Project Life | Week 10 Twenty 12

Project Life | Week 10

Welcome back to my project life update.

Now that I’m into my 10th week, I am still asking myself the same question over and over again, what made me take the plunge and  go into Project Life.

If you ask me if I’m just following the trend blindly because everyone is doing it, no I’m not.

When I first read about what Project Life is all about back in August last year, I only managed to scratch the surface  of the system. I didn’t go further except that I wanted to document my photos exactly just like that.

Remember back in those days when film was the only option we developed our photos? I had albums and albums of pictures I still kept until today and I’m sure everyone does too. Lots of great memories recorded over the years. And then technology evolved and DSLR became the next big thing but I remembered I was still in ice age. I continued using my film SLR because I love the challenge of not being able to see my shots until I developed them. I love the fact that when my photos turned out, they were flawed and I get to learn to be a better photographer.

So, fast forward, when I eventually became a DSLR user, I stopped developing pictures and those memory-keeping was lost.

And when I found project life system, I wanted to start printing my pictures and to be able to see the actual photos that I’ve taken documented in albums. I want the memory-keeping to start again because I’ve missed out quite a bit over the years.

That is my sole reason for taking up project life.

Looking at this page has re-affirmed my decision to take up project life. I’m now able to document moment like this of Ethan who has overcome his fear of scaling heights. On this day we remembered Ethan took a big leap in facing challenges he used to fear. This will be a great day to remember when I flip through my binder many years later.

The right page of week 10 are all about what went on for the rest of the week.

The highlight of the week would be my family and I went for the wonderful movie The Lorax. This is one of many Dr.Seuss famous stories that Ethan loves to read. He knows the story so well that during screening time, he would said out loud and named each and every one of the character in the The Lorax! I found it quite amusing seeing him so serious while watching the movie. He usually wiggles a lot in his seat when we watched the other movies but this one, he sat quietly through out. I think we need more of this kind of movie to be shown in the theatre. *laugh*

And here would be the close ups of the spread. Again, I’ve used Becky Higgins Clementine journaling and blank cards, my own stash of papers and bellis, the chevron printable cards that I made, lots of masking tapes, manila shipping tags and die-cut doily (from my esty shop) and many more bits and pieces.

In this particular photo, I added “Adventure” word digitally using Photoshop on the picture, then converted it to black & white because the original photo was taken with iPhone and the quality wasn’t  good.

I wanted the photo to take up one 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″ pockets, so I used Photoshop again to create any A4 size canvas and dragged the edited photo over it and reduced the size to 6″ x 8″, saved and printed it using my Canon printer utility. I then cut across the upper half of photo into 4″ x 6″ and for the bottom half photo, I cut into half again. So, the 3 pieces of photos are slotted into the respective pockets and they appeared as a single shot. I love this and will be doing it again.:)

The rest of the pockets are filled up with pictures of Ethan crossing different obstacles during the challenge.

And I journaled my thoughts on a folded journaling card from Becky Higgin’s Clementine core kit, which I opened up into a flat card with more space to write and slotted it into the 4″ x 6″ pocket.

The pockets were also filled with images of me spending time at home updating my project life and the stuff I used. Lots of usage of chevron designs added with manila tag, chipboard and sticker alphas.

Here’s a picture of the hub and Ethan just outside our place leaving for downtown to catch a movie.

I just can’t get enough of washi masking tapes and you can see that I use it so often in every week of my updates. And this week 10 I have also starting using my Royal vintage typewriter I got for myself as a Birthday present, to type out my week’s activites. I love that it typed so clearly and I’ll definitely use it very often from now.:D

 We saw The Lorax at Shaw Cinema at Lido Orchard and had gelato thereafter. I have also been printing and using Paislee Press “Then & Now” journaling cards quite often. Love her cards to bits, very simple and easy to blend together with the other cards.

My most loyal Canon printer finally broke down after years of heavy “abuse” from me! I’ve been so attached to it and I did feel a bit upset that it died on me. Sigh……….. I know getting a new printer is cheap these days but it’s not about the money, you know what I mean? Anyway, because I needed a printer badly I have no choice but to buy a new one, at a good price. My company paid for it anyway (I used my benefit entitlement to purchase this printer, which falls under the IT category) so that’s a consolation.

Here’s me and my dear boy after the movie, hanging out at Takashimaya eating gelato.

So, that’s about it for week 10.

I’m quite happy to keep the pages as clean and simple as possible because I’ve been spending too much time doing each card like I create my layouts, adding lots of bellis and other details. Too much time being spent on embellishing each card and I have to re-look at the way I document my pages.

I’m moving on quickly to week 11 and trying to catch up as much as I can.

It’s looking good right now and I’m already done with the left page and the insert, so I just need to finish up the 2nd page, hopefully by Friday.

Here’s a peek of my week 11 spread.

Hope yours is coming along well and you’re on track. But if you’re like me, a couple of weeks behind, don’t worry about it too much alright? Just don’t get stressed out about it. Enjoy the process and do it at your own pace.

Hope to see you again soon and thank you once again for dropping by my blog!:)

  • LauraApril 3, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    your pages are really inspiring, Leenah!

  • Rebecca LovellApril 3, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    I absolutely love what you are doing with this!!

  • Jackie O.April 3, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Very interesting and inspiring as always your PL pages. Bravo Ethan! And my has he grown! xx

  • Sammy G.April 3, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    I love love love your project life.
    Such an inspiration with the layering. you make me want to go out and buy more stuff for it because it all looks so good!
    I’m glad Ethan took on heights, it looks like so much fun!

  • DanielleApril 4, 2012 - 3:17 am

    Very lovely! I’m going to have to try printing out a larger photo & cutting to fit into separate pockets like you did. I was behind by 3 weeks & decided to drastically cut down on embellishments. I was spending one day on a layout which was just to much of a time commitment, especially with my other projects.

  • GeralynApril 4, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    I am loving your Project Life, Leena! There are so many details, but your pages are also so fresh and clean. I love that :) Can’t wait to see your week 11!

  • Linda in AusApril 4, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Leena, your pages are looking awesome. Love how you cut up that photo, will surely give that a try.i know when I get home I will be far behind so it will be a matter of documenting and putting in the photos not too much embellishing as this is what slows me down. Tell Ethan he did well, I am scared of heights and couldn’t have done what he did.
    Hugs
    Linda xxxx

  • SueApril 4, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    I love that you are making up your own cards and embellishments. I too have been do that. This is my first year at PL and I love every bit of it. It’s getting my photos off of the computer and printed and I’m taking notice of the small things. I keep a notebook with me permanently to jot down those little things.

  • NaddyApril 5, 2012 - 12:07 am

    Love looking at your photos and your pages… Now I wish I have an iphone :)

  • CatherineApril 11, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Your pages are really gorgeous. Just found your blog, can’t wait to look around!

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