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    Senior Member Quiltlady330's Avatar
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    Talking Do you have a better solution?

    I have lots and lots of magazines and downloaded patterns and really need to organize and condense them. I have been throwing around the idea of cutting out the patterns and instructions I'm really interested in from the magazines and putting them in notebooks with transparent sleeves and then giving away the magazines to others who might like to read them and then pass them on, too. Does anyone have a better solution to this other than photocopying each pattern?

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    I am going to downsize my magazine collection too. I do photo copy intriging quilts and put them in my idea file. I am going to get rid of all my older magazines because styles change and quilting methods too. I will keep my newer Quilter's Newsletter magazines and some of the more up to date ones from other publications.

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    I have 3" binders with plastic transparent sleeves that I put patterns in. For magazines, I tear out the patterns that interest me and give the magazines away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeemmerling621 View Post
    I have 3" binders with plastic transparent sleeves that I put patterns in. For magazines, I tear out the patterns that interest me and give the magazines away.
    Me too. I also have some stored only in digital format on my PC, which is way more organized than my notebooks!

    I also save the pattern sheets from magazines even if I don't save any of the patterns from an issue. Sometimes I want an applique shape or quilting design and the simple designs on the pattern sheets can be just what I need.

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    Exactly what I've been doing ... so often the magazines have just one or two things I want.
    I used to buy a lot of magazine, but am now more scrupulous as I can get so many patterns online for free.

    Instead of binders ... I keep patterns and ideas in large envelopes according to category that make sense to me. If the envelope gets too large, then I break it into more envelopes for smaller groups. Eg. Seasonal .... became Winter, Spring/Easter, Valentines, Thanksgiving, etc.
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    I just did this exact thing in january. I got rid of three large boxes of unused books, magazines,kits, fabric and patterns to my favorite charity thrift store. I was in thier store last week and there wasn't one of them left to find! I was thrilled they all sold because that charity has a huge pantry that feeds hundreds each month.

    I bought all the binders and slipped the patterns and pages in them, but, I haven't taken the time to put the sleeves on the pages as yet. Too busy sewing.... LOL! I do have them all sorted into subjects though. All ten binders worth.

    I really need to do this again, my books, patterns and magazines runneth over still!
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    I would photo copy in color and put in sleeves BUT don't put them on disk! because disk will not last! and some day you may not have a PC to get them on!

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    I scan any I am interested in and file in my computer. I organize them by type of pattern and then it make it easy to look at them with the thumbnails and find the one I want. It really helped me with space in my room.
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    I use to photo copy, now I just tear out the pattern. I hate doing it, but got to costly to photo copy (color), between ink and paper. Also the magazine would hang around and pile up waiting for me to copy. LOL
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    could you maybe scan them and put them in a quilting folder on your computer

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    I have a 3" binder that I hole punch and insert patterns. If the picture is small, I glue stick it onto a piece of printer paper, where I can fit many more on both sides. I also rip/cut out patterns I like from magazines. No use in keeping what I don't like. Recycle the rest of the magazine.
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    I created some ring binders for quilting; patchwork; applique and miscellaneous things when I was taking a City and Guilds course for P&Q years ago. I add to these all the time with patterns I've found. I also have a big collection of QNM mags and often find that designs I couldn't attempt before now seem easier as I've learnt more. So I won't be throwing them away yet! Also I have found my taste for different styles of piecing and applique has changed over the years. All a learning curve.

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    not many people will want (or appreciate) your magazines once you tear out numerous pages---if you want to (share/donate) the magazines after removing the patterns you would like to keep a better option would be to either copy them with a copier - print them out & put them in binders (you can buy printer paper with 3-holes already in it) or scan them onto a disk for future use- if you tear the pages out you may as well then recycle the rest of the magazines.
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    Scan, scan, scan. No books for shelfs and you print when you are ready to make the item, then store the pattern or other quilting items on thumb drives. If you replace the computer, just use the thumb drive in the new one. Besides at the cost, a thumb drive save a LOT of data.

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    Plastic pages in a binder is what I've done with favorite projects in mags. I don't copy first. I just tear them out and put them in my binder. Plus, when I want inspiration, I have all my favorites in one place. Books are harder for me to keep organized since I don't like to tear them apart.

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    I would scan IF I were to thin down my magazines. Sometimes 2 patterns share a single page and if that single page were missing, half of one pattern may be gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeemmerling621 View Post
    I have 3" binders with plastic transparent sleeves that I put patterns in. For magazines, I tear out the patterns that interest me and give the magazines away.
    This is what I do too!!

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    I hae mine in Photo Albums.
    The ones with the (Lift Up Sticky See Thru Plastic).

    Easy to see, use, and return to the album.

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    Had not thought to scan to thumb drive but that's a great idea thanks!

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    I make copies of the patterns I like and pass the magazines to someone else.
    I put the patterns in plastic sleeves and put them in binders.
    The magazines are mostly advertisements and become outdated very soon.
    I see no reason to save them, they only add clutter and possibly a fire hazard.
    My taste in patterns change, so when I add new patterns I pull out and discard old patterns that I no longer am interested in making.

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    I really overdo it. I have a 2 bedroom home and definitely don't want to store more paper and such. Space saving techniques are what I want.

    I scan the picture of whatever quilt project I want to save. then I scan each page of directions. I have a file with just the pictures of the finished projects and another of it all.

    For example: Winter Leaves had a picture of the finished quilt in the one file ... then Winter Leaves, with a pg1, pg2, etc are in the whole directions file.

    That way I can do a slide show to see what I might want to make, then go to the full directions file for the rest.

    Yes, I do back it up so if my computer crashes, I still have my info.

    Of course, right now my one arm is in a sling and I am back on steroids so ... I am behind again. Oh well, something to do later on.

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    Several years ago, I went through all my magazines that were older than 3 years old and started pulling patterns. I put them in plastic sleeves and filed them alphabetically - seven 3" binders later -- I also made a list of them on my excel program on my computer (do that with my quilt books too) and that does make it easier sometimes to find the pattern I am looking for. However, I will never used all those patterns and now the magazines have been destroyed. Now, I am binding my magazines together (FedEx shop does them) by year. If there are some patterns that say to download for more information, I do that and include it in the group. I like being able to pull a years' worth of my Fons and Porter magazine down and look through it. I think it helps the magazines last longer, my tastes do change over the years and I can lay them flat on a copier when I want to copy a pattern. I copy my pattern and keep it with my sewing project to protect the original copy. I can write notes on it as I go along and decide later what to transfer to the original in the binder.

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    Scan disc by Fujitsu now I scan organize in my computer and don't have all the magazines. I put all those in an external HD to keep my HD clutter free

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    just a thought, make sure you know what issue mag the pattern came from in case there's an error in the cutting or sewing information, been there done that!

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    I rarely buy magazines now but when I do, I put a sticky note on the pages. My tastes and abilities have changed over the years, so I am glad I kept my old magazines.

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