I’m not a digiscrapper, but I do collect digital paper. I like to use it with my Cricut and computer crafting projects. This week I stumbled on a way to see it all easily. If you have a Mac with OS 10.4 or later then you have what is called Smart Folders. Smart Folders are virtual (not really a folder with files but a saved search with results), and are constantly updated, so they are especially wonderful for people who want to be organized without actually moving anything. Here’s how to set up a Smart Folder for your digital paper.
1) From the Finder (desktop), choose File>New Smart Folder.
2) Click the circle with the plus sign on the right hand side of the window near the top.
3) In the bar that appears, click and hold where it says “Kind” and select “Other…” from the pull down menu.
4) Type “pix” in the search window that appears.
5) Click the first row to select “Pixel Height” and click OK.
6) Enter “3600” into the text box. You will see the folder being populated with all the 12 x 12 print resolution digital paper on your Mac regardless of its format.
7) If you want to be more specific, you can repeat steps 2-6 to add “Pixel Width”.
8 ) Click on the Save button to name and save the Smart Folder to the location of your choice and check “Add to Sidebar”.
Any new paper you download, purchase or create will now automatically show up in this Smart Folder, easily reachable from any Finder window via the sidebar. I love to use Cover Flow view to quickly and easily browse every piece of digipaper on my Mac.
9) One more step to make this even more useful. Hold down the option key and drag the Smart Folder icon into the Places portion of the sidebar.
Now your digital paper folder is available from within any application. How cool is that!