Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Organizing my Digital Stuff

Yes I'm still undergoing a flooring reno!  We are now into week 3. 

There is furniture and boxes piled up everywhere and I have very limited living space. 

Next week I'm told it will ALL be done! We'll see...
In the meantime I've been trying to do a little tidy up (as much as I can) and a little organizing in my craft room (where I've been hiding out).

Today I thought I would share with you how I store my digital images and paper.

It's nothing fancy really - the key is to start and then as you add to your collections keep updating.  I wish I had done that with my stamps!

Anyway I got myself a big binder (from the office supply store) and filled it up with page protectors, tab dividers and pocket dividers. 

On my computer I have set up a file folder called Digital Downloads. In that file I have another folder called Digital Images where I keep my images and Digital Paper where I keep all of my digital paper.  As they download they create their own file folders by collection name.


For digital images/stamps - I print all my digital images using a "contact sheet" format and put them in a plastic page protector.  The nice thing about the contact sheet format is that it prints the image title below.

At a glance I can see what I have and then look for it in the file that I have created for digital images on my computer.


For my digital paper - I have my binder organized by THEME and then COMPANY within each theme.
I print off the cover image for each collection and then a sampler of each of the papers.  Sometimes I'll use the 3 x4 format or the contact sheet format - depending on how many pages are in the collection.
If I print off some of the papers and I have leftover scraps I'll put them in the pocket dividers.
Well that's how I do it.  If you have any tips or suggestions to offer please leave me a comment.
 

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for this amazing idea! I have a couple of digi kits, stamps, ornaments and don't use them because I don't see them. I will use your idea to creat my own digi catalog. Thanks!

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  2. Wow! How organized and wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I have SO many kits - and it takes me longer to find things than to scrap. I will have to start this - better to have some organized than none, right?

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  3. Gosh, you are the queen of organization! Where do you find the time to do all that?! I'd love to say I've got enough digital downloads to have a storage system but because MDS is not sold here in Quebec, i didn't invest in any type of digital stuff. Maybe one day... Congrats on this storage ideas and all your others.

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  4. Love this idea! Now if only I could find more time to organize... :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hi thanks for sharing this I file my did stuff on the PC in exactly the same way - some other stuff I store by catagory i.e. weddings and romance, babies and kids, flowers and garden, sport and games... however, I don't print them out, and after seeing how you do it using the contact sheet option, I might just follow suit... I usually do all this kind of stuff when I've lost my mojo!!! -It usually comes back once i'm a little more organised then.

    Thanks for sharing

    Paula x x x

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  6. What a great way of knowing what you have! I do a similar thing for clear stamps (stmping out and then storing in CD cases) but I never thought of this for digi papers, and you can collect so many so quickly! Love your blog! Love, Clare x

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  7. Can you please explain what the contact list is that you mention, I am based in the UK and found your site from another blog. Great Ideas Thank you

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  8. Hi Deborah - Welcome to my blog! I haven't done much on here lately as I've been sidetracked but I will get back into it once I've cleared out some space.
    Contact Sheet/List
    A contact sheet in photography is just a sheet of thumbnail images and is an alternate option for multiple image printing. On my HP printer I have a choice of formats for printing selected images and Contact is one of them. It saves paper and gives me a quick glimpse of the digital image.

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