My notes let me know that is has been almost a year since I made my annual lady bug cane. This year my drawing and notes really helped.
When it is this long between make a design chances are I will forget what would have been a good tweak and what would be a good idea to avoid. I find that using small pieces of paper works the best for me. It fits right under clay when I build the cane using the design I worked out. For anything that is bilaterally symmetrical making one half and cutting it to make the full image works best to me.
So now I can tuck that helpful scrap away til next year. It might not be pretty but I works.