Seven pages in the store for Special Saturday happiness at the Lily Pad for this past weekend! I don’t know about you but I was blown away at the creativity of each and every designer! I just stared at the new releases, and knew what they had been putting out for the last 4 months, cause I had been buying most of it! The creativity and mojo is overflowing here at the Lily Pad!
One of the perks of being a Polly(I am a mere Guest, but love every moment), is seeing the goodies roll into the back room to make pages prior to the release date. I am not joking, (and not breaking back room secrecty here), but these ladies were almost hourly putting a new design in the shoot for this years iNSD!
What to do on these crazy download times? I got to thinking, if I am overloaded, my friends and peers probably warmed up their PayPal accounts with new purchases also. Now it is time to use those gorgeous goodies! First you need to unzip those well bundled babies! Give them some air!!
I use a program called Extract Now. (I am not paid by them, and they have no idea who I am), but it is free and it does lots at the same time! It even has a cool siren sound when you are all done. You do have the option in the settings to turn that off, but it makes me feel happy when it shrills! It is a drag and drop and hit the Extract button! Tada!
I like to go in and then clean up my download folder, I click on each folder and cut it out of the folder go back to download and paste. This is to make scrapping easier for me later. I keep the Elements as my main folder and then put the papers, alphas and any other fun journaling cards or paints in there also. It is all nice and neat.
The Lily Pad is my home in Digiland. I do all the challenges and really really make a lot of pages for our yearbook with the goodies from here. Every month I make a BYOC folder, BYOC-0513. I like to keep it together for another month, then bring the folders back to momma! Here is a glimpse of my download folder this morning.
This is where your dedication or obsessiveness kicks in. I have a motto, if I have not scrapped with it, it stays right here in download land. (except for the BYOC, that lives here all month) I bought this kit for a reason, or downloaded as a Creative Team member,and by golly, it is gonna become useful to the scrapworld some how. Useful is not sitting on my EHD! I have had kits for up to 6 months in my download folder, waiting for that inspiration to scrap a page or two. This is not a dead set rule, as I will file my freebies almost immediately.
You can see, I have the Lily Pad folder open. The Puter files by number than alphabetically, so I place 00(zero, zero) in front of designers I create for, or a 0G for those I am able to guest. This brings them to the top of the file, so I know I have more in those folders and draw from them for pages more often.
This is just one way to unzip and keep the do dah happy in your scrapping! I hope it helps someone, to become organized and more importantly, get to scrapping those memories!!
~never lose your joy
Anne of Alamo