Get Organized: Digital Supply Ideas

by Jessica Sprague

Step 1: Create Tags
The first step to beginning an organization system is to develop a quick system of tags that you can start labeling your supplies with. This is the backbone of your system, because you’ll use the tags to locate your items later. Use the pane in either the right-hand side (ACDSee) or the top of the screen (Shoebox) to create your tag system. (For Picasa and Bridge, skip step 1.) Click the New Category button to create a new category. I created these categories:

* Albums
* Alphas
* Blends/Textures
* Brushes
* Dates
* Embellishments
* Frames
* Journaling
* Overlays
* Papers
* Stickers
* Tags
* Templates
* WordArt & Titles

Now you can go back and add more subcategories. For example, I created a subcategory in my Paper category for each paper color I have. This makes it so easy to group all my green papers together, for example. I also created subcategories for various types of digital embellishments (buttons, flowers, etc.) because I use these items so rarely.

Tips for Creating Categories
Think about the way you scrapbook. Do you usually start with the photos and then search for papers to match them? Do you typically use solid backgrounds? Do you love the ease of using entire digital kits rather than a mix-and-match method? All of these answers can inform your personal system.

Don’t worry about getting the categorization right the first time—organization is an evolutionary process that has so much to do with the way you use your digital supplies. Try to frame out some major categories, see what is getting huge and out of control, then subdivide.

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