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project life: title page, year in review and 4 x 6 photo templates

Just wanted to pop in today to share my title page – not for 2012 though, but for 2011. Seems counter intuitive I suppose, but I usually save the titles and covers for last.  It’s easier for me to create one this way. Once I have content to reference, I feel I can make a page that accurately reflects it.  Usually, I pick a favorite photo (especially when I’m doing photobooks). For this album though, I just used a simple kraft envelope with “snapshots of twenty eleven” printed on a doily (purchased from joann’s) for the title page.

The title opens up to a year in review spread for 2011.  I could have stuck this page at the end of the album but I like it as a opener, it kind of doubles as a table of contents.

The front side covers the months of January thru June. Every month includes a photo and next to it, a list style summary of things we did, places we went and milestones (birthdays, etc.) we celebrated.

The back side finishes out the rest of the year.

You know what I just noticed?  The monthly summaries are much shorter at the beginning of the year and get progressively longer and more detailed near the end of the year. Starting from May especially, and that just happens to be the month that I started Project Life last year. Coincidence??  I think not.  I feel like I’ve been doing a much better job of documenting since I started Project Life…and now I see the proof.  Thank you Becky Higgins.

The photo protector I used is Design F – it has ten 3×4 slots + one 4×6 slot.  I treated the 4×6 spot as two 3×4 slots so it works out to 12 slots total – perfect for year in review. Here’s a close up of the 4×6 slot.

Those of you that are wondering how to get two photos on a 4×6 canvas, Ali Edwards recently posted an excellent video tutorial that walks you through the process.

I use the same steps with just a few differences – I usually resize the photos after I’ve dragged them into the 4×6 canvas and I like to use clipping masks. There’s no wrong or right way, just what feels right for you.  I print out 3×4 photos and stacked 2×3 photos pretty regularly so I created templates to make the process easier.

And another one that I don’t use very often, but Jessica posted a question about it on facebook, right as I happened to be packaging up these templates, so I included it.

These 4×6 photo collage templates are now available in my shop as a free download.


If you’re new to photoshop or aren’t familiar with how to use templates/clipping masks, see my introduction to layered templates tutorial HERE.  On my list of things to do is a video tutorial on how to use clipping masks – that step can be a little tricky and is much easier to learn when you see it being done.


Page Protectors (Becky Higgins Design A), 3×4 journaling cards (Becky Higgins), Binder (American Crafts 12×12 cloth D-ring), Red Label (vintage blank label rubber stamp by purple onion designs), Black striped journaling card (then & now printable journaling card kit by paislee press + three paper peonies), journaling card printing template (paislee press), 4×6 photo templates (paislee press)


Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins. Read more about it HERE. All of my project life entries can be found HERE.

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  • Christie January 12, 2012, 3:16 pm

    I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! May have to do this for 2012!

    • Liz January 12, 2012, 3:52 pm

      Thanks. Just took a peek at your december album, i love it. Especially love how you’re making the different page protector designs work for you.

  • Trude January 12, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Love how they work as a table of contents! When I still digiscrapped regularly, it was usually the title that came to me first. Funny how minds work. 🙂

    • Liz January 12, 2012, 3:49 pm

      The way your mind works makes more sense. 🙂

  • Jenny B. January 12, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Love it! I always do the title page and covers last too. 🙂 Thanks so much for the templates – they will be great time-savers.

  • samone January 12, 2012, 4:08 pm

    oh i love your title page when i saw it on becky blog the other day.

    thank you for the templates too x.

  • Megan January 12, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Thank you so much for the download. That is awesome!!!

  • melissa January 12, 2012, 4:27 pm

    I found some doilles at Michael’s, thanks for the recommendation. Who knew they had a baking department? ?!!!!?? Haha!

  • jenn January 12, 2012, 4:50 pm

    You title page looks great… I get why you’d make it last, makes sense to me! I also like to use clipping masks. Thank you for the free download, this will help me for sure 🙂

  • sugarcreekfarm January 12, 2012, 5:05 pm

    I love your minimalist style. Makes me think I really can do PL! Now to wait for the A style page protectors to restock…

  • Marsaille January 12, 2012, 5:24 pm

    I am in love with your style. I love that you didn’t feel the need to get matchy-matchy. But it isn’t random. And that year in review? BRILLIANT. How about all those gorgeous photos of the babies??? Thank you for letting me admit to myself that sometimes that’s all I want to see. Just whole spreads of my kids.

  • Nirupama Kumar January 12, 2012, 5:30 pm

    so Cute! Thanks for the 4×6 templates. You have the best style, so happy I found your site.

  • Debbie January 12, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing your time and energy… I so appreciate the templates and I love the inspiration.

  • Nicole January 12, 2012, 6:21 pm

    I adore your title page Liz! Thank you so much for the freebies too – I can’t wait to use them.

  • Amy Emery January 12, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Always love your PL. Simply inspiring. And I have to do title pages last, too. 🙂 Thank you for the generous downloads. Would love to buy same downloads in your shop for 4×6 varieties but with white border, so can print/trim out with white border but still fit in 4×6 pockets. And for 3×4 (single photo) to print with white border.

  • Debbi G. January 12, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Thanks so much! So helpful!

  • Michelle January 12, 2012, 9:06 pm

    I did the contents, year in review, for 2010 and love it. It gives a nice overview for the year. I love how you designed it. And design F is so perfect for it. May have to use that for 2011!

  • Jessica January 12, 2012, 9:07 pm

    Thank you so much Liz!! And even more for being free!! You’re too generous 🙂
    I absolutely LOVE your year in review!! Such inspiration!!

  • Gina Nathan January 12, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the templates, they will help so much. I love your album and will be a regular visitor from now on. Thanks Ali for leading us here.

  • Steffi [two cute wishes] January 12, 2012, 11:34 pm

    I’m still waiting for the release at amazon.uk to order my project life stuff – can´t wait to start – it´s though to wait, while everybody in the USA already play with this project – I´m not sure yet if i really wanna play – but, I´ll give it a try 🙂
    Question: What is your title font Liz – I know that you´re using American Typewriter, but what´s the other one?

    • Liz January 14, 2012, 1:26 pm

      try one of these (free) fonts: bebas, bebas neue, utility, or impact.

  • roseandruby January 13, 2012, 1:02 am

    Oh Liz, what would we do with out you!!!!

    Thank you for your generous sharing.

    I can’t wait to use your products (and freebies) and your beautiful 2011 album as inspiration for my project xox

  • Josie January 13, 2012, 1:37 am

    Thanks so much for the templates 🙂 Just tried one and I’m so excited that I could do it and it looks great! Thanks so much for your guide on how to use them. LOVE YOUR STYLE!!!

  • libbywilko January 13, 2012, 3:14 am

    Inspiring as usual Liz… so loving your project life posts this year. I Adore the contents page for last year !! Loving the templates, can’t wait to try them out. Thank you for all that you share. Hugs Elizabeth.

  • Tracy O January 13, 2012, 4:01 am

    I LOVE your title pages…what a great idea.

    Thank you so much for the templates. Even with Ali’s tuts I just could not figure it out…I have a PS phobia. I do know how to use templates though so this is perfect and will save me from printing at home!

  • jennifer January 13, 2012, 5:07 am

    looks great as usual, Liz! just love the title page – great idea!

  • Jessie @ MessyJesse January 13, 2012, 5:10 am

    this is stunning! it just looks so simple and beautiful, what a great job! Thank you for the clear instructions – I look forward to re-creating this for 2012 🙂

    Jessie, xo

  • BellaG January 13, 2012, 6:51 am

    thank you so much for this freebie! i love everything you design!

  • meg January 13, 2012, 7:44 am

    I have recently been obsessing over how much I want to use Project Life for the 3000 photos (plus stuff) from my year abroad in 2004. Now, I am obsessed with making the cover a year in review-how perfect! This is definitely being saved to use in the future. Thanks for the templates as well-I love your style!

  • Cindie January 13, 2012, 7:59 am

    What perfect timing for this template! My beau just bought me a scrapbook and now I have to get back into doing paper layouts. I’d gotten so used to doing smaller photos in groups of three or four, I was worried about putting a big 4×6. Now I don’t have to, thanks!

  • Susan January 13, 2012, 9:01 am

    Thanks for the freebie! Great time saver. 🙂

  • KristynKG January 13, 2012, 11:32 am


  • Yolanda January 13, 2012, 12:19 pm

    I am also a title page/cover page last designer. Especially on a year-long project. I guess I’m attracted to synthesis and reflection. Thank you for the 4×6 templates. They’re great!

  • April January 13, 2012, 1:47 pm

    thanks so much for the free download for the templates, Liz! I had been creating a new canvas each time I wanted a smaller size and with masking, it’ll be SO MUCH EASIER!

  • Jenny Meyerson January 13, 2012, 7:10 pm

    You have such amazing style. And thank you for the amazing templates. I so appreciate all your hard work.

  • lea-maria January 13, 2012, 7:49 pm

    OMG! The simplicity and clean lines combined with the color and b&w photos of your little girl make this wonderful!

  • Lalia H January 13, 2012, 11:51 pm

    Thank you Thank you! I love this little template. And thanks to Becky Higgins for pointing me to your awesome blog.

  • KathyinMN January 14, 2012, 4:46 am

    Thank you so much for the templates. This was exactly what I was wanting, and just the kickstart my project life needed. Much, Much appreciated.

  • Pam January 14, 2012, 7:26 am

    Thank you for sharing the 4×6 templates that makes the process of using Project Life easier to do with ‘the plastics’.
    Your albums are such an inspioration as well!

  • Penelope January 14, 2012, 12:05 pm

    So, is there any way to do this without PShop? I don’t have photo editing software and wondered if there was another work around somewhere.

    • Liz January 14, 2012, 1:25 pm

      Picasa (free photo editing program) has a collage function is the first that comes to mind. I’m sure there are other free resources on the web as well. Some picture printing places have a collage option too (I think the kodak kiosk). This can definitely be done without photoshop!

      • Penelope January 17, 2012, 7:00 am

        Awesome! I just picked up my collage prints at Walgreens and they turned out great! One problem I had was that I could get the picture turned 90 degrees on the collage and it looked great, but then wehen I “created collage” it reverted back to the original alignment. What step am I missing?

  • Deirdre January 14, 2012, 7:20 pm

    WOW—thank you (and thanks Lisa/Gluestick Girl for the link!). Going immediately into the Constantly Used digi file on my desktop. I print like this all the time and just never made a template, but it will save me so much time.

  • Tara January 15, 2012, 2:06 am

    Thank you so much! they are absolutely perfect for what im doing at the moment

  • Thequeenofquirk January 15, 2012, 2:22 am

    Everytime I try to come up with something amazing I come to your blog and you’ve already done it perfectly. Love you!!!

  • Dawn January 15, 2012, 2:49 am

    Love your PL pages. your title page is so pretty, clean , simple and jsut perfect! I Also love the table of contents idea…so perfect for this kind of book…Can’t wait to see your pages for 2012…have fun!

  • Stephanie R January 15, 2012, 7:46 am

    Thanks so much for the templates!

  • Cheryl :) January 15, 2012, 10:28 am

    Thank you so much for these. I really appreciate it and thanks to Becky for sending me to your website!!!

  • Linda in Aus January 15, 2012, 5:22 pm

    What a great idea to do a year in review, and thank y so much for the templates.

  • Diane D January 16, 2012, 5:28 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    This is just perfect timing – I really appreciate your efforts and the free download.

    Sent here via Becky Higgins Facebook page.

  • Susan McD January 16, 2012, 10:22 am

    Thank you so much for posting this info and for the free download. 🙂

  • Penny B. January 17, 2012, 9:13 am

    That stamp rocks!! I have to have one!

  • StephJ January 18, 2012, 8:20 am

    Thanks so much for the templates! I’m glad to see that you don’t round your corners I don’t have a corner rounder and was worried my PL album wouldn’t “look right” with some corners rounded and some not. Now that I see your gorgeous pages I’m not worried anymore!

  • Sandy_in_MD January 20, 2012, 7:06 am

    Thnaks so much for the templates. I really like how you’ve used the doilies in your album – very clever and unique.

  • Rhadonda January 20, 2012, 7:33 am

    Thank you so much. I can just tell you are oozing with talent.

  • Sheree January 23, 2012, 1:21 am

    Love your templates but was wondering if they worked in PSE.

  • Melissa January 24, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Thanks so much for the free 4×6 templates – these will make printing smaller photos at home so much easier!

  • Debbie S. January 24, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much!!! So useful…just made my first collage and printed it. Wow!! Thank you!!

  • May January 25, 2012, 2:11 am

    Thank you for the template!
    I love looking at your PL pages.
    Your title page looks awesome, I really love it.
    BTW, could you tell me please what is the font you use for the “TWENTYELEVEN” on the title page.
    It looks quite clean, I really like it.

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  • Tamara February 25, 2012, 1:29 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for the templates… I was just sitting down to create something very similar when I decided to search the web before I recreated the wheel…

    These are perfect for me!
    Thanks again
    Tamara in TX

  • Pi'ilani March 25, 2012, 4:40 pm

    I absolutely love your work it’s so beautiful!!! How do you print on the doilies? Thank you for sharing : )

  • Aisling April 15, 2012, 7:07 am

    Hi Liz-amazing work, inspired me to buy my own PL kit! Just wondering how did you print on the doilies, I’m hopeless with printing on anything other than standard size and thought you might know!? Thanks


  • Jenny July 1, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Thank you for the templates 🙂

  • Pink Ronnie January 20, 2013, 7:02 pm

    Woohoo – this is exactly the inspiration I needed for my 2011 title page!!! 🙂
    Ronnie xo

    • Liz January 30, 2013, 11:25 pm

      Yay!! 🙂

  • Mindy January 30, 2013, 11:21 pm

    this is so great! i might have to steal this idea 😉 just wondering how you print on the doily? is it the same way as the grid card? thanks!

    • Liz January 30, 2013, 11:26 pm

      Yes Mindy, same method. 🙂

      • Mindy January 30, 2013, 11:30 pm

        oh yay! i will have to try it! thanks so much!

  • chelsea December 13, 2013, 5:43 pm

    Where did you buy the kraft envelope? I have a hard time finding them. This is so cute!

    • Liz December 14, 2013, 4:20 pm

      It’s recycled, something I ordered on the internet was delivered in that envelope. Have you tried a Mail Boxes, Etc. or a store that specializes in shipping supplies?

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