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Week in the Life 2016 | Tuesday Digital Pages by Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life | Tuesday

Tuesday’s pages for Week in the Life were.. cumbersome. My days at home, with Max, have far more photos and stories than my days working alone. These days never feel particularly busy, but somehow, looking at these pages, and looking at the stories, and looking at all of the places and spaces we attended in just one afternoon, it all makes sense. They say life is HARD with littles. And it is. Or it has been. But life lately, in this brief phase of one 3.5 yr old, a grade school kid, and a baby in the womb, it’s just easy. And I love that. And I am so incredibly grateful every single moment. And I’m grateful to have it documented. Because I imagine this time next year will be .. busier. 😉 Story of Today Today’s story was written directly into my Tuesday page. It’s a letter of love to my 3.5 yr old Max and three things I love about him right now. I have loved our days together lately. No matter how …

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Pocket Page Thursday | Disney Project Life App Pages

This week I’m sharing two spreads from our short trip to Disney. I didn’t take a lot of photos this trip, and that was partly because I wasn’t feeling well (okay, let’s face it, I was surprised that I even made it there), and partly because it was such a short trip, I truly wanted to just be a part of the experience. To revel in the moment. After all, let’s face it, for most of us, we’re lucky if we get there just once. And while we hope to go back again someday, it’s not in our near future. It’s not in our annual plan. It’s not even on our radar as a possibility, like ever. So capturing this experience meant a lot to me, but the act of being a part of it, the essence of the trip, the smiles on the boys faces, their favorite things, their most memorable memories, was far more important than getting the same photo on each and every ride. So I set aside my DSLR and opted …

Yoga for YOUR Life | A course on developing a yoga practice that suits your life by Julie Love Gagen

Join Me and Develop YOUR Yoga Practice

Friends. Sigh. I can’t believe I’m FINALLY finally able to share this. I feel like I’ve been working so hard for so long for something.. and it’s weirdly relieving and wonderful and exhausting to get to this moment. I just launched my first online YOGA course!!   Learn more about Yoga for YOUR Life I’ve been teaching yoga for almost a year now. In fact, it was about this time last year that I announced I was pursuing yoga teacher training. And, because it’s me, and because I’m a routine over-planner, I quickly made a teacher training plan. And I worked really hard. And even though I had no idea what I was doing, and I had a feeling it was a little unnecessary – it is yoga teacher training after all – I wanted to feel prepared. Mentally and physically. So that I could invest my full, authentic, true self into the entire experience. The first few days in class were strange. I felt strangely disconnected, but yearned for connection. I felt tired, and …

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Creativity and Vulnerability: I Never Share my Work | One Little Word

Friends. Seriously. I’m kind of half amazed and half fully in shock. Let me explain. I really REALLY thought I was the kind of person that wasn’t afraid to put themselves out there. Truly, in person, I’m an open book. If you ask me a question, I’ll give you an all-too honest, overly detailed answer. I don’t hold anything back. The things that have been hard in my life, the things that I have overcome or worked through, the things that others would be ashamed of, I’m not afraid to share those things. Seriously, just ask my mom. 😉 I’ve been reading Brené Brown’s latest book Rising Strong and there are a few things about the way she talks about fear and vulnerability that really struck me. The first is that when you’re going through something, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is to others, it’s all about your point of reference. Your perspective. What is impossible for one person, is a blink to another. And so on. This rings true in discussions …

Week in the Life 2016 | Monday Digital Pages by Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life 2016 | Monday

OH MY GOSH, friends. Man. This project turned out to be far more consuming and amazing and a lot more work than I expected. But it has taught me one thing. Well, a few things. Here they are: Doing something for the first time always takes longer Being organized saves the day Done is better than perfect Documenting life is an amazing, wonderful thing These stories matter So there it is. All of my lessons. I’ll share more, and elaborate, as I get this project, like, finished. My Favorite Story from Today Monday Pages Pages as a Layout   Supplies Used Adobe Photoshop Elements for Mac All photos taken with iPhone 6 Plus All photos edited with A Color Story App Ali Edwards Digital Week in the Life™ 2015 Journal Cards, Week in the Life™ 2016 Journal Cards, and Week in the Life™ Journal Boxes Becky Higgins Digital Blush Edition, Clear Edition, and Doodle Edition Studio Calico Digital Ardenal Card Set Kellie Stamps Digital My Fave Stamps, More of This, AM to PM, Go See …

Week in the Life 2016 | Count Me In by Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life 2016 | Sunday

So I’m just getting set up with the templates, cards, digital papers and stamps that I’m planning to use for Week in the Life™ this year, but I wanted to share my first three pages while I’m still working through my process. Which, as you can imagine, takes time. 🙂 But I will share this: once you have your templates set, and you have a process for editing, accomplishing a project of this size is honestly WAY easier than you think. It’s all about getting down your techniques, picking some colors and themes, and incorporating it into your album. And working with stamps, colors, and photo editing in Photoshop this year has been SO MUCH FUN already. My Favorite Story from Today Every day this week, as part of my feature from Mandy’s That’s SO Daily #HashtagThisWeek, I’m sharing a favorite story from the day. I chose this theme because it’s something I truly love capturing. You can follow along on Instagram @julieloveg and read along here on the blog. Here is Sunday’s Photo + …

Little Paper Projects Little Summer JOY Album 2015 | Julie Love Gagen

Little Summer JOY | Traveler’s Notebook

SO. Last year I did this project called Little Summer JOY through Little Paper Projects. I knew I was going to have a super busy summer (4 weeks of 12 hour days for yoga teacher training) and I knew that I would want to document absolutely as much of it as possible. You can read more on the Little Summer JOY project here. So I chose a traveler’s notebook as my format. And I couldn’t be happier with that choice. Why? Because I spent the summer carrying around a set of watercolors and a pen. Occasionally, I would take some time to stamp, add photos, and decorate. But mostly, I made some pages, wrote about my days, and journaled whenever there was a story to tell.. as soon as I had the time and the inclination to do it. It was an amazing experience and one I’m planning to repeat this year for #LittleSummerJOY. And I never shared it here. I have no idea why. Seriously. No idea. So here are some of the pages …

Week in the Life 2016 | Count me in. Thoughts on documenting everyday moments by Julie Love Gagen

That’s so Daily | A Week in the Life Themed Prompt for #HashtagThisWeek

I love the boring parts of our lives. I do. Boring is regular. Boring is typical. Boring is expected, unoriginal, and plain. Boring is also routine, daily, and common. It is not dramatic. Or stressful. Or difficult. It is unsurprising. And it is easy. And I love that. No matter what your life is, right now, in this moment – it has an element of boring. And that boring, that daily stuff, is so typical for you right now. And that’s what makes it so special. Because boring for you 5 years ago was SO DIFFERENT from what boring is for you right now. It’s different this year, compared to last. It’s different this month, compared to the next. Life is always in transition. That much we know. Because even when your job, your routines, your favorite things appear to be consistently the same, something around you, some aspect of your life is changing. And if it’s not you, directly, it’s the world around you. It’s technology. It’s friendships. It’s your relationship with yourself. It’s …

Mother's Day DIY Painting

Gifting Original Kid’s Art for Mother’s Day

Every year Max gives his meme original artwork for Mother’s Day. It’s a simple gift that seems like nothing. But I love giving it. I love making it. I love seeing how happy it makes Max to give it, and meme to receive it. Honestly, I just love kid’s art. I love watching their little fingers make sense of paint, paper, and glue. I love seeing how it progresses over time. I love having an annual opportunity to give it to the adults that our kids love so much. So I give Max creative freedom to make whatever he wants. And, with a little help and some time, craft it into a meaningful gift. Today I’m sharing the process we do, every year, to create a meaningful gift for Max’s grandmothers (and me too, because it’s Mother’s Day, after all). Gifting Original Kid’s Art for Mother’s Day Honestly, no one appreciates the silly, strange, and magical creations that kids make more than their moms and grandmothers. With few exceptions, anything that a child makes is …

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Overcoming Fear and Pursuing a Creative Passion

Months ago, I applied for Kellie Stamps’ 2016 Design Team. And I got in. And I was SO HAPPY and SO EXCITED and I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it. And instead of announcing it, instead of posting all over Instagram, or writing a short blog post, I said nothing. I silently celebrated all by myself. And rather than immediately diving into the work, I ignored it. And that is fully out of character for me. So let’s talk about that. Because it’s fascinating and surprising and it’s a great personal story that is worthy of your time. Whether you’re a creative or not, this post is worthy of your attention. And, who knows, you might just learn something. Depression and Creativity I had a slow start to the year. And obviously that contributed to my quiet celebration. I was chronically sick, which, combined with the oppression of winter, and the crappiness of the first trimester of pregnancy, lead to depression. And depression, friend, is the killer of creativity. It is stifling while simultaneously …