#letscatchuponprojectlife plan + printables

so today, as promised, I am going to go over my plans and details to complete the #letscatchuponprojectlife challenge.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s video post I am currently 36 weeks behind, both from 2014 and 2015 albums. My plans are as follows:
Goal: To fully catch up on 2014 album and to reduce the number of missing/empty weeks in the 2015 album.
Dedication of Time: 2 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Due Date for this challenge: July 19th (3 weeks from now)
Why I want to catch up: Because it makes me happy when my albums are full of memories and up to date.
Motivation I need: It will only be harder to do if MORE time goes by.
CatchUpOnProjectLifePlan2_OlyaSchmidtI wrote out a plan, step by step on how exactly I’m planning on catching up on such overwhelming number of weeks. That way it doesn’t seem unrealistic and I can focus on one task at the time. At the end of this post you’ll find some printables I made scanned for you from my planner so that if my catch up plan and step-by-step guide work for you, you can print them for yourself and use as a starting point for your #letscatchuponprojectlife challenge. Just remember to play nice and not sell or claim these printables as your own, alright? Alright πŸ™‚
I wanted to reflect on points 4 and 5 and show you how I interpret them.
For number 4, where it says to “sketch out blank templates for very week and leave space for the notes” here is how I did it. I drew squares on the grid side of the planner, leaving room for notes on the other, lined side of page.
As you can see I have two weeks already filled out (from awhile back as a blog post for my use of The Happy Planner from ‘me & my BIG ideas‘) but basically that’s the exact format I will be following for my week’s planning/note-taking/scrapbooking.
I like the three different check boxes (Planned out, Printed and Scrapbooked) under each spread (and there is two spreads per week, as that’s what one week in my Project Life album looks like), because the more little steps and organization of this process there is for me, the better.
And for point 5, where it says to “create folders on your iPhone/computer for every week, with week number and dates” this is what it looks like in my phone. Dividing LARGE amount of photos into weekly folders helps me feel less overwhelmed (and therefore productive) as well as see all the week’s photos at glance, making it easier to figure out what needs to be printed.
So that’s all for now, friends. Below you’ll find the scanned version of my title page, where I wrote out my #letscatchuponprojectlife state of things and mission statement as to why I’m doing this challenge, as well as step-by-step guide for this project. Just click on the photos to enlarge, then right click and save.
If you want to join me, I hope you use the #letscatchuponprojectlife hashtag and tag me on Instagram, so we could see each other’s progress and cheer each other on. *insert fist bump emoji*

Let’s Catch Up on Project Life (again)

heeeeeey guys!
Sorry for the crickets on the blog for the past 3 months(!). I’ve been super busy making and releasing my Paint Paper Studio app, traveling and sketching in Europe, launching my first online ‘Inspired Art Journaling’ class over at Big Picture Classes, working on 3 other classes, doing another #28days28paintings challenge and much more. Each of those things deserves its own blog post (to come) but for now, I want to talk about my “Let’s Catch Up on Project Life” challenge.ProjectLifeCatchUp_OlyaSchmidt
Just like last year, I am planning to sum all the time and energy I have into majorly catching up on both of my 2015 and 2014 Project Life albums. I know that scrapbooking should be fun in itself (and it is) and being “behind” is a discouraging word (and I agree), but personally, I like to be up to date, at least reasonably within the same month that I’m scrapbooking because a) my memories and details fade away the longer I put off documenting them and b) it stresses me out to see my album empty, my photos not printed, and my scrapbooking supplies unused. Many people are fine being months and even years behind, saying that it’s a never ending process and we should just enjoy scrabooking for the process of it, and that’s where I’m going to quote Amy Poehler to them “good for you, not for me”. I want to be organized and up to date because it makes me happy, so that’s why I’m issuing myself and anyone else who would like to join me, my own challenge from last year, #letscatchuponprojectlife.
I’m going to start by being completely transparent and honest (and a little embarrassed) and show you the state of both of my Project Life albums, from this year and last. Hopefully this will make for an impressive BEFORE and AFTER comparison videos after πŸ˜‰

Let’s Catch Up On Project Life with Olya Schmidt: The BEFORE album from Olya Schmidt on Vimeo.

Tomorrow I will post my catch up plan, time frame and printables for you to use, if you’d like to join me in this crazy fun catch up challenge πŸ™‚
P.S. Be prepared for lots of talking with my hands, lots of “umm”s and some funky Canadian/Eastern European accent πŸ˜‰