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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 …

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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 …

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#the100DayProject | One. Inviting Creativity into Routine.

Writing is therapy for me. It’s conversation. It’s a chance for me to speak and feel and experience and share. It quiets my mind. Focuses my thoughts. Inspires creativity in other places. Two weeks ago I shared that I was taking on #the100dayproject and that my creative focus would be writing. And I am incredibly happy with that choice.   Because writing isn’t just about the act of putting words on paper or typing onto a screen. It’s a creative process. It’s inspired. And once you tap into that creativity, it’s like a well. And the more you dig, the more you find. And it is consuming, at times, in the best possible way. Writing gets me up in the morning. It helps me pour that second cup of coffee and inspires me to start my day when all I want to do is sneak some extra moments of sleep. It gives more than it takes. It is a gift. I have gained so much in my first 10 days of #the100dayproject that I had …

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 …