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Posted 1/21/2013 by mamashosh in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:23:17 PM
So I decided to start as of Jan. 11, which is my birthday, so at least I am not far behind I decided to do the first spread just of my birthday weekend and then start the next on Monday.

I have a variety of page protectors, but my photos don't fit neatly into the right number of horizontal or vertical to be right for any page protector.

So do you plan before you take photos, making sure you have a certain number of horizontals or verticals? Do you only take one direction? Do you just put them in sideways ?


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:34:04 PM
None of the above! I take photos however I want, and then use Photosheet (free download if you don't have it!) to make some of my photos 3x4. I don't put anything sideways - that would drive me crazy!!!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:41:10 PM
Thanks, I will check that out.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:23:15 PM
I tried PL in 2009 and failed miserably. This photo-direction thing was part of the reason. I was trying to use the variety of WRMK page protectors with vertical and horizontal spaces. Couldn't make it work.

Decided to try PL again in 2013 and wanted to make it as easy as possible on myself. If I can stick with "KISS (keep it simple, scrapper!), I can try getting all fancy next year.

One of the things I'm doing to KISS is using ONLY Becky Higgins Design A page protectors with all horizontal 4x6 photo slots. I keep that in mind when I'm taking photos and try to only take horizontal shots. On the rare occasion I need a vertical photo, I print it out 3x4 on my Picturemate. I either put it in a 3x4 slot which frees up a 4x6 spot for longer journaling - or I put it in the 4x6 horizontal slot on a mat with some journaling or embellishment.

If I know I'm going to want 2 photos in one day, I consciously take 2 vertical photos so I can put them side by side in a 4x6 slot.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:20:08 AM
Yeah, I think I can be more conscious about directionality in the future. This first week and a half is just going to be wonky.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:17:39 AM
I'm printing them all at different sizes and mixing it up a bit by cropping them at different ratios: 3x4 4x6 4x4 4x5 depending on the photo and then going from there. I haven't been very successful in remembering to take photos so far but plan to just scrap the photos that I take. Not worry about trying to take photos to include if I wouldn't have taken the photos usually

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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:40:45 AM

None of the above! I take photos however I want, and then use Photosheet (free download if you don't have it!) to make some of my photos 3x4. I don't put anything sideways - that would drive me crazy!!!

Ditto! I do exactly this and use Photosheet too.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:19:00 AM
I use Protector A with horizontal 4x6 slots and vertical 3x4 slots. Any picture I take vertically gets printed as a 3x4. If I have a lot of horizontal pictures one week then sometimes I can cut them in half to fit in 2 3x4 slots. I tried this with my ds's PL baby book and I really liked it so I am using it in our PL album too. This wouldn't work for every photo but it does work for some. I don't stress about which way my photos are, I just make it work when I'm putting them in the book.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:50:41 AM
I am a newbie this year. I always took a lot of photos before PL, so I haven't had to change my routine too much that way.

With the exception of inserts so far, I only use Design A protectors. And I just take a lot of pictures both ways. Not every shot gets taken in both horizontal and vertical, but sometimes I do both so I have them when I start thinking about printing.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:31:39 AM
I'm brand new at it too, and what I've noticed so far is the out of the 2 spreads I've done. The second was easier than the first. Once you get the hang of it (and obviously it doesn't seem to take long) it gets easier! I changed some of my photos to 3x4 but one that was already printed 4x6 I just cut in half and put in the 2 adjacent slots.

I also have several different page protectors. I wanted to use what I have because I bought several divided sheet protectors a few years ago. ALSO, using a planning page by Marcy Penner helped me know how to print those photos the right way, so I wouldn't cut any in half on this second spread.

ETA: I think choosing one design of sheet protector would make that process simpler! You'd even know before the pics were taken.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:46:13 AM
When I started Project Life in 2010, I had heard about it on a forum a few days before the end of the year and thought "Yeah, sure sounds fun", so I ordered the original Cherry Kit and began snapping photos until it arrived. When it came, I discovered that all the photo slots were Horizontal and I had taken a few vertical shots. At the time, I just slipped them in and let it go. From then on, I took mostly horizontal photos.

My vertical photos go in the journaling pockets. I use Picasa and take 2 vertical photos and do "Make collage", so there are 2 vertical photos per 4x6 when it's printed. Then, cut them apart and slip them in.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 11:38:16 AM
I resize almost all of my photos - I'll do smaller photos 3x4 or 3x3 square instagram photos in a 4x6 slot and treat it like a mini scrapbook page. Knowing that I"m going to crop and resize almost all of my photos makes it easier for me to not worry as I"m taking photos during the week.

This spread shows how I use smaller photos in the bigger slots. (I do print at home for PL, so that makes doing this resizing easier, but you can do it with other photo printing services.)

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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:01:56 PM
I take far more vertical photos than horizontal, so I am using some of the WRMK pages that have either all vertical 4x6s or a mix.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:56:59 PM
I use Becky's Design A and Design D - best of both worlds. And they look pretty good together. I have a layout on the top post of my blog that uses each of these sheets across from each other on the spread. So I am able to use both vertical and horizontal 4x6 and vertical and horizontal 3x4. I like that it's unified but there's some visual variety and I can print my fave pictures in 4x6 in both directions and use the smaller pockets for the less fave photos and the journaling. I just print my pics in the sizes I prefer for that specific picture then worry about where they will fit.

Have you seen the new design G? It's not a full 12x12 but it has two vertical and two horizontal 4x6 and then two vertical 3x4. It's going to be a great one to mix in - I think I'm going to use that one a lot.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:06:04 PM
I use Design A as my base specifically for this issue. I have learned to take more photos in the landscape format and, if I want to use pics that are vertical, I crop to 3x4 and collage them together on a 3x4 or use the journaling slots.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:36:17 PM
I struggled with this issue, too. From reading a lot of posts here and on other boards, I think the "planning for photo size" issue is the biggest thing people struggle with.

I finally decided to use ONE type of page protector at a time. The one I'm using now has one 4x6 slot at the upper left, and the rest of the slots are 3x4. I forget the name of the page protector design. Using the one 4x6 slot gives me a "mini scrapbook page" that's a bit bigger, at the start of the page, and then the rest are pretty uniform -- I use 3x4 photos and I crop it as I need to, to fit in my journaling. I have some slots where I have a longer story to tell, so the photo is a tiny one.

Here's a link to my first page, and it shows how I do it:

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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:54:59 PM
Thanks. My dh prints for me and it was so confusing standing there telling him how to print. I think for this week, I will tell him all horizontals get printed 4 by 6 and all verticals 3 by 4 and see how that goes for me.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:22:03 PM
No planning for me. Sometimes I only have horizontal photos, which means I am either putting two in a 4x6 slot, or I am just using one in that slot and journaling next to it.


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