I gave up after 19 weeks because it was so difficult to get a true 3x4 photo printed without jumping through hoops for the programs that did offer it. I gave up. It just wasn't worth the hassle. I researched different programs and options but nothing worked easily. Or it wasn't compatible with a Mac.
I decided to do PL again this year but instead of a weekly 2 page spread, I focused more on the monthly type layouts. I will not take 30 pictures each week and try to fit as many as I can in. And with Picasa, I can get the true 3x4 printed 2-up on a 4x6 sheet of photo paper. I read on a message board that Picasa has a template. They sure do!
Took me 10 minutes to select the photos, upload them to Picasa and then print them. I'm actually excited to work on my PL again and I love my monthly spread so much better!
A quick tutorial:
STEP 2: Select two photos that you want to import to the 4x6 canvas. To make things easier, I use the flip tool at the bottom to flip my pictures to the same orientation. Hold your shift key down and click on each photo with your mouse.
STEP 3: Click the 'Create Collage' button. You'll get the preview below. This is where you can edit the photos as well.
STEP 4: Click the 'export' button to save the photo to a folder on your computer.
STEP 5: Save the photo and print! I use my Canon Pixma to print once I've got all of the collages saved.
Final product looks like this:
You can upload these to any online processor if you don't have print at home capabilities.
January PL Pages
And since there are virtually NO purple products out there I had to make my own. Luckily, I didn't have to look too far. Studio Calico just released a limited edition set of mini Mister Hueys which included this cool purple. Now, the Kings don't have purple in their jersey/logo anymore but they will always in my mind. Plus, these pages needed a pop of color. I stuck with black/silver and white throughout and added the purple. The hearts and stars are from Pink Paislee and the sticker letters are from Basic Grey. I used some black and white ones (tinted purple).