Monday, 17 November 2008

Magazine storage tutorial.

Hi all :)

Over the past week, i must have read at least a dozen requests for advice with magazine storage on various sites. This is always going to be an issue as long as the publishers keep bring out great crafty mags!

In the past I've mentioned wooden storage racks that I've made, but these aren't quite so easy to knock up in your craft room in 20 minutes. This!
I thought of all the ways I'd seen magazines stored before, and when i was 12 years old, i subscribed to a magazine which i bought the binders for. I've modelled this crafty version on that storage idea.

All you need is an A4 ring binder, some pliers, some ribbon lengths and an eyelet setter.

Ok, here we go....first take your standard A4 ring binder.....

Now we want to get rid of the metal ring contraption in the middle. This is going to be the hardest part of this project. It is only held in with two eyelets, but they are tough little fellas, so i got some pliers and sort of pinched the edge of the eyelets together until you could shove it back through the hole in the binder.

Take it off back and front, eyelets too. You should be left with holes like this.

These can be easily covered up with a strip of card/paper.

The outside bit gets covered up the same, however you can fancy this up a bit more, even write a label so you can see what is stored inside. You may even want to have a folder for each brand of magazine, in which case you could be ultra organisational and include the name of the mag.

Now to work on what holds the magazines in the binder. Using a Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole at either end of the binder. Ensure you leave a few millimeters so you can slide a magazine in.
Secure the eyelet, nice side on the outside of the binder.....looks prettier that way!

Now you want a few lengths of ribbon, thin ribbon is fine. Make sure they are a couple of inches longer than the binder as you will need the extra length for tieing a knot. Tie your first ribbon at one end, just tie any old secure knot, pull it tight..but not overly tight that you can't fit a mag under it.....then tie it off at the other end.

You should now have this....

You will need a separate ribbon for each magazine, so just add them all either at the start when you make the binder, or add then as you buy each magazine.
Here I'll just do two for the tutorial.
As you can see, if you do them singularly, you end up with a knot for each ribbon. You may want to hold a few lengths together and thread them through. I just tried it and you can fit ten bits of thin ribbon through an eyelet. If thats too tricky, you could always place an extra eyelet either side of this one.
Now open your magazine to the centre pages, and slide it under the ribbon.
Close the first magazine, and you can see below that you have the next ribbon waiting to take the next mag.
Insert your next magazine exactly as you did the first.....
Hey you have a quick, easy and affordable way of keeping your magazines safe and in good condition.
Hope this helps.....thanks for looking. :)


Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Wow! How clever! I really like this mags are lurking in the back of a cupboard and never get looked at for inspiration! Thanks for the tutorial!
Judy x

Calv said...

Hi Judy, nice to meet you :)

Thanks for stopping by, and i'm glad it may be of help. I've just been to your blog, you have some lovely makes there.

carina said...

WOW!! your work is amazing!! I´m so glad i found your blog!


Chris said...

Wow what a brilliant idea Calv!! I like the idea of not having to punch holes in my mags and this seems a much better way of storing them than in box files etc. Thanks for sharing :D
Chris x

Michelle said...

that's a great idea! THANKS!

All Pink girl said...

Huge thanks for the tips ,love it ,
thanks for stopping by and leaving your fab comments about my cards so now i have found your great blog ,thanks Dawnx

Jennie said...

What an excellent idea. My magazines are in boxes, and scattered absolutely everywhere! I have several binders around not being used, so when I get a min.....

Katzele (Bea from France) said...

That's a good idea ! I'm going to try that for sure :-)

Anonymous said...

Great idea!
love how you thought of this.

Just-Kim said...

I love the idea and the tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to make myself one of these soon!

Kim P.

Anonymous said...

Calv, what a great idea my mags are all over the place i will have to have a go at doing this one
luv val xxxx

June said...

Fab idea. I simply love this. Thanks for sharing
Hugs J x

Ellen said...

Thanks. This sounds pretty easy, your pics really help.

Cazzy said...

Very good Calv, how many can you get in a binder with ribbons?

I struggle to get the 12 in the purpose made binders with thin wires!

I do know you can buy 2 DoCrafts binders from one site for about £5 so if you don't have big binders it might be cheaper to buy those and decorate the covers!

Dawny P said...

Genius this !!

I just saw you 'following' Marcea and had to come over for a nosey. Nice stuff on here Calv so I'm going to link up if that's ok so I can come back and check out what's new. Dawny x

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

ARe you Clever or what?? I think I am going to name your link on my blog as my Clever Friend!! LOL

Tonniece said...

Wow Great idea, I love this as mine are buried somewhere around here just collecting dust.

Thanks so much