Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



your questions. my answers.


Last week I opened it all up on social media with an invitation: Ask me anything! While I can’t get to every one of the hundreds of questions that were asked, I’m going to address a big handful — some today and many more tomorrow. Let’s get started!

Q:   Do you still like your logo?

A: I do, yes!

Q:  Will you ever do 5×7 pockets on the 12×12 pages? I realize it’s a funky size, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

A: We haven’t done it because the math doesn’t work well, and while I am sure you and a few others would love it, the need isn’t huge… which means that manufacturing that specific page doesn’t make good business sense. We’re always in product development mode, so I’ll never say never, but that’s why you don’t see that page design from us at this point.

Q: What is the longest it has ever taken you to get down a mountain on skis??

A: Oh for the love. I know exactly who asked this question (Jen!!) and the answer is 2 or 3 hours or so. You can catch part of that story here, and yes — I’m still teased about that experience.  ; )

Q: Why don’t you do “At Home with Becky” anymore? I really loved all the tips and tricks you offered! Will you bring them back?

A: Last year we made a concerted effort to infuse as much “personal/at home” content on the blog as we could, amidst all the Project Life® content. Some readers expressed that desire to see more and we worked hard to meet that demand. Preparing and photographing content, as fun as that can be, is extraordinarily time-consuming – especially being in our new office location, where I’m not working from home anymore. My goal in blogging is to share, inspire, inform, and to have an ongoing homebase for all things Project Life and anything related to what we’re doing. With so, so, so much going on, I am constantly having to make choices between what would be good to do, what would be better, and what is ultimately the best. Balancing work and family and every other hat I wear means I’ve had to say “yes” to less. This doesn’t mean that the At Home with Becky series has gone away. It just means that those blog posts happen less frequently. You can catch glimpses of my personal anecdotes and life at home and the balance of everything — on my social media. And we do have a couple fun things up our sleeves that are coming up!

Q:   I’d love to know your routine before going to bed. How do you wind down?

A: Family time and time with David. Family prayer. Instagram. Jimmy Fallon. Sometimes reading. Usually reviewing the pictures on my phone from the day and usually editing a few with Pic-Tap-Go or scrapbooking with the app.

Q: How do you wind down in the middle of a crazy day?

A: There’s no such thing as winding down in the middle of a crazy day for me… but I have learned to take breathers when I need them. A simple stretch usually does the trick.

Q:  I am considering using the Project Life App and was wondering if you could do an article / video about organizing completed layouts, backing up, setting up Dropbox, and printing. 

A: For those who are interested in getting an overview of how the app works, check out this short video. The app really is so simple and so intuitive. That said, there are so many little tips & tricks that would be fantastic to share with you. So here’s the good news: We’re whipping up a full series of short how-to videos that will share some of the intricacies and details that you’re asking about – and so much more! Stay tuned for that coming in the next month or two.

Q:  What do you put in your family yearbooks vs. what do you put in your kids’ individual albums? Or is the yearbook the only true family album? Is this all you are keeping for you and your husband once the kids leave? How do you decide between digital and traditional scrapping?

A: Our family yearbooks are very family focused and cover things that we experience together as a family as well as a sprinkling of individual happenings/anecdotes. To see our family yearbook and how I’m approaching that in 2015, check out this blog post. The kids’ individual albums are 12×12 and use the physical Project Life products and the content is very heavy on the “this is you” stuff. Their pictures, their memories, their school work and art work and friends and accomplishments and quirks. Everything to do with that individual child.

Q:  What’s your guilty pleasure?

A: Chocolate (predictable?) and … watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (“guilty” for me because I don’t usually watch TV hardly ever… but he’s a riot!)

Q:  I am a senior in high school getting ready to go to college to study graphic design. I was wondering what you studied in college?

A: Congratulations, and what an awesome focus! My bachelor’s degree is actually Family Science!

Running out of time for today, but check back tomorrow for a lot more questions and answers.


25 Responses

  1. Alisha says:

    “Preparing and photographing content, as fun as that can be, is extraordinarily time-consuming and yet, all that time and effort doesn’t result in a dime for our business. I don’t blog for a paycheck.”

    I don’t know. In one breath, you complain that the “At Home With Becky” posts don’t bring you any money, and in the next you claim that you don’t blog for a paycheck. I understand that you own a business and need/want it to succeed so you can pay the bills, but you used to come across as very warm and personable and now it seems like all you care about is the bottom dollar. Makes it hard to support your brand.

    • Amanda says:

      As a business owner myself, I didn’t think her comment came across as greedy. It’s the reality of running a business. And now that the business is moved from her home, it’s even less convenient to do the posts because staff (photographer) would have to be paid for travel from office to home, etc. for the content of posts. It’s just not practical post content. If it’s not practical, and it incurs costs that do not generate revenue, any prudent business owner would make the same decision. And that doesn’t mean they live for the almighty dollar.

    • Monica says:

      The bottom line is – – Project Life and the Blog really is about Project Life – – so when Becky gives us tips/tricks/receipes/prizes/chances to win stuff/sharing her home, her life, her family, her services etc., those are *extras* that you won’t find many businesses doing. This really about Project Life and the extras are extras and I am so thankful for them, however, in saying that, I find that maybe the wording was wrong that someone could take it as “not for money blah blah blah” but what I think is the reality of the post is (in my Monica voice)

      Listen, I have a family, I have a life, I have a business – yet I appreciate all of my subscribers and customers, however – – reality is – – life happens and I can’t blog all day :)

      Keep those receipes coming though, they are amazingly delicious.

    • Becky Higgins Becky Higgins says:

      Alisha, I think the way I originally worded that was off. The way I was trying to explain it didn’t really represent the point I was trying to get across — so you’ll notice I updated that text to be more accurate in what I feel. I think I was trying to add in the business perspective, but I don’t think that will really resonate with most of my readers (although I’m pretty sure many who do run a business would understand what I was trying to say). Thank you for you input, and helping me realize that the way I worded that wasn’t quite right.

      Amanda & Monica, I appreciate your comments too. There are always different ways to look at something – or read something, in this case. ; )

    • Carol says:

      Thought the same thing when I read the initial post ……and thought how many days and photos were posted (blog and instagram) with several amounts of her pre hair cut and post hair cut. Bu can’t get to at home with Becky or some other post. Getting hard to support the brand.
      Very smart of Becky to change her blog post.

  2. Julie says:

    Thanks for answering questionsl I don’t know if you are accepting new ones, but….

    I’m going through a HUGE stack of family pics from the 70’s and 80’s right now. We have box after box of the old 3.75 x 3.75 square size photos. Any plans for page protectors that might work for those??? We also have a lot of 3.5×5! Thanks so much.

    • Michele says:

      I hope there is an answer for this also! I have just started regrouping my family’s photos and 3 1/2 x 5 just doesn’t fit right :( I was trying to do the math also and that would be an odd one

  3. Thanks for answering my question about what you studied in college! I always love knowing what people studied! :)

  4. Yvonne says:

    Thank you for the Project Life app, my family is impressed that I am now making scrapbook pages again! My problem is that I like to have a plain design to ‘frame’ my journaling , I.e. Placing two of the small vertical journaling cards in the middle of my page, ideally with ‘design’ on to ‘outside’ edges. All that to ask, is there any way to rotate journaling cards 180 degrees? Hopefully there is and you can instruct me how to do it – and I will be forever appreciate! And if that function does not already exist, I think it would be a fantastic function to consider for your next update!

    Thanks again.

  5. Lynn A. says:

    Will you ever offer the “Cultivating a Good Life” quotes on cards?

  6. Karen Watts-Edwards says:

    I am also a business owner. And I have been through the phase where my husband and I were everything from the CEO to the Marketing to the janitor!! Owning a business is not for the faint of heart and although I have always found it to be very rewarding, it a lot of work and a LOT of time. So just know that when you share recipes, or organizing tips, or your beautiful sunset photos….or or or ( I could go on for several paragraphs on how MUCH you give to your clients and fans) please know how grateful we are. What you do often seems super human to me!!! #WELOVEBECKYHIGGINS

    • Debbie Lee says:

      I second this, especially the hash tag! It’s all a balancing act. I believe we still see enough of Becky’s personal side to not feel a disconnect to the girl we fell in love with and admire so much. Her warmth always shines through. The reality is most of us here are customers. Becky’s warmth brought us in, but we are mostly customers nonetheless. If she puts more time towards personal content, that could mean less attention spent on her customers and that could result in unhappy customers. She is only one person. I choose to respect her time, appreciate and love her product, and be grateful for the personal and fun content she does share. I’ve always been a fan Becky. Can’t imagine it otherwise.

  7. Margaret says:

    If you are taking more questions…where did you get your desk chair??? I love the color and style so much!

  8. sandi olson says:

    ARe you ever going to bring in a 8×11 album. I love your stuff but find the 12×12 to big, and then the small to small??

  9. Mandi says:

    I love this! I have a quick question that I didn’t think of before. Will my pages always be in the app? Or will they eventually go away? I just want to know if I need to save them somewhere. Someone on social media mentioned today that her pages were deleted with the most recent update of the app. I’d be super sad if I lost my pages so I thought I’d ask. Thanks!

    • Heather B. says:

      When I export my layouts I choose to save them to my camera roll. Then I move them to an album called Project Life. Two things – 1. this album then synchronizes with my computer, and 2. I have a digital scrapbook on my iPad to share with friends!

  10. Laurie says:

    Hi Becky,

    I totally understand the business reasons for not making physical pocket pages for all of the various photo sizes out there, but would you consider making a few for the app? I would love to have pages with an 8×10 “pocket.”

  11. veronica says:

    Is there plans for android version of your app. I would rather not use my hubbies business ipad if I know that android version is in the works. Busy mom with 4 kids and the app would be something that would help me tremendously and I take lots of pictures on my phone but not sure if I could somehow send them all ( there’s ALOT) to the iPad and being able to use it with the app.

  12. Rhonda says:

    My husband and I run a business from home and know how very, very time-consuming it all can be. When people ask what I do, I am always tempted to answer ‘juggler’. You appear to be doing a wonderful job balancing everything. Well done.
    Any word on A4 size page protectors for us here in the UK? A5 size would not go amiss either. Thank you!

  13. Sarah says:

    “I’ve had to say “yes” to less”.

    I wrote this quote down and will be posting it for myself to see everyday. I struggle with signing myself up for too much!

    Thanks for PL!

  14. Jen says:

    Am I the only one who finds it difficult to read the new website? The grey print on the white screen is so light it is hard to read. The format of the new website is fantastic, just that the print is hard on my eyes!

  15. Alison says:

    Hi – I am loving the app. Thank you so much. I was wondering if there was any plan to add the rest of the templates, or the option to flip them. I have all of them digitally as well as the extras purchased through the app but I see they are not all represented there at this time.

    Thanks for the consideration:)

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