Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



the return of Project Real Life

Quick random fact and item of business, then we’re jumping into serious FUN today! The random fact? This is officially my 1,500th blog post. I started blogging 6 1/2 years ago. If you do the math … well … it’s a lot of blogging.  ; )

We wanted to say Congratulations! to these 2 lucky winners from Friday’s giveaway. You have each won a free seat in Candice’s upcoming class! Please email brandi@beckyhiggins.com to claim your seat.

Melissa in Pocola, Oklahoma
Tracy in Burnaby, BC, Canada

For those of you who didn’t win but are still excited about Candice’s class, she is offering $10 off the cost of registration when you enter the code PLFlash10 at checkout. This discount offer ends on Wednesday, October 23.

Speaking of upcoming classes … I have an exciting announcement to share with you today. Here’s a short video filmed right at home where I give you an overview of this workshop that I’m bringing back to Big Picture Classes.

I saw an overwhelming response to my Project Real Life class the first time around, so we’re opening up this experience to a new crop of scrapbookers who are excited to plan, organize, create, and remember … together. I’m really excited to once again be able to interact directly with so many of you in a private classroom. This will be 12 weeks of inspiration, liberation, and growth in many ways.

This is not a class where we’re talking about scrapbooking the whole time. If you’re familiar with my tagline Cultivate a good life and record it – the class is really based a whole lot on that part about cultivating a good life. I’ve broken the content into 12 segments that cover everything from organizing and decorating to fostering relationships and getting a grip on managing our time. I’m also sharing plenty of ideas to get your creative wheels turning about how to document life and with the “real life” pictures you take.

If you took this class in 2012 and are interested in joining me again, I’ve made some updates. Watch for a special alumni offer coming from Big Picture Classes when class registration officially opens. Oh – and whether you’re a brand-new PRL student or returning again, you should know that we have a fun, NEW surprise in store for the run of this class. Top secret for now, but you’ll find out at registration time.


Registration opens Nov. 14th and the full registration page will be up at that point, but for now you can see the workshop page HERE where you can enter your email address if you want to be notified as soon as the registration opens up. You’ll want to be in on that because the first 500 people to register for the class have a very special bonus that we’ll tell you about as we get closer.

If you’re not familiar with Big Picture Classes, these live, interactive workshops have an amazing sense of community, connection, and support. It’s wonderful to “meet” like-minded friends from all over the world.

One last note: If you did go through my entire 12-week workshop in 2012 and you feel inclined to leave a comment about how the content helped or inspired you in some way, that would be really cool for your fellow readers here to be able to get some glimpses of what they might expect from the workshop instead of hearing it from me.  ; )




42 Responses

  1. Crystal says:

    I’m so excited! I took the class in 2012 and refer back to the material often! Can’t wait to take it again! You are such an inspiration Becky!

  2. Holly Sully says:

    Oh My Gosh!! I loved last years class and I am sooo excited that you are bringing it back again and I know what I will be giving my self for my birthday! (as a few weeks early present) Best Birthday Present ever? Yes I do believe so!

  3. I wasn’t ready to take your class last year, but, you better believe I’m ready this year! Can’t WAIT!!!

  4. Ellie A. says:

    I took this class and loved it.. and 11/14 is my bday I think that is just a sign that I have to!! can’t wait.

  5. Amy says:

    This class is not about Scrapbooking….it is about living a fulfilled life and capturing the true beauty in the ordinary daily occurrences. I found this class to slow me down and I started enjoying the small things. It made me a better mom, daughter, wife and person…and I have it all documented! Becky not only sells a product but a way to enrich your life!

  6. Michelle L. says:

    This is terrific news! I took the class in 2012 (the only online course I have ever taken) and thought it was terrific. It is organized so well (what else would you expect from Becky Higgins??) and I felt that the focus was right on target: emphasizing ways to “cultivate a good life” as primary and then, secondarily, recording/documenting that life. It had lots of thought-provoking content and was a wonderful blend of being both practical and inspiring. I found myself waiting with great anticipation for the videos to be posted each week, and I enjoyed each one. At its most basic level, I felt that the class was not primarily a papercrafting/scrapbooking class, but addressed bigger topics than that– although anyone loving those hobbies probably came away from the course with a renewed perspective on the importance of documenting life and especially on living the kind of life that you are eager to document.

    Becky, you addressed this a little bit in the posting above, but I wondered if you might be able to speak more directly to whether the 2014 class will be largely a repeat of the first one or whether it contains mainly new content… I’m just trying to get a sense of the degree of overlap. Thanks! :)

    • Yes, Michelle – this is a REPEATED class with REPEATED content from last time. I have updated the content where it needs to be updated (last time there was talk about the holidays because it was the last few months of the year; this time we’re kicking off a new year). But same handouts and videos and such. Just a couple of things that are “new”.

      The big thing that IS brand-new this time is a little surprise that we’ll be announcing as we get closer to registration opening on Nov. 14. Stay tuned for that.

    • Tiffany N says:

      Becky, I wish I had taken the class last time and received your lessons about holidays. Is there any chance you could offer those holiday lessons separately in the near future so I (and others) could enjoy those lessons now, as we head towards the 213 holiday season?
      Thanks so much.

  7. Denise Hunter says:

    I took the class in 2012 and I loved it! Worth every penny! The handouts were great, the videos were interesting and kept my attention and I really looked forward to each week. I hope to take it again.

  8. Yeah!! I am excited to see this class come back again. I took it last year and loved it!! I have taken several classes from Big Picture over the years and this was my absolute favorite!! :)

  9. Brandie says:

    I took the class in 2012. I loved the class!!!! It helped me document and make my project life album even better!!!

  10. Wendy says:

    How exciting! I have heard such good things about this class from some of my favorite bloggers, so I’m thrilled that you’re offering it again. I will definitely be one of the first 500! :) Thanks, Becky!

  11. Kim says:

    This sounds really exciting, can anyone tell me what the price is going to be?? I would like to sign up right away but need to put it in my budget!!!! :)

  12. Jenny says:

    I took the class as well and loved the live chats with Becky! I still remember her beautiful laugh about my question back then. I have to admit I never finished all the weekly spreads but I am ok with that. I will take the course for sure this next time. The PL cards we all got from Pernsickity Prints were wonderful (both in looks and quality) especially because I even got mine shipped to Germany.

    Yes the price was expensive with $ 100. I think I got my value for that money.

  13. Natalie says:

    I took the class, and while I loved the content, it was very inspiring and organized…..I felt quite a bit of the class content was actually pulled from her blog! Which is for free!
    It makes sense that quite a bit of her class referenced many experiences and ideas from her blog (with direct links!) because the class is about how Becky Higgins cultivates a good life….which is what Becky’s blog is about! So duh!
    And I really don’t want to bash Becky Higgins at all! Because truth be known I love her products, her philosophy and really think she is great! It’s just for the price of the class last year I didn’t really feel it had any exclusivity to it and if I were to consider it a second go around…..I’d really have to be swayed that the class would contain content that was special to the class and only the class (at least if the class is to have a steep price tag on it).
    I have never written anything like this before, and I really hope that this doesn’t come as a negative to Becky Higgins ComPany. I’m just trying to be honest (the last class had quite a bit of unwarranted negativity about the content itself which was uncomfortable). Overall it was a really informative class and the overall community is awesome at BPC!

    • Donna says:

      I would have to agree with you. It was good content, but not enough to warrant the steep price.

    • Camie says:

      I couldn’t have said it better. I enjoyed the quote cards but the content was things you know from following the blog.

    • Cate says:

      Average content, Beckys spent very little time on message boards and chats were rushed (sick, busy etc), alot from her blog , very steep price for what you get. Lots of post class regrets on message boards from cutomers.

    • Cate, I learned from last year’s experience how much the students wanted to see more of my personal interaction in the classroom. Noted for next time. : )

      Please don’t misunderstand this to be “defensive” but those few months while I was teaching the class turned out to be one of the most difficult times in my life. My brother died. I did get quite sick. And yet I had the weight of the world sitting on my shoulders as I pressed forward in doing my best to balance my role as a wife & mother, a business owner, heavily serving in my community, and being a teacher in a virtual classroom.

      That was my real life situation in 2012, and I was indeed grateful to all who understood that I was limited in my capacity (and sleep-deprived through it all) – but I did the very best that I could under the circumstances.

    • Natalie, I don’t take this as “negative”. It’s a valid point, thank you for sharing.

      Yes – some of the ideas and content that I cover in my Project Real Life class come from my many many years of sharing. If you’re an avid following of my blog, you’re definitely going to get some of that “familiarity” from my class.

      However, there are a vast majority of people who are not necessarily following my blog who simply don’t have the time to sift through content on the web. This class is hyper organized in the way I pull information and ideas together in a class format so that hopefully the inspiration can really set in, instead of feel scattered – know what I mean? : )

      But even still – much of the content is absolutely fresh. And to be clear – this re-run of the class is a repeat of the one I did in 2012 with a few minor updates. I’m very transparent about that. I don’t want anyone thinking this is a whole new class with brand-new content from last year.

  14. Mary Jo says:

    I couldn’t take her class last year, but I am this year! Did she do live videos last year? I already know this class will benefit me! I can’t wait!

  15. Chris R says:

    This sounds like an amazing class. I would like to know the cost so that I can put that money aside and be able to take the class. Any chance of finding out the cost?

  16. Susan says:

    I absolutely loved everything about the class last year! I found it truly inspirational! I especially enjoyed the two live question and answer sessions that Becky offered. I am looking forward to taking the 2014 class! Thank you for offering it again!

  17. Susan says:

    Oops…there were three live chats!!

  18. Theresa M. says:

    I took the class and absolutely loved it! Enjoyed the live chats and am looking forward to it again :)

  19. Michelle Laulu says:

    I need some advice. I have saved enough to either sign up for Becky’s Project Real Life class, or purchase a complete Project Life kit (binder, core kit, big pack of photo pockets, and pens). For those of you that have experienced the class, what would you do in my situation? (I cannot afford both). I’m also curious as to what Becky would reccomend. Thank you everyone for your help. :-)

    • Michelle Laulu says:


    • Kris says:

      Buy the kit and document your memories. The class was average, many were disapointed and complained every week. There is alot of repetition from her blog. But the concept of PL is amazing and you will enjoy documenting your memories and keeping them forever. If you have to choose but the kit —-

    • If I knew you personally I’d be able to make a recommendation.

      There really is a lot of value that many have gotten from my class and I certainly poured my heart & soul into the content shared. However, when it comes down to actually doing something with your memories – pick up the product, print your pictures, and start putting it together. I would recommend that you watch my “Scrapbooking with Project Life” class online and LIVE (and free!) November 20-22. That was announced on my blog today so check that out.

      On the other hand, if you already have a bunch of scrapbooking done and you’re looking for more “cultivating a good life” inspiration, my PRL class is really designed with that in mind. I really tap into my inner “life coach”. ; )

      Good luck deciding!

    • Michelle Laulu says:

      Thank you so much for your input! I’m excited to consider both and make a decision that is either “Better” or “Best”. It’s a win win either way. I will definitely enroll in the LIVE class, and thank you as well for giving us an option for a free class. Everyone can afford free!

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  21. Anna says:

    Sounds like the first time around you should have delayed the class, so many of us were unfortunately disapointed in the content, and your involvement in the class. Sorry to hear of your personal difficulties at that time.

  22. Lois says:

    For those of you considering taking this class: it is not about scrapbooking PL or any tips on how to do layouts, etc. It is more about ways to cultivate a good life, and making some pages about that. We received these cute 4×6 cards with phrases on them for each week’s topic; hopefully they’ll do that again. I really liked them. I liked the class, but doubt I’ll take it in 2014, only because it is a repeat of content. The other great thing about BPC is that the material is always available so you can refer back to it anytime.

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  25. Julie says:

    thanks so much for changing the time of year. I am hoping to have more time to focus on the class than I did last year. Even though some are saying there was not exclusive content, I still like having it organized into a scheduled way that will force me to take the time to focus on it and use it. Also I like being able to refer back to it without having to search the whole blog! And lastly, while I do love project life, I am looking forward to the other parts of cultivating a good life as I miss this being in the blog as much since your products have taken on a life of their own! Thanks!

  26. Tami says:

    I would love to take Becky’s Project Real Life Class. I will be out of the country for the first 2 weeks of the class. Will I still be able to access those missed classes, or will I be out of luck?

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