There has been a lot of talk lately about sketchbooks. Peg and others have talked about different software packages that can be used to create them. Ideas and screen shots have been shared.
I have had a fiber/design/ideas sketchbook for ages, always in my trusty notebook. My notebooks have been ongoing ever since I can remember. They are small (4x6 or so) spiral notebooks where I write things to do, things to remember, design ideas, sketches, yarn amounts, knitting calculations and whatever else needs a secure place to be written on. There is a large pile of them, each with start and end dates. Sometimes I go through a couple a year, sometimes one will last more than a year, it all depends on how busy I am. For the most part, I can remember when and where I sketched something down, I go back and review if there is something I want to make. As we all know, life has had a dramatic change with the IT era, but there are still things I do by hand, sketches being one of them. Going back to the notebooks and finding things quickly is not that easy anymore. What to do with the sketches? what to do if I see or think of something and I am not at the computer? Plus I use three different computers plus the cell phone.
I made a list of requirements:
-Non exclusive software so I can open the file in any of the computers I happen to be at. Ideally non-proprietary software
I decided to use the word processor in OpenOffice. I can create a TOC, by using styles I can keep the TOC current. I can write as many notes as I want. I can insert pictures and scans.
Scanned sketch: each project idea has title, typed notes and the scan(s) from the notebook. The only other thing I might want to add is dates. Other than that, this will work going forward.