This seems to be the best way I have come up with to keep my smocking plates organized and easy to find. When I use one of them, I just take the whole paper protector out of the binder so that I can keep my smocking plate clean and wrinkle-free!
Several years ago, smocking plates started taking on a new form by being created as PDF files. I didn't really jump on board with that type of smocking plate at the time, as it wasn't the most convenient. It was still easier to grab my paper smocking plate and carry it about with me wherever I went. That was before the era of iPads and other portable electronic tablets. I now love the ease of bringing up a smocking plate on my iPad and being able to carry it around with me!
Another great advantage of PDF Smocking Plates is that with the swipe of my fingers, I can zoom in to those sometimes hard to see stacked cables! Zooming in allows me to see the detail that I might need to work on the design.
One question that cropped up on my facebook page was "Can I view PDF Smocking Plates on my Android device?" The answer is, if you can view PDF files on whatever brand portable electronic device you have, then YES! you can!!
PDF Smocking Plates are also a great convenience as you can order them and get an instant download and be smocking immediately!
My design studio, Brer Rabbit Designs, has quite a few PDF smocking plates to choose from and all are an instant download!
If I was real ambitious, I would scan every single one of my paper smocking plates and make them into PDF files. I could then store each smocking plates in my computer or iCloud and be able to access them all at the tap of a finger! Oh the convenience! I'm just not sure I am quite that ambitious yet, but perhaps someday I will have nothing better to do than to scan smocking plates all day long!