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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 …

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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 …

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 + …

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Pocket Page Thursday | February Project Life App Pages

February was one of those months that came and passed, and I was happy it ended. It was a hard month for me physically, with hyperemesis bearing down, and at its hardest. But there were awesome things too. Like play dates, happy kids, a newfound obsession with muffins and a drive to acquire them, whenever and wherever I could get them, and we started our bathroom renovation. Project Life App Pages | February Cal and I got to enjoy some quality time together, for a dinner out at Johnny Rocket’s. It was fancy, for us, and a big deal for me to get out of the house. Of course, it came after my first round of IV fluids, and the beginning of a short, but much-needed, wave of energy for me. We adventured. Started what would be a 6-week inconvenience with the bathroom, and the boys even met Spiderman at a local play place. We went out to the movies and played at home. It was a good month. A long month. And one that …

Week in the Life 2015 | Wednesday | Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life Starts Next Week!

Oh, friend. Week in the Life starts next week and I’m SUPER super excited for it!! I’ve had my kits picked out for weeks. I have the files in line, the templates selected, and my past projects are on my desk (for added inspiration). I AM READY. If you’ve never done this project before If you’ve never done this project before, and if this is your first year, seriously, do not feel overwhelmed. Here are three tips I have for the first time Week in the Life’er. Start small. If you only take 10 photos a day, THAT’S OKAY. You don’t need a lot of photos. In fact, sometimes it can be harder if you have too many. Pace yourself. Maybe use a timer, or your calendar, to prompt photo taking. Include photos in the morning, mid-day, evening, and night. Whatever you are doing in that moment, capture it. It doesn’t need to be special. Or pretty. In fact, most of that gets corrected in the editing anyway. Take a variety of boring photos with …

Free Download: 2016 Project Life Tracking Calendar and Checklist | How I Sutain Blog

Free Download: 2016 Project Life Calendar

I’ve been doing Project Life, in some form or fashion, since 2012. You can read about how I started here. I started sharing and posting my pages after Max was born, later that year. And, slowly, over the last few years I’ve discovered and cultivated an amazing network of talented crafters and creators through online Facebook groups and Instagram. Note: if you’re really curious about how I started on this crafting adventure, you can check out some of my first posts, starting here. Last year, I had the honor of being a part of Becky Higgins’ Creative Team. And that experience, working primarily with the Project Life App to document my year, totally changed the way that I capture and store our family memories. Apart from the mini books that I know and love so much (and I have made A LOT in the last year!), most of my life documentation is done through the Project Life App and through digital layouts made using Photoshop Elements (I have a Mac, and this is the current …

How I'm documenting life using Project Life in 2016

How I’m Documenting Life in 2016

Every time I start a new project, I spend a lot of time thinking about how I want to approach it. I think about it with the end in mind, as Becky Higgins once said, and consider what it is that I want to get out of the project. For Project Life, it’s threefold. At least. Maybe four-fold. Maybe more… 😉 First, I love taking photos of our family. I do. Honestly, photography is a big part of my life and has been for as long as I’ve been able to get my hands on a camera. Truly, since I was a kid. Moreso, after my father gave me my first SLR in 2001. Second, I really, really love putting the photos to stories, and keeping them all in one place. Photographs are important. When done right, they will tell a story. But not the entire story. Not the full picture. And it’s the anecdotes and little favorite stories that give me the greatest happiness. Remembering them comes with recording them. Third, I love the …

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Pocket Page Thursday | January Project Life App Pages

I say this a lot, but I’m going to keep saying it anyway: memory keeping is a form of therapy for me. For me, documenting life is about highlighting the best parts of our everyday life, the routines the mundane, the uninteresting but authentic parts of right now, and it’s about acknowledging the hard stuff. It doesn’t have to be heavy. It doesn’t have to be overly detailed, or too personal, or inappropriate. It can just be real. Real the way you would be if you ran into a friend, and they asked you how you were doing. Real in the way that contains the messes, acknowledges the hardships, and finds peace working towards making tomorrow a better day. Real in the sense that life is not just happy, or sad, but somewhere in between. Real in the sense of real life. Every day. And all that comes with it. Pocket Page Thursday | January Pages This year I’m joining Kellie of Kellie Stamps and Jessica of Colorcast designs for their weekly Pocket Page Thursday. …

Week in the Life 2015 | Monday | Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life 2015 | Final Album

Week in the Life™ is a free annual documentation project lead by Ali Edwards to help you document your everyday life. It’s about capturing your regular moments. Or what is regular right now. It’s about getting all of those little things that, years from now, will seem anything but regular. It’s a point of reference. And it’s a lot of fun. To see all of my posts from 2014 and 2015 click here . You can also get more tips from me on Instagram (@julieloveg) and twitter (@juliegagen). — Oh, friends. As I mentioned yesterday, there is something SO incredibly sweet about FINISHING a project. It’s rare. And it’s SO so special. SO much in life is never finished: we’re always learning, always trying new things, always growing, always planning. So when we have these moments of finality – whether it’s something big, like graduation, or something smaller, like the end of a work project – it’s energizing. It’s exciting. It’s breath and relief and space. I feel that now: the space. Space for something …