Project Life Tips & Tricks: Dividing your weekly layouts with an insert

Hey everyone! Becca, here, and if you’ve seen my 2012 & 2013 Project Life albums, you know that I just love to use inserts. Typically, I complete two pages/a spread per week … but if there’s a special event like a birthday or holiday, or I have some pictures with certain theme, or even just something extra that I’d like to include that won’t fit in the two full pocket protectors … then it’s time to assemble an insert.

My personal rule is that it has to be smaller than a 12×12 page to be an insert, ha! But it can be any size that you like. Often, I’ll trim page protectors to fit the size I need. I’ve cut a Design A protector in half, used 3×3 Instagram protectors, used baseball card protectors, coin protectors, and have collected a variety pack of page configurations to trim down. If I can’t find the size I need, I use an 8.5×11 page protector and run a stitch with my sewing machine right along the edge and trim for a custom size.

Here’s some examples of my inserts from this past year using the page protectors I’ve mentioned above:


Today I’m going to walk you through how I made a Week in the Life insert using a coin protector, 2×2 Instagram photos and Deena’s Hello December brushes.

I started by putting 6 square photos on a 4×6 canvas in Photoshop and ordered prints, cut them into 2×2 squares and slipped them into the pockets of the coin protector.


I knew I wanted to add 2×2 cards along with my photos, so I used Deena’s Hello December brushes to create cards. I added “AM” or “PM” after the numbers to distinguish time of day since these are my week in the life photos. To print these, I started by using iPhoto to gather each .png file into a folder.


After selecting all the thumbnails, click on the print button in the lower right hand corner.

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When the print dialog window comes up, click on “contact sheet” on the left, select “photo on plain paper” (if you’re printing on cardstock) and choose “US Letter” under paper size. Next, we need to get rid of the title under the photos, be sure to click customize and follow the next step before clicking print.

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Once this dialog window appears, be sure the columns are set to 3, then click on “settings” and uncheck the title box to get rid of the titles. Then, click “ok” and you’re ready to print!


As soon as I had my cards printed on cardstock, I trimmed them down to 2×2 size and slipped them into the pockets of the protector next to my photos.


And Voilà! You have a coin protector insert to include even more photos of your week, in miniature form. 🙂IMG_2806



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