My Love Of Magazines

August 14, 2008

I love magazines. I get so many ideas from them. New hairstyles. New products to try. Craft ideas. Decorating ideas. Recipes. And I rip all these ideas out of the magazines and end up with a huge folder of papers that grows and grows and grows… Finally, when I go through a purging phase, I’m tempted to just chuck the whole folder since I have lost track of what’s in the folder. Alas, I can’t bring myself to do it. I have found a solution that helps me keep things in better order. And today’s favorite thing is the Circa system by Levenger.

You buy these little round disks (which come in different sizes) and the hole punch and you can make a “book” of anything you want. This book has a plastic cover that I bought from Levenger and I created an inspiration/idea book. I cut out the articles and the pictures and I punch holes in it and then I put it right in the book. It’s easy to do and I am doing a better job of staying on top of thing. I could improve my book by creating sections (Craft ideas, Decorating ideas, etc). I used to try and organize binders using plastic page protectors, but then the binders got huge and took up a lot of room and it was time consuming to insert the pages into the binders, and then if I just had a small thing I wanted to put in I still had to use a full size page… With the circa system, I can take any size item and add it to the book.

circainsideWe have also used the circa system to create a book of take out menus. You can also use it for work and create a regular notebook. I use one for BabyDuckles with a nice cover. I have regular lined paper for making notes, writing out product descriptions, etc. I have blank paper for sketching. And there’s room for me to add pictures I clip from magazines for inspiration. Plus, if I am doodling at work or on a scrap piece of paper, I can just punch holes in that sheet and add it to my book.

I will say that this is not cheap, but if you can find multiple uses for it, it pays for itself in terms of organization and sanity.

Separate from circa, I have tried to cut down on paper by making pdf files of articles, craft projects, etc that I see in magazines and can find on the web. I created a project folder on my computer and save the files there. I should make a list of those files and keep it in my Circa book and I think that would help me keep track of what I have and where to find it. Hmmm… a new project.

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