Spring Clean your Digital Scrapbook Stash

Well for many of you, Spring is in the air. The birds are singing, the sun is shining and the air is fresh with the new season.

And thoughts turn to Spring Cleaning.

So now is probably a good time to think about Spring Cleaning your Scrapbooking Stash.

Erika gave you paper scrapbookers some great scrapbook organization tips for clearing out and organising your scrapbook supplies.

But what about Digital Scrapbookers?

Why would digital scrapbookers need to think of scrapbook organization? One of the great things about digital scrapbooking is that there’s no need for lots of space to store your ever expanding stash of digital scrapbooking kits and elements.

Digital scrapbooking takes up no space!

Or does it?

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All those digital kits take up ever increasing space on your computer. You know how big those files are.

We just keep on adding to our digital scrapbooking supplies folders. And I know I don’t help by publishing the Five Freebies on Friday lists, just so you can go and grab more goodies to add to the stash.

But do you actually use all the supplies in your stash?

I know that when I first started digital scrapbooking I was on a mission to download every freebie I could find. You know…just in case I might need to use it.

So my digital scrapbooking supplies folder was absolutely huge. And that made actually finding anything an hour’s exercise in browsing through my stash looking for the ‘perfect’ kit.

And you know what? I reckon that out of all the stuff that I had I only used about 20%!

I would have my favourites and they tended to be the kits I kept on returning to, to use different combinations of papers and elements to create my different scrapbook layout looks.

And all the time I was clogging up my computer with all these digital scrapbooking kits that I had never used and probably would never use in the future. Just as if I could never get any more if I needed them.

So I thought, enough!

And I’ve been on a purge of my scrapbook stash to delete all the kits that I have never used in over a year and have no plans to use.

It was hard. And I had to be really disciplined with myself. But I’m so glad I did it.

At last my computer can ‘breath’. I’ve got gigabytes of space back and searching for the ‘right’ digital scrapbook kit for my layouts takes a fraction of the time.

So maybe now is a good time for you digital scrapbookers to consider doing a Spring Clean of your digital scrapbooking stash.

It’s well worth the time and the effort.

And your computer will love you for it.

Other articles you might like:

Scrapbook Organization on a Budget

Shortcuts for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Methodical or Haphazard Scrapbooker – which one are you?

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6 Responses to Spring Clean your Digital Scrapbook Stash

  1. Mr. Music April 29, 2008 at 9:03 am #

    I try to keep my computer clean of excess files too, not so much for my computer’s sake but for my peace of mind! It drives me crazy when I look at my desktop and I have 87 things on there (it’s sort of like that right now though… maybe it’s time for a little cleanup!)

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  2. karooch May 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    I have to confess Mr Music, that I’m not really a minimalist when it comes to clearing the clutter form my computer. That’s why I got such great results when i finally did the big purge. You could almost hear the computer breathing a sigh of relief.

  3. Laura K August 21, 2008 at 4:49 am #

    I’m terrible about deleting something I “Just might” need in the future. I delete by steps. I put old stuff on a CD and then if I don’t use it, I dispose of it.

    Another problem I have with digitals is that there is just one item or paper I want to use or keep but most designers want all their stuff kept together and not changing the name. I kept parts of about 10 kits and made a file and then felt guilty because I had everything mixed. Sometimes I can’t win. LOL

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