Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Now where did I put that...

Now where did I put that new kit... button... brad... etc? How many times do you ask yourself this question when you scrap? If you are like me, you ask it a lot!

I was looking at my Downloaded Kits folder last night, and I have amassed an amazing 16 G (no, that's not a typo) of Downloaded Freebies - this does not include actions or free software, templates or quick pages - it shocked me! And, it explained completely why I could never find the one perfect thing I was looking for. I could never find the stitches, or frame I had been thinking about using. It's hard to be an organized digi scrapper. I don't break up my kits into separate folders because I want to know where to give credit, when due, and I may want to use coordinating pieces. I have 878 separate kit folders (all freebies) in this Download folder. It takes forever to find that one perfect thing.

I found a solution that works for me, and since I have had a LOT of people ask me about this I thought I would share it with you. I use a free program from Google called Picassa. I know there are others out there (ACDSee, it is not free) but I'm really happy with Picassa.
This is how it works. You Download the software (use the "Organize Your Photos. Google Pack" link above. Google Picassa is listed on the DL page, you can deselect the other options if you want). Run it the first time and let it look for your kits, or point it to your download folder. After the first time, it will automatically check and update for you. Once you have done that, you can type your key word into the green search box on the top right corner. In the example I used below, I typed in "Buttons". (Click on pic for better view)

It took .0012 seconds to display 264 files with the word "button" in the file name. Cool, right? Most designers name the files with their name, and what the file is, so you can easily search with out having to do any other work. Of course, there are some that are not specific files names, and you can add your own Key words to make these show up in searches.

You can scroll through the items very quickly. Once you find the item you need, you can right click on it and direct it to open in your editing software. Saves me oodles of time finding that perfect set of stitches!

Now, one other tip I have about this is that if after you load all of your images into Picassa, and you find that it has loaded all of your images into the program. You may only want to use it to look at your digi stuff. You can easily remove any other files (such as photos) from Picassa. It will NOT delete them from your hard drive. Select the file on the left side and right click on it. Select "Remove from Picassa".

Try it, it's free, and you may just find it saves you some time the next time you are wondering, "now where did I put that...."
You can download Google Picassa at the top of this column by clicking on "Organize your Photos. Google Pack". On the download page, make sure Picassa is checked (you can uncheck the other items if you like).
BTW, I spent some time last night deleted older kits & things that I just know I won't use - now I'm down to 15 G!
Here is your list for today:

Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs:
http://burkhartscrapzone.blogspot.com/ Color Challenge
http://jessicagornydesigns.blogspot.com/ Island Watercolors
http://littlekeid.blogspot.com/ Summers Meadow
http://mermaidshaven.blogspot.com/ Color Your Own School Kit
http://nbk-nicnic.blogspot.com/ The Leaf
http://rachaelsscraps.blogspot.com/ Wild Child Kit Sampler
http://raspberryroaddesigns.blogspot.com/ Suburban Boy
http://snapandscrap.net/blog All Aboard
http://scrappyscoop.blogspot.com/ Funky Fall
http://traceycaudlesdigiden.blogspot.com/ Allure Mini Add on
http://valarieostromdesigns.blogspot.com/ USA Glitters

Free Layered Templates:

Freebie Quick Pages:

Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks:
http://blog.hummiesworld.com/2007/09/do-color-trends-affect-digital.html Color Trends & Tools List
http://scrapyourartout.wordpress.com/ Creating Stickers & A Freebie

CT Calls:

Other Fab Freebie Finds:
http://florescentjellybeans.blogspot.com/ Beaded Pins
http://scrappinbikerchick.wordpress.com/ Journal Spots & Charms
http://nursesdesigns.blogspot.com/ Word Art
http://simplysarahdesigns.blogspot.com/ Word Art
http://4boyzandamom2.blogspot.com/ Shadowbox


Anonymous said...

Hi thank you for your great list and thank you for adding me to.Have a good day hugs Lorri.

Thanks for your tips too.

Melberry said...

Thanks so much for the great tips about Picasa. I've been debating that for MONTHS, and having practical information about ways to use it helps enormously. Thanks for taking the time to do that. Also, your lists, as always, are terrific. I have more new word art of my blog, if you're interested. In the meantime, take care ... and thanks for all you do!

rhondogg said...

You learn something new every day! I've been using Picasa for awhile now to organize, and share my photos, but it never crossed my mind to use it as a scrapbooking search tool. Thanks so much for your tip :)

DSD-Pro said...

Great info about the Picassa and kudo's goes to you for getting those wild files tamed with such great organizing skills!

Your timing in this article is perfect. It goes along with the article I posted at DSD-Pro this week too. Great minds think alike. LOL

Thanks for taking time to participate in our 30-Day Digi-Scrap Business Challenge too. You're name has been tossed into the hat for the 1-year subscription drawing now. I'll keep adding your name again for each time you share another tip.

Adding a link from my blog to this article on your blog would earn you another go around. [wink] [wink]

Keep up the great work around here. Looks like a lot of folks appreciate your shares!

Rachel said...

Very cool info on Picasa, I thought i was pretty organized but that just looks to easy! thanks for sharing!

Brittney said...

Happy!! This is so handy! I am totally going to give this a try. Question about it. I have a "kits" folder as well an embellishments folder for those embellies you download that arent a kit, as well as papers and alphas, etc. You know? Will Picasa find and search through these as well? Email me! :)

Tabitha said...

Thanks for the info on using Picassa. I need help organizing my stuff really bad. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks again!