Notebook Organization

I have tons of pattern sheets, craft ideas, block patterns that I kept in folders. While the method wasn’t bad, they were not as organized as I would have liked. It was cumbersome when I was looking for a specific project or I had students wanting to browse through my files for project ideas.

There was a “freebie” room of items at work, that included notebooks. When I realized the possibilities…..

Not only did I get all my patterns organized, I ended up with more usable space on my bookshelf:

On the right side, books, 3 shelves devoted to the veteran quilts, finished/in process and a place for overflow quilts waiting for a new home.

On the left side, books, notebooks, a catchall shelf and another bottom shelf for overflow quilts. BookshelfHere is a close-up of the notebooks:Notebook closeup

The patterns are all in plastic sleeves for easy viewing and handling and keeping notes together. Notebook PagesI am thrilled with the set-up. It makes it so much easier for me to find things. If anything outgrows a notebook, I can expand with more notebooks or reclassify.

How do you keep organized?

Putting my life in order on the Journey, Jackie

  • val

    I too use the clear sleeves with notebooks. At the end of each year, I actually go through all my magazines and “file” patterns I want to make and then recycle the magazine. I’ve enjoyed looking through your studio and s tudents pages this morning as I visited your blog. Aslo….did you change you header??I”m also curious about your calendar? Does it link to each of your monthly posts?? Such a cool idea! Well, my tea is empty and it’s time to get ready for work. I enjoyed my morning visit to your blog. 🙂

    • Jackie

      Hi Val, I started to go through my magazines to pull out the ones I wanted and realized I was overwhelming myself. Too many good things out there!
      I am in the process of getting my website redone. Quite a sight it has been the last few days and yes the calendar does link to blog posts.

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  • Deb Stambaugh

    I love this method too after being introduced to it last winter. Easy to access and maintain! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jackie

      What surprised me the most about the notebooks is how much I use them. It is so easy to find things now.

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  • Vivian

    I also use a binder with the sleeves, it makes corralling those patterns (especially ones torn from magazines) easy to store. And if you make templates, they can go in the sleeve with the pattern too!

    • Jackie

      Thanks Vivian for stopping by! I also love having a place for the templates and other pieces and I’ve even kept samples if it is small enough to fit.
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      *Embroidery*
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  • Marcy

    I’ve always like binder organization and yours is tops.

  • What a great idea! You’ve freed up some room and gotten organized at the same time. Thanks for sharing. http://www.quiltartbymegan.com

  • Nancy M

    I think the notebooks look so well organized.