Project Life | Week 52 and 2014 Week 1

I’ve been waiting for this day to come to show you how awesome Studio Calico February kits Sugar Rush are. This kit just screams spring! I’m so happy to receive the  Sugar Rush Project Life KitRing Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2), Lollies (add-on stamp set) and Sugar Rush 4″x6″ Paper Pad from Studio Calico to play with. Each of these kit and add-on is completely gorgeous! Oh, did I mention that I’m completely in love with them?:)

And I’m also happy to announce that I’ve officially completed my 2013 PL! Yay!

I was waiting patiently for this kit to arrive earlier this month so I can use it to complete my Week 52 and I’m glad I did.

For my Week 52 spread, I’ve stretched the dates from 23-31 December to wrap up the year. 30 and 31 December happened to fall in the same week of the new year but I think it makes more sense to include both dates in Week 52, right?

For this week, I made 3 pages of 12×12 to accommodate the last two days of December as I can’t include the photos all into 2 pages. I used a mix of Sugar Rush Project Life KitRing Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2), Lollies (add-on stamp set) and Sugar Rush 4″x6″ Paper Pad for these spreads together with the coordinated printable and cut files –

Printable – Sugar Rush Printable Labels by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by In A Creative BubbleSugar Rush Printable by Shanna Noel

Cut files – Sugar Rush Love You Cut Files by Hello Forever, Sugar Rush Cut Files by In A Creative Bubble

Here’s the first page of Week 52.


I used a mixed of the PL cards from the main kit and Ring Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2)


I’ve been asked before where do I get my date stamp. It’s actually from my local bookstore Popular and there’s no particular brand to it. I’ve been using it for the past two years and I love it to bits!:)


One of my favorite embellishments from the Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2) is the Essential Gold Foil Heart Chipboard Shapes. It comes in 17 different sizes and I used it almost everywhere on my spread! You have to get this PL add-on, you’ll love everything from the cards to the embellishments!:)

And here’s the right page.


Did you see what I mean about the spring colors of Sugar Rush?:)


Oh, the veneer circles from the Sugar Rush Project Life Kit is also one of my favorites. They have the smaller non-circle bits and pieces veneers in the pack such as arrows, XOXO letters, stars etc. It’s so easy to use them and I have them on both Week 52 and Week 1.

For this card, I used the Sugar Rush Cut Files by In A Creative Bubble and laid it on one of the papers from Sugar Rush 4″x6″ Paper Pad and then I added the Gold Foil Heart Chipboard randomly covering the heart cuts before I adhered my photos on the card.

And here’s the last page of my Week 52 which included 30 and 31 December.


And some close up shots of the page.


The “hooray” is from Lollies (add-on stamp set), I stamped it using Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Bubble Gum on a white cardstock. I then cut the stamped speech bubble shapes and adhered it onto my card.


My Week 1 of 2014 was documented using the main Sugar Rush Project Life Kit only, together with the printable – Sugar Rush Printable Labels by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by In A Creative BubbleSugar Rush Printable by Shanna Noel


The embellishments included in this kit are just brilliant, my favorite would be the circle veneer, chipboard shapes and the vellum alpha stickers (that looks like alpha stamp). I completely depleted these on both Week 52 and Week 1. *laugh*

Oh, the washi tape from this main PL kit is completely adorable with ledger and some cute random words prints on the tape.


I love that the cards have a lot of white base and they’re totally my kind of cards. You know how much I love white base cards right?:)

And here’s the right side of Week 1.

And a couple of close up shots.


I can’t get enough of the chipboard shapes set! I’ve used up everything and I wish I could get another one. Just adore them! Oh, you can even machine sew over them easily without breaking the needle.;)


I usually attached most of the printable with my Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz. I even use it to staple the Gold Foil Heart Chipboards, it’s one of my best investments ever made on a simple tool like this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spreads and you got what you wanted from the Sugar Rush kits and add-ons. This month has completely blown me away and I had a lot of fun putting my spreads together. I’m sure you will love them too.

Thanks again for making time to drop by my blog and for all your lovely messages.

Have a great week ahead and I’ll be back soon!

  • Magda MizeraJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:30 am

    Amazing! I love your PL pages, always!

  • pamelaJanuary 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

    You are so lucky to have Popular Bookstore! I love visiting Popular when I am in Hong Kong :)

    So glad to see the wood veneers in the main PL kit. I love that stuff. I can’t wait to get my kit!

  • KimJanuary 28, 2014 - 4:35 am

    I always love your spreads…the lighting is always perfect and your creativity is stellar! Love what you made with SC Sugar Rush kits -very inspiring and now I can’t wait to get my kits even more! :)

  • shireJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:45 am

    I am really in love with your Pl pages!! :)

  • CéliaJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:56 pm

    That’s great to look at your Pl but also at your pictures!Your life looks just fantastic! Kisses from Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • dawnJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Gorgeous pages!! Love the added bit of color but still a lot of white space!! Great job, so glad you had fun playing and using up the kits so well.

  • Linda in AusJanuary 28, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    Absolutely wonderful and yay a whole year completed. That washi looks divine as do the hearts. Thanks Leena. Love it..


I’m pretty excited when this class was first announced and if you haven’t enroll yet, you have until 31st January to do it here.

Learn the ins and outs of Life Script through brushes and inks on varieties of projects using your own handwriting, which will be taught by renowned artist Kal Barteski.

Here’s what you’ll receive when you enroll for the class.

class slide

If you enroll now you’ll also have immediate access to the classroom and class message board.

Class will start on February 1, 2014.

Here are some sneaks by the Creative Team who will inspire you with their amazing projects!


I’m off to search for some bamboo brushes and gouache paints in my local art store.

See you in class soon!

Project Life | Week 51

I’m back again to share my Project Life Week 51. After trying to use up my Printshop stash on two weeks spread, I’m still left with quite a bit of things that I can still use. Imagine how much I can make use of the  Printshop collection!:)


Here’s a close up look of the left page.


The alphas that I used on the title card is my favorite AC Thicker “Notebook”. And the rest of the embellishments are leftovers from my previous Studio Calico Project Life kits.


More than often I love to use Thicker alphas to highlight the name of a place & restaurant I’ve frequented. If I use them on my card, I’ll keep it minimal by adding a label and a couple of stickers.


I think for the past few weeks spreads I’ve been trying to clear my chipboard alphas stash and used them up almost on every other cards! *laugh* Here’s another one that I used on the word “Pho” using AC Thickers Fellow.

And that ‘nom nom’ foodie stamp from Marks & Co add-on kit Woolf has been over-used again and again whenever I have photos of food. The add-on is sold out and I’m afraid the stamp itself which was sold during Studio Calico last call sale is also completely sold out.:(


And here’s the right page of the week.


Can you see that I’ve included more AC Thickers here? I just cannot get enough of them and I would encourage you to try using them on your Project Life pages.:)


I didn’t journal on the bubble speech from Vellum Die Cuts but instead I adhered AC Thicker “Notebook” and Punctuation Cork Shape Thickers on it.


And more Thickers!!


The bubble speech from Vellum Die Cuts is another favorite item of mine from the Printshop. I used Uni-ball Signon White pen for the journaling, another favorite pen I got from my local art store. The Sketchbook charcoal alpha is from Studio Calico’s previous Snippets collection. It’s not available in SC’s store anymore but you can still get it at Two Peas here.:)


That’s about it for this week. I think I’ll give Printshop a break after using the collection for three consecutive spreads. Oh well, you wouldn’t know I may use it again…….. soon! I hope Studio Calico will re-stock some of the out-of-stock items, I would definitely buy them again.:)

Anyway, I’m happy to announce that I’ve officially completed my Week 52! Yay! I’m so thrilled that I managed to persevere and complete the year, with of course a lot of weeks behind and then getting caught up eventually. A big pat on my shoulder! I’m also hoping to make a closing page for 2013 and I’ve already got some ideas what I’d like to do. I hope I’ll be able to share it soon together with my Week 52.

I hope you’re still going strong in catching up with your Project Life or you have already completed yours earlier. Well done to you!

See you soon and have a great week ahead!

  • TiffanyJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    Which thickers are the ones you used to put the word “factory” on the card on the right page? I’m in love with them, and have been desperate to try to find them without any luck. Thanks!

  • RubyJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Just love it, like always! :-)

    I’m crazy about that stamp saying “nom”, can’t find a shop in Germany which is selling this :-(


  • FindingnanaJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    Hi Tiffany,
    It’s actually from Studio Calico’s previous collection Snippets (a year ago) and it’s called Sketchbook in charcoal but I’m afraid it’s no longer available in SC but you can still buy it at Two Peas here :)

  • TiffanyJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Thank you so much! :]

  • Linda in AusJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Love those notebook Thickers and thanks i will challenge myself to use more Thickers on this weeks PL.

  • GiuseppinaJanuary 21, 2014 - 4:18 am

    Love your work! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

  • NatalieJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:23 am

    I love the clean/white look to your pages. It’s something I am going to try and incorporate for my 2014 album. Do you just buy the PL plain white cards and use those? Also, I would love to see your 2014 title page ;) As always, I love you work! Thanks for posting!

  • evaJanuary 23, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    as usual, i love your layouts. i can’t wait to see your final page. i’m all done but want to do a year in review type page and am drawing blanks! could use some inspiration. :-)

  • dawnJanuary 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Hello, I have just found your blog and love your Project Life style. Watched your videos about 2x each, awesome!!

    I had a question though, when doing the next weeks pages, do you start with fresh new journal cards or do you do them right on the back of the ones there already?

    So happy your enjoying PL and have found what works for you. I’ve been doing them since day one and can’t imagine life without them now. Makes keeping our memories so much easier then the scrapping I used to do.

    Thanks so much for sharing and for the fun videos, keep them coming please!

  • FindingnanaJanuary 25, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Hi Dawn,
    Yes, I always start a fresh new journal card when I start a new week.

  • FindingnanaJanuary 25, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    I always use Studio Calico 4×3 and 4×6 grid cards. :)

  • FindingnanaJanuary 25, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    I always use the Studio Calico 4×3 and 4×6 grid cards. :)

Project Life | Week 50

Two Sundays ago I had a Project Life marathon again, trying to catch up with the remaining weeks of my 2013 Project Life and here I am, with my completed Week 50 and Week 51 which I’ll post soon.

Right now, I’m working on my Week 52 and Week 1 of 2014 with the new Studio Calico Sugar Rush kits. This will be revealed on the 27 January. All I can say is the kit is simply amazing!:)

So, here’s Week 50, using Becky Higgins Midnight core kit as the base of my cards, adding bits and pieces of embellishments from the leftover of my other month Studio Calico kits.


Here’s a closer look at the left page.


The Thickers alpha is called Sketchbook and I believe it was from Snippets, one of Studio Calico Winter collections released back in January 2013. I’m trying to use up my Thickers as much as I can and I love to see them on my title card.


Another Thickers alpha called Kitten. It’s good to use them as enlarged title on the Project Life card. The white bubble speech paper clip is from my shop.:)The hearts wood veneer is from Printshop as well. Unfortunately, it’s sold out in SC. I hope they’ll bring it back soon! Love them to bits!

And the “best” word is from Color Wash Chipboard Title Stickers from Pink Paislee.


The Thickers black alphas hidden partially behind the photo is Sketchbook. I’ve also added the blue speech bubble clip from my shop and some words from Printshop Tiny Word Stickers. The badge is from SC kit and wood veneer is SC Yearbook Wood Veneer.


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always working with some of my must-have items for my Project Life, that would include wood veneer and labels. You could almost see them in almost all the weeks I worked on.


And on this right page, you can see that I’ve added a whole lot of Thickers and I love how they stood out amongst my white base cards. By adding these alphas, I would keep my embellishments to the minimal. just adding a few pieces of wood veneer, flair button, paper clips from my shop, and small pieces of stickers.

And some closer look at the cards.


And again, my essentials of embellishments would be just labels, paper clips and alphas. I like my cards to be clean and these few items would be sufficient to complete the cards.


You can find the orange camera paper clip here in my shop and the speech bubble wood veneer is from Freckled Fawn.


The yellow stars and mini alphas stickers were from the past Studio Calico kits.


I seriously cannot get enough of the Thickers alphas! They’re so easy to use and it pops up right at your face.:)

I’ll be back soon to share my Week 51 in the next day or two.

And once again, thank you for taking time to drop by my blog and for all your love messages and emails. I promise I’ll reply to each and every of you in the next few days. I need to make time for it!;)

See ya!

  • LaudiciaJanuary 17, 2014 - 4:22 am

    As usual, amazing spreads! Are you planning on posting a new video? (please do… it’s so cool to see your process) Love the new design of your blog by the way: clean and colorful. ^_^

  • MichelleBJanuary 17, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    These pages are gorgeous! Love your style and that black alphabet!

  • myeJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    amazing page as ever!!
    Leena what’s the brand you are using to stamp the date? I’ve been looking for that kind (day/month/year) all I can find is the month/day/year.

  • pamelaJanuary 21, 2014 - 12:50 am

    I love how you use the “3” as “E”… because there are never enough “E” :D

Sugar Rush Sneaks

It’s sneak day at Studio Calico today!

The Sugar Rush kits and add-ons are simply gorgeous and they’re screaming SPRING! They’re filled with so much pretty colors and the embellishments are just perfect!

Since the day my box arrived at my doorstep last week, I’ve been admiring at them everyday and I’ve finally dived into the kits last weekend. I had so much fun putting my spreads together!:)

Here’s a couple of sneaks of my Project Life using the main PL kit, Ring Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2) and Lollies (add-on stamp set).



The above sneaks are using Sugar Rush Project Life main kit.



These two sneaks are on main PL kit, Ring Pop (PL add-on 1) and Lollies (add-on stamp set).

And if you’re a cat lover (I am both cats and dogs lover!), this adorable Cat Lover’s Mini Kit will be perfect for you! This is exclusive for subscribers and you can purchase this here and it will be shipped together with your monthly sub with no additional shipping fee. It’s available only for a limited time while supplies last.

Sub Stamp Cat
Don’t forget to come back for the Sugar Rush full reveal on the 27th January.

I hope you have already list down what you want to get from this kit.:)

See ya soon during reveal!

  • RubyJanuary 15, 2014 - 6:06 am

    OMG! That all looks so sweet..!!!