app happy world, paper pads are still the first choice of many for note taking
and drawing. But the modern note taker no longer needs to choose paper over
pixels or vice versa. Now, Ampad is introducing Ampad
Shot Note Pads, a
line of paper pads, and the Ampad Shot Note App, which work together to
let users easily save, search and share handwritten notes, memos and drawings.
How Does it Work?
The Ampad Shot Note App is free, user-friendly and makes sorting, organizing and sharing info easier
than ever. Simply download the free Ampad Shot Note
App to your iPhone. Then chose from one of our six pads to take notes, jot down
a memo or sketch a drawing. Next, simply snap a quick picture of your Ampad
Shot Note paper using the Ampad Shot Note App and save and tag the file.
Presto, you've gone from handwritten to handheld! Sharing your files is equally
easy; send it to multiple recipients via email or upload to Evernote, DropBox
or Twitter. You can even save it to your camera roll and send it as a message.
Shot Note line of pads has something for everyone; the line includes:
Ampad Shot Note pads are available on amazon.com and staples.com
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life gets busy, networking is one of the first things to go. Make the most of
your time by networking smarter; these four simple steps deliver results
without eating up big chunks of time.
Think, Then Dial: Before you pick up the phone for a
networking call, develop a clear objective for your conversation. Be ready to
let your network know your specific ask. Do you want to brainstorm? Or get an
introduction? Do you have a company in mind where you'd like to work? Or are
you looking for a chance to join a board or speak on a panel? The better the road
map you present, the easier it is for someone to help.
Listen Actively: Smart listeners walk away with a wealth of
tips from every conversation. Ask your colleague what they've been doing; what companies
they think are hot. Actively engaging,
and really listening to your network, should provide plenty of valuable
information to shape your job hunt or networking.
Go Pro: Amp up your networking by soliciting introductions to headhunters and recruiting
agencies. If a friend or colleague recently changed jobs, ask them if they
worked with a headhunter or career coach. Once you have a roster of headhunters
on your speed-dial, reach out to them every six months, even if you aren't
job-hunting. They might very well be looking for a candidate for your dream
Running List: Keep a
running list of 5 to 10 target companies where you'd like to work. Whenever you
have a networking call or lunch, see if your contact knows anyone at these
dream companies. If they don't, do they know anyone who knows someone? Keep
looking for a way into your dream gig, eventually you'll find it.
clock-watchers know every minute counts. When it comes to saving time, no tip is
too wacky or weird.
Sock Sense: Tired of sorting socks for your family? Missing
sock syndrome wastes valuable time. Say good-bye to missing socks (and wasted
time) by safety-pinning socks together before
they get tossed into the wash.
Meal Makeover: Dinner food preps can be time-consuming. Skip dinner in favor of a major midday meal
and use your evening hours to nibble fruit, cheese and crackers while spending
time on leisure pursuits or exercise. While you're at it, skip cooking for your
next soiree. Go potluck or even prepared; no one will care if your side dish is
from the deli counter as long as it tastes good. So long, from scratch!
Beauty Station: Put an end to the morning, "where's the
sunblock/hairbrush/lipstick," scramble by housing all your beauty needs in a
basket. Keep it by the front door mirror for last minute primping on your way
out the door.
Water Works: Cut your plant watering
time by as much as half by adding Osmocote, a slow-release fertilizer, which feeds
plants with each watering, and Soil Moist, a water-retaining polymer. Also, top your
pots with hardwood much; it holds moisture in and creates a finished look.
5. Desk Job: No time to work out during your busy workday? Get a treadmill
desk that lets you log laps while working on your
computer. Yep, it's possible to clock exercise hours while working.
6. Liquid Diet: Put your
shower on a liquid diet, using liquid soap (or glycerin bar soap) to cut
hard-to-clean soap scum. The binders in traditional bar
soaps cause soap scum which often leads to clogged drains.
7. Less Mess: Fight
microwave mess by lining the bottom of your microwave with 10 or so paper towels to protect the turntable. Cleaning
up is as simple as taking the top paper towel off after each use.
It: Skip buying and
watering houseplants and cut flowers by purchasing silk plants. A vase full of
silk stems blooms all year round and best of all, only needs a periodic vacuum
from time to time.
Lashes: Tired of
the morning mascara routine? Wish you could skip the even more time-consuming
nightly cleaning? Dye your lashes for
lasting color, no clean up required!
Free: Skip watching
TV live, by taping your shows, you can fast-forward through commercials and
shave your viewing time.
colorful blooms have long served as inspiration for artists. Now, this spring a
crop of apps puts creativity at your fingertips... literally. With a quick swipe
of your finger or double-click of the mouse, artists, illustrators and other
creative types, can fashion wonderful works with a smartphone or iPad.
down our favorite new app for artists is the Ampad Shot
Note App. The free, user-friendly app lets artists digitize and
share all drawings made on an Ampad Shot Note sketch
pad. Artists simply draw, doodle or sketch to their hearts
content. Once done, you snap a quick picture of the
Ampad Shot Note paper using the Ampad Shot Note App and save and tag the file.
Voila! The images are digitized, taking you from handmade to handheld.
Sharing your work has never been so easy; send your images to
multiple recipients via email or upload to Evernote, DropBox or Twitter. You
can even save it to your camera roll and send it as a message.
Sketch Pad to iPad
iPads are more your thing, there are a host of creative apps to make your
tablet zing. Check out the round up in 10 Best iPad Art Apps for Painting and Sketching to unleash your inner Picasso. Digital
artists will love that most of the ten apps offer all the bells and whistles of pro painting programs, but with
interfaces designed for iPad users. The apps are simple to use, with intuitive
interfaces that belie the complexity of the art that can be produced with their
wide range of digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes. Artists working
on the go will appreciate that many of the apps offer Dropbox integration and
the ability to import and export Photoshop-friendly files.
Beyond the Brush
Artists and art lovers looking for more than just a new painting or
drawing tool will want to read 15 Art Apps You Should be Using. Sure, the article does list the better painting and
drawing apps, but its best recommendations go beyond the brush. Read on to
learn about art related apps such as Art Authority, a database of high resolution images of some
of the world's most stunning art. The app also allows users to quickly and easily find cool art
exhibitions or museums near their location.
Spring ushered in not only daffodils
but warm weather fashion. Before plunking down your hard earned cash on sandals
and sundresses, savvy shoppers should enlist one of these bargain-hunting apps.
of Shop It To Me as your free personal online shopper. Tell it
your favorite brands and sizes and then it takes over. The app scours the Web
to find the items you love and sends you personalized e-mail alerts that
feature the latest markdowns, secret promotion codes, and VIP sale events.
This site aggregates clothing and accessories from more than 100
e-commerce sites (Asos, Bluefly, and Neiman Marcus among them). Fashionistas
can use filters such as "sale" or price points to hunt for bargains, or can
simply browse. If you spy a bargain you can't resist, the site forwards you to
an online retailer. The free app lets you define your needs ("black
sandals... ideally under $100") and then casts a wide net to see what's
Coupon Sherpa: Bargain hunting can be tiring. Let Coupon Sherpa handle the heavy lifting for you. The free app compiles
Internet coupons from a variety of stores into one convenient location; the
deals aren't limited to clothing either. The coupons are regularly updated and best
of all, the app is free. A real bargain!
Looking to get more organized? Jump on the
color-coding bandwagon for organizing ease, efficiency and some colorful fun.
Color-coding can be used to organize just about any area of your home or
office; read on for tips for harnessing the rainbow to make your life more
organized and efficient.
Fresh Take on Filing: Color-coded filing systems assign colored
labels to key letters, file names or categories. The highly visual system makes
it easy to quickly assess where a file belongs or to spot misfiled folders.
Experts agree that color-coding offers several benefits including: fast, easy
access to files; a reduced number of misfiled folders; decrease in negative
emotions associated with filing such as frustration, confusion and boredom. For
a color-coding filing how-to, click here.
Colorful Closets: Want an answer to the daily "what to wear?"
dilemma? Color-code your closet for easy decision-making. When you organize you
clothes by color, not only is it easier to find your clothing, you'll get a
happy charge every time you open the door and see a Crayola Crayon box of
options. Read How to Color Code Your
Wardrobe for tips.
Bright Bookshelves: Say so long to the Dewey Decimal system and elect to
sort your books by color. While alphabetizing works best for libraries, at home
you have more freedom, so consider expressing your inner artist by color-blocking
your bookshelves. Visual thinkers may find the color code helps them locate
books more effectively. Plus, it looks stunning; click here for examples.
Color-Coded Kids: Have a big household? Consider color-coding your kids
for easier organization. By assigning each child a color, and using it for
common household items such as towels, toothbrushes, and laundry baskets, busy
parents can tell at a glance who is keeping up with chores and who needs a
gentle reminder to return their items to their rightful spots. Check out How to Color Code Life with Kids for more helpful ideas.
Color-Code Email: Optimize your email productivity with color- coding.
Did you know that Gmail, Outlook and Lotus Notes let you apply color filters to
specific emails? You can assign a color to a specific sender (or topic) making
it easy to see at a glance what type of emails need your attention. Check out Color-Coding Emails for more helpful tips on color-coding
a bright, airy, organized space is solely the province of glossy shelter mags
or movie sets? Think again. A streamlined, clutter-free space can be yours with
five simple steps from the organizing pros.
Less is More: Nothing gives a space more
bang for the buck than a thorough purge. Clutter creates stress and detracts
from a space's aesthetic, so commit to a ruthless edit of your belongings and
watch your free space grow. Be honest; do you really need three spatulas and
two whisks? Ditto all those unused toys, neglected books and out-of-style
clothes? Edit, edit, edit; asking yourself three questions: Do I use it? Do I
need it? Do I love it? Anything that gets a "no" gets tossed, donated or sold.
Consider asking a trusted friend to help with the review to keep you honest. Click here for a
before and after shot to get you motivated.
Clever Storage: Keep your space feeling open
and airy by using clever storage to conceal clutter. Enlist multitasking
furniture such as trunks to serve as a coffee or side table, while holding
bedding or board games. You can also shop for ottomans or other upholstered
pieces such as benches and even sofas and chairs, which have hinged seats to
conceal needed storage. Or use a skirted table either bedside or beside a sofa
to conceal a basket with remotes, books, and other small items. This link
some wonderful storage options.
Shelf Life: Adopt the mantra "a place
for everything, and everything in its place" by adding enough shelving to your
home to neatly corral your belongings. While custom shelving is a fantastic
option for maximizing your particular space, even inexpensive units from Ikea
can do the trick. Simply measure your space, and buy as many units as will fit.
Use attractive baskets or bins to hide away smaller items and to present a
cohesive design. See here
and here for ideas.
Skirted Tables: Don't underestimate the
organizing power of a skirted table. Even if your aesthetic favors, streamlined
modern pieces, a simple, skirted table can provide a wealth of organizing
options. Here a skirted consoles table
holds decorative accessories while concealing a full bar. And this clever homeowner had a seamstress create a
skirt for her Ikea Expedit bookshelf, providing concealed storage for her TV
Careful Color Choices: Create a bright, airy feel
by organizing your home and décor with careful color choices. By sticking to a
cohesive palette, you can make your space seem bigger and brighter. Tone on
tone color allows furniture to recede into walls, creating the illusion of more
space. Click here for examples. This doesn't
mean you need to avoid color, just use it judiciously: see how these homeowners use bright pops of color for
organizing here and here.
Now that the iPad mini is old news, tech-savvy trend spotters are in
search of the next great thing to organize, entertain and generally make life
easier. Tech-out this trio of trends that will have you on the cutting edge of
High-Tech Bathrooms: One of the last frontiers for technology
in the home, the bathroom, is becoming increasingly high-tech. Bathrooms, once
considered merely functional spaces, are increasingly designed to offer
homeowners spa-like amenities. Now, high-tech products such as wireless scales
and waterproof electronics, lets users customize their bathroom experiences
like never before. Sync your scale with your Fitbit app to monitor your weight and fitness
routines. Wave your hands near your smart faucet; sensors turn the water on for you. Hey,
even singing in the shower goes state-of-the-art with the electronics featured
in Tech-Out Your Bathroom.
Beauty Apps: Makeup counters are so old school. Modern
beauties turn to apps to put their best face forward. Need help picking a
lipstick or a foundation color? Try MatchMaker by True Match http://bit.ly/JZC1un or Make Up Forever Pocket Studio. Can't get a dermatologist appointment to
deal with that zit? Check out PerSKINality for tips on getting blemish free by the
weekend. We also like OPI
Nail Art Studio and How to Do Your Own Cute Nails for tips on getting salon-worthy manis
LED Your Life: Okay, LED lights aren't exactly new
(they've been around since the 1960s) but they are booming in popularity like
never before. Witness Katy Perry's multihued, LED light dress worn to the recent Met Costume Ball; the
sparkling dress took 3,000 LED bulbs to create. For other eye-catching,
light-up fashion, check out We're
Obsessed: 10 Glowing Geek Chic Gowns. LED isn't just for celebrities, a slew
of bright products in equally cheerful price points put LED décor within
everyone's reach. Check out these colorful coasters and LED ice-cubes to put some bright in your bevy. Or unleash
your inner DIY-diva with the ingenious projects in Light It Up! 15 Awesome LED Projects.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.