I had been planning all weekend to come here and ask the same question. I need some help with PL, or I need to give it up.
I have tried 12x12 PL with Becky's BPC class last year (Project Real Life). I hated it and figured if the inspirational PL inventor herself could not inspire me, I was hopeless. The reason I hated it is that I cannot stand being stuck with certain orientations and size pockets that don't match my photos. Invariably I would have landscape photos and only portrait oriented pockets open, or 4x6 prints and only 3x4 pockets left. I also hated being stuck with the back side. After I got a 2 page spread done, I had to start with the same layout when I turned the page. The photos for the next pages never worked. I know some people just adjust by taking ony 3x4 portrait oriented photos or something. Did I say I hate being confined?
After listening to a Roudtable episode earlier this fall, I decided to give the 6x8 pocket albums a try because the guest said that she used it for documenting her own thoughts, grins, photos. She did not try to document her whole family's goings-on in there - she did that on regular layouts. It sounded like the kinds of quirky photos I take of things that I find funny, or food photos, or silly selfies. I had been posting these on FB and lately thinking that I wanted to post less on FB but what to do with the photos and quotes and thoughts I wanted to remember myself? So I ordered a 6x8 Snap album and a variety of page protectors and PL cards, and I ordered 3x4 prints from Persnickety Prints. It has been better than the 12x12 PL attempt, but I'm not yet convinced. The Snap 6x8 pocket pages do not have any 3x4 landscape oriented pockets, nor any 4x6 portrait oriented pockets. I have been putting 3x4 landscape photos in a 4x6 slot. The 4x6 pockets are 2 up with a 2x8" pocket that I don't find very useful. I don't find I can make many design choices with these limited orientations. By the time I put a few photos in, there is no room for all those pretty PL cards.
I'm packing it all away today and getting my December Daily project set up. I definitely will not use pocket pages, just 8x8 pages that I can arrange as I like. Hopefully working on this small format will get my enthusiasm up and I can return to the 6x8 pockets in the new year with an approach that workds WITH the limitations and not fight against them.