Friday, April 12, 2013

Project Life Inspiration: Organized Desktop Background

The other day I was trying to think of a way to make my desktop more functional and organized. I usually try to organize my files pretty quickly but there always seems to be few things that get left behind for a while. I decided to google "desktop backgrounds to organize icons" and this is what I got:

Definitely NOT my style... I mean, how ugly can we get, right? However, that third image did strike an idea with me... why not make my own beautiful desktop back ground with digital Project Life cards? I used a selection of the Kraft edition journaling and filler cards.

Want to make your own? Here's how:

STEP ONE | In photoshop make a new document the size of your screen (mine was 2560 pixels wide x 1440 pixels high). 

STEP TWO | At this point you can leave your background white your change it. I opened some Kraft edition cards and used the Eyedropper Tool to make a matching background. 

STEP THREE | Add journaling and filler cards and arrange as needed. I added text to a few to help me organize my icons. On the far right I left a space for my icons that stay on the desktop at all times. To do this I just added a rectangular shape (with the Rectangle Tool) and made it the same color as the background with 89% opacity.

Ta da! Now I feel much more sane about the icons left on my desktop. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  1. Haley, this is pure genius! =) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this!! I was able to use the image you created by right clicking it, setting it as my background image, then arranging the files. Yippee! My desktop is now beau-ti-ful!! Thank you a bunch.

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! My desktop totally overwhelms me.