This page lists current and ongoing projects that I’m documenting here on How I Sustain Blog. Read along, check them out, and get inspired!

Documenting Life

what I used to document life in 2014

Project Life

Project Life is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. Each year, I document our family in a collection of everyday moments.

 My Selfie Scrapbook

My Selfie Scrapbook | 2015

My Selfie Scrapbook is a collaborative project with a bunch of talented ladies. There are lots of free digital files and a ton of inspiration from some of my favorite designers. Read this post for more info and check out the #MySelfieScrapbook on Instagram.


Julie Gagen | Project Life Creative Team - Project Life App

Project Life Creative Team – Project Life iPhone App

For 2015 I am the proud member of the Project Life Digital Creative Team through Every month, I have the opportunity to preview the new digital kits being added to the Project Life iPhone app (coming soon to Android) and I use the new kits to create digital layouts for my annual family album. Check out the introductory post I wrote here. And follow along under the category Project Life CT.

Photo Projects

100 Happy Days #6

#100 Happy Days

#100 Happy Days Photo Project

#100HappyDays is a free photo documentation project designed to inspire people to start noticing what makes them happy every day, be happier, be thankful, be optimistic, and all sorts of good stuff. If there is one thing that all this life documentation has taught me, it’s that the small, everyday moments – routines, habits, meals – are the things that make up who you are. When we acknowledge and celebrate those small moments, we’re celebrating ourselves. You can learn more about the project by visiting the website and sign up for free!

Project Life Baby Edition for Him: Products Used

Max’s Baby Album

Max’s First Year

It took longer than a year, and a lot of revision, but I’m in love with Max’s First Year album. Completed with Becky Higgins’ Baby Edition: For Him (2012), along with supplemental kits from Studio Calico. Check out the full album here.

wedding guest book detail

Wedding Guest Book

Wedding Guest Book

I made a mini Wedding Guest book using Becky Higgin’s mini books, a small kit from We R Memory Keepers, and a bunch of creative cropping of the cards we received, and sentiments written on our wedding day. I love what I created and I’m happy to share it in this space.

Journaling + Photo Projects

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Me: Abridged Version

Me: Abridged Version Project

Me: the Abridged Version is a class led by Cathy Zielske through Big Picture Classes. It’s about telling your story in a fun, creative way. I think telling your story is important – not just for you, but for the people that love you. Join me on this short series of personal photo-journalism and see the pretty things my iPhone can make.

30 Days of Thankful 2013

30 Days of Thankful

30 Days of Thankful

30 Days of Thankful is a gratitude project that I participate in every November. For 30 days, I highlight something I am grateful for every single day. CZ Design’s 30 Days of Thankful project gives you a chance to reflect on the people, places, and things that you’re grateful for. For more information on this awesome project, visit Cathy’s Blog.

Week in the Life

Week in the Life is an annal project organized by Ali Edwards.

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December Daily 2014

December Daily

December Daily is an annual documentation project organized by Ali Edwards.

One Little Word | Album by Julie Gagen

One Little Word

For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” This year is all about cultivating the best parts of me. So join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word.

Fitness / Health Projects

one step at a time

30 Days of Hot Yoga Project (2012)

In 2012, I embarked on my first blogging adventure: 30 Days of Hot Yoga. It was a personal challenge to complete 30 sessions of hot yoga at Baptiste Studios in 30 days in celebration of my 30th birthday. It was an amazing experience. Truly, transformative. Read the full series here!

#Get Fit 2015

Each week on Tuesdays, I’m sharing my experience trying out every local gym, yoga studio, and other exercise scenarios that I think might work for me in 2015. I’ll share my story and the benefits and drawbacks of each option. I’ll share the things I’ve learned and the good and challenging of getting fit in 2015. Check out this post and follow along under the category fitness.

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