Originally Posted by ATWIGO
I am just starting to collect all the different kits, artwork, etc... and was wondering what the best way to organize them would be.
Any suggestions? How do you save and organize them?
Right now I am saving everything on a thumbdrive since my computer does go down every so often.
For folders, do you save under designer name? holiday? season? color?
Do you take apart the kit and save under ribbons, alpha, bows, etc...
Maybe I need more items to figure out what I need to do.
For most truly creative people, I think organization is a stumbling block. Being able to "see" what you have actually helps the creative process, not just in digi-scrapping but in all crafts. Here's my own developed method of digi-scrap storage for store purchases, store freebies, and blog freebies:
I make folders for each store or each blog I keep up with and then subfolders, so it looks something like this:
GoDigitalScrapbooking (Main Folder)
Photo Masks (subfolder)
Purchases (subfolder containing all the folders you see again)
Tools (subfolder - broken into more subfolders, Brushes, Shapes, Styles, Actions, etc.)
Word Art (subfolder)
I have found this system is extensive, but it works well for me. I've collected supplies and purchases since August of 2008, and I'm well over a terabyte. I use one Western Digital 250 gig external drive, and two 500 gig HP pocket drives (which I can't say enough good things about). However, I do agree with someone else who posted here saying that all mechanical things go down eventually, so it's imperative that you still back everything up on media of your choice; disks, smart cards, flash drives, whatever. After all the time spent collecting and caring for files, nobody wants to risk losing any of them!!! It's all happened to us at some point, so take heed and back up everything often.
By the way, I don't break kits apart. They stay in their own folder under my "kits" folder, their folder is titled by the name of the kit, and I have the preview file showing on the folder so I can see what's inside the folder.