Digital scrappers often find themselves in an organizational nightmare. We download kits, clusters, quickpages, freebies, alphas, and on and on and on. Without an organizational plan we soon find ourselves in quite a mess. You may find yourself buying kits that are very similar to something you already have or even worse you DO have! Or you want to make a page and you know you just picked up the p-e-r-f-e-c-t kit last week but now you can’t find it. The longer you’ve been digi-scrapping, the more ‘stuff’ you have, the bigger the mess.
There are lots of ways to get organized and ultimately you have got to find the plan that works best for you. You can arrange by subject theme, color scheme, designer, etc. My friend Sharon has some excellent ideas in her article “Organising Your Stash” which you can find here.
We were discussing how neat it would be if we could recolor our Windows Explorer folders for items we have organized by color. Well after a little research I found a free Folder Colorizer from Softorino that does just that. I downloaded the software to see how it works. It’s very easy! I’ve just started recoloring some of my alpha folders. Here is an picture of what they look like.
Some of my folders have multiple colors within one folder so I haven’t colored them. I will begin separating them and put each color in it’s own folder then recolor each folder. In the past I’d have to click on each folder to see what color was inside. Using color folders will definitely simplify this process.
Once installed, Folder Colorizer will add a Colorize option to your Windows Explorer menu. All you have to do is right click on the folder you want to colorize then choose one of the available colors or you can add custom colors. This is easy to do also by accessing the color circle, pick a custom color using your mouse by dragging the little color box. After you’ve picked the color, you name it and then it’s one of your available colors to choose from. If you’d like to try it, CNET has a review and free download here. I’m sure there are many other uses as well.