Thursday, April 14, 2011

MDS Thursday: Merging Projects

This time of year I do my spring cleaning.  I clean my house from top to bottom, and get the gardens ready for planting.  My cleaning doesn't stop there, I also take the time to organize and clean out the files on my laptop.

When I first started using MDS I created a new project for every scrapbook layout and card I made.  Now I have tons of two page scrapbook projects, and one page card projects.  Well it's time for some spring cleaning.

I have been spending my time merging projects together and deleting the now empty folders. This is also helpful because when you upload a project to be printed you have a 5 page minimum, so now I am getting moneys worth.

Here is how to merge projects:

First open the project you want to move the pages into.  I have three project about winter 2011 which really should just be one project.

Go to the Menu bar and select Insert > Import from My Projects (see red circle)

This will open a window where you can browse all the MDS projects you have made (see red circle)

The window gives you a preview of the projects so you are sure you have the right one ( especially if you are like me a give everything the same name with a number at the end, bad idea )

Choose the project you want to merge and choose Open Project (see red circles)

It will open the project in this window.  You can click on the page numbers and it will show you the page it will import.  It also has an option to let you choose where you want to place the page.(see red circles)  

I place my pages at the end of the already existing pages and will move them later when the project is completed.

 Once you are done choosing your pages click > Import.

And Ta Da!!!!  Your pages are now in your project, you can see the thumbnails at the bottom of your project.

Make sure you save it, and now you can delete the other folder.  Before you delete your project make sure that you have moved all pages out of the folder you want to keep or that what is left in the project is not important.

BTW:  You can Import more than one page at time to a project.

Hold down the Shift button and highlight all the pages you want to import, then click import.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Thank you thank you thank you!

    I have only been "mds-ing" for a couple of weeks and realized I started wrong too.

    I REALLY appreciate this info on merging. I'm off to try it right now.

  2. Thank you SO much for sharing this tutoral! I am very new to MDS and this is very helpful and easy to understand! So happy I found your blog through SC, I'm your newest follower! Have a great day! :)

  3. What great tips and excellent tutorial. I'm still floundering with my MDS but sources like you are making it so much easier. Thanks so much!

  4. Thank you Jessica. I bookmark your tips so I have a reference when I'm using MDS.


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