It’s time for Half a Year in Review Project! For anyone who doesn’t know yet about it (which is everyone), HYR is a semi-annual tradition (of which this is the first) of revisiting what I have done the previous six months. It's another one of those things I like to just make up. This time, it's not such a bad idea. To make it easier for me, I am categorizing them into subcategories of travel, projects, occasions and perhaps more as I go on.
I’ve started with the travel part of the project as it looked the most straightforward and easiest to do. It also helps that I have the most photographs for it. I’m working on summarizing it by one country a month. The perusing through one million photographs was the hard part but the layout I am working on is amazingly quick, extremely minimalist. But then again, it's me. So no surprises there.
I was thinking this layout would be perfect with the Becky Higgins’ Design F page protectors but unfortunately I have only two page protector types to work with or which I have bought: Design A (as used in this layout) and Design D (the portrait version of the former). To reference the complete list of Project Life page protectors designs, you may check them out here.
You can see for yourself this is basically a Project Life page crammed with a bunch of identical-looking photo cards. Apart from the customized title and caption cards, a major percentage of time spent goes into the simple creation of these photo cards. If you would like to make something similar for your scrapbook or Project Life Album, there are at least two ways to do these photo cards and I just refer to them as the printer and the puncher methods.
Full Printer Method
Of course, you’ll need the printer for both methods (your own or you can have your photographs printed elsewhere). But with the full printer approach, you basically have laid out your card (3” x 4” or 4” x 6” or else) digitally, saved them just as you would want them to look like physically and simply printed them out. This is a less manual approach to making these photo cards but will also require basic Photoshop skills to accomplish. Below I have printed out the cards and they are ready to be slipped into my very excited page protectors.
Handy Puncher Method
Sometimes digitally cropping circles from square-shaped photographs isn’t the most fun thing to do, and it’s not even as easy as it sounds. Well, thank heavens for circle punchers. You can achieve just the effect punch-and-go-style. Simply print out your photographs in their regular shapes and in the size that you want them and ready your handy puncher.
You can either (a) punch circles out of the photographs themselves and adhere them onto Project Life-sized cardstock or (b) demonstrated below.
Prep the printed photographs. For this example, I wanted 2-inch photo circles for my 3” x 4” cards, so I had my photos sized just a tad bigger at 2.33 inches squared*.
Instead of punching directly on the printed photographs, I went for the reverse approach. I find that full-inked paper or photographs tend to be more delicate and might not leave the punching process completely unscathed. On the other hand, Miss White Clean Cardstock seems to have no problem being template to punching. Besides, I think this gives it a much more professional, framed look rather than the usual stuck-on appearance of simply pasting a photo on any surface.
So, I readied a few 3" x 4" and 4" x 6" cardstocks, punched 2-inch circles where I wanted them punched and adhered the photo at the back of the cardstock (*hence, the extra third of an inch for allowance).
I can't decide which one takes less time to do but I suppose that depends on how much of an expert you are at the art of printing versus the art of punching.
I used 4R-sized photo paper for the cards so it wasn’t difficult cutting them to preferred size, but you can also use other-sized paper or cardstock. If you want to skip the measuring and would like everything to be easier (I’m kind of a hedonist, I understand), I have included a free downloadable template for 3” x 4” cards here and 4" x 6” cards here on Letter size (8.5" x 11"), ready for printing, cutting and punching. Do not rescale.
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