Last week I had a life changing moment while browsing the Splitcoaststampers forums, specifically in the Stampin' Up! demo only forum. I read a post about organizing stamp sets and saw someone mention using an app called Evernote.
I have not explored all of the uses of Evernote, but I need to comment on how AWESOME this is for organizing multiple stamp sets. There's a great blog post by Ink On My Whiskers that walks you through a tutorial for using Evernote for organizing stamps, so I won't rehash it, just urge you to check out that post. The simple story is you add a photo of a stamp set and tag that set with anything it can possibly be used for. Then you can search for a word and pull all sets that relate!
I started right away last week and am about 60% complete with loading all of my sets onto Evernote. I did pay the $5 for one month of premium service, specifically to get all of the photos of my stamps uploaded. I have so many I couldn't do them all within the free limits. You do not lose anything if you cancel your premium service, in fact, it's recommended if you're uploading a large amount of data the first month to just pay the $5 monthly fee and then cancel. All of my data will still be saved (and it syncs via cloud so you can view and edit on your mobile device or computer). I chose for my stamp sets to pull a good image (often the index or catalog image) to use, for my single stamps I just snapped a photo of each one with my iPhone (which took no time at all).
I love that I can now do a quick search for, say, all of my baby stamps and they'll all pull up.Here's a screenshot of my iPhone Evernote app.
No more stamp binder for me (which served me quite well before I found this app). It's MUCH quicker to snap a photo and put the set on Evernote than to stamp a card for each image, write what stamp set it is on the back and then slide it into page protectors. Also I still had yet to stamp any of my clear sets into that binder, which meant having the binder, my Stamps of Life binder, my cling Stampin' Up! cases and two boxes of miscellaneous clear stamps whenever I wanted to find something. Now it is all in one place.
Seriously. Life changing people! I am planning on doing my punches, embossing folders, and dies too! I might even do a shot of all of my washi tape so I don't buy duplicates. The uses for Evernote from a craft organization point of view are endless!