3.28.2013

project life: can you really go back? a tale of falling behind...

I have been getting numerous comments from people wondering how I keep up and how great it must feel to be on top of Project Life. And it does. Last year and this year. What people do not realize is the dirty little secret that has been sitting in a crop bag under my bed for the last 16 months.

2011 is only half complete.

And when I say half, I'm not talking about a missing photo or journaling card here or there. Nope. From July through December? Pretty much empty pages. It's been bothering me for weeks as I diligently keep up with this year. I'm okay with not having touched 2010, George's first year, because I will be using the baby kit to do a first year album. But, having the following year just sit empty was something I couldn't let go. So, I'm doing something about it.
I'm printing photos in batches, slipping them in the pockets, jotting down a few notes on the journaling cards from the notebook I kept and that's it. Photos + pen + core kit. Just getting it done. Like this...
 and this...
and this...
 and this...
So why not just let it go? Leave the album half done, call it good and continue moving forward? Simple. There are so many family memories in the last several months of that year that deserve to be off the hard drive and in a place where this magic can happen...
As I was photographing the pages above, G sat down and started flipping through the album. I heard, "That is baby George!" and "Look, Mommy, we are at the park!" When he got to the blank pages, he said, "Oh no! The pictures are gone!"

Not for long...

The best thing about Project Life? Going back is do-able. Fast. And for anyone who wants to do it. Print photos, slip them in the pockets. Write a note or even just the date (guesstimates count!) and it's still beautiful. The extras I add to my current album? Completely optional. Don't have photos from every week? That's fine too!

***Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am simply a loyal user of the Project Life products and system. I received no compensation for this post.

4 comments:

Jac said...

Thanks for sharing! I have done Project Life for the last few years....it has had its up/downs with falling behind, but the beauty is that I have always been able to catch up relatively easy.

I am also using the supplies to catch up on other albums. I scrapbook for my nieces (7 & 4.5). I started out with traditional albums for them...and just kept falling farther behind. I finally made the decision to convert their albums to Project Life (why didn't I do this sooner??). I have spent the last two months working on their albums as I had time....and as of last night, I am caught up! It only took me two months to catch up 3.5 years (x2) in their albums! I can't sing the praises of Project Life loud enough!

Lynn Murphy said...

I love how your projects turn out. Its great that G looks at them. My kids no matter what their age enjoy my albums. SO keep up even if they're in the albums with minimal stuff. At least the hard part is done. LOL!

aurie good said...

Love the pages - hard to believe that G was so little! Wow :)

TAMANI MARTLEY said...

Thank you for the inspiration to keep going. I'm not doing weekly, I'm doing monthly. I started in March so I am behind a bit but catching up fast. Trying to catch up and stay current is working but sometimes I get frustrated because I cant remember exact dates or something. However its OK. I just guess close as possible and keep it moving.

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