Hello Catch Up with Project Life!

Hello my fellow Project-Lifers! I am so beyond thrilled to be sharing my latest collaborative class at Big Picture Classes called Catch Up with Project Life!

It is a 3 week online class taught by me, Megan Anderson and Trisha Harrison. It starts October 30th but registration is open now so you can get started on the first three challenges. Cost is only $30 for some amazing content, prizes and a lot more!

It is all about MAKING PROGRESS and HAVING FUN with filling in gaps or "catching up" with our Project Life. 

It is about joining together as a community to inspire and uplift one another. 

It is about letting go of guilt and getting more done.

It is about welcoming beginners and helping seasoned Project Lifers find their groove.

Are you excited yet?

Below are some peeks at some of the layouts I have created for this class. I just counted the pages I have created and I am blown away. For this chronically behind, gap-laden Project Lifer, I have created or filled in pretty big gaps for over 40 pages and caught up on over three months of Project Life, all while staying somewhat current. It's seriously cool. I am more motivated than ever to keep going back and start filling in the smaller gaps. 

And yet…I have never technically "finished" a Project Life album. 

Why would I share that with you when I am supposed to be "an expert?" (who knows what that really means anyways.) But seriously, I share that because I am just like you. I am a busy working mom. I love taking photos and memory keeping. I dabble in the online scrapbooking world. I love to start projects. I really do. I just have a hard time finishing them!

I share that because when my family looks at my albums, they focus on all that I have created. The memories and moments that are captured. Not that my use of visual triangles or rounded versus squared corners. They are just happy to see photos and read stories. And yes, I'm happy my daughter loves  stickers and embellishments too. But that's beside the point.

The point is: memory keeping with Project Life is awesome! But like with any attempt at chronological documentation, it is very easy to "fall behind" and have gaps in our albums. 

What is the class NOT about?

This class is not about seeing who has the most gaps. 

This is not about seeing who is the best at keeping up. 

This class is not about saying you have to do it our way. 

This class is not a race or a competition to see who can create the most layouts. 

It is about learning techniques and principles to help you fill in gaps and possibly keep current while doing so. 

The main idea is that we have created 12 challenges, each with lots of instruction including video presentations, video tutorials, pdf handouts and bonus worksheets. These 12 challenges are designed around some of the main "reasons why" people fall behind or have gaps. And the fun thing: we have a prize for each challenge! So even more motivation to complete the challenges!

We also have bonus collaborative handouts tackling some other areas where people may struggle: title pages, memorabilia and how to handle those "extra projects" like Week in the Life™ or December Daily™.

As if that isn't enough, there will be emails throughout the week to help keep you motivated and inspired, including some printables.

There will be a gallery and message boards + live video chats with the instructors.

Yes, it's a lot! But wait, there's more! (insert infomercial voice here!)

Are you a beginner? We have you covered! We have tips for beginners as well as those who have been working on Project Life for a while. 

Are you current in your Project Life? We have tips and motivation for you as well with photo and journaling prompts to help inspire even more life documentation for the three weeks of class. Plus, you will be learning principles to help you as you move forward.

And finally, we are going to be finishing the class with a big Catch Up with Project Life Party! A full 12 hours for us to play together with additional inspiration from us as well as some very special guests to help you really bust out and finish your pages for the challenges.

Needless to say, this class has been a labor of love. We really wanted to create something that would be fun + inspirational + focus on getting more done. We are not perfect. This class is likely not perfect. But I think it's pretty darn good and I really hope you will join us.

So here are a few of my sneaks and you can click here to find out more about the class and sign up. (I have a coupon code below as well.)

Big Hint: if you sign up now, you can get started on our first 3 challenges in pre class. That's right! It's like getting an extra week of class and it will give you time to figure out what you want to work on and get ready for the rest of the class.


First up: one big tip. If you are going to be working on pages from various years, I highly recommend grabbing an extra album if you have one available. It really helped me keep focused just on the layouts I wanted to work on and it was super motivating to see this album fill up. The album I used is this one: this really fun black and white striped album from the  Heidi Swapp Project Life edition. You can find that here or at your local Michael's store.

Seriously, this album is almost full now!

Have big gaps? I had two big gaps in my 2013 album. Seriously, this was what my October and November 2013 looked like when I started.

And here are some sneaks of the finished pages.

And yes, those are sneak peeks of pages created using the newly released Project Life® App!! Check out more information about that from Becky Higgins here.

Do you have smaller areas to fill in? We have ideas for that too.

I fell behind with my attempt to do a photo a day for December Daily™ in December of 2012. I was able to complete the month following the principles in class and I have ideas on how to finish that year's December Daily™ too!

Are you excited yet? Okay, so what are you waiting for!! Just go here and check out more about the class and get registered! We are so excited to help you get started catching up.

So just say "YES!" to both donuts for dinner and having more fun playing catch up with your Project Life! We are so thrilled to have you join us!!

And for your reward for making it through this post: You can use the coupon code: teacherspet for $5 off the price of $30. (note that the code is good through September and cannot be combined with other offers like student rewards.)

For more information on Project Life® by Becky Higgins, click here. To sign up for the class click here.

please note: links are affiliate links and do not cost you any more, but I will receive a small compensation if you purchase the class through my links. Thank you so much for your support and I am so excited for class to start! If you need any help before class, please email me at annetteharing@yahoo.com or tag me on Instagram user name: annetteharing. See you in class!


  1. Hey Annette,
    So excited to see that you are part of this class. I signed up and have checked out some of the pre-class material. I just want to say that I appreciate the work you put into class content. You seem to go above and beyond. Thanks so much. So inspired to work on some projects!
    (Love the cheer at the end of your welcome video!)

    1. Yay!! Thank you Sarah!! So happy to be a part of it and so thrilled you are joining in! It will be fun. I really think it's the people who participate in the class that make it so fun when the class is live, so thank you for being a part of it!!

      And so cool that you like my dorky cheer!! Can you tell I never tried out for cheerleading? lol I just get so excited I can't help it. Thanks so much but watch out, I might keep it up!!

      So excited you are inspired to work on some projects too. Can't wait to see what you create!!

  2. Hi Annette,
    So excited to hear about this course. Sounds like my perfect one!!! I would love to get excited about catching up on a few projects that haven't been complete. Oh how good that would feel!!!!! I am a big fan of yours and without your Collect App idea I don't know if I would still be doing Project Life. That was a game changer for me and has allowed me to stay up to date all year. I can't wait to see your tips on the new Project Life App. I spent two hours on it the other night and I love it!
    Off to sign up for your class now. Xxx

    1. Yay!! Thanks!! So happy it helps! I know I wouldn't have even a quarter of the pages I have now if I didn't use that app. So happy it helps you too!!

  3. I just signed up, since I'm sooooo needing this. :) And since my b-day iscoming up in just a couple of days I'll consider it a present for myself. ;)

  4. So glad to have stumbled upon this post. I am so behind on my Project life, i only have from week 8 done. This will be exactly what i need to help motivate me to get it done. Luckily even though I haven't done it, I've kept notes! see you in class -- and congrats on being part of ali's design team!

    1. Thanks Amy!!! "document now, create later!" that's a great approach and can't wait to see what you create!

  5. I don't even do Project Life and you're making me want to sign up to get caught up on my chronological albums. What do you think? Will the ideas translate to traditional scrappers too?

    1. I think so! We have some conversations going on mixing traditional and PL pages, plus some discussion on Library of Memories approach. Especially for a chronological approach, this is helpful. We go over photo management and organization too. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi Annette,
    I know this class has already started. Today is the last day to sign up and I am on the fence about doing so. I have created one PL album and am stuck - so I have way more than gaps I have at least 5 PL core kits and many other mini kits, 100s of photos printed, etc. It all seems overwhelming and just not sure where to start. Needless to say I am beyond the "fill in the gaps" and wasn't sure whether this class would be beneficial. Just looking for your opinion.Thanks!!

    1. Maria,

      I would love to have you join us!! My first challenge is all about getting started again. I go through "project life holidays" as I call them too. I share several different options and approaches to get started and we are happy to help. Megan's first challenge may also help with this, to help if you need to consider changing your perspective. I also have video tutorials and handouts on assembly and tips on how to come up with your own "basic recipe" to help with assembly. I think it is an awesome class as it inspired me too. Hope that helps!

    2. And my content for week 2 is how I filled in two months that were completely empty and how to use batching to fill in big gaps. Would love to have you join us!

  7. Annette,
    Thanks so much. I just tried to sign up but it is no longer showing :(. This morning it said last time to sign up was 10pm. I did email Big Picture Classes so we shall see. Thanks so much for getting back to me. I really appreciate it! I hope I can make it in - this sounds exactly like what I need. Thanks again!

    1. Happy you got in the class! If anyone else is interested, they extended class registration until 11-19 because of that glitch on registration! Yay!!