A friend recently asked me a good question, “How do I put picture files in Chronological order to print out on a CD for a Christmas gift?”  So I decided to focus on this question today because I’m sure there are others who might have the same kinds of questions.

This friend went on to explain that she had used a program and put it in the order she wanted but when she went to write a CD it put it back in the order she started with.

Most file browsers and listers will, by default, list files in a sorted order, usually by name. Since numbers come before the alphabet in ASCII, files with numbers at the beginning of their names tend to get listed first. So, the trick would be to put number prefixes in front of each file name to force them to be sorted into a desired order.

So let’s see; one might have a list on their disk that looks like this:

But they want it in a another order…say like this:

So how do you get it to list out the way you want it rather than what the computer does? Well I add an extension to the front of the file names to force it into the order that I want it to list out in.

So here is an example of how I would do that (notice the numbers added on the front of the file name):

Ok…so this friend had about 150 files to sort. So of course you’ll want to make it work for 3 places.

You don’t want to do this:

Why? Because remember the computer will sort it numerically first and then alphabetical. So the group up above will sort like this:

To prevent this I add zero’s for the number of places I expect to use. In this case she has 150 files. So I only need three slots. So the above example will then look like this:

To sort a large number of files like a 150 of them I would make it simplier by creating folders that I can stick the files in as I go through them to quick sort and then I’ll detail sort later. So I might create a folder like this:
001_Great Grandparents

Then I would sort those by creating a folder within with the details I want similar to the one above. Then when I have it narrowed down I would start adding my numbers to the file in the order I want them to show up with.

When this process is all done and the files sorted in the order that I put them in (by adding the number extention in front) then I would move them all into the one folder. Delete the now empty ones. Then you have your pictures now in the order you want them to show up.

I’m sure there are other methods or ways to do this and so if you know of one then feel free to share that with us.


Pammy has released a new kit. It is in the shoppe now for you to purchase. This is a cute kit for those new little infant boys. You’ll love creating layouts with this kit!

Go here to purchase your copy of the “Baby Boy” kit


Sonya has a re-released a kit just in time for Thanksgiving.  It is called, “Be Thankful”. It is full of the wonderful warm colors of fall mixed with some lovely pieces that go perfect for Thanksgiving.

You can go here to purchase the Mega kit

Or just get what ever part of it you’d like

Here are a few previews from this series:


Be Thankful #1

Be Thankful #2


Be Thankful #2 papers only


Be Thankful #2 EMB only


I get asked this question frequently.  There are so many places out there and so I may not be fair when I list various places for one to check out.  Of course I have my favorites but they may not fit others needs.  So you have to decide on quality vs price, etc.  The ones below DOES not include the order of what I prefer.  I’ve tried most of these but personally I prefer Costco’s for a variety of reasons that fits my printing needs the best.  Of course as a photographer I have my professional labs that I rely on.  For those that aren’t professional these labs would not work for you.

I have used:

Walmart’s Photo Center

Costco’s Photo Center

Walgreens Photo Center









Monday Madness…delayed

by admin on November 17, 2009

Here is a fringed journal mat that will go with our shoppe’s new upcoming Collaborative Kit called, “Sounds of the Season”.  This new collaborative kit is going to be released in the near future so be sure to watch for it.  This freebie will make a nice addition to it.

Click here to get the download



Freebie for Thanksgiving

by admin on November 10, 2009

Here is a freebie for you to enjoy.  This FREEBIE has two items for you to enjoy.

Click here for the download



Broad Daylight
Ok, so you don’t have a choice and you have to take a picture in the harsh lighting– then what? There are things you can do to help ensure a better photo. Here are a few tricks that can help.

If you keep the sun behind you and face your subject then the sun will be directly in the subjects face. This will cause them to squint. Of course, this isn’t a natural look and will be unsightly in most cases.

So try turning in such a way that the sun is off to the side of both of you. Now you have to check to see how the shadow plays across the subjects face. Look carefully to see if there will be shadows or splotches across the subjects face. If not, then you should get a good picture. (See the first photo example below) If you view shadows or splotches then keep turning slightly and checking until you get the lighting to where you are satisfied.

You can also try having the sun directly behind the subject. Then get someone to hold a shield of some sort to shade the camera and lens so as not to get sun spots or glare. Depending on the subject & lighting this may cause a stark difference in the light background vs. the face of the subject. So a fill flash might be useful to even it out. Not sure then try one with, and one without.

Do you want to try an extra challenge? Try experimenting using a reflector. Ok so you don’t have any fancy camera equipment. Then try a reflective car sunscreen shield. Those can be fun to experiment with. You can have someone help hold it in such a way to direct more light into the shady areas. It can create some interesting pictures so experiment and see.

Another challenge would be to get some thin lightweight material that can let light thru. Then have someone hold it up as if shading the subject but what it will do is filter the sunlight and diffuse it so it’s not so harsh.

In the second picture sample below you will find a lovely young lady. The picture is ok but could be made better. How? Using what they call a fill flash, reflector, or diffuser could help lighten up or soften the shadowy areas.

I’ve said this before and will again. Often times the situation is such that you can’t rearrange the subject or event, so it’s best to take something than nothing at all. When we had film it wasn’t so easy to waste a picture; but with digital images, it’s easier to experiment without the cost of developing.

As with most art….rules have been broken and fantastic work comes from it. These are only guides to help you compose better pictures till you know and understand your camera, and more of what you are doing before clicking a picture. So be sure to experiment and practice!

You can view some photo samples using this tip (from a previous post) by clicking here.


Digital Scrapbooking Day FREEBIE

by admin on November 8, 2009

This kit is FREE for 24 hours in honor of Digital Scrapbooking Day!  Grab it before it returns to it’s normal price.



Digital Scrapbooking Day

by admin on November 7, 2009

Today is “Digital Scrapbooking Day”.  In honor of this day we are having a 50% off sale at our SumScrapper Shoppe.  So if you were waiting to get those kits on your ‘wish list’ now is the time to get them with this great sale.  The sale will only last for one day so don’t wait.  You might also want to check out our freebie section.

Click here for the 50% Sale in the  shoppe

Click here to check out the FREEBIE’s



Sketch #0025

by admin on November 6, 2009

Sketches or templates is a great way to get started with digital scrapbooking if you lack ideas for a page layout.  Check out our shoppe for we have quite a selection of them for FREE.   We just released a new one today.  Be sure to pick up your FREE download from the SumScrapper shoppe by clicking here.  This sketch is created by msbrad.

Sketch #0025

All the FREE sketches or templates!



SumScrapper’s Featured Kits…

by admin on November 4, 2009

Here are some of the newest kits in the shoppe.  Be sure to check them out before the 35% sale ends on them.

Click here for the “Newest kits.”

Click on the previews to go to the item in the shoppe.


Down by the Pond

Below is a FREE Template set for you to start designing those Christmas cards!