A little digital Project Life organization tip

I have a bunch of the digital Project Life editions so that I can print whatever cards I need rather than buying all of the core kits in physical form - I have a bunch of extra cards from other core kits that I know I won't get to (because every time a new product comes out I just have to use that one!). Remembering which cards I have though is very hard, and scrolling through folder after folder on my computer to figure it out is way too time consuming. I found a solution to my problem last week and wanted to share.


On my Mac, I uploaded the card PNGs to iPhoto, selected them, and clicked on file/print. I chose "contact sheet" and then "customize." From there you can change the number of columns on your sheet so that you can make them the size you want. I didn't need very large images so I opted to print them small and save paper. I printed mine on card stock but that's personal preference.


I printed the journaling and filler cards, and the bifold cards from each edition, and the first and last page cards as well. (I didn't bother with the digital papers - I can look for papers when I want them).

Then I just slid the pages back to back in page protectors and stuck them into a 3 ring binder.


I haven't had a chance yet but the plan is to use some tabs to label the different sections in the binder for each edition.

So simple! I did this on my Mac with iPhoto but I did a very quick google search and there is supposed to be a way to do this on a PC using the native Windows photo viewer. If anyone knows how to do this please feel free to add the steps in the comments.

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  1. I believe you are right and you can choose to have the names printed. Mine automatically do this when I print them on my PC. [In the smallest layout that is]

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  2. I would love to know how to do this on a PC, to keep track of several different digital scrapbooking kits/elements! GREAT idea!!

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    1. Supposedly you can do them in Picasa too. I haven't tried so I didn't want to list out the steps and have them be wrong. That's why I'm hoping someone can chime in with a "how-to."

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    3. I'm new to printing out digital PL cards, but I am very familiar with Picasa so I just tested and you can also make contact sheets in Picasa. For PL cards you download in PDF version, you'll just have to print the PDF as this does not work in Picasa. Picasa is just for images such as jpg and png.

      Open Picasa. Go to Tools/Options/File Types and make sure all the boxes are checked. Now click on the Printing tab and under available print sizes, click one of the drop down boxes and choose Contact Sheet. While you are there, make sure the rest of the print sizes in the other drop down boxes are what you desire to have. Click ok to save all that.

      Now go to the folder with your PL cards you want to put on a contact sheet. If you want the entire folder, click the folder name and then click the green thumbtack button down on the bottom left to "hold" those images in your tray. If you have more images or folders, you can add those now too. To add individual images, click the image and click green thumbtack for each image you want.

      Once you have all your images in the tray that you want on your contact sheet, click print. Click contact sheet. Choose shrink to fit to see the entire image, or crop to fit to zoom in on the image, your preference. Now click printer setup and verify your paper style and size before you click print. Hope that helps!

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    4. Thank you for the walk through!!!

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  3. what a great idea! i might use this for other 3x4 journal cards I have for my PL stuff. I have the core kits mostly but have purchased some other journal cards (3x4 and 4x6) and have some freebees downloaded as well. This is a great way to see what you have. thank you for sharing.

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  4. Nice. I wish you got a low-res digital pdf contact sheet when you buy the physical kit. I have troubles remembering all that I have :-) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Thanks Debbie! Thanks for the tutorial on using Picasa!
    This is a great help, especially using the contact sheet as they have the name of the file under it.

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  6. Love this! I have a MAC also, but I keep all my PL digital files on an external drive. This is awesome and makes it so much easier for me to know what I have. I can flip through my book to find the card I want to use and then go find it on my hard drive! I may get more accomplished now, I won't be scrolling through images on my computer looking for the perfect card to use!!

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    1. Great! It really is a time saver, for sure! It makes me actually stop and think about what digital cards I could use too, instead of relying on the printed kit cards because I haven't had time to search around and print the ones I like out.

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  7. Duh! Don't know why this didn't occur to me as I already do this with each month's photos through Adobe Bridge (Under Window>Workspace>Contact Sheet) I'm able to add a header, page numbers, print file names etc.

    Thanks for pointing this out! This will be a great time saver and I LOVE anything that keeps me organized!!

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  8. on a PC, open the folder, select up to 35 images, right-click (possibly more than once) for a pop-up menu with the first option of {print}; on the right side, there are option for what size/how many to a page, scroll down to {contact sheet (35)}. The filenames print below the image; if the icons are square, they will print right-side up; if they are rectangular, they will print sideways - kinda weird! There isn't enough margin to punch holes.

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