I can’t believe it’s already 2018! At the beginning of the year, a lot of people are thinking about resolutions and putting things in order, so it seems an appropriate time to write about organizing one’s digital resources. Whether you’re a scrapper or a designer, having your digi stash organized means you’ll be able to find what you need quicker, and that your scrapping/designing process will become more streamlined and effective. If you have thought about doing it, there’s no better time to start than now.
Last time we had our regular Artsy Scrapping Articles, I talked about 5 tools that are essentials for Artsy Scrapping. You can check out the article HERE. Today, I thought it would be helpful to talk about similar things we already have in our stash that could take our Artsy creations even further.
It’s Stacia here today to share with you my own method of organizing my digital scrapbooking supplies. Like others on the team, my organization system has changed over time but for me it still revolves around the use of ACDSee.
To tag or not to tag? It’s an age-old question with digi-scrappers on both sides of the fence. I’ve keyworded/tagged my digi supplies from day 1. Maybe it’s the logical accountant in me OR it could be the “I know I’m going to collect so much of this pretty stuff that I’ll never be able to find anything if I don’t”. At the very beginning I tried Photoshop Elements Organizer and Picasa but neither one was able to keep up with the level of detail at the time so I explored other options. I’ve been using various versions of ACDSee for about six years. The screen shots shown below are using ACDSee Pro 6. I tag just about everything but that is MY process, the way I work. I do think that looking at other people’s processes helps us to fine tune our own. I know a number of scrappers, including several of the other Scrapaneers Peers, that tag only the previews and that works perfectly for their process. Why add more time organizing to an already limited amount of scrapping time? Before you consider organizing your stash, take some time to figure out HOW you look for things when you scrap. If you tend to scrap within a particular kit or strictly by designer, tailor any organizing you do to match YOUR way, not anyone else’s.
If you’ve been following along with our series on Supply Organization this month, you already know that there are many methods/programs to assist you on making sense of your Digi stash. But, before you can begin with any process, you will need to make a few decisions.
Carole here to share some info with you about a variety of programs available to help you organize your Digital Scrapbook Supplies, including LR, (Light Room), Aperture, iPhoto, ACDSee, Bridge, Picasa, and PSE Organizer. I am in the process of choosing one for myself and here is what I have found out.
What do you do with your digi scrapbooking supplies? What is tagging? Why would I tag? How do I? What do I need? We’re kicking off this month’s topic all about organizing your digi stash. Stay with us on the blog where we offer up our best tips, insights into different programs (for both Mac and PC users), options for how much tagging you may or may not want to do, organizing your folders, and more.
To get started, we’re talking about the very basics: identifying the main types of organization programs and the metadata that allows us to easily find items in our stash.
Browsing through digital scrapbook stores can be both exciting and a little overwhelming. There’s so many things to see, and with a few clicks of your mouse, voila! You can shop – and scrap – in the comfort of your own home in your pajamas, and all in a matter of mere minutes. It’s like being a kid in a candy store: you want everything. Starting out, it’s tempting to just click and buy whatever catches your eye. However, as you begin to accumulate supplies, it’s important to look for foundation pieces; the ones you know you’ll go to time and time again.