I find so many articles with great ideas in magazines. I clip out the articles and just have them in piles on my desk with no organization. Any ideas as to how I can organize these to where I can refer back to them when needed?
Cindy from Valparaiso, IN
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I also use the 3 ring binder idea for all my scrap articles. I am a teacher and outdoor enthusiast and have a "library" of books, magazines and my binders of magazine articles on animals, plants and the outdoors in general. Magazines can be as informative as books, yet cheaper, so I make my own books. Instead of scanning small clippings as suggested above, you could also glue the clippings to scrap paper and hole punch that. It saves on paper.
I use a binder for recipes, etc. Sometimes you can find the plastic sleeve page protectors in the dollar store and those are great for saving recipes, articles, etc. The photo album idea sounds good too and sometimes you can find them on sale or in the dollar store for a lot less money.
I do the same thing. So what I found out was by accident and it does the trick, just buy folders with pockets in. I also buy at the cheapest store around little albums where I can put a picture and recipe into the pocket. If you wish and the recipe is on one side buy some fancy paper sturdier scrapbook paper would do the trick. Glue the recipe on the paper that you will have to cut down to size and glue. Now if there are 2 parts put one one front and one on back, so you will have the recipe on one piece of paper. Do the same with the rest and soon you will have a small cookbook and will not have to go looking for these recipes and of course not finding them. I am working on one now and it is really turning out nice. Now I mean the small books that are a few bucks and they say you can carry these in your purse. That is one of the funniest jokes I have heard about purses in a long time. I am always being teased about the sizes of my purses, which are on the LARGE size. I carried large purses in Junior High, Oh excuse me it is now middle school at any rate it will not nor ever fit in my purse even if it is great for photos and now recipes. Good luck believe me this works well as I have found out. Also you can make extra copies of the recipes and in another book put the recipes and goofy sayings for a nice shower gift. If it is to someone close they will be thrilled. Because it will be recipes from someone special to them. You will be even more thrilled if they have a kitchen shower . For babies that may take a while. gathering the evidence (pictures) give it to the child at Graduation! They will love you dearly & forever for this cherished reminder of the past and how strange we are as we grow and hit those fun filled teen age years. . Well I hope this has helped you. Have a lot of fun with this. Darlene
I use 2 options. If its a full page article I tear it out and 3 hole punch it, then put it in a 3 ring binder. If I have a bunch of small related articles, I will place as many as I can on my flat bed scanner,print and put in a 3 ring binder. I have also used one of those 12 divided files, and filled those up.
I do the same thing, and have just labeled some folders and put them in there.
I also have a decoration notebook where I just glue pictures that I like on the pages for future reference.
How about a photo album? If you look you can find them cheap at garage sales. If not wait until they are on sale at your favorite store.
How about a 3 ring binder. Punch holes in them and put them in a binder.
Buy a cheap photo album and put them it in. it will keep the pages nice.
I like to save helpful hints,websites I want to check out, recipes, craft ideas etc and I have a few regular folders that I keep them in. I try to go through them regularly so they don't get too full. Recipes or craft ideas I decide to keep eventually goes in a binder for recipes or another I have for crafts, Helpful hints will go into my Helpful hint notebook, websites will be checked out and put in my Favorites if they prove to be good ones.
I am a information freak and had pile of articles myself. I have three 4 drawer file cabinets and label the outside of the drawers with whatever catagories, like gardening, recipes, crafts. You can pick them up pretty cheap at Salvation Army.
I scan it and either put in Print shop or Microsoft Word or both. Have Many ThriftyTip Fun pages in my print shop. And recipes too. Sometimes I print out a recipe and keep them in a clear plastic envelope or plastc shallow box with cover. My late aunt used to paste recipes from magazines right on the backs or blank places in her cookbook or on colored pieces of paper then glue them in her book. also wrote in pencil, recipes along the margins I have that cookbook now, a treasure of memories.GG Vi
Hi Cindy, I have a ring folder with those plastic inserts and put 2 'scrap book' favorites back to back in each one. I also use those photo albums with slide in pockets for stashing my fav. cuttings.
Enjoy your sorting. :) Best wishes, Alice
I paste them into an old journal or spiral notebook. Each is marked crafts, christmas, recipes etc. I also can write comments or tidbits in them
If you have a scanner you can scan the articles and save them as either PDF files or Word documents. You can save the files to a flash drive or other external drive. If you wan to have access to them from anyplace you might be, you can open an e-mail account to use for storing all of these files. I use a gmail account for this purpose and it works great. I attach the files to an e-mail and send them to my gmail account. I never run out of space, and can access my files any time from any place as long I have web access. The best part about it is no more clutter!
Hi You can also use an old book that you have read and do not have use for anymore. A large to medium sized preferably so as to accommodate the clippings. Using a glue stick and stick them in the book's pages. This works wonderfully and it comes with book covers. LOL. Also try using a book with hard covers. If not soft ones works well, too. You can also buy old hardcover books at thrift stores or used books stores. Hope this helps. Worked for me!
Great Granny Vi, my granny did the same. I inherited a cookbook that she glued recipes right over the other recipes, guessing she didnt care for the ones in the book. But when I went thru it it was a timeline of her little thoughts. There was even one that said Dicky called today told me Christina was born. Thats ME! Was so cool.
I scan mine so I can pass on the magazine intact (I donate them to doctors' offices, etc.), then I run my scans as a screen-saver. I used to cut them out, put them in clear plastic sheet protectors, and stash in a three-ring binder, but I never looked at them again! Now they keep appearing on my computer screen, and I don't forget about them.
It's an investment, but the neatest and easiest way to organize would be to place each in a plastic "sheet protector". I have my quilt patterns organized this way and it cuts out all the clutter!
I have a recycled copy paper box that I use for stand up files with categories for: gardening, parties, crafts, recipes, etc. It fits nicely in the bottom cabinet of my kitchen hutch. I love the scanning idea!
I use a 2 drawer file cabinet with folders with tabs for each type of craft, like one for scrap booking, one for plastic canvas, etc. If I haven't had time to file some in my cabinet, I keep the new ones in a magazine cardboard vertical holder until I get time to file it in it's proper folder.
Hi; I think I have one of the better answers. Try using a photo album with 3 hole pages covered with plastic. Add and remove clippings and pages as needed. Try organizing by subject. If you have tons of them use file folders with a list of subject headings in the front of the file folders. Filing cabinets are cheap.
My question is do you systematically save these clippings? If not, why not just go to the internet and see the newest stuff on line? Sandra
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