Wow, wow, wow!!! “Evernote”, the electronic notebook app, has saved me. Evernote is a cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
I had been overwhelmed with trying to inventory my ever growing stash of arts and craft items. The paper binder idea was such a daunting task that I procrastinated getting started on doing it. It seemed very time consuming and labor intensive, difficult to organize items into multiple categories, and could easily get out of date. It would also be very cumbersome to carry the binders around with me.
I love things to be organized and categorized and the Evernote electronic notebook is the greatest tool for doing this. Using Evernote makes it so easy to find items under multiple categories and then quickly see an image of the found items. It helps prevent me from buying duplicates of things I already own. It also makes it very easy to determine if I already have something similar before making a purchase. I can save comments and samples for the items and identify items that work together or have matching sets. The key to search success for me is using the Tags feature to organize and categorize the Notes. Evernote provides a feature so you can create internal links from one Note to another which makes it easier to get to the matching item for something.
Evernote can be accessed as an app from all my devices (iPhone, iPad, Windows computer) as well as directly through a web browser. Therefore, my inventory is easily and conveniently available to me at all times.
This is a screenshot of my Evernote file viewed in Snippet Mode in the Windows application on my computer. The interface for the iPad and Web browser apps is very similar.
This screenshot shows a list of my Notebooks.
The possibilities are endless as to the information that can be stored in Evernote beyond an inventory of your craft stuff. Ideas for other things to be documented:
- Card Recipes (how to make the card and what was used)
- Handy Tips and Hints
- Wish Lists
- Packing Lists (what to take to an offsite crop or a weekend retreat)
- To Do Lists
- Links to favorite web pages such as online stores, How To videos, blog entries, etc.
Inspiration Credit To: YouTube video tutorial by Kat Scrapiness (published May 2015) – Her tutorial provided me the initial inspiration for how to use Evernote to document my craft supply inventory. See her original blog post here: [http://kathleendriggers.com/evernote-stamp-inventory-tutorial/] and her YouTube video below: