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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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”!


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.


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


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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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. :)

I’m obsessed in this new found passion.


So crazy about them until I dreamt that my home is filled with bowls and bowls of terrariums! *laugh*


The bowls, succulents and the DIY basic supplies are from Make Your Own. This is a small local store in Singapore.

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This glass dome is from iLoveSnackFood, a wonderful quirky store located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia that carries a whole lot of treasured collectibles.

  • Tracey HoldykFebruary 8, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    These are the cutest things ever

  • suzanneFebruary 10, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    Those are so cute!!! I consider putting them in a little plant hanger

  • RenaeMarch 2, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    I’ve been making some too! How much fun are they. Now to keep mine alive!

Project Life | Week 2

Just right after I came back from my December holiday, my traveling started again and this time it was with vengeance. Yeah, all in three consecutive weeks in the month of January I spent time flying in and out of the country for work. It felt like I’m taking a bus from home to work, I told the hub. Hah! And I foresee that the whole of this year will be like this, every other month or even every month. I signed up for this job knowing that I am required to travel at least 50% of the year. I’m not complaining though because my job is interesting enough to keep me going in and out of the country. The only concern I have is my time away from my boys. I need to manage my traveling schedule carefully so I can be around on weekends and every other week. It’s not going to be easy but I need to plan my time better.

So, going forward, here’s my Week 2.

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I went on my first 2015 business trip to Kuala Lumpur, my home country. I spent 3 intensive days in meetings but I did make time to devour some of my favourite Malaysian food that I’ve missed so much.

I used One Little Bird Silver Linings Journal Cards as the base cards of my pages.


I love using a lot of white base journaling cards as they keep the page clean and make the photos pop.

The geotag and star chipboards are by Studio Calico and the “Today” word is from the Technique Tuesday Geotag stamp by Ali Edwards.

The Week Two card is from One Little Bird Weekly Edition 4×6 printable journaling cards that I adapted into a 4×4 format.


Whenever I travel, I love to explore the local food joints in search of good food. I include lots of photos of food that I tried and would highly recommend them to family and friends. You can follow me closely on my Instagram feed to see where I go and what I eat.:)

The arrow puffy sticker is from Evalicious and the mini heart wood veneer is from Gossamer Blue On My Desk Wood Veneer.


The white mini alphas are from Firchburg PL Add-on Kit from Studio Calico, yellow chipboard with word phrase is from Ali Edward’s First Story Kit. I just couldn’t get enough of those chipboards! I’m definitely looking forward to more of these chipboards in her upcoming kits.


This page basically captured moments over the weekend when I was back home from my trip. I love to include photos of my boy and other things going on around at home, my craft space and how I spend my weekend.


The hexagon sticker with quote is from Kikki.K 2014 Inspiration DIY Sticker Book. The sticker book is filled with amazing quotes and phrases that are very inspiring for day to day moments.


I’m beginning to include more 3×4 prints exported from Collect app, a photo journal to document everyday pictures. Love that it allows some brief journaling to be included.

I’m still trying to figure out which Studio Calico kit the red speech bubble card was from. *Updated* Yes, this card was from the 2014 January Copper Mountain PL Add-on Union Meadows. (thank you Samm!:) )


One thing that I’ve changed up a little this year is the use of lots of white space in my 4×4 photos and adding just a few simple embellishments such as wood veneers that I have amassed over the years. I’m trying to keep it simple and let the photos tell the stories.

What are you doing differently this year and why do you like it? If you have some great ideas about what you’re doing in documenting your Project Life, do feel free to share them with me.

Have a great weekend ahead!

  • Christine (listgirl)February 7, 2015 - 4:58 am

    Your PL pages are so inspiring, once again. I love how you used those One Little Bird journal cards! The Collect app photos with journaling and the white space all really come together so well!

  • SherylFebruary 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    Hi Leena – I love your project life spreads and have been following you for over a year. I am wondering whether you print out the One Little Bird journal cards at home or if you send them out for printing? Keep up your inspiring PL spreads and congratulations on being part of the Paislee Press team!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 7, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Thank you Sheryl! :)
    I print all my photos and journaling cards from home.

  • SammFebruary 7, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    Does the speech bubble have the same quote, in grey, on the back? I think it was SCs Jan 2014 ‘Copper Mountain’. Love your pages, your making me want to change my page styles again!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 8, 2015 - 12:14 am

    You’re right Samm! Thanks so much! :)

  • Christi in MAFebruary 13, 2015 - 4:51 am

    can you tell me who makes the yellow and blue labels you used on your page?

  • FindingnanaFebruary 13, 2015 - 8:15 pm

    Hi Christi,
    They’re from Studio Calico printable under Digitals in their shop.