View Full Version : Organizing scrapbook files ?

04-22-2008, 04:01 AM
Can some someone give a suggestion on how to organize my scrapbook files. I have a "gazillion" of them... seems that I use one and then by the time I go back to use it again it is lost in the abyss of my scrap file. I've been leaving the file title and just putting them all in a folder and letting it alphabetize them.
But if I don't recall the name of it then ...the search is on.. any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.....

04-22-2008, 04:12 AM
I keep mine organized by making separate folders for each designer then add their kits to their individual folder.

04-22-2008, 05:10 AM
I sorted them in folders by what they are: kits, alphas, elements...
And then save them in a folder by the name of the zip folder, if the zip did not already contain a folder.
I am also using Picasa, a free program form Google, to easily view my image files.
Picasa indexes all the images on your computer and you can scroll through them as thumbnails in one window.
It also gives you the option of directly uploading pictures to a free web album that is attached to a gmail account.

Overall, I love scrolling through my pics and kits, because often I don't know what to use until I saw it scrolling by ;)

04-22-2008, 06:10 AM
I keep mine organized by making separate folders for each designer then add their kits to their individual folder.

I do the same thing as Liz except then I organize them by website -- you can imagine how HUGE my GDS folder is.......

04-22-2008, 07:49 AM
I am having the same problem. Say I want a pin----I go crazy going through kits finding one with a pin in it!! And then there are certain times I want a certain color combination. For this, I am going to start a "tickler" file. I will use a recipe box with the cards in it. As I purchase each kit, I will make a print out of the preview page and glue it to a white card. These will be filed by colors. Don't know how it will work but am going to try it.

04-22-2008, 12:43 PM
I highly recommend ACDSee Photo Manager!! You can create as many "tags" as you want, either for types of embellishments, or designers, or colors...you get the idea. PLUS, it gives previews of all sorts of files, including PSD (templates), TIFF, GIF (if they move, then you'll see them move! :D ). I've had ACDSee since August, and I don't know how I ever scrapped without it.
You can download a free 30-day trial:

I almost forgot: You can use Picasa, but it doesn't recognize some of the files we as scrappers use, and I don't think it's as "fast" as ACDSee.

04-22-2008, 01:03 PM
Well, Julie, I have no idea what you are talking about (PSD, TIFF, GIF huh???) But it sure sounds good, so I am going to go check it out and maybe, just maybe, I can learn how to use it!!!! :biggrin:

Jazzys Mom
05-03-2008, 12:15 PM
I Use ACDSee too to organize my scrapping stuff with. Its really easy to use. After you tag all your items then all you have to do if you want to find something, say a pin, is click on pins in your organize pane and it will bring up everything you have tagged as a pin! Even pins that are in page kit folders! I love ACDSEE!

05-11-2008, 10:55 AM
I have vista and I am in the process of organizing [its taking me soooooo long but getting there slowly] I have kits organized by web site and then in Vistas photo gallery I'm adding tags .... such as designer, element, paper colour blah blah blah lol. If I want a button all I have to do is click the tag and bam .... all the buttons I have and they are displayed with separater bars per folder [if that makes sense so I can still tell who made them]. I can add captions to if I wanna.

Yep slowly getting used to this vista thing and I can tell you this feature alone is worth it. Just love it.

Jazzys Mom
05-11-2008, 11:15 AM
Wow, that sounds really cool!

Jazzys Mom

Stash Empress
05-11-2008, 12:22 PM
For those of you who use ACDSee (did I get that right?) -- do you have to go through & tag each element by all the various categories? Cuz I can't imagine going through each element like that (paper, blue, birthday, boy, FrobnitzDigitals, etc......) --- I don't think there's time in this lifetime for that LOL! Is there an easier way?:confused1:

05-12-2008, 08:36 AM
I started doing tags a few years back when I upgraded to PSE 4 in the PSE organizer. This took alot of time, but as my collection grew, I could no longer use the organizer and my program at the same time, as my system ran out of memory and froze up every time I clicked on the organizer, so until I upgrade the computer, and organizer program and the scrapping program use to much memory when open together. Also hard drive space can fast became an issue when you have been collecting and buying kit for several years.
I organize by site and then have a folder for each designer. Even these files are becomming to large to search through. I tend to try and use the kit as is for each challenge, so that I don't need to go searching through all of my files to find something to add, ie if it isn't in the kit I'm planning to use, it doesn't get added to that particular LO. (except when doing an element challenge - had a hard time finding a hinge for May's element challenge, but I did find one).
Anything we do, takes time,especially if we don't keep up as we buy and download our supplies.