What a difference 11 years make!


I am been systematically going through supplies and am determined to set up the studio of my dreams (within my budget anyway).   This weekend I went through the collections to magazines.  I had these organized in magazine holders which I moved around my scrapbooking space several times.  I have not looked at these since I got them and realized how dumb it was to keep moving and storing them.  I thought I would share my results with you.  I have a really fun time doing this and going down "memory lane".  Wow have our methods, supplies and techniques changed over the years.  I have been scrapbooking since 1995 and never realized how much things have changed.  I had Memory Makers and Creating Keepsakes magazines saved since 1999.  I do remember I stopped getting the CK mags, since I almost exclusively used Creative Memories back then and CK was not my style.  Their pages tended to be very busy with lots of patterned paper and they really specialized in fancy lettering:

Making Memories had cleaner pages and were more my style:

All of the early magazine had many article about the safety of the supplies used:
ACID FREE being a big buzz word at the time.

After going through stacks and stacks of magazines, I have managed to save almost 10 feet of space.  Look at the stack of magazines in the photo and then compare how much I thought I would actually refer to.  Multiply that by years of magazines and imagine the space they were wasting.  I tore out pages that I thought I might copy the idea, use the title or layouts or just like the general look of the page and would use as inspiration.

I ran across this article in one of the old magazines.  The Zyron was my first big ticket purchase and I still have my original machine.  I can not believe the cost of this, almost as much as a Cricut machine!!!  WOW!!!

I really recommend doing this organization project yourself.  It was fun to look at old ideas and see how much we have changed and also get some fresh ideas that we will still use today.  The space I saved was huge and well worth the time I took to do this.  I plan to file the articles and pages I saved so I can find them again, and maybe hang a few for inspiration every month in my studio.  My plan going forward is to do this once a year or so from now on.  I don't buy as many magazines as I used to now, so I think that will work out well for me.


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