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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 …

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. đŸ˜‰ I’ve been reading BrenĂ© 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 …

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 …

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How I’m Finding My Joy This Summer

I love memory keeping. LOVE IT. But I recognize that this is a niche that not everyone cares about. I do recognize that. The thing is, that there is a lot of awesome that comes from being self-reflective and considering yourself, your life, and your roles as a parent, professional, sister, daughter, aunt, friend. It’s an opportunity to grow. To learn about yourself. To realize it’s all okay. And to love your life and who you are. It’s good for your soul. Really, really good. But with yoga teacher training coming up, and with the chaos of having two boys on school vacation, and all of the traveling that comes with summer, I knew there was no way I could take on an entire scrapbook album. Just no way. And I got sad about that. I love making albums. They’re so pretty and fun. And I have all these supplies. And I have all these Instagram followers . And I want to keep doing the memory keeping thing, even if it’s not a pocket-page Project-Life …