Each Monday, I discuss my Scrap Happy project based on Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.
Organizing Digital Scrapbook Content
I mainly scrapbook conventionally, using paper, adhesive, and photographs. I do a little digital scrapbooking, too. I find dealing with digital content to be quite challenging. About once a month, I visit Creative Memories’ Project Center to collect digital freebies. I also collect digital freebies that land in my Google Reader or I stumble on when surfing scrapbooking-related websites. For the past two years, I have simply dumped them into folders on my laptop by date published online. This is an easy to way to make sure I don’t download something twice. This is a difficult way to find anything when you actually want to use the element.
A New System
About a month ago, I was home with a sick kid and spent the most of the day and part of the next day organizing digital content (easy to do with a laptop and a sick kid sleeping on your lap). I sorted by brand (e.g., Creative Memories, Ali Edwards, Two Peas in a Bucket), type (e.g., paper, quote, embellishment), and theme (e.g., sports, holidays, nature).
I had imported some of this content into my digital scrapbook software several months ago. I started by deleting all of my digital freebies from this software. Then I imported everything by folder I had created on my desktop. I backed up all of my digital content onto a DVD. Last, I deleted the digital content from the folders on my desktop. Be careful. I can do this because it is all in my digital scrapbook software program and it is all backed up elsewhere. Make sure you have a back up before you delete anything.
I Can Now Use My Freebies!
I immediately started using my freebies! I so rarely used them because they were so poorly organized.
A New System for New Downloads
Now that a system is in place, new downloads go into new folders I created. I have set a calendar reminder in Gmail to import and back up any new digital content every three months.
One More Thing
I did not permanently delete anything I had downloaded. I have digital embellishments for things like rugby, which I will probably never use. I have a hard time getting rid of this sort of think permanently. I suggest that if you know you will never use it, delete it. I will probably do this, when I need more memory on my computer.
How do you organize your digital scrapbook supplies? What motivates you to organize your digital content? What prevents you from organizing your digital content? I love to hear from my readers. Please comment below!