Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Hello everyone! It’s Jenelle here today, bringing you some tips and tricks on browsing the Shabby Shoppe’s inspiration gallery. Now, I have been visiting this site for many years now and would you believe I have only recently worked out an easier way to view everyone’s layouts and leave comments?!? LOL!!! So hopefully this post helps some of you out there who may have been like me – forever clicking the ‘back’ button, trying to navigate my way through all these wonderful layouts but ending up lost!
I love seeing all the latest posts to our inspiration gallery and it is one of the first things I do when I visit the Shabby Shoppe site. I usually open up the INSPIRATION page (I have it bookmarked for quick access), log in and then I click on 7 days , so I can easily view all the pages that have been posted in the past 7 days (you can also click on 1 day or 14 days).
I am then taken to a new page with all the layouts from the past 7 days – all lined up and very easy to view. Sometimes there may be more than one webpage if there has been a lot of layouts uploaded that week. I simply click ‘next page’ to continue viewing them all. As I am doing this, I can quickly open up the layouts I’d like to view closer by holding the ctrl button on my keyboard (or command button on a Mac I believe) and left clicking my mouse. The layouts I’ve selected are then opened up and start loading in a new tab in my browser while I continue to look through the gallery.
It is so much faster and I really like the fact that I can keep browsing while the detailed layout page loads. I can then come back to each layout at my leisure and know it will have loaded and be ready for me! Plus, it ensures I do not forget about a layout I may have wanted to look at (this used to happen to me a lot!).
Another trick that I have found works for me when I want to leave a comment on a layout, is to click on Post a Comment under the Photo Options tab. I used to just scroll down under a layout and leave my comments there. Often that meant I couldn’t actually see the layout as I typed my comment and I had to keep scrolling back up to take another look. If I do it this way, however, I can see the layout image next to me as I type (plus I can add in all those cute little smiley faces and icons as well!)
So I hope that has helped some of you out there when it comes to browsing the gallery – I certainly find it easier and faster (but then maybe some of you already know how to do this anyway and I am just showing how ‘un-technologically advanced’ I really am!!! LOL!!). It really is much quicker clicking on all those tabs separately because I don’t have to wait for pages or comments to load – I simply do what I want to do then click on the next tab. No waiting time! At the end of my browsing session I simply close the tabs I’ve viewed and click back on my main tab. Easy! I used to get lost when ‘straight’ clicking on layouts and sometimes I’d end up at a member’s gallery and have to search through to find the layout I was originally looking for, constantly clicking the back arrow! Now I am a much more efficient gallery browser… how about you? Do you have any tips on browsing our gallery or site? You can let us know in the comments section below.
Anyway, thanks for joining me today. Please stop by again tomorrow because SP has a terrific Project Scrap check-in post to share and I am soooo excited about Project Scrap 2012 because I am right up to date !!! (Ok, ok, it’s only been one month!! LOL!!) See you then and happy scrapping everyone.