Thursday, October 15, 2009

Scrapbook Basics!

Scrapbook Magazine overload – Some things you can do
For many scrapbookers, scrapbook magazines are a way of life. Scrapbookers love the ideas, articles, profiles and examples, and they just can’t get enough. It’s not unusual to have five or six different subscriptions to papercrafting publications at a time. Creating Keepsakes, Paper Crafts, Scrapbooks, Etc., Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Handmade…they are all terrific, idea-packed jewels for the scrapbooker.

The inherent problem with so many glorious publications is that they stack up. And up. And up. Other than to collect tear-sheets of favorite ideas and keep them in a binder or folder, the stacks of periodicals can create clutter that actually interferes with creativity rather than assist it.

Don’t fret, however. There are solutions. Here are a few to consider.

Donate magazines to your local library. They resell them for pennies, but every little bit helps.
Donate them to a Girl Scout troop. Often, the girls can cut up magazines for troop and badge projects.
Donate them to a senior citizens’ home. Let enjoyment of the magazines continue.
Donate them to a doctor’s waiting room. Ask permission first!
Sell or trade them for a few pennies at a used/half-priced book store.
Give them to scrapbooking friends who don’t subscribe.
Give them to friends who don’t scrapbook but want to.
Tear them apart and save only your favorite ideas in an idea folder or binder.
Throw them away. At least the clutter will be gone if nothing else works.
(Remember to remove or mark out your name and address before donating.)

Thanks to Tracey Rhodes for Article - Des Moines Scrapbook Examiner