Saturday, September 26, 2015

Creating a Customized Magazine Book and a Vision Journal

Magazines take up space - sometimes, a lot of it. But, do we need to keep the entire magazine? I was thinking about this as I was looking through two organizing magazines. Ironic, huh? I wanted to keep a number of the pages or pieces of pages, but I did not need the entire magazines. The pictures in this post are a mixture from both magazines.

Enter the humble composition book that I paid 25 for at  Wal-Mart last week. Right now, I am not sure I will keep the lime green pattern or cover it with scrapbook paper.

Gather a glue stick, Washi tape, adhesive tape, and a magazine; and it is time to begin. First, I had to decide what parts and pieces I wanted to keep. (I apologize for the light glare on some of the photos.)

First, I pick words from the front cover, including the title. Then, I go through and tear out pages or cut out pieces, collecting them in a clear, plastic zip binder envelope. 

Sometimes, I liked only one hint, so I cut just that hint out.

Or, I will like a page, but the description is on the facing page, so I cut the description out and glue it onto the photo.

Several of the hints I wanted to keep were in text boxes, so these were cut out and trimmed.

When I completed the prep work, I began to tape and/or glue them into the composition book. I started by gluing in the masthead of the magazine and snippets of words without photographs.

I affixed the clippings first by magazine, and then by room. Below is a bathroom on one page and laundry room on the next, followed by a picture of a page with the cut-out description glued onto it, then attached to the book.

The magazine pages are bigger than the composition book, so they have to be trimmed to fit if a whole page is used. For the most part, I cut the pictures out, but for others, I could only cut the edges off. This required me to fold them to fit into the book.

The first picture, I wanted to keep the top of the page, but I was able to cut off some of the bottom. I glued the bottom of the page to the composition book and folded the top over for when the book is closed.

The next couple of magazine pages were a continuation of the same article; I wanted both sides of the page. Therefore, I could not glue the page to the paper. I used Washi tape on both sides to create a hinge so the page could be flipped over.  

It was necessary to keep the page right-side up, because I was keeping more of the page than with the pictures above. Since the bottom of the page above hangs below the bottom of the composition book page, I needed to fold the magazine page up. It was important to stop the Washi before the bottom of the page. 

The next two photographs show how I folded the page up and into the composition book.

Some have clear adhesive tape to make the hinges, because I did not like the way the Washi tape looked.

In one instance, the spread was the left side of the first page, both sides of the next, then the right hand page of a third page. I wanted to keep the pages together, so I glued the third page to the second sheet of paper after hinging the two-sided page. The next picture shows how it looked when finished.

On one page, I really like the colors of the kitchen, but did not keep the blurb pertaining to the page. Since I wanted it for the idea, I decided to put it into my vision/inspiration book. I dated the picture and wrote a note to myself about why it was included in the book. 

It is fun to look back over the last 20 years’ pages to see if and how my tastes have changed over time. 

I also put inspirational quotes into my book.

This final picture shows the difference in size between the composition book and the vision book – an oversized sketch book.

Do you have similar books? Have my ideas inspired you to create books of your own? Please let me know in the comments below.