Can You Put Your Fingers on Your Most Interesting Photos?

I am so excited to welcome my friend Melissa Shanhun from Digital Scrapbooking HQ to share with you today. Melissa is my go to gal when I’m trying to learn how to do something with Photoshop Elements. You don’t have to be a digi scrapper to learn a ton from her. Today she’s sharing how to get your photos organized so you can spend time scrapping! I personally use the techniques Melissa is sharing today and can honestly say it is an essential part of my scrapbooking! So I’ll let Melissa take it away!
(be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post for a special treat just for Scrap Inspired readers!)

The average person takes 150 photos a year.

The average scrapbooker takes many more (some scrappers admit to taking 70+ photos a day when on holidays)

Each day we are adding to the collections on our phones, cameras and tablets.

It can get a little overwhelming…

Even if you have a great system for managing the digital deluge and keep your photos neatly in folders that doesn’t mean they will help you tell the stories you want to tell.

Today, I’m sharing with the quick and easy way you can keep your best photos close at hand, ready to scrap.

Star Ratings

Star ratings are a simple 1-5 rating that you can add to indicate how ‘good’ a photo is. 1 is the lowest rating and like a hotel – 5 stars is the best!

I use star ratings in the following way:

  • 1 star rating means this photo is above average and one to include in birthday party slideshows, or include in a digital photo frame
  • 3 stars: I want to scrapbook these photos
  • 5 stars: Priceless!

In Organizer, it’s simple to add a star rating to any picture. Just type 1-5 on the keyboard when you have that photo selected. Easy!

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To find all your five star photos, just click on the stars at the top of the Organizer window. It will instantly filter your photos.

Here’s two ways simple star ratings can help you scrap inspired:

Star ratings cut the noise in your library

I know that when I want to scrap a story, I will go to my photo library and hunt through for photos to go with that story.

In Photoshop Elements Organizer a simple click of the star rating at the top of the Media room will help me find the photos I’ve rated, without having to scroll past every single one.

Within a folder of dozens of photos taken at the Royal Show (it’s basically a fair and animal show) it was easy for me to pick out the best and most meaningful photos with a simple click of the 1 star on the top right.

Get your photos organized with this awesome class. Go from overwhelmed to inspired in just 5 days |

I created a page with many event photos quickly by just selecting my top star rated photos for our trip to the Royal Show.

Get your photos organized with this awesome class. Go from overwhelmed to inspired in just 5 days |

Star ratings help photos inspire more meaningful pages

Get your photos organized with this awesome class. Go from overwhelmed to inspired in just 5 days |

I found a collection of my best photos of Emily and Phill with star ratings (and using the people tags in Organizer)

If you are inspired to scrapbook, you don’t want to waste time searching for a photo story to tell.

Find photos that tell your most meaningful stories, by browsing through your top-rated photos. It’s also a fun way to get inspired about your photography skills – you are only seeing the cream of the crop.

Both of these methods work well because you are looking through all of your photos at once. No searching through the maze of folders on your hard drive or remembering which photos are on what camera.

If you think star-ratings sound like a cool feature, wait until you see what else Photoshop Elements Organizer can do.

Inside my Get Organized class,  you will help make a place for everything and have everything in its place in just a couple of hours.

I will teach you how you too can have your photos at your fingertips and put your software to work for you.

We’ll cover:

  • Automating the import process – so you don’t have to remember what you’ve imported and what you haven’t
  • Managing multiple devices – so you can always find the photos you need
  • Creating a hands-free backup system that won’t cost the earth – so your memories and supplies are safe
  • Advanced searching techniques so you can find the photos you need in a snap – forget hunting for the perfect embellishment
  • How to maintain your system in just a few minutes at a time – so things keep running like clockwork

Get your photos organized with this awesome class. Go from overwhelmed to inspired in just 5 days |

Then, throughout the course you comment with any further questions you have, and I answer so you can see exactly what you need to do. We’ll wrap up with live training – in video to iron out any teething issues with your system.

You’ll receive the photo organizing challenges along with access to October’s live question and answer session.

Check it out now –  I’m taking $20 off the price, for Scrap Inspired readers until October 13. Class starts October 15.

I hope to see you there!


You can enter to win a spot in this amazing class! Just use the widget below to enter. Contest closes at midnight on Oct. 11, 2013.

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Melissa_Shanhun_2013About the Author

Melissa Shanhun is a Aussie mum of two and avid digital scrapbooker. She loves to show others how fun and easy it can be to record those memories with tech tools like Photoshop Elements.

Melissa helps scrapbookers cut the overwhelm of photos and supplies through simple and painless organizing strategies. †Learn more about effortless organizing at†Digital Scrapbooking HQ

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  1. Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I use the star rating too, I find it helps me find the really great photos a lot quicker 🙂

  2. Jannette
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Monica and Mellisa thanks for the simple way to use the star rating system. I have been thinking a lot about starting to use the method and I get overwhelmed when I open my photo organization program and see the many photos that I have. Maybe I can start to assign some time a week starting this week to this task. Thanks!!!!!

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