And so this day has finally come. It’s my first Studio Calico Project Life reveal! I couldn’t be more excited to share my PL spread with you using Studio Calico’s January Project Life Kit, Card Kit and Pioneer Drive add-on.
You gotta love the gorgeous colors of all the cards and the embellishments that come with this kit. I love them to bits! I spread them out all on the floor while I was putting them together in my spread and I said “Do I really have to use them? Can I just keep them?”. *laugh*
I did put them to good use and I enjoyed every second working on these amazing kit.
And here’s my completed two weeks worth of spread!
I dedicated this week’s spread especially for my family’s vacation trip to Krabi in early December. The color palette of this kit matched all the pictures I took on the trip perfectly right from the cards, labels, stickers, washi tape, mini alphas and even the Block Party Printable #1 GS and Printable #2 MP. These printables coordinate with the subscription of January’s Project Life Kit.
The week’s title card with the number 49 was cut using Block Party Numbers Cut Design. I removed all the other numbers from the cut file, resize it a little and cut using my Silhouette Cameo. Then I added the Basic Gray mini alphas for the word “week”, woodgrain label and washi tape that’s included in the PL kit. I really love the mini BG alphas which was made exclusively for Studio Calico’s kits. Not sold in anywhere else. How cool is that! :D
On the right page of my week 49 spread, the “Snap Shots” card comes printed as it is. I added a few star stickers from Twine Ink (also comes with the PL kit) and more Basic Grey mini alphas so it doesn’t look too plain when I insert the card into the protector.
For this week’s spread, I used a mix of the Project Life Kit, Card Kit and also the add-on#3, Pioneer Drive. All these kits are equally amazing right from the color and designs of the cards, pattern papers, stickers, alphas, flair buttons, brads, sequins to the stamp!
On the right side of the page on the top left, I actually cut out part of the guide map I took home with me from the trip into 4×6 and inserted it into the pocket, added an arrow and tab sticker and pin flair button. I thought this would be cool to show the location of the villa we stayed in Krabi.
One of the things that I look forward to when I update my weekly spread is the week’s title card. It’s one of my favorite processes in putting it together each week. For this Week 48 title card, I used the Card Kit‘s Hello Envelope from American Craft (love the brilliant color!), added the a few accent stickers from Pebbles and AC Thickers chipboard alphas, stitched over the numbers with my sewing machine, stamped the week’s dates and voila!
I hope you enjoyed my spread and for those of you who have successfully subscribed to the Project Life Kit, have fun with them! For those of you who are still on the waiting list, do wait patiently and I believe you will receive the confirmation soon!
And now I’m waiting eagerly for my Feb’s kit to arrive and can’t wait to start working on my spread soon with the next kit! :D
Have a great day and thank you for taking time to pop by my blog!
Well, the year of 2012 just passed in a blink of an eye. Really way too fast.
It’s been a year of ups and downs for my family and I. I’ve learned a lot this year. The good and bad. But after going through these, I learned to look forward and move on.
Here’s a brief glimpse of a few major events (to me) that happened throughout 2012.
- During the first quarter of the year, Ethan was having a difficult time coping in school, because of the change in his class form teacher who do not have any experience with special needs children. If you’re new to my blog or just started to know me, my dearest son Ethan has Austism Spectrum Disorder. Just a mild one which is “controllable” and nothing that we cannot manage.It was a difficult period where almost everyday, his teacher will text me to tell me Ethan is doing this, Ethan is not doing this, blah blah blah. It got to a point that I was so fed up with the incessant messages the teacher sent me (very small issues which I believe any teachers can handle) while I was busy at work and get disrupted, we set up a meeting with his teacher to iron things out. Oh, that meeting was a good one. My hub and I briefed this new teacher all over again (we do this every time he has a new teacher) about Ethan’s condition and behavior, what are the dos and don’ts etc. He’s a young teacher below 30 years old, have no idea how to handle kids with special needs and he couldn’t “control” my son. I can’t blame him though. Not every teacher in the mainstream school in Singapore are trained in this area. So we briefed him thoroughly about how to treat my son like any other regular kids in his class. No special treatment is needed for Ethan, that was what we told him. And guess what? The messages and calls became less regular and almost stopped by mid-year. Good progress between Ethan and his teacher. And they both become best of friends eventually. *laugh* Let me tell you this, my son is one smart kid. I’m not saying this because he’s my boy. He knows that this new male teacher is soft-hearted and kind and he made a lot of allowance for Ethan in class, so this boy took advantage of this and “bullied” his poor teacher! We never had this problem during his Primary 1 because the previous lady teacher was very firm, assertive and knew how to handle him very well. And now that he enters Primary 3 today, the first day of our new school term, I’m crossing my fingers Ethan and his new teacher will have no big problem accommodating and adapting to each other in class. It’s been a trying year ever since he was diagnosed with ASD, but we’re managing it as best as we could one day at a time. I don’t talk a lot or share about Ethan’s condition in my blog very often, not because there’s anything to be ashamed of (in fact I’m super proud of him!), it’ll take like one thousand posts just to talk about him! *laugh*. But we’re just so grateful and thankful that he’s our boy. He’s always the happy go lucky boy, always ready with a big silly grin on his face the moment he wakes up every morning, always so generous with his hugs and kisses, always so generous with his “I love you”, always so empathetic with people we know and even strangers, always so loving and kind, always have a big heart, and always make us smile. We’re just so happy and glad he’s our boy. Couldn’t have ask for more!
- My husband of 46 years old suffered a minor heart attack on the last day of May. Yes I know. I kept asking myself again and again even until today, he had a heart attack at such age??!! Unbelievable right? This incident was one of my worse nightmares in my entire life! At that point of time, my heart just stopped beating for some seconds when I got the call from he himself from the hospital. I think I’ve never been so shaken up in my life until that moment. I thought of the worse. What if I lose him, what would I do? How can I live a day without him? Well, 7 months have now passed. He’s doing well. He’s gotta take some medicine for life. He’s living on 70% vegetable diet but still takes white meat. He lost about 6-7kg. He looks fitter than ever. Well, I couldn’t be more thankful that he’s still with us and will be with us for a very long time. He’s still a stubborn old horse but definitely a wonderful hubby, best friend and daddy to me and Ethan!
- I lost a baby back in September. It wasn’t exactly a planned pregnancy but nevertheless, my hub, son and I were ecstatic about it! But 8 weeks later, the foetus heart stopped beating. I was devastated and cried badly. When I first knew I was pregnant, I had mixed feeling about it because at 39, I asked myself if I still want another baby. But I quickly accepted the news with an open heart but only to lose the baby 8 weeks into my preganancy. It’s God’s will and we’ll leave it to Him to bless us with another baby in time to come. I know Ethan really wants a sibling badly even the age gap is going to be big if we’re really having a second one again, we’re hoping we can fulfill his dream and ours too. We’ll let nature takes its own course.
- On the scrappy front, I stopped updating my Project Life at Week 14. I used to feel really bad not able to follow through, but after a while I tell myself it is ok.I stopped feeling guilty altogether. My life got disrupted many times this year with an increasing workload in my job and work-related traveling back in Mar-Aug, my hubby had a mild heart attack, I lost my baby etc, these events overwhelmed me and my energy was completely sapped. It’s fine if I can’t catch up with my Project Life. Other priorities have taken the front seat and I had to give my attention to more pressing issues. That’s life. I started Project Life for the first time in 2012, thinking I could finish the year with a big bang! I stopped 4 months after I started. I do not even think that it would kill me if I can’t continue with my PL. But the process that I learned along the way within that short few months, it was way beyond what I have imagined. Again, I’m grateful for this learning experience and I intend to strive to do better in 2013. I’d like to challenge myself to start anew, regardless of what may come in the way. I’d like to make it as enjoyable as possible, to document all the little details of what’s happening around and in my life.
I’m now closing my chapter in 2012 and I’m ready to take on year 2013 with an open heart and mind and embrace any changes and challenges that may come.
My resolution for this new year? To eat and live healthily, to dedicate more time to my family and good friends, to pray more and enjoy every moment of my life as always.
Do you have any resolution this year? I hope you’ll find joy and happiness in whatever you do and remember to love yourself more and appreciate the little things in life.
Before I sign off, here’s a short song brought to you by Ethan for your pleasure listening! Happy New Year!
Hey, if you still haven’t sign up for Studio Calico’s Project Life Day By Day class, jump right in now to sign up! You still have less than an hour to do so! :D
If you’re to Project Life, the more you need to join this class! We’ll get you started, guide and motivate you along the way. And you get a lot of insight to how all the amazing Project Life Creative Team girls bring their PL pages together! We promise it’ll be great fun!
I’ll be sharing my thoughts, tips and my process of putting my weekly spread together from the start to the finish!
These printables and die-cuts that come with the Day By Day class, I just can’t get enough of them! Join the class to have access to all the printables and die-cuts files!
I’m absolutely “switched off” for now. Completely. MIA. *laugh*
In case you’re trying to reach me by phone or email, couldn’t get hold of me or only hear from me days later, now you know why.
Well, I’m technically still around but my soul has left me to go on a long vacation. So, I barely respond fast enough or if you caught me staring at you blankly, please forgive my absence.
How was your holiday anyway? Your Christmas was good?
Mine was great, lots of luncheon and dinners to attend, meeting up old friends whom we barely see, maybe in years. It was good. Buuuut…………..I fell awfully sick since Monday, on Christmas eve!! Why does this have to happen to me at such good timing. My first time ever in fact. Sick on Christmas. So, I had to quarantine myself for two full days before I ventured out of home on Wednesday, which left me a little breathless. Only two hours out and I could barely walk and my poor hub had to drag me and dumped me into the car and drove straight for home! *laugh* What can I say? When one is turning BIG 4 in 3 months, recovery is excruciatingly slow. That’s life.
Anyway, I’m back at work since yesterday and have been “switched” off as well. It’s been quiet around the office, lots of people went on vacation. So, it’s good to have some peace and quiet for a change. No urgent emails to reply, no datelines to meet, having long lunches. I’ll get to savor moment like this until after New Year, when the new school term starts again and people start to flock to work, traffic will come to a standstill. Bah!
I. Am. So. Not. Looking. Forward. To. It!
My main reason for popping in here is to wish each and every one of you a blessed New Year and I hope you’ll have a fabulous year ahead of you. Thank you all so much for taking time to drop by my blog and to some of you, thanks for sticking with me for ages!
Here are some new year messages from me.
Always think happy thoughts. Always be positive. Always look and take a step forward. Always smile for yourself and others. Always be thankful and grateful for what you have and been blessed with. Always be contented. Always think of others. Always be healthy. Always be truthful to yourself. And always pray.
I’m absolutely blessed in many ways one could imagine. Without family and friends, I am no where near where I am right now. I’ve had a load of challenges ahead of me for the past many years but I’ve preservered the odds and managed to pick up the pieces and moved on with my heads held high. I have to say I’m proud to be who I am, to be strong for myself so I could be strong for my family. I traveled a slow and long hard road but I reaching where I’m heading to.
Have a fabulous and wonderful New Year and wishing you many blessed days ahead of you!
I can’t leave a post without a picture, so here’s a peek of my tutorial on using Silhouette Studio to create welded text and shapes which I’m sharing in Day By Day Class at Studio Calico. If you haven’t register yet, do so quickly. I promise you it’s going to be a fun-filled class! You’ll get to be completely inspired by the Project Life Creative Team girls with their amazing work!
P/S I’ll be back really soon. I’m due to share some tips using the Silhouette Cameo to cut some printables. Stay tuned!
Looking for some inspiration and ideas to kick start your 2013 Project Life? If you are new to Project Life or even for those who have been doing Project Life for years, Studio Calico is bringing you the DAY BY DAY class where the new Project Life Creative Team will be sharing their take on Project Life.
They will take you through from building a spread in their album from start to finish. They will share their cover pages, tutorials, and videos that will help you fine tune your own approach to your Project Life. Take advantage of their expertise and get ready to record your year, DAY BY DAY.
When you sign up for this class, you will also receive an exclusive 4×6 stamp set and it will be shipped FREE to anywhere, while supplies last. When the stamp set is no longer available, Studio Calico will update it HERE.
Wait, there are more to come!
All students will also receive access to a whole lot of awesome printables by France Wisniewski of Bananafish Studio and Tina Aszmus of Life.Love.Paper and die cut files by Kinsey Wilson and Marcy Penner of Hello Forever!
These printables and die cut files coordinate with the January’s Project Life Kit.
Die-cut set by Kinsey Wilson.
Speech bubble die-cut files by Marcy Penner of Hello Forever – these are sized to fit in 3×4 and 4×6 pockets.
Loads of printable labels by Marcy Penner! Awesome!
Another die-cut set by Kinsey Wilson. Love!!
More die-cuts by Kinsey!
Printables by France Wisniewski of Bananafish Studio.
Printables by Tina Aszmus of Life.Love.Paper. Super love!
Wow! I just love all these goodies that come along with this class and I can’t wait to play with them!
For more information on the class syllabus, you can read in detail HERE.
For each Monday in the month of January throughout the duration of the class, there will be 5 new PL spreads from the Studio Calico Project Life Creative Team members being shared along with their thoughts and processes on putting a week together. These PDFs will contain new PL spreads from each of their members, as well as 5-7 in process photos and a description of how they work on a week. Studio Calico Project Life Creative Team members will also be sharing their top tips for Project Life.
I’ll be one of the CT members sharing my thoughts and process when I built my Project Life spread in this class! :D
I hope to see you all at the class and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it very much! So hurry up and sign up now to receive the exclusive stamp set and all the wonderful printables and die-cuts! :)