Journal Card Organization

Journal Card Organization

When I first attempted organizing my digital supplies, I very enthusiastically jumped into it. Using the file manager software ACDSee, I took every kit and keyword tagged every individual item within each kit. I even had the papers sub-categorized by colour! Just imagine hundreds of kits tagged like this! It didn’t take me long to realize that level of organization was just not sustainable. It especially didn’t make sense for me since I am mostly a one-kit scrapper and I don’t mix and match on scrapbook pages very often.

I still use ACDSee for organization, but now I just tag kit previews with the designer name and the fact that it’s a kit. And sometimes, if it’s a themed kit, I’ll tag the theme (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, Winter, etc.).

In the past few years, I have transitioned to doing a lot of pocket scrapbooking. In this style of scrapbooking, I do enjoy mixing products. Usually I’ll use one main kit, but then add in element packs of stitches, doodles, tags, dates, stamps, and journal card templates.

Until recently, I had tagged the journal card packs that I purchased, but I felt like I was missing out on making use of the awesome cards that are included in many kits.

I decided to set up new keyword tags for my journal cards within ACDSee. For my journal cards, I set up a menu to organize them into useful groups:

I chose to tag both the previews (when available for the card packs) and the individual cards. I quickly went through the kits I purchased in the past year (which I found by selecting my tagged kits and then sorting them by date) and checking each one for cards that may have been included in the element pack. It was pretty easy to do, especially when I focused my efforts on the designers who often include journal cards versus the ones who rarely do.

Now when I click on a category, I see the individual cards:

I tried not to get too fussy with the tagging. So if a card was an equally good fit in “Everyday” and “Valentines / Love”, then I put it into both categories.

One unexpected benefit of having my cards tagged is that now I have a huge library of cards to browse through and use as inspiration for when I make my own cards to go with kits.

I actually like having my pocket cards organized so much that I’m going to add another category for Other Pocket Products. This will include things like pocket templates, stitched or doodled frames sized for pockets, and word art and tags that lend themselves particularly well to pocket scrapbooking. I think that will help me make better use of some of the awesome pocket supplies that I’ve picked up over the years.

How do you organize your digi pocket cards and supplies?