Thus enters the Evernote application. If you are not familiar with it, you should definitely check it out. (No, I am not receiving any remuneration for this recommendation.) It allows you to sync your computer with iPad and iPhone and makes capturing and categorizing ideas and paper super-easy and even fun. I first signed up for Evernote when I got my iPad two years ago. There is a free version and a premium version and, so far, I have used the free version and think it's great. I used it off and on but have really started to get obsessed with it when I discovered its power in helping me organize my beading life. The visual aspects make it a bit like a private Pinterest, which is good when you are working on top-secret things! The desk-top application allows you to easily clip a web page and populate it into a note which is then synced across all your devices. The cameras on the iPad and iPhone applications allow you to take a snapshot of a pattern or notes you may have scribbled by hand so you can organize them when you have time. You can even do voice notes!
Now, when I read a beading magazine (which I still prefer in paper form) and come across a pattern I want to make, I snap a picture of it or scan a copy to my computer. If I am reading an electronic magazine, I just snap a screen shot of the pattern pages I want. Once scanned, I can save the patterns to my computer, Google docs or Goodreader and hyperlink in Evernoote so I can easily access it. Below is a sample screen shot of how a pattern snap appears in Evernote.
I have a notebook for Christmas ideas that I add to throughout the year so going Christmas shopping is as easy as opening the notebook, accessing the web sites I have saved and placing orders (assuming money is in the account for payment!)