I'm always looking for new Project Life tips. I saw an idea on Pinterest to use coin collecting pages for Instagram photos. I ordered a package and decided to try them out this week (you will see my full week on Project Life Tuesday tomorrow).
Here are my tips for using these pages and Instagram photos in your Project Life album.
Tip #1: Set-up all your Instagram photos on one 8.5×11 sheet,which makes it easy to keep everything the same size. It also is a very cost effective method to print the Instagrams. Instagrams are 2×2, and I found it easiest to drag them right from the Instagram website. It was easier to do this than pulling from your phone because the phone photos are larger and need to be resized to put into the coin slots. This only took a few minutes in Photoshop Elements.
(Side note – if you don't have Photoshop Elements 10 for editing your photos for Project Life, I can't recommend it enough.)
Tip #2: Don't be afraid to cut your page protector: The pages have 20 slots, which really is 40 slots if you include the backside. That is A LOT of Instagrams. Since I didn't have even close to that many photos, I trimmed the last row off the page, which eliminated 10 slots.
Tip #3: You have a lot of slots – be creative! I cut a bunch of 2×2 journaling blocks and accent pieces of paper to integrate with my instagrams. This helps to break up the images and ultimately create a better looking page. Of course, you don't have to limit yourself to paper – brads, ribbons, stickers, etc. would all look great in the small slots.
Tip #4: Use similar styles of paper as a unifying device on your page. Since so many slots are a part of these pages, having a unified look is very important. For my Instagram page, I used all Love, Elsie paper from a few years ago. By sticking with the same brand and style, the completed page has a lot of design synergy.
Tip #5: Add a tab to the side of your page. No particular reason for this tip except it looks so cute. I love that mine is labeled “Instagrams”. I envision that future generations will be like “what the heck is Instagram?”
Have you used coin collector pages in your Project Life album? If so, what tips would you add? Be sure to stop back for Project Life Tuesday tomorrow to see how this page is incorporated into my weekly spread!
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