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I think this post was long overdue. One year exactly. Hah! I’ve been wanting to share my scrap space for the longest time but when I look at the length of the post that I have been planning to write, I just couldn’t find the ‘mojo’ to do it.

Right now as I’m writing this, I’m in my hotel room in Kuala Lumpur on a business trip. I have time on hand this evening so I might just get it started. I owe you this much.:)

My sharing of my workspace will take up a whole long page so I’m breaking it into few parts over the next few Wednesdays. So, today will be the first post that I’m sharing an insight of my most humbled workspace at home.

This is the space where I draw inspiration, the place where I sit back and clear away all my worries and work-related stress. This is the place I keep calm and create. And this is the place I stay sane. *laugh*

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My family and I live in an apartment and we have 3 bedrooms. One master room for the hub and me and the other is Ethan’s room. This is the 3rd room which was previously used as our study and we have one side of the wall built with shelves and where we store hundreds and hundreds of books. Well, I should say the hub and I love to read and we’ve amassed a whole lot of books prior to us meeting and during our 18 years together.

This room was made redundant and was only used if we have guests putting up at our place. Therefore, right after I discovered scrapbooking and as months progressed, I officially took over this room and converted part of this room as my scrap space.

What I love about this room is that it is the only room out of the 3 bedrooms in my apartment that has full length windows from floor to ceiling. Imagine the amount of natural light flows generously and brightens up this room. We’re located in a tropical country, so we only have either the sun or rain, mostly the former, throughout the whole year. I’ve been so blessed with these natural light streaming into my workspace and that was how my table came about sitting nicely just by the window.

_MG_4013aIf you’ve been following me on Instagram, I’ve shared this view of my workspace every now and then. This is where I spend my ‘me’ time on my off days, mostly during the weekend, creating and getting inspired. I truly cherish those hours when I’m in this room. It gives me the peace I needed. I feel happy just to be here. Sometimes not doing anything but just sit and gaze at everything on this very table.

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This washi tape holder that many of you have asked where I got it from, it was made by me with the hubby’s help. I’m a big fan of washi tapes, when I say big, it means really BIG. I have hundreds of them (I used to sell them in my shop). They were stored in a few wired baskets and over time, I did not use them as often as I wanted because there were too many of them, I can’t spend all the time digging through my stash.

So, I set about searching for a storage solution and when I came across a similar holder like this online (I can’t remember where), I was determined to build one myself because I know I can’t buy this anywhere in Singapore. And here it is. At least I’ve got part of my collection up on the holder in clear view. I have no excuse not to use them now.  It was hard work because I’ve not done any carpentry work before and this is as good as it gets. If you look closer in person, the workmanship is not so great but it serves the purpose. It’s also a little shaky because I didn’t build a wider and stronger base but it’s still usable. I lean it against the wall and it’s stable.

Some of you did ask me if I could do a tutorial on how to build this, I would have to say no. It took me hours to build this and if I have to do it again, I’d die. *laugh* I get splinters on my hands when I built this and I’m really not keen on making one again. Moreover, I don’t have space for another one. That’s besides the point.

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A few years ago when I was holidaying in Hong Kong with my boys, I found this wooden library card shelve and lugged it home with me. It was worth it despite the weight.

This drawer now sits nicely on my work desk and it stores some of my bits and pieces of my embellishments perfectly. I have since been searching around for drawers similar to this and found a local store called Cat Socrates that carries a nice collection of wooden storage. They sell really cool stuff but I found their prices to be a little more expensive to my liking even though I’ve bought quite a number wall pieces from them before.

So, I got a friend of mine who travels to China regularly to get his supplies for his online business, to search for one and he brought home another set of drawers for me (the numbered pieces) on the left. Really cool stuff.

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When I’m working on my Project Life, I could easily reach out for my embellishments within an arm’s length from the drawers.

The owl pen holder is from Typo. I bought this multi-colored piece more than a year ago and it’s no longer available. But you can find a similar piece in pink here.

The vintage green desktop clock was from Typo too but unfortunately it’s no longer available too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first installment of my workspace. I’ll be back again next week for my next Workspace Wednesday post.

  • Amante del PapelMarch 19, 2015 - 2:08 am

    one day I want to have a space like yours!!!

  • Jackie O.March 20, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    You have a really nice and practical workspace Leena. I am sure that you have a nice view too from your full length window!

  • HazukashiinekoMarch 21, 2015 - 5:50 pm

    Haha…yup. been waiting for a long time for this post. Thanks for sharing. Understand it’s hard to make another washi tape holder. Would you be able to share the measurements or steps on how to do it? Writing it down while we try to figure it out. 😛 Hope it’s not too much a trouble. Hehe. Thanks Ms Leena! :)

  • Ann06March 22, 2015 - 3:25 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this, it is inspiring you always been.. Thanks, Ann

  • ColetaMarch 28, 2015 - 9:58 am

    I love your workspace. I would be there all day if I had it for myself!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}April 8, 2015 - 9:18 am

    I need to show my hubby your washi tape holder. I seriously need help with all of mine! Mason jars & big Ikea bowl and I still have to search through! Still have window envy! lol

  • Lynn DirkApril 10, 2015 - 7:14 pm

    Just beautiful! I follow you on IG and adore your style. Now I love your decor style too. Very nice.

  • MetteApril 19, 2015 - 11:38 pm

    I love your workspace! Your selection of washi tape is amazing. I’m so happy, that I found your blog – and shop!

  • Lucinde | LucilightMay 14, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    Looks lovely!

Project Life | Week 5

I’m kind of trying to catch up with sharing my Project Life as often as I can but with my work travel that just started again last week, I found it to be more challenging. I took a little longer now to recover from my traveling schedule compared to when I was younger. Hah! Age does make a difference how fast I could tune back to my routine when I’m back home. Oh well, I’m not complaining that I’m getting to travel too much, I just wish that I’m 10 years younger. *laugh*

So here’s a look at my Week 5.

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This is probably one of my favourite weeks I’ve put together. I’ve used quite a fair bit of everything in this week’s spread from Heidi Swapp Project Life Gold Foil Value Kit, Studio Calico Far Far Away Project Life Kit and other bits and pieces from my own stash.

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I cut the HS Gold Foil 4×6 card to 4×4 to fit the Design K page protector pocket for my title card and added a piece of the ‘date’ chipboard from the Gold Foil kit as well.

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The ‘LOVE THIS’ words were stamped onto one of Studio Calico Far Far Away Project Life Kit cards and the stamp is from Ali Edwards first Story Stamp Prompts.

I did some stamping directly onto my photo using Ali Edwards Photos Stamp Set. I’m a BIG fan of her stamps!

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Both the die-cut labels are from Studio Calico Color Theory Labels collection. I seriously can’t resist all the gorgeous colors so I’ve got the full set of 22. The one I used on the photo of Ethan is the Gray Area and the piece on the journaling card is Clean Slate.

The gold mini triangle and star chipboards are from HS Gold Foil kit.

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Have I mentioned before how much I’m loving this October Afternooon Daily Flash Pocket Sleeve with 16 of 3×3 pockets? 😀

I could say this again and again in the next few years and I won’t ever get tired of this protector’s design.

This page has a mixed of Heidi Swapp Project Life Gold Foil Value Kit and Studio Calico Far Far Away Project Life Kit.

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I trimmed all the 3×4 cards to 3×3 and insert the cards in alternate pockets with my photos. You cans see what I meant in my full spread above.

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I’m so loving the coloured diamond chipboard that comes in the HS Gold Foil Value Kit. I wish they have like multi pieces in each size!

The pink camera chipboard was from the Essential collection and I placed a piece of the pink Color Theory Enamel Dot to make it popped. I still have many sets of the enamel dots collection and they still remain as one of my favourite embellishments that I use on my PL.

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Did you see that neon pink card?! I think I need like a 1000 of them! And the gold polka dot and mini hearts cards too! Heidi Swapp really nailed this kit. I love them so much I’m so careful not to use them up so quickly. *laugh*

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That dog card from SC’s Far Far Away PL kit is just perfect for my princess Belle’s photo. Seeing her sleep all the time with her little tongue hanging out, she’s really having a “RUFF” life! Lol.

I’ll be sticking around in the next 5 days before I head out to Kuala Lumpur for a meeting and tradeshow next week. But before I leave I’m planning to pop in here again to share my first post on my workspace (way overdue post!). And yay to Monday and Tuesday as I’ll be taking leave to spend some quality time with Ethan since he’ll be having a week school break starting tomorrow.

Have a great weekend ahead!

  • julie bMarch 14, 2015 - 12:53 am

    Great post! thank you for the inspiration……safe travels.

  • Amante del PapelMarch 14, 2015 - 1:20 am

    awesome week!

  • AntoinetteMarch 16, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    I have white space envy!
    Your photos amaze me and i’ve been following you on instagram since you were a guest on the PRT podcast.
    Your layouts motivate me to take pictures everyday, thanks for sharing your talented craft and advice with us :)
    Hugs

  • Sue FitzGeraldMarch 16, 2015 - 6:17 pm

    Love it, can’t wait to see your room tour.

  • WenyiApril 30, 2015 - 11:49 am

    Hi! I was wondering where you get your Project Life page protectors from. They aren’t that common and are a wee bit expensive so I wondered if you have a good deal for them (:

  • FindingnanaMay 5, 2015 - 11:12 pm

    Hi Wenyi,
    I bought all my protectors from Studio Calico. :)
    Leena

  • TashinaJune 30, 2015 - 5:53 am

    Hi i have to absolutley say that i’m white envy. i love how crisp and clean your pages look. How do you get your photos to brighten up. I try to take good pictures but my lighting is never really good.

Project Life | Week 3

Thank you all for your kind warm wishes sent through messages and emails. I’m feeling a lot better now and I had a good rest over the weekend. I definitely need more of that kind of rest-and-no-work days, it definitely helps me to recuperate quickly.:)

So, here’s my Week 3 that skipped last week as I’ve not photograph them earlier.

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I decided to go monotone for this week’s spread and a lot are focused on the photos and stories. A little touch of gold, just the way I like it.

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I decided to use Fave 3×4 journal cards by Paislee Press as the base cards for my spread this week. I had this printable cards even before I joined the CT and I was really glad I finally put them to good use.

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You’ll notice that I’ve been consistently using wood veneers on my PL spreads. Just because they’re my number favourite embellishments. Hah! I’ve amassed quite a good size collection of wood veneers, mostly from the Studio Calico kits I received the past two years, bits and pieces from Freckled Fawns and the most recent Gossamer Blue On My Desk wood chips, like the one above of heart speech bubble. And Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press happened to be the designer of that collection. How brilliant is she!

The cork arrow is my own DIY accent. I used Ali Edward’s stamp and stamped it on DCWV 6×6 Adhesive cork sheet, cut out the shape and it’s ready to be used. Easy peasy!

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Oh how I love ampersand and this Teresa Collins Studio Gold AME – Instagram Project Life card by We R Memory Keepers is perfect for my page.

The ‘great times’ words are cut with my Silhouette Cameo and it’s from Love Words Cut Files by Wilna Furstenberg.

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I’ve been loving a lot of white space on my PL spread for a while now. So this page was put together mainly with just photos and Paislee Press Fave 3×4 journal cards.

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The card right at the top was a blank card that I stamped with Ali Edward’s Daily Story Stamp and added my own journaling. The gold alphas are from My Mind’s Eye Necessities Words and Sticker Sheets. I believe it came in one of Studio Calico’s PL kit months back but I can’t exactly remember which one.

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I included more wood veneers on the other Fave cards, a mix of alphas sticker to complete my spread.

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I’m also printing photos from Collect app that I exported out in 3×4 format. Still loving how easy it is to include a snapshot and journaling on the app.

That ‘oh, hello’ sticker is from Evalicious Talk To Me Puffy Stickers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spread and if you have any questions, feel free to leave your comments in this post.

Have a great month of March ahead!

  • ShereMarch 9, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    Love how neutral your colors are! I don’t do PL, but your pages make me want to. TFS

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My view from my kitchen.

I feel at ease whenever I look out the window when the sun is just setting over the horizon.

Right now, I’m nursing a bad migraine, which has been plaguing me for days. It got so bad today that I can barely lift up my head.

Doctor said I might be down with a viral infection. I’d say it’s more of work related stress.

I took the afternoon off from work and basically tucked myself in bed and do nothing.

I hope it’ll go away soon. It’s Friday for heaven’s sake. I’m supposed to enjoy my weekend.

I’ll  be back on my feet in no time. That’s for sure.

Happy Friday everyone!

  • Jackie O.February 27, 2015 - 9:22 pm

    Hope you’ll feel better soon Leena! Take care and have a good weekend.

  • suzanneMarch 1, 2015 - 5:31 pm

    Get better soon, you work so hard! You blog, you scrap, you work and your a mom. I don’t know how you do it.

First of all, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my Chinese friends “Gong Xi Fa Cai”!

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We’ve just celebrated the Lunar New Year last week and had an awesome five days of holiday! We had a wonderful time getting together with our family and friends, eating all our favorite food and taking lots of naps in between meals. Hah! More like I was the one trying to catch up with sleep. It was a bliss!

The Lunar New Year celebration will continue until the 15th day of the Chinese calendar that will end next Thursday 5th March. The more reason for me to catch up with friends, eat and be merry. However, I have to return to work this week and it has been crazy busy catching up with the backlogs from last week’s holiday. But I’m still in a festive mood!

So, I’m kind of way behind sharing my project life here. I’ve completed many weeks and up to date so to speak. Something that I’m still diligently documenting and enjoying.

So, here’s my Week 4.

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I’ve used Studio Calico January’s Far Far Away Project Life Kit. Even though I’m no longer on the full time Creative Team but I still do continue to purchase their kit. It’s too good to give it a miss!

This kit was just perfect to kick off my 2015, with lots of my favourite new year elements.

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The JAN wood veneer is a killer! Totally love it and I so hope they’ll make more of this in other months.

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The kit came with a acetate ‘twenty fifteen’ card in gold. I cut the outline of the words and adhered it directly onto one of my photos.

Those chipboard poetry words are also perfect for adding accents to the photos and journaling cards.

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My other favourite embellishment would be the Pink Chipboard Hearts with Gold Flecks by Studio Calico. I basically love everything that comes with this PL kit!

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There are lots of mint and pink in this kit, which make it more awesome for me because they’re both my favourite colors.

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For the 4×4 pockets, I cut the 4×6 cards from the kit and fit them into some of the pockets. Easy solution to fill up every pocket.

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I’v also included prints from the Collect app, in 3×4 size exported out like a polaroid. Love this format that includes short journaling that can be written on the app itself.

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Have I mentioned that I love the color palette in this kit? *laugh*

My spread now includes lots of white space and a pop of color. My style has evolved over the years and I’m liking the simplicity of it. The focus is always on the photo and the stories behind them. That’s another goal that I’m working on since last year and I’m going to continue to do so this year. Journaling has never been strength but I’m doing good so far.

How have you been doing on your Project Life? I hope you’ve had a good start and are enjoying every bit of it.:)

I’ll be back real soon and will share my completed spreads in the coming days before I start traveling again.

  • elisaFebruary 27, 2015 - 1:20 am

    what is that gorgeous font you used for “jakarta”?

  • Kellie WinnellFebruary 27, 2015 - 4:12 am

    I absolutely love your project life spreads. They are such an inspiration to me. One thing I seen on your spreads that I might try again, is journalling on your collect app photos. I used to do this, then started to just print them with the date. But adding more journalling is a great way to document even more. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 27, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    Hi Elisa,
    The font is from the Far Far Away PL kit. :)
    Leena

  • tashinaJune 30, 2015 - 7:31 am

    what are the pages you use. i like the 4×4’s and the 3×4 spreads?