Hello, hello! I’m back with another post of ideas to help you make the most out of your Project Life albums. I know that those huge 12×12″ albums take up a lot of space, so I try to squeeze as much of my memories into a single album as I can, in order to reduce the number of albums I eventually have sitting on my shelves.
However, I do not want to sacrifice recording or documenting precious memories in order to save space. That would defeat the entire purpose of this project. So in order to accommodate both of my goals, recording my memories and saving space, I have had to get a little creative.
One of my favorite ways to do this is coming up with fun, new ways to squeeze as many pictures as I can into my spreads. Since I try to limit myself to a single side of a page protector for each week, I have come up with quite a few fun tricks! I thought I’d share a few of them with you today, to hopefully give you a few ideas on how to squeeze more pictures into your own Project Life spreads!
1. Print Smaller Pictures
My first tip is pretty obvious, print tinier pictures. The smaller the picture, the more you’ll be able to fit into your spread. For the card above, I wanted to include 3 pictures to show the progression of snowfall. Since I didn’t really need to see too much detail in each picture, I decided to print the pictures in thumbnail sizes so they could all fit onto one card.
2. Add a Link to an Online Gallery or Blog Post
This was probably the realization I was most proud of when I figured it out. Sometimes it really isn’t necessary (or possible) to include every single picture of an event into your weekly Project Life layout. But by including a link, you have access to as many pictures as you’d like right from your spread, without taking up any more room than you have available. Some ideas for links you could include are Facebook or Flickr albums, an Evernote or Dropbox folder, or a blog post.
3. Split Your Photo into Two Pockets
Sometimes it’s not the number of pictures that is the problem, but the orientation. The way I print my Project Life pictures, means horizontal pictures only fit fully onto horizontal 4×6 cards. So if I have more horizontal pictures than 4×6 cards, I either have to not include a picture, or get creative with how I do include it.
If I have the space with 3×4 slots, I will occasionally split a horizontal picture across two 3×4 cards. I simply place the 3×4 cards next to each other, place the picture over the two cards, attach the picture to both cards, then take scissors and cut the picture along the seam of the cards.
4. Place More Than One Picture on Larger Cards
By printing most of my pictures in a square format, it is possible to fit more than one picture onto 4×6 cards. This means, for a Design A page protector, instead of only having room for 7 pictures plus a title card, I now have room for 10 pictures plus a title card! If you really don’t want to crop a picture into a square, you can also get creative with slightly overlapping pictures to still fit two per card.
5. Create a Picture Waterfall
This is another favorite crafty solution of mine. Using a strip of washi tape at the top of each picture, I created a ‘waterfall’ of images, which also adds a fun interactive detail to my layout. Since you have to take this card out of the pocket to fully enjoy all the images included, I made sure to use my less ‘memory heavy’ pictures, and just used pretty pictures of things like my planners and crafty supplies.
6. Make a Collage of Pictures
Finally, my most used tip for squeezing more pictures into my Project Life is creating collages. I include a collage of pictures in probably about 75% of my layouts. This allows me to include infinitely more pictures into my Project Life album, while taking up no more space than a single regular picture would.
The trade-off for this technique is your pictures will be much smaller. So I just try and keep my collaging to less important pictures, that I don’t mind having included at a smaller size, like food and planner or craft Instagrams and such.
So there are six fun ways to help you squeeze more pictures into your Project Life layout! I hope you picked up at least one new idea to help you include more pictures in your spreads without sacrificing a ton of space in the long term. As always, I’d love to hear any ideas you have for fitting more pictures into your Project Life album! Leave me your favorite tips or tricks in the comments below.