I just love my laminater. When I have completed the drafting and tweaking of my patterns I laminate them and store them in a plastic sleeved folder.
They are named, but they do get mixed up a lot as I will use a body pattern from one, arms and legs from another and of course the head from another.
This gives me something to do on a rainy day...... re-sort my patterns..
I put my pattern in a one of those brown envelopes, large ones and small ones? Then I print up a small piccy of the gollty I made from it. And tape the piccy to the outside of the envelope.
I mean, how many different ways can i do a golly? But I am forever forgetting was Golly with nose 1ug 2005 the one i want or was it September 2006? Sheesh...
The picture thing helps me remember:
I scan my pattern into my computer, then print them out. I paste the printed pattern pieced to Plastic. I have used plastic Ice cream bucket lids, or even gift cards, etc. I put a picture of the bear and a picture of the pattern in a notebook with document protectors. Then I also put the pattern pieces, I have cut out of the plastic, into zip lock bags and place them into the document protector. I will have to remember to also put name and sample of the material I use in there to. I only make mini bears so this is easy for me to find the ones I want quickly.
*laughing* Mine are simply drawn out on paper, then I use clear packing tape over the top of them and clip each pattern together and throw 'em in a drawer...occasionally I will lable them and make notes on the pattern, but for the most part I am a disorganized mess....but hey, it works for me!!!
You guys all have these elaborate systems...I am so envious, but to be honest, it would mess me up to be that organized!
I have two basic patterns in various sizes. I have a 2 body short muzzle and and a 4 body longer muzzle. These are scanned into the computer in all the various sizes and saved to a disk. When I am designing a new bear, and have chosen the size, I print the pattern I want from the disk. I can then make all the changes for the new bear on the printed copy; longer or fatter body, shorter legs and longer arms, wider or narrower gusset, etc. I usually keep the altered pattern with the rest of the paper work for the completed bear and file it in folders in a file drawer. For me this is the best of two worlds: patterns in a computer and patterns in file drawers!