Do you use Evernote to organize your life? No? Well, I highly recommmend it. Evernote is an excellent way to store all your notes, ideas, and inspirations online all in one place, which you can then access from all your devices (your office, your smartphone, your tablet, etc.) So obviously, this is an overwhelmed crafter’s dream come true! By creating different notebooks (say, for example, one for crochet scarf patterns, one for home decor inspiration, and another for cupcake recipes you want to bake) you can organize any images, or web articles and blog posts that inspire you by clicking on a “web clipper” button which you can quickly and easily install on to your search engine’s toolbar, and you can add personal notes, as well.
I am a new convert to Evernote, and let me tell you, it’s the best way I’ve found to keep all my ideas and interests in one place. My ideas for blog posts, DIY projects, recipes, wedding centerpiece ideas, and even my apartment-hunting notes and addresses are all in mine.
I found this great post on Evernote’s community page by their Craft Ambassador Jenni Lathrop. It contains some great advice for how crafters can stay organized using Evernote. She had some helpful ideas like scanning in yarn labels so you know exactly what you bought in case you run out of materials mid-project, and creating an inventory notebook that contains the weight, color, and amount of all your yarn stashes, so that the next time inspiration strikes you can quickly verify whether you have the yarn you need or if you need to get more. I highly recommend giving it a read and downloading Evernote, if you don’t already use it.
…sigh… If only organizing all my craft supplies in one place were this easy!