Sunday, September 4, 2005

I downloaded a kit, now what?

Congratulations! You are now well on your way to creating a fabulous scrap page that your family can treasure for a life time!

So you found a kit that you like, you downloaded it, so now how do you start using them?

Most kits will be in a .zip file. (it will look like a yellow folder with a zipper on it(PC users, I am unsure about MAC users)) A zip file format is a data compression and archive format and contains one or more files that have been compressed to reduce file size, or stored as-is.

To open a zip file, you will need some way to unzip your file, such as Winzip which that basic version is free that you can download. GET IT HERE Some Operating Systems have it already and all you have to do is right click on your file and "extract" it to a certain location. Either way, that is what you need to do to get access to your kits!

I recommend having a folder for all your scrapbooking kits to be extracted to. That way you have everything you need in one area. I also recommend keeping your kits together (as in, don't separate ALL papers from several kits in one folder and all elements from multiple kits in others) as many designers have a TOU (terms of use) document for their kit. You are bound to the limitations of use by the designers of that kit, and keeping the kits together, ensures you abide by the designers TOU).

So theoretically, all your kits should now be unzipped and placed in a specific area you can easily access.

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