I really love to organize things - sometimes I organize more that I create!! Well - I have 68 Cricut cartridges (it was scary to actually count them) and I can't always remember what's on them, especially those wonderful bonus cuts found on the function keys. I do take the time to go through my handbooks, just to refresh my memory and find inspiration, but sometimes I just need a frame/mat and I can't remember which cartridge to use.
So this is what I did: I went through my handbooks with my Gypsy turned on and the 12x24 virtual mat selected. When I found frames/mats I knew I would use often, I selected them and placed them on the virtual mat. I used a default size of 2.5 so that I could compare across the cartridges I chose. I didn't include Mini Monograms because I'm very familiar with those shapes. After I filled up my virtual mats (2 pages) with cuts that I had been looking for, I used my Expression to draw the shapes using my Cricut Pens. That way, I'd have reference sheets with the cuts all together. I also added the initials of the cartridge following each set of cuts. It really didn't take that long and I love being able to look at my sheets to compare shapes and sizes and know which cartridge to use. Now, you may not want to use 12x24 paper. You could do the same thing on 12x12 or 8.5x11 and make smaller images.
A Reference for Frames/Mats
I added the note "&frames" after the Storybook images to remind myself of that complete function key.
The other thing I've done to help me with cartridge images is to print the preview pages from the Cricut.com website. If you go to "information" then "Cricut library" and click on the first column after each cartridge, you'll get a single sheet preview. You can't see the images created with the function keys, so I'll write what the function keys do and also write any "words" or "phrases" that come with the cartridge directly below the image. I keep all these pages in plastic sleeves and held together with binder rings.
Well, those are my brainstorms for today. Hope you find them helpful. Now, I must stop organizing and get the creative juices flowing!
Hugs and Happy Crafting,