organizing patterns & tiles + a freebie

When I first started tangling I used’s 4×6 card template. I was new and needed to see all the step outs. I filled several photo albums with step out cards and filled another binder with my completed tiles.


After a few months I decided I wanted to go to a binder of patterns. It would take up less space and I liked the idea of seeing more patterns at once. I had a feel for the step outs and I could look them up as needed. (At this point my friends wanted copies so I made .pdf’s of all my pages and you can download them here for free.)

Then I got this cute organizing bag at a garage sale. (Also available at

If I could get my patterns into a couple of smaller binders, I could fit everything in the bag and I would be more mobile.

So … back to the photo albums. (I was beginning to feel like a yo-yo at this point, but it seems that different seasons call for different organizing styles.) My tiles are tucked in a pocket along with all the tools I use. I will probably keep most of the finished tiles in a binder, though I usually scan them and then give them away.

Here are a couple more ideas for corralling all your patterns and tiles.

Use ATC cards in card organizer sheets.
Use small cards in coin organizer sheets. (Bijou tiles can also be used).
⚯ This company makes organizer sheets that will fit the 3.5″ x 3.5″ Zentangle tile.

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