Sunday, March 30, 2008

Happiness Part III : An Inspiration Notebook

In an effort to get started in the spring-cleaning groove, I decided it was time to go through the massive shelf of magazines and catalogs I own. Domino, Blueprint, Vogue, Communication Arts, InsideOut, Anthropologie...they all wound up on the floor in a nice pile. I was tired of having so many of them, and they were certainly taking up a lot of valuable space. So, out came the scissors.I was ruthless. I only kept the images that I felt connected with, that inspired me in some way--be it color, pattern, overall aesthetic, etc. Nothing was too sacred. Anthro catalogs were chopped up, Domino photos cut out, pics and illustrations from Communication Arts back-issues were taken from their bindings and the ones I liked were kept. Everything else was recycled.Each keeper was glued onto paper and neatly tucked into clear page protectors in a white binder and now, instead of a shelf of about 50 messy magazines, I have one clean binder full of inspiration. The best of the best. No words, just a pure visual feast for the eyes.

And that makes me very, very happy.
Lots of coffee and painting on my end. I would post pics of the progress so far, but it's a piece for a very dear friend who happens to read the blog quite regularly. And I want her to be surprised to the max! :) That's just the type of person I am.

Cheerio, kiddos!

8 comments:

elegantmusings said...

I do this every-once-in-awhile myself!! there is something so freeing about having gone through a stack of magazines, and ending with a binder of just what inspires you... and know you can find it easily. :) although, there are a few magazines I won't cut up... yet!

can't wait to see that super-secret surprise you're working on! :)

mellowbeing said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I have a small space between 2 bookcases where I 'store' my magazines. Basically, I just stack them vertically in this little nook.. but I'm losing space quickly. I think I'll have to use this method.. now, to find clear plastic pockets.

Art Kitten said...

This is a Great idea! I am going to do this! I have so many magazines (most are in storage now, some thrown away) that I should do this with, I wished I would have had this idea myself ages ago.

Eggman Studios said...

It's such a freeing thing to do. And if you guys decided to buy supplies to make one, I bought a big box of 100 sheet protectors from Office Depot for something like $10 or $15. Well worth the money! :)

Rachel said...

that's a brilliant idea... if I had more magazines, I'd totally do that. :D

I can't wait to see it!!! I'm so crazy excited, I've been blabbing to everyone I know about how awesome it's going to be. :D

Eggman Studios said...

Rachel, I'm *so* excited for you to see it too! You're gonna be thrilled. :)

Eamon said...

I do the same. I think it is a bit of a waste to see magazines and old paper-back books gathering dust. I cut the magazines up for images. And then I get out my red pen for the old paper backs (that no-one else is going to read) and circling words
phrases that I like etc .. Books and magazines should be used not allowed to stagnate on shelves!

Eggman Studios said...

Amen to that, Eamon!