SA_BlogHeader_Dec14If you’ve logged in to in the past 24 hours or so, you will have noticed that unlike our usual Tuesday Tip offering, a whole lot of tips were published all at once. Since this is quite unusual, I thought perhaps I would explain what we have done and why.

Scrapbooking, whether traditional or digital, is all about our photos, and completing projects using our photos. For most of us, the fun part also lies in collecting and using papers and embellishments to enhance our pages and show off our photos to their best advantage. Plus, to be honest, we just love pretty things, don’t we? So it doesn’t take long before we get a bit buried under a mountain of ‘stuff’. Now, there’s nothing wrong with ‘stuff’ – unless it is piled so deep we can’t get to our scrapbooking, or in so many piles that we don’t know which pile to search for that perfect sticker we remember buying one time. Digital ‘stuff’ is no different – and possibly even worse, because it might be buried so deep in your computer you don’t even know where to start looking for it!

Enter Content Manager in Artisan. Content Manager is like a digital filing cabinet, with lots of drawers and compartments and labels to keep all our ‘stuff’ organised and accessible. The only trouble is that the ‘stuff’ doesn’t quite organise itself!  Content Manager gives us all the tools we need to create the perfect system. The neat thing is, your perfect system is probably completely different to my perfect system which is probably completely different to the next person’s perfect system. The beauty of Content Manager is that it caters to each of us and enables us to create our own perfect system.

When a program is powerful and flexible enough to cater to all our needs, there is a bit of a learning curve to master all its features. Add to that significant improvements with major software upgrades, and it can be a bit of a struggle to get a handle on our ‘stuff’. Over the years we have created lots of tips and videos on this site to equip our members to master Content Manager. With the advent of Artisan 5, all of it, naturally, needed updating. Knowing that you have lots of questions and a thirst for answers, we made the decision to update a whole bunch of tips (13 this week, and more to come), but more importantly, create a place on the site where you can easily find everything we have about Content Manager, whether you are using Artisan 4 or 5.

In case you haven’t noticed it yet, look at the orange bar at the top of this (and every other) page. Click where it says Content Manager and you’ll see the Artisan 4 and Artisan 5 options. Those links will take you to a page which connects all the Artisan Content Manager offerings under the following headings:

  • GET IT – Tips for purchasing, downloading and installing digital content in Artisan 5.
  • SAVE IT – How to ensure that your digital content and activation codes are saved and backed up.
  • FIND IT – How to find all the digital content you have purchased and gather it together.
  • SORT IT – Tips for organizing your content in a way that makes sense to you.
  • USE IT – How to access the content you need when making a page.

Go & explore the new page, click the links and see what you find. If you have any feedback or suggestions, we’d love to hear it. We want this site to be your first port of call when you need information, inspiration and ideas, or if you are just looking for answers to questions. We want you to be able to find what you’re looking for and we think these latest changes will help to demystify the Content Manager for everyone. We hope so, anyway!


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6 Responses to Blog: Management Skills

  1. Pam says:

    I’ve just finished reading your blog, Shelley, and I am already excited about clicking on the new Content Manager link. I know your tips are going to be a big help to me. Thanks.

  2. debbie says:

    Holy Smokes! Looks like I’m going to grab a cup of coffee, make my self comfortable and learn a lot! Thank you

  3. Deanna says:

    AWESOME! Thank you so much. Still have a little bit of organizing to do to get A5 totally working on my new computer, but the tips were quite helpful. Things didn’t go totally smoothly (it took more than a few attempts to get A5 to recognize where I had placed my kits in my files), but we are getting there! I must say that the tip on transferring the kits was EXCELLENT and EASY! I appreciate all of the organization you are developing here on the website.

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