how do you organize your digital files?
Hey Liz. I just recently started digi scrapping.... and this is something that I'd like some help with as well!
I try to organize the best way that I can.... so i have folders like:
things like that.... but sometimes (most of the times) the things I download do not fit neatly into any one category, so I just put them where I feel i would look for it. It's hard too because i have to open every single folder just to see what's in there. I should try to organize it somehow (like in a binder or something) and have a little picture next to what's in each thing - but that sounds like a ton of work.. (then again so is looking in every file any time I want to create something)
I'm interested to see how others do it!! I know I could use some suggestions!!
eah. so far i have it organized by designer kits. if i download one thing, then i have it in either papers or embellies
All of mine are organized into papers vs. embellishments. The only exception is for holiday/seasonal kits -- those I kept as kits. Everything else is broken down further by buttons, bows, fasteners, ribbons, etc etc. Where my system falls apart is with the stuff I "sorted" before w/o coming up with a good labeling system. But I label each item with the designer name and kit name. That way if I want something to co-ordinate I can go find the stuff from the kit (although it's scattered throughout several folders). Does that make sense?
I'm not totally thrilled with the system, but it mostly works. It's nice b/c I have a huge range of stuff to choose from w/o being tied into one kit. So I can just search for a "green button" to match a paper even if it's not in the kit I'm using.
Feel free to ask questions b/c I'm not sure if the way I explained it makes sense. But I HTH!
that makes complete sense beth! That sounds like a good idea! I'll have to set away sometime and do that. i keep them as kits and then tend to stick with that kit. and once i use a kit with on layout, it's hard for me to visualize another.
Seriously, I just keep them as kits. I like having the kits together so that I can easily see pieces that match, etc. I do have seperate folders for just elements, papers, quickpages, wordart, etc that comes outside of a kit. Those are great for fill-ins, etc. I also keep holiday kits seperated from general kits.
If I wrote out all my categories, I'd be here forever ... I used to do it by theme (ie Halloween, Christmas, etc) and found I couldn't find anything ... So I did a couple screen shots so you can see what categories I use now:
All of my categories:
The designers and things I use the most I put at the top, the "1." is just so they are all grouped together.
And inside the folder, each item is labelled as:
the name of the element/kit - designer's name
That way when I do my credits for posting online, I just have to copy and paste the name of the folder.
'F' denotes Freebie, I just started that recently, so that I knew if I bought it I should never get rid of it, but sometimes I delete freebies if/when I realize I'll never use them.
Until I put them in the folders, they sit in a folder called "New Scrapbooking", and every little while I rename all the files, organize them and put them in the folders where they should go.
Right now I'm also slowly working on making sure the folder thumbnail preview shows what's actually in it. I just figured out how to do that a couple months ago, but with a million digi-scrap items, it's taking awhile - I'm doing it one category at a time.
Inside the kits, I have them separated out as well - Alphas, Papers, Elements:
Phew ... HTH!
I want to add ... I am getting ACDSee for my birthday, it allows you to tag things - ie 'pink button' and you can search either for pink or button or whatever your labels are, and find everything that is labelled that way ... it's going to take forever to label everything, but I'm hoping it'll help me find stuff that I don't remember I have.
Wow Trina. I"ll pa you to organize my stuff LOL