The Dog Eared Pages

June 15, 2012

I have a confession to make and I’m sure it’s a common affliction among some of you.  I am a magazine hoarder, I repeat, I am a full fledged 100% magazine hoarder.  Who shall join me in this self inflicted misery?

I’ve subscribed to many publications for many years, always looking forward to them arriving in the mail every month and I love them and won’t end my subscriptions anytime soon, but what happens is as you know is they stack up quickly and soon you’re left with a pile of paper to either keep or recycle, and I much prefer the latter, but my “Oh there was that great article about boxwood hedges” or “I can’t throw that issue away, that amazing kitchen is inside!” takes over my brain and the piles ensue.

piles of magazine

I decided at the beginning of the year I’d be much better, oh yes I would!  I’d cure my magazine hoarding problem once and for all!!  (insert culturally relevant female empowerment song).

I’ve always dog-eared my favorite pages in the past for reference but what to do with all those articles/spaces/nifty ideas on pages that add up and up and up to piles of magazines filled with ideas and information that I cannot part with?

the dog eared pages

Pinterest has made it easier, now I know I can usually find a space online within a month of publication but I’m forgetful and rarely look for them that way.  I’ve struggled with what to do with all these dog eared pages for years.  Throw them in a binder?  Sure, I guess, but it has always seemed too utilitarian and this is where the practical side of me loses out to the “Why can’t it just be pretty?” side of me and a battle rages within.

As I was strolling through Michaels the other day I spied some simple and affordable white canvas bound sketch books and thought, hey, those would make great “books” to help me solve my “hoarding of the dog eared pages” problem, and an idea was born.  These things always happen if you casually stroll the aisles of Michaels, but I digress.

sketch books


There’s something so nostalgic about taking the time to make books out of clippings of your favorite things.  I’m not really a scrapbook person but I do prefer holding reading material in my hands (books, magazines, newspapers) rather than getting all my information digitally and I think it has something to do with my love of reading an actual book with pages and the fact I work online all the time and I just want to hold and look at paper pages in my hands.

So I started the slow, laborious, but ultimately satisfying process of taking over the kitchen island for a few nights and while the kids read or played and while I caught up on the news, I began making books out of my piles of magazines.  Who can spy the necessary element of sustenance for such a task?

kitchen island project


To start, I set a few ground rules 1)  Only years 2009 – 2011 for now.  2)  Purge anything outdated or unimportant.  3) Absolutely no reading the old magazine again, only the dog eared pages ONLY the dog eared pages!!!!  *slap*  4)  toss the article if I’ve pinned it on Pinterest (there was some overlap) and 5) put a serious dent in those piles ASAP at the request of your tolerant husband who really needs those magazines to disappear for a little more shelf space.

I began with a volume on interiors.  Notice how I say “volume” as if this is some sort of encyclopedia project (which, let’s be frank, it may become because I do so love interiors).

renovation style bedroom

favorite spaces in book

real simple pages

Inside, I also included all those articles deemed helpful for remodeling or building, you know, for my “next house”.  :)

types of wood for remodeling


I only got halfway through it when I felt like turning to a new subject which was about all things outdoors (garden or spaces).  A moment of silence please because how ridiculously awesome is that fountain?  *le sigh*

outdoor spaces in book


  And I also started a third “volume” on DIY projects and crafty type inspiration.

diy project book


Maybe I will write a book about interiors someday, but for now these little “books” of mine will do just fine.  I also love the idea of whittling over 100 magazines and 200 dog eared tear sheets so far to three half filled volumes that will eventually be filled up and preserved as little books on the shelf for years to come.   Double sided articles were secured only along the top with a glue stick to allow me to flip up the page and read the other side in the future.  I have many more magazines to condense, but I’m off to a great start.

volumes on shelf


I wonder if my daughters will pull my “books” off the shelf years from now and wonder about my taste.   Will rustic furniture and gray kitchens still be stylish?  Will making pillows out of old clothing still be en vogue?

pillows from old clothing

  Only time will tell.

How do you manage or organize your magazine subscriptions?  Commiserate with me.



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179 Responses to “The Dog Eared Pages”

  1. Angie says:

    Hi, my name is Angie, and I’m a magazine hoarder too. I came up with a similar binder solution, and found I’m pretty picky about what goes into them, so it’s been easy to cut down on the mag stacks!

  2. Jessie says:

    Hi Kate: Yup, I hear you!! Looks like you’ve got your problem solved. On Pinterest I found an item where the person used old magazines to make a foot stool. They stacked the magazines on a piece of wood the same size (you could put wheels on it if you wanted to) and held them in place with beautiful belts (or you could use gorgeous scarves). My sister is going to stack equal groups of 4 and place glass on top and use it as an end table. Actually, it’s her husband who has a serious addiction to travel magazines – and entire wall of them!!!

  3. That is a great idea. I don’t recall seeing those canvas books before, but I will have to look harder, won’t I?! My magazine pile is similar to yours and while I try to purge every few months, there are certain ones that I refuse to get rid of. I’ll have to steal your idea in the very near future! Thanks Kate! By the way…have a great time visiting family and at Haven!

  4. Olwyn says:

    I love how beautiful and concise your white books are! Perhaps you’d like to know the system I’ve been using for many years? (Not quite as elegant, but my books live in my studio, so….)

    I use the following equipment (could be any manufacturer):

    2 Ikea metal cabinets with drawers- I think there are about 7 drawers to each small cabinet. Each drawer is labelled according to my interests: Outside, House Images, Kitchen, DIY, BookMaking, etc. I also collect images & ideas related to my artwork and images from other artists I admire. These drawers are just the right size for most magazine pages.

    1 Big box of sheet protectors (usually kept ready to go in one of the Ikea drawers).

    1 Fiskars portable paper cutter for trimming sheets (with pencil case containing scissors, glue stick, tape)

    Lots & Lots of empty Binders. (I like the 3″ kind with D rings and currently only use white, myself)

    When time & inclination strike, I pull images from magazines & toss them into the appropriate drawers. When a different time & inclination strike (or the drawer gets too full), I trim the images and put them into sheet protectors & then usually, back into the drawer from which they came.

    Eventually just the right mood arrives for putting all the images inside sheet protectors and then into the appropriate white binder.

    I have nearly thirty binders now, and I use them a tremendous amount. Even though some of the ideas may be presently outdated (I’ve been casually creating these binders for nearly fifteen years), it’s impossible for me to go through even one of them and not become re-inspired and creatively energized within just a few pages. Recently we’ve been building a house and the binders have provided tremendous inspiration & reassurance about our design choices. When the same idea keeps showing up again & again…. I guess images that truly speak to the heart never become silent.

  5. Such an amazing idea! I mean it’s brilliant! I have recently stopped buying new magazines because I don’t have enough space in my new tiny apartment in London but I will definitely try it when I go back to my apartment in Greece!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Only a few days ago i blogged about the very same thing. I feel much better having got my magazines all organised, so many times i have nearly thrown or given them all away, so glad i didn’t. I love the folders you have put yours in, I didn’t see anything like that when i was looking for options.

  7. Ann V. says:

    Inspiring ideas, from one magazine hoarder to another! Feel like Pinterest has made it harder for us…now when I have have a free moment I am pinteresting and the magazine piles get higher (well, the first free moment is always devoted to your blog ;) but do love your book idea!!

  8. Cyndi says:

    I, too, dog ear magazine pages. Then once a month, I look back at them and tear out the ones I really want to keep before passing the magazine on to girl friend to read. Yes, they get some missing pages, but, hey, it’s free! I file the town out pages in labelled file folders in my desk.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for mentioning about only gluing the top of the magazine pages to flip. I was beginning to be a little curious how you were able to decide on which side would be the only side up while, of course, the other side still had something fantastic on it! I have been in the process of eliminating my magazines like this too (only, it has taken me longer – thankfully I rarely get new ones in so I don’t get too overwhelmed). I do like the book idea better too. I was going to put mine in binders with clear sleeves. :( This is much cuter!

  10. Valerie G says:

    Are you having any trouble with the books getting too thick and not wanting to close well? It seems like this would happen adding so much material to a book with a fixed spine. Love the idea. Just wondering.


  11. Amy (was D now C) says:

    I too suffer from a condition that causes me to hoard magazines! This year is the year that I have promised to downsize my ‘collection’ for my new husband’s sanity and to produce some space in our little home (for more ‘stuff’ I’m sure!). Love the simple white notebooks you have used! xxx

  12. OMG!! This idea is MARVELOUS!!!!! I was dog-ear’ing pages the other day & wondering the SAME exact thing!!! I love the idea of those books. I’d love to talk more but I’m out the door, headed to Michael’s!

  13. Kathy says:

    Hello – my name is Kathy and I’m a magazine hoarder. (everybody say “Hi Kathy”) Welcome to the Magazine Hoarder – But I Don’t Care Meeting!!
    Right now I have EVERY issue ever printed of the Food Network Magazine – almost all of Bon Appetite and every one of the last FIVE years of the now defunct Gourmet Magazine (I still grieve over that!) Hundreds of quilting magazines, crafting magazines and magazines dedicated to all things Christmas. Oh – I forgot I also have most of the Thanksgiving/Christmas issues for Good Housekeeping, McCall’s (I still miss that one also!), Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day and Family Circle. So Kiddo – I know your pain! I’m not even counting the 50 years I’ve been collecting cookbooks! Time to go now – I think there’s a new issue of SOMETHING out there, waiting for me!

  14. Kathy says:

    PS: I forgot about all of those Decorative Painting magazines!

  15. Cindy says:

    I have tried various methods over the years, finally settling on the digital method. I scan the dog-eared pages onto my computer, being careful to organize them as I go along, and save them to a thumb/flash drive. I’ve found it much easier to refer to the pages this way and have even emailed ideas to friends from my neatly organized and accessible collection.

  16. Sharon says:

    Magazine clippings and stacks of magazines. Look at the huge group of people with a common interest (problem). I love the book idea, but can’t bear to tear pages out of some of my magazines – Bon Appetit, Budget Travel, Conde Nast Traveler. But I have gotten better about regular magazines. Good news is, I haven’t paid for an actual magazine (except Budget Travel) in years due to my Coca-Cola obsession and My Coke Rewards points as well as

  17. Maryanne says:

    Did I miss? How are the pages mounted? I am going to Michaels tomm! Thanks!

  18. Kathleen says:

    I have the same problem. However I’ve started a new routine, as I initially go through the magazine I immediately rip out the photos/article I want to save. Then I trash the mag after a couple weeks. I save the mags when the whole darn thing is too good to throw away. But I will go back and read them years later. I’ve save all my Cottage Living mags…gosh I miss that one.
    I hope to run into you at HAVEN!!

  19. CentsationalGirl says:

    Simple glue stick Maryanne!

  20. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Valerie, great question! Yes they expand a little but not so much to endanger the binding – the magazine pages are pretty flimsy so with them halfway full they are expanding a bit but not too badly. :)

  21. Carrie says:

    Great system, and it looks cute! I have hundreds of magazines around the house much to the dismay of my lovely husband. I’ve been trying to go through at least one a night in the past few weeks and tear out the pages that I want to hold on to. I’ve started similar stacks to how you organized, and but have included two additional on recipes and household tips. I used to keep these all in binders within page holders but found out that scanning them as a PDF onto my computer actually worked the best for me. I rename them and sort them into the correct folder by type. The coolest perk about scanning them in, is some of my favorites I’ve moved over to Evernote and keep them with me as we’re trying to re-do our kitchen and add our front yard. Now I have the photo and ideas with me on my iPad or iPhone at the store.

  22. Tiffany says:

    Guilty as charged. *slap* <— that was funny.

  23. Candice says:

    Did the binder thing last month. And it was actually fun to look back at all the things and have leafed through it a couple times since.

  24. Moni says:

    I’m the same way and I have used a black media book to put my articles and pictures in, and I use a label maker to identify my books!

    I have one for interior decorating, one for projects and one for Fashion!

  25. I recently bought a cute magazine holder and am limiting myself to whatever magazines will fit in it. I try to take action on the things I mark in my magazines ASAP (i.e. tear out the recipe, enter the giveaway, look for the outfit online to pin), and then when the holder is full I’ll take them to work to leave in the break room. But I love this idea! Your books are so pretty.

  26. Shaunna says:

    Oh, I just keep buying more baskets to house them. I do have a binder that I eventually organize them in, but you know, your beautiful books have me thinking…
    P.S. CAN’T WAIT to see you, friend! Safe travels!!

  27. Candi says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE magazines, especially home decorating magazines and I LOVE those books you got to put your pages in. Gorgeous.

  28. I love you Kate. Was reading your article and decided to take the oldest issues and throw away everything. It’s a rainy day anyway. I promise I wont read all of them again, just lokk here and there. And I am not making any scrapbook, I have no time, patience or vocation for this, and besides: my kids already will have tons of junk to throw away when times came. Just this morning my young son asked: mam, waht will happen of this house when you move into a retirement home? this sets you to think.

  29. Carol D says:

    Please consider donating the unused portions of your magazines to :)

  30. You are awesome, someone I know (me) needed to see this. I know about magazine hoarding :)

  31. what do you do when an article is two sided? I cut all mine out staple them together and file them in a filing cabinet broken down into a dozen or so categories.

  32. Sarah says:

    Oh I can totally relate! I been a magazine hoarder since I was in high school- I had every issue of several years’ worth of In Style. Now its changed to more “grown up” and “serious”magazines like Real Simple, Canadian Living, Chatelaine and oh about any housey magazine I can find! Not to mention all the catalogues, And dont get me started on all the recipes I’ve been hoarding… What is it about magazines?! I actually applied your same approach last summer- it was the perfect thing to bring camping and on boring car rides. As part of “packing” for the big move to our first house, i spent hours in the fall cutting, ripping, sorting. But i havent done anything with all my precious findings yet. I love, love your idea of different volumes and using the white albums- I’m going to try that out! Ps. I find that since I went through all my mags, I am now much quicker at tearing out my “keepers” and not letting my pile grow! Oh, and maybe somehow I can get you to write the names on my book spines!

  33. Cher says:

    Looks lovely on the shelf – i have done a similar for years and it’s fun looking back at the stuff you used to like. Great way to get inspiration too. I got to the point that i had so many books though it was getting complicated so now i scan everything and electronically file it. I give the scans meaningful names so i am able to search for something plus i divide the folders into “room layout” “sculpture” “DIY” “recipes” and so forth so if i just want to browse a certain subject for inspiration it’s nice and easy. Then you can include favs from pinterest etc and everything is in one place. i’ve done it with some recipe books that only had one or two recipes i used also. best thing: no clutter and saving trees :^)

  34. I’m laughing a little inside because I remember my first three books. That was ages and ages ago, and now I have over 100 of those books filled (all organized by topic of course). They’ve been immensely helpful to me over the years, but now that they take up so much space, I’ve started scanning relevant articles and saving the digital versions. As for my books, once I’ve finished scanning them, I give them to crafty teachers and high school students with dreams of their own. Those books have been well loved and it’s a joy to pass them on, even if I do miss them on occasion.

  35. Jaime says:

    I do the same thing with photography that inspires me :) only one book so far though!

  36. As much as I love blogs, I still have a fondness for magazines!

    One way to use the magazines is to make a collage. As a teen, we would do this and tape them on our notebooks.

    Another use is a vision board. I did one recently and even had my 9-year old niece make her own.

  37. Savannah says:

    I absolutely love this book idea. I too am a magazine hoarder. Last summer I made the step of purging the magazines and keeping the good pages. However, it’s been a year and they are still sitting in filing folders. I’ll have to be on the lookout for these canvas books. Love it.

  38. Kathy says:

    What do you do when it has articles on both sides of the page?

  39. Zoe says:

    LOVE your blog. Thank you!

    This is a great idea. I’ve also done something simlar but not as pretty. I use composition notesbooks, cutting and pasting articles and bits and tips of interest. I have one for house ideas, several for craft ideas, and a book that is for “my” style – outfits that I like or bits and pieces of wearbles. I look through this one before I go on a shopping trip to remind myself of styles I like. This generally keeps me focus on things that fir in the “my” style and keeps me from getting wardrobe pieces that really aren’t me.

    Now I need to run to Michael’s and get everything into prettier books! Tahnks again!

  40. Katharine says:

    I do the same thing! Magazines are my guilty pleasure but it’s so easy to let them take over so I started this binder trick a couple years ago with all my fitness magazines and the different workout moves. The sketch books actually are a better idea for home inspiration because you can write what you like about the pictuers next to it so thank you for that idea!

  41. karen says:

    I use a mobile phone app, Evernote, that allows me to take pictures of magazine shots, add notes, and file them into folders that I create. My phone then synchs to my computer. I use it for recipes, design ideas, landscape ideas, etc. You can also clip web shots. A great advantage, it’s easily portable.The free app limits your monthly usage, the upgrade allows more storage. A shelter magazine editor featured the app in his monthly editorial as an end to his hoarding!

  42. Misty says:

    Oh my! I can’t believe you did that! I have tried to do exactly that but I just can’t cut the magazines!!! Ahhh! Thanks for sharing :) Blessings

    413 Sparrow Lane

  43. Becky says:

    Last year I purged 3 rubbermaid totes full of my dog eared magazines. I have filled a white 3″ binder using page protectors and subject tabs; the protectors work great for those back to back articles and how-to’s. When I needed the instructions to do a project I just took it out of the binder where it was still protected in the sleeve and didn’t get messed up with a craft product I was working with…just wipe it clean. It was also very handy to take 1 page to the hardware store to find a product vs. taking a book. I do love the look of those nice white books lined up on a shelf but for myself, the convenience of the binder is priceless.

  44. Rhonda says:

    I am so glad to see I’m not the only one with a dog-eared page problem! I started finally going through and tearing out the dog-eared pages but have done nothing with them up until this point – now I’m inspired to start my own little journals too… thanks!

  45. Cathy says:

    I am a magazine hoarder to, but now that we moved to a smaller place, I do have to clear them out, for hubbies sake, and to have some space left. So I am very happy with your article, it’s a lovely Idea, and gives me a great start to sort them out, not sure iff I will look for books or binders, probably will depend on what is most pretty in the shop.

  46. Rowena80233 says:

    Mag hoarder here too!! Especially knitting mags. I just went through a similar ‘paring down’ project but used 3-ring binders and clear plastic 3-ring sleeves. It worked well. I also purged sewing patterns and then scanned both front and back of the pattern envelopes, printed them out and put them in binders in sleeves. Hopefully this will prevent me from buying patterns I don’t need!!!

  47. I’m definitely a magazine ripper (not hoarder), a trick I picked up from my mom. Actually, mom gave me a notebook when I left for college that had all sorts of useful articles for a new “adult.” So once I started getting my own magazines, it was a natural transition for me to do the same thing. I read and rip at the same time, then put everything in a pile to sort through every month or so. I’ve got different binders for recipes (with page protectors to keep the recipes from getting splattered), house stuff, financials, and other categories. I get an odd satisfaction from filing everything away, and it’s even better once I have a chance to look back through a binder.

  48. CentsationalGirl says:

    Such a great idea Carrie, thansk! My scanner is a beast, wish it was easier to use, but I love the Evernote idea!

  49. Jessica says:

    I do the same thing! Except yours are very neatly trimmed and well thought out, mine are just torn out and taped to the page in no particular order. I also make little notes beside the picture/ article. It’s so fun to go back and look at where my “mind” was 2 years ago. My, how my taste has changed (& improved) :)
    P.s.- I’m loving these canvas bound journals, ive been seeing them all over the bloggosphere lately. The possibilities are endless.

  50. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful job you’re doing of cutting and pasting. I remember doing that with my teen mags and food mags in culinary school. It was a basic notebook though. Nothing as pretty as those beautiful white books!

    This may seem silly but what I love best are the spins. How and where can I learn how to be as awesome as you are at typography?!

  51. Pamela says:

    Wonderful idea. I’ve already stopped my home magazine subscriptions for that very reason. Now I want to start all over again. Gee, thanks Kate LOL.

  52. I just recently started placing my in 3-ring binders in plastic sheet protectors (just the pages and articles that I love) but your way is so much prettier. I’ll be making a trip to Michaels soon!

  53. Lindsay says:

    Hi, Kate! :) I just found your blog and am loving what I see! :) I, too have a nostalgic attachment to reading material with pages I can feel and crackle!!! :):):) I love this idea!! What I am wondering is, how did you make the binding labels for each notebook? Is your freehand just THAT gorgeous and artistic, or was there another nifty method involved? I’m dying to imitate!! ;);)

  54. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Lindsay, that’s my freehand handwriting!

  55. Angie says:

    I used to put my clippings in sheet protectors in binders, but they just sit there. Now I have gone digital… Pinterest for pictures of home design, an excel file of book lists, gift ideas, and projects that I want to try. And then an awesome app called Paprika that has become my cookbook of magazine recipes. I still have the problem of letting the magazines pile before I do anything with them. I have quite a tower now… *sigh*

  56. Christy says:

    I’ve done the same with an inexpensive photo album. I have one for receipes, craft ideas, and another for interiors. Still there are some Magazines I can’t get ride of like any of the Stampington Publications.

  57. Debbie says:

    This is such a fantastic idea!!

  58. Kim says:

    Hi Kate — A gal after my own heart! As I read your blogpost, I just kept nodding my head — that’s me, that’s me, that’s me! I can so relate to your love of magazines! It drives my family CRAZY, so I have to try to ‘hide’ them until I have time to pull out the articles I can’t part with! LOL! I love your idea! So pretty! How do you deal with different sizes — like magazine pages that are too big for the book? Thanks so much for sharing this. I feel sooo much better knowing there are others like me who have trouble letting go of those beautiful magazines!

  59. Nicole Kemer says:

    GREAT idea! I am curious what the title of the “Interiors” volume books are…they look very inspirational!

  60. Claudette Friesen says:

    My daughter and I were just talking about what to do with our magazines ~ she unfortunately inherited my addiction. Your idea is perfect but just one question ~ what did you use to ‘glue’ the magazine pages in the sketch books?
    Off to Michaels tomorrow to pick up a few books!

  61. Erin says:

    I love this! I have a 2′ stack of sheets already torn out of magazines I can’t bring myself to toss. For current publications I use a scan to PDF app on my phone and save it on my computer. My goal now is to be able to throw away/pass on/move to the guest room as soon as I’ve gone through a magazine. No more letting them lay around!

  62. Sara says:

    So glad I found this post- I do the exact same thing but use binders. I’m not disciplined enough to limit my tear pages so it has gotten out of control. I’ve made it through my bhg issues and am working on my Cottage Living archives. Southern Living is up next! My friends tease me about it but I have my future house binder too and think it will make things that much easier when it is time to build. Thanks for sharing!!’. Ps I discovered your blog on pinterest (ditto on that) and love everything on it!! Great job!

  63. Arlene says:

    Hi Kate…

    I love this idea. I was contemplating on doing this however, I sometimes have magazine pages that are double-sided…so that kind of stunted that idea. What do you do with your double-sided magazine clippings? I ended up putting them in sheet protectors and decorated my binder. But I get the thinner binders so it’s not so massive and separate them based on categories. I have one for my makeup inspiration (since my profession is a makeup artist/hair stylist) and one for interior & color blocking and another for recipes. Do tell…do tell…

  64. Maggie Hall says:

    THIS is what I’ve been waiting for. Someone to figure out what to do with all my dog-eared magazines and catalogs. Oh wait, I meant to say someone who can show ME what to do with all my dog-eared magazines and catalogs. I have stacks and stacks that I refuse to throw away but also refused to invest in plastic binders full of plastic sleeves or the not-so-cheap-anymore scrapbooks. This is THE perfect answer!!
    Thursday morning I have to take my van for a 1 hour tune up at the dealer’s at 10a.m. Michaels shortly after that. And a beautiful scrappy, bookmaking weekend will be on the horizon.

  65. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Arlene, I addressed that in the article, I simply use the glue stick only along the top so I can flip the page if necessary to read it!

  66. Yvonne says:

    I am SOOOO glad to know that I am not alone in my addiction. I have stacks of pages ripped out of magazines on MANY different subjects. I have mine in file folders, baskets, trays, you name it, I have tried everything to control my stash. Next up- your idea and I hope it will be my last! Thanks!

  67. Amber says:

    Great idea! What glue did you use for the pages? Glue stick or liquid elemer’s? Did you sheets crinkle over time?

  68. Awesome blog… I cannot believe that in my search tonight to find the “perfect” solution to curtail the crisis of my magazine collection accumulated over the past 10/20+ years that I would end up on your blog. I too just started to follow you on Pinterest. I’ve dog eared and tagged pages, used different colored post-its, pulled entire sections out and filed them into Ikea boxes to no avail, so tomorrow I start the binder system. I’ve even established a four star rule in buying a magazine – four great things have to pop out to me as I flipped through it on the store shelf… if not I don’t buy. And that’s not counting the ones that come in the door via a subscription. Books and magazines are “MY SHOES”.

  69. Laine says:

    Love It! i too am a magazine hoarder with dog-eared pages to keep track of all my Inspiration and Someday / Maybe ideas. i started organizing – but tearing then filing in manila folders isn’t enough of a home for these gems i’ve collected.

    i have just recently discovered your site, and i applaud you – you manage to bring organization, DIY, design, streamlined & simplified together beautifully.


  70. Katie says:

    Oh my goodness, I never knew there was so many of us! I too remove articles that I want to save from magazines (mostly hair and makeup articles as I am a hair stylist/makeup artist, but also clothing, recipes, DIY, and interiors). For now I put them in 3 ring binders, in fact I just picked up a new 2″ binder today for my hair and makeup articles. It’s sort of serendipitous that I found you blog (directed from Ikea Hackers), because I was just thinking about how I wish there was a more aesthetically pleasing way to organize clipped articles. What a wonderful idea, and your other projects are just lovely. Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing your future work.

  71. Linda says:

    My gosh! So glad to know there are fellow magazine hoarders out there! I’ve had to move around a lot and my family hates me for my magazines. I have boxes of them! I’ve been trying to organize them forever, but I finally came up with the idea last week of what to do to get rid of most of them.

    I always thought of scanning and printing them, but was put off by the idea because of the cost of the ink. Then it occurred to me that I don’t have to print them, I just have to scan them!

    I thought of how you can add things to Pinterest, so I’m thinkng about organizing them that way. At any rate, I have finally found my solution.

    If I decide to keep them on my computer, I will open them in IRFANVIEW (a free photo-imaging program), and will reduce the size of the files in a batch-file. This way they won’t take up too much room on my hard-drive.

    I really do love your idea though and think I will use it for special things I want to keep at-hand.

    As for the double-sided articles, you could always scan the second side then print it. Thanks for the idea and for all of you fellow collectors making me feel a little better about my mags…:>)

  72. Peggy says:

    This is truly inspirational! and exactly what I’ve been looking for. For years I’ve had a bookcase in our bathroom dedicated to magazines plus a few 3 rings binders but it was no longer working. First of all we are working hard to downsize but I didn’t want to rely on electronic versions because like you I love holding a book… plus I just love the smell and feel of paper!

    So now I am off to Hobby Lobby to see if they have any similar books. I know my husband will be ecstatic as it is one more thing that can leave the house. Once again thank you for this incredible idea!!

  73. Emily says:

    I keep magazine clippings in binders with page protectors. They are my ‘idea books’. I have gardening, decorating, crafts, scrapbooking, etc., plus another one for recipes.

    I go through my old magazines and do this maybe once or twice a year; it’s a great thing to do while watching TV (esp. sports).

  74. Dina says:

    I, too, have been placing in some scrapbook binders: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Christmas.
    In these I have tabs for: Recipes, Decorating, Crafts, Kids, & for whatever holidays

  75. OK, now I’m mad!

    I had every issue of Martha Stewart Magazine from 1990 taking up precious shelf space in my glass art studio. Decided recently I needed the room and didn’t know what to do with the mags after no one claimed them on Craig’s List (for free, no less!). It pains me to admit they went into the recycling bin, when I could’ve used this clever method to keep at least some of the info…


  76. Bless You!! My hubby must feel that I am the only female who hoards magazines. Hurray! I am not alone!! Now I feel part of a group!! I won’t tell you what year some of mine go back to, but they are like dear friends. I also clip out and file away, and try diligently to keep them in some order. Thanks for the tips. YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY !!!

  77. Anja says:

    I love this idea! I’m also a magazine hoarder, but often for different reasons, for example I save all my fashion magazines to use them for DIY projects. That reminds me, I really need to finish my post about the calendars that I made using these!
    btw, I’m your newest follower

  78. Cadie says:

    I am a terrible magazine hoarder and just can’t seem to throw them away. My mom actually saves them from different seasons and then strategically places them in the house when that season comes around again (coffee table, bathrooms, guest room nightstand). I’ve found near-perfect issues of Real Simple from 2005!

    For me, I have a magazine holder and they’re all stacked up just like your “before” picture. I love your idea, but don’t know if I have the patience to cut out all those articles! Pinterest has definitely helped me resist the urge to dog-ear every page I like, though!

  79. deb says:

    I store mine by season in milk crates..and I also place mine around the house seasonally..Everyone who visits loves to flip thru alas, I’m giving in and just keeping my tried and true storage..

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