Last weekend I had the pleasure of making a return trip to Birmingham, Alabama, for a pixels2Pages LIVE weekend event. It was the perfect weekend for scrapping – rainy and dreary – so no one was the least bit tempted to venture out! About half of the attendees had come to this same event last year, but for most of the rest, it was their first p2P LIVE weekend. We packed in a lot of training and got lots of pages done!
I always come home from p2P LIVE events feeling like I learned as much (or more) than the attendees, albeit in different ways. I continue to be so impressed by the number of women ‘of a certain age’ (and I include myself in that group) who have taken up the hobby of digital scrapbooking even though their experience with computers is limited. So many of us did not grow up with computers, like our children and grandchildren are, and, unless we were working outside the home in jobs that required some computer use, most of us are self-taught. We probably even learned things on a ‘need to know’ basis, and as the p2P team is well aware – we don’t know what we don’t know! That makes learning a program like Artisan a bit tricky, because it sort of assumes there is a baseline knowledge of computer skills.
If you’re not familiar with computer filing systems and naming conventions, and if you don’t have a consistent system of naming, filing, backing up, and deleting, you can become overwhelmed pretty quickly! Like most things in life, computer maintenance works better when you have a plan and execute it on a regular basis. One of the first things we tackled at this p2P LIVE event was cleaning out our download folders. In case you’re wondering, that is not an official p2P LIVE module, but we Pixies are pretty good at working on the fly. I only had to see a few computers to know we needed to take a little side trip before we started working on our profile pages and Blueprints!
In case you haven’t been to a p2P LIVE event, we always have a few things that need to be downloaded, preferably before attendees arrive at the event. One thing is the template for a profile page, then there is the exclusive p2P LIVE Blueprint, and then there is usually an exclusive kit, and then we have handouts for the modules we’ll be doing that weekend. It’s always interesting to see what got downloaded and where it ended up, and it’s a good indicator of what we’ll need to focus on during the weekend. So, back to those download folders…
To borrow from a current TV commercial, what’s in your download folder? Is it full of zip files of p2P Blueprints that you’ve already extracted and filed? Are there digital art kits in there that you’ve already put in another folder and added to your Artisan library? How many set up versions of Artisan, Historian, and other programs are hanging around? What about zip files of photos that you downloaded from Forever? Pictures you wanted from Facebook? Fonts that you’ve installed? Handouts or Blueprint checklists? E-books? If you have more than a handful of stuff in your download folder, you might want to spend a little time “Marie Kondo-ing” it this weekend. Move things that you want or need to keep to a documents folder or to the place they really belong. Delete the things you don’t need (like zip files of Blueprints that you’ve already extracted and filed, or set up versions of programs you’ve already installed). Move photos to Historian or Artisan or wherever you needed them to be. Make sure any art kits are in the right folder and remember you don’t need more than one copy of them. Keep all of your fonts in one folder (and back it up). Make it a goal to have an empty or almost empty download folder, and keep it that way!
Cleaning out download folders was just the beginning of what turned out to be a fun weekend full of learning in Birmingham! There was lots of oohing and aahing going on, and I could see lightbulbs popping all over the room. Have a look at some of the pages that were made by clicking HERE to see our Forever albums. Many thanks to our fantastic Ambassador hostess, Fran Smitherman, aka The Energizer Bunny, who coordinated the event and got us all together. Tameka will be heading south in June for another p2P LIVE there, so if you’re nearby, you may want to attend. Be sure to check Rabbit, Rabbit each month to see where and when upcoming events will be held. You never know what you might learn at a p2P LIVE event!