I need some honest advice about my unfinished Project Life 2013

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Posted: 1/11/2014 3:32:56 PM
I really like Project Life but fell behind in 2013. I stopped around July. I am holding my head down in shame. I really like it and HATE to have an unfinished project. Of course now I am sick with a terrible head cold. Do you think I can still complete it and start 2014? Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks for the help


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Posted: 1/11/2014 3:38:06 PM
YES! I totally think you can!! And don't hold your head down in shame! Think of all the memories that wouldn't have been captured and recorded if you didn't do any of it. And seriously....in two years when someone picks up your album, who is really going to know that you stopped at July???

I would say go ahead and start your 2014 album just so you don't get behind on two projects and then feel overwhelmed. Then you can work on the rest of your 2013 with your extra bits and pieces from your 2014 album. And keep it simple........do a month at a time and you will be caught up in no time!! You can do it!


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Posted: 1/11/2014 3:39:59 PM
I'm still working on 2013 and starting 2014. I'm just taking my time working my way through.


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Posted: 1/11/2014 3:44:41 PM
I hope so, because I am in a similar position -- I am still trying to complete my 2012 albums, while also starting 2014. (I took 2013 off.) I have set myself a goal of finishing one 2012 layout a week, and keeping current at the same time. I haven't done anything other than taking photos and writing journaling notes for 2014 yet, but aside from two weeks over Christmas, I have kept to my one-PL-layout-per-week goal since mid-October. If I can do it, you can too!


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Posted: 1/11/2014 3:51:23 PM
I'm in a similar position with my 2013 PL. I'm not too bothered honestly. I've been this far behind before and caught up. Just take good notes and keep taking pictures.

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Posted: 1/11/2014 3:54:09 PM
I printed my sized pictures every week of 2013 but only completed two weeks of layouts. My plan is to keep up with 2014, but once I finish a week this year, work on a week from last year.

I also have a Project 365 from five years ago I plan to finish.

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Posted: 1/11/2014 4:04:23 PM
I also stopped at July, but have plans to complete it in a few weeks. I do a double spread for each month; when starting, I knew I won't be able to do weekly, so monthly is manageable for me. If you were doing it weekly, would you consider finishing the year in monthly spreads?

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Posted: 1/11/2014 4:09:46 PM
You are soooooooo not alone here girl!!
I have the last ~3 months to get finished up with. And I'm getting it done, a few minutes at a time! I'm still on board with 2014 too.
In order to not overwhelm myself, I'm taking a few minutes most days, and getting even one spread done. Sometimes a bit more. I'm keeping it super simple. Photos, a few bits of journaling, and calling it done. And I still love it.
You know, I embellished (at times) a bit more, at earlier times in the year...and I don't even notice that at first as I flip through my books. I see it, but my eye goes to the stories & pictures, not the extras. Don't get me wrong, I love the extra fun stuff I add occasionally, but I'm saving myself time, by mostly leaving that out, in an effort to get done, and it's working.
Trust me, if you still want it done, you can do it, and not overwhelm yourself! A few minutes, a couple times a week, and you'll be done before you know it. Just keep it simple.
You'll feel so good as it gets finished! I feel better already, and still have several weeks to work on, lol!
And I'm still excited to get cracking on 2014.
I'm also thinking more, about how I want to simplify this project for myself, for this year. And honestly, as I work on finishing 2013, I think it's helping me see what truly is important to me about it. So I can stay a bit more on top of it for this year!
Sorry for the long post but You Can Do It! The trick is making it EASY on yourself, simple simple simple! It's all good!

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Posted: 1/11/2014 4:50:12 PM
absolutely! the trick for me is to not feel pressured to be "caught up." i started project life in 2013 and was surprised to actually enjoy it (a friend talked me into it as i had avoided it for years). i work monthly, not weekly. i have been good about getting my photos printed and slotted into pages every two or three weeks. i've finished completely through august and have all my pictures filled in through the rest of the year. now i feel i can work at my own pace and we can still enjoy the albums while they're "in progress." i've enjoyed and appreciate this project so much that i've gone back and started project life albums for 2012 as well. and yes, i have my intro page to 2014 in the book! honestly, i feel like as long as i have the pictures printed and some good notes, it doesn't matter when i get the rest done. i'd rather enjoy the process than rush through. i think making myself feel like i had a deadline looming would make me not want to do it.

i say go ahead and start 2014, because starting something new and fresh is fun and motivating and put 2013 on the back burner until you have some extra time to devote to it. no pressure! it's not an "unfinished project" it's a "work in progress!"

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Posted: 1/11/2014 4:59:06 PM
I definitely find it easier to do weeks as soon as possible after they've happened... have you considered doing 2014 as it happens and maybe doing a week or two of 2013 until you've caught up? I normally do a 2-page spread each week, but I got behind a couple of times last year... there were a couple of times that I just did a 1-page spread a couple weeks in a row to catch up. I don't even notice it when I look through my 2013 book. Just some ideas!

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Posted: 1/11/2014 5:37:37 PM
I'm odd Pea out- but I don't think you HAVE to finish it if you don't feel like it. There is no shame in doing 6-7 months.
Heck it wasn't long ago Week-in-a-Life was a big deal. You could label label 26/52 or something. Just make regular layouts for remaining big events.
Living life got in the way- you might be briefly disappointed you only ran a half marathon at this time, but it's still a huge accomplishment and will show those "in the future" what you did.

But if you WANT to finish it go for it!


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Posted: 1/11/2014 5:45:27 PM
I'd do monthly for the rest of the year and be current for 2014
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Posted: 1/11/2014 5:49:06 PM
On Ali Edwards blog, she'd shown how she'll add some post its and jot down notes or which photos she may want to insert for some of the weeks she's behind on...maybe that will make you feel better...my opinion is it's not a race, every week is not vital to capture, just do whatever works for you.


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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:10:58 AM
Thanks for all of the encouragement. While laying around last night I looked at my calendar notes to see if I could even remember enough and fortunately I had written notes through November so I completed my notes and will organize my pictures today. I think I can do this!! I love the concept just not sure about it all.



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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:12:41 AM

I think I can do this!!
I know you can!!! Have fun.


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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:40:45 AM
Sticking my hand up with the "still working on 2013" crowd. I do monthly anyway, but I know some people who fall behind weekly still sometimes catch up by going monthly, or at least figuring out how to simplify your process so it doesn't seem overwhelming. For example, maybe you can use premade cards and a kit rather than making things and doing a lot of embellishing, or you could add the embellishing at a later date but get the framework in place now. You have plenty of other Peas in the same situation who are cheering you on!

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Posted: 1/12/2014 12:19:45 PM
I have done the same thing for 2years. This year I am making monthly pl layouts and if I have extra pictures for that month I bought some of odd size page protectors to use in the middle of the pages. Less stress but still will have memories documented

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Posted: 1/12/2014 12:20:35 PM
You can definitely catch up and finish 2013 if you want. You just need to manage expectations about how detailed it needs to be. I have about 6 to 8 weeks from 2013 to finish as well. My process is to go in steps. Right now I'm working on printing all remaining pictures and sticking the ones I want to use in the pockets for those weeks. Next I add any random memorabilia I have to those weeks. Then I add the paper and filler cards. Finally I add additional journaling. I don't spend time embellishing or printing pics in special sizes etc. I can start that back up in 2014.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 12:28:32 PM
What is it about July? That is where I am at in my 2013 album. I am going to work on this years album and lasts at the same time. Today I plan on starting and finishing Jan 2014 week one and the first week in July 1013.

I didn't take notes, when I go though my picture folders I get my memory jogged. I want to be more detailed this year so I am using the capture app.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 12:34:39 PM
You can do this!

I was in the same position a couple of weeks ago, but I set aside 6 hours over a weekend, reset my expectations of the project, and just did what I could and called it done. Feels great to have some memories documented for the last half of the year, even if it isn't exactly what I had originally envisioned!

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Posted: 1/12/2014 12:34:56 PM
Absolutely you can finish your 2013 book and still work on your 2014 book at the same time!!! There is no rule that states that previous years must be completed before starting the current year. I fell behind on 2013 in March but I still have plans to go back and finish it. I still haven't even fully finished 2012 but I have plans to go back and finish that one too. It's all good.

I really wish so many of us would stop putting pressure and guilt and stress on ourselves over unfinished projects. It's a hobby, something meant to be done as enjoyment. We have enough other things in our lives that give us guilt, pressure and stress. Our hobby is supposed to relieve those things, not add to them.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 8:22:50 PM
You can DEFINITELY do it!!!!

I am finishing up dec 2014 and starting 2014 currently. I'll stay on too of 2014 and work on 2013 as I find the time, no biggie!


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Posted: 1/13/2014 12:21:19 AM
I'm right there with you. I took a monthly approach and LOVE all the months I completed but I got lazy and didnt get my pictures printed and fell behind.

I know myself well enough to know that if I didn't complete it last year, I won't this year. I plan to complete it in February and then do a 6x8 version of PL this year using one photo a week plus I'm ordering an Epson Picturemate. I really think the key to doing PL is printing at home. So maybe ask yourself why you think you could make it work this year when you didn't last year? Either figure out a way to overcome the difficulty or don't attempt it is my advice but I think I'm in the minority!

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Posted: 1/13/2014 11:02:41 AM
I didn't read all of the other posts that you can do it if you want to and that you can work on both however you want to. Just make sure that it is something you enjoy doing...just like nobody says you have to finish one year before starting the second, nobody says you have to do PL every year either. I did it in 2009, and 2011 and do regular pages too. I find that every other year works for me. I still capture daily, everyday type memories, and special memories but don't get overwhelmed doing it every year. I skipped 2013 also but may do monthly type for 2014. Have fun and good luck with whatever you decide!

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Posted: 1/13/2014 12:47:58 PM
I did project 365…which is a photo a day, and I did journaling for each day.
I stopped in (I think) April.
But finished the rest of the album in Jan or Feb…this was a few years ago.

Here is my finished album…I kept it as simple as can be, journaling and photos.
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Posted: 1/13/2014 3:17:01 PM
You are not alone! I just printed 200+ pictures and got them sorted and placed into the page protectors. I still have some weeks where there are huge empty holes (like 7 out of 8 slots, lol) that I am racking my brain for ideas on how to fill. I have a good portion of both halves of my year filled up waiting for journaling. But I am no where near done.

I decided that I still want to do PL this year BUT it will not be a weekly format. I will not try to be quite so artsy and snapping pics of dinners, laundry, etc.... I'm going to stick with documenting by month. May be 8 slots, might be 32 per month, but I'm over trying to make things seem more interesting than not. With 3 teenage girls and 1 pre-teen boy going in 40 directions, I can't catch it all and my 3 year old thinks anytime I pull out my phone I'm trying to take her picture, lol. Seriously, I have like 12 weeks of nothing but marching band, football and cheer practice with random pics of my toddler thrown in so we know I'm not just using the same pics from the week before. We're just gonna tone it down a bit.

***ETA*** You asked for advice, lol. You can do it! I think the idea of working on one week from both years is good. Or even giving yourself a make-up weekend where 2013 is all you work on. Actually, I have a crop coming up and that might be my new plan.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 3:34:46 PM
Yes, you can definitely get it done. I've only just started my 2013 and am still going and adding bits in to my 11/12 album. Mine will not be week to week but more a monthly overview. I live what I've got so far.
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Posted: 1/13/2014 3:42:50 PM
Yes you can! but do it because you want to do it.
I procrastinated on my journaling from Project Life because it's my least favorite part, so I had spots in almost every week going back to February. Plus I had a few missing pieces here and there, so in December, I made the decision to get to work and get it complete by midnight on New Years Eve... and I did it! I not only had journaling missing but almost entire weeks missing from October - Dec. I did it! That's one really great thing about Project Life is that it's really easy to get caught up.

Take it a week at a time, or an element at a time. Print all your photos. Insert all the photos. Do all the journaling. Don't stress, do it for a few hours when you can and it will get done. Put on a movie or TV show and just work along.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 3:46:33 PM

Do you think I can still complete it and start 2014?

Absolutely not! Now, go stand in the corner and hang your head in shame.

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