Organize My Digital Scrapbooking Files : Or My Digital Life, Really

Organize My Digital Scrapbooking Files : Or My Digital Life, Really

Since I’ve decided to switch to the digital scrapbooking world, I’ve come across the dilemma of how the frilly heck do I organize my digital scrapbooking files? For me this is just a small subset of my whole Oh-my-God-I-need-to-organize-my-life-now-before-I-go-crazy process. It is overwhelming, terrifying, and a big relief all rolled up into one.

You are probably wondering how this can possibly be a relief.

I am what can loosely be termed a ‘stuffologist’. I have that section of my brain that always sees the ‘potential’ of an item. And since I’m pretty darn handy, I have gathered a lot of ‘stuff’. Useful stuff, crafty stuff, brilliant stuff, interesting stuff, stuff in my head….you get the idea.

The flip side of all this useful stuff is that I can get overwhelmed by it if I let it pile up. Especially all the stuff that’s rattling around in my head. So I’ve been purging. Doing the ‘Mind Sweep’. It is amazingly liberating. I already feel 20 pounds lighter just by getting all that crap out of my head and into an IN box of sorts. This is all part of my 2nd attempt to get David Allen’s [easyazon-link asin=”0142000280″ locale=”us”]Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity[/easyazon-link] implemented into my life. I am determined to get more ‘black belt’ about being productive in a stress-free way. As opposed to being crippled and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff in my life.

I don’t expect this to be quick. But I do expect to get better at it the more I practice.

I’m still in the collecting phase and just starting to tease out the kinds of tools I want to use to keep this system running.

There are a lot of different kinds of tools out there that can help you organize your digi stuff.

For my life stuff, I’ve been using Evernote. And it’s actually the tool I’m using to organize everything. From car service recipts, to links to tutorials, to errands list and everything in between. My only complaint about it is that it doesn’t have any kind of scheduling option.

But back to the organizing of the digital scrapbooking files.

I’ve seen a number of options ranging from using the build in organizer tool in Photoshop Elements (I don’t currently have this). Using Photoshop Bridge (if you have any of the CS# suites). And I’ve also seen just simple file system organization (the free option).

If you are a mac user, you can even organize your files using the built in iPhoto.

Organize My Digital Scrapbooking Files : Using iPhotoOrganize My Digital Scrapbooking Files using iphoto

Sarah has a great post here that explains how she does it.

 One question I see a lot on scrapbooking blogs is “How do you keep organized?” It is a dilemma – how can you organize your digital scrapping stash so that you can find what you want when you need it? Do you keep your kits together? Do you organize by designer? By color? By theme? Do you break every kit apart, and keep all the papers together in one file and all the ribbons in another and the buttons in a third? What about things that fit into more than one category?

I’ve found a way where I can organize my scrapping stash in a variety of different ways, so that I can find what I’m looking for by designer, by kit or by element. If you are lucky enough to have a Mac computer and iPhoto program, then you can too.

It’s a pretty long post, and you can read it here.

Organize My Digital Scrapbooking Files : Using Photoshop Elements OrganizerOrganize My Digital Scrapbooking Files using pse

If you are a photoshop elements user, you might find this video helpful.

Organize My Digital Scrapbooking Files : Using Adobe BridgeOrganize My Digital Scrapbooking Files using bridge

Lastly, here’s a tutorial that takes you through all the ins and outs of Adobe Bridge.

I’m still trying to figure out which one I’m going to use. I have bridge but have heard mixed things about it.

There’s also Lightroom (which I have too). Hmmm…what’s a girl to do?

What’s your preferred method of organizing your digital scrapbook files? Leave your comments below.

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