Wednesday, April 03, 2013

How to Organize Craft Projects in Evernote

I recently joined a knitting group and have been re-inspired to get crafty. I didn't mean to do this but in trying to decide what to make and what yarn I had I ended up becoming really organized with the help of Evernote.

As an overall effort to organize my life, I've been slowly scanning in my craft patterns to Evernote and adding tags like knit, crochet, sewing, etc. for easy retrieval. The knitting group had several suggested patterns online so I used the Evernote web clipper to add each pattern to my "Comfy_Crafter" notebook in Evernote. I reviewed the patterns and found a simple dishcloth pattern to work on during the group time, now to find the yarn.

I pulled out all my yarn and organized it by bulk size and found some perfect yarn to use for my project during the group. I'm still working on finding a way to use Evernote to keep track of my yarn.

After I finished the dishcloth I pulled up the note with the original pattern in Evernote, using the photo option, I added a photo of the finished product. Now I can reference back in Evernote and see what patterns I have actually completed and see what the finished piece is suppose to look like. (Sometimes patterns don't come with a picture so it is nice to have your own finished product to use as a guide in case you want to do it again or share it with family or friends.)

Tip: Tag the note as completed to make searching for patterns easier. 

Here is a copy of the note with the instructions in a pdf and the image of the finished project. This would also work if the pattern instructions were typed right into the note.  Click here to see the note, if you have Evernote you can save the note directly to one of your own notebooks. (The web version of the note shows the pdf of the instructions as a paperclip clickable link. In the desktop version it shows the actual pdf like the image below.)


Tip: If you end up with two notes, one with the instructions and one with the photo, you can merge them in the desktop version of Evernote. 

Here is another example using youtube. I watched a video on how to make knitted flowers and saved the video in Evernote for easy reference. Then I added a photo of some of my own finished flowers. To add the video I emailed the video tomy  Evernote email address through youtube. (Each Evernote account comes with an email address, sampleemail@m.evernote.com, where you can email yourself content and it goes directly into notes.)


How to Organize Craft Projects in Evernote 

  1. Add craft pattern to Evernote. (Add a PDF, take a photo of the pattern instructions, type it directly into a note, add a video.)
  2. Note what supplies you used; yarn type, needle size, etc. 
  3. Add comments, notes, changes, modifications, tips as you work on the pattern.
  4. Take a photo of the finished product. (You can also take photos along the way and create your own how to guide.) 
  5. Tag the note with what it is; knitting, crochet, stamp, sewing, etc. 


Tip: If you find patterns online, you can easily save them using the Evernote webclipper, it saves webpages and online pdfs directly to notes. Super easy! 

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