Magazine rippers--new idea
Here is a new idea for me, though I may be late to the party.
I am a big magazine-browser and ripper. That is problem number one of itself--so this year I am going to try to go "free" of new magazines. I have a higher-priority project that I want to spend time on and I think I am going to try to focus and spend less time reading magazines and more on this other thing.
Anyways, the background is, I have a backlog and I keep files. Such as: I keep 3-ring binders with magazines using those special mag-slider-holder thingies. I'll keep various mag's for reference--garden and so on--and copies that have a high proportion of "save" stuff, I just keep the whole thing. Since to some extent nothing completely new comes out(you'll see the same themes at every season over the course of years) , I do find it almost as useful to re-read a old Christmas or Thanksgiving issues, or gardening magazines, as to get new ones. Then at some point I'll toss it and sub in a new one.
When I rip stuff out, I have kept it in 1) folders, 2) sheet protectors, and 3) even pasted into scrapbooks when I just want to preserve a small photo or idea--like a collage of ideas. Of course I never use all of these ideas, but I do use some--a craft project here, a plant combination there, a gift idea, etc.
But, folders are a pain to get out of a file and then fiddle with the single sheets inside, that fall out; Sheet protectors are more than you need, but the magazine pages themselves are too fragile for hole-punching. I have multiple categories I collect and like to have together.
So what I have been trying recently is using those clear presentation report covers with the plastic slide thingy. Voila, I can combine dozens of single pages into something that is now like its own specialty magazine of ideas and only the extra weight equivalent to one sheet protector, and easier to flip through than a 3-ring binder, very slim to store. So can have one for each of many types of ideas and is easy to refer to, easy to weed out or add.