I mentioned in my last post about my Project Life process, that I’d ordered loads of photos from 2009 onwards. So, with that part of the album well on its way to being finished, I figured it was about time I started working on the beginning too. We have tons of family photos at home; some in albums created by my mum and some still in their wallets waiting to be looked at. I knew I had quite a big task ahead of me sorting through them, so I thought I’d share another ‘process’ style post where the photos I’ve used had already been printed as it’s a bit different to ordering them especially for PL.
When using Design A and D page protectors, you can only fit four 6×4 photos on a page, which is a bit annoying when that’s all you’ve got to choose from. That said, I know I could have ordered the Design C with six 6×4’s, but I couldn’t really be bothered to wait for them to arrive, so I came up with a few ways to work with the Design A’s. The first of which was to scan any portrait 6×4 photos I had, and resize them to 3×4 to print.
Having 3×4 photos was something I didn’t expect when I first started thinking about the beginning of the album, but I’m really happy I decided to make some as otherwise I would have just used filler cards and journalling cards in the 3×4 pockets.
The second thing I experimented with was cutting photos in half. This particular photo was scanned so that I didn’t ruin the original, but I really like the way it looks.
This page didn’t actually involve any scanning as my parents had got these printed in different sizes which made this a really nice page to do. I also finally managed to co-ordinate some cards and really like the way the green and grey compliment the photos.
I really like the way the middle three photos turned out together as I thought they looked too similar to just have next to each other, and I think cutting them in half divides them a little bit.
So this is my process for organising photos you already have. If you don’t want to scan and cut photos (as obviously the purpose of Project Life is to make scrapbooking simple) I’d recommend investing in some page protectors that you know will work with your collection as I do almost wish I had. A lot of these pages are still unfinished as I bought my album home with me for a bit of an extended bank holiday weekend trip and I haven’t got any of the cards with me to add journalling etc. but I’m really excited to get back up to London to get all the photos I ordered and some new scrapbook goodies too so that I can finally get this album finished.
I’m thinking of doing a flip through of the album and sharing the final product as a video as well as posting a couple of photos here, so please let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!