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.


  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!

  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?

  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.

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

  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

  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

  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

  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.

    1. Thank you, I have found it, hey I have learnt something else new today. Thank you

    2. Hi, I found a fantastic piece of free software that enable you to print all of your fonts that are installed on your PC. It includes the name of the font and anything you wish to print as an example. You can print direct to your printer or create a PDF, word doc and many other formats. It is called PrintMyFonts by Stefan Trost Media, and it is safe.