project life tutorial: batch add borders to your pages

Project Life is a memory-keeping system I use to create annual family yearbooks for my family.  I use the Project Life App on my iPhone to design the pages (so convenient!) and at the end of the year, I order a photo book from Blurb.  Last month, out of curiosity, I ordered seven photo books from various companies to compare quality.  In the process, I created a helpful design shortcut I want to share today!

This Project Life tutorial features a FREE Photoshop action that will add page borders to ALL of your page in seconds! Perfect for ordering your finished photo book!

When I was reviewing allllll the photo books last month, one issue I ran into again & again was insufficient page borders. I needed to add consistent borders to my pages, but each photo book company has a different process for adjusting the page borders to fit within their ‘safe zone’ (all of which were pretty time-consuming).  I knew that if I added the borders to the pages BEFORE I uploaded them to the photo book companies, things would be SO MUCH easier!

So, I created a Photoshop action to automatically add borders to my pages and when run as a ‘batch’, it added borders to my ENTIRE YEAR’S worth of pages IN SECONDS!  You can download the photoshop action FOR FREE and I filmed a tutorial to show you how to use it (scroll down for all the details).

This Project Life tutorial features a FREE Photoshop action that will add page borders to ALL of your page in seconds! Perfect for ordering your finished photo book!

how to use a photoshop action to add project life page borders

How to use the FREE Photoshop action to add page borders to your Project Life pages:

  1. Download the free action (below).
  2. Install the action.  Click the three bars in the Actions panel and select Load Actions.
  3. To run a batch action, go to File/Scripts/Image Processor.
    • Set your original and destination folders.
    • Save as JPEG quality 12.
    • Run action ‘Project Life Border Add.
    • RUN!

As you can see in the video, I added borders to 77 pages in UNDER A MINUTE!  Photoshop MAGIC, friends!


Don’t have Photoshop?

I can absolutely do this FOR YOU for only $25.  Trust me, skipping the whole frustrating design process in the photo book applications is worth that price tag!  Send me an email to get started!



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This Project Life tutorial features a FREE Photoshop action that will add page borders to ALL of your page in seconds! Perfect for ordering your finished photo book!









  • Janita

    Would this action work in Photoshop Elements 14 or just for Photoshop?ReplyCancel

    • Roxanne

      Same question for an older version of Photoshop Elements.  ReplyCancel

      • I don’t have Photoshop Elements so I can’t say for sure, but I’ve been told you can still use this action in Elements, however it runs individually and not as a ‘batch’.ReplyCancel

    • Yes, I’ve been told it works in Elements as well. However it may only run as individual pages and not as a ‘batch’ like I show in the video tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • How this is amazing!!! So easy and so simple, I’m already a big fan of you, and now I’m really thankful for all you tips and this amazing action. Just a little question: my pages is 8×8 not 12×12 and this is going to add a big border. There’s any way to adjust that in the action? Anyway, thanks again for all your help with this amazing project.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Fernanda! I updated the action to include options for 8×8 and 10×10 pages now as well. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Hi! I’ve been reading through your Project Life photo printing advice and have a question for you. I was able to import all of my pages into Lightroom from the app. I’ve changed the padding to 25. It still seems like they extend beyond the safe zone. I noticed the zoom is set to 11% on each page. Did you reduce that to a certain percentage? Thanks so much for your insight. This is becoming quite a lengthy process for me so think I must be doing something wrong!


    • Hi Kimberly! I don’t zoom my pages. Try setting zoom to 0% and see if that brings everything into the safe zone.ReplyCancel

  • Laura S.

    This is so great! I would also like to know if this is compatible with Photoshop Elements.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    One more question for you … when running this action in PSE, would you run as canvas or image? I need to select between the two when running the action.ReplyCancel

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