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.
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.
All month long we’ve been talking about photo organization. Scrapping is important of course, but the reason we scrap is our photos, right? We want to be able to find them easily when we’re looking for them. Today I’m going to talk to you about tagging/keywording. Tagging and keywording are just different words for pretty much the same thing, assigning tags or keywords to the metadata of our images so that we can search for (and find!) them later. We’ve talked about how helpful it is to tag your digi supplies, well tagging your photos is just as important.
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.
As a routine part of my photo workflow, I like to tag my pictures in Lightroom with keywords for ease of locating. There are several instances in my past where I have found the cutest kit that I would like to use and cannot find the picture I had in mind for it. With keyword tagging, those issues are a thing of the past.