Organizing Your Digital Supplies

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I have always had a date system for my photos... I am starting on digital scrap now and will sure use many tips here... My question is how do you all remember who made the kit in order to give the due credits...

Mariana, designers usually include their name in the file and folder names.

I see them in kind of codes, like DS_SCRAPNART, is that what I should add as credit? Do I have to include the site where I got it from?
And I have some 10+ year-old files that, after a Hard Drive glitch, lost their original file name and all the metadata associated with them...

I feel your pain with the hard drive crash. That's happened to me before too.

If you're just uploading finished layouts, I wouldn't worry too much about crediting. Although, this site has an easy system for crediting designers on here, which you do during the upload process to the Gallery.

Let's say you download Rachel Martin's Bryony Bundle and create a layout with it, then go to upload the layout to the site to show off how amazing it looks. smiley

You hover over your name in the upper right corner of the screen, click on My Profile, then Gallery underneath your photo. This brings you to all of your Gallery layouts. Click Upload Layout, which takes you to this:

You would click on Kit Used.

In Kit Reference, type in Bryony and you'll get the following. I hovered my cursor over the Bundle, that's why it's highlighted in blue. Then simply click on it and it'll be added automatically as a credit.

You can also use the Unique ID number. This is great, especially for attributing individual graphics downloaded from this site. The Unique ID is included in file and folder names. It's located where I put the red box.

Hope this helps!

WOW!!!! Helps a lot... at least for the kits I get from ACOT... with the elements from elsewhere I will just pu down the author as it is on the file, or, at least, for the ones I still
I would love to credit all the awesome people who create elements... I am in total AWE of people who are capabl of creating elements!lol

Glad I could help! Simply naming the designer from another site is perfect.

Honestly, we all start somewhere, and there is always room for improvement. Even after 12+ years of making layouts and designing, I'm still trying to hone my creativity and craftiness. I think I'm better at designing elements, papers, and kits than creating actual layouts. lol I'm in awe of people who have a natural talent for making gorgeous layouts.

Great info. I am always looking for ways to store my files.

@Marisa Lerin, You mentioned in a blog post a while back that you had an organizational system that's working pretty well for you. Would you mind sharing the particulars? Maybe some screenshots of folders, etc?

I'm starting over. Again. I'd sure appreciate your expertise and guidance. smiley

@Sharin: The post is here. Spoiler, I don't actually organize anything smiley

Thanks for the link @Marisa; I'm definitely going to delve into it. But... How on Earth do you find a particular asset if you don't organize them? Do you tag everything so you can bring it up later? I'm super curious about how you and others are finding *exactly* what you're looking for. I'm not someone who will usually give up and just go with something else because I can't find it. I'll search for hours to find it. smiley smiley

I search for it here. I can usually find what I'm looking for.

@ Christina Carrano thank you so much for this information. I have many projects but am hesitant to share since I dont know of all the sources used. I guess using DS for almost everything would cut down on that problem considerably - lol.

I organise my Scrapkits by Year - Designer - name of kit
I have them going back to 2003. All on external Hard drives - I keep each bundle or kit together on external drives. I also keep a copy of the TOU in each folder so I can remind myself what those were.