Craft organization is always changing and evolving, at least for me. Of course, we all have to organize our supplies so we can find all those goodies that we hoard....I mean collect!!!
I have blogged about my stamp binder/index before. I had a big binder of all my stamp images in it, categorized so I could see what stamps I had in each category. Easy right? Well, my binder was HUGE! I stamped and stamped all my images one weekend....okay, it might have taken two weekends. My fingers were sore, I was tired, and didn't want to stamp for awhile! I stamped and stamped, I stamp the images into every category I thought they fit into. Then I sold some sets, and my index needed to be updated. UGH!!! So I decided a huge binder wasn't the answer. My new found idea was smaller binder, and I would just make a copy of the front of the stamp set as I bought them. I put the whole stamp set into the category the stamps in the set mostly fit into. This worked, but it was annoying to make the copies, I was out of ink for my copier, or paper, or both! And the downfall,was often a stamp set fit into several categories, but my system didn't help with that.
I needed something new, I wasn't looking forward to the process.......until I read about Evernote. This has changed my crafting!!! It was literally the easiest organizing I have ever done. I read about the app on Friday and decided to give it a try. It took a little over a day to do all my stamp sets, but I have a lot.....278 stamp sets....according to my new evernote organization! And most of the time challenge was waiting for my phone to recharge since my battery life sucks!
So how does it work? You create a "note". I use the title of my stamp set (the title is also searchable). I typed any information into the note- number in set, what catalog the stamp set first appeared in, whether the stamp is retired or current, price, and what type of stamp set it is (photopolymer, clear mount, or wood). The next part is just as easy, I took a picture of the stamp set, I used the app on my phone to do most of the work. You can also get an image of the stamp set of the Internet if you would rather, or use the desktop version. The last step is the hardest.....not really but this is the part you have to think about: tagging. You create tags for each stamp set. The tags make the stamp set searchable. The idea is to look at each stamp in the set, make sure all stamps have a tag, it might be multiple tags, be detailed as possible. For one stamp set, I might have: Christmas sentiments, Santa, snowflake, Christmas, gifts, tags, snowman. All these tags are for one set. I can now search for all my stamp sets. If I need a heart, I search heart, and all my stamp sets come up that have a heart in them. It brings up the photo and I now have a visual picture of each stamp set that I can reference to see if the set will work for my project. Not only does this cut down on my searching, I use my stamps more. I can use my laptop or my phone! I can search when buying new stamp sets, if I already have a stamp set....and yes, in doing this, I realized I had a duplicate of a set. DOH!!! I can also search to see if I need a stamp set. If I search sports, and find that I have no stamp sets, I might need to get the new stamp set that I loved! Or if I search Thanks, and find that I have 15 stamp sets that would work, I might need to pass on a stamp set with Thanks in it. I LOVE using stamps. I no longer buy stickers. I use my stamps instead. I feel like my crafting dollars are better used on stamps that I can use over and over again. But a stamp index is a must!!! This new system is a WIN!!!
Evernote is wonderful! There is an app and also a computer version. They sync together with Internet connection. Both the app and computer versions are free. The free version does have limited storage. The paid version has more storage. The paid version also syncs without Internet. Either way, Evernote is life changing!!!! I am loving it. All my stamps are now nicely organized, I can reference them quickly.
Do you use Evernote? How do you use it in your crafting? Tips or tricks you want to share?
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