keep what you want and put them in a binder with the clear page protectors.

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    Binders with clear sleeves.

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    While healing from a broken arm I spent several weeks going through old magazines. I tore out anything that interested me. This was patterns, instructions on different techniques, new ideas, etc. I did about 5 years of 3 or 4 different magazines. Then I sorted them and put them in sheet protectors and put them in large binders. This has worked for me. I have a good amount to go through again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    :shock: Wow. I'm so sorry.

    Do you have a scanner? Scan the patterns you want to save and keep them on CDs or DVDs.

    Another option is to clip the patterns you want and put them into page protectors in a binder.

    For applique patterns, put the templates into a manila envelope with the instructions and a picture of the quilt or block glued to the front of the envelope.
    I put mine on a flash drive, they hold more.

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    I copy the pattern,put it in a plastic sleeve and keep it in a binder. Alphabetically of course. This way you have it easy to find and do not have to save the whole book.

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    I think copying the magazines to an external harddrive however what do you think about copying the table of content sheets and placing them into a notebook? When you want to browse through your magazines for a new idea, then just look in the notebook. I think I will try this.

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    I scanned all the patterns I wanted and saved them to a flash drive so I can look at them any time. It does take time but all the room on my shelves is worth it.

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    hide 'em under the bed! :o)

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    3-ring binders, plastic page protectors and dividers to create different categories of patterns will do the job very nicely. I like this method because if later on if I decide I don't want a pattern I can just get rid of it or I can add new patterns as required.

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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?
    First, standing on edge, 3 or 4 to the inch, that is a shelf only 25 to 30 inches wide. I put mine down on the bottom shelf of something....you can make the space, and just keep them all, because you can't sell them for anything, cause often people give them away at guild meetings.
    They are such a good resource of ideas and information!
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    you have them in a clunky box in the way.....well....?

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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 do. I don't like to get rid of my magazines but i can't keep them all and this is a good way to keep what i want out of them. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    I have big 3 ring notebooks that I label with the magazine name. I put the patterns and templates, etc in those clear plastic sleeves and put into that magazines notebook. Sometimes if the mag. has a lot of patterns I want to keep, I stuff the whole magazine into the sleeve.
    That's exactly what I do...works really well.

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    Hi,
    You can scan the templates as well. Just make sure that all the diretions are included. Youe would have to then print and cut out when you wanted to use them. If it is a large sheet, can it is just outlines, then color is not a problem, and you can copy the page in parts and then scan. It takes a little time, but you can save all you want. If you make up a file called quilt patterns, you can save diretions, templates, etc. all in one place in sepaarate folders for each pattern. When the shophop has its quilt patterns, I just set up a folder with the pattern name and then download each block and the diretion, and then it is all in one place. It akes a little time, but is well worth it. :thumbup: :roll:

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    what about storing them in a file cabinet, on folder hangers. Out of sight out of mind.

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    What I do Is make a Color Copy of the Quilt page and any information that goes with the pattern. then put into a plastic sleave and then into a binder. Its a lot easyier to keep track of all the info that way. And you can pass the magazine on to a quilting friend. Saves tearing up those great mag.

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    Just make sure you get the whole pattern if you cut up the magazine - I have seen several people that pulled the patterns out but didn't & are looking for the rest of it.

    I would use plastic sleeves and big notebooks.

    But, first I would tell hubby to jump in the lake.

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    No way, husband wouldn't want to try demanding I get rid of anything

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    I love and use the binder strategy, but instead of pages, I use the plastic folders that have a triangular storage flap in front. That way, if the pattern also includes inserts, I caninclude all of them inside. I then put the cover of the magazine in front, or a 3 x 5 card with title of pattern so that I know which one it was.

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    I found this and found it helpful

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/20...paperwork.html

    I'm still new so I don't have a lot to organize right now.

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    I take out each one I want and put them individually in gallon ziplock bags. Mark them on the outside of the bag with the quilt pattern name and where it came from(magazine information) and put them in a portable file box. They lie flat and can be alphabetized if necessary. I have the information on where I can find it again if I need it. The storage boxes are a song at Big Lots. Good luck with DH.

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    Call me crazy, but i bought a portable scanner with 8GB sd card and it works like a charm. So easy to use. I scan everything i need to keep and then save them on the computer, and also on an external hard drive.
    Here is the model (i bought it from Amazon):

    VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS-ST410-VP)
    I still like to look at the magazines but i know i have a safe copy just in case. I lost one of my Love of quilting magazine fom last year, so lesson learned...

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