Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tools: Secret to Digitally Organize your Stamps



Do you get bogged down searching for tools and products when you are scrapbooking?
I have tons of stamps! I was so frustrated wasting time searching my stash for the perfect stamp or stamps until I realized I have the perfect solution -- Evernote.

I have been using Evernote, a program linking your computer and devices, for so many things. It store notes, images, to-do lists, etc. I use it for recipes, business stuff, household stuff and now my stamps.

One of Evernote's highlights is that it makes photographs a searchable document. This means that it can read words within the image, whether handwritten or typed. So, this gave me the idea that I could take a picture of each one of my sets of stamps, upload it to Evernote and add some tags. Now whenever I need a specific sentiment or image I can search for that term and find my options.

Example:
Say while making a card or scrapbook layout I wanted a butterfly and the word Love. Since, I have added all my stamps to Evernote I can search for those two words. Evernote will quickly scan all of my stamps looking for the word Love and also include any that I have tagged with "love". Then I will do the same for butterfly. It will find only the stamps I have tagged with "butterfly". Now I have a selection of stamps that fits my needs for this project. Because I was thorough when tagging, I know that I haven't missed anything like I easily could when physically searching through my stash. Since I am looking at images of the stamps, I can quickly choose which one I want. I have the name and number so I can go find it easily.

Here are the steps you can follow to upload your images to Evernote. You can do this for ANY image.

Easy Steps:
  1. Take a picture of your stamp set(s) with your smart phone or camera. If you do it with your smart phone you can upload it instantly without transfering it to your computer.
  2. Login into Evernote, create a folder named Stamps, and create a new note for each stamp set.
  3. Give it a name, preferably the stamp name or something descriptive. I use the Close To My Heart stamp name and product number.
  4. Add tags. Tags are keywords you use to search. Be thorough!! The more tags you use the better your search results will be. Remember the example above. 
  5. Rinse and Repeat (Haha, just had to use it). 
Now you will have a digital library of all your stamps and can just type in what you are looking for instead of having to physically search through all of your stamps.

How else can you use Evernote for your crafting needs? Please leave a comment!

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11 comments:

  1. I love evernote for my work but I never realized it had this functionality in it!!!! It continually amazes me :)Thanks for the insight.

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    1. Yes, Evernote is truly amazing! Even if you are not a crafter this tool can be so helpful. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. I've heard people talking about the helpfulness of Evernote, but I've never actually tried it. I have (sadly) gotten away from my scrapping, but I love the idea of using this tool for organization of just about anything.

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    1. Life can get in the way of scrapping. Hopefully this post led you to a tool that works for your life. Thanks!

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  3. Love this idea! I have Evernote on my TODO list and it keeps going down because other things take priority, LOL!

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    1. Hopefully this post was helpful when you are able to start using it. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Just got the app but have not had time to really work it out yet and here is this great blogpost with all the info I need. Thanks you so much.

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    1. I will be doing a follow-up post about the other uses I have for Evernote, craft related and life uses. Hope you come back for that one as well.

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  5. What a great idea! I don't have lots of stamps, but I am sure I can use the concept for other things!
    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, it is a great tool for anything! I will be doing another post about that as well.

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  6. What a clever way to use Evernote! I'm going to have to remember that. Thanks!

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