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Craft Ideas Book by Ruth Arleen Estle, Richmond Dale, OH

I use those acid-free top loading plastic pages, which are available in your favorite stores, to keep track of those loose leaflets and directions that I have cut from magazines for various craft projects. They are all neatly tucked away into notebooks, where they stay neat and clean until I use them. What really makes it nice, especially if it is counted cross stitch or crochet directions is that the whole page can be removed and my patterns are protected. To keep track of where this pattern is, I have what I call my where is it page. It is simply a plastic page with a plain piece of paper in it, on which I have written where the project sheet is or if someone has borrowed it, who and where it is and the date on it. You can also make an index for your notebook if you wish.

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I have also put my sewing pattern envelopes into a 3 ring binder inside plastic sleeves for organization. I then store the patterns in a gallon zip bag, labeled and organized by number in a file cabinet drawer. That way I don't have a mess of different sized pattern envelopes in a drawer or box. It makes sewing more fun when I can find a pattern easily.

I lost everything in a fire. I made new pattern books from recycled 3 ring binders I found at garage sales, thrift stores. Using acid free sheet protectors, I slide in clippings, photo copies, anything and then organize each book. scrapbooking, crochet, sewing and so forth. each 3 ring has a clear front, so I write or print out a content page listing what is in each binder. Keeps everything clean and neatly organized.

This is an excellent idea -- bravo for posting!


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