I use my computer in crafting a lot!  I have data bases in Excel and Evernote that I use constantly.  I miss My Digital Studio since Stampin’ Up! dropped that line.  {sniff!}  I also use my Sizzix eClips e-cutter.

I also use technology to create this website.  When I was starting out this site, I didn’t really know where to start.  I had run a few blogs, but this one was different. Read below for a few tips to get you started on your blog.

I use a Microsoft computer.  I am currently working on a Surface 3, a tiny machine that is both a computer and a tablet.  I also use an Android phone.  I believe everything I do can be done on Macs and iPhones, but if you need specific instruction on those devices, I’m not the best resource. I will try.

Do you have a techy question? Please ask. Perhaps my next Techy Tip will answer your question. But I am not a techy professional, and there’s a ton I don’t know. If I don’t know, I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

Evernote

Evernote is a free download that you can put on your computer, tablet, or phone, Windows, Apple, Mac, or Android. You can use it to write books, organize recipes, or keep track of just about any project. I use it to organize my Stampin’ Up! products. I love, love love Evernote!!!

I have a note for every product in the current catalog. I do my best to keep the notebook complete and accurate, including product numbers and prices for US, Canada (English and French), UK, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. I also add Dutch translations. I would include the Japanese market as well, but I just can’t decipher the text.

Evernote allows me to search for all the Designer Series Paper or Big Shot dies. I can search for everything I might want for birthdays, Christmas, cards for kids, or a wedding shower. I can search by everything with Mint Macaron or all the Brights. I can search for a particular word. Or if I’ve found a Framelit and I don’t know where it goes, I can search by image or number. I can search for “bird” or “swoosh” or “coffee.” I do most of my designing with Evernote and my Paper Sampler before I touch a stamp set or ink pad.

I share my Current Products and Retired Products notebooks. Want to try it? Get the free Evernote program by clicking here. You can check out last year’s notebook here. I have moved the retired products out of it. I have not added the new products or changed any page numbers or other details. I will not be updating it.

If you are interested in getting the new 2018-2019 Current Products notebook, go to Products from Bev and click on the PayPal button. You can give $5 or $10 with the drop-down menu.

Evernote looks different if you are using a Mac or a phone. And you can also log onto the web version of Evernote from any computer. The phone app is fantastic for creating new notes. You can take a photo and create a note for an old stamp set or a new card idea. Evernote synchronizes, so those notes will also be on your computer. I love being able to scroll through the notes while I’m out and about. But I find it very cumbersome to do complicated searches on my phone.

Trouble Shooting

  • If I have invited you to share my notebook and you don’t see it…
    • If you already have Evernote, open the program and look for WorkChat. This is Evernote’s own messaging. You should see a message from me. If you don’t see Work Chat, look under View and select it.

      At the bottom of the message you should see a box with a book image and the name of the notebook. Click that box. It can take quite a while to synchronize, depending on your internet connection and your computer speeds.
    • Make sure I have the same email address you use to log into Evernote. Many of us have multiple email addresses. Email mismatch has been the issue for several people. If it might be a different email address, just ask me to add the other email address to Evernote.
    • If you still can’t figure it out, please email me. I have helped several people with a phone call.

Searching the Products You Own

I strongly encourage (perhaps even urge) you to create a new notebook for the products you own. (video #7) You can copy my notes from either the current or retired notebook into your own notebook. Then you can edit your notes all you want. I suggest you add information like where you have stored your product, perhaps when you bought it, or when you used it… You could even add photos of cards you made with a stamp set. You can also add products from other companies if you use them.

Retired Products

When products retire I move them to the Retired Products notebook. I do share the Retired Products notebook.

If you are sharing my Retired Products notebook, please feel free to add to it. It is far from complete. Someone once asked if I had notes for all the products Stampin’ Up! has ever sold. I wish!!! It is complete for the last several years, but beyond that, it’s not at all complete. I had a few products I had kept. But others have added lots of notes for the products they own. I suggest you create the note in your notebook, then copy it into the shared notebook. As you do, the shared notebook becomes more complete. It helps if you check to see if a product is already listed to reduce duplicates. Please do not move or delete anything, as that would remove it from my notebook and from all who are sharing the Retired Products notebook.

Techy Tips Videos

The videos listed below were done a while ago and things have changed a bit. I do not have good equipment for recording off my computer, so the quality is not good.

Evernote

Excel Spreadsheet

This is the link to the Current Products Spreadsheet with 17-18 as of 7-1-17. I don’t always think to update this link. I do try to keep the link on the Getting Organized page updated.

Other Random Techy Tips

How I Use AutoCorrect and RGB Codes

Techy Tips for Running a Website

 

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28 Comments

  1. Hi Bev,

    I would love to know how to create my own Evernote Stampin’ Up! of all the products like you did.

    I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. This is a perfect idea to track what you already own. I just confused how you got each item to show up with details and image. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,
    Carmen

    • I have a Techy Tip on how I use the Mailings feature and Excel to create my tags, etc. I use that same spreadsheet to put all the details in my Evernote notes. Then I just copy the images from the Stampin’ Up! online store and paste them into my notes. It does take time, but not as much as you’d think.

      But why create your own notebook? Just share mine! I’ll send you an invitation to join my Evernote notebook. I just posted a YouTube video on creating your own notebook and copying the notes from my shared one to yours. I haven’t even had a chance to create my post for that video yet, but I’ll have that posted in a few minutes.

      Let me know if you need any help.

  2. Hi Bev,

    I am a Canadian demonstrator who is new to Evernote and would love if you would share your notebook with me. I have been looking for a way to become more organized in my Stanpin’ Up business. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for all of your hard work. Anna

  3. Catherine drummond

    Hi beg I would love to have Evernote ptapgramme im a hobby demo and think it’s fab

  4. Well Bev, it looks like you have another fan ( demonstrator ) that would like you to share your notebook if you would be so kind. Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge with us!
    Take are, Catherine

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Welcome to the group Catherine! I have sent your invitations for Evernote and also to a Facebook group for those sharing the notebook. Enjoy!

  5. Rosalie Holzman

    J just got your current catalog on Evernote. It is wonderful. Thank you and your team so much. I would love to have the retired catalog as well now that I see how very helpful this will be.

    • You now have full access (edit and invite) to “our” Retired Products notebook. I make no effort to make this notebook complete. I simply move products from my Current Products to the Retired Products when they retire. But everyone who shares this notebook can edit it. That means you can add to notes and create new notes and those additions are made in everyone else’s notebook too. But it also means if you delete a note, it’s gone for everyone. I encourage you to contribute other retired Stampin’ Up!® products. Please do not delete any notes. You can always copy these notes and add those other products to your own notebook.

  6. Hi Bev!
    I am a SU! demonstrator and a fan of your tutorials! I would love for you to share your Evernote notebook. I am following your lead in getting organized. Thank you for being willing to share. This looks like it was quite a chore!

  7. Bev, I would LOVE to see your Evernote product list! I love Evernote and think that’s a brilliant idea!

  8. Gillian Whitcombe

    Wow this is amazing what a lot of work you’ve done. I’d love to join as well, I’m a UK demo and not very tech savvy lol.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Gillian x

    • Your invitations to Evernote, a Facebook group, and to my Evernote notebook have been sent. I have some tips on Evernote on this site under Techy Tips that may be helpful.

  9. I would love to have an invitation to your Evernote list. I have never used evernote but am willing to try. I have bought multiple times more often than not. I joined as a personal use demo last year and just had my first customer this weekend (my daughter).

    • Welcome to Stampin’ Up! Your invitations to Evernote, a Facebook group, and to my Evernote notebook have been sent. Happy stamping!

  10. Hi Bev, I am currently in your FB group and am seeing your current Evernote notebook (thank you!). Having a bit of time right now, I just have started copying and making my own SU inventory notebook. I read that you have a retired notebook also. Is that something you share also? I would love to be included with that. Thanks so much for what you do, and your generosity in sharing your hard work.

    • I have given you access to the Retired notebook. Please pay special attention to the Work Chat message, as the way I share that notebook is different.

  11. Linda Thompson

    Hi, Bev,
    I’ve been reading about Evernote as a way to keep track of all my SU! items. I’m a hobby demonstrator, but I’ve accumulated quite a lot of products over the years. I’m not technologically advanced so would I be able to use this tracking system? Would you be willing to share yours with me? What would I need to do to customize it for my items?

    Linda

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Welcome! You should be receiving invitations from Evernote to get the program and to share my notebook named “Current Products.” I think the Evernote link takes you to the online version first.

      If you already have Evernote, you may just get the invitation as a Work Chat. Click on the green notebook and wait for it to synchronize.

      Once you have accepted the invitation to share it may take a while to synchronize. I think it’s best to open the program/app on your computer, tablet, or phone rather than the online version. Look for the tag “Evernote Tips” for a bit more help. I’m just an email away if you need more help.

      You will not be able to change the notes in my notebook. You will want to create a new notebook in Evernote and copy notes you want into your own notebook. Then you can do all the editing you want.

      Also, I’m inviting you to join a new Facebook group for others who are sharing the notebook. I thought that might be a good way to share ideas and questions.

      I used the email address you used to send your message/entered on my website. If you use a different email for Facebook or Evernote, please let me know so I can send invitations to the one.

      I have another notebook for Retired Products. Once you get your feet wet with the Current Products notebook, email me and ask for the Retired Products notebook.

      Enjoy!

  12. Hi Bev, i haven’t tried Evetnote yet, but would like to know if you know to make all the colored circles i see a lot of demonstrators useing for the ink colors. Sometimes they are butterflies, tulips, or othet shapes. But, most of the time circles. I am assuming they use word, & the hex codes? Any tips would be great.

    • BevAdamsStamps

      I don’t know how others do it. I suspect some may be using either the old My Digital Studio or the similar program MyMemories.

      I just use Microsoft Office to create a circle shape. I color it in (fill) with a custom color, using the RGB codes for the Stampin’ Up! colors. I have a chart with those RGB and HEX codes. You can find the chart and a video on how to use it at

  13. Hi Bev,

    I have Evernote but have never used it. I would love it if you would share yours with me. Can’t wait to get going on this project.

    Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

  14. Bev,

    Are you still sharing your notebooks? If so, I would love an invite.

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Thank you for asking about my Evernote notebook of Stampin’ Up! products. I have been sharing my notebook for free for several years. I have notes for every current product. I do my best to keep the notebook complete and accurate, including product numbers, page numbers, and prices for US, Canada (English and French), UK, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. I also try to add Dutch translations. Virtually all of the page numbers are the same, but I do include imperial and metric item numbers, 8 ½” x 11” and A4 card stock, and the metric Simply Scored plate, and the Heat Tool with the various plugs, etc. It takes time to make sure my notes are useful and correct for all to use. I have decided to ask for a small contribution.

      You can try my Evernote notebook for the products that were in last year’s catalog that were carried over to the current catalog. I have moved the retired products out of it. I have not added the new products or changed any page numbers or other details. I will not be updating it. But you can try it for free. You can check out last year’s notebook and either look through it online or you can download the program and the notebook. Click on Products from Bev to get the links.

      If you download the program and notebook, you can create a new notebook for your own products. You can copy the notes for the products you own into your own notebook. When you copy notes, be sure to click Preserve Update Dates and especially Preserve Tags! Then you can make whatever changes you want to the notes in your own notebook.

      You can browse through all the products, but the beauty of the program is that you can search. Good search terms include text you want, “Coordinates with” or some image like “tree.” Look for the tag Evernote for some tips that might be helpful.

      If you are interested in getting the new 2018-2019 Current Products notebook, go my website where I have a PayPal button. You can give $5 or $10 with the drop-down menu. Be sure to enter the email address you use to log into Evernote. When you contribute any amount, PayPal will notify me and I will send the invitation to share the new 2018-2019 Current Product notebook with you. I will also invite you to a private Facebook group just for those sharing my Evernote notebooks. Facebook is my way of communicating with the group. If you use one email address for PayPal and another for Evernote and/or Facebook, please enter that info in the PayPal text box or email me so I can use the correct address for the invitations.

      Thanks!

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