"You mentioned project notebooks - what information do you keep in them, that's different from what you keep in the blog? Fabric samples, more details??? Or is it more so that you can look up past projects without having to be at the computer?"
and Unemployed-notretired asked:
"I have a question for you. You recently mentioned your sewing journal. Would you mind explaining what you keep in it and why? I am a born-again sewer and think I should keep a journal with fabric swatches etc. but have not done it. How do you use yours?"
Before the internet and the advent of blogs, I kept project notebooks. These journals were usually five subject notebooks but I've used everything from one of them to a steno pad. The best ones had pockets in them so that I could stuff magazine ads, my stick drawings and inspirational pictures.
So what do I keep in my project journal/notebook:
Shopping Lists - I love lists, btw
*Items that need to be replenished in my sewing notion stock
*Fabrics I'm looking for to make a garment
*Pattern Lists (before the pattern companies went online and I could save them that way!)
What I want to sew for this season
*There is usually a list with patterns and fabric suggestions
Sometimes a fabric swatch is included. Especially in the earlier notebooks when I worked in the garment district and bought notions and thread on an as-needed basis. But mostly my project notebooks contain construction details of garments that I've made and my doodlings regarding garments that I've dreamed up. At times the notes are very detailed particularly when I'm working out a sewing sequence. Other times, it's short bullet points with just enough information to remind me of what I've done.
The project journal works really well for writing blog posts. As I'm constructing a garment, I write notes then I don't have to remember every step later on. All of this is very helpful when I'm blogging. And sometimes I even write blog posts in the journal...things I'm thinking or wondering about...sometimes a question that comes to me while I'm sewing.
I've finally dated all of the books and I'm going to store them in magazine holders because they are informative resources. I guess they really are just a low-tech source of information...a throwback if you will. But since I've been keeping them for about a decade, I don't think I'm gonna change now.
Hopefully this answered your questions...and as always more later!