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#1 HilJoy14

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 02:49 AM

Hi. This is my first post here. I have been lurking for a while but finally came in search of an answer...

I'm wondering how you organize your layouts on your computer. Do you have a folder for layouts? Or organize them in the same folders where your pictures are located? Any naming conventions? (In particular, naming something "Megan School.psd" isn't very descriptive of what year or anything. Do you use dates, words, what??) I'm just not sure where to put mine, and, since I'm just getting started, I thought it best to start with a system!

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 05:11 AM

This is a really good question. I guess we really haven't talked about it before, but I can assure you, these LOs build up and build up pretty quickly. Here's what I've done.

One folder for Scrapbook LOs. I pretty much organize it like for the albums the LOs will go in.

Lots of subfolders. Family with sub sub folders for different families in the family LOL. And one for each of the grandkids.
Travel. And a sub sub for each of the places I've visited with the year and month
SG stuff with sub sub folders for things like desktops and siggies and then all the misc stuff
Faith - this is my faith journey stuff. I love how this is growing
My journey. This is the "all about me" album.
In Progress. This is that UFO (unfinished objects) file.
SG 52 ( this year instead of trying to do weekly LOs, I'm going to do two page spreads once a month), guess I'll have to add the year to these.
Crafts This is the one for the coffee tumbler, mint tin albums, word albums, etc each with its own sub sub folder

The size of these adds up really quickly and so this folder is kept on my EHDs and I try to back up to DVD fairly regularly as well. I ususally save the psd file as well as the jpeg. I've messed it up a few times though. LOL.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 07:41 AM

I put all my layouts in a folder called Projects, organized by year.

My file naming convention is year_month_title, like 2009_05_Love.jpg.

I only rarely save the layered files because I'm so short on hard drive space.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:10 AM

Here's my current organization. I based it on the idea that I'd make albums in themes. It's working very well for me.

In my Pictures folder I have a directory called Scrapbook Pages. In that direction the subfolders are called:

_Digi-Photography class
_Jumpstart January
_Project 365 2009
album caroline
album faha
album family
album friends
album halloween
album ian
album m loves r
album me
album our home
album rhiannon
album silly
album things-we-do
album three kids
album xmas and new year
Alex graduation
Baby Book
desktops banners
other projects
xmas cards

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:13 AM

I lable them according to it's title and save the PSD only I save them in 1 specified EHD then they sorted by date newest 1st. Oh yea I do have a separate folder in that EHD that I keep the list of items used on a note pad sheet , Hope that helps
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:16 AM

As for naming the files, I have not been consistent yet. At first I had the urge to begin the file names with the date as I do with photos. My photos have been named "YYYY MM DD number" for many years so they're in perfect chronological order (even the videos, interspersed with the photos!) However, when I started making layouts I couldn't decide whether to give them the date of the photos in the layout or the date I created the layout. Often now the file name is the title I give the layout. Some of my layouts are actually named after why I did them, such as "learning gradients" or "scrapgirls journal challenge." I always date the photos in the layout, and the date the layout is made is in the file info, so I can always find that info even though it's not in the file name.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:02 PM

What a great question. I am a beginner so I don't have a lot to organize yet, but I have put a lot of thought into it. Being a retired teacher, I look at my laptop as my classroom so I organize a lot like I did in my first grade classroom that had lots and lots of areas with lots of supplies etc. I have two folders on my desktop that I feel are important for my workflow. The first is Adobe Projects in which I keep my ongoing projects. Inside that folder are subfolders that house the photos and PSD files for a current layout. I tend to work on several projects at a time, so that's why this folder is important to me. My other folder is Finished Layouts in which there are three subfolders: JPEG Layouts, PSD Layouts and WEB Layouts. I name finished layouts with specific name and the date, so that when I go back to change the layout if I desire as I grow in my knowledge of digi-scrapping, the newest redo of a layout will have a more recent date. When I redo a layout, the JPEG and WEB folders will grow, but I don't see that the PSD folder will since that is the "working file". I will be watching this thread to learn how I can improve my organization of layouts.

At this time I have my digi-scrapping supplies organized in my PSE7 Organizer, but I sure am paying attention to the thread about Picasa that's going on right now. I downloaded Picasa so everything's on there, but I haven't really learned how to use Picasa yet.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:23 PM

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 01:07 AM

Wow - so many options. I guess I'll have to pick a plan and just start with it. I think I'm more of a date person, myself. So maybe I'll make a Finished Layouts folder. I'll probably break down by year (based on year of photos, not when the layout was completed). And then maybe some special ones for layouts that combine photos from multiple years? Hmmm...still have to figure that out, I guess.

Thanks for all of your input!




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