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This Blog is Officially Retired + Where to Find Me

Hi Everyone! This is my last blog post here at How I Sustain. I’m not gone, by any means. In fact, I have SO MUCH to share, that it started feeling too disjointed to continue. So I’m shifting the location of my person blog + the topics I discuss to two different places so that I can truly focus my content and the discussions we’re having into the places that serve your interests. How I Sustain Blog, as of today, will be retired. The archives will continue to be held here, so you can always come back + I will continue to reference this content in future posts. My new personal blog, with everything paper crafting + memory keeping + self-loving will be at JulieLoveGagen.com. My yoga blog, with everything living well + sustainable living + yoga will be at RenegadePowerYoga.com. Both sites are beautiful. Both sites are unique. Both sites truly capture everything that I love about the community that we have cultivated, together, online. And, of course, you can always check out all …

Changing the Cover of a Traveler's Notebook Cheap DIY to make a gorgeous book | How I Sustain Blog

Changing the Cover of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook or Moleskine Book

Last week I opened this series of posts on traveler’s notebooks. It’s funny how it started, actually. Last year I made two books during the summer, one of which I *nearly* finished and the other that I stopped writing in, but really didn’t know where to take it creatively. And I left them, untouched, for nearly a year. Then, recently, a few things came together. First, someone asked about Little Summer JOY and if we were planning to create that (free) course again. The answer was yes. Second, someone asked how I would be documenting it. The answer was, unquestionably, traveler’s notebook. Third, the Scrap Gals Facebook community started a series of conversations on traveler’s notebooks. And, just like that, I was propelled, full force, into completing last year’s projects, planning this year’s Little Summer JOY, and totally, enthusiastically, committed to finishing both books and fully diving into the world of traveler’s notebooks. My Summer Experience Traveler’s Notebook So I mentioned that I made two books last year. The first was part of Little Summer …

5 Ways to Get Creative with a Traveler's Notebook | Part of a series on Midori, Moleskine, and DIY Traveler's Notebooks

Documenting Life in a Midori Travelers Notebook, Bullet Journaling, and Memory Keeping with Moleskine Journals

Recently I posted my Traveler’s Notebook from last year’s Little Summer JOY Project. Truly, truly, it was a *joy* to create that book and I love wandering through its pages – in some ways, more than my other books. There’s just something about this format of memory keeping that makes me want to come back for more. Again and again. I think it’s partly because it encompasses the form of memory keeping that I absolutely cherish – the pairing of words, not just phrases, but actual in-depth journal entries, with photos, mixed media, and elements in a manner that brings the experience to life. That sparks memories. That invokes the feeling, the sentiment, the essence of a moment in life.   And I want to dive into this, in all forms, and give you the experience of what memory keeping in this form is like, so I’m writing what was, at first, a single blog post and has quickly turned into an in-depth series of posts. You can find the links to all the posts, …

DIY Notebook Cover

Make Your Own DIY Notebook with Recycled (FREE) Materials

A long time ago, in what feels like an entirely different lifetime, I worked in an office. Yes, friend. It’s true. And in that office I worked with a bunch of environmental professionals, scientists and engineers, that worked on projects that helped improve the natural and lived environment. We did things like improving the efficiencies of water treatment and wastewater treatment. We improved drain systems and cleaned waterways. We remediated old dumping sites and brought ponds back to life. And we wasted A TON of paper. Still, to this day, I shake my head about it. You can’t see it, but I’m shaking my head right now. I never understood contradictions like that. And I still don’t understand them today. But anyway.   Recycled, or Repurposed, Paper Notebooks Being the action-oriented do-gooder creative that I am, I decided to do something with the wasted paper. Just to prove that it was possible. Just to make a point. But also, for the sake of the challenge. And because I wanted to see if it was something …

Project Life App Pages - May 2015 | Project Life CT member  Julie Love Gagen

Project Life 2015 | May App Pages

This post is part of a series as part of my amazing opportunity to be on the Project Life Creative Team this year. For more on Project Life, visit BeckyHiggins.com. For more on my work, check out this category. Click these links to check out my January, February, March pages, and April pages. —   OH, friend! I feel like I’ve been denying the internet of some of my favorite FAVORITE project life pages of all time. It’s nearly a year later, and I just discovered that I stopped posting my Project Life App pages from 2015 in April. We have a lot of catching up to do! So, in addition to seeing this year’s pages, which you’ll find every Thursday from now until forever (because we are THAT FAR behind, friend!), I’m also sharing pages from last year. The awesome thing about these pages, and the reason I’m SO so excited to share them, is because about halfway through the year I really hit my stride in terms of pulling it all together. It …

Wishing for a smooth but productive week. Let it be easy. Let it all get done. | Julie Love Gagen

Wishing you a smooth and productive week. Let it be easy. Let it all get done.

Hi, friends! So A LOT of changes are happening around here. And I CANNOT WAIT to share them. But making them happen takes a lot of work. A lot of diligence. A lot of patience. A lot of energy. And, right now, it’s exhausting. In THE BEST way. But exhausting nonetheless.     Slow Monday morning. So I’m starting my Monday morning really really slow. And rather than diving into the sea of never-ending work, I’m writing here. And sharing my experience. And feeling out the pace of this week. I’m breathing in the oils in my diffuser. And I’m drinking my coffee slowly. You see, I’m already dreading Friday. Ending the week with a long meeting is not exactly my way of rounding out the last days before launch (Yoga for YOUR Life launches June 1st!!). But it must be done. And it’s happening whether I want it to or not. So I’m being kind to myself. I’m moving slowly. Even though every fiber of my being wants to move a million miles and …

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 …

02-FEB-Week6d Project Life 2016 | Julie Gagen | Project Life App Pages

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 …

Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful | How I Sustain Blog

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 …