Jan McCallum is the founder of pixels2Pages and served as manager of the p2P Team until her retirement in 2017. Today, she occasionally trains at p2P LIVE events and participates in p2P crops and special events. She has been a FOREVER Ambassador since late 2019. Her primary roles these days are playing 'Happy' to her four grandchildren and entertaining friends at Owls' Roost. In addition to digital scrapbooking, she enjoys walking, puzzles and games, reading, cooking, and traveling. She and her husband, Rex, live in Durham, NC.
In this tip, while we will focus specifically on tagging word art, we will still be considering the general concepts involved. Hopefully, you are convinced that tagging is a very personal task – it is not ‘one size fits all’ – and tagging word art is especially personal.
This tip is primarily for those who are new to tagging content, although even expert taggers may glean an idea or two. If you're just considering tagging, it can seem like quite a daunting project, especially if you have lots of content! I'm not gonna lie to you - it is a big project, but it's one that is easily broken down into small steps that can be completed over time, and the payoff is great!
At pixels2Pages, we have a saying that 'you don't know what you don't know,' so we thought it might be helpful to review some internet basics. Last week's tip was a glossary of internet terms that you may want to review if you haven't looked at them yet. In this tip, I'll highlight some of the key things you'll want to keep in mind when using the internet.
Welcome to this month's glossary tip, which is all about the Internet. While most of us are 'connected' on a daily basis, many of us don't know much about the internet, how it works, or what the terms associated with it mean. And no worries - you don't have to know how the Internet works to be able to use it! However, it can be helpful to have a vocabulary to use when talking to others about it. As usual, this tip will be definitions only, and next week's tip will dive a bit deeper and help you understand what the terms mean to you, especially related to using Artisan.
Using collaborative albums at Forever allows multiple people the opportunity to upload photos, scrapbook pages, or documents to one central album. This comes in handy for things like group trips (or any trip where more than one camera was used), team sports, school or class events, family reunions or family history albums, p2P crops, and many more group activities. Here at pixels2Pages, we use Forever collaborative albums as a way for you to share your completed Artisan pages with others. If you've participated in one of our quarterly crops, or if you've been to a p2P LIVE event recently, you are probably acquainted with this concept, but you may not know all of the ins and outs of the process. This tip will explain how you can add credits to your completed pages before you add the pages to a collaborative album.
For those of you in the market for a new computer, please have a look at this month's earlier tips and their accompanying webinar (links at the end of this post). By popular demand, today's tip will be a 'twofer' regarding computer specifications. First, I'm posting what Forever's awesome IT guy Tom shared with us regarding what Artisan users should look for in a computer and why. He's conveniently broken this down to meet a variety of needs and budgets.
Have you ever wished you could quickly access the p2P website from your smartphone? Or maybe the Forever website and Design & Print? Here's an easy way to add those shortcuts to the home screen of your phone - it's the next best thing to having an app!
Today's tip is part of our ongoing Tip+Webinar series, Computer Basics for Artisan Users. This tip will discuss what some of those terms mean for you, especially when considering what kind of computer works best for Artisan users. While I will not be recommending any specific computers, you should have an idea what kinds of things to look for when computer shopping, and you should be able to talk knowledgeably with the salesperson. Remember, the salesperson doesn't have a clue what you need to run Artisan and Historian optimally, so you need to know what you are looking for!
This is the third glossary tip in our series on Computer Basics for Artisan Users. This month, we will be learning about computers and the terminology used to describe them and their components. Stay tuned for next week's tip + webinar, which will expand on these terms, breaking things down into what's important for Artisan users. Also, we will discuss what to look for in a computer you plan to use with Artisan and/or Historian.
If you're a digital art junkie (oops, I mean collector) like I am, you may find that your Commercial Art Kit folder is beginning to get LONG!! If you've been a digital scrapper for a long time (like over ten years), you may have a lot of digital art that is a bit dated or stale, or some that you've used so many times that you're ready for something fresh. Perhaps you once used pre-designed pages as your go-to, but now you start with Blueprints, templates, or blank pages and those PDP kits are sort of in the way. Or it could be that you have so much digital art that you and your computer are overwhelmed - you have a hard time finding your newer kits and your computer is struggling for space.
One of the most common complaints we hear about Artisan 5 is about those yellow warning triangles that have a nasty habit of appearing on pages under construction. In previous versions of Artisan, it was hard to know what a warning was for, but in Artisan 5, it's very easy to tell by simply hovering your mouse over the yellow triangle.
This month's Computer Basics for Artisan Users tip+webinar is all about your keyboard, what functions the different keys have, and how Artisan users can put this knowledge to work. Please refer to the “Glossary – The Keyboard” tip about these terms for the definitions of these keys. This tip will describe how some of these keys can be used while working in Artisan.
Since we are focusing on Computer Basics for Artisan Users, this month's glossary tip is all about your Windows computer's keyboard. If you've been using a computer for a long time, most of these should be familiar to you, but it never hurts to have a little refresher course. If you don't use computers all that much in general, this tip should be very helpful! This tip is only definitions, but next week's tip and its companion webinar will add more detail and relate these terms to Artisan use.
This tip is the last in our series about the software options available to you in Artisan 5. Today we'll be discussing the software updates and technical support options.
We cannot talk about the importance of backing things up enough. Of course, it's not enough to talk about backing up - you need to act and do it - on a regular basis! This tip is about backing up your Artisan projects, especially those that haven't been printed.