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Why You Should Not Catch Up on Project Life

Project Life has become very famous now. Becky Higgins did a wonderful job finding a simple solution for our memory keeping needs and I admire her a lot for that. The idea of this project is to provide simple and stress free scrapbooking and it definitely fit my needs.

Needless to say, I became addicted to it.

But, I have a question for you.

Are you always trying to catch up on your Project Life albums?

It is probably because you are behind by a couple of weeks or you just stumbled upon this amazing project very recently and you want to document the previous years because let’s admit it – we want a place for all those memorable photos, don’t we?

Well, you know what? I AM LIKE THAT! I am always catching up. But here’s the thing, with all that’s going on in our life and all the projects that we want to do, I realized one thing

I should NOT catch up on my Project Life!


Let me tell you my story.

Project Life happened to me when I gave birth to my Alphonse. He was faced with an early challenge in life and needless to say, I want to remember those days, his beginning, his challenge and how he is coping.

And I told myself, PL is the perfect solution – which it really is!

However, despite wanting to start my project on time, I had to put it on the back burner when my baby had to undergo surgery and we had to stay (in Manila) for a couple of months, away from my 2 other daughters and husband who were all in Singapore at that time.

Alphonse and I traveled back to Singapore after his recovery and I was already 3 months behind on the project. I thought I’d have to start soon as I arrive.

But that didn’t happen either.

By the time I was ready to start, it’s already halfway through the year. I did not give up – because I planned on “CATCHING UP”

Sounds like a cool idea? NOT!

When I started catching up, the recent weeks worth of photos to document keeps on piling up too! It’s stressing the heck out of me. And stress is not really a good company for memory keeping, right? Just imagine you forcing yourself to do your spread just because you need to “catch up”? Does it sound like you’re still keeping the memories? Technically you are, but are you still having fun doing it?

FUN disappears when stress comes into the picture! 

When you are catching up, you tend to miss the present – because you are always working in the past. And before you know it, the present becomes part of the past that you need to work too. Until it has become overwhelming and you just want to totally give up on everything. Because my friends, some people are not good at catching up. It’s true there are others who are good at it but not everyone can do it.

Then, it dawned upon me to –

Live in the present but don’t leave the past behind. 

So, to be able to keep myself up to date with Project Life and still able to enjoy it – here’s what I did

Work on the CURRENT week and GO BACK 

That’s it!

All you have to do is work on your most recent week and slowly go backwards – one week at a time, until you have filled in  the gap between the past and the present. This way, you get to enjoy documenting what’s in front of you at the moment – which by the way, is so much fun because all the ideas you have are fresh and you get to take all the time you want to create the perfect spread for the week.


  1. Memory keeping should be fun, not stressful.
  2. If you want more work done, keep it simple. That’s why PL was created after all!
  3. Don’t let the trends and styles overwhelm you, do whatever works for you.

Project Life is a very effective memory keeping system for us busy moms and I am all head over heels in love with it.

So if you fell behind on some weeks, don’t panic! Try this solution and let me know if it worked for you.

Or if you have a system that currently works, please do share them in the comments so our readers can learn about it as well.

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  1. Angeline Tan

    January 18th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Totally agree with you! 🙂 I don’t usually scrap because I’m still studying & don’t have much free time. So in fact I just do PL by months (not weeks since sometimes nothing different happens the whole week!). It’s really fun when you do it just for the fun of it 🙂

  2. ing

    January 18th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    all true. thanks mye… 🙂

  3. Donna E.

    January 18th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Very true! And as Cassie said in the forum, can be applied to scrapbooking in general 🙂 Thanks for the tips, Mye!

  4. Pamela Jones

    January 19th, 2014 at 1:54 am

    So true – I have to keep telling myself all the time to enjoy what I’m currently working on and don’t worry about the “catching up”. I am about to finish an album of my granddaughter from 2011 but keep a daily diary and my photos are filed by date so it wasn’t a problem trying to remember what we had done.

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  6. Jaimee

    January 19th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Great advice Mye! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mye

    January 20th, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Thank you, Jaimee 🙂

  8. Audrey

    January 27th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Great tip! Think I shall do it that way. I have tons to catch up but will work on recent ones instead and work backwards!

  9. StacieM

    January 30th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I LOVE this comment: “Live in the present but don’t leave the past behind.” That is such a good reminder, especially for us memory keepers. I know that I often spend so much time working on layouts from moments that happened a year or two ago, that I don’t work on layouts of things going on in our current life. And honestly, that’s what I should be scrapping–the moments that are happening NOW so that I can write about them while they’re fresh in my mind. What a great idea to give myself permission to focus on the now, but to work backward and tackle things in the past a little at a time. LOVE this post. Thank you!

  10. Mye

    February 1st, 2014 at 6:46 am

    You are so much welcome, Stacie and I am happy that it inspired you 🙂

  11. Amara

    February 28th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I have been telling people this from the beginning of time …. well, maybe not that long 🙂 It was nice to show my colleagues this to solidify what I have been saying all this time!

  12. Mye

    February 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for the response, Amara. I’m glad to hear I am not the only one with that kind of thinking. Maybe we can share this to all our friends so they’ll know 🙂 Thanks for dropping by

  13. Anita

    March 9th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Totally wise beyond your years Mye. Today is truly the most important day of your life, so life it to the fullest. All the rest will fall into place.

  14. Mye

    March 9th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you Anita 🙂

  15. Zakirah

    March 21st, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    OMG Mye, this makes so much sense.
    In the beginning of the year, I wanted to start doing PL, but January was a difficult month for my family as my mom had a stroke…and it was super busy and crazy. February was a recovery month, which wasn’t as busy but still crazy. Now it’s March, and I’m tired of trying to catch up and finally almost gave up on PL.

    Thanks for writing this. I feel it’s so much easier to approach PL (and scrapping, in general) this way. Start with the current and slowly go backwards. Just beautiful 🙂

  16. Mye

    March 21st, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’m happy you find it useful Zakirah!

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  18. Brenda

    June 1st, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t do Project Life but this advice still applies. I’m making an annual album as I go and aim to scrap things as they happen. I’m also making another album of older photos (current spreads are from 2011) and only work on that AFTER my current layouts are done.

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