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March 15, 2013

Catching Up On Project Life

Earlier this week I posted the image above on my facebook page with the following message:

“Lots of holes to fill in #projectlife. Only 3 weeks behind.”

I found that lots of you are in a similar place and many others are trucking right along.

As of this moment I’m still three weeks behind as this week proved to be a crazy combination of other projects being due, middle school tours, meetings, taxes and other stuff of life that kept getting in the way (you know, sleeping, eating, etc).

I loved this comment from Kelly Libby and totally thought it was worth posting:

“My new plan for Project life is to “not fall behind”. If I miss a week, then I miss a week. If I miss 2 weeks, then I miss two weeks and just start up again when I can in the week I am in. A week here. A week there. Vacations in the mix. I’d rather document this way than feel SO much pressure to keep up AND be creative.”

Even though I still want to approach mine weekly and will be taking time this weekend when the kids are with Chris to play catch-up, I think this is such an awesome freeing approach and totally makes sense for so many people.

Do you have a strategy for catching up?

I’ve got a few things stuck in pockets. My plan of attack is to open Aperture (my photo management program) and start printing photos. I may add more text directly to photos for these last couple of weeks as that’s an easy way to get the story down. Planning to share updates next week.

Can you believe we are already 1/2 way through March?


  • 1.
    alida said…

    No pressure – way to go, because this blog is so much more than just sharing a finished product. And let me just say that that little bit happening on that page is already oozing with awesomeness.

  • 2.
    Maureen said…

    The first year I did Project Life, I did a photo a day and stressed all year about getting a photo a day. Although I love the end result of those 3 albums, it was a stressful project. The 2nd year I did it (last year), I focused not so much on making sure I had a photo for each day but rather a little bit of writing for each day. This also proved to be stressful because honestly, some days are so normal that there isn’t much of a story to tell. So this year, I have decided to just go with the flow. I am not stressing about getting a photo a day and I have changed the daily writing into a weekly summary. On some of the pictures I add a little extra text about that photo specifically. I am not stressing if I get a little behind or don’t have enough photos to fill the week. That week just gets combined with the next week. After 2 years of doing this kind of scrapbook, it has finally dawned on me that the point of the project is do get “something” about our lives into the scrapbook and what works for one person may not work for the next. The important thing is, I am getting it done in my own way that works for my husband and I. And so far, this years book is turning out great!

  • 3.
    Emilie said…

    I like the no stress. I’m 2.5 weeks behind.. I’m currently doing a week in the life… But no stress.. I do what i can do.. Don’t want to make it a chore because that’s not fun..

  • 4.
    ChrisyC said…

    Ha ! So glad to hear other people have missing weeks from their albums. I’m really committed to the project, but we are having some major family issues which means my free time is minimal. I’m three weeks behind, but do plan on completing them.
    My strategy is to do some really thorough note keeping, then pull out the embellishments l want to use and eventually get to printing the photos and putting the journaling down. I’m sure it will come together.
    I’m also concentrating on working on the current week first.
    We’ll see how that goes for now :-)

  • 5.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

    I am purposely behind – have scrapbook retreats the next two weekends and since I no longer do traditional scrapbooking I have to “save up” PL. I don’t know which is worse falling behind or being intentionally behind – catching up always seems like a chore. I also feel I am going to forget something really important.

  • 6.
    elisa said…

    i capture my PL by month, so i never miss a week. some weeks i have more to say than others, but i always have some spreads to capture the month. it’s less stressful for me and gives me more options to put my pages together from the month. it’s supposed to be fun, right?

    • ….
      Kathy L said…

      I am with you Elisa, much less stressful for me.

  • 7.
    Amanda Susan said…

    I’m about 2 months behind right now. I do have some photos and journaling done for those 2 months but they’re not complete. In the past when I’ve been this behind I may end up doing 2 weeks in one spread. I can ususally find 6 pictures to fill those spots and there may not be a lot of journaling. Those weeks are probably really representative of my life though. That means not a lot went on. I went to work, I came home and I sleep. That’s most days for me.

    I work out of my home so I always have journaling cards with me that way if I have some free time I’ll jot a few things down and just put them in my album when I get home. I’ve caught up on a few weeks this way.

  • 8.
    Becky said…

    I’m always catching up, but I haven’t been overly bothered by it yet this year! I found one of the best things to keep me ‘on track’ is by sketching out a layout and writing down the pictures that I should print and put in those pockets. It’s great because I can do it quickly during my lunch break at work and when I do get to scraping I already have most of my thoughts organized!

    • ….
      Elisabete said…

      I’m behind too but as you I love the layout sketches and I’m up to date on those. On the back of the sketches I write all the journaling for the week. Now I just need time to print the pictures and sit down and start finishing those pages:) I feel I’m not as behind this way and a little more organized.

  • 9.
    Susan Anderson said…

    When I get behind I’ll combine weeks and put a journal card in with something along the lines of life’s been hectic – two weeks together this week. Life is hectic and PL is the perfect place to share that.

  • 10.
    Lisa W. said…

    My ultimate goal THIS year was to keep up. Last year I had ordered a kit, never started, was going to in June when my last baby graduated and was off to college. Did NOT happen. So I was more than ready to dive back in for 2013. I have kept up daily until now. I too am about two weeks behind. Thank you for this post, as it has made me feel relieved a bit. I too Ali really like the weekly post, and always usually have a picture a day. There are many times I do NOT have a picture a day, but somedays I may have two or three. I have learned that it is ok to make them all work for the week. Much less pressure that way. AND I will follow through and catch up. There is just something about this project life that really makes me feel “good” and just more “complete” when I do it. Good stuff:) Because it really is about the little things in life that are really the BIG things. Happy Weekend!!!

  • 11.
    Sue said…

    This is my first time and I am loving it. I have looked at others and compared by work ( oh boy-I am not that creative!) BUT.. I still love, love, love it. I am approaching as taking pictures ( probably too many- but I don’t care!) that show the highlights and many ordianary parts of the week. I journal my thoughts and then let it go. I almost feel it a yearly-Week in MY Life but that is OK too. I am not the best journaler but hopefully this will improve! It is what it is and I am who I am that that is fine!

    • ….
      Georgia D. said…

      I get stressed when I look at everyone else’s PL albums. they are creative and embellished. I need to keep it to the basics so I don’t get so behind that I give up:-)

    • .
      Ali said…

      Keeping it basic is an awesome plan! Make it work for you!

  • 12.
    Jil said…

    The strategy that’s working well for me this year is to make a spread cover more than one week when that will help me catch up. Usually my spreads are one week, but sometimes I let the same amount of space summarize a week and half or two weeks. So my card doesn’t say “week 3″ but gives the inclusive dates instead. Then I get back on track with my weekly approach. I love this project, and it’s definitely always been about stress-relief for me, not stress itself!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love this.

  • 13.
    Angie said…

    I have two weeks documented of 2013. I’m eight weeks behind. I’ve taken pictures and collected things and try to write something in my calendar about what we’ve been doing each day. I intend to follow this pattern for another week. I’m going to print off all pics before a very long drive for Spring break and work on it in the car on my lap while hubs drives. When we get back from break I will be caught up. Voila!

  • 14.
    Anne-Marie said…

    Ok, so I know that I am not going to stay current. Here is my system. I keep a notepad on my desk during the week. I jot down the days of the week. Each day, I try to write down something from the day and the photo I took. I have an accordian folder. I put any memorabelia and my paper from the week, into a slot in the folder. That way, when I have time, my notes, memorabelia and photos are ready to go. When I have time, I work on it. When I’m too busy, I know it is organzied and ready when I am. It works for me and reminds me of how many great times we have!

    • ….
      Yolanda D said…

      Great method!

  • 15.
    Annette said…

    this year I set mine up by month, so I have a few places for a monthly overview or a place to “dig deep” and tell deeper stories; then “weekly” within the month. These can be a true 7 day week or it might be two weeks, 10 days, whatever works–kind of like Jill’s approach. I’m using Collect on my iphone and was keeping up when I was printing at home. I’m trying to save some time by sending them out to print, but it’s getting me behind and it is tough to catch up. I have most of February done, and the beginnings of March in the mail. I loved it when I kept up better because I felt my story telling was fresher and it was just the best feeling. Not sure if I will continue to send them out, maybe spending an hour on Sunday would be better cropping and printing would be worth it. Oh, and I also do write a quick note or something my daughter did/says on a calendar each night. Hope you can get some time this weekend!

    • ….
      Cindy Koning said…

      I use collect as well and try to edit all my pictures on my phone. That way I can do them waiting for th bus, in the train to work or just on teh couch watching tv. I use instagram, pictapgo, over (for text over the picture, I really love that one) & afterglow.
      I then print all the pictures at once, which saves a lot of time for me.
      Whenever I have a little time, I also fill pageprotectors with cards in color skemes I like for weeks to come. Also something you can do while watching tv :) Then when I have that weeks pictures, I see what colors fit and I am half way!

  • 16.
    Lori P. said…

    STRESS! What stress! I am right there with you and “trying” NOT to stress! I know that I have open areas in my album also and some are bigger than others. Here are some of my cheat notes: What I have been doing with some is to add just general pictures. I snap a couple extra pictures each week (like the outside of the house and it’s weather, the mail box, laundry piled, etc.) so in case I do miss a day here or there I can use them. I shouldn’t feel stressed that the picture does not HAVE to be taken that day. I have also started collecting and cutting right away (3×4 size mainly) are little snippets of boxes, ad’s or to go cups (like the outside of our favorite crackers, cereal, pop tarts, and maybe your favorite chocolate bar wrapper, etc.). They work great for fillers too!
    I do not print my pictures at home, so I have found the lil post-it-notes are handy for me to jot down what picture goes in this spot or what story should go here. Then when I need to play catch up, it helps me to remember more. Looking at ALL the pictures from years back, I know I will “never” be caught up, so it helps my shoulders relax a little. Just a little!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love the reminder about the “stuff of life” like the cereal boxes and such. I’ve included more of those in the past.

    • ….
      Donna B said…

      I do the same thing! Just added a pop-tart carton last week because my daughter is crazy for pop-tarts right now!

  • 17.
    Traci Brookes said…

    i had shoulder surgery 3 weeks ago on my dominant side/hand-aka rightie. i cannot use my hand to write or type; but i have figured out how to take photos with my left hand. i am obviously behind; but i have taken photos, printed them out, have journal cards picked, have quotes on my twitter account and notes typed so when i can use my hand/arm even just a little, i am ready to go. I am also using this time to figure out how to use my computer more to add text to photos and to journal on a project life card. (i really am a hand written type of girl).

  • 18.
    Joanne M. said…

    I use PL in its simplest form — I do not add embellishments or do any super-creative things — I just print out my photos and add journaling and filler cards. Done. This helps me from getting over stressed. I also go month by month rather than weekly. Some months have more spreads than others, which is just fine with me. My big picture goal is to have a simple documentation of my family over a year’s time. I end up with only one album (which for me is my goal) and I have been doing it this way for a few years. It’s what works best for me and still gives me time to do more creative layouts and scrapbook mini books for my other albums.

  • 19.
    Linda said…

    I try to work on my pages DURING the week, instead of after. I find that works so much better for timeliness, because I don’t always have a ton of time to sit down and crank out an entire page. I keep a notebook w/ a sketch of a layout & make notes throughout the week about photos I want to print + I fill out a journaling card in the evening on days I really want to make sure to include. Then, as I have time I will go back & print photos/add embellishments.

    If I get “behind” I don’t stress, I just work on multiple weeks at a time…print all photos at once, embellish cards side by side for different layouts, until they get filled. My album ends up having gaps/cards here & there until the week becomes complete.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      During the week is totally my preference too.

  • 20.
    Carrie said…

    after my wedding last august which took up about half an album in project life i did one spread each for september, october, and november, a couple spreads for december focusing more on a pocket a day than a spread a week and then started up weekly again in january.

  • 21.
    Lizzie said…

    I still have 2 weeks of 2012 to finish and nothing done for 2013. However, I have lots of photos and memorbilia and I know I’ll get caught up–currently it’s all sitting on my dining table waiting for me ;) .

    I was planning to just fill it in when I got to it but I think I like the idea of doing monthly spreads–we’ll see when I get that far;)

    The good news is that I already have the Project Life for baby album set up and ready to go and I’m not due til July ;)

  • 22.
    Paula said…

    I like the “post it” approach – I use a small post it over a page protector pocket with a note on what I want to put there. Sometimes I may actually journal a sentence or two on that page, sometimes I jot “write about…” I may actually write on a post it what embellishment I want to use or which card from my kit to stick or photo to stick in the pocket.

  • 23.
    Jen D said…

    I’ve realized this year that my approach (to not fall behind – which I am already by 2 weeks) is to just pick the photos and add text directly onto them in Photoshop. I’ve also been using pre-made journal cards & fillers that goes with the flow of my PL album that it makes it easier to add the photo directly onto them. Print, cut & insert. Done.

  • 24.
    Karina K said…

    I was pretty proud of myself last year for the most part completing each week by that Sunday (until September I was at 90%). But I knew this year would be much harder since life is much busier. Right now I’m about two and half weeks behind, one week has all the pictures but not the journaling.

    I bought a planner from the Crate and Barrel Outlet that has two pages for each week and I use it more as my journal than a planner. This has helped me immensely with catching up on Journaling for the weeks I am behind. I end up taking snippets from each day and sometimes I will write out the whole weeks worth of on a 5 1/2×8 1/2 page. Without this journal/planner I would only be able to think of journaling based on the pictures.

    • ….
      Donna B said…

      Love the idea of using a planner for a journal! Great idea!

  • 25.
    Suz said…

    I pretty much do what Kelly Libby mentioned. There are some other great ideas in your comments too which I may just employ when/if I get behind again. TFS Ali (and others)!
    Take care you.

  • 26.
    Amy said…

    We’re several weeks “behind,” too. But I’ve put a stack of post it notes by our album and we at least try to pepper each week with a few thoughts so we aren’t reconstructing from scratch. It is pretty typical for us to finish up several weeks at once. And it works.

  • 27.
    Jennifer said…

    When I get behind, I’m trying to focus on catching up one step at a time. First, getting pages planned. Then, getting m photos printed, trimmed, and in the right slots. After that I fill in the empty spaces with journal cards, filler cards, and any memorabilia for the week. Then I can go back and add journaling and embellishing as time allows and as I have the desire to do so. Breaking things down into little chunks to catch up on makes it less stressful for me and lets me stay caught up.

  • 28.
    Amy said…

    I should also mention that our albums last two years. We do one week per half page… Less pressure from the outset. We are always paring back content as opposed to trying to figure out how to use up our space and that feels good!

  • 29.
    Megan Anderson said…

    I just did a guest post at Big Picture about my catch-up process today! I wrote what worked for me and gave some ideas for other catch-up methods. I love reading other’s methods too!

  • 30.
    laura g. said…

    i find that if i get my photos printed up and in the pockets the project seems to flow along better…i am behind…way behind as in september 2012 behind. but i am off work for a few more months doing chemo for breast cancer, and i am determined to get caught up before i go back to work…gives me a goal…i am looking forward to getting september done this weekend, but i might be able to see my grandkids (can’t be around them if they are sick) and have a picnic in the park with them…and that is more important than getting caught up!! i have missed them the last 2 months!!!

  • 31.

    Based on what I am seeing on Project Life Tuesday, many folks are at the week 7-8 week mark. I like to work in batches when I am behind. Organize multiple weeks of photos at one time. Sketch out multiple layouts. Develop multiple weeks. Then I stick the photos in and doing the journaling/embellishing a week at a time. This batch process has worked well for me.

  • 32.
    Gypsy said…

    I do mine digitally and just did 7 weeks worth- I’ve been doing it since the start of 2009. If life is too busy then life is too busy. I always make notes (I use and I always take photos- it’s not ‘catch-up’ it’s just ‘now I have time’. I wouldn’t want to miss a week that would bug the heck out of me. :-)

  • 33.
    StephJ said…

    For me, the important thing is to plan ahead if I think I
    ll get behind. I have planning [ages I print out, and write down the photo info, lay out the photos and write out notes about teh day on. then, if I get behind, it’s easy enough to catch up. Considering that I was about 6 months behind last November, and JUST GOT caught up in January so that now I’m going week-by-week, I think it’s simple enough to “catch up” if I get behind. I’m going away for two weeks for Spring Break, leaving on Sunday. I plan to make a photo book of the trip, and also put my fave pictures in our Project Life album. I printed up my pics for this week Mon-Thursday, and did my weekly journalling already. That way, when I get back , there’s only 2 1/2 weeks to “catch up” on. Then I’ll start on my photo book as well. I almost miss being behind sometimes. Like the poster above said, who was “saving up” Project Life to work on at a crop, I sometimes feel like it’s almost TOO easy and I don’t spend enough time scrapbooking! Each week I’m a bit sad when I’m done. Kind of warped, I know!

  • 34.
    Patti L said…

    This is my first year really attempting the weekly Project Life, so I went with a small format {6×8} bcz I figured it would be easier. In the beginning, January/winter, it was easy and almost as if I could barely fill the 6×8 space. Now as the year has picked up, more busy and doing more, I’m trying to decide if I do more pages, or go to a bigger format. Still undecided. Ok with that. I am def an evolving type in which I like to just let things happen organically and make small adjustments along the way. I truly try to believe in the “no catching up/never behind” philosophy. {also i am waiting for my new silhouette portrait to get here to help!} In the meantime I keep track of my weeks and journaling in a google doc which I can access from any pc or cell.

  • 35.
    Michelle C said…

    I just realized that what is slowing me down is the orientation of my photos. I’m stuck each week deciding which photos to print/use based on the page protector orientation of the week before. It stops me in my tracks and I get frustrated. My goal now is to try to take most of my photos in one direction and only use one kind of page protector. Hopefully, that will keep me more on track since I won’t be spending a lot of time planning out which photos to use based on the page protector and not on the best photos of the week.
    Hope that makes sense!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Makes complete sense to me – I really like having just one kind as my base foundation pages.

    • ….
      Pidgen said…

      I only use Design A for this exact reason! I freak out at the mere thought of orientation! lol. Knowing that I have one size, I am able to take two shots {por & land} of a situation and then decide if it goes in a large 4×6 or into a little 3×4. I don’t have to think about size or amount. Much less stressful for me! :)

    • ….
      Michelle C said…

      Thanks Pidgen! I love the idea of taking photos both ways. That way I have options as to whether I want to use the photo in a big or small pocket. I’ll have to remember to do that!
      I just ordered all the photos for my daughter’s baby album for using the baby edition. For that I ordered all the horizontal photos as 4×6, and vertical photos as 3x4s. That way I’ll just use Design A page protectors. And hopefully breeze through it!

  • 36.
    Pidgen said…

    I’m not sure if I’m nine weeks behind, or right on schedule! lol. I write in Marcy Penners pages/layout sheets and I have them all caught up for the last ten weeks. But I don’t print at home, so I wait until I have enough photos to get them mailed. The stupid part is, I wait three months at a time to choose, fix, and download my photos. This is normal for me {3 year with this type of system}, but I have an almost empty album sitting here and yet I feel “caught up”. lol. I guess when I get my photo order, I’ll have so much filled in that I’ll feel really productive. ;)

    • ….
      Paula said…

      LOL about being caught up – as we think, we are :) So good for you!

  • 37.
    Myriam said…

    Hey Ali,
    I started project life many years ago after having a baby and falling behind on filling even regular picture albums. I approached mine has a monthly documantation and went back through that year that had passed and choose rendom pictures. Everything does NOT need to be documented. I LOVE that first album because it offers a really cool glimpse into our year. The following albums were done in a more timely fashion… If I do it regurlarly the albums get HUGE. That’s a problem! I hope to live a long life and not necessarly fill every room with albums!!! I scrapbook when I can and calls it a day. In 10 years, who cares what happened exactly on what week. What would be fun is have an album that shows a peek into that particular time…, much better than worrying about being behind and not enjoying the NOW. Thanks for writing inspiring posts…, your blog is one of my favorites!

  • 38.
    Cortney said…

    Last year I had lots of moments where I was scrambling to figure out what exactly happened. We had moved, and everything felt jumbled. By December, I thought I might not do PL this year (I was behind by 2 months, and couldn’t even think about dec daily, which I love). So I let go of dec daily, caught up my PL to end of nov for 2012, and took a breath. Then I made a big list of what worked about PL and what didn’t. I asked my family about it, and all 3 guys (2 boys, 1 husband) pronounced the project awesome and worthy. I made some changes (big & small) based on their enthusiasm for it. I bought a new camera that would help/inspire me to take better pictures. I stopped rounding corners. I kept with the same layout, though I had wanted to shift to the studio calico handbook size ( those were sold out and I didn’t want to wait…and get behind!). I also tried to get the PL kit and was wait listed, which turned out to be a blessing as I made a bunch of my own PL cards that were so charmingly customized for US. And my biggest change: a nightly journal. I started on jan 1, recording the little snippets from our days, just a few sentences. I have never EVER kept a daily journal, and here it is march 15, and I’m still going! I still haven’t finished up my 2012 book, but it’s just the end of December waiting. I’ve stayed within a week or two current on this year’s book, and it is all thanks to my trusty little journals.
    Thanks Ali & Katie, and all the people brave enough to post about your PLs online!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that you have kept up with a journal – that is awesome.

  • 39.
    Naomi Armenta said…

    I believe we pressure ourselves more than not and more times than we think, but life is what we make of it! Project life was made to simplify our life’s, not create stress!

    • ….
      Terri said…

      Good point!

  • 40.
    Amber C said…

    Hi Ali,
    I know that you will get to it when you post the finished layout, but I’m really curious as to what alphabet stickers you used for Monday. I absolutely love them and can never find small ones that style in my local store, and I would order online, but I often misjudge the size of things when placing my order. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Those are part of a Studio Calico kit – made by BasicGrey :) .

    • ….
      Amber C said…

      Thanks! On the waiting list for the kit :(

  • 41.
    Jennifer said…

    When I was finishing grad school I had a 2 year old and an almost 1 year old. I am now using PL to “get caught up” literally! In 2009 I have 3 photos for the whole month of January!!! Do I care? No. OUr life was CRAZY, but I have those 3 photos–eating dinner at a fave restaurant (I was in my 1st trimester and just starting to want food again) and coloring in the kitchen floor with my oldest. It was REAL LIFE. Some spreads are 2-3 weeks in one. The important thing is that the stories + photos are there for my girls–forever. I am creative, but what I love about PL is that I don’t have to be. I have 3 kids 5 and under now and a full time career. This is what is real for me. It looks good and our memories are there to share forever. Using a printer that prints the photo dates on the back has been key. The photos typically jog the memory of that day, so I try not to stress about writing everything down either, I just enjoy the moments.

  • 42.
    KSW said…

    love the libby approach. no reason to live in the past. if you have the time and enjoy it – then fine. but otherwise carpe diem. If i kept up i might miss out! ;)

  • 43.
    Nancy said…

    All this talk of stress + PL would not make Becky (I say that like we’re old friends!) happy. I’m doing a monthly spread and I’m using repetition – monthly title card, monthly Q & A, monthly goals and goal updates – which makes the project easy and stress free. The only stress I feel is to take good photos of the completed spread so I can blog about it. If I have a month, like “birthday month” when I have more to share I add in an 8-1/2″x11″ page or even a 5″x7″ page to document the extras.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh I’m not stressed at all about it. I know it will happen. It’s more of a conversation about philosophy, etc.

  • 44.
    Jen said…

    To catch up…which I am severely behind I just print a bunch of picks and put them in. I generally add less embellishment and keep it more simple. When I get caught up I get to spend a bit more time on it. :)

  • 45.
    Mel said…

    Mine turned into monthly then quarterly pages. I am in Grad school…that’s my excuse! ha ha Plus my family is tired of having their pictures taken!

  • 46.
    Kate Burroughs said…

    I am always 1-2 weeks behind because I choose to get my 4″ x 6″ prints made at Costco and have them mailed to me. There are no stores near me that print pictures with matte paper and Costco is a 2 hour drive away. But I keep a daily journal so I always have that to fall back on, for the highlights of any day. I started keeping a daily journal in 2010, the first year I did Project Life and now it is a daily habit, at the end of the day I write for 15-20 minutes. I try to write my journaling cards for each day once a week and make Post-It notes for what photo goes to what day. That process often makes me go take other photos when I know I have not taken them for several days. And I always try to take some pictures of the yard, when I am not taking photos of people/activities. I really like PL because when I have those pictures in the album, I am done scrapping those events. I do 2 albums per year (for each 6 months), the We R Memory Keepers leather 3-ring albums.

  • 47.
    tonya said…

    That’s how I do my visual journaling already: I do it when I have something I want to capture. That means not every single day/week is represented, but some days/weeks have multiple pages. The weight of their presence (how much room they take up) is an additional factor that represents their WEIGHT in my life. My day-to-day still gets covered, but over the course of the year, just not specifically every single day. Mine is all digital, done in InDesign (with design help from Illustrator and Photoshop) with each year being printed/bound at when it’s finished. So far, so good, with very little I’m-behind stress.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love how you used the concept of “weight” here.

  • 48.
    Linda said…

    Last year was a crazy busy year in our lives. About three months in I quit worrying about weeks…and went with months instead. It took an enormous amount of pressure off my shoulders. There was that crazy month of May (isn’t there a song in the musical “Camelot” that goes by that name?) We had a child graduating on the East Coast, another returning from deployment on the West Coast, and four wrapping up their school year smack dab in the middle of the country, in addition to throwing a bridal shower in Mobile, Alabama. Life hit insane!It all made it’s way into our project life…not all in exactly the same order that it occurred…but, really who cares?!

  • 49.
    Suzanne said…

    I started out in January of 2012 with the intention of never letting myself fall behind in this project. This seemed easy enough to do since it was just a week at a time to stay on top of, but life got in the way. By September, I found myself 4.5 months behind :( The last thing I wanted to do at this point was throw in the towel. What I had accomplished up to this point was making me happy, so I stuck to it. I kept notes and ephemera in chronological order and just kept at it. It became a challenge to myself to get caught back up, and with life still marching on, more memories were adding up.

    I am happy to say that by years end, I had managed to get it all done…and I loved my results, too! This year, I am making a concerted effort to stay on track and up to date and so far, I have done that. I know that I could find myself back in last years predicament at any time, but the end results are SO worth the effort that it takes and I feel such a sense of accomplishment that I am already thinking of which core kit/album to use for 2014!

    I love Project Life!!!

  • 50.
    Glynis said…

    I stopped around April 2012 because I fell behind and was so overwhelmed with the weekly approach that I didn’t finish. I look back and think I wish I had captured the stories even if I didn’t have pictures. So for 2013 I sometimes do a week per spread…other times I do 2 or 3 weeks in 1 spread. It just depends on the week and how busy I am. All of Jan 2013 has 2 spreads. February has 3 spreads and March is getting 1 per week so far. I am happy with this approach. I will go back and finish 2012, I will print pictures for the month and put them in 1 spread. And that will be that.

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