How to print 3×3 and 3×4 images for Project Life

Printing images for my Project Life album often takes the most time – especially if I am playing catch up. I like to edit and print in bulk and scrap a few layouts at a time. I used to print using my Canon Selpy, but it was working out expensive. I like to use that printer for mini projects (such as Day in the Life) or if I am totally up to date on the album.

So for most of this year, I have been printing in bulk. I edit the 3×4 images into a 6×4 images, and the 3×3’s into a 9×6 picture to print off in store.

Here is a tutorial on how I use Photoshop to collate my 3×4 and 3×3 images ready for printing:

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How do you print your images?

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Pregnancy and Birth Project Life album page layouts

Pregnancy. What a journey. When I found out I was pregnant, the documenter in me had all the great intentions of doing a Project Life/ pocket page/ scrapbook album dedicated to my 9 months, full of the developments, emotions, ups and downs. In reality  –  The first 3 months I spent napping, the middle 3 I spent fully enjoying life, the last 3 I spent researching and purchasing all the items a little person needs – Not leaving much time for that extra documenting.

When I played catch  up on my 2017 Project Life album, I just included all the little things I wanted to when they occurred week by week instead of a separate album. I had a great pregnancy, no cravings, no sickness so felt there was little to document except my growing bump. I took a ‘proper’ photo every month which I still need to sort and put into an album, but the more natural or selfie pictures fit nicely in my PL album.

There wasn’t much inspiration out there, I had a look on forums and on Pinterest, but there was little that was my style, or it was all old fashioned scrapbook layouts, so I just winged it in my own way!

This video looks at my last few weeks of pregnancy and the birth, walk thing through how I incorporated the photos within my pocket page spreads in my 2017 Project Life album using July Studio Calico kit and Lollipop Guild pregnancy cards.

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Cards mentioned:
LOLLIPOP GUILD PREGNANCY JOURNAL CARDS from Studio Calico (now in download only) available here

What did you do to document your pregnancy or birth? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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Project Life Plans for 2018

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2017 was a big year, a new baby girl, two holidays; and that called for another large 9×12 album. This year, I’m going back to a smaller, simpler and slightly less time consuming 8×6 approach. I’m still completing my 2017 album (only 3 months left to go!) Mostly due to lack of time to complete a layout, I’d sit down with all good intentions, but something (or someone small) usually stopped me completing, then the amount of photos I took of baby girl when she was born, was overwhelming. I am still using the Studio Calico documenter kits – I find them fun, easy and generally my kinda style. I seriously contemplated cancelling my kit subscription this year –  I have so much left over kit items I could use to make up weekly spreads, but I like the ease of the kits. I may look at other kit subscriptions later on in the year for a change, if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!

There are 3 main reasons I’ve gone back to an 8×6 album this year:

  1. 9×12 pocket pages are really hard to get hold of in the UK, they lurk around the search engines, but are usually out of stock. I never remember to add them to an order from SC during bundling, and it makes postage expensive.
  2. Lack of photos – sometimes. Some weeks I have very few photos, or they are all of the same little person pulling a slightly different expression. I felt the need to include all those images in my 2017 catch up, but I need to learn to let go a little and just choose the best ones that tell a specific story for that week, wether this works or not remains to be seen when I start the album.
  3. Time  – I’ll be back at work soon, I have no idea how I am going to juggle my full time job, lesson planning, marking, child care, cooking, house work etc etc… so my PL album will need to be quick and easy if I have any hope of keeping up to date(ish)

So what will change?

  • Album size
  • Mind set on completing layouts, not worrying if they are a work of creative genius
  • More process videos (hopefully!)

What will stay the same?

  • Studio Calico documenter kit subscription.

 

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Catching up on Project Life 2016

Long time no blog!

I have spend the last few weekends catching up and completing my 2016 album. I was a little(!) behind (Documenting July in January is totally fine right?) I wasn’t that I’d lost interest in documenting, I had my holiday to Berlin to create spreads for, which I had way too many images, and also the end of the year where I had taken hardly any images. I just feel like I didn’t know where to start and didn’t have the time to dedicate to editing photos, printing and creating spreads.

Like all good procrastinators – I bit the bullet and sat down to go through my images, and like always, it never takes as long as you think.

I edited my photos on Photoshop and then get them batch printed at Jessops. All layouts created with the Studio Calico kits.

Can you spot the exciting news!?

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2016 Project Life plans

2016projcetlifeplansHappy New Year! Wow, I can not believe 2015 has been and gone. It was a year of mostly ups, doing well at work, having a happy home and moving closer to family.

I am now thinking ahead to my 3rd year of doing Project Life. I first discovered the world of Project Life via a day browsing the internet for new craft projects. I went to the Hobby Craft sale this time 3 years ago to buy my first 12×12 album, a small pack of page protectors (just incase I didn’t like it) and the Blush Core Kit to get me started. I was hooked from my first spread. It gave me a creative outlet, prompted me to do and try more things, and opened me up to a whole new community. The only downside – spending a shed load of money!

I am considering what has, and what hasn’t worked over the last couple of years as I plan for 2016

Format: I really enjoyed my Studio Calico 6×8 handbook album this year, but I wanted a change so I am now going to be using the Seven Paper 9×12 album. I  will continue with weekly spreads (one week over 2 pages) This year, some weeks I felt I cut out stories due to space, of cause some weeks I went without taking one picture, but thats ok, I’m still not against using a large image to fill space or putting two weeks in one spread if i need to, or taking 2 or 3 spreads up for a busy week.

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Printing: I will continue to print using my Canon selphy . Although this probably works out more expensive, I enjoy sitting down, planning a weeks spread, printing and completing in the space of a couple of hours, not having to plan lots of spreads, waiting for images to be back from the printers and then having to complete them. Seems like a lengthy process.

Embellishments: I will continue to use  embellishments from the monthly kits, including stamping, stamping is my favourite.

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What will change: Put more thought in to pictures, attempt to improve the neatness of my hand writing for more journalling, trying new things such as including more digital stamps.

What will stay the same: Weekly title cards and calendar card to start the month

What are you 2016 plans? I would love to hear!

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