If you're like me, you are interested in multiple other crafts besides sewing… but, if you're like me, sewing is your first love. Recently, because of my wedding, I've been doing a lot of photo journaling and scrapbooking. This used to mean getting out the glue, scissors and boxes of paper bits to incorporate into your design. It also used to mean spending tons of money on papers, embellishments, photo prints and albums. Not anymore! With today's digital scrapbooking options, you can have all of the fun with none of the mess, and very little expense.
But what does this have to do with sewing, you might ask. Well, sewing is never far from my mind. Remember all those cool vintage patterns I got at the estate sale? I need a means of cataloging them so that I can minimize handling them unless I'm tracing them for use. So, I used My Memories Suite™ to create scrapbook pages which I can use to organize and catalog my patterns. When shopping, I can bring a printed page with me, rather than trying to jot notes in my unreadable chickenscratch, or bring the actual pattern envelope and risk damage to already fragile goods.
Best of all, this was so easy! I just scanned the pattern envelopes (something I'm still in the process of doing) and used the scans as pictures in my design. I added places to make notes. One about the pattern itself, and one to notes dates I made up the pattern, what fabric I used and the results. I added some sewing clipart from my collection, and voila! I'm really excited about this because it helps me stay organized on several fronts.
This isn't the only application of digital scrapbooking software for the sewing room, I'm sure… I have another few project ideas up my sleeve! And, I'd like to share the software with you. I'm giving away one free copy of the software right here. Simply go to the My Memories site and look over all the scrapbooking kits. Come back here and leave me a comment, letting me know your favorite kit. I will select a winner at random on September 25th! Good luck!
Also, how do you organize and track your patterns? Especially the delicate ones? I'm always open to suggestions!