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Thread: What's a Girl To Do With Her Magazines?

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    Would love to have some of your mag. Anyone want to get rid of some? Some of us beginners might want some> Please share.

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    there was a time I saved them all using those plastic bones that fit in the center then into 3 ring binders (bought at office max), but then became overwhelmed with binders........and decided to sell bundles at a garage sale..........that worked.....the ones I wanted to save I became creative and butting a ceral box to resemble those plastic mag holders and covering w/contact became my next project.......now I simply rip out the one or two ideas I might want to try and toss or give away the mags at guild meetings....some people take them to doctor/dentist/hairdresser - my next drop off sites!!!!! But lately have not bought many and stopped all my subs so down to doing with what I have.......and will eventually thin those out.

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    Having moved home in the last year before I left I sorted through my magazines with friends and gave a load away. In the last month or so I have re sorted and reduced again, giving those I really won't use again to members of a craft group I have joined.I rarely buy magazines now,this forum and other sites provide so much inspiration I can do without.The money I save I would rather spend on fabric ! Love to all Letty

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    I just went through over 30 magazines last night and I carefully tore the patterns I wanted out of them. I am taking the patterns this weekend and will scan them into my laptop in a folder labeled "Quilt patterns! Nothing to take up shelf space!!! i don't need to share the magazines because they were shared with me!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragquilter View Post
    I use the magazine boxes. I found the smaller ones work better the ones that hold more than a year's worth are too heavy to move. I bought all of mine at yard sales and thrift stores. Luckily I am not a matchy matchy person. I thought about cutting them up but as a new quilter I want them whole for now.
    Take some wrapping paper and glue to the holders to match, if you want them consistent.
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    I scanned the articles and patterns that I wanted to keep and cleared many shelves in my sewing room. I give the old mag. to the quilters guild.It took a lot of time but now I scan as I get the magazines. So nice to have hundreds of patterns on a flash drive , I can run through them really fast if I am looking for something,(I filed mine by catagory- Bed, table, wall hanging, blocks etc)
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    I rip out my favorite articles/ patterns and put them in a sheet protector. Now I just have two binders on a shelf instead of boxes and boxes of magazines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micki922 View Post
    I remove what I want from the magazine, put in plastic page protector and keep in 3ring binder. This has cut down on the am't of paper I have to store
    What a great idea. Thanks.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I have a lot of old ones also. Right now they are piling up on my book shelf. I will either sell them or use them as RAKs.

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    Have you thought of scanning the articles that you want to keep? If you have a scanner for your computer you could save them there--or even on disc such as a DVD in PDF form, then you would have them---yet without all of the clutter. I have started doing this for all kinds of items, such as magazine articles, even owners manuals. Sure is nice to know where they are---and not have to hunt for it---and yes I do make more than one copy---and put it in a safe place--like a copy on my machine, and one on my husbands, and even if it is important documents---take it to the bank safety deposit box. Just a thought.

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    Our library has a book sale every year in the fall, and you can donate magazines as well as books. I went and there were a lot of Quilting books, and magazines, I had a great time picking some out... It is a great way to share, donate to your library and still decluter your space...
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    I do what Micki does. At first it about killed me to cut up my magazines but I had way too many. I've turned years of magazines into 5 thick 3 ring binders. I put a sheet of plain paper in each sleeve then put a pattern including instructions and pattern pieces on each side of the paper, thus, 2 patterns to a page. I only kept ones I thought I 'might' make someday. Magazines I didn't cut up I passed on to other quilters. I magazines back to 1972. Remember "Stich and Sew"? I had some of them. I also have over 120 hardback books so I have all the patterns I could ever make!
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    I've been purging my old quilting magazines and have found that I tear patterns I want to keep most often from the pages of Fons 'n Porter issues.

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    Last week I went thru all my magazines. I had some going back to 1992 and some that were given to me from 1982. My how things have changed! =) I took out what I wanted and put them in page protectors and tossed the rest. I did find out that the most magazine for the money is Fon's & Porter's Love of Quilting. I never would have realized that if I hadn't sat down and looked at each and every one. =) I went from 3 shelves on my bookcases to one plastic box.
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    I make a copy of the articles an helpful information I want and keep them in a binder.
    The patterns I want are also copied and placed in a plastic sleeves and put in another binder.

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    I have 3 small hanging file holders. I take a hanging file folder and place the center of the magazine over the top of the hanger part and file them. This is better than the magazine holders because they do not slide and bend. I weed out once a year and if I only want one pattern out of a magazine, then I tear it out and put it in a notebook in a plastic sleeve. Works great.

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    So far I havnt run out of room for mags. I keep them in mag holders that are cardboard or plastic and are cheap.
    Sorted by company and date. Then I take large file cards and write one line, location, page and a brief discription for all the patterns I like.
    When I run out of room for more mags will donate all the ones with no patterns in them that I wanted.

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    I have shelves and shelves and boxes and boxes of mags and books. They take up a lot of space. I am in the process of scanning and saving them on my computer/disks/ and stick drives. I have a huge hard drive and a time machine to back up everything. So that what I am doing with all the patterns. I purchased EQ 7 about 2 years and go and it has more quilt patterns I could ever use or I can design my. Space is so important to me in my small sewing room so I decided this is the best way for me to do things.

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    Some good ideas here. I had to move my magazine stash out to top of a big cabinet in the living room. It's motivating me to go through them, cut out what I want and then start getting the rest out to recycling or out of the house. I'm thinking I may scan mine in and store them as well as the paper ones, just because with my fabric stash, I'm running out of room.
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    The minute I get a magazine i go through it and use postit notes to tab what I like if there are no tabs i give it away immediately... End of year I go through the ones i tabbed and if they are worth keeping i copy the pattern and give the magazine away.. keep them in a binder.
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    this is a great idea - I took your advice and found packages of 100 plastic page protectors in my local Costco. (I bought 2 of them) I neatly trimmed out the pages I wanted from my stash of quilt magazines and filled them into a 3" binder. All the trimmed out magazines I donated to my library. My shelves are neater and my quilt buddy at the local library is a happy camper! Thank you for this!

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    I have a four-drawer filing cabinet in my home office. The top two drawers are dedicated to family filing stuff, but the bottom two drawers are filled with my magazines. I bought color coded hanging file folders (blue for quilting, green for crocheting, purple for 'other crafts' and my magazine collection - at least most of it - resides in these two drawers. a few years ago I had culled out a large selection of 'Magic Crochet' magazines that I didn't think I'd ever want again and donated them to Salvation Army. Naturally, that's when someone asked me to make a certain project and I didn't have the pattern! If your magazines are out of print, as some of mine were, you can always sell them on Ebay.

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