It’s time for another “Let’s Talk” discussion where you get to participate by using the comment section. So today… Let’s talk magazines!
The other day I retrieved my mail and found 3 quilting magazines in the stack! That’s what I call happy mail! And then two days later another magazine arrived. Followed by an e-zine delivered to my iPad. Does this sound familiar?
I have always had a weakness for magazines. They bring me so much joy and I love sifting through the pages and discovering new ideas, not to mention tons of inspiration.
And it’s so hard to throw away a good magazine. I want to save them because there’s a recipe or a few projects or one idea that I know I’m going to want to refer back to later.
This is how my magazine-reading process usually goes:
Stage 1: The first thing I do when I get a new magazine is a quick scan. I thumb through it and look at the main projects.
Stage 2: Then, when I have time for a more leisurely peruse, I read it from cover to cover. I’ll dog-ear the pages that I want to go back to or save for later.
Stage 3: This is where I get into trouble. I let it sit for a month. And then another magazine gets placed on top of it. Then it becomes a stack of magazines. And then I move my stack and add it to the other stack in my sewing room. Then it becomes a mountain!
Stage 4: Go through the most accessible stack and tear out the pages I want to save. Put those pages in a box. The rest of the magazine goes into the recycle bin.
Stage 5: Truth be told, I never get to stage 5. It should look something like this: file the magazine pages into binders or folders…. or just put them in the recycle bin and move on to the next project.
The best I can do is point you in the direction of someone else’s organizational skills. Check out Laura at Make Life Lovely. She has a great method for handling all of those saved magazine pages.
Or check out at what Kate at Centsational Girl did with all of her dog-eared magazine pages:
Aimee at It’s Overflowing has a great file system for organizing her recipes that works for any subject matter:
And for the tech savvy, check out how Claire at Claire K Creations uses Evernote to save her magazine clippings. I use Evernote, but I haven’t tried scanning my magazine articles and then saving them there. I love that idea, and I’m seriously thinking about getting a scanner and going for it!
Do you have a system that works for you? Please tell us about it in the comment section!
And while you’re there (commenting that is), what’s your favorite quilting or diy magazine? I know, it’s hard to pick just one. How many do you subscribe to? I’ll fess up and tell you that I’m currently getting 7 quilt magazines delivered to my mailbox (includes the 6 pictured below).
And then there are the special issues that come out occasionally that I can’t resist:
And the ones that I find at the news stand that I have to read:
Including the more modern/new ones:
I receive the digital issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting on my iPad:
And these magazines can only be found
under my bed in the archives as they have become “extinct”:
The sad (or wonderful) thing is that the magazines I’ve mentioned so far aren’t the only ones. I know there are more out there, I just don’t own them (shocking, but true). Australian Patchwork & Quilting and Quilting Arts are a few that come to mind.
I think my favorites of the bunch (at this precise moment) are Quilt Now and Love Patchwork & Quilting. These are both published in the UK and feature a more contemporary style of patchwork. I like the modern esthetic and the beautifully photographed projects they include. If you’re in the US, Quilt Now can be ordered as a subscription through Pink Castle Fabrics. You can also find digital subscriptions to both of these magazines (which is how I get LP&Q).
Speaking of digital magazines, I also love Fat Quarterly eZine. This is a digital-only magazine and it is full of wonderful projects and inspiration. I even contributed to one of their issues a few years ago.
I have to say, I’m enjoying the digital format much more than I thought I would. I think I might convert most of my subscriptions to digital-only as they come up for renewal. Maybe. There’s still nothing like thumbing through that open magazine and really feeling those pages in your hand. Something to think about!
Last, I wanted to mention a few magazines that come from Issuu. This is an electronic publishing platform that allows you to follow your favorite publishers and companies as well as create your own magazines! The great thing is some of these publications are free! My favorite comes from Jacquelynne Steves and it’s called The Art of Home. She puts her heart into this magazine and makes it available to everyone. Another one to consider is from Moda Fabrics/United Notions. This is another great source of inspiration!
So, am I the only one out there with this, ahem, “issue” of magazine love? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Thanks for reading and not judging me.