Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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then & now


Making connections between then and now has always been something I am drawn to. This old scrapbook page I did about 20 years ago combines a picture of me as a little girl on my dad’s lap and then again when I was graduating from high school. I did it partly for sentimental reasons and partly just to be funny since obviously I no longer fit in my dad’s lap!

I think we’re all drawn to then & now connections in one way or another. When you watch this video, pay attention to your feelings. Do you start thinking about your own photos of long ago and how you can make connections between what used to be and what is now? It’s only two minutes long. Have a look.

I’ve been feeling particularly sentimental lately. My 16-year-old niece Ele and I have been rediscovering some of my old childhood treasures – photos, of course, my nine-page list of what features I wanted in a “dream boyfriend” or future husband (Seriously?! Who does this?), and even four pairs of my old glasses. I thought it would be fun to share a few snippets of Then & Now based on a few of the gems we came across.



That’s me at age 15 wearing my dad’s suit jacket and tie. I have no idea why I chose that attire other than I thought it was something cool to do for a portrait I needed to have for my high school photography class. (Yes, that was my natural curl.) And on the right, that’s me right now – 22 years later and re-creating the shot with my husband’s jacket and tie.



I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved this pink LeClic. It was my first camera. I was probably about 12 when my parents gave this gift to me. I desperately wanted a camera more than anything. And I couldn’t believe it was PINK! And on the right … that, of course, is my iPhone 5S. My current camera. The one I use every single day to document the stuff of life.



This was kind of fun to see again. In middle school (ages 12-14 for me), we did this whole survey thing that resulted in telling us what we were inclined to do for a career when we got older. This was the beginning of me thinking about a career path. And by the looks of it, there was really no path at all. I’m laughing about how all over the place I was at that age!

In middle school I had a preference for music and art and felt like I had musical, artistic, teaching, and clerical skills. So … I do love music, but I for sure wouldn’t say that’s my “talent” of any sort these days. But yes – my artistic, teaching, and clerical skills have absolutely filtered into everything in my life. My overall assessment through this exercise was this — as a young teenager my thoughts on career came down to either being an actress, nursery school teacher, secretary, music teacher, or homemaker.

Homemaker? Check. That’s absolutely one of my favorite roles in life. Secretary is probably the next closest thing to what I love or do well. I always say I’d make a great secretary. That didn’t really pan out. But the fun in this “then & now” picture is that we see what I thought I might do with a career when I was a child … and then what I ultimately ended up doing about 20 years later. Starting a company wasn’t really part of the plan. But I can’t imagine my life any other way. Crazy. And it’s so fun to reflect back and make connections with my skills and interests … then and now.




Okay, now I’m just plain having fun. That was me being creative on the floor as a little girl and me now – doing what I do with Project Life®. Except – trust me – I do NOT sit naturally like this on the floor. Not even for a second. We just had fun trying to re-create the picture. Pose and all.  ; )

So, yeah. I’m kind of digging then & now. Do you have fun making connections between long ago & life right now? I would LOVE to see your pictures, too! I’ve created a brand-new hashtag today. Once in a while you can expect that I’ll be sharing a fun then & now share on social media –


I’ll be watching for your sharing, too, so be sure to use that hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. So fun!

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21 Responses

  1. icajovita says:

    wow…. Its a very good idea and FUN!! Will start looking for my old photo…. Thank you for the idea!!

  2. Fatima M. says:

    Beautiful music!

    • I know, Fatima – Isn’t he so talented? I wish I could play like that, and I’m honored that Zac came up with that music specifically for my little video. Talented kid.

  3. Christen says:

    doesn’t every teenaged girl make a list of dream qualities of their future husband? I just wish I still had mine!

    • Probably so, Christen! But holy moly on the 9 pages. I had forgotten that I spent that much time thinking through every detail AND writing it all down – haha! : )

  4. Becca says:

    Great walk down memory lane! I have that exact same career path worksheet…I need to dig it out and see what my suitable careers were! Sadly, I never had a pink Le Clic, but I did love my pink boombox and alarm clock!

  5. Nicole says:

    Beautiful video and awesome pictures!
    I have to share that my son (22) wanted to give his girlfriend roses for the first time and asked me if I had any Project Life cards he could use to attach to each rose?! Of course I do!

  6. Judy Webb says:

    We LOVE you Becky Higgins!!

  7. Wendy says:

    Love this, LOVE everything about it. And you my friend, look like you haven’t aged a bit!

  8. I love this, Becky. And you’re making me feel SO much better about my list of 32 things I’m looking for in a husband ;)

  9. LB says:

    Love how you recreated that last shot…was it hard to get up? Such a fun post.

  10. Giuseppina Lubrano says:

    I’m SO loving this!! Thank you so much for sharing. It’s super adorable and something I want to do as well :)

  11. Corinna Mazzotta says:

    Love this idea of then & now, but loving that piece of music even more! :-)

  12. Angie C. D. says:

    I, too, love seeing the connections between now and the past. Through scrapbooking, I’ve also seen connections between old and new family members, which is always fun to discover….I don’t feel so bad anymore, Becky. ;) My list of required features in a boyfriend/husband was 4 pages long. I’m glad I wasn’t alone in this. :D

  13. Tiffany H says:

    I think we all created a list of what our dream boyfriend/husband would be like. I just don’t think we all had 9 pages! hahaha I love your then & now photos–especially the ones that you tried to recreate. Thanks for sharing!

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