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    Years ago I bought the cheap peel back the page picture albums, and that's what I use to put my ideas into, ideas for decorating, to build things, gardening, etc -- which come from magazines, newspapers, pictures I've taken over the years. I use that same way to keep track of quilting ideas. I also have a 3" x 5" index card box with notes about quilt blocks, patterns, baby quilts, kids quilts, etc., and notated if its in a magazine (including name/date, pg #), book (with same details) or a pattern. So when I need ideas, I go to that box and look, and it cuts down the searching considerably. I get ideas everywhere - including model homes, quilt catalogs, decorating magazines, kids coloring books, architectural details on a building, tile designs, and it all applies to my quilting...I'm sure it works the same way with most folks here on this board, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterjody View Post
    Page protectors and 3 ring binders are my best organizational tools. I to through my magazines and cut out my favorites and put them in page protectors. I have several binders going separated by categories..a binder for paper-piecing, applique, etc.
    Yep, this is how I do it. otherwise my little sewing area would be all magazines! and when I want to find a specific article or quilt idea, I don't waste time looking thru tons of stuff cause my binders are clearly labeled as to each's (?) content.

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    mighty: Sounds like a system that could really be great. Just need to force myself to let them go after 6 months.

    amen to that!
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    The quilt magazine has often been the media where I was first introduced to a specific designer. I, too, save patterns in plastic sleeves for the 3-ring binders. Even so, it is necessary to review the binders periodically and decide what is worth keeping. So much is available now on the internet, in books and magazines, and boards that I can research an item quickly. I am trying to downsize gradually. Time spent in sorting, arranging, cleaning is time away from the sewing machine. When I sort items when I take a break to watch TV with DH, I can tackle a small pile very quickly.

    One thought, I group my books together by author using the expanding file holders and/or plastic magazine holders. My study of trying to follow the work of a designer helps me define what they are doing and what I would want to do with that info. Examples: Mary Ellen Hopkins, Barbara Brackman, Judy Martin, Terry Atkinson, etc. I have even had a local printing shop drill holes in some books so that they don't wander off. I can view the book in the 3-ring binder and know exactly where to find my entire collection. :-)

    Please be aware of storage areas for magazines and books. A musty item is a liability and usually ends up as trash!

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    I have some of the cardboard holders that were going to get tossed when the school library was redone. I realized that the very deep shelves in my stash closet could hold mags in the back and fabric or baskets in front. Getting to the mags is, of course, a problem, but I don't get them down very often.

    Second idea comes from my guild.....we all donated some mags and on the day of our quilt show sold them for 25 cents each. I bought about $5 worth so I didn't advance much in reducing the numbers, but the money went to the guild. Of course, other people did a good job of donating and reducing their piles. I question whether they are really quilters. lol

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    My LQS has an old Wash Tub at the entrance that contains old quilt magazine that shoppers drop off as a magazine trading service. I just dropped off all my mother's old quilt magazines there. I think I got rid of about 50 magazines and I only took one in trade, I still have probably 150-200 magazines, but those are my favorites! I have only actually used one pattern out of all my magazines but they are my inspiration for many. My favorites are my Quilting Arts magazines, which I store in the cheap magazine holders I usually just pick up from thrift shops.
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    This is what I do as well. Works great

    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Weisberg View Post
    I went thru my tons of them and cut out the quilt picture and directions that I truley thought I would make, and then stored them in a plastic sleeve and put in a 3 ring binder. That was three years ago, and I still have not made any of the quilts. It sure freed up room on my magazine shelfs.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Weisberg View Post
    I went thru my tons of them and cut out the quilt picture and directions that I truley thought I would make, and then stored them in a plastic sleeve and put in a 3 ring binder. That was three years ago, and I still have not made any of the quilts. It sure freed up room on my magazine shelfs.....
    Same here,
    only now I have 3 binders full.
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    I have mine stacked in a bookcase, but would you believe, about 4 months ago, the bookcase fell apart from the weight of the magazines! I put it back together, but I think the computer/scanner idea might be a better idea for me. (I wish that would work for some of the OTHER clutter in my drawers and closets!! LOL!)

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    My dad used to store his magazines in the large corn flakes boxes, he would paint over the sides in blackboard paint, and mark what was in each box. One box stored one year, or so. He had a dot system for reference, from 1-5 red dots, with 5 dots being important. I think most of his boxes had 5 dots. I have the bookcase where he stored these boxes, he made it 50 years ago out of packing crates. The magazines are long gone, he would have been 98 years old this past Feb. 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PS Stitcher View Post
    So I am totally in LOVE with magazines and using them for ideas. But now they are getting unruly and I am just not sure how to organize them or store them. What do you ladies/gents do? Can you give me some ideas of what works for you?? I would really appreciate it!

    Scan the pages you want onto your computer then give the mags to someone who would like them.

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    I also go thru mine take out or copy what I want to keep and pass them on to my Mom or others at our BOM classes.
    I put what I wanted to keep in sheet protectors and place in a binder as well.
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    My quilt guild has a library the members donate all sorts of hand craft magazines and books to that are sold at our monthly meetings with the proceeds going back to the guild. If you don't have a guild that does this, I take my old magazines to the hospital (making sure my address is either cut out or illegible) and donate them. The volunteers are always glad to get them so people in the waiting room have something to read.

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    I bought some large index cards and started sorting my mags. I write one line of info on quilts Im interested in making someday. Each card is for a particular mag like Love of Quilting etc. Some I have more than one card for.
    This also shows me which mags to keep suscriptions for. Ones with few quilts I am canceling.
    I have alot more mags now than when this picture was taken but not out of room yet.
    The cabinet was cheap so can always get another one.
    The bookcase is for fats and I got the baskets at the Dollartree.
    I have alot more fats now also.
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    I don't have too many. My cooking mags I went thru them and pulled out what I wanted and out the door they went. Once I get the rest of my house together the few quilting/embroidery ones that I have I'm scanning into my pc on digital format and out they go. I've started getting Emb mag but only online, this way I can put it on my pc or my color nook and no clutter. You wouldn't believe how many books I got rid of this yr. I had this great idea that one day I wanted to have an office with bookcases and all of my reading books in them. They collect so much dust and even though I have 4 bedrooms, I don't have room for an office. One room has my son, girlfriend and her daughter in it until they can afford it on their own. One (smallest one) I made into a spare room. It used to be my bedroom, then it was a sewing room. The bedroom next to it is a little bigger and also my old bedroom. I decided to make it my sewing room and get a few extra feet of space, very few. Then I have another big bedroom upstairs that was my daughters. When she moved out, I went on Craigslist and furnished it (everything except for the mattress) and it is now my room. Lots of space and event though it's all solid wood and came from several people it all goes together and I got great prices. Even on my new mattress, it was last yr model and then it was damage when they brought it into my house so my 1000 price tag went down to 200. I have a large sunroom that I was going to make into my sewing room but kind of like being able to close it off from the rest of house to minimize dust. So I'm having a small office area in my sunroom and a great relaxing area for when I do my hand embroidery or applique. Once you get into the mind set of de-cluttering it gets addicting too. There were a few mags that I wanted at the quilt show but since they weren't on digital format I didn't get them. I don't want to spend all of my time scanning things into my pc. Good luck and I hope you find something that works good for you. They say once you start getting rid of things it makes you feel good, it's true. Either getting rid of things or just finding a storage system that works for you has the same effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    I have mine stacked in a bookcase, but would you believe, about 4 months ago, the bookcase fell apart from the weight of the magazines! I put it back together, but I think the computer/scanner idea might be a better idea for me. (I wish that would work for some of the OTHER clutter in my drawers and closets!! LOL!)
    I had this problem with my bookcases for my computer and photo books. I took out one of the removeable shelves, went to Home Depot and had them to cut me more shelves. Problem solved. You can even put one on top of the non-removeable shelf when it has one. This was great when I went to organize my fabric. I bought more of those pegs to install the shelves and put them closer together and it made organizine the fabric so much easier. The stacks of fabric aren't as high and you can break down the color/scheme into better managabel stacks. No tall stacks trying to get the fabric from the bottom anymore. I think my shelves are only about 8 in or so apart.
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    When the guild I belong to has their quilt show, we have one section of "second hand treasures." Member donate magazines and we bundle them up and sell them for $1.00 for 12. They go like hot cakes and people can pick them up so cheap and check magazine they don't have subscriptions for to see if they might be interested in buying. Everyone loves it. We have all kinds of things that are donated and believe me we have very little left at the end of the show. Usually just very old patterns (clothes) left. Then we donate to Goodwill or like store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1 View Post
    I also go thru mine take out or copy what I want to keep and pass them on to my Mom or others at our BOM classes.
    I put what I wanted to keep in sheet protectors and place in a binder as well.
    Penny
    I used to follow this procedure as well until I found that I had too many binders! So I took all of my sheet protectors out of my notebooks and placed them into a small 3 drawer file cabinet on wheels and divided the articles and patterns up into hanging file folders with tabs labeled: Quilting Tips; Binding; Machine Quilting; Hand Quilting; Kids Quilts; Male quilts; etc. My file cabinet fits right underneath my work table on one end where I have quick, easy access to all my favorite quilt patterns and articles!
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    I take out the patterns I want to try and put them in page protectors inside a three-ring binder. I pull them out when I'm ready to make them and move them to a folder of patterns I've used.

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    I use 3 ring binders and tear the patterns out. I have a binder for each category... kids, Christmas, applique and so on. I use plastic pages to hold each pattern and it's easy to flip through.
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    I moved a few years ago and had to get rid of alot of my stuff. I kept all my Quilters Newsletter which is my favorite and donated all the rest (10 years worth) to a thrift store. We recently bought a new house and at long last I have my own room. I bought two floor to ceiling bookcases for all my books and magazines. I also limit myself to my favorite quilt magazine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misspriss View Post
    I don't have much of a problem with the magazines, it's all the beautiful quilts you all show. What to do with all the computer print outs?
    I put them in files, strips, squares, applique, Christmas, ect. They takes up little room this way And they're sorted. Easy to review. Staple together if more than 1 page. alphabetize files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    I have mine stacked in a bookcase, but would you believe, about 4 months ago, the bookcase fell apart from the weight of the magazines! I put it back together, but I think the computer/scanner idea might be a better idea for me. (I wish that would work for some of the OTHER clutter in my drawers and closets!! LOL!)
    I'm adding wood supports that fit on shelves like books. Midway ,helps hold weight so shelves don't buckle or sag.

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    For magazine aficionados, check your local public library. U.S. based institutions may offer free digital magazine access for its patrons. The service is provided by Zinio. Since they're digitally offered, there are no limitations on checkout and they may be accessed via desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Back issues are also shown (based upon the period the magazine became digitally available through your library). This is an excellent way to build a collection without incurring the storage issues of their presence.

    I have the following titles available through my library:

    American Patchwork & Quilting
    Quilting Arts
    Quilts & More

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBethie View Post
    For magazine aficionados, check your local public library. U.S. based institutions may offer free digital magazine access for its patrons. The service is provided by Zinio. Since they're digitally offered, there are no limitations on checkout and they may be accessed via desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Back issues are also shown (based upon the period the magazine became digitally available through your library). This is an excellent way to build a collection without incurring the storage issues of their presence.

    I have the following titles available through my library:

    American Patchwork & Quilting
    Quilting Arts
    Quilts & More
    now my techie ignorance will shine! Thanks for info on library access to digital versions of those mags. Do, I want something out of one of them- do I request the whole digital mag, get it "sent" to my desktop, then can I find what I want, print it...(I still like hard copies), then send the digital version back to the library or delete it or is it mine forever?

    thinking of advertisers...who would actually read the ads in a digital version of a mag? In a hardcopy version, I personally just flip by them.....
    i will check with my library on this.

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