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Magazines have a way of accumulating, don’t they? It seems as though they are hard to throw away, and before you know it you have a stack up to your nose. I am on a major decluttering mission, and I’ve gone digital in MANY ways. Not only do I read my books on an e-reader, but I’ve started reading my magazines on a tablet too with Texture! Texture helps readers quickly find quality content instead of having to spend their time sifting through things they don’t want to read. Once I switched to Texture, I realized it was time to finally toss my old magazine clutter. I came up with seven creative ways to re-purpose old magazines, and I hope you switch to Texture and do the same! Keep reading for more information about a free trial.
Texture brings you the world’s best magazines, reimagined. Choose any issue from a catalog that includes all the top titles in each category: Time, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic and more. You can:
- Get unlimited access the most current premium content from trusted sources/brands/publishers
- Find content you care about faster through personal recommendations and curated collections
- Organize and save your content for easy access when you want to read
- Bring extra dimension to your reads through bonus digital content (including audio and video content)
- Download content for great reading anytime—even when offline
- Easily search across all (current and back) issues for the best writing on any interest
The 30-day free trial includes:
- Unlimited access to all monthly magazines, including Esquire, Fortune, Glamour, National Geographic, Men’s Health, Wired, and more
- Unlimited access to all weekly magazines (Premium free trial only)
- Access to all back issues
- The Texture app is available on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mini using iOS 7.0 and up, devices using Android 4.0 and up, and Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs and tablets
- Get access on up to 5 devices per account
- There’s no commitment, you can cancel your account online at any time
- Anyone who starts a free trial in October will be entered to win amazing prizes all month long, just for signing up for and reading in the app.
The free trial is available to new users only through November 30, 2015. After your free 30 days are up, the cost is $14.99 per month.
Once you have found just how EASY and convenient it is for you to use Texture to read all of your favorite magazines, you will feel more at ease for getting rid of your old paper copies. I am only using Texture from here on out since it reduces waste and clutter in my mailbox. Now, it’s time to tackle the old magazines sitting on my bookshelves! Here are a few ideas that you can use to declutter and re-use your old magazines!
1. Try doing decoupage. Cut out your favorite pictures and wording to use in decoupage crafts. For example, cover a pretty plate with flowers from a gardening magazine, or take a pretty saying from a lifestyle magazine and put it on a tray. It is a great way to make home décor for less.
2. Make children’s placemats. Take fun pictures from children’s magazines or even word searches and laminate them. They make the perfect little placemats that will wipe clean and be useful for many meals to come. If you want, you can even glue pictures from a variety of magazines on a plain piece of paper and laminate them that way.
3. Make an alphabet book. Take a notebook from the dollar store and write a letter of the alphabet on each page. Let children browse magazines and find a picture of an item that starts with the particular letter. Then, have them cut out and glue the letter to the notebook. They now have an alphabet book to enjoy.
4. Create a vision board. Get a poster board and attach pictures that inspire you to it. Your vision board should be a reflection of you and what you want to achieve. You can cut out any picture that speaks to you and apply it to the board with glue.
5. Make colorful fire starters. Take a few pages from the magazine and roll them into a tube. Secure the tube with tape. Stuff the tube with dryer lint and secure the edges of the tube closed with tape or ribbon. Display the fire starters in a basket until you need them. To use, just light and toss in your fire.
6. Try some origami. Children will love trying various folding techniques. Watch for tutorials on YouTube and use scraps of magazine paper to practice. Just cut the paper into a square and fold away!
7. Donate them. So many people would love to have your old magazines. Drop them off at women’s shelters, schools, or even your local beauty shop for others to enjoy. Check on eBay as well, as some people pay nice money for home décor and beauty magazines even if they are several months old.
It is such a relief to have a clean and decluttered bookcase and mailbox! No more unnecessary mail, and Texture helps me read MORE since my favorite issues are always on hand.
Who knew old magazines could be so much fun to get rid of? Give these magazine craft tips a try!
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