Today I wanted to share a quick photo idea. I’m sure many of you already do this, but I thought it was a topic worthy of a post anyway. Just in case someone out there wants to do it and didn’t know how…
Now that Project Life is an official part of my process, I taught myself how to create a photo collage with two 3×4 photos on one 4×6 canvas in Photoshop Elements. It’s the best way to get photos of my iPhone screen captures (like the weather or text threads), book covers, movie and TV posters, etc… that I love to include in my Project Life album. And it saves ink, photo paper and printing costs too.
I had a light bulb moment recently when I was contemplating 2-page layouts. I create them when I have a ton of photos (especially for travel and big events) but they aren’t my favorite thing to do. I like white space in my layouts and not to be overwhelmed by a lot of photos. That’s hard to do when the whole reason you create a 2-pager is to contain more photos.
Why not print more 3×4 size photos for photo heavy layouts? I’ve always been one to crop my photos but sometimes you have to cut off important details in order to get the size you need. I like being able to just reduce the size in a photo editing program and preserve more details of the original photo.
So, I created a 2-pager over the weekend with some 3×4 prints:
Featured supplies: Pebbles Seen & Noted Memories, Happy Thoughts, 4×6 phrase cards, Queen & Co Trendy tape yellow dots and teal stripes.
In this layout, I was able to fit in four 3×4 photos down the far right side of the layout. Had I included all seven photos in the 4×6 size, the page would have been nothing but photos. This way there’s still some white space and room for pattern paper and the journaling. I tried adding a title in a couple of different places, but in the end, decided that the journaling card “I’ll look back on this and smile” was all it really needed.
Now, I’m not the best person to “teach” others how to do this. There are too many different photo programs out there and lots of different ways to do it. Some of the online photo companies also offer collage options, but it may cost more per print to create them with their software vs. uploading your own collage as a 4×6 image. If you don’t know how to create these yourself, here are some great resources:
- Ali Edwards has a tutorial for printing 2 3×4 photos on a 4×6 canvas in PSE
- Melissa Stinson explains how to do this with collages in Picasa (which is FREE) and then a different post using Lightroom
- Many posters on the 2peas message board love this PhotoSheet utility program (it’s FREE)
- Kerri Bradford sells some cool templates with the photo sizes already created for you here and here and she has a tutorial for using them here.
It’s just one more option to consider when you print your photos.
Thanks for stopping by today!