Have you wondered about listing credits when you share a layout online? I (Katie) remember the first time I ever posted a layout online (back in 2005) and I was so nervous about how to list the credits. I didn’t really understand much about how to do it and it seemed to take more time than I wanted to spend. Just like anything, there was a small learning curve before it made sense to me, and now I can pretty much keep track of supplies in my head as I scrap, or use a few handy tricks to make it easy. Once you get in the habit of keeping track of your credits, you will really come to understand why you should keep track of credits. It might surprise you!
WHY TRACK CREDITS?
- Do it for yourself! Some digi scrappers wonder why they need to keep track of credits at all, especially if they don’t share their layouts online? The number one reason I keep track of credits is for myself. Yep, just for my own records! I wish I had done this in the very beginning so I could find the same supplies I used for some of those early layouts. I find it to be especially helpful to have a list of credits to refer to if I want to go back and make an opposing page to go with a layout, or create something similar. Now, I always put together a list of credits, even if I never share the layout online. I post all my layouts to Flickr, but I do mark some of them as “private” or viewable only to family. I find that the description area on Flickr is the perfect place to keep track of the information relating to the layout. Some scrappers create a hidden layer with the details and keep it in their layered file. Others might keep a word document. I prefer the Flickr method because it’s so easy for me to always find the credits when I look up the layout.
- To help others: When you share a layout online, others can be inspired by your creation and they will want to know where you got the “stuff” and/or the ideas for your layout. I quickly realized that if I didn’t post the name of the font I used, people would comment to ask me what it was. One of the great things about sharing online is the feeling of community you experience. It’s fun to have others comment on your layouts and to share the good things you find in digiland with them. I love it when someone tells me that just had to go and buy a certain kit because of one of my pages! It’s considered a common courtesy when you post in a gallery, or even on a personal blog, to include the credits for your page. Of course, there are no “credit police” out there – it just makes it more fun for everyone and it’s nice to do!
- To promote a designer/store/website: If you are on a creative team, or completing a challenge or prompt, it is generally expected that you will list the appropriate credits with your creation. This is the way we all find out about what’s available for digital scrapbooking. When I see a layout that I like, I carefully read the credits to see what products were used, or if there was a challenge that inspired the page. I want in on some of that good stuff too!
- When a layout is published: A magazine won’t publish a layout without proper credits. They know that people are going to want to know the “recipe” for that page so they can make it themselves. Can you imagine the mail they would get if they published so many fantastic layouts without any information about how they were made?!
HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF + LIST CREDITS?
This might seem daunting at first, but I find that keeping track of credits for digital layouts is much easier than when I tried to do the same thing as a paper scrapper. The product information is always right there in the product, or at least in the folder. You just need to experiment with the system that works best for you. Here are a few approaches I’ve used:
- Use only 1 kit. This is the easiest way to keep track of what you’ve used on a page, just pull everything you need from 1 single kit, or even from 1 designer. I used a template and a kit that were both from the Shabby Princess for this layout. I like to keep the folders I pull the supplies from open until I’ve had a chance to jot down what I’ve used. Again, I just type them into the description area on Flickr, but a sticky note on your desk, a word document, or a hidden layer in your file, all work equally well.
Here’s how I would list the credits if I was posting this layout in a gallery or sharing it here on the Daily Digi. I would just list the designer and the product used.
Shabby Princess Easy As Pie Template # 12
Shabby Princess Clementine kit
Traveling Typewriter font
If I wanted to add more detail, I could mention that the template was a freebie on The Shabby Shoppe blog. I could also copy and paste my journaling right into the credits. Some people like to be able to read the journaling and I enjoy sharing it. Journaling reads:
You are such a beautiful girl – inside and out! I love that you care so much about people and that you express your love for us often. Your heart is very tender and your emotions are often close to the surface. You are constantly looking to learn new things and you spend many of your days inventing new knitting projects or dreaming up experiences and parties you would love to participate in. You truly have a zest for life and that makes you even more beautiful!
- Refer to the source of an idea. For this layout, I used a technique that I wrote about in a previous article here at The Daily Digi about using charts and graphs for scrapbooking. I anticipated that others might wonder how I made the graph so I thought I would mention the article. A lot of what inspires me to include things in the credits is thinking about what I would want to know if I saw the same layout online.
Tattered Pear Bookmarked (TDF 32)
Template bySine (NLA)
Graph idea from http://thedailydigi.com/digi-scrapping-charts-and-graphs/
Traveling Typewriter 12 pt. 18 pt. leading
Did you notice some of the extra things I added in the credits? When I listed (TDF 32) next to the Tattered Pear kit, that indicates that this kit was in The Digi Files #32). I added this for my own records, but someone who has bought the Digi Files in the past will appreciate knowing where they can find this fun kit!
The (NLA) means that this particular item is “No Longer Available”. I think this is helpful to let other people know so they don’t waste time looking all over for the item. Some scrappers might have it in their own stash so they can look through their files.
The font size and leading is something I recently started adding after I wrote this article on Text Size Matters because it is something that is very helpful to me when I go to make an opposing page, or if I need to know what a good text size is for a certain font. I’m not sure if I’ve seen anyone else list this in with their credits, but I like to do it.
Weeds & Wildflowers + Cinzia Designs Everyday Life kit, elements, & word art
screen shots from myfitnesspal.com
- Keep track of multiple items from many different kits and designers: You won’t always be creating layouts from a single kit at a time. Some digiscrappers never do that and prefer to combine many different ingredients together. When I scrapped this page a few years ago, I participated in a Digi Dares challenge to use at least 4 patterned papers in the design and 5 different fonts to create a word art piece.
I used quite a list of supplies from a variety of sources. I just listed each item and the designer to compile my list of credits.
Experiment No. 16 template by Emily Powers
East meets West kit by Traci Reed
Glitter Paper by Two Sisters Designs
Natural Spring kit by Katie the Scrapbook Lady
Good Day Sunshine kit by Rachel Young
Build your own blooms by Christina Renee
Please Refrigerate kit by Lauren Grier and Mikkel Paige
Fonts: Francis Gothic, CK Classical, Abadi MT Condensed, FO giggles, Angsana New
- Copy and paste the file names into your credits: When we did the From the Files Reader Challenge here at The Daily Digi, we needed to use very specific items from several different kits included in The Digi Files. I found it easier just to copy and paste the exact file name of each item right into my list of credits.
I’m so lucky (in kk_wio_spring folder)
Font is Pea Luv Holly Wood. Background template by Scrapping with Liz (paperback 7). All I did to recolor the orange paper (in PSE) was to add a new adjustment layer and slide the hue slider to the left until I got the right shade of pink (-38). I changed the border by clipping the green paper to it. I lowered the opacity on my large background photo to create a paper. I used the word art of “I’m so lucky” to inspire me to write down some of the many things I’m grateful for.
Check out the product description:
Do you hate keeping track of all the supplies you’ve used? Struggle remembering every little details? Don’t stress – let this application do all the work for you! Just build your layout as usual and when you’re finished get a nicely formatted list of all your supplies and fonts ready to post! Credits can be formatted in plain text, BB code, or HTML. They can be saved to the file’s document info, a text file or in a text layer! Product links and store names can be included if desired. Don’t compile a list of credits ever again!
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
- Credits should still be given even if the item was a freebie. It doesn’t matter whether or not you paid for the item, it’s still someone else’s creation and should be credited. You can read more about digital freebies here.
- When using a collaborative kit with many designers, it’s not necessary to list every item you used and the designer responsible for that item. Just be sure to list the collab kit name and other pertinent details such as the store it was sold in, or the charity it raised funds for, or if there are only a few designers, you might want to list them. You can read more about collaborative projects here.
- Don’t be worried about “not doing it right” when it comes to listing credits. Just keep practicing and you will get the hang of it. I think the best advice for learning how to post credits is to browse through a gallery, or a blog like this one and see how others do it. You can read more about online galleries here.
- It helps to know a little of the digi “lingo” when you are posting credits. You can read about digital scrapbooking acronyms & terminology here.
Posting credits is a great way to keep your own records, and share in the fun of the digital scrapbooking community. Take an extra minute or two next time you create a page to jot down the credits,. You’ll be glad you did!
P.S. Jacinda was the random winner selected from the comments on the Micheline Martin feature. Congrats!