How I organise my magazine clippings electronically with Evernote

Magazine clipping

I’m a magazine addict. If weekend breakfast is at home, my set up usually consists of a bowl of muesli with yoghurt, a pot of green tea and a stack of the latest food and home magazines. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending how you look at it, I don’t have room to keep them all so I have to regularly cull. I used to cut out the recipes and other bits and pieces that I wanted to remember and store them like this then give the magazines away to family and friends.

It was a great system but every time I wanted something I had to flick through the whole book looking for it and often get distracted by the pretty recipes. Plus, the people I gifted my magazines too when I was done were left with missing pages.

My new sorting secret

Enter my very most favourite new app – Evernote. I might be way behind the times with this but I am in love with this app. Now all my clippings are stored electronically so there’s no need to rip out the pages. All I do is take a photo (or scan with another app – JotNot), add a title, any notes I want, some tags and file it away.

Hand written recipe

It’s not limited to magazine clippings either, I also uploaded all the very special hand-written recipes I was given at my bridal shower (this one’s coming to the blog next week). Adding to the app is super easy and just like Pinterest, you can add a button to your toolbar and clip recipes straight from the net too.

Tag search

Got some chicken in the fridge you want to use up? Just select chicken from your tags and it will show every recipe that uses chicken. In the supermarket and mince is on special? A quick scan of your app and you can find your saved mince recipes.

Search the scans

It gets better though, it even has functionality to search the scanned items. How cool is that?!

Pretty view

You can display everything in a list or as little tabs with images so you can see everything at a glance.

It’s not just limited to recipes. I store my receipts, bills, documents, emails and basically anything I want to store that I want to be able to find quickly and easily. It syncs across my iPad, iPhone and mac so I can view and add to the files on whichever i-thing I happen to be using. It’s also backed up online so you can access everything wherever you are.

The free version is great but the storage is a bit limited. I upgraded to the pro version for $9.99 a month and it pretty much has unlimited storage.

If you’re still on convinced, watch the clip below for the official Evernote overview.

Disclaimer: I have zero affiliation with Evernote I just really really love it.

 

18 Comments

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Reply Reply September 7, 2012

    Someone told me I should be using Evernote weeks and weeks ago and I still haven’t done it. I need to get in gear. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jess

    Reply Reply September 7, 2012

    Ooooo, I am not at all surprised that you have a great solution to the recipe clipping problem, but I’m so glad you shared it. This looks fantastic!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 7, 2012

      It’s so handy Jess and easy to use.

  • My husband keeps telling me that i need to get onto Evernote!! OK now I’ll have a look into it ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 7, 2012

      You seriously do Lorraine it’s fantastic and so easy to use.

  • Jo Smith

    Reply Reply September 7, 2012

    Thanks for the heads up, Claire. I’ve looked at Evernote before but wasn’t sure how useful it would be. Now I know! My favourite recipe app is Paprika- it’s a blank database and very easy to add recipes from online. The only downside is you do have to retype the handwritten ones.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 8, 2012

      I absolutely love it Jo!
      You can use it for so many things. You can even create notes and add tables and colours and fonts. It’s brilliant!

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply September 7, 2012

    This looks like a great system and it would sure help me to get organised. I have so many magazines and I can’t throw them out because in every one there’s a recipe I’ll need ‘one day’. Just today I was scratching through my collection looking for a recipe I knew was there in amongst the thousands of stacked magazines. Took me forever to find it. I need evernote! xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 8, 2012

      Get it Charlie it’s great! You can trial out the free version at least.

  • Marianne

    Reply Reply September 8, 2012

    I have used Evernote for about a year now, I have never used the total monthly free storage though, so am still on the free side of the app. I am a recipe and knitting pattern addict so this is heavenly for me! I have a Kindle Fire and can access my Evernote from it, with the other apps available I no longer have to print things out, can just set the Kindle on the counter and read the recipe and make wonderful dishes from my favorite bloggers!!! Talk about a breeze!!!!! (also have an app for knitting that lets me access my PDF’s and can mark on it without having to print out the pattern!! Same with recipes, if I make subtle changes (we don’t care for mushrooms and I have dairy allergies) I just write in my substitutions and bammm it’s saved!!!
    Love your blog!!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 8, 2012

      Isn’t it fantastic Marianne?!? I’ve even used to it cull my recipe book collection. I had quite a few books that I only liked a couple of recipes in. I scanned them and donated the books. More space for me and a book for someone else. There are just so many uses for it!
      Thank you!

  • Linda

    Reply Reply September 8, 2012

    I’m so behind on what’s new…I’ve not heard of this at all! Love it though as just like you I’m forever tagging or cutting out magazine recipes and then, sadly, throwing them out cuz I just can’t keep them all!! This is great, thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 8, 2012

      I found out about it when I read the 4-hour work week and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s so fantastic!

  • holy cow, you may have changed my life! (seriously, I’m not kidding) I’m a total magazine hoarder, with bits & pieces ripped out everywhere. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 8, 2012

      Stephanie it will change your life!

  • Nic@diningwithastud

    Reply Reply September 21, 2012

    What a great idea! I need to do this with mine. I can free up some bookshelf space lol

    • Claire

      Reply Reply September 21, 2012

      It’s fantastic Nic. So handy and easy to use!

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