Works for Me Wednesday…er…Thursday: Inspiration Notebooks

I realize of course that it is Thursday.  But yesterday was busy and I just got around to taking these photos today!  Here is another theme I will do from time to time.  Works for Me Wednesday–hosted by Rocks in my Dryer.  If ya haven’t visited that blog–ya should.  It’s a good one!

I love magazines.  I think it’s an unhealthy obsession at times.  The GOOD news is that I no longer buy magazines.  I get them all free–mostly through Rewards Gold.  If you like magazines you definitely need to sign up with them (let me know if you want an invitation for a membership!  I can add your e-mail on my next free offer from them!).  I get at least 1-2 offers in my e-mail box a week for free magazines.  You take a quick 2 minute survey and you receive a free magazine subscription.  Truly there are no strings attached.  I haven’t once gotten a bill from them.  I currently receive all of the following FREE:

  • Family Fun
  • Home
  • Elle Decor
  • TV Guide
  • Parenting
  • Wondertime (my current favorite!)
  • Hallmark
  • Self
  • Professional Photographer
  • Rangefinder
  • Studio Photographer
  • Aftercapture
  • Golf (for Aaron of course)
  • Weight Watchers

Yeah.  I KNOW.  That’s a lot of magazines!!!  I also pick up the occasional Good Housekeeping or Real Simple at the library from the free table.  Yesterday I donated about 25 magazines to them.  And I have lots more.  Here are a few stacks from around the house. 

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(I know this is insane!  These are all ready to go to the library!)

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(Sorted through all these last night!)

 So I decided that since we are moving next year the magazines need to go.  I can’t move all these magazines to NC with me.  There are a few exceptions.  I keep all my Professional Photographer mags because the info is so useful to me.  I also keep a few copies of Studio Photography and Rangefinder if the content is something I need for my business.  But otherwise there tends to be one or two pages in each magazine that I really want.  And why keep all those magazines just for a few pages.  So I decided to sort through them–all of them–and tear out what I wanted to keep. 

But then what was I going to do with all those pages? 

Voila!  Here is my system.  I have inspiration notebooks.  I gathered up all my notebooks and inserted clear plastic sleeves and started ripping pages out of my magazines!  I currently have the following:

  • Photography Stuff
  • Scrapbook Inspiration
  • Kid Stuff
  • Fitness/Weight Loss Stuff
  • Home Inspiration

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Each book has sections–for my home book it’s divided by room, for my kid book it’s divided by craft ideas, kid recipes, party ideas, etc.  I decided to make the process very quick.  I mean, I have probably 100 magazines to sort through!  So I sat down and flipped through quickly.  I only tore out the things that immediately caught my eye.  Then I put it down and moved on to the next one!   

My home book I have actually had for awhile.  I have paint samples and other things tucked in it as well.  This page
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 inspired me to find a fake mantle peice for my living room!  (I love the old, chipped white paint on!) 

I have sorted through a bunch of magazines and have many more to go.  If anyone out there is interested in any of these magazines before they make their way to the library please let me know.  I have dozens of scrapbook magazines (many are from 2006 and 2007) that I’d love to give away.  I may freecycle them if I can’t find anyone who wants them.  The ladies at the library must think I’m crazy–I take a huge stack in every time I go!  But they seem very appreciative of them!

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5 Responses to “Works for Me Wednesday…er…Thursday: Inspiration Notebooks”


  1. 1 Alison December 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I love family fun. I wish I’d known about the freebies…I asked for a renewed subscription for Christmas! BTW, they have an online “clippings” notebook so you can access the cool kiddie ideas any time you want w/out the hassle of paper saving.

  2. 2 Nikki Brungard December 19, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Ooo, ooo, send me an invite for free mags. Thanks, friend! Love…

  3. 3 sherryhight December 19, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Send me an invitation, please. I’m always good for freebies.
    sherry.pc@hotmail.com

  4. 4 Mom December 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Laura, you make me tired just reading this blog. (I haven’t accomplished anything this week!1) I need to get one of those label maker “thingies”. Everything looks so neat. I’m glad you’re feeling better!
    Love you more!

  5. 5 Alison December 20, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    BTW, keep referencing your favorite blogs. Every time you do (nesting place, rocks in my dryer), I like-y and they end up on my blog list 🙂


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