|During our PR Weekend excursion, a PR member (sorry, I can't remember who it was) mentioned I should include my key ring as a tip. So here it is.
I have the usual large pattern stash and needed a way to bring most of my patterns and yardage info with me. So I layed out my patterns in 3 rows with four in a column on my living room floor. I snapped a digital pic in the highest resolution. Moved on to the next group, and the next for a total of 3 pics of about 36 patterns I wanted to take with me for PR Weekend.
I printed out the three pictures as 8 X 10's (that's why I used high res because my camera is only 3.2 MP's) on photo paper and cut out each individual pattern pictures. Each pic was just a bit larger than a typical wallet-sized photo. Then I mounted each pattern pic on pieces of posterboard cut out slightly larger than the pattern pic using a glue stick. The reason for this was I needed a border to punch a hole and a good surface for writing my fabric and yardage info. Sometimes pens don't agree with photo paper. After punching all the holes, I renforced them with Reinforcement Rings that can be purchased at office supply stores, or even most grocery stores in the paper/school supply area. On the back of each card, I wrote down the pattern's fabric recommendations and yardage amounts for most views or just the views I liked.
Once this is done, you can put the pics on a key ring or some type of cord or loop. I had some serged chain from a thick rayon thread in my stash and used that, tying both ends together. Then I can just loop it through on my handbag strap and it is just as easy to take it off.
It is a quick take-it-with-you pattern info method when going fabric or even pattern shopping. And if all your patterns are on the ring, it is a good way to make sure you don't purchase the same pattern twice--easy to do if your stash is large.
A quick note that I have to make for next year if I do go to PR Weekend again--only bring my top 15 pattern faves. With so much fabric and patterns at my disposal, my mind will go crazy with ideas and possibilities. Narrowing down my choices will help me stay focused with what I really need and want in the fabric stores.