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Posted on: 10/5/11 6:27 PM
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I have discovered that I can use my cell phone with a camera as a portable pattern stash reference. I took photos of all of the patterns I own so I could see the entire envelope and created a picture folder called "STASH PATTERNS". I also created another folder with pictures of patterns I want to look at the next time I go to the pattern store. I called that one "MAYBE". I also have a folder of the patterns I know I want to get the next time they go one sale at Joann's called "GOTTA GET" (creative, I know). Since I became unemployed a couple years ago, this has saved me a lot of $$ by not buying patterns in multiples. I once found a Vogue pattern I must have really liked -- I had 4 copies!!

I found this has worked very well for me; I am never out without my cell phone so I am never without my shopping list. This worked well with my Blackberry as well as my Android phone I have currently. Plus, Android phones have such good colors in their cameras I have even used this to take photos of fabric in my stash "just in case". I even managed to find a perfectly coordinating fabric one day when I did not have my fabric swatches with me!

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Annie- oh said...
I didn't even realize my Blackberry could make folders - oh, yeah! - thanks, nice tip.
10/5/11 7:00 PM
JodieT said...
I am going to try this when I get to upgrade phones, thanks.
10/6/11 0:40 AM
deesews said...
Free app Evernote is amazing. When you take photos with your phone through Evernote, it will READ the words in the photo within about a minute. Then the words are searchable. Great for lists, reminders, etc. Also computer based, so you can type either in the phone or on your computer.
10/6/11 10:14 AM
Annie- oh said...
deesews - good grief, thanks for this info, too. Who needs IT when we have PR?
10/6/11 11:39 AM
grey ann said...
Fantastic! I am going on a shopping trip next weekend. I will try this. I d'loaded evernote but haven't used it yet. I'd better get on this!!! thanks all
10/9/11 10:49 AM
Sunshineinal said...
I do this too. I also take a picture of the fabric and the end of the bolt so I will know the fabric content and what I paid for it.
11/11/11 9:50 AM
 
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