How often do you print out a pattern or recipe? I think I print out at least one a day. So I have about 5,ooo pieces of printer paper floating around my house. If you have an e-reader you can load some of them there but I really like color for crochet patterns and I like to be able to write what stitch I am on, while I am working. I am focusing on crochet and sewing patterns today but I am planning on doing the same thing with my recipes soon.
We are going to make a Pattern Binder.
It pretty simple but holds a lot of patterns. Just what I need.
First you take a 1inch 3 ring binder. Cut some scrapbook paper to fit inside the plastic on the front and side. Slip that in.
Next I cut the inside plastic pocket out. Then mod podged a spiral notebook to the inside cover. I like to write variations to patterns or my own patterns in it.
It is going to take a couple of hours for the modgepodge to dry. Don't rush it. I put a few heavy books on top of the notebook to hold it down. I actually did this part about 6 moths ago. I wanted to make sure it would hold before I blogged about it. The notebook is still hangin' in strong.
While we are waiting for the modg podge to dry we can move on to the next step. Now you will need some page protectors. You take a pair of scissors and cut down both sides about half way.
It should look like this. Sorry it is a little hard to see.
Next cut a piece of scrapbook paper or card stock to the same size as the part you didn't cut. This will depend on the size of page protectors you have. Organize your patterns and decide what you want to label your pages. I just printed out what I wanted them to say on my computer.
Now take the cut piece of scrapbook paper and put it in your page protector.
Then fold the cut part of the page protector behind the paper. Make sure the part you fold in lays flat behind the paper.
Then you are ready to put your pattern/recipe in.
For really large sewing patterns you can leave the page protector hole and put it behind the half page protector so it is still organized.
After your modge podged notebook is dry load in your page protectors and fill them with your patterns.
There you have it all your printed patterns/recipes together in one place. Easy to store and find.
Thanks for stoppin' by and hangin' out.