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A real quick trick for Mac Users today! I primarily use Safari, and I am not aware of this feature in other browsers.

As digi-scrappers, we download a lot of zip files, and one of the time consuming and tedious tasks can be unzipping them all! And, sometimes, we discover a bad zip file, and then backtracking to remember where it came from, another time consuming task!

I have my browsers set to automatically unzip files, and then move the zip file to the trash, leaving a pretty folder in my downloads folder all ready to be organized! No more double clicking to unzip, and then manually moving the zip archive to the trashcan!

To turn this feature on in Safari, head to Safari –> Preferences at the top of the screen.

Under the General Tab, near the bottom, there is a check-box to “Open ‘safe’ files” after downloading. Check it. That’s it.

Keep in mind, with this option on, all downloaded safe files will open. So, while this means your zips will be dealt with, it also means that your documents, .jpgs and other files will also auto-open upon downloading!

The nice thing with this, is that if a file is unable to be unzipped it will sit in your downloads folder as a zip. So, if you see zip files there, you know there is a problem and it needs to be fixed!

So, now tell me in the comments: Are there any other Mac, Time Saving or Scrap related things you want me to share?

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I have been receiving lots of positive comments regarding my recent tutorials from my fellow Mac users, thanking me for sharing some Mac tips for scrappers I’m going to continue that trend today!

When I’m scrapping or working, I need to be able to access the same folders today as I did yesterday and tomorrow. Sure, I can navigate there, but shortcuts are so much easier! There are 2 places you can put your shortcuts – I use the first for more permanent shortcuts (main folders I work with all the time) and the second for temporary shortcuts (like a kit I’m working on or scrapping with). But, you can use these tricks however works best for you!

Option 1: Sidebar Shortcuts 

You’ll need to make sure your sidebar is turned on for this trick. To do this, Open any finder window, go to the top and select View, Show Sidebar (this is also where you go to turn it off, the option will change to Hide Sidebar).

Open a new Finder window (or, just open any folder). Navigate yourself to whatever folder it is you want a shortcut to. I’m using my “kits in progress” folder – one I access a LOT! It’s named aKits for you to follow along (Tip: I often add a lowercase a or z to the front of file names so they appear either at the top or bottom of the list of files).

Click on the folder you’ve chosen and drag it to the sidebar under the Places header. The gray line will show you where it’s going to go. Drop it there. That’s it.  It will now appear in the sidebar of any finder window you have open!

One click and you’re there! You can do this with folders and with files as well. Notice, in the screenshot above I have a text file NS_HTML Links here – it’s a file I need to use a lot! No more digging and navigating to it. Using the shortcuts helps keep my desktop a lot cleaner!

To remove a shortcut, right click your folder in the sidebar, and select Remove from Sidebar.

Option 2: Finder Window Shortcuts 

I use the sidebar shortcuts for things I access all the time, permanent shortcuts. But, when I am scrapping, or working on a kit – I like to have easy access to my files, but I don’t want my sidebar all crowded with shortcuts (that would defeat the purpose). So, I like to temporarily place what I’m actively working on at the top of my Finder window.

You do not need your sidebar visible for this, so if you prefer to keep this turned off (see first shot above), this is the way for you!

To do this, navigate to a folder you want easy access too, click and drag it to the top of the window in the grey area, a green plus should appear next to your mouse arrow (can’t see that in a screen shot, but you can see the words Finished LOs in light grey). Drop it wherever you want it. The folder (or file) will now be a shortcut – easily accessible anytime from any Finder window!

To remove a folder or file from here, right click and select Remove Item

And that’s all! Two ways to create shortcuts on your Mac! {I’m sure there are ways to create shortcuts for PC users, feel free to leave your tricks in the comments}!

If you left questions/comments about my previous posts, I think I replied to them all via a comment reply, so you can find your answers there! If there is anything you’d like to learn about on your Mac, let me know here! Or, in PSE :) I’m always open to your suggestions!

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I am thrilled at how many of you learned something or took something away from my post on Power Scrapping last week! All of the comments, emails and pins of my post made me all tingly inside! I hope that you can learn a little today too!

I have two quick little tricks for you today, kind of a follow up to last weeks post.

First, tracking those credits! Whether I’m power scrapping or just scrapping, tracking credits can be a challenge!

I work on a Mac, so unfortunately, this tip won’t work for you Windows users, but maybe someone can share a trick for doing something similar on a PC in the comments….

There is a handy tool on your Mac called “spotlight comments” I have actually blogged about this tool before as an easy way to tag your files. Today, I’ll share how I use it for tracking my credits!

To start, you’ll need to have a saved file. For me, this is usually my pre-photo filled template. Head to the file, right click and select get Info. A window will pop up with all kinds of information on your file. (See left of screenshot). Here you can easily rename a file, add a colored label, or track your credits.

The top box, labeled Spotlight Comments is where we will be working. You can put anything in this box. As mentioned above, it’s great for tagging (and using the Spotlight Search tool to find things) or for tracking credits. You can even use it to put journaling you want to save with a photo or add a few notes about a document so you don’t have to open it to see what’s inside.

Today, we’ll track our credits. While I work, I leave this “Info” window open in the background. When I select a kit, template or element – I can put the information about it right in the comment box.

Here I have added in the credits for the template I used. It’s from Moose Maps: Photobooth by Two Moose Designs

It automatically saves, as soon as you type and stores when you close this window, so all you have to do is add the information! If you right click, get info again – the information will be right there!

When my layout is finished, I copy this information to the same place on my web-size file, so it’s ready to copy and paste when I upload to my galleries!

Super easy!

But, you might be wondering why I copy the credits to my web version and don’t just upload my layout to my galleries as soon as it’s finished…

Remember, I’m power scrapping! The scrapping bug has bit me, and my goal is to get my layouts finished – not waste time doing the ‘other stuff’ that goes along with scrapping! I don’t want to stop and upload my layouts one by one, it’s time consuming! So, I save all of my web sized layouts in a folder or on my desktop, and when I’m done for the day I head to my galleries and upload them!

I put 1 copy in my personal gallery on Picasa, usually upload my layouts to Facebook to share with family and friends, sometimes I post them on the designers Facebook Pages too (us designers, we love seeing our work being used) and then to my gallery at theStudio (and elsewhere, if it’s CT work). I open each gallery in a new tab on my browser, upload the layouts, copy the credits and go tab by tab pasting in the credits for each layout. I only copy the credits once, and paste it in each gallery – and do this for each layout until they are done.

I’m saving time. I don’t have to find my credits for each layout each time I upload, I don’t have to log in and upload each time I finish a layout and I enjoy the feeling of seeing 4, 6, even 10 layouts flood my gallery at once! I feel like I did something when I upload in bulk!

When it comes to scrapping, I’m all about using my time wisely to be as productive as possible!

If you have an area of scrapping that is time consuming for you, leave me a comment – if I have a solution or trick I use, I’ll share in a future post!

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Color Coding Fun!

by Nibbles Skribbles 5 September 2012

One of my favorite organizing tools is color coding my files. I am a very visual person, and it helps me to see the colors that hold meaning to me. Color coding your files on a Mac is super easy, simply right click on the file or folder and select the label color you want […]

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How to Use Pre-Made Clusters

by Steph 20 March 2012
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Have you all seen those fun packs of pre made clusters? Have you ever wondered how to use them? I am going to show you just how easy it is to use and customize pre made clusters. They can really make your scrapping fly. For this tut I am going to use a cluster from […]

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Using the Spotlight Search for Tagging

by Nibbles Skribbles 15 March 2012

Most of my digi-supplies are organized in a way that I understand and can use, but sometimes it would be nice to search for a keyword and find exactly what I’m looking for. I’m really not interested in having additional software installed to tag my kits, files etc. and then need to use that software […]

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Quick Photo Fix in PSE

by Nibbles Skribbles 13 March 2012

I don’t know about you, but I prefer my photos with natural light. Sometimes my kids are in the perfect position for a photo and I don’t have time to play with the settings to get the right shutter speed and aperture…and frankly, I am not a photographer and don’t know what the right settings […]

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Easy Photo Edit in PS

by Steph 12 March 2012
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I love Photoshop and all of it’s neat-o photo editing capabilities. But, if I’m being honest, the actual photo editing it not my favorite thing. However, there is one thing that I do to all my photos. And that is play with the levels. It’s so easy to instantly make your photo POP with levels. So […]

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How To Whiten Teeth in PS and PSE

by Steph 6 March 2012
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No, this isn’t an advertisement for whitening strips. This is even easier {and better tasting I’m sure}! There is a super easy way to whiten teeth in PS and Elements. No expensive and foul tasting product needed! First open up your photo- This is a picture of my friend and me. She is the gal […]

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Creating a Color Swatch from a Picture

by Steph 28 February 2012
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Have you ever had a picture that you just loved the colors in? Well there is a super easy way in Photoshop and Elements to get an indexed color chart from your photo. First, open your new photo. Then in the menu bar -> Image -> Mode -> Index Color. A box will pop up. Click […]

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