Saturday, March 10, 2012

Project Life Tutorial | Converting 8.5x11 to 6x12

For Project Life Week 9 (which I’ll be blogging about soon), I wanted to make an extra 6x12 insert about Todd’s Tough Mudder experience.  But I don’t have a wide-format printer that prints out 12x12.  So how did I go about making a 6x12 insert page?

First I created a 12x12 canvas in Photoshop and created my 6x12 layouts for the front and back of the insert right next to each other.
The photos are just to gauge the spacing of the layout.  I printed the 4x6 photos out separately.  I copied Todd’s journaling in from his blog post about his Tough Mudder experience

Once I had this done, I created a 8.5x11 canvas in Photoshop and just copied in the “Tough Mudder” header and the journaling part into the 8.5x11 canvas.

This would be the front of the insert.

I sent the front side to the printer and printed it out 8.5x11 borderless onto Bazzill white cardstock.  I wanted to print the back of the insert right onto the back of the same cardstock, so I copied the layout for the back into the RIGHT side of the 8.5x11 canvas in Photoshop.
Then I flipped the cardstock over and put it into the rear tray of my printer and printed it out.  Now I have everything printed and ready to assemble.

Using my paper trimmer, I trimmed off the excess 2.5 inches so that my width is now 6 inches.

My printout is now 6x11 inches, printed front and back.  I want it to be 6x12 inches to fit into my Project Life 6x12 insert.  So I cut the printout apart, somewhere about 3 inches from the top.
Then I lined the two pieces up using my gridded craft mat and a ruler, putting a 1” vertical space between the two pieces.  Then I just adhered my 4x6 photos into the middle part, covering the gap! 

I did the same thing to the back.

All done and slipped into the Project Life 6x12 page protector!  Here’s the front.

And the back.

I use Photoshop for digital scrapbooking and for making layouts like this to print out.  You can easily use this same tutorial for Photoshop Elements.

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