Monday, December 2, 2013

postheadericon Long Vacation.

It hasn't QUITE been a year since my last blog entry but it has been busy.  So busy, in fact, that scrapbooking has taken a back seat...way back. 

My Book of Me is ALMOST finished.  I was stuck on a page and never moved on.  In the near future I may post the rest of the pages.  I may just skip the page that is bothering me and finish the book and have it printed.  My apologies, Linda Sattgast.

My scrapbooking "Home", The Digital Scrapbook Place, underwent a change of ownership, causing turmoil among the regulars, especially the Granny forum, which has flourished for many years and several meet-ups.  We formed a Facebook group so we never loose track of each other.  Another change and DSP is now affiliated with MyMemories.  It is all confusing and, like a few others, I have sort of dropped out to let things settle and see where I want to be. 

My other favorite store, Digital Scrapbooking Artisan Guild, went .out of business, too, and the designers merged with Pickleberry Pop.  There I can still find the gorgeous kits I used to get in the DSAG monthly club.

Meanwhile, I set about sorting my 2 terabytes of digital scrapbooking elements gathered for over 15 years.  The first ones came from an FTP site.  That was before any of the digital stores were created.  It has been a difficult time with sorting taking hours each day and I am not half finished, I fear.  I returned to an original method of sorting according to month and theme.  This was how I organized my classroom materials when I was teaching and it works for me.

By theme:
JANUARY-winter, snow, new year, travel (we travel to Florida every Jan-May)
FEBRUARY-Valentines, love, red, pink
MARCH-St Patrick's, green
APRIL-spring, Easter
MAY-garden, flowers, Mother
JUNE-Dad, graduation, wedding
JULY-Fourth, patriotic
AUGUST-pool, summer
SEPTEMBER-school
OCTOBER-fall, Halloween
NOVEMBER-hunting, Thanksgiving
DECEMBER-Christmas

Then I added these categories that didn't fit months:
Animals-nature
Baby-child-girlies
Beach-sea-tropical
Birthdays
Color-basics
Disney-fantasy-movies
Especially designed for me or by me
Family
Food
Heritage-vintage-genealogy
Photography
Sky

Many kits and elements didn't fit into these categories so I am putting those in categories by their purpose:
Alphas
Background papers
Clip art
Crafts
Digital Stamps
Edges and boarders
Elements
Filters
Groupies and Frames
Instant Albums
Journaling Blocks
Kits (these are arranged by designer)
Masks
Organizing
Overlays
Ploppers and Instant pages
Quick Pages
Stamps
Templates
Word Art

Eventually my "By Company" file will be empty but I have a long way to go.  One great advantage is that I will have a lot more space on that hard drive because of all the duplicates I am finding.  Since I rename everything to "designer_type of item_name of item"  Duplicates are obvious.

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Forty Years of Scrapping

Long before it was popular, I was trying to decorate arrangements of photos and sentimental items. Here I want to share some of my personal history and more important, some ideas I have gleaned from more than 40 years of scrapping.

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lauraloub
A granny with a camera and a computer

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