Ian, here, from A Newbie Crafter. Today I have more of an electronic crafty organizing tool, than a paper craft project. Do you have stamps over running your life? Are you certain you have that one image, but you just don't remember what set it's from? Do you wonder about what images might pair well with a certain sentiment? If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, than I have the answer for you!
Recently I heard about an app called Evernote. What is Evernote? Evernote is an electronic organizing tool for basically any list, or images that you want to catalogue. Do you have a website that you wanted to save information from, but don't want to clog up your bookmarks? This is the app for you. It is available on the iPhone and Android phones as well as Mac and PC. You can also log into the web-based platform from any computer and have all of your notes accessible to you! Check out the photos below!
This is the start up screen to Evernote on the iPhone. Their logo is an elephant, because an elephant never forgets! :)
This is the home screen on the app. This app is FREE and you get 1 MB of storage every 30 days. At the start of the next 30 days, you get an extra 1 MB (so you can continue to save notes). You can always upgrade to the Premium version for $44.99 for a yearly subscription that auto-renews (you can turn this feature off at anytime before the year is up). There is also a monthly subscription which is $4.99. I chose the $44.99 for a yearly subscription. Reminder to self - if not using as much in a year - decide to not auto-renew. Once you go Premium your monthly storage goes up to 1 GB. For all you collectors, this is a great idea for you!
This is a list of some of my notes. I have 107 notes that I can store in folders within the app. For now, I have 104 stamp sets and 3 other notes I have written. I can store those 104 stamps in a folder. I also want to go through my stamp sets from Gina K. Designs, Peachy Keen, and other stamp sets I have acquired. Each of these notes will be filed in appropriate folders for each company. My goal is to have all of my stamp sets (and other crafty items like punches, etc.) catalogued by June 1. It's quite the task, but I'm up to it. :)
Here you see C1442 Tailor Made from Close To My Heart. I took a picture with my iPhone directly from the app. If you notice above the word "Made" there is a camera. Tapping that camera will open up the camera on your phone so that you can take a picture. You title the note "C1442 Tailor Made" so that you can know exactly what stamp set it is. From there, you look at the images and create "tags". To the right of the camera icon you will see a microphone and a dark circle with an "i" in it. When you tap on the "i" an information screen opens (see below).
This is the information screen, as mentioned above. This note is in my notebook. The second line is a place for "tags". Tags allow you to write certain words that will draw you to that stamp set if you search for a certain word. Looking at the stamp set, I wrote all words that described the images in the set. If you allow the app to access your location, you will also see the location of where you took the picture (10 seconds before).
As mentioned above, you will now see most of the words I chose for this stamp set. If you look back at the photo, you will see that these tags are appropriate to the stamp set. I can search for any of these tags, and will be able to find the stamp set easily. Many of the stamp sets I own have hearts so a lot of the stamp sets were tagged with "heart". I will search with the word "heart" and all of the stamp sets that have a heart in it will populate. How cool is that?
Evernote is a fun app that is accessible almost everywhere you go with an internet connection. After I finished cataloguing all of my Close To My Heart stamp sets, I was able to file them numerically in the new Large Organizers from Close To My Heart. Now I can easily find my stamps and certain images that I'm looking for! I am in no way connected to Evernote (I work in Higher Education) so I'm not being paid for this, but I thought it was the perfect way to organize yourself and your craft room!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to comment below and I'd be happy to answer them for you!