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6×8 family photos album


When creative team member Krista Faulkner shared her 6×8 family photo album project with us, we knew we had to share it with you! Beautifully simple in design and easily assembled, this project is the perfect way to display all of those professional (or not-so-professional) photos from a given time period, event, or an ongoing timeline. Here is how Krista tackled this project:

My husband and I have been married for 11 years and over those years we’ve had our family photo taken quite a few times, both by professional photographers and random family members. I’ve printed out a very limited number of these awesome photos for display in our home or to send to loved ones. Recently, I was thinking how sad it is that these great photos mostly just hang out on a hard drive and a few out in blogland. So I decided to make a whole album dedicated just to our family portrait sessions! That way, more of the awesome and funny shots are out of the computer and ready to be shared and enjoyed!

I LOVE how this turned out and I plan on adding to it every time we have our family photo taken (I’m currently planning outfits for our 2014 photos and can’t wait to add them in!). For this project, I used the Midnight 6×8 album, the Midnight Edition Core Kit, Midnight Edition Designer Paper, and 6×8 Page Protectors Design 1, Design 3, and Design 4.

For each “session,” I printed my most favorite image to 6×8 (some are horizontal and some are vertical and I’m ok with that) and then other favorites to 4×6 and 3×4. To keep things simple, the only journaling I included was the date, where the photos were taken, and who photographed us. Other than that, I filled up the spaces with filler cards and trimmed down 12×12 paper.

This project was super simple and very quick. It makes me so happy to have all these family moments printed out and in one single album. It’s fun to see how our family has changed and grown over these past 11 years.





















45 Responses

  1. Ruth says:

    Oh my, how gorgeous are those boys!

  2. Chris says:

    Annnddd… Now I know what to do with all of those photos. I mean, they’re in the kids’ scrapbooks, but one album going through years and year. Yes, please! LOVE this!

    • Hilda says:

      I had the same thought! I have them in my PL scrapbooks but one album dedicated to portrait sessions sounds like a fantastic idea. Now I just need to figure out how to print my 8 x 10’s to 6 x 8.

  3. Carol says:

    Krista! So cool! Great idea girl!

  4. Jessie says:

    Love it!!! Another project idea

  5. Carrie says:

    I need to get family portraits taken so bad! We’ve had them done ONCE in our 14 years of marriage :(
    This is a great way to share them!
    Not a bad idea to make mulitiple copies to share with the grandparents too!

  6. Michele says:

    thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much Krista for sharing this idea!!! this is what I want do with ours as well and with the inspiration you’ve given us all, this helps puts things in perspective for a 6×8 album.

  7. Susy says:

    What a great idea! As a photographer I have lots of family photos so I love this idea of putting them in one album. Thank you for sharing the idea!

    • Krista says:

      I’m a photographer too, and I really wanted to have more photos from our sessions printed out and enjoyed!

  8. Brianna says:

    I love this soooooo much!!! I’m getting married in October! This will be great to think about as I want to document this type of stuff.

  9. Laura L says:

    Great looking family!
    I love this size album, thanks for sharing.

  10. Leslie S. says:

    Wow, you did a great job! That is a beautiful album filled with so many wonderful memories.

  11. Tracey says:

    Love this! But how do you get 8×6 prints made?

    • Jenny B. says:

      I love this album! I’m curious to know about Krista’s printing process as well. Most of our professional portraits from when we were first married are 8×10 prints. I don’t have digital files or a copyright release from the photographer (which was usually for a church directory portrait or JC Penney). Is it OK to scan those and reprint at a different size? I mean, as far as copyright goes? I’m thinking no, but I don’t know how else you would go about it. As far as printing in the 6×8 size goes, maybe she put the digital image on an 8×10 canvas in Photoshop and left a large white margin and then printed at the 8×10 size?

    • Krista says:

      Hi there! I put 2 6×8 photos in a 12×8 canvas in photoshop and printed it 2up like that.. 12×8 is a fairly standard enlargement size :)

    • Kim Chambliss says:

      Please excuse me but I’m a computer dummy. Is it actual photoshop software that you upload to? Are you printing at home?

    • Krista says:

      to Kim. I upload my photos to my computer, then in photoshop crop them to be 6×8, then copy and paste them into a new canvas that is 12×8 and I can fit 2 on that canvas. Then I just upload the image(s) to where I wanted to print them. I just LOVE real photographic prints, I don’t print at home. :) Persnickety Prints offers an 8×12 size, as do most photo labs out there.

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  12. Kim Ryden says:

    LOVE THIS! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I need to do this ASAP!!!

  13. Krista says:

    Thanks for all the love everyone! I loved putting this album together! Let me know if you have any questions about it!

    • Michele says:


      I do have one question. How many packages did you buy of Design 1,3 & 4 to put into your album? I’m trying to get an idea so that I know what to order/buy for mine. I’m planning to surprise my family with it and I’m so grateful you shared your album with all of us.

      Many thanks,

    • Krista says:

      Michele- I like to have lots of options on hand, so when this 6×8 size came out I bought about 2 or 3 packages of each page design even before I had any project ideas. Perhaps that’s not helpful ;-)

  14. Kim Chambliss says:

    Absolutely love this album! Simple and a great way to show off pics! Plus I love the freedom you gave yourself to have vertical and horizontal mixed together:). Keep sharing.


  15. Kelli W says:

    What a great idea! I think I will also include my daughters’ birthday portrait sessions to mine as well!

  16. Lisa Brown says:

    Love the album! Beautiful!

  17. Paula O says:

    Brilliant idea! Love this, wonderful to look back on!

  18. Kelli says:

    This is such a great idea!! I would LOVE to see some 6×8 digital templates!

  19. I love that you kept your family album simple. Yet another example of why I love Project Life. You have a very beautiful family.Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    Mary from NH

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  21. Ashley S. says:

    Great idea! Love this.

  22. laura g. says:

    awesome idea!!! got me to thinking that this would be the perfect size to print up some pics to give to my elderly father in law…his eyesight is getting weaker and so printing up the pictures larger would be so great for him! the size of the album would be easier for him to handle than an 8×11 or 12×12…and I really need to make an album of professional pics for my kids…they are grown and this would be a quick album to put together for them…I have TONS of studio pictures in one album stashed in page protectors…great Christmas idea!!! and a fabulous way to get those pictures out of my house to theirs!!!

  23. Nicole says:

    That’s so great that you have the digital files for all of these pictures. I don’t have that luxury, and we definitely don’t take enough professional family photos.

    One thing I have done is collect all of the portraits we have for each of my kids/family. I mount them to black 12×12 scrapbook paper the old-fashioned way – with photo corners. I love the nostalgic feel. I have a book for each child. My sister did this for me when I graduated from college with all of my school photos and sports photos, and I just loved it. PL is obviously the easier quicker way, though :)

    Nice job, Krista!

    • Krista says:

      Yes Nicole, I’m SO happy to have the digi rights/files. I guess its one of the awesome perks of being a photographer myself. I’ll take photos for my photog friends and they’ll take mine! But lots of these photos were taken by family members as well (my mom took a few of these, my sister did the blue and yellow session, my brother-in-law took those “couples” ones, and that summertime photo was done with a tripod and remote!). Our wedding photos were taken by one of my college photography professors (back in the film days and I had them all scanned in a few years ago)). I’ve been very blessed to be surrounded by such awesomeness :)

  24. Julia says:

    Wow! I am totally in love with this. Like “the story” of this family. :) Beautiful!

    • Dikiya says:

      – CUTE, CUTE, and more CUTE . funny I have a collection of bow ties hanenpipg at the moment, I was looking for some Argyle sweaters online a few minutes ago, thinking of fall sessions with my boys. You know there aren’t as many options for boys as there are for girls whats up with that! We picked up some pumpkins the other day and I did a few shots with one and Reece today, (mainly thinking greeting cards} seems like we have the same things on our minds this week We need to pick a date soon to have some FUN together. Let me know!!!

  25. Mary says:

    Love it! Reminds me we need to do a family photo soon!

  26. LB says:

    Love this album and how you created a lasting space for this tradition

  27. Rachel Pomeroy says:

    Absolutely stunning.. a great idea.. thank you for sharing Krista..

  28. Jody says:

    Love love love love!!! Thank you for sharing!

  29. Lesley Palmer says:

    Love it so simple so good, now I know what to do with all the photos of my granddaughters.

  30. Mrs Vox says:

    Absolutely love this album! Well done and what a great idea for family portraits. :)

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  32. Cricket says:

    This is an awesome album and such precious boys! <3