It’s been soooooo long since I’ve put together a project life spread. Remember last year, when I toyed with the idea of switching to an 8.5×11 format? That didn’t stick. I love the size and it’s turned out to be the ideal format for documenting their school life but for our annual albums, it just wasn’t working. Then, for a brief moment I thought about going to a 6×8. But deep down I knew that size would never work for me. I like including a lot of photos and I can only imagine how many albums I’d go through just to document one year.
I then experimented with the 9×12 format. Honestly, I thought I was going to love it. For someone that thinks 12×12 is too big but 8.5 is too small, 9×12 seems to be the logical choice. But after I put together that layout and didn’t love it I got to thinking maybe it’s not the size that I’m been struggling with, but the actual pocket configurations. The 3×4 ups just isn’t clicking with me as much. And I’m sort of obsessed with the 4×6 portrait orientation right now.
Enter Design D pocket pages. It has four 4×6 UP pockets and four 3×4 wide pockets. I rarely take portrait oriented photos so I’ve never given this pocket design much consideration. But…it turns out, the 4×6 up spaces are ideal for diptychs (which I love including in pl spreads).
I used templates from 4×6 Photo Templates Vol. 4 to make the currently photo inserts and the diptychs.
Because I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I also used a Design H insert.
Here I used a journaling card from Say Yes To set. The original card said “happiness” which I didn’t think fit all that well with my journaling so I made a “found” label and used that to cover the happiness text.
I think this might be my new go-to formula for Project Life this year.
Photo Editing Tools
Photos processed using presets Replichrome Presets or PicTapGo, both by Get Totally Rad.