Using Evernote

Someone asked me to write about how I use Evernote. Evernote is a web application that allows you to clip URLs, text, articles, images, and anything you can imagine from the web as you browse. It will also save pdf files. There are many more features, but the clipping tool and pdf saver are the primary tools that I use. I have been using Evernote since October of 2009 and upgraded to the Premium version in December of 2011, so you can imagine that I have a lot of information stored.

When you clip something from the web, you then have the option to assign the clipping to a notebook and/or a tag. For example, I have a machine embroidery notebook, an AccuQuilt notebook, a neuroscience notebook, and a general notebook. The general notebook is where I put a lot of quilting information. Here are some things that I clip:

1. Evernote is a wonderful place to save all those tips, links, and notes from posts in Yahoo groups/discussion forums. You just highlight the text you want to save and “clip” it to a note. Give it a tag and you’ll always be able to find it. This is one of the most useful tools for me.

2. You can save social media posts and images as well as sending a note you’ve clipped from Evernote to Facebook, Twitter, or even email it to yourself or someone else. And if you’re more sophisticated than I am, you can use Evernote to archive your entire social media life.¬†

3. Links to quilting resources such as free patterns, tutorials, and techniques and clipping entire pdf files to be saved in Evernote is a great way to use it. And you can tag these resources in categories such as piecing, applique, quilting, embroidery, etc.

4. Do you have trouble tracking events such as blog hops and quilt alongs? This is a great place to put them, and you’ll always be able to find those links.

5. One of my favorite things to do when I want to try something new or fix something on my computer is that I google computer technical information. Evernote is where I keep the instructions for things like how to create a blog badge, and other important technical information.

6. This is a great place for saving instruction manuals as complete pdfs for equipment and gadgets. Just think how much file space you will save with this. You can also keep track of purchase dates and serial numbers here.

7. And what about all those dates and projects for the Quilt Guild? This is the place.

8. I use Evernote as a temporary holding place for recipes, addresses that come to me as I browse the web or come to me in email. You can just select text and it will save only the highlighted text in your note.

9. A feature I haven’t used, but really should is tracking projects and project management. There’s a to-do checkbox that can be added to notes in Evernote.

10. Ideas and inspiration. I love to save photos of quilts, landscapes, and song lyrics and anything else that inspires me. So, I have an ideas tag that I use a lot.

I hope this helps you understand a little more about Evernote. My tags could be simplified, and I could use a lot more features than I do, but for now, this is a great tool for me.


Christmas Hubbub

It’s almost Christmas, and it seems as if I’ve almost missed it this year. What adventures we’ve had the past few weeks.

Today is our 37th wedding anniversary – what were we thinking back in 1975? My mother must have been nuts trying to have a wedding and Christmas. All I remember was trying to get through my Organic Chemistry exam. Some things were easy though – I wore my sister’s wedding dress, and we were the exact same size so no worries there. I was taller, so wore flat shoes and it worked perfectly.

Now, back to Christmas 2012—have had back to back colds and still have a hacking cough which I hope will disappear by Christmas. Between being sick, babysitting that adorable little boy, and visiting my Mom two times in a little over a week, not much has been going on in my Christmas department. As of today, there are still a few projects to get done and have not read anyone else’s blog in weeks, so am hoping to catch up on that sometime today too.

Every year I make pillow cases from novelty fabric for all the children, acquired children’s spouses, and grandchildren. The fabrics have all been pulled and are in a stack. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring pictures of some great pillowcases.

I made a wonderful Christmas bib for Mother while I was at her house. For some reason, she had some Christmas fabric just sitting out beside her sewing machine, and I couldn’t help myself. Somehow that bib got packed into my suitcase, so now it has to be mailed back to her.

There are two new grandsons who need Christmas stockings – one of them absolutely has to be made today to get in the mail or he won’t have a stocking. I really need Katrina over at Sunshower Quilts¬†to the rescue.

I made some mug rugs yesterday with my embroidery machine and hope to be able to have files for you machine embroiderers to download. But that has to wait until after the pillowcases and stocking go in the mail. I’ll do a separate post for that–but here’s a preview–they still need some topstitching around the edges.

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Organizing More than Projects

With all the technology we have today, particularly digital photography, we are inundated with photos and files and keeping them organized is a major challenge. Once upon a time I organized my photos by type, e.g., quilts, family, etc. However, the category overlap can make that complicated. Thus, in the past two years, I have organized photos in folders by date. Having photo organizing software like Picasa, PaintShopPro or software that comes with one’s camera is most helpful b/c one can browse large thumbnails from folder to folder to find photos so long as you know the general time frame.

One of the most important things that I do is rename each photo file by date. Most photos have a timestamp that can be seen via software, but one has to actually view the photo individually to see that. Timestamps sometimes get changed when photos are resized or otherwise modified. For me, it is helpful to have the date as the beginning of the filename and then a description of the photo as the rest of the filename. For that reason I use software that renames multiple files in one batch.

For years I used MultiRenamer from PC Magazine, but with new computers and Win7, I decided to look for something new. I love the software that I found and want to share with you. It is free (or you can donate to help support them). I found this software with a google search and and chose it after comparing the many products that showed up in the search.

This software is called Advanced Renamer and the website is I can specify lots of different parameters, select the files I want to be renamed sequentially, and voila–a whole set of files are renamed. It’s pretty nice. Here’s a partial screen shot. The whole screen was too large. It looks complicated with the codes, but really isn’t at all–just type in the base name, click on how you want to sequence (numbers or letters) and check to be sure the file name you want shows up in the right panel. Yes, there are lots of more sophisticated features, but I’m happy with my simple method. Click on the photo below to see a full view.