Earlier in the year my craft magazine stash was a bit out of control. The piles kept growing bigger and I wasn’t sure that I could part with any craft magazines, because you never know when I could need to reference one, right? The thing is that I’d maybe flicked through one or two a couple of times in the previous year and mostly they just sat gathering dust in the cupboard. I pondered several times about just destashing the entire pile of magazines, giving some away and recycling the rest, but then I had a mini brain wave that I could destash and organise the magazines for future reference instead.
The process wasn’t fast, but once I was all done it felt great and now I have a creative reference all in the one (small) spot. I began by going through each magazine and tearing out any projects that I wanted to keep, including a cover photo/page for each article or pattern. Sometimes I’d tear out a page purely for inspiration, but mostly it was a pattern that I thought I might like to make further down the track. I was pretty ruthless and only kept things that I could see myself really making in the future.
Next, I stapled all of the relevant pages together, so that there was no chance of losing half the pattern at any stage.
Then I purchased a couple of binders to hold everything – initially I bought spiral bound ones, but I am slowly growing out of these, so will upgrade to a ring binder soon with plastic sleeves to hold each pattern/page.
I’ve also created a series of front cover category pages for the binders, which makes it nice and simple for me to be able to reference a pattern or find a specific project to create.
This new system has really streamlined my magazine cupboard a lot. I’ve gone from around 100 magazines, collected over time, to two A4 spiral bound folders, which has left me with lots of extra cupboard space.
I shared this because maybe you’ve been thinking of taking the craft magazine plunge too – if so, I can’t recommend it highly enough! It will take you quite a while to work through your stash, but if you break it down to a couple of magazines a night, you’ll get there eventually. Good luck.