Happy Project Life Saturday y’all!
I’m thrilled to have you here for another week of the series Project Life for Beginners. If this is your first time here with us, you’ll want to check out this page to catch up on past posts. Let’s dig right in!
There is one topic of Project Life that I get asked about more than anything else: photos. Where do I print my photos? What sizes do I print my photos? How do I get the 3×4 sized photos? How do I use the large pictures in my layouts?
Have no fear, lovelies! Instead of showing you what layouts I’ve been working on this week (don’t worry — they’ll be back next week), I’ll be answering all of your picture-related questions to take some of the guesswork out of creating your ideal Project-Life album!
Honestly, I print all of my photos at my local Costco. At $0.13 a print and they’re ready in an hour or less, I really don’t think it can be beat. I’ve recently found the Costco app for my phone where I can even upload the pictures directly from my phone, no computer needed. The only downfall I’ve found so far is that Costco doesn’t have a print sized to coordinate with Instagram photos. I know that Walgreens offers the Instagram sized pictures and they have an app as well.
If you’re in the market for higher quality prints, I’ve heard rave reviews about Persnickety Prints. I’ve not had any experience with them myself, mostly because I’m too impatient to wait for them to get mailed to me. 😉 They offer great paper options, Instagram sized prints, and for a small extra fee, they’ll even round the corners for you. Bonus about Persnickety: you can find some free Project Life downloads on their site!
2. How do I use large photos in my layouts?
Using large photos in my layouts is my absolute fave way to make a picture stand out, hands down. There’s nothing more high-impact than having a picture take up more than one pocket. If you aren’t used to trimming your pictures down to fit all of those pockets though, it can be tricky. Don’t you worry — I’ve done the math for you and I’m sharing the measurements with you.
As much as I love and adore Costco, they don’t have an option to print a photo at 6×12, but they do have the 8×12 option. This is what a print my large photos out at and then MacGyver the rest. To start with the trimming, you’ll have to get rid of 2 inches along the long edge of the picture. For the picture above, it worked out well to simply trim an inch off the top and bottom of the photo.
Once that is done, it gets infinitely easier. Measure in 4 inches from the edge of your photo and cut. Measure in 4 inches from the other side and cut again. You’ll end up with a 4 inch wide picture from the center. Cut that bad boy in half length-wise and you are all set to slip the photo in your pocket pages.
The same theory applies to the large pictures that are a vertical orientation. The key thing to remember is to trim a *total* of two inches off the long edge. If I had simply cut an inch off each side of the photo of Luke above, half of his arm would be missing and you’d see a whole lot more of my door; not necessarily what I want the picture to look like. Instead, I trimmed .5 inch on one side and 1.5 inches on the other side. It still totals 2 inches trimmed off, but makes more sense for the picture.
The same concept can be applied for a 4×6 photo as well. All you havet o do is trim is directly down the center. I’ve found with the Becky Higgins pocket pages that some of the pockets measure slightly less than the 3×4 size. When you trim slivers off your pictures so they fit, make sure to trim from the outside edge. You don’t want important parts from the center of your picture missing, right?
I learned the importance of this next helpful hint the hard way. Unless you’re okay with the results, I’d steer clear of splitting a picture in half across a face. In some cases it works, but in many cases it doesn’t. Until you’re super comfortable with judging if the cuts will be okay on your kidlet’s sweet face, I’d avoid it. Just trust me.
A few Project Life Saturday’s Back, I shared how I printed my Instagram pictures on a single 12×12 sheet and trimmed them down to use in my album. This is the only way I’ve figured out how to print my IG photos at Costco and I’ve loved the results. I wanted to share a sample of how you can lay out your photos, but please note: this is NOT the only way you can get the pictures on the 12×12. You could create a collage of all 2 in. squares, all 4 in. square, or a mix of different sizes as I’ve done here.
3. How do I get 2 3×4’s on a single 4×6 print?
There are some amazing free photo editing sites online, with PicMonkey being the photo editor of choice among my blogging friends. I personally use a full version of Photoshop, so I’m not super familiar with the program, but I’m going to share the basics. When you get a chance, play around in PicMonkey to test out the different actions, extras, and cool editing tools. The familiar you get with it, the better.
I played around in PicMonkey just enough to be able to sort-of walk you through getting two 3×4’s on a single 4×6.
Start by creating a collage. Choose the Ducks In A Row option for the set up and make sure you’ve chosen it two photos wide. Upload your photos by clicking on the Open Photos square.
Change the image size below the collage to 900×600. This will get you to the 4×6 size.
Drag and drop your photos into the collage. Save your new image.
There seem to be oodles of other things you can do with PicMonkey (editing pictures, creating graphics, making a new Facebook Timeline Photo), so make sure to poke around and check it out.
I hope I’ve answered at least some of your questions with this post. If you have any other burning or nagging questions about Project Life, please don’t hesitate to ask! You may find them answered in a future Project Life Saturday post!