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Cataloguing your supplies with Evernote

 Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here today and I want to share with you my ideas for using Evernote software to keep track of my supplies.

I had never heard of Evernote until I saw an old post on here from Cicily where she shared how she uses it.   I recently made the switch from storing my stamps in CD cases to the Avery Elle storage pockets, and whilst doing so, had a bit of a clear out and got rid of a lot of older stamps.  This left me with a bit of a dilemma, because I had numbered all my CD cases, and created a folder of stamped images so I could categorize them and easily find the particular stamp I wanted.   The thought of starting that all over from scratch didn’t appeal so I was looking for another way to do it.

I really wasn’t sure that Evernote would work for me.   I do like to flip through a book to see what I have – and I have gone back to a paper planner because I can’t cope with using a digital calendar, so I was a little sceptical about it, but I’m so glad I gave it a try, because it really is fantastic.

If you don’t know anything about Evernote, it’s free software, that enables you to create various ‘notebooks’, and within those notebooks you can list anything you like.  It’s easiest to download the software onto a PC or laptop for creating your catalogues, but then you can also access it via an app on your phone or tablet, which is extremely useful.   It also includes a snipping tool, which enables you to copy and paste anything from your screen and catalogue it.  You can add ‘tags’ to each note and then search for those tags.

So, to explain it better, I’ll show you what I have created so far.

I started off cataloguing my stamps.   So I created a notebook called ‘Stamp Catalogue’.    Then I created a ‘note’ for each of my stamp sets.  The format for each ‘note’ is the same, first I list the manufacturer, then the name of the set.   Using the snipping tool I add a picture of the set (I usually get this from the manufacturers website), I then add tags which will give me all the information I need when searching – so I create tags describing all the images in a set, all the greetings, then additional tags such as ‘Christmas’, ‘Birthday’ etc.

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It really didn’t take that long to add all my sets and I am really finding it a great way to work.  If, for instance, I’m looking for a greeting that says ‘Happy Birthday’, I just search the tags for that, and then I can flip through all the sets I have that are relevant.  You can add more than one picture to each note, so another idea I had was to also include a photo of the stamped image along with various marker colour options.  You could also add photos of cards made using that stamp in case you want to recreate them.

I plan to create ‘notebooks’ for all my supplies, then, when I’m out shopping, I can quickly see what I already have.   Although I have started an ink swatch book for my inks and embossing powders which I will rely on to see the true colours, I think I’m going to list them on Evernote too, just so I have a list accessible from my phone so I know at a glance what I already have.

So far, I’ve catalogued my wafer thin dies:

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My digital stamps:

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and my punches:

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Next, I’m planning to add my Distress Inks, my embossing folders and my stencils.

 Since it’s accessible from my phone, I plan to add some other notebooks for all sorts of other things.  Here’s some ideas of other things it could be used for  – to do lists, recipe lists, shopping lists, useful snippets of code that I want to store somewhere, colour swatches, card sketches, Christmas card list, birthday present lists, storing business cards, etc.

I hope I’ve persuaded you all to have a go with it – I really have found that it’s changed my life!

Sharon

 

 

How to Store Distress Ink Blending Tools

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Hey there, Jessica here! I ADORE my distress inks.  If my craft room was on fire and I could only save one thing…I’d save my distress inks.  I love their versatility and all the bright, cheerful colors!  When I bought my first distress ink pads last year I just threw them in a drawer with the rest of my ink pads.  As I started using them I found myself keeping them out on a regular basis.  Then I discovered distress markers…and the reinkers…and the blending tools…and I was in trouble.

I had an ink organizer from Organize More that I loved and while browsing their site one day I realized that they had distress ink specific organizers but not ones that would hold the reinkers and markers.  So I put in a request for one and a few months later they added it to the line-up!

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After I received the organizer I really got into using the mini ink blending tools.  I started off with just two tools and a handful of pads but ended up making the investment for individual tools for each color.  I found myself accidentally smudging and ruining cards when trying to change the blending pads.  And I also had a tendency to accidentally mistake the colors and contaminate the blending pad or the actual ink pad.  I use them often enough that I figured it was worth it to have easy access to them.  I lucked out and was able to find the blending tools at JoAnn’s on sale and was able to add an extra coupon near Christmas bringing each tool to 75% off!  (Actually I think they may have been mismarked at JoAnn’s…but I wasn’t going to argue with the cashier!)

Then I had to figure out how to store them…I had wanted to have easy access to them but didn’t want them out on my workspace.  I found an Artbin container and realized the tools would fit perfectly.  I ended up grouping them in threes (in the same order as my ink organizer).

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I also made up a diagram with the name of each color in the grouping and washi-taped it to both sides of the lid so that I could easily find individual colors.

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In the front compartments I keep extra pads and a handful of leftover tools (including the older rectangular tools).  I also labeled each tool so that I wouldn’t make any mistakes with the colors.

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If you couldn’t tell I get a little excited about organizing supplies in my craft room! :)  I hope this gives you some ideas for how to store your distress inks and supplies!

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Just One Tip for the New Year – Small Embellishment storage

Hi everyone, it’s Sharon here with an embellishment storage idea as part of our Just one Tip for the New Year series this month.   I like to have pretty items of my stash on display rather than hidden away in drawers – particularly if it’s items I can store in a rainbow order as for me, that’s just one of the nicest things to look at!

A few years ago I came across this little white cupboard in a gift shop.  It was on sale, but I didn’t really know what I’d put in it.  My boyfriend was with me at the time and told me that I should get it anyway, as it was such a bargain I’d regret it if I didn’t.  He was right.

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When I got home I found a little jar that I’d bought a long time ago in an art supplies shop and discovered it was the perfect fit for the little cubbies.  Whilst looking online for similar jars, I came across this site selling cosmetic jars and realised this was a much cheaper option than buying from an art shop.  That’s a UK site, but if you google for 30ml cosmetic glass jars I’m sure you’ll find a local supplier to you.

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The jars are the perfect size for flat-back pearls or sequins, and look so pretty all together.   They’d look just as good lined up on a narrow shelf.

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I hope my jar storage has given you some ideas for your own space.

Thanks for popping by!

 

Sharon

 

 

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Create a wrapping station

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Falalalalalalalala……. Happy Holidays, all!

Hi friends! It’s Noelle here today with a quick tip! I was SO very excited for wrapping presents this holiday season. I am a weirdo who enjoys buying and wrapping gifts, but for the last 8 years or so, I have wrapped presents on my very “glamorous” bedroom floor (not!).

Yes, amidst the latest baskets of clean laundry and dropped legos, I would sit, legs cramping, kept losing my tape, my pens, etc. Ugh! I was so very glad when I realized that THIS YEAR, due to my “new” (redesigned) craft room I had a lovely big flat standing height table to work on. Aaaaah. Such a relief for my poor back! ;)

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So, I decided the easiest thing to do would be to bring all my supplies into the room and leave them there. Usually, I store my wrapping stuff in underbed storage boxes. I found this tall basket in my basement gathering dust and decided it would be perfect for holding gift wrap and bags.

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I also found another divided basket in my basement, and I used it to store tags, twine, pens, scissors, and tape.

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Maybe you can create a wrapping station somewhere in your home, too! We wish you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and Festivus from all of us at CSI! We will be back after the holidays with more great storage ideas! :)

Also, don’t forget, we are accepting applications for our Contributor Team! More details are RIGHT HERE! 

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Noelle

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WE ARE HAVING A CONTRIBUTOR CALL!!

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Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you have great ideas about organizing your craft room/studio?

 

Do you love sharing those ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (January 2015 – June 2015).

 

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Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

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Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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