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In the past 3 days I have scrapped 17 beautiful pages. No, I haven’t been sitting non-stop at my computer for 3 days, in fact, we’ve been rather busy! With shopping, trips to the park, playing outside and visiting friends and family – not to mention house work and baby tending! Really, it only takes me about 15-20 minutes (or less) to finish a page when I sit down to do one. How do I do it? How do I pump out so many gorgeous pages in such a short amount of time? I power scrap.

If you’re anything like me, (and you probably aren’t, you’re far more organized than I am), you are behind on your scrapping. Or, as I like to think about it – have a never ending supply of memories waiting to be scrapped…..

Here’s the thing folks, as a busy mom, who works as a digital designer, I just don’t have that much time to actually scrap my own memories. So, when the mood to scrap strikes – I need to take advantage and be ready to jump right in with the fun part – the picking pretty papers and elements part. So, I power scrap.

I am going to walk you through my layout creating process, and hope that some of my tricks can help you get make a dent in your plethora of memories….

First, the pictures, the memories…

Honestly, as much as I love scrapping our memories, choosing which moments to use, which photos tell the best story…this is my least favorite part. It may be because I take so many pictures, it can be hard to narrow it down! Regardless, it can take a long time to choose the right photos for a layout. So, I do this when I have time. Waiting for water to boil? Go through and choose photos for a layout. Kids napping but you have no mojo? Choose photos. Middle of the night, bleary eyed but can’t sleep? Choose photos. Get it? Anytime you have a few minutes, you can choose photos for layouts! I have a folder on my desk top called Scrapping TO DO! And inside, is another folder of folders – my pictures. Sometimes I choose too many for a layout, sometimes not enough – but by taking advantage of the time I have that can be spent choosing photos, I’m one step closer to completing that page.

 

The _Ready in front of the file name means I’ve gone through the photos and am happy with the choice and quantity. They are entirely ready for the next step.

Step 2 is all about templates!

If you are ‘behind’ and don’t use templates, try them. They are incredible tools for scrapping, and you can still put 100% of YOU into the pages. If I don’t have time to focus on a layout, I focus on setting them up. I pick a ready folder of images and then head to my template stash and pick one that will work (I organize my templates by how many photos they can hold, so this is easy for me). I then clip the photos into the template (editing them as I go, if needed) and sometimes add journaling if I am in the mood to write. I then save the template (with photos included) to my Scrapping To Do folder on my desktop to await a day when I can take them and scrap them for real!

Step 3 is about scrapping! When I finally have time, energy or mojo to scrap – it’s go time! I head to my folder, pick a layout, open it up and I’m ready for the fun! I pick a kit and go go go! It usually takes me about 15-20 minutes to choose my kit, papers and embellish the layout. A bit longer if I still have to journal, but I can scrap layout after layout this way, get caught up and still enjoy the fun of scrapping!

Full credits for the layouts in the above screenshot are available in my personal gallery. Available by clicking the image above.

The entire process is maybe just as time consuming as doing a layout from start to finish, but I find that it works well for me to set up layouts in advance and then when I want to scrap, I can scrap. No photo hunting, no having to arrange the photos, I just scrap.

Another reason I love setting up my layouts in advance is that it makes shopping easier! If there’s a good sale or a fun new release, I can pop to my folder of set up layouts and see what kinds of kits I might need or want to use! Win! Win!

Today I encourage you to give it a try! In the next few days, set up a few layouts (either in a template, or on your own –  I just find templates easier) and then the next time you sit down to scrap, see how fast you can get a bunch of memories recorded!

I want to hear how any of the tips in this post help you make your way through your scrapping to do list! Leave me a comment here and share your stories!  I’ll be back next week with a follow-up post. I’ll answer any questions you have, and share how I quickly and easily track my credits for these layouts (including the templates used) and why I upload to galleries in bulk.

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Welcome to another month of organizing fun! – I am always working on organizing when it comes to Digital Scrapbooking. Whether it’s tagging files, putting files away, figuring out what needs to be scrapped, uploaded, deleted, backed up etc – it’s an ongoing process. I’ll be popping in here, on theStudio blog, on the first Saturday of each month to provide a few tips and a little monthly ‘to do’ list to help us all clean up our digi-stashes, organize our files and clear up some space on our computers. There will be some carry over from month to month, as well as tips or suggestions and a mini-tutorial of something we’ll be learning to do specifically each month! This process will grow as we share tips and tricks and learn how others do their organizing!

Monthly Tasks:

1. Make sure you have downloaded and un-zipped all of your purchases from the last month. You don’t want any downloads to expire, and you want to make sure that all of your files unzip correctly so you don’t miss anything important!
2. Clean up your downloads folder. For me, cleaning out and putting away everything from my downloads folder at least once a month helps me feel on top of things.
3. Delete Duplicate Files (see June’s Get Organized post)
4. Empty your trash can/recycle bin.
5. Check your coupons list, delete expired coupons and add any new ones! (see June’s Get Organized post)
6. Create a list of photos to scrap from September (see Post)

Other things to do: Create a “to use” folder, update it with any new purchases (See September’s Get Organized Post) and follow along with this months tip: Organizing Templates

November Tip/Trick: Template Organization

I had a request to help you get your templates organized! This was a tricky one for me, since I have my system but it might not be best  for everyone. So I asked some of the other designers to share their ways with me, and it turns out a lot of people do similar things so I’ll share what the common trend was with you!

For most of the designers, we use templates based on the number of pictures we want to scrap. So, that’s how we organize our templates. For starters, I created a folder called TOU and have a copy of each template designer’s TOU inside it. I always add to it as I get new templates. (You may find you need to rename TOU to include the designers name, since often the files are simply named TOU).

After that, I move templates, from a pack or individual ones, into folders named by number of photo. I divide into 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5+ photos, plus 2 page layouts. You may find you want to go more detailed or less depending on the number of templates you have!

Here’s a peek at my folder of folders, and then a peek inside my 2-photo template folder.

 

 

I also use my handy dandy color coding tricks to help my organizing, but this may not be an option for all users (Windows doesn’t seem to have something as nice and handy as Apple users do)

A few other comments were made by some of the designers, and I’ll share those here: A few designers organize by style of template (clustered, grid, blended photos etc) instead of number of picture, Some designers delete a template after they have used it, some use organizing programs/tagging systems for their templates and some designers said they delete templates from packs that they know they wouldn’t use or don’t fit their style. It’s up to you if you want to keep or delete templates, but I wanted to share! I mark templates yellow with my color coding system if I used it. If I need space, I’ll delete some of those :) but I like to change templates up to meet my needs, and do re-use them. I scrap almost entirely with templates, so I have quite a stash!

Do you have any great tips for organizing templates? Share them in the comments!

See you next month!

<3 Mandak
Nibbles Skribbles

PS: Happy DSD to YOU! As a thank you for reading this post, here is a coupon code good for an extra 10% off your Nibbles Skribbles purchase good through the end of November: NS_OrganizedFun (excludes collabs).

 

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Welcome to another month of organizing fun! – I am always working on organizing when it comes to Digital Scrapbooking. Whether it’s tagging files, putting files away, figuring out what needs to be scrapped, uploaded, deleted, backed up etc – it’s an ongoing process. I’ll be popping in here, on theStudio blog, on the first Saturday of each month to provide a few tips and a little monthly ‘to do’ list to help us all clean up our digi-stashes, organize our files and clear up some space on our computers. There will be some carry over from month to month, as well as tips or suggestions and a mini-tutorial of something we’ll be learning to do specifically each month! This process will grow as we share tips and tricks and learn how others do their organizing!

Monthly Tasks:

1. Make sure you have downloaded and un-zipped all of your purchases from the last month. You don’t want any downloads to expire, and you want to make sure that all of your files unzip correctly so you don’t miss anything important!
2. Clean up your downloads folder. For me, cleaning out and putting away everything from my downloads folder at least once a month helps me feel on top of things.
3. Delete Duplicate Files (see June’s Get Organized post)
4. Empty your trash can/recycle bin.
5. Check your coupons list, delete expired coupons and add any new ones! (see June’s Get Organized post)
6. Create a list of photos to scrap from September (see Post)

Other things to do: Create a “to use” folder, update it with any new purchases (See September’s Get Organized Post, Follow along with this months tip (Holiday/Seasonal Kits)

October Tip/Trick: Holiday/Seasonal Kits

Many times seasonal and holiday themed kits are tricky to use for anything other than their created for purpose. Halloween kits and Christmas kits typically feature elements and colors that are very seasonal and holiday specific – and for me, I don’t want to have to sift through all of my holiday kits every time I’m looking for a kit to make a layout with!

I know there are a ton of different ways to organize your kits, but I’m sharing my way today. I have folders for different themes, and one big folder with the majority of my kits. Each kit is in a folder called Kit Name by Designer Name (and I’ve used my Color Coding System and Folder Icons to make it very visual) – so even if a designer moves stores, I still can easily search to see if I have a kit I like.

 

But those very specific seasonal and holiday themed kits, those need their own home. So I have another folder that these go, separated by theme.

This makes it easy to find exactly what I need when I want to scrap, say, some pictures from the Pumpkin Patch or our visit with the Easter Bunny!

Assignment: Think about how you have your kits organized. Does your system make sense? Is it easy for you to find something to scrap with, or do you find yourself searching for a long time to find a kit in the right colors or theme? If it’s not working for you, start thinking about what will work and get a new system in place! The more organized you are with your supplies, the easier it is for you to get your scrap on!

See you next month!

Mandak

I would LOVE to get your questions and suggestions. I’m running low on my own organizing tips, so if you have any organization questions or suggestions, please share in the comments!

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