Sunday, March 15, 2009

A rainy day project...





I've always loved decorating magazines and have had a difficult time parting with them, but after a while piles in every closet start taking up too much space. For the last couple of years I've been ripping out the pages that I love and putting them in a file folder.






The only problem with that, is that it's a mess trying to flip through the pages...










"Lucky" for me, this weekend was rainy, cold and gray... no movies I wanted to see, nothing I wanted to shop for ( I know, how strange is that?)... so I took out my trusty decorating ideas folder to see if I could get inspired.

I've always considered myself a disorganized mess. I hear creative people are seldom neat, and I will happily categorize accordingly, but I was not inspired looking at the ripped pages all over the place.
Remember, organizing is not my "thing".... so this was a big step for me.







I got out my paper cutter that I bought to do creative memories and snipped off all of the ragged edges.






Then the hole puncher came out of hiding ....










Oh, what a lovely way to spend a Sunday....









I found that I had Holiday pages as well as ideas for centerpieces and such, so I took out some of my kids' notebook dividers to keep those sorted out.









Isn't this a pretty arrangement? Wow, it looks like I chewed that page off!






Oh, much better now...








A nice arrangement for Christmas or Valentine's Day.....








This one is filed under Holiday....






.... and there you have it peeps: My feeble attempt at organizing my frazzled pile of decorating inspiration...



Now I better go make myself a cup of coffee so I can relax with my new favorite "book".





I hope this "counts" as a metamorphosis..

BEFORE:
AFTER:Susan would love to see you at Between Naps on the Porch for some great transformations!

53 comments:

salmagundi said...

That is a great transformation!! I need to do something - my laundry closet is filled to the brim with magazines. Thanks for the inspiration. Sally

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

For someone who is organized challenged, this sure came off as one fine project!! I was able to do something similiar when I bought a bunch of sleeve savers at the thrift store for pennies. I also have a "Decorating Diary" I made for my home which is listed room-by-room, with paint chips, fabric samples, etc. Its great to take when you go shopping. (which you never do I'm sure) LOL
Thanks for sharing!

Faye said...

JUST STOPPED BY FOR A VISIT.YOUR BLOG IS VERY INSTRESTING.I REALLY ENJOYED IT.I AM A GA.BLOGGER AS WELL.I WILL BE BACK FOR A VISIT!HAVE A BLESSED EVENING!

Charles & Amanda said...

I have a file that looks a lot like that. What a great way to file everything. Thanks for the great idea!

Cottage Rose said...

I think that counts a a before and after... My you did a great job on your new favorite book. I am the same way about my magazines, I should give that a try. Have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Pinky said...

This is a great idea! I did this with recipes a few years ago....only trouble is I have kept up with it so still have a huge pile of PAGES to get into a book!!!! Thanks for inspiring us, Rose! Pinky

ellen b said...

Oh what a great accomplishment that was! Well done!

Shelia said...

This is a wonderful idea, Rose! I used to do something very similar, but am years behind. I need to get busy. I have some pages I've saved from way back in the 90s. They're not my style, too froo frooey, but I still love 'em.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Knitty said...

Good job! I spent a weekend organizing recipes from magazines and computer printouts that way, placing them in page protectors so they would remain clean and dry when in use in the kitchen.

Kelly B said...

I think that definitely counts!! I spent some time doing something similar also on a yucky rainy day. Great job!! I think I would love to borrow that book!! :)

mishebe said...

Please come over and do mine too.lol Great idea. mishelle

Mrs. B. Silly said...

I'd say that most certainly counts. I do the same thing with the ripping out pages but I have not organized mine yet!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

I have the same file folder! I have separated them into holiday and regular but what a great idea to put them in a notebook with dividers! Much better! You are an organizational queen! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Susan said...

That definitely counts and I love the idea! Unfortunately I don't tear out my favorite pages, I just keep the whole magazine and tell myself I will do it later!;D

KBeau said...

Of course it counts. I need to do the same thing.

Tootsie said...

I have been doing that for years....and must admit I am long overdue! thanks for the reminder...yours by the way...is much nicer than mine is!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

great way to spend a rainy day!

Susan

Stacey said...

This project has been on my list of things to do for months. You did a great job. I need to get busy!

Nancy W said...

This was a great MM project! Thanks for sharing your organizational creation! hugs from Conroe, TX.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

I love this idea Rose! Great post! ♥ Diane

Cynthia said...

Great job organizing, looks wonderful to me. I would love to look through all your pages for ideas. Cindy

Bo said...

Hi Rose...why is it so hard to part with our magazines? I've got a stack of 60 plus staring at me as I type this...you have inspired me to get organized...or at least to think about it! ;-) Bo

Terry said...

Good job tackling this project. I have stacks of magazines and can't push myself to tear them apart. You are a brave person!

artis1111 said...

A great idea!! I use to keep pages then I never used them. This may start me looking again. Kathy

Chandy said...

That looks great! I know I have to do that soon... I can't wait for May to get here! Happy Monday!

susan said...

I LOVE this. It is like what I did with my recipes. Maybe after our wedding I can tackle this too! Looks great and I am an organization junkie :)

Cathy said...

Very nicely done, next time it rains where I live will you come do mine? ...Cathy

imjacobsmom said...

Hopefully you have inspired me to do this. I have cabinets and baskets full of magazines that I hate to part with....not just the decorating but the recipes, too ~ Robyn

ann said...

Oh Rose you are such an incentive for me.I need to do this exact thing.Yours looks super this way....Ann

marty39 said...

What a fabulous idea. I usually wind up throwing away all the magazines and then I can never remember what I saw that so inspired me. I will definitely have to adopt this as a way to remember all those wonderful projects that I hope to do one day. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Michele said...

What a great transformation! I have to do the very same thing. I recipes that look like that too. And ideas that I've ripped out of everywhere!

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration to get it done!

Hugz,
Michele

Scribbler said...

Indeedy it counts! I have been doing the same thing with recipes that have been clipped or downloaded. Now I am inspired to do the same thing with the dec clips.

Scribbler

P.S. I think ring-binder notebooks are the greatest organizers ever invented.

Melissa Miller said...

That is so cool!

I really like it. ;)

Deb said...

I wish I was as organized as you, Joyce! I have something to aspire to!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Rose, When did you look in my closet? I know you've been in my closet because I have those stacks of magazines where shoes are supposed to be! LOL I did something similar once before but never this organized...this is a great idea! Susan
P.S. Thanks for those sweet words about my bedroom MM post! :-)

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Excellent idea, Rose! NOw, did you think to put the magazine pages in those nice plastic sleeves so that they won't rip and get crinkled? I bet you didn't!

Justine :o )

nikkicrumpet said...

Very smart! I too am a page tearer...then they get piled up in a folder and usually never looked at again. I don't know why I bother. Thanks for the idea...even I think I can pull this one off. But I'll have to use regular scissors because I don't have one of those groovy machines!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing this idea! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

ksarra said...

Hi there, OH I soooo agree with you that a book of clippings we have saved over time because of something in the article that inspired us is the absolute BEST decorating book of all!!! I have one almost just like yours, I put the pages in those clear plastic sleeves to make it easier to flip through without tearing the pages. GOOD FOR YOU!!!

janet said...

OH WOW YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME, I MUST DO THIS WITH MY MAGAZINES. IM ACTUALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.
HUGS
JANET

Linda said...

Way to go, gets them all organized, that is a good project!
Linda

Linda said...

Great idea - love it. That's also a good way to organize all those warantees on purchased items, as well as home expenses. Works lots better than a file folder! Thanks for sharing! Linda

Jill said...

Great idea but it must have taken hours to do! Fun project!

Helen said...

Great job ... I'm certain you inspired more than a few folks today!

Linda/"Mom" said...

*** FIRST, CONGRATS on D-O-I-N-G THIS!!! How I envy your organization here and ensuing "end results"!!! (Oh, you are "tooooo gooood"!!!). SECONDLY, and embarrassingly enough, "if I had a dime" for every time I'd STARTED to do this, I could bail out at least ONE bank~~~ heck, MAYBE two!!! (Grins!)~~~My HEART'S always willing, and I "start"... and THENNNNN I get SIDE-TRACKED... does that happen to anyone ELSE????...... KUDOS to you, kiddo~~~ (BTW ~Would you like to come spend the weekend at our home here in the desert? All guests get pampered! If so, just pleeease, bring your "organizational supplies", ok??? Chuckles n' thanks, Linda

Sue said...

Hey Rose....great minds think alike...I can't tell you how many Sundays I have sat on my bed and organized recipes from magazines and decorating idea...I must have a half dozen notebooks chock full of wonderful ideas I will probably never use....It just makes you feel so good to trim and punch holes and file...I love it!! Sue.

~CC Catherine said...

Rose, I definitely thinks this counts as a Meta Monday post! Love it! I did this a few years back myself and slid each page in one of those plastic sleeves, this way they stay clean too. The only thing is that those darn sleeves are very expensive. Totally love your new book! You'll enjoy looking at this over and over again! ;) ~CC Catherine

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Great idea Santamaker...I have the same problem. Can't seem to part with anything but tearing out the pages is a good place to start.

Steady On
Reggie Girl

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, what a great idea! Oh, I badly need to do this. All of my torn pages are thrown into a cardboard box, which I haven't gone through since we remodeled almost 6 yrs ago. (I might have to iron my pages before I can put them into a notebook though). laurie

marty39 said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my MM Bdrm and your very gracious comments. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Charlene said...

How funny is that! I too have the magazine fettish! My "honey" swears that end of the house is going to break off due to the weight of the magazines. The piles slide... you can't remember where you saw what... yet, I have torn (chewed) the pages out of many & have the same look you had going. I use the same idea of the notebook for blog ideas/articles/tutorials etc... so you are a genious, of course use it for the torn out magazine pages (although I don't tear out as many as I should)! Thanks! Yes, this counts as a Met.

Picket said...

That was great girl!!! I have done the same thing for years...I have always kept my favorite magazines and tore out pages and had just a big old pile of them in cabinets...I need to get me one of those paper cutter thingys! lol lol Thanks for the great tip!

Lady Katherine said...

I have a huge one of these, went through it last night! I did not organize it as you have. Rainy days are great for this I love the transformation! I love the red slip cover on the chair. lol