Three Ring Notebooks


Quite a few years ago, help I had an idea. I was tired of saving so many magazines, patient and running out of room on the shelf where I was putting them. So I decided to buy a couple of three ring notebooks, viagra along with a whole bunch of those plastic pages, that hold, whatever. I filled both books to the hilt with pictures I tore out of magazines, ones that I love to look at over and over again.


Last night I was looking at them, and thought that I would share this idea with you. You might have already done something like this, but if you haven’t, try it. It’s a great way to get ideas for your own home. I can’t tell you how many times I would be sitting looking at one of these notebooks, when I would see an idea that got me excited enough to jump out of my seat, and start moving things around. We gals call it putzing. I have 2 notebooks, but soon I’ll be starting another. One is for cottage decorating and the other is for country decorating.


I love the look of cottegy rooms done in old white and lots of ironstone, but for me, it’s the high country look that I love the most. This is one of my favorite pictures. The painting, the crock with the heart, and especially the wood compote with the stone fruit. You know how I love stone fruit, and by the way, soon there will be more available in Carole’s Country Store
Collecting stone fruit is addictive. So I have to warn you of that. No matter how much I have, I still look for more, always hoping to find a piece that I don’t already have. No matter where you display it, in a cottage style or country, or even a modern decor’, stone fruit will add a wonderful look to your home.



In these notebooks, I also have a section of ideas. I think this painted rug is a neat idea. It gives the look of a real rug, but you don’t have any worry of tripping or cleaning one. So, if you like the idea of starting a notebook, I hope you will try it, and let me know if you do. It’s like looking at the best magazine ever! By the way, was anyone else disappointed in the new Early American Life Christmas issue? I was and so were my friends. I think it could have been a whole lot better. I’m just sayin’…
Happy day

14 Responses to “Three Ring Notebooks”

  1. tj Says:

    …Oh I haven’t received my Early American Life Christmas issue yet… Its hard to believe that any issue of that magazine would get a bad review but I’ll have to wait and see (*sigh*)… :o )

    …I’m right there along with you regarding the 3 ring notebooks Carole. I have two of them so far and did the exact same thing with the transparent sleeves too! Great minds think alike, no? lol… ;o)

    …And would you believe that I have the same page with the same painted rug on it too archived in one of my folders?…(*cue Twilight Zone music here*) I thought that was the neatest idea but I’ve yet to implement it into my own home. Anyway, it’s a great way to save ideas and much more organized than trying to stuff clippings and pages into a box or what have you…

    …Great post Carole! Have a wonderful Friday!

    …Blessings… :o )

  2. Carole Says:

    Hi there TJ. Great, I am so glad you did the same thing! Isn’t it fun looking through them! Now as far as EAL goes, maybe I should have held my opinion. It’s only mine, and some of my girlfriends feeling. You might not agree with me. Let me know. Ok?

  3. Rachael Says:

    Yes~ I AGREE! It seems quite empty and devoid of ‘life’……….I like to see more Traditional Amercian Holiday/Christmas life stories…………not really decorations on a mantle…..or HOW TO sorts of things~ there are tons of craft magazines for that. I do like the looks of the frontier feast story tho………..the food looks SO wonderful! Overal tho………not something Id be searching out a back issue of if I didnt have it :(

  4. Bobbie Says:

    Hi Carole…I didn’t receive my issue yet and I usually love the Holiday issue so I will let you know. Great, great idea with the magazines! I have tons of older issues…you know, the ones with the really good, primitive and early style homes. But they are under the bed in boxes, taking up tons of space. I would love to be able to just open a notebook and look at the pictures. This will definitely be a project for next week. Thanks for a wonderful idea!!!


  5. Janene Says:

    Hi Carole, I’m always reading your blog, and yet to send a comment, until today. I love the idea of putting these in a 3-ring binder. Mine are in a folder in my filing cabinet. Now I am off to raid my children’s school supplies and scrapbooking supplies to start my own organization. Thanks for the tip!! Janene

  6. Christine Says:

    Hi, Carole,

    I bought several beautiful pieces of stone fruit at an estate sale this summer, for $1.00. They did not know what they had. I am thrilled.

    I have been putting my favorite magazine pages into binders in the plastic sheets for many years now and I love pouring through my favorite pictures this way. I can relate. What’s that expression, ‘small minds run in the same gutter’? NOT!!! Excellent idea, Girl! Good for sharing with others.


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