Thursday, October 30, 2008

Digiscrapping tips...

Digiscrapping is definitely making its mark in scrapbooking- and why not??? Who wouldn’t love to customize and reuse elements or never run out of alphabets??? Nope, haven’t given up traditional- LOVE to get my hands dirty… but for quick pages or projects to share, this is definitely the route to go!

First off- if you’re a newbie, DON’T buy digital goodies… there are TONS of freebies out there! Just to name a few… shabbyprincess.com, twopeaseinabucket, and designerdigitals.com, and for fonts, kevinandamanda.com Just like scrapbook goodies, digi goodies also add up! Try working with freebie kits as they are PACKED with papers, embellishments, alphabets, etc… you won’t be at a loss of goodies. AND, they are cute! Not junkie just cause they’re free…

Digi organizing tips…
- create a folder for you digi stuff (keep all your digi stuff in this main folder)
- create a folder of the site/designer and keep all downloads from the site/designer in the folder
- download the terms of use (tou) so you know the limitations of how you can use the digital designs… MOST are for personal use only, while some allow commercial use with limits (sales using designs, use on a commercial site, etc…) **each designer has their own tou as well, so would keep that within the folder for the designer
- keep the kits in their own folders within the site folders
- download the image of the kits in the site folder for a quick look **I also suggest a copy in the respective kit folders for a quick look of the elements
- keep zip files of kits in a ‘zip files’ folder **rename zip files if necessary, ie: pea- adore

**if you have it- keep a copy of digi stuff folder in an external harddrive OR even a thumdrive to keep it handy**

my step-by-step for KIT downloading… (site/designer folder already created with tou)
- download the zip files for the kits
- download the image for the kits
**rename the items by kit if necessary- should the name be a number, suggest adding the actual kit name to the end of the current name to correspond with the zip files**
- unzip the kits (new folder is created and name the folder with the kit name)
- copy/paste the kit image into the kit folder
- cut/paste kit folder and kit image into site folder

**keep personal and commercial kits/elements separate…
will help to know what’s what when creating your project**

for more indepth organization… create folders for individual elements, ie: brushes, stamps, overlays, papers, buttons, metals, ribbon, etc… just as you would organize your scrappy goodies, you want to know what digi goodies you have! you can even further categorize within the ‘main’ folder by color, shape, etc…

hope these tips helps! The next step is viewing all these new digi goodies… ENJOY :)

1 comment:

Rebecca Kvenvolden said...

This is GREAT! I sometimes feel so lost that i don't even know where to BEGIN, and this is an awesome start!!
Rebecca