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?

charlielovespaper

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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!

charlielovespaper

 

 

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!

charlielovespaper