Making Idea Books
For years I’ve subscribed off and on to several magazines and I’ve piled them up thinking I’d use them when I needed ideas for recipes or crafts. Well that never happened because they invented in the internet. If I need a recipe or craft idea it is much easier to search the web for what I want than to search through all those magazines.
I hated to think of all the money I’d wasted on ideas I’d never use, so I decided to do something about it. I started making idea books out of all that old stuff.
I went through each magazine and pulled out the information I thought I might use some day. If I didn’t see anything I donated the magazine to our local reading room. For the ones that were torn up I kept some of them for craft projects with the kids, but the rest got thrown away (we can’t recycle magazines here.)
I three hole punched the pages and used reinforcements before putting them into 3 ring binders I had from other projects. I pasted smaller cutouts to ugly scrapbooking cardstock (you know the kind – you bought it in a combo pack or something and you have no idea what you’ll do with it) and hole punched those pages too. Some larger articles went into page protectors to keep them together. I used heavy cardstock and homemade tabs to divide the sections (I have books for crafts, kids, recipes etc.) so I could find things easily.
Now when I need an idea it is easy for me to grab a binder from my kitchen bookshelf – even easier than using the internet – and I finally feel like I’ve put those magazines to good use. No need to print off internet ideas either, it is all right there for me.
Yes this project took time but it was also kind of fun and very gratifying since I was reducing my clutter and making something useful.
If you decide it is too much work to handle all those back issues then just donate them to someone who can use them. No sense hanging on to things you will never use when someone else can use them.
One of the other benefits of this little project was that I saw how little some of the magazines actually had in them and I dropped those subscriptions. I can read the few articles of interest at the library if I want to but in most cases I’m not missing anything but advertising.