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    Question Magazine Organization/Storage

    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!
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    I am also a magazine addict, but I have found that they can be a burden. several years ago a friends daughter came up with this idea... i keep the magazines in 3 baskets. the first basket is all new issues. i keep them there for 2 months. then I move them to basket #2. those magazines are 2 to 4 moths old. none newer and none older. once they are 4 months old, i move them to basket #3. that basket holds them until they are 6 months old. at that point i look through them again and cut loose any picture /patterns that i think i like or need for ideas and i put them in page protectors under a catagory that applies. the pages then go into a 3 ring binder. the rest of the magazine i toss. the 6 month rule gives me ample time to rethink any projects that i might have considered in the beginning, and a chance to add new ones. i have found that this system works quite well. after moving hundreds of magazines 3 times all over the country, i am thankful for the idea. wish i had thought of it myself.

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

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    I love quilting magazines, too. Someone recently gifted me with a huge box of back issues and I was in heaven. I realized that I can't keep them all forever so I am taking my time to go through them, putting sticky tabs on ideas that I like and want to try, and then the others go into a pile to share with my QB friends in swaps, especially the secret pal swap.
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    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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    i keep mine for about 2 months then go through them, keep what i want and
    pass them on to other people i know who quilt that enjoy them also.

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    I am in the process of going thru all of mine and cutting out what I think I will make and letting go of the others. I have them back to 1999!! I can't believe how much room they were taking up. I have decided this year I am going to do a complete over haul in my sewing room. I need to let some of it go out of my house!

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    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?

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    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.

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    I get the inexpensive cardboard mag holders from staples. I label them by magazine and years. I can fit more than one year in a case. They fit fine on the bookcase. I just looked, and I have a LOT of magazines LOL
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    I love my magazines too, I hate to part with them, but honestly, I know that if I live to be 250 I can't make all of the quilts that I have bookmarked!
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    Organizing my quilt magazines

    I bought some inexpensive (because I needed so many) white magazine holders from IKEA, cut some attractive paper fronts (found at JoAnn's in the Scrapbooking section) Printed some labels and voila'! Nice and neat.

    I hope the pictures are in the right order, but, if not, I'm sure you can figure them out.
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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?
    Don't print out anything. Copy and paste into a word document and save to a computer file. Then you only use paper if and when you decide to make something. I do this with all kinds of quilting, sewing, knitting and cooking projects I find online.
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    i scan them into computer then save to a blank dvd. just be careful to label it. then i give the magazines to my library.there are a lot of people interested that cant afford to buy them here. its a very depressed area. I live in a small trailer and just do not have room for me and my loom under construction,the sewing machines and fabric.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    Wonderful organization, Corky! Is the rest of your sewing room this neat and organized?

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    I have just spent nearly 12hours sorting out my magazines some dating back to 1995!!!!! I have parcelled up over 100 mags to pass on to one of my quilt groups!!!! My sewing room is only 9'x7' and books/magazines take up so much space!!!!!! Now need to go through my fabrics.......or live to 150 to use them all!!!!!!!!!!!!! This hobby is SOOOO addictive!!!!!!!!
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    If you have a scanner, scan the pages that you like from the magazines and then save them as *.pdf file. That way they are stored on your computer and you can refer to them time and again.
    I have scanned lots of quilting magazines that are no longer in publication (1970-1980), so I have the files to refer to whenever I need them.

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    As soon as I bring a new magazine into the house, I go thru it and tear out anything I want to keep and add it to my 3 inch binder in page protectors. The magazine gets donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters local thrift store called 'Savers'......no clutter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acjacques View Post
    If you have a scanner, scan the pages that you like from the magazines and then save them as *.pdf file. That way they are stored on your computer and you can refer to them time and again.
    I have scanned lots of quilting magazines that are no longer in publication (1970-1980), so I have the files to refer to whenever I need them.


    What a great idea!

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    I cut out the patterns that I really want to make and get rid of the rest. The patterns I keep I put in plastic sheet protecters and put them in a three ring binder..I have a binder for quilts, one for table runners , one for ideas..It makes it a lot easier to find a pattern when I want it....

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    You ladies sure have some good ideas!!
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    Another option is to sell them or donate them to the library.

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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?
    Save them on your computer then just print out when you are going to make one.

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    I could never cut up a magazine. I can scan what I want save it then give the magazine away. I still have several hundred but hope to get rid of some at my Patchworkers/Quilters garage sale in a few months when the weather is cooler.

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    I am thinking about scanning the articles/pics from my mag. into a project folder/pic folder on my cpu. Thank way the mag. can ge gifted to someone else to use intact. Just have not started yet.

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