When 98% of your scrapbooking is digital it can be really difficult to find (let alone remember) all of the supplies you have. After getting frustrated time and time again I decided I needed some kind of system I could see–categorizing folders within my scrapbooking folder on my computer just wasn’t enough. What can I say? I am old enough to be somewhat old school–I still like to write things down and/or print them out! Here is what I came up with to help me see what I have:
This 8.5×11 template was designed to utilize the jpg image that comes as a preview with almost all of the digi supplies you purchase. (If something didn’t have one, I created my own.) I found that these jpg images were all different sizes, so for continuity I resized them all to 3×3 inches at 300 dpi and then placed them in the template. I chose to organize them with the following categories:
Ali Edwards Products (I really like her stuff–I have four pages worth of her products alone!)
PL elements (all of my cute brushes, buttons, things like that which are not designed by Ali)
12×12 Page Pocket Templates
4×6 Multi Photo Templates
Christmas Elements and Brushes
Cindy Schneider Card Templates (I own six of her sets, so she needed her own category/page too!)
Journal Cards (Stand-alone card sets, not ones associated with a PL kit)
There are still a few more categories to go, but for the most part I am DONE. The files on my computer correspond to these categories so when I see something I want to use I can find things easily just by looking at what the page title is on my printed sheet. It all starts with a scrapbooking folder on my desktop, and within that, for example, there is an ali edwards folder and then within that a page one, two, three, and four.
Here is what the template looks like with images attached:
I have printed all of the completed pages in black and white with a regular laser printer at home and they look great. I plan on slipping each sheet into a page protector and placing them in a three ring binder for reference. It only took me one evening to do this since I purged while I created these sheets. I tried to look at it all through the lens of “have I really used this/do I like it/will I ever use it?” and if I answered no to all or most of those questions I just trashed it. I need the hard drive space more than I need to hold onto things I will never really use that I spent less than $5 on six years ago!
The only thing I haven’t touched on yet is how to organize Project Life journaling cards. I have a few physical PL kits, as well as a subscription to Studio Calico’s Project Life Kit, and those are all placed in Design F pages for easy viewing. However I also have a lot of digital Project Life kits too. I couldn’t figure out the best way to be able to see them–Do I print out a ton of 3×4 cards and slip them into Design F? Seemed like a lot of work. Should I use the printable file in the kit and print out 8.5×11 sheets? Seemed like a lot of paper.
Then I stumbled upon this post and WOW. Totally worked! If you have iPhoto I would really recommend this technique.
So there you have it! It’s really simple but for me very necessary. And the best part? I found stuff I didn’t even know I had!!!
If you would like this .psd file just shoot me an email and I will gladly send it to you!