Organizing Your Digital Supplies

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On my last computer, I had a Pixel Scrapper folder with sub folders (papers, elements, ribbons, etc) and pieces I've thrown into titled folders for quicker layouts. On my new computer, I had to start fresh. For some reason my external hard drive kept shutting down, on the new pc, it better not be done for (everything is on it)!

The new folder is Pixel Scrapper and the sub folders are current kits I've downloaded. I've yet to work on the new titled folders and/or go back to the external drive. I've realized, I don't want to "build my own kit" for layouts. You know... that piece from Kit A, Kit B, Kit C and just use Kit A. Maybe one day, when I'm caught up, I'll add other pieces to my future layouts.

This is how I organize mine too. Folders and subfolders with categories by season/holiday ect. It helps to unzip and organize as you download them so u know what u have. I have almost 200GB of just scrap kits so I store them on an external hard drive.

I am starting to organise my files. I have them already grouped by designer and I have folder shortcuts set up in additional folders by category so that I'm not duplicating large files and taking up additional memory. (ie. all files by designer but then a templates folder with a folder shorcut that takes me to the different designer folder with templates in)

I've just downloaded Adobe Bridge as it's free, so that I can tag things with keywords (like templates with size, number of photos etc, or colours on the file) it's going to take me a long time though but it should help me find certain things easier once it's done!
(I'm on Windows)

I am not sure if my system of organization is unique (probably not) but I have found it really helpful for both searching and for browsing.

I have a Pixel Scrapper File with 2 main sub-files: "Bundles" and "Master Bundle Images". In the "Bundles" folder, I keep a separate folder for each bundle or single kit containing all images from the bundle removed from their kit subfolders. In the "Master Bundle Images" folder, I save a copy of each bundle or single kit's thumbnail.

This allows me to browse the bundle thumbnails for colors, theme, or inspiration, and then I can go directly to the corresponding bundle if I see something I like in the thumbnail. I can also search the parent Bundle folder for things like "papers" if I want to browse my papers, or "frame," "blue," "heart," or whatever I'm needing at the moment. I'm on a Mac, so if the files in the bundles stay in their kit subfolders, searching is an absolute nightmare.

It's been time consuming getting to this point, but it makes it so much easier when I have an idea and I want to find the various elements I need quickly.

I am currently storing things on my computer hard drive and do regular time machine back ups, but I am going to need to invest in cloud storage as I will be working across multiple devices as soon as I save up enough for an iPad. I use the Affinity Suite for designing projects, and will be switching back and forth between them often and want access to my files.

Anyways, thanks for this awesome community and resource! It is greatly appreciated from this crafty beaver! smiley

I'm just using folders and subfolders. I will try Picasa.Thank you. smiley

I organize my pictures/photographs first by date, that keeps them lined up chronologically, then after the date I add the name of the location or event. Scrapbook pages are named for what's on the page or the theme, these would be grouped by person or events. My paper and element files are not organized, I'm thinking I will sort by color unless it's a strong theme like a holiday, those will be grouped with similar themed papers and elements.

THANKS for sharing your positive experience

@Louyse sadly Picasa doesn't exist anymore.


I'm slowly making progress with my Adobe Bridge Keyword system smiley I doubt I will get much done with my son being home from school on his Easter break, but I will get cracking back on it when he goes back and will try and squeeze bits in when I can. Tackling a few big projects at the moment lol.

I really wish Picasa were still around! It was definitely in a class of its own for certain functionality.

Has anyone tried Eagle for this? ( - Windows/Mac) It's not a good option for storing the images, but maybe for keeping track of what kits and other elements you have. (I haven't used it for that -- am just getting into digiscrapping so I don't have much yet -- but I've used it for other things.)