Using Evernote & Evernote Web Clipper to catalogue your craft supplies

Ok – if you are a crafter, face it – you are also a hoarder.  Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but its true, as crafters we collect A LOT OF STUFF to do what we do – and that leads to other problems and difficulties.  Problems finding what you need, forgetting about supplies you have and never using them, and worst of all, buying something twice because you forgot you had it in the first place (I hate it when that happens).  There are many ways Evernote and this inventory system can help you depending on your wants and needs: inventory for insurance purposes, expenses and budgeting, organizing, documenting manufacturer and location of purchase (very helpful if you are a blogger or YouTuber), it can also help with inspiration (this was an added benefit I did not expect). This will all become clearer as I go on.  Evernote also crosses over all of your devices – most importantly, your phone so you always have your inventory with you and can access it whenever and wherever you are.

Before I get into the specifics of how I am using it and what I did, I need to send a HUGE THANK YOU to my wonderful friend Marsha B. for telling me about this.  I think she said she heard about it from another sweet friend, Marsha M. who saw it on YouTube.   I am familiar with Evernote as I have been a subscriber since 2012 but I was only using it for lists, craft instructions and password information.  So I went to YouTube and since I did not know what Marsha M. watched, I just did a search “Evernote for Inventory?” and watched a few tutorials (“Organize Craft Supplies with Evernote” by paperologist, “Evernote tutorial: How to Create a Stamp Inventory” by Kat Scrappiness, and “Using Evernote to Organize your Stamp Sets” by Rebecca Brown.  All were helpful to me for various reasons and they are not that long so check them out if you need more information to help you get started.

I have found the Evernote Web Clipper to be VERY helpful and strongly recommend you download it along with the basic Evernote program.  I’ll explain more later.  Evernote has fee based programs available but the free one is working just fine for me.  And free is always a good thing.

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in any of this.  I am not a computer, Evernote or YouTube expert.  Nor am I getting paid by anyone to write this.  It is just my opinion, thoughts and how I am using my tools.  I am merely a crafter sharing a tool that I find helpful.  I will explain things as best I can.  If something is not clear to you, please feel free to let me know or ask me a question and I will do my best to help or try to put you in the direction of someone else that can answer your question.

After downloading the Evernote program, you need to create a notebook (this is like a file folder) and you can create one bulk “Inventory” notebook or you can break it down into multiple notebooks based on your needs and uses for the program.  The good part is, you can always move an entry to another folder at any time should you find the need.  For example, you set up an “Inventory” notebook and start entering your supplies — then you decide you want to break your notebooks down by supplier – or type of supply (ie stamps in one notebook, dies in another, ink pads in another, embellishments in yet another and so on)  This is YOUR system so set it up however best suits you and your needs.  You will understand better once you see it in action and see what the capabilities are.  I will explain how I am using it AT THIS TIME – as I said, it is easy to move things around if you decide you want to change something so I may end up changing something after I have used the system for a bit.

After creating your notebook, you will begin creating your notes.  Each note is an entry about your inventory item. You will create a separate note for each inventory item. The tags on the note are your key.  You need to make tags that will make sense to you and consistency is key – using the same terminology or names for items (ie a birthday gift can be a “gift” or a “present” – for my purposes, I chose gift universally.  For my purposes, I refrained from listing a gift as a “birthday gift” or “Christmas gift” regardless of what type of stamp set it may be part of – I feel “gift” is sufficient and can usually be used for any type of gift needed.  I feel it simplifies things but if you feel more detail is needed, then go ahead and use the tags you see fit.  YOU will be the one utilizing your tags so they need to be written as you would use them. When you perform a search – you can search within one notebook or all of your notebooks so it doesn’t matter whether you have 1 notebook or 100.

Additionally, if you are setting up a notebook for each manufacturer, then you do not need to create a tag with the manufacturers name.  For my purposes, I do not need seller information but if that is important to you, create a tag “purchased from Michaels” etc.  Additionally, there is a comments section, so if  you will need to refer to the information when using the item, but won’t need to search by that information, then just enter it in the comment section as your tags do not readily show on your notes.  For instance, if you will not need to search the items you purchased at Michaels, but will need to know this for a potential blog post, in the comments section, you might write “Purchased at Michaels 3/2/2-18 on sale for $4.99”.  Or you could use the comments section to document when you use the item by pasting a picture of your creation and comment “Used for Card Buffet 2/24/2018”.  You are able to update a note at any time so if you decide you want to add a tag or comment, just open the note & change things or add things as you see fit.

Now on to the Evernote Web Clipper and how I go about creating a note.  After downloading, the Evernote icon (an elephant) will be place on your internet browser – I have Windows 10 & use Firefox (I don’t know if that matters) and the icon is way over to the right on the address line.  I also use Google.  I am a Stampin Up demonstrator so I will use my Stampin Up supplies in my examples.  First we need to enter the name of the stamp set in the search box and change the type of search from “all” to “images” (this is right under the search box in Google).  I searched “Stampin Up Hang Your Stocking”.  Note I used capitals in my search – this is to save time because the web clipper will use your search as a label for your note (very nice).  If you don’t care about capitalization, then don’t bother but the training in me says a title should be capitalized (a little bit of OCD coming out here).  The search brings up images of the stamp set as well as any photos on line that use the stamp set (ie Pinterest pins or blog posts etc).  For my purposes, I want an image of the stamp set itself for my inventory, so I click on the appropriate image (don’t use any Ebay or Etsy listings that may show up – you can’t copy the picture – it copies the link to the listing). Here is my search result:Screenshot-2018-3-5 Stampin Up Hang Your Stocking - Google Search

I then clicked on the first image of the stamp set & got this:

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Now you click on the clipper icon & that opens a note (I’m sorry, I can’t get a screen capture of this – the capture takes a picture of what is UNDER the Evernote box).  The first section in the box is your note title – as I said previously, it automatically prefills with the words used in your search – you can type over and change it as you see fit (I delete the “Stampin Up” and enter this as a tag.    Look to the bottom of the box to be sure you are clipping to the appropriate notebook, change as necessary.  Now, go to the middle section of the box, this is about what you want to clip – I want just the one image so I click on “Screenshot” and put a box around the wanted image.  Now, you can mark up the picture if you want.  The next section of the clipper box is your tags.  I have found one problem and can’t figure out how to fix it, there is a maximum of 20 tags allowed at this point (once you save the note from clipper, you can add more tags in the Evernote program) BUT for some reason, when you exceed 20 tags & you get the message advising of the 20 tag limit, when you save the note, it wipes out all of your tags on the note.  I don’t know why this happens or how to prevent it – other than to not exceed 20 which is a bit troublesome as there is no counter.  But it is much easier to enter your tags at this point – if you wait to enter them in the program, it takes a lot more steps, you can’t just type & enter, you have to mouse click on tags, add tag, a box opens, you again click add tag, then get another box to type the tag, then save it.  I tag with every image on the stamp set.  With flowers, I decided to always tag flower, then tag specifically if I now what it is (ie rose, peony, daisy etc).  Along with card making, I dabble in mixed media, so if a stamp set has something that would make good texture or background – I add tags with those words.  I also decided to add all of the sentiments as tags as well, this helps if I want to make a friend card, I can search “friend” and it will bring up all the stamps that include the word friend.  You may decide this is overkill for you but I find it helpful.  You could also add the sentiments in the remarks section.

Ok, back to clipper, there is an “options” button at the bottom of the clip where you can make changes such as “always add tag”.  Since I am entering all of my Stampin Up products now, I always add the tag “Stampin Up”.  Once I finish with Stampin Up, I can change that tag to my next brand name.  You can also chose to always open clipper to clip to a particular notebook (again changing that as necessary while initially entering your inventory.  Once your inventory is done and you will be entering new purchases that will change specifics, I will delete the “always” options).  Once, you finish with tags, you can enter any comments you want visible on your note.  Your tags don’t readily show on your notes, so even though I may have tagged a stamp “matching dies” – I want to know this when I view the note so I type it again under additional remarks.  Another issue that is important to me is whether a stamp set is current or retired – I may need to create a card with only current items for stamp camp or card buffet so I have tagged them as such.  When an item retires, I can just go in & delete “current” and add “retired” – but I also want to know if a set is retired by viewing it so I add “retired” under remarks.  This helps if I search “hearts” to create a card, I can immediately see if a set is retired.  Add remarks as you see fit.  I have not entered much here so I don’t know if there is a limit.  It may be like the tags, in that there is a limit in clipper but it is unlimited in the actual program.  After all tags and remarks are entered, click on “save” at the top of the box.  You have now created your first note!

One of the benefits of the clipper is that it automatically adds a Google search link to your note.  I love this unexpected feature.  With one click, you can get inspiration for your stamps!

I am trying a new storage system that I got from one of the YouTube videos I watched.  I am numbering my stamps and storing them by number instead of alphabetically.  This will prevent having to constantly shift stamps to add new ones or remove retired ones.  I will always have the program handy as I have it loaded on my phone, tablet & laptop so it will be a quick search to find the number of a stamp to then pull it from the drawer.  If you have different storage locations, be sure to make a remark so you can easily know where to find your stamp whether you sort them by theme, alphabetically or numerically,  The only drawback I see to the number system is that by the end of creating my inventory, I will find out just how many stamps I have!

Evernote is not letting me do screenshots from my laptop so I can’t show u the full view but I was able to get some on my phone:

Here is one where I searched “heart” & I got 12 matches from the 57 notes I have so far.   among the matches is the one below which has the word heart within a sentiment – you can see that it highlighted the relevant word for easy finding

I hope I have explained it well enough.  And that it is not too wordy, I really wanted to explain it in detail for any Newbees.  Please let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help.  Send me a comment and let me know if this was helpful and feel free to share any tips or information that you thought of while creating your inventory, that you find useful or helpful to the inventory process with Evernote.  I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for visiting and spending time with me.  Happy crafting and good luck with your inventory.



Stampin Up Petal Garden Suite

I just love this suite! The colors are scrumptious: Calypso Coral, Fresh Fig and Old Olive. There is a lovely 6×6 paper pad, a pretty stamp set and coordinating 1/8” sheer ribbons. There is also an embossing folder that is perfect: Garden Trellis.

The suite also includes a Memories & More Card Pack that consist of a whopping 72 pieces! I had so much fun using the card pack. It really makes it easy to put together a classy floral set of cards.

I brought the paper pad, coordinating card stock and ribbons to a recent retreat – but I FORGOT the stamp set so there wasn’t much I could do. 😒. Thankfully, fellow demonstrator, Lisa Stokes came to my rescue (thank you Lisa!) and gave me one of the card packs. Here are some of my creations:

f my cards inspired you, please visit my Stampin Up page and order your own Petal Garden Suite (pages 56 & 57 of the annual catalog). I would also love to see anything you have created with this suite. Feel free to post a link to your blog if you have a post with this suite. Also, I would be happy to answer any questions. I hope you enjoyed my post. Happy crafting everyone!

Halloween Decor & Displays

Mom and I had so much fun decorating for Halloween this year and we are so pleased with the results, I just had to share some pictures! Most things were obtained from second hand shops or yard sales – or handmade so unfortunately, I can’t tell you where to purchase most things if you want to recreate any of our displays. Maybe this will just give you some ideas to decorate your home for this fun holiday.

I hope you enjoy this brief look into our home. Let me know what you think – or feel free to share your own displays – especially if we inspired any of your designs.

The coffee table display was originally my favorite but then the top of the china cabinet came together and I love that too – THEN I did the cornucopia in the kitchen and I love the way that came out! They all just make me happy to look at. I hope they warm your heart or give you a smile too

The coffee table started with a copper colored ceramic dish I got from a neighbor (thank you Marshallene Ives) then I added a short garland of fall leaves and a pretty copper colored pumpkin I got from one of the craft stores a few years ago (Michaels, Joannes or Hobby Lobby – I’m sorry I don’t remember which one). I was quite pleased with the results, then Mom added our adorable kitchen witch that was a gift (thank you Aunty Laine – luv you!) and that made it spectacular. It looks so pretty on the table that Dad rebuilt for us. I got it at a yard sale because I loved the wrought iron base but the top was damaged. So we sanded & spray painted the base and Dad cut a new top that he then sealed with polyurethane (thank you Dad – nice job).

The main focus on the china cabinets is this giant plastic cauldron we got at a yard sale. Mom suggesting putting it on its side and I just loosely stuffed a leaf garland spilling out the top and it looks fabulous! I hung a string of orange pumpkin patio lights along the front. I think I got them on clearance at Target a few years ago. Then I put up a few wooden pieces I got at craft fairs, added two candlesticks. I put a leaf in each candle globe, with just the tip peaking out and it looks like flames! Lastly I turned over my compote bowl so I could use it to elevate the pumpkin in the center back. The bowl it covered by the leaves so you can’t even see it.

Use your imagination with using what you have to elevate your display pieces to give height to your designs (candlesticks are my favorite choice and I have them in many heights so I usually have just the size I need). Pedestal cake dishes are another great option – and they are pretty too. But you can use empty boxes or a turned over cereal bowl for a quick and easy option – just cover your riser piece with your greenery of choice or a scrap of fabric.

Mom did the dining room table display. She started with a really interesting metal leaf basket that we got from one of my sisters (thank you Veronica). The end result is gorgeous but you really can’t see the basket but it was a perfect choice nonetheless. She wrapped a short piece of leaf garland around the handle, then added some faux loose leaves and real gourds & white pumpkins I purchased from Sprouts. The final touch was to set the basket in the center of a red berry wreath. This will last throughout the fall season, not just Halloween.

The kitchen counter boasts the beautiful cornucopia that we got at a second hand store – it is very large and impressive. I started by stuffing gold & yellow tissue paper in the bottom so the focus items would sit up high in the mouth of the horn. I added yet another leaf garland piece, faux gourds and apples along with a few ears of mini Indian corn. The final touch was the October calendar page I made last year designed by my wonderful friend, Kirsteen Gill.  It looks lovely in the antiqued gold frame and just belongs alongside the cornucopia.  They belong together – like peanut butter and jelly! Lol

The lowboy in the entry features two wonderful gourd houses that we got at yet another yard sale (you gotta love a good yard sale). They were apparently a limited edition from Partylite (a home demonstration company specializing in candles & decor. They don’t appear to be as popular here in Texas – I was very familiar with them when I lived in Connecticut). I have tried to find more but I can’t see that they sold any more than these two which is a shame because they are absolutely gorgeous with their ornate windows and details.

Mom added two flocked pumpkins and leaves. Then I added a garland to the mirror and a picture I made a few years ago with a Stampin Up Project Life kit. This was also inspired by Kirsteen Gill (thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and designs Kirsteen!).

In the mirror you can see the cute crow I made a few years ago from a paper mache witches hat and a black feather boa. You really can’t see the details but she is super cute. She has a pipe cleaner worm in her beak and a cute little red bow holding her bangs (feathers) out of her eyes. Lol

Lastly we did the mantle and hearth. The hearth has a cute carved lighted faux pumpkin with an adorable stuffed spider sitting on top (the spider needs her tag removed – I can’t believe I didn’t notice that until I was posting the pictures 😟). Crawling out from under the pumpkin is a severed hand I got at a Halloween shop many years ago. Next is a bottle of bats brew that is just a recycled wine bottle with a Halloween label – I purchased a bag of them years ago but there are now many on-lines sites where you can download all kinds of images to mod podge on your recycled bottles and jars. I love The Graphics Fairy for their vintage images. Next to all that is a really vintage looking pail I have had for years. It was a gift from some co-workers.

On the mantle is a stuffed bunny witch that I have also had for many years, a red bottle full of “bats brew” that I think I got from Hobby Lobby. To make more potions, there are two vials in a jar sitting on a cool candlestick I found at another yard sale. It is very Halloween looking but I have used it in other displays and it just looks vintage. In the center is a metal pumpkin candle holder and the left side boasts a wooden witch and balsa wood pumpkin that had been dyed green. And yes, another leaf garland is woven through it all.

I hope you enjoyed my little tour. To make an eye catching display, start by gathering all of the item that fit the theme or holiday or color of your choice. Gather anything and everything you think “might” go and put it all together in one place. Mom and I usually use the dining room table. Then pick your favorite piece to start your display. It doesn’t have to be the biggest piece – it’s just a starting point – and since it is your favorite piece, you want to be sure it is figured prominently in your display. If is is a small piece, consider putting it on a riser such as a candlestick or pedestal dish. Try different things to see what looks best. Then go back to your “supplies” and pick your next item. Just because you add an item doesn’t mean it has to stay – if after adding a few more pieces you decide “that purple piece” just doesn’t work – just take it out and try something else. Don’t forget to work with different heights as well as sizes.  Just keep playing by adding and subtracting until you are happy with the results. It’s your display so do what makes YOU happy.

This is really a fun hobby that changes your decor multiple times a year with minimal effort. Just be free and have fun. I guarantee the more you do it, the better you will get and the more enjoyment you will get out of it (both from just looking at your creations as well as all of the compliments you will get. Check out some of my earlier displays on the “My creations” board on my Pinterest page.

And, if you think we went crazy for Halloween, stay tuned for our Christmas decorating!  Thanks for stopping by.

Oh My Stars in Katy, TX is carrying my cards!

Oh My Stars is having their Grand Opening event this weekend at 1935 Avenue D, Katy, TX and they are carrying some of my hand made greeting cards!  I am so excited to have them in a storefront, I can’t even put it into words. Thank you so much to Malonya and Jodi for giving me this opportunity and exposure.

Oh My Stars is a wonderful store carrying unique home decor and gift items.  Visit them this weekend, August 7th & 8th and check out their fantastic items. All details are on their Facebook page.  I wish them success and happiness in their new venture!  I hope this leads to a long and fruitful relationship between Oh My Stars and Jnets Line.

I also hope that this will be the spark that gives me some self confidence so that I can put myself and my products out there more.  I don’t know what is wrong with me that I am so afraid to pursue my dreams and start by selling myself and my products.  I love what I do and I am very proud of what I produce.   I really love to give my things away as gifts which usually results in what we all love  — compliments!  ………….But then I see other crafters work and I lose all confidence. I don’t feel that my work holds up and I can’t imagine people willing to pay their hard earned money for my stuff.  I have always gotten the support and praise from my family (thank you all so much, I love you and so appreciate your help, praise and encouragement over the years), but let’s face it, they are family – they have to be nice right? Lol. Except for Dad, we can always trust Dad to tell you exactly what he is thinking!

Anyway, all this boils down to the fact that this is a very big step for me and I intend to keep those steps going in the right direction, so thank you again to Oh My Stars Jodi and Malonya.  Good luck ladies!

Card Making for a little girl with brain cancer

Izzy Garcia is a beautiful 4 year old girl in Houston, TX.  At the age of two she was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a form of brain cancer.  After a two year battle, her parents have received the most horrible news that she only has a few more weeks to fight.

I am hosting a card making evening on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm to make cheery bright cards for Izzy’s last days and some encouragement cards for her parents.  They also have a young son and a newborn baby at home so they need all of the encouragement and sunshine they can get to help brighten a dark time for a young family.

If you would like to join us, please visit my meetup page.  Please feel free to invite a friend or contact me if you have an questions.

Thank you and I hope to see everyone on Tuesday!

Please note 50% of my fees will be donated to Izzy’s gofundme account to help her family pay for the overwhelming medical expenses they have incurred over the last two years.  Please feel free to visit Izzy’s account and make your own donation.  Thank you.


2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Well, all of the ornament blogs have been gathered into this wonderful Link Party so you can see them all together and click on any of them to get all of the tutorial information or purchase information of they were store-bought ornaments. There are some fantastic ornaments here, so grab a cub of coffee, sit down and take some time to peruse a few blogs. And while you are at it, we would love to see your original ornaments! Post your link below with your tutorial on how it was made so everyone can share in your ideas.

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Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

Click on the InLinkz Link-up below to see all of the ornaments – I think we are up to 102!! and you can add your link there.

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I hope you enjoy my Star Snowman ornament along with all of the many other great ornaments below. Thank you to Erlene of Mypinterventures and all of her helpers for organizing this wonderful swap and link party this year! Please leave me your comments – or any questions you may have below and I will be happy to answer.

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays Everyone,

2015 Ornament Exchange – Days 9 and 10

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Wow, look at all of these fabulous ornaments!  There are so many I like, I can’t decide which one to make first.  Visit Erlene’s Pinterventure page here to find information on all of the fabulous ornaments featured in the exchange.  Thank you to my co-exchangers for some wonderful choices.  There are still more to come so check back to see what the rest have in store for us.  (I am getting so excited to put up my Christmas tree – how many more days do I have to wait?)

Happy Crafting Everyone!