Thursday, December 31, 2015
Organizing Your Digital Scrapbooking Stash in Lightroom

I've been thinking about doing a tutorial on how to organize your digiscrap stash for some time, and I think this is the right time to do it as we step into the new year! I learned to do this in 2013 and did the free class by Kayla Lamoreaux, which has since been deleted unfortunately. So here's what I do, largely based on her system.

NOTE: there are other tagging programs out there, like Adobe Bridge and ACDsee. I'm not familiar with these other programs (I do use Bridge but not for organizing my stash) but I'm sure something similar an be done.

NOTE 2: If you're using LR, it is important that you get LR5 if you use my method, which moves the files around. LR5 will import PNG files, the previous versions won't!

This is how I organize my stash in Lightroom (be warned, this is gonna be long)...

1. First, upzip your downloads. I do this right in my Downloads folder, and when I unzip I select no path names to get rid of the folder structure in the zip file. It just makes it faster for me to see everything in the unzipped folder. IMPORTANT: sometimes designers name their files the same names in different folders. For example, if a kit has 2 alphas, a red and a blue one, and they're placed in separate folders but named the same (designer_kit_A for instance), when you unzip the red alpha will overlap the blue one when being brought into the same folder. It's important to check after you've unzipped if you have files missing.

2. After unzipping the files, I go into each folder and delete the shop links, TOU, and other unnecessary files. I keep a copy of the designer's TOU in their main folder but I don't need a hundred copies of it. Then, I rename the preview "00Preview." This keeps it as the first file in the folder.

3. After I go through all the unzipped folders in the Downloads folder, I move them into a Sorting folder. This is what it looks like. It's split into a number of different folders in alphabetical order.

4. Putting the folders side by side, I move the unzipped folders from Downloads to Sorting. Here, I'm moving a folder into my Kristin Aagard folder, located in "K to L."

5. For kits, I put the papers and elements into one folder, and have one preview for the kit. I do like to keep journal cards and alphas (and sometimes word art packs) separate with their individual previews, because these are things I can easily mix-and-match.

6. When everything's sorted into their right designer folder in the sorting folder, it's time to import them into the Lightroom catalog. Open up LR, start a new catalog if it's your first time, and click "Import"or ctrl+shift+I. This will bring up the following window. On the left hand side is "source," or where your files are to be imported (in my case, it's the sorting folder), and on the right is "destination," where you want your files to go. On the top, note the different options of how you want your files to be handled. You can "add," which means the files will stay where they are but their previews will be imported into LR for you to tag. You can "copy," which means the files will stay where they are, and a copy will be made in the destination. In my case, I want my files to go into my EHD so I always choose "move," which moves your files from the source to the destination. Finally, under the word Destination, you choose how you want your files organized. Uncheck "into subfolders," and leave it as "organize by original folders."

7. Next, choose the folder you want to import on the left hand side (the source). My sorting folder structure is EXACTLY the same as the one on my EHD. This is very important as LR will merge the folders you're trying to move if their names are the same, thus helping you add new kits you've bought into the same designer folder. For example, from my sorting folder, I have a Bella Gypsy folder in the "# to B" folder. On my EHD, there is also a Belly Gypsy folder in a "# to B" folder. Because the names are the same (do make sure they're exactly the same), I can import the two new kits I got from BG into the existing BG folder.

When importing, choose the folder you want to import on the left hand side (the Bella Gypsy folder) and the folder one level higher on the right hand side (the # to B folder). This will ensure the folder you want to import goes right where you want it to be.

8. You don't have to do it by designer. I usually do it by a chunk of alphabets (the # to B, then the C to D, then the E to J folder). Once you make sure that the folder structure is right and your folders are merging correctly on the right hand side, click Import. LR will start importing and you can see its progress in the bar on the upper left corner. This may take a while depending on how many images you have and how you're importing them.

9. After LR is done importing, click on "Previous Import," which will show you all the images you've just imported. Move down to the bar where it says "Sort:" and choose File Name. Because all your previews have been named "00Preview," this should bring them to the very top and allow you to tag them with ease. To tag your previews, look to the right hand side, and click "keyword list." Here you can create a list of tags (and you can create tags within tags). Simply click on the tag and a check will appear, meaning your image has been tagged. I tag my previews by shop (but not designer as my folders are already structured by designer), license, colors and themes, and also what they are (kit, alpha, journal card, etc).

10. For template packs, I break them up and put templates in folders depending on their number of photo spots.

11. When importing, I simply import the entire folder into the existing one. If necessary, I will tag the templates further (pocket templates, hybrid templates, complete albums, and so on).

12. Note that once your catalog is set up, it's important to move the folders within LR. You can do this by dragging the folders to other locations. If you move your files outside of LR (say in Windows Explorer), LR will think the files are missing...

14. And show you the dreaded exclamation marks and question marks. You can redirect LR to the new file locations but it's just a pain to do so. So when I need to move my folders (and I try not to do it at all, which is why it's important to have your folder structure in the exact place you want it from the beginning) I do so within LR.

15. To utilize the system, go to the top to the Library filters, and select "keyword." This will bring up the keyword list and you can click on a tag to bring up things tagged with it. You can combine tags to refine your search. For example, here I have "Scrap Orchard" and "Birthday" selected, and 1 kit comes up that's been tagged with both. To access it, right click on the preview and click "Show in Explorer." This should bring up your kit!!

I hope that's been useful! It's a little confusing when you first start but once you have done it two or three times you wouldn't even be thinking about it. :)  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Announcing My New Home...

When I first learned that Scrap Orchard is closing its doors, I couldn't believe it. However, there wasn't much time for the news to sink in; I was immediately sucked into the whirlwind of finding a new home, repackaging my products, and designing new ones. As my fellow designers announce their new stores one by one, the reality has struck again--even harder this time--that my beloved Scrap Orchard is closing.

Today, I'm happy to announce that I'll be guesting at The Digital Press starting January. I'm not the only one from SO moving there, and for this I'm very grateful. I usually jump into any party headfirst, but it's always nice to have someone you know to do it with you! My heart is still heavy as SO is closing in 4 days, but I also celebrate this new adventure ahead of me.

I'd like to thank Laura--of Wishing Well Creations and owner of TDP--for taking me in during this crazy time of year. I'd also like to thank my customers, fellow designers and friends I've made at SO, many of whom I've met in real life this year in the Scrapbook Expo. Without your support I don't think I would have kept going, but here I am, pushing forward.

I can't wait to see what the future holds.

P.S. Some products are not coming with me, and they're 50% off now. You can find them here!
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Friday, December 25, 2015
Post your digital scrapbook online!

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you know I like posting books I've printed online. This allows friends and family who are far away to be able to view the book and catch up with my family! I recently printed my 2014 family book and just put the digital version online as well.

There's been some interest about how to do this, so here's a little tutorial. It does take time but it's a pretty straightforward process once you know how to do it!

1. Flatten your images and save as JPG files, reducing their image size. As the book is meant for online viewing and not printing, I change the resolution to 72 DPI and also change the size to 8x8.

2. You can speed up the process by saving the above as an action and batch process the layouts. This book of mine has 122 pages but it took me only 5 minutes to convert all of them to JPG. Make sure to check "include all subfolders" if your layouts are not in the same folder.

3. Arrange your pages. I like my digital book to resemble my physical one, so I order my pages the way they appear in the actual book. I put the number 01 before the cover, 02 on the first page, and so on. Note that I also made a blank page between the cover and the first layout, to resemble printed books where the first page always appears on the right hand side. This blank page is designated 02Blank.

3. After you've all your pages numbered in order, you need to merge them into one big PDF file. This can be done in Photoshop: go to File > Automate > PDF Presentation... In the window that pops up, click "browse" to find your files. Add them in order. Your numbering system should allow you to do this fairly easily. However, if your book has over 100 pages, Photoshop will try to place page 100 between page 10 and page 11. To avoid this, first add page 01-99, then add the rest of the pages. Also, make sure that "multi-page document" is selected.

4. Once you have your PDF file merged, it's time to upload it and get ready to publish it. I use to do this. You'll have to sign up before you can upload. Then, select upload and you should see this screen.

5. Drag your big PDF file onto the screen and it should start uploading! Depending on the size of your file, this may take a while. When you're done, you'll be able to edit the title, add a description, and publish the book!

6. Check to see if everything looks the way you want it to, then share it to your heart's content! I like using their sharing feature so my friends and family can flip through the book right there on Facebook!

And that's it! I hope it's easy to follow. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Winter Candyland

Did you miss the 12 Days of Winter event?

If you did don't worry my entire Winter Candyland kit has been put together and will be 50% off for the week.

"Winter Candyland" is filled with loads of sweetness! Christmas simply would not be the same without candies, gingerbread houses and other holiday treats.  This mini kit will make your winter layouts happy and festive, and bring a smile to your face!

This kit includes 8 patterned papers and 30 elements.

Available HERE.

Need some nice solid card stock to fill in your page?  The coordinating solids will also be 50% off and are available HERE.

In case some of you missed the announcement ScrapOrchard will be closing on Dec. 30th so make sure you have picked up any of my retiring kits before they are gone forever.


by Deanna (template by Fiddle-dee-de)

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
ScrapOrchard Closing and Sale

I am sure that many of my fans have already learned that ScrapOrchard is closing its doors on Dec. 31st.  With that my journey will be taking a new turn that I will be sharing soon.  Until then I have some kits that will be retiring when the doors close at ScrapOrchard.  These kits will be 50% off until Dec. 31 at which point they will no longer be available.  

Some of the retiring kits include:

There are also Commercial Use items retiring:

These are just a few of the kits that are retiring so make sure to check it out before they are no longer available.

All the retiring kits are HERE.
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Shop on Sale! 24 Hours Only! 12 Days of Winter

My entire shop is 50% off at ScrapOrchard!!
It is for 24 hours ONLY so make sure to check it out.

Even my two new releases will by 50% off today!

"Hello Hello" celebrates the joy of meeting someone.  Whether it is friends you haven't seen in a long time, or family that you see on a day-to-day basis, the simple greeting of "hello" can convey so much love and warmth.  This kit is perfect for any get-togethers, gatherings or reunions!

This kit includes 15 papers (8 solids, 7 patterns) and 40 elements.

It is available HERE.

It also coordinates with my other new release!

"So Long, Farewell" is designed for the times we have to part with friends and family for a season.  While saying goodbye is always hard, we can find comfort in the thought that it means we can look forward to a happy reunion in the future.  Whether you're seeing someone off or leaving yourself, this delicate mini kit can be used to convey all those emotions.  This kit can also be easily adapted to memorial or heritage pages.

This kit includes 15 papers (7 solids and 8 patterns) and 40 elements.

It is available HERE.

Both are 50% for today only so grab them quickly!!!

Also make sure to pick up all the parts to Winter Candyland!

Click on the image to download or HERE.

Available on Hat of Bunny Fan Group.

In the newsletter sign up HERE.

Available in the ScrapOrchard Newsletter or in forum HERE.


by Beverly (using "Hello Hello Template" by Fiddle-dee-dee)

by Amber (using "Hello Hello Template" by Fiddle-dee-dee)

by Deanna

by Deanna (using "Hello Hello Template" by Fiddle-dee-dee)

by Yolanda

by Cheryl

by Hannah

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