Like most people out there, my computer desktop is a complete mess and I can't find anything. I saw this idea of making a desktop background for organization at Pugly Pixel (thank you so much Shaina for posting the link in the comments, I couldn't for the life of me remember where I read that post), and was so excited to create my own version of desktop backgrounds. Oh, check out her paper-making tutorial at Pugly Pixel too, I used this to make notebook and graph paper. What a great site!
My husband usually glances at my creations on my computer and blog and doesn't say much. But he did a double-take on my new desktop background and asked me to make some for his work computers with his logo/business name! I hadn't even thought how great these would be for business computers.
Here is the version on my computer today. I love the idea of the big trash area. I often make files that I need to send off but want to remember to delete after they get there safely. Now I can drag them in the trash area and know I need to delete them later.
Here is another version with photo frames included in the set:
These backgrounds are a pretty standard size of 1920 x 1080, but they will not fit all monitors. You can try resizing them or cropping them to fit. Once you edit them, flatten and save them as a jpg. If you have Windows 7, go to your desktop and right click, select Personalize, and then click on the background tab on the bottom and load the background like any other image. If you can't put your icons wherever you want, right click on your desktop and then select View, then uncheck "Align icons to grid".
Both of these backgrounds are customizable. You can change the colors of the background (I used papers from Sassy Designs), and the colors/text on the labels. The version with the photo frames have clipping masks so you can easily add your images. You can use my funl Group-It action to quickly load your images. And check out all of my other scrapbooking/digital design freebies.
Click on the color swatch by Background Color to change the background color. It is in multiply blending mode, and you can change modes or adjust the opacity for custom colors. The Color fill 2 layer changes the color of the labels. And you can adjust the text layers to taste. The photo frame version has 4 clipping masks you can use to add your images.
I wish I could claim to be the inventor of this clever idea, but at least I can help you organize your desktop! I really enjoy making these so I am sure I will be posting more background freebies. Check out all of the desktop backgrounds my Facebook fans have made at the CoffeeShop FaceBook page! Make sure you "like" my page if you visit. I am there all of the time answering questions, asking advice on new freebies, and finding out what you guys want. Make a comment below if you want me to write a tutorial on making your own custom desktop background. :-)
Have a great weekend! Here is the preview of my next CoffeeShop Desktop Background I will be posting in a few days:
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