​How I Scrapped 65 Layouts In 1 Week

Last month, I finally sent out my 2014 books for printing. Getting them back in the mail and watching my kids look through them made me want to get started on 2015 right away. So I opened up Lightroom and got to work. The more I did, the more I was inspired to continue. I remembered how much I love this hobby and I just couldn’t stop. 7 days later, I had finished 65 layouts. Not all are my favorites, but as a whole, I love them. And even better, I’m thrilled that I’m ready to send 2015 out for printing!

65 layouts in 1 week? How is that even possible? Here’s how I did it…

1) Prepare My Photos

My photos are already sorted into Lightroom by year, month and event. So when I was ready to sit down and scrap, I could easily pull up my photos. I import both my DSLR and phone photos to Lightroom throughout the year so they are ready for my scrapping binges.

2) Make My Collages

I use Lightroom’s print module to create photo collages for each event, theme or story I want to scrap. I usually do this by selecting a folder of photos, then popping the Print module where I choose a template or two. I can easily drag and drop my photos into the collages. I export the pages to JPGs. This took me 1 1/2 nights.

3) Add Shadows

I opened each JPG in Photoshop and added the shadow overlays, text and titles from the corresponding templates I created. I was able to quickly do this in 1/2 a night. I made use of the Library feature in PS to store my templates for drag and drop access. (Select layers and drag into the Library Panel. Then hold in ALT/OPT and click and drag from the Library to the open layout, and transform to snap into place.)

4) Limit My Kits

I decided to grab my travel drive and work with whatever kits were on it. I chose not to look through my entire hard drive. This travel drive had kits I’ve downloaded in the past year. Many of them I had scrapped with before, but I decided I didn’t care. I’d use them again, hoping the pictures and stories would inspire a different layout than the last time I used those kits. This was a huge time saver because I could easily scroll through 100 kits instead of 1000! And many of the kits came from The Digi Files!

5) Smart Searches

I used journal cards to fill in photo blocks when I didn’t have enough images. To quickly locate cards when the kit didn’t come with them, I create smart folders on my mac to search on filename contains “card” and is an image and filename contains “jc” and is an image. This allowed me to scroll through all the cards on my drive at once.

6) Scrap Inspired

I started with the pages that most excited me—either I wanted to tell a specific story or work with a specific kit. Because I used my Lightroom collages, most pages ended up being a similar design, so I would choose a background patterned paper, and then a lighter mat paper which would also serve as the background for my journaling. Then I would quickly scroll through the elements, add a couple clusters, a few word strips and my favorite bits and pieces. If an alpha was included, I’d add a title. If not, I’d either set the title in text or leave it off.

7) Limit My Fonts

I chose one font that worked well for both journaling and titles. It was a typewriter font, which I love, so I knew I’d love it on all my pages. This made it easy to do my journaling when the time came because that choice was already made for me. I could just concentrate on the story. Most of my pages had just a few lines of journaling. I didn’t limit myself, but I didn’t pressure myself either. If I want to journal more, I’ll do a more traditional scrapbook page with more room later.

8) Check My Bleed

After scrapping each page, I did a quick look-over to ensure I had enough border for trimming and binding. If I make that adjustment while I have the layout open, I won’t have to spend time making adjustments later. I know I will print 10×10, so I left at least 1/2″ border, but most pages have at least an inch.

9) Shopped Some

As I cranked out my pages, it was hard to stop! It was so satisfying to finally get some layouts caught up. Eventually, however, I hit a wall. I’d gotten down to the last 20 or so pages. Most of these were events (birthdays, holidays, travel) or obscure topics. They were harder to find inspiration for. So, at this point, I allowed myself to go shopping. Since I was down to a handful of events, I could more easily limit my shopping to the exact kits I needed to finish up those pages. And, after having scrolled through the same 100 kits for the prior few days, it was fun to finally have something new to look at.

10) Remember the Why

I didn’t want to just plow through my pictures and stories for the purpose of getting it done. I wanted to enjoy the process, enjoy the pages and enjoy the stories. This process was a good reminder of why I enjoy scrapping. I love the creative outlet. I love that by making quick photo collages, I give myself the freedom to spend most of my scrapping time on the creative parts. And I love that my stories are finally getting recorded. The older I get, the harder it is to remember, so I really want to get to the point where I can scrap more in the moment. Here are a few of my pages!

Laugh Often

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Talk about a jam packed it! NBK Designs has created an amazing an HUGE collection for The Digi Files this month. Laugh Often is full of textured papers, fun events, TWO alphas, and some gorgeous photo masks. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates with this kit! Let’s take a closer look at all the lovely goodies!






This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using NBK-Design’s contribution:

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design; Fonts: Stamp and Underwood Champion.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design; Template by Chelle’s Creations; Font: Seriously.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design; Template by Shabby Princess.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

My full Name Nicole Bettina Kaltenecker. The initals of my Name is my Designer Name NBK-Design.
I am from the south of Germany, Since 2006 I am a digital scrapbooking designer. Daytime I work as a Designer at a Advertising Agency since 20 years. I love to travel to Spain, love to cook and try out new recipes. Hanging out with friends is something very important for me. Grew up with 1 sister and 3 foster kids made my childhood very different from many other children. Being the big sister for so many siblings was always difficult and was a big responsibility and guided my wish to have a life without children.
My favorite colors are all hues of pink and turquoise. Also mint and aqua colors are always my favorite ones. It’s hard for me to not add one of them into my products.

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This little mini, I have created last year with the first sunburst coming out. I do that each year to celebrate spring. When the first warm day in march or april arrives, I’ll go earlier home from home and pack all my paints, brushes, canvases out on my terrace and start to paint. This is what I did with the favorite product called “One Thing.” I created out of the painting papers and added later some word arts, elements and artsy bits and pieces. This Mini is available for free if you spend more than 3 dollars (
Personal ShopOscraps).



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started

I can remember, I googled and searched some background and stumbled over a freebie site. I was immediately hocked and addicted. After some weeks of discover the world of digital scrapbooking I started my own blog and created from 2006 – 2009 freebies. After this time I wanted to have my own shop, never ordered before that in a shop and started my first shop with not any knowledge 🙂
From 2009 – 2002 I had the shop NBK the Shoppe. Updated with a new system and new look I started ArtisanScrap. Then in 2015 I went back again to my own shop at NBK-Design.com
Before I discovered scrapbooking I created Wallpapers and bit of t-shirt design for a fan-site. Of course my job gave me all the skills for this hobby and still it does. Even also my job gives me a lot of boundaries, which I do not have with scrapbooking. All my ideas I can live out with designing new collection. I still love to discover the world of scrapbooking and all those techniques.

inspired

I think most what me inspires are colors. Often I start something, without a theme. I let me rule from the colors, or a drawing or only the season or holidays. I think its a big mix of here and there. I also not have the same way to start a collection. I start every time with something different. If I have not a good idea, I start with the templates for the weeks or the storybook templates.
For example my Focus Collection for March 2016. I draw some eyes and faces in photoshop, out of those drawings I created the collection and got the name focus.
The inspiration for “Grannys Garden” came when my beloved Granny died in march 2015. When she did wear aqua colors, she looked like a elf. Her white hairs and the colors looked so lovely and of course she loved gardening.
Remarkable, a Collection with deep purple and soft pink colors, was created also because of my Granny. We needed a “thank you” card after the funeral and I painted some flowers and out of that the collection grew into something very beautiful.
You can see there are so many inspiration to create. So many ways to start something. I look forward, what inspiration will come up for me in the future.

tools

Computer: I am a total Mac addict. My first steps on a computer were on a Mac and since there I not very touched any PC Computers… When I hear others saying to a Mac, PC, I need to correct those peoples. 🙂
iMac 27″, 3,2 GHz Intel Core i5, 1tb SSD, 16GB Ram
Macbook Pro, 12″, I5, 16 GB Ram
OSX El Capitain on both of my macs


Program: Adobe CS6, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Bridge, Fireworks,
Deep (a awesome tool from the AppStore. Finds files by their colors, totally recommended –>http://www.ironicsoftware.com/deep/)
Art Rage, Amberlight, Flame Painter, Rebelle, BrushPilot, Screenium, Screenflick, Graphic Inspector, Seamless Studio, Photoshop Elements 12,


Camera: I have a Canon EOS 1000D and often use my iphone 6, i still own a older casio exilim but haven’t it used since a long time.

Anything Else: Scanner: Epson Perfection V370 Photo, Canon Selphy 1200,
ipad mini, iphone6, My Cloud Server Western Digital, Wacom Bamboo Tablett, Apple Trackpad, Bamboo Spark, Silhouette Portrait


tipstricks

I have a little tutorial once made, how you can add a handwritten journal on your pages. You can watch it on my
youtube channel. Its without sound, as I was at this time too shy to talk with my german accent :-)=

favorite

This little mini, I have created last year with the first sunburst coming out. I do that each year to celebrate spring. When the first warm day in march or april arrives, I go home earlier from home and pack all my paints, brushes, canvases out on my terrace and start to paint. This is what I did with my favorite product from last year called “One Thing”. I created out of the canvas papers and added later some word arts, elements and artsy bits and pieces…. This Mini is available at my personal shop for free if you spend more than 3 dollars.


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popular

This is the most popular product at my Oscrap Shop. Its the Brushtool-Set 7 and you can create own papers, artsy bits or masks with this Tools. In the description you find a video tutorial how to use them and what you can all do with them. All my Brushtool-Sets are available for Personal Use but you can also buy a Commercial License for those Tools.


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Here are some of my favorite products by NBK-Design:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using NBK-Design’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Check out Nicole’s
Birthday Sale on June 17th – 24th.



Go have a look in NBK-Design’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by NBK Design

The following layouts were created using “Laugh Often” by NBK-Design and included in The Digi Files during June, 2016:

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design; Fonts: Stamp and Underwood Champion.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design; Template by Chelle’s Creations; Font: Seriously.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Laugh Often by NBK-Design; Template by Shabby Princess.

Gratitude Journal {week 25}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

Because tomorrow is Father’s Day, we’re posting the free template early. Enjoy!

These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template

A Jam-Packed Friday

Bella Gypsy

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Blagovesta Gosheva

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Created by Jill

Are you ready to get happy? Get these 6 amazing packs (plus a FWP) for just $6 through Monday June 20th! Coordinating Add Ons for 30% OFF are also available in my Pickleberrypop Store!

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Heather T.

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Joyful Heart Designs

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Jumpstart Designs

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Kimeric Kreations

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Laura Banasiak

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Scraps by Missy

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Sherry Ferguson

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Tangie Baxter

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Studio Wendy

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Baby Mine

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There is nothing in the world like a sweet new baby and Hat of Benny’s kit Baby Mine is the perfect way to get caught up on all those baby pictures you have been meaning to scrap. I love that she included some trendy grays and greens along with the pinks and purples. This means boy pages can easily be done with this oh-so-adorable kit!






This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Hat of Bunny’s contribution:

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; Template by Megan’s Creations; Font: Century.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; This is Me (alpha) by Laura Banasiak; Template by Brook Magee.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; Artsy Blended Template 1 by Studio Courtney Designs; Font: Veteran Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

My name is Grace Lee and I’m from Hong Kong originally. My family consists of me, my husband, and our two little ones (a boy and a girl). We moved to Utah in 2012 when my husband was accepted to school here. While I’m not 100% sure where the future will take us, I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to call this place home.

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layout

When I scrap, I generally put a lot of things onto my layouts — paint, papers, elements, I just love them all. Sometimes I have to remind myself to keep it simple and let the photos take center stage. I love how my daughter’s personality shines through in these photos, and that the colors and the theme of the kit (I used my own “Twinkle Twinkle” collection) complement them perfectly.



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started

When my son was born in 2011, I wanted a way to document his birth. I started out with looking for some clip art, but was quickly sucked into the world of digital scrapbooking. I began downloading freebies, watching Photoshop video tutorials, and making my own graphics — all at the same time! My “designs” in the very beginning, if they could be called that, were embarrassing, but we all have to start somewhere, right? 😉

inspired

My kids, first and foremost, as I mainly scrap with their photos and they’re my source of creativity. It may be something they said, something they’re into currently, or simply the colors of something they’re wearing.

tools

Computer: I just upgraded my laptop last November. It has a 17″ monitor, core i7, 16GB RAM and a 4GB graphics card. It runs on Windows 10.

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 for designing, and Lightroom CS5 for organizing my stash.

Camera: I have a 4-year-old Canon Coolpix P330, but I’ve also started using my iPhone a lot more for quick photos.

Anything Else: My husband got me a wireless mouse for my birthday! LOL. It runs on *any* surface so I can design on the carpet or on my bed. I love it.

tipstricks

When taking photos, take some in both orientations (landscape and portrait) when possible. Since I started taking photos with my phone, a lot of my photos have been in portrait and I find myself wishing I have some in landscape. You can always crop things out, but you can’t add things back in!

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I’ve been wanting to make a China-inspired kit for a long time… after all, it’s where I come from. I was just afraid it wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted it to be. This February I took the plunge and finally just did it. The kit includes both the traditional and the modern sides of the country so it can be used for all kinds of layouts. I drew a lot of the elements in the kit, including the skyline of Hong Kong, my beloved home town. That makes this kit special to me.


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popular

I think this kit is popular because social media is just a huge part of our lives, and a great way to record the day-to-day snippets that we may have otherwise forgotten. The journal cards especially make it easy for pocket scrappers to document fun memes, short videos and text messages they may have come across during the week.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Hat of Bunny:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Hat of Bunny’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Coupon

Save 30% off Hat of Bunny’s store with coupon code HOB_TDDJune30 (expires 7/1/2006).



Go have a look in Hat of Bunny’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Hat of Bunny

The following layouts were created using “Baby Mine” by Hat of Bunny and included in The Digi Files during June, 2016:

LO1

Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; Template by Megan’s Creations; Font: Century.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; This is Me (alpha) by Laura Banasiak; Template by Brook Magee.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Baby Mine by Hat of Bunny; Artsy Blended Template 1 by Studio Courtney Designs; Font: Veteran Typewriter.

Taking Inspiration from Magazine Text

Taking Inspiration from Magazine Text

Magazines are often filled with examples of beautiful page design and interesting text placement. As a digital scrapbooker, I’m always happy to find new ways to add some visual interest to my journalling.

Here are a few very common text ideas that you’ll see in magazines:

Bold First Line

Adding the first word, few words or even a sentence in bold text is a text treatment you’ll find in many magazines. It’s used at the start of articles and even to indicate the start of new sections or ideas.

Bold First Letter

I happen to love the look of the bold first letter. It gives such a clear starting point to the text. Sometimes you’ll see the accent letter in a compatible font or in a different colour to help it stand out.

Columns

Obviously columns are a frequently used tool in magazines because of space issues. Sometimes you’ll see them paired with the bold first letter or line, like above.

It’s easy to pull from magazines and add some oomph to your journalling. On this page (below), I just added a bold accent line in a different font and colour from the rest of the journalling. I like that it ties the journalling block into the overall page design.

There you have it! A few very simple ideas for adding visual interest to your next digital scrapbook page – taken straight out a magazine!

HELP! I’m Missing a Preview Image!

Confession time

I am not a very tidy or organized person. I really want to be, but it doesn’t come naturally to me, I wasn’t exposed to it as a kid, and whenever I even try, the six little people in my house mess up far faster than I can tidy. So most of the time, I just don’t try very hard.

However, I am really obsessive about my photo and scrap supply organization. I like to know where everything is and how to find it quickly. Because of this, my scrap folder is in pristine condition.

Take my Sweet Shoppe Designs folder, for example. It looks like this:

See, all neat and tidy.

  • I have put all of the kit into ONE folder (instead of the typical three download folders most designers use)
  • My folders all have the preview image showing
  • I have renamed all my kits
  • My supplies are in alphabetical order
  • I have separate folders for often-used elements and alphas.

When I purchase new kits, I don’t always get things organized right away. So, from time to time, when the disorder starts making be twitch, I clean house (not my house, unfortunately, but rather, the house where all my pretty scrap supplies live.)


A few weeks ago, I had reached the I-can’t-take-this-mess-anymore point with my supplies, and I started to tidy up. The problem was, a few of my folders looked like this:

Ack! Can you see that pesky little blue folder, completely out of place?

It drives me batty!

Now, I know how to change folder icons to any image I like. I explain the not-so-intuitive process HERE. I will say, I discovered that method way back in 2007 and there may be a simpler way to do it. But, if it isn’t broken…


(I will also say I don’t know how to do this on a PC because I have been a Mac girl from the get-go, but after looking around a bit, I think this explains it for the newest versions of Windows. And PC users, please feel free to correct me and point me to the best method!)


Bit like I said, I’m on a Mac and I use this process. Easy-peasy.

Except when it’s not.

You see, sometimes, the kit previews aren’t in the folder. This could be because a designer forgot to put it in there or because in my obsessive need to pull all the papers, elements, and alphas into ONE folder, I accidentally delete a folder that contained the precious preview.

And then I get the blue screen folder of death

For years I have just let them sit there, my irritation growing each time I saw them. And then, in my last organization spree, it dawned on me (perhaps I am a little slow) that I could find the preview image. These images might not be on my computer, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t on the big, bad, worldwide web.

And so, my folders are all nice and happy now.

There are two simple ways to find a preview image:

  • If the kit is still available (hasn’t been retired), you can simply go to the store where you purchased it, pull up the image, and copy and paste it into your computer.
  • If the kit isn’t available anymore, or you just want another method, 99% of the time you can still find it floating out there in cyberspace.

Take this kit, for example. I’m a huge Dani Mogstad fan and her kits are bursting out of my computer. However, for some reason, the preview image for her I LOVE SNOW kit was no where to be found (probably my fault.)

(And in case you are wondering, Dani doesn’t sell at Sweet Shoppe Designs anymore, but since she was there when I started to build my stash of her stuff, that’s where I have left them.)


So, I simply Googled the name of the kit, and then clicked on “images” so I could scan through all the images that were pulled up. Of course, I got a lot of images of layouts designed with the I Love Snow kit, but amongst all those, the prized kit preview appeared.

Then I clicked on the image, a larger version popped up, and copied it and then pasted it onto my folder icon.

And voila! My wish-I-was-organized self is much, much happier!