Over a year ago, I started organizing my recipes that I print off or tear out of a magazine. I was tired of shifting through all of them I had collected and wanted a way to protect them. What I ended up doing was taking my stack of papers and inserting them into plastic paper protectors and popping them into a 3 ring binder. They are now stored away in one location and when I get my binder out to cook I don't have to worry about spilling something on the paper and ruining a good recipe.
What started out in my kitchen then spilled on over into my crafts. I had found some reliable patterns to crochet on web-sites that I had printed off but they too had started stacking up. After awhile, I was afraid of them wrinkling, getting torn, or just getting lost. What then struck me was, why not use the same idea I used for my recipe book and apply it to my craft patterns?
I have to tell you how nice it has been to keep all my paper patterns in a binder. Now they are protected and waiting for future use. I have also been able to just grab my binder when leaving for a trip and know that all my patterns are there if I have time to crochet while away. I now know where they all are and don't have to waste time while rushing out the door.
I do want to offer a tip for the paper protectors. Some patterns are more detailed then others. Keeping track of where you are on the pattern requires you to use a paper and pencil to track your stitches. Have you ever thought about using a dry erase marker on your paper protector? All you have to do is write on the plastic. When you are done, just use a tissue to clean it off. This saves paper but also ensures you won't loose the paper while working on your project. Just a thought...