Tuesday, January 15, 2008

WFMW - Magazine Clippings Binders

A few of my clippings magazine: Christmas,
Decorating, Crafts & Gifts, and Inspiration I&II

My heart pounds every time I enter the magazine section of the bookstore. I just know I’m going to solve all my problems in 10 simple steps, add the word “organize” to the cover I can’t get to the checkout fast enough.

My magazine addiction goes back to reading issues of Highlights and Cricket when I was little, changing Young Miss, Dynamite and Tiger Beat during my teen years. As a teen I spent hours I plastered my door with images of Leif Garret and Andy Gibb, and I remember learning about what not to do while dating from reading YM’s "Boy, Was My Face Red" column.

I started my clippings binders when I was in junior high, and in my Christmas binder I have craft ideas going back to the early 80’s. I can’t throw them away because it connects me to who I was at a time when my biggest worry was which flavor of Bonnie Bell lip-gloss I was going to wear.

A high school friend called recently to reminisce, and I felt embarassed when she asked me if I still collected magazine articles in binders. I don’t know why, but my initial reaction was to lie, to hide my addiction to being new and improved. Fortunately she said that she has several and thinks of me every time she uses them.

Titles for my over-filled binders include Cooking, Decorating, Exercise (I don’t think I’ve ever actually reread any of them, but they’re there – LOL), Gifts & Crafts (I am not crafty, but I love the idea of it), Photography (with the advent of Flickr I haven’t added to it in years), Seasons & Holidays (with an additional one for Christmas), multiple FlyLady Control Notebooks that I have good intentions of making work, and Inspiration (with a additional binder for Oprah’s "What I Know" and Martha Beck columns from O mag). I also have a box of writing ideas/story prompts for journaling. I try to put the best articles in page protectors, and I’ve covered each binder with pretty scrapbooking supply paper.

Finally, I have a box of clippings of images from magazines that I fall in love with. On Saturday I wrote about my annual treasure map collage, and I also like to keep them for inspiration for my photography.

Does anyone else reading this post do this?

I had a lot of fun reading your blogs, and checking out many I hadn't heard of.
Works for me Wednesday gals ROCK! Check them out at Rocks in My Dryer.
Saturday I posted about how I enjoy saving images from magazines to make into
my annual Treasure Map (inspired by the book "Sinmple Abundance").
Tomorrow I'm going to post about my favorite magazine's web sites for Thursday 13.


tootie said...

I don't keep clippings in binders - but I probably should! I'm all for organization.

Mamacita said...

Oh yes! I do this! I only have one, though. It is all decor and design stuff. But I, too, have done it since I was a young girl. Funny!

Desiree' said...

I do this but my organization is unorganized. Pretty bad, huh? I think I am going to break them apart like you did. Maybe my next Tackle It Tuesday post! :)

Thanks for cking out Clappy Shoes. Take care!

Lylah said...

hi nicole...thought i'd hop on over to say HI and a big thanks for visiting my MMM blog and posting your comment.....i'm delighted that you've not read any of these. another one i'm into now is infidel. it's good!


Gray Matters said...

I like saving clippings, pictures and articles also. I pick up the "old-fashioned" photo albums with the clear protector/sticky pages from the $1 store. You can usually get pretty ones with neat designs. It appeals to my sense of symmetry when everything is the same width lined or stacked up on a shelf - there are also a finite amount of pages so it helps me to be very selective about what I keep.

Angie said...

I've kept a binder for a while like this, but haven't added to it in a long time. I think part of it was because I didn't separate out all the ideas. I will DEFINITELY have to do this again and separate things out!

tickledpink.nicole said...

Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear I'm not alone.

Totallyscrappy said...

I love magazines!! I can toss or cut up so many magazines, but I have trouble parting with ones that have ideas I want to keep. I think I may be ready for a clippins binder!

Ann said...

How interesting that my post offered the raw materials--the clippings themselves, with nice, neat, ruler-straight edges--and you provide this great system for keeping them all together and organized. It's a *great* system. I'm inspired. It reminds me of Janel's Five Fat Files.


So nice getting to know you!

Crafty P said...

guilty of this too. I'm so impressed with your collection! I have a notebook devoted to just Family Fun magazine articles (and then inside it, it's sub-divided into categories).

I've kept another clippings notebook with sections called: inspiration, crafts, recipes, holiday, etc.

Then there's the file folders that have oodles of clippings WAITING to be sorted! hmmm, sounds like a good January project!

ttelroc said...

Ooooh, I love a great idea, that can integrate so easily into my own life. I have 100's of sheet protectors that are filled with clippings from magazines, that I have in 3 ring binders. I have sketch books with pictures and articles from magazines pasted in there to keep them safe or to use later.

Duh, make categories!! Divide up the clippings. Have you seen those V-8 commercials where they thump the person on the head?? I feel like I have just been thumped! LOL

This is why I love to read blogs, things that should be SO EASY to figure out, are introduced to me (to the world) and can really make life better (easier, more organized, fun.)

Thank You Thank You Thank You

Have a Great Day!

Michie said...

I am a teacher too, and a mom and I often pull pages out of my Family Fun Magazines. I've just started organizing them into a binder. I am amazed by how organized yours are though! :)

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