When you are on a blog or at an online scrapbook store to pick up a kit you will need to download it.  There may be a link or sometimes you will click on the picture of the kit to download it.

If the kit is hosted at a file-sharing website such as 4shared, Box.net, MediaFire, etc. you will have to click a couple of times at their prompts to get the file downloaded.

As it begins to download, you will be prompted to save the kit. It is helpful to create a folder that you always save your files to, such as “Scrapbook Kits”. The names of the kits generally follow the same pattern: NameOfDesigner_NameOfKit.zip so just click “save” once you are in the correct folder.

The file will download into the folder you chose, this process can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on your computer’s download speed, the file-hosting download speed, other programs running on your computer, and of course the size of the download.

Once the file has been downloaded to your computer you will need to unzip it. Most computers come with an unzipping program. So right click on the folder in your Windows Explorer screen.

Click on “Extract all” in the drop-down menu. You will be asked to select a destination folder, it is defaulted to the same folder that the zip file is in. This is fine, go ahead and click “extract”.

Now you should have two, nearly identical folders, one zipped, the other unzipped.  Open the unzipped folder and you will see the papers and elements from the kit. You can delete the zipped one.