Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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2 photos on 1 print


Written by Laurie Pecotte – our Digital Project Life Director.

In the Project Life® system, the 4×6 pockets are designed for 4×6 photos and the 3×4 pockets are designed for the 3×4 PL cards where you write your journaling notes (or flip the card over for a filler design). This is the original intent … but, of course, there are no rules. We know that many Project Lifers love to add 3×4 photos to get even more pictures on a page once in a while – and that’s great!

Have you seen Project Life layouts using 3×4 photos – or even scanned art – and wondered how you could do the same thing? We have rounded up 5 popular photo-editing tools that will help you create a 4×6 collage of two 3×4 photos. From smart phone apps, to an online tool, to downloadable software, we have a these suggestions for you – and a corresponding PDF tutorial for each.

If you have trouble opening any of the PDF tutorials, make sure you have the most current version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. You can download this free program here. After you have installed Adobe Reader, restart your browser and try again.










Smart phones have made it easier for us to capture those everyday memories at a moment’s notice. There are many apps available that allow you to combine photos into one collage. PicFrame is a great collage app and it is available for both Apple and Android users. PicFrame can be found here for Apple devices. PicFrame can be found here for Android devices. Click here to download the PDF tutorial on how to create a 4×6 collage with 2 3×4 photos using PicFrame.







Picasa is a free organizing and editing program available from Google for Windows and Mac users. You can learn more about this program and download it here.

Picasa’s program makes it really easy to create collages from selected photos. Download the PDF tutorial for how to create a 4×6 collage with 2 3×4 photos here.








PicMonkey is an online photo-editing tool. You don’t need to download or install any software. You create your collage entirely online and then download the final product. Click here to download the PDF tutorial on how to create a 4×6 collage with 2 3×4 photos with PicMonkey.


Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great program for editing photos. If you are interested in starting to scrapbook digitally, this is our program of choice. You can download a free 30-day trial here.

Photoshop Elements has a great tool called a clipping mask. Clipping masks allow your pictures (or papers) to take a specific shape and size. You can download the PDF tutorial on how to use clipping masks to create a 4×6 collage here. You will also need to download the free 4×6 PSD template from Digital Project Life here to create your collage.


Adobe Photoshop (full version)







Full-version Photoshop has a great tool called the Contact Sheet II. You can use this tool to have Photoshop automatically create collages using the pictures you choose. You can download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop here. You can download the PDF tutorial on how to use the Contact Sheet II tool to create a 4×6 collage with 2-3×4 photos here.

Once you complete the tutorial with the program of your choice, all you need to do is print your photo (or upload it to a commercial printer), cut your 4×6 photo in half, round the corners (if desired), and slip them into your Project Life® Photo Pocket Pages. This is an easy and great way to add a little variety to your pages, and it is a great way to showcase extra photos on a layout.


31 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    Thank You! I have often wondered how to do this and meant to go searching for an answer. However, time is scarce and I haven’t actually done so. You have handed me my answer right here!

  2. Marcie L says:

    I use a free software called Photosheet. It allows for all kinds of grids of photos to be printed from home or uploaded. I’ve had it forever, but never used it at all until i started PL, it is perfect!

  3. Marja says:

    Thank you so much! I literally was wondering this today and you just gave me an answer!

  4. Kelly Clontz says:

    Thanks for this post! I usually end up trimming my 4×6 prints to use as 3×4’s …this is a much smarter option!

  5. Katie says:

    I’ve been using a website for mine – fotor.com. Make your collage and then save it to your pc for ordering/printing.

  6. Lori says:

    I’ve used Photility.com for a few years and love all the different size options and $ saving! You can download ‘photosheet’ for free from the website!

  7. Pam Cortez says:

    Thank you for putting all of this information in one (great) location! I have seen some of these sites, but didn’t have any instructions on how to USE them. This is perfect! Thanks for helping all of us along our journey to cultivate a good life!

  8. Edie says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve been making some collages but I am having a lot of difficulty finding simple white 4×6 frames. And I would love a 4×6 Polaroid frame that doesn’t change the photo colour. I know most printers will print my photos with white frames but usually it’s a batch process and I would like to choose which photos I frame. The ones I’ve tried making on my own don’t print evenly. I would love some tips or links especially for a Polaroid frame so I can journal underneath the photo.

  9. Carmen says:

    Thank you!! PicMonkey just changed my life!!!

  10. Monique says:

    This is wonderful information!! Thank you so much!!

  11. cristal says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I have tried to do this and haven’t been as successful as I would’ve liked! Tried to get my dd to figure it out on PSE. Doing it on my iPhone, to print on my Selphy – perfection!!!!

  12. Noel says:

    Thank you so much. Have been using Photoshop for a few years and been doing this cropping manually. Love how I can now automate the process easily. Thank you.

  13. Erin says:

    You can also do these ‘collages’ of 2 small prints at the Kodak Picture maker at CVS, etc. It is under the option for making collages- not regular prints.

  14. Laura G. says:

    thank you for this great info!! i decide which pics to print and print them up 4×6, then if i decide i want one or two 3×4 i have been laying them side by side on the printer and printing them up on a 4×6 and cutting them in half…it seems to be working for me right now…and i put the unused 4×6’s in an envelope to give away…i have been wondering if there was an easier way…if i planned out my layouts first this would be the way to go…but i kinda ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ and print up the pics i like and then let them tell the story…and decide the format…

  15. Sammie says:

    I make my photo collages in the “Print” module in Lightroom. I can either print them at home, or save them as a jpeg to upload to a print service.

  16. Marjorie says:

    In need of a little help… I printed the tutorial for using Photoshop Elements 12, downloaded the template and have successfully printed two photos on one piece of 4×6 photo paper BUT, my photos are NOT 3×4 they have a white border around them when they print and the third step where it explains how to open the template… it tells me that the template cannot be opened that it is not the correct file type BUT, if I go to my downloads and click on the template it opens the template in Photoshop for me. Is there a correlation between these two thing that is making the photo NOT print true 3×4’s or am I doing something completely wrong? Lol. Thanks for any advice you can give.

  17. Stephanie says:

    Sorry, but I can’t complete the tutorial with Photoshop CS5 64bit. First, I needed to find, download and install the “Contact sheet II” plugin as it was not preinstalled with my version. Then, my version does not give me the option to select single files, only a folder. OK – I copied the two pictures into a seperate folder, although this workaround is not ideal. I can see the two layers with the photos and see the “walking ants” around the pircure I have currently selected, but when using the “Move” tool I can’t get my image to change in size or rotate. Could anyone clarify on that?
    A tutorial for Lightroom would also be great.

  18. KathyinMN says:

    I’ve tried tons of apps, actually worked on finding the perfect combo of apps between my iphone and ipad, I actually prefer Pic Jointer as my primary for doing this and Diptic for my second. Don’t forget to save as 3 x 2, not 4×6. And for pics on the iphone, I edit in Camera+ prior to bringing them into these apps, because if I need to add a border (say for a screen shot), its the only app I’ve found that adds a border, without covering up part of the picture. (hope the person who posted about a white border sees this!!) Add text to these? Phonto or Over-both free and both can use any truetype font.

    I now do all of my editing on my phone (and that’s where 95% of my photos are anyway, because I’m shooting with my phone). I also upload directly to shutterfly for printing. Done and Done.

  19. Mary Palma says:

    very useful. I learned how to print from picasa and picsart Happy!

  20. Alida says:

    Hi, I do this using the free photo editing programme that came with Microsoft. I always have to extend the photo beyond the border and digitally trim of the extended part before printing to ensure that the photo’s are wide enough for the pockets. This is also how I print digitally downloaded PL cards.

  21. Terri says:

    This Mac user thanks you so much. I was using the templates that are so easy in PS Elements but it always has space between the photos. I don’t always want space. Thank you again!

  22. susan says:

    this is great so much easier than what I was doing. Thanks!

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  30. Maria Phillips says:

    I like this post from 2014 but I am wondering if any of these solutions will allow batches of 3x4s to be moved onto 4x6s? For example, if I have 300 images that I want printed 2/page on a 4×6 as 3x4s, can I send all 300 photos to one app or website and have them all resized at once? I hope this is clear; I don’t feel like I’m explaining myself very well. Thanks.

  31. Yvonne says:

    Hello, can you update this article? I used to use PicMonkey for creating collages of small 3*4 PL-pictures but now it’s not free any more. PicFrame is not available for MacBooks – only for mobile devices and Picasa quit their service. Have you got any tips which free of charge program to use now for creating 2 photos on 1 print?
    Thanks a lot in advance!
    Greetings, Yvonne (from Germany)