How does everyone organize their kits so they can find things? I just have a great big mess, and am thinking about re-organizing...Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
Well... At first I put all my new kits in a file on my desktop. I vow to use them at least once and then move them to my external hard drive. (that way I don't forget about them)
On the EHD I have them organized like this:
A folder called Personal Use Kits
Then Designer Name Folders
Then Kit Name Folders
Then within the kit, I break it down to Element folders, Paper Folders, Alphas, etc.
On my EHD, I have a folder called digital kits.
Then each designer gets their own folder.
Within the designer folder, each kit gets it own folder.
Then I take everything out of the unzipped folders and dump them into the kit folder. I like to keep the papers and elements together in one folder so I can open everything at once.
That is also why with my newer kits especially, I name everything, Paper_solid_blue.... or Paper_patterned_dots_red... or ribbon_pink... so that if you are doing a speed scrap and need to find a patterned paper or pink ribbon, you can type those into your search tool and find items in my kit easily.... Also, if you do what I do and dump the whole kit into one folder, all the papers stay together... we must have order even in our chaos!
I also use Picasa. I just want to caution you (I learned the hard way) if you move items around in Picasa you move them around on your computer too. I don't tag my stuff though. I unzip my items at once and it only takes a few seconds with unzip them all it is also free, then I rename the kit with the kits name, designer and PUO (personal use only) or S4H (Share for hire ok). Picasa automatically imports everything. I go through all the kits and put like items in albums (brads and eyelets, Alpha, Lace_RicRac etc) when I'm scrapbooking and find the item I want to use I right click and choose LOCATE ON DISK and it opens the orginial folder it's in and I drag and drop it into the program I'm using and I can see right off hand weahter or not it's PUO or S4H friendly. Hope this helps.
I used to use Picasa. Then I went to ACDSee. Now I use Windows Photo Gallery because the Tags stay with the items, no matter where I move them to. Plus its free and I don't have to worry about transfering the program when I get a new computer.
I'm going to copy/paste my responce I left for this somewhere else b/c it's too long for me to retype. lol.
I organize my files like this:
----- everything that comes in it - with only ONE preview & ONE TOU [many designers put a TOU & Preview in each folder] - I move all elements/papers into one folder and then make a seperate folder titled "alpha" for any alphas that go with the kit.
Then, I copy/paste every preview image and put it in a "!!!PREVIEWS" folder so I can just scroll through that folder, find the kit I want to use & since every designer puts their name & kit name on the preview image - I can go to the folder and use it. I always used to look at the preview images but I would go through every folder trying to remember which kit had which preview. [some previews I found don't have the designer name // kit name - so I rename that preview to have both in the file name.]
I also have two other folders:
"NEEDSTOBEEXTRACTED" is where I put kitsI download [the zip files]
"NEEDSTOBEORGANIZED" is where I put the unzipped files from the zips in the NTBextracted folder.
Then, every week or so - I will go through and unzip / organize files.
[which I'm behind on doing the above but my EHD is dying after having it a few months, so I'm going to be looking into gettin ga new one and getting rid of this one.. maybe? =o\]
I really like that you do that Jen! It makes it so much easier for me to find stuff. It is such a pain in the behind to rename/tag a huge kit that has like 50 elements. I have 215 GB of scrapping stuff, so I just gave up on tagging. I have my main scrap folder with kits I haven't used yet and challenge info. When I've used them, they go in my materials folder; kits are sorted by shop, then designer name. I also have a seperate folder for templates (sorted by photo numbers), alphas, word arts (sorted by theme), and misc elements like frames.