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
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