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Tutorial: Digital Kit Organization on iCloud Drive

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t feel like scrapping. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe it’s the turbulent times we are living in at the moment, who knows. But I have the whole month of March that needs documenting and I just don’t want to. Instead, I’ve been in mood to organize my digital files. How crazy is that?

My digital scrapbook supplies are organized on both my desktop computer (iMac) and in iCloud Drive. Keeping them in iCloud Drive allows me to access them on my iPhone or iPad. On my computer, the kits stay intact, but I reorganize them into different categories in iCloud Drive. I’ve been doing this since 2017 and I’m pretty happy with the little system I have going. 

I have subscribed to Ali Edwards Story Kits for a few years and there were several kits I needed to get reorganized in iCloud Drive (ok–maybe a little more than several). Since our beaches are closed and community pool is shut down, I had nothing but time on my hands to do some digital housekeeping. It took about 3 or 4 6-hour days 😳, but I am happy to report I now have all of the products I’ve ever purchased from Ali’s site organized in iCloud Drive and this makes me so darn happy! 

The tutorial below demonstrates how I go about copying digital scrapbook kits from my desktop computer to iCloud Drive. It’s about 25-minutes long, so get the kids situated in there online classes, grab your AirPods, an adult beverage and take a listen! Oh! And by the way! Did you know that iCloud Drive is available for Windows? Here is an article explaining what iCloud Drive is, including links to download the app for various platforms. 

 


Project Life 2020 : Part One–PowerPhotos

Hey there friends! It has taken me a hot minute to get in the swing of things and wrap my head around documenting 2020. But I feel like I have a handle on it now and I am ready to dive in. This is the first of 3 posts I will be publishing where I will share with you what I do prior to starting a new Project Life album, as well as how I am planning on going about creating it. 

This particular post is not going to showcase any pages or processes. Instead I am sharing a little bit of housekeeping I perform in my Apple Photos Library/camera roll/iCloud Photos before I start a new album.

I take most of my photos with my iPhone X. In the settings on my iPhone and iPad, I have iCloud Photos turned on, which enables me to have all of my photos accessible on all of my Apple devices, including my iMac. I also have "Download and Keep Original" checked because I like having my high-res photos available at all times. But this can also take up space. Since my 2019 Project Life Album is complete, there is no need for me to keep photos from last year in my Photos Library anymore. However, 2020 has begun and I now have 2019 and 2020 photos in one Apple Library. I don't want both years in one library. What's a scrapbooker to do? First world problems, I know.

Enter PowerPhotos by FatCat Software. This Mac-friendly piece of software is one I've been using since 2011. This was well before Apple switched from iPhotos to the current Photos App. Back then I had 3 or 4 years of digital photos–thousands upon thousands of photos–in one library and it slowed my laptop down. It was like a turtle. I knew I needed to do something to break this library into smaller ones, preferably by year, and that is when I found PowerPhotos. 

In this video I demonstrate how I use this software to easily copy my 2019 photos (over 7,700 of them) into their own Photos Library. I know this software can do a lot more than what I am demoing here, I haven't experimented with the other features. I just like using it for this one purpose at the moment! I am also not affiliated with FatCat Software whatsoever. I just like sharing with you products that can help you in your documenting journey!

I hope you find this video helpful. Stay tuned! Next week I will have a few more posts with some mobile app tutorials!

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