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Project Life | 2014 Week 4 & 5

Hello and welcome back to the time of the month again for Studio Calico reveal! Needless to say, you would have BEEN there snapping up all your favorite kits and add-ons! *laugh* I do hope you’ve got what you’ve been eyeing and I seriously have to say that Office Hours is one hell of a kit! Lots of fabulous colors and designs filling up the papers, embellishments, PL cards and so on. I’m not saying this because I’m in the team but you would agree with me, wouldn’t you?  😉  It gets better each month and I always feel excited when Studio Calico releases their kits every month. I feel at ease when everything is well coordinated for me, so that I don’t spend hours pulling together my own stash of supplies. That’s why Studio Calico PL kits work so well for me. It keeps me going. It makes me want to move forward each month. And more importantly, it allows me to complete my spreads within a short time, thus allowing me more time with my family and for myself.

So, here are my spreads using Office Hours Project Life Kit, PL add-ons Spreadsheet and Report, and the stamp set Inbox.

Week 4



Supply list – Office Hours Project Life Kit, Office Hours Printable Labels by Hello ForeverOffice Hours Printable by Hello Forever

The close up view of Week 4.


You see that strips of dark grey paper with numbers that made up 20-26? It was cut up from one of the 4×6 cards from the main PL kit. Instead of using my date stamp to indicate the running dates for Week 4, I cut out the numbers from the card and staple it to my title card.


Oh oh, that Watercolor Die Cut “Captured”, it’s my all time favorite! I left it raw as it is, mat it with a bright lemon yellow cardstock, cut out the shape and adhered it onto the Everyday 3×4 PL card. I then added an Adhesive Cork Circle (love!!) onto the die cut space in the centre (fits perfectly!) and adhered a green sequin to finish off the card.


Sometimes I love using the 3×4 PL card to mat my photo. It add’s a little texture contrast to the white base cardstock that I always love to use as my 4×6 card. The number labels are from Office Hours Printable by Hello Forever.

That blue heart, it’s from the Navy Thickers that comes in the Project Life kit. Love it! 🙂

For my Week 5 spread, I used a mix of Office Hours Project Life Kit, PL add-ons Spreadsheet and Report, and the stamp set Inbox. Those PL add-ons are completely adorable! They’re filled with so much embellishments that I can’t get enough of.

Week 5



Supply list – Office Hours Project Life Kit, SpreadsheetReport, stamp set InboxOffice Hours Printable Labels by Hello ForeverOffice Hours Printable by Hello Forever, Office Hours Cut Files by Hello Forever,

The details of this spread.


The triangles on the base of the card were stamped using the stamp set Inbox. I just picked out a few of my favorite colors from my Hero Arts Shadow Inks and stamped randomly over the card.


That string of lightbulbs, it’s my favorite! Also from the Inbox stamp set. 🙂


That You Are A Star is an overlay from Spreadsheet add-on . I placed it over one of the 3×4 PL cards and added a few pieces of Essentials Woodgrain Chipboard Stars from Report add-on.


Another favorite embellishment of mine would be the puffy stickers that comes in Report add-on. They have the whole sheet filled with adorable shapes!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spreads and I’m sure you’ll love these kits and add-ons from Office Hours as much as I do.

Have a great weekend ahead!

  • Christine NMarch 1, 2014 - 4:36 am

    I always ♥ looking at your PL spreads and these are fantastic! You totally knocked it out of the park. LOVE! Thanks so much for the inspiration! 🙂


Have you sign up for Color Studio by Studio Calico? You HAVE to!

Lisa Truesdall will be taking you on a spin on the color wheel with Color Studio. You’ll get to explore color palettes and experiment techniques for your projects with ink, mist and even watercolors! Learn how to mix and match products in your kits to get a whole new look.

For more details of the outline of the class, you can read them here.

Class officially starts on March 4th but once you’re enrolled for the class, you’ll be able to access the classroom right away. 🙂

Here’s what you need for the class:

You will also receive these bonus digital files when you enrol for Color Studio.

  • Printable journal cards, accents and labels from Hello Forever
  • Cut Files from Hello Forever
  • Color Studio planning sheet from Hello Forever
  • Ink planning sheet from Hello Forever





So, what are you waiting for? Go on and enrol for the class and we’ll see you soon!

Hey all!

I just want to pop in quickly to say that I’m still around, alive and kicking. 🙂

Past few weeks have been absolutely crazy around here, family, work and almost everything that I’m in it. It has also been a difficult period for me and my family as we’ve lost someone dear in our lives recently. It was in fact my beloved uncle who just passed away suddenly few weeks ago, shocking every one of us because it was a sudden departure. To this day, we are still coming to terms with the loss we painfully accepted, griefing quietly amongst the family. But most of all, the person who are affected most by this loss is my dearest grandma. She couldn’t accept the fact that she has to see her beloved son leaving this world and she’s outliving him. We clearly have no answer to that. She’s grieving so much it aches my heart seeing her in this condition. My mom have since been by her side day and night making sure she has the support she needed during this difficult time. My grandma is already more than 90 years old and with her failing health, we’re very concerned about her well-being. We pray everyday for her to be strong and for her health. And we hope in time to come, she will move on and come out of her grief. Only time will heal her broken heart.

And on the back end, there are some other family and work “issues” to take care of but all is good. I think in life at some point of time, there will be hiccups and the road ahead is a little bumpy, we just have to overcome it in good faith. Whatever happens, I will definitely look forward to face any challenges, like I always do with a positive mind.

On the work front, I have also recently made the decision to move on with a heavy heart and I’ll be leaving my current job. It was also a decision that was made after careful consideration of what is happening on the back end, family and my other personal reasons. I’ve had great memories with my company and I will truly miss the people I’ve been working closely with the past 2.5 years, be it my teammates or my customers. Looking at how our relationships have developed and bloomed over the past years, we have become fast friends. That is something priceless that I will always cherish. I believe that the people around you is what makes a difference in your life, and I hope in time to come, I would be able to find a place I could develop relationships like this. I know for a fact that the other side of the grass is not always greener, but I’m putting my faith forward and pray that all will be well.

I’m ending this post with a photo taken yesterday when I was on my way home from a short business trip to Jakarta. It was a beautiful sight from above the sky, so calming and soothing to the soul.

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I wish you a great week ahead and thank you once again for taking time to send me heart warming messages through emails, I’m grateful for your kind words. 🙂

  • GloriavpFebruary 26, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    Oh dear! Receive a BIG hug from Barcelona to you and all your familly!

  • Jackie O.February 26, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Dear Leena,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. It’s a difficult time for you and your family and I pray that the Lord will lighten your grief in time. Take care. Jackie

  • Tracey HoldykFebruary 26, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Hello Leena, I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. Your post bought tears to my eyes and all I could think about was your Grandma and family. This is a difficult time for you all and I hope time will heal your hearts.
    I can only imagine how hard it was to make the decision to leave your work but I love your positive attitude and know that only good things will come your way.
    I am sending extra prayers to you and your family and I will be asking God to take care of your Uncle.
    All my love

  • Linda in AusFebruary 26, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Hi Leena
    first off i am sending you all big hugs across the water, my thoughts are with you and your family especially your gran. I also wish you well in what ever adventure or pathway you go on next. Wish i was there to give you extra support.

  • DebbieFebruary 27, 2014 - 1:07 am

    I pray for you and your family that the Lord will be with you all during this difficult time. Hugs to you and your family!

    Best wishes as you close the chapter at your work place. Your positive attitude is amazing!! Love your photograph of the airplane wing and sky! Beautiful!

    A friend in Kansas.

  • Lisa SissonsFebruary 27, 2014 - 4:27 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle 🙁 as a mother who’s outlived her only child, I can say that time will make things easier, but it won’t heal her. There will always be that part of her now missing.

    Sending all my love to your family and of course to you <3

  • Donna G.February 27, 2014 - 5:49 am

    Good grief, young lady! You do need some rest. The death of a beloved relative, the condition of your grandmother, traveling, job changes, . . .. My heart goes out to you, Leena. Sending you hugs! XO!!!

  • April S.February 27, 2014 - 6:53 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Uncle. I am sure your Grandma is a strong lady to have lived as long as she has – I hope that she is able to come to terms with the loss of her son. I cannot imagine the sorrow that comes with the passing of one’s child. I am sending prayers your way. April

  • GabiFebruary 27, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Though it’s NEVER easy to lose a loved one, I hope you find comfort, love and strength in your family and friends and that you are getting the support you all need.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family!

  • MaeFebruary 27, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Hi Leena, sorry to hear about the passing of your uncle. Heartfelt condolences to you & your family. Be strong!
    All the best to you in future endeavor. Jia You! Cheers!

  • pamelaFebruary 27, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss <3

    Gorgeous photo. And that would be your last photo of your business trip with the company?

Office Hours March Kit

You would have seen Studio Calico’s sneaks on the March’s kit Office Hours a couple of days and I think it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? 🙂

The colors are gorgeous as always and you’ll love each and every piece of the paper, PL cards and all the gorgeous embellishments!

Here are a couple of sneaks of my Project Life using the main Office Hours Project Life Kit and the PL add-ons, Spreadsheet and Report and the add-on stamp set Inbox. You’ll love them all! 🙂





I hope you’ll be ready to grab what you’ve been eyeing at during reveal on the 27th February.

See ya soon!

  • GiuseppinaFebruary 24, 2014 - 2:21 am

    I LOVE your PL spreads 🙂 I was just wondering…do you ever create regular scrapbook pages anymore? Or do you solely work on Project Life?


  • FindingnanaFebruary 26, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Hi Giuseppina,
    I used to create traditional layout but now I’m just doing solely on Project Life. 🙂

Project Life | 2014 Week 3

Hello and welcome back to my Project Life 2014. This week’s spread was completed together with my Week 2 as I spent a good part of a Saturday more than a week ago trying to catch up after I’ve been slacking for weeks. I was definitely glad to be productive again after making lots of excuses why I was so many weeks behind, I’m feeling exhausted after work, Ethan started new school year so I’m spending more time with his school work, Chinese New Year is approaching so there’s lot of preparation needs to be done, blah blah blah. *laugh* Well, all of those excuses were valid but I could have done something in between the days to stay current. But like I said again and again before, my priorities are my family and work, so Project Life can definitely wait. 🙂

Here’s what I did for my Week 3.


I used my own stash to put this spread together as I felt the need to use up whatever I’ve bought and not hoard them for the next 10 years.

Awhile back I bought the Pink Paislee Color Wash 6×6 paper pad together with some coordinating embellishments from the same collection such as the Chipboard Title Stickers, Canvas Stickers and Color Magic Alphas by Heidi Swapp, all from Two Peas In A Bucket. So, I put them to good use on this spread and I love how they turned out. I got the Pink Paislee Color Wash because of the soft pastel colors from the line. They add a really nice touch to my spread without overwhelming my photos.


I’ve also used my Kikki.K stickers I bought from their store in Singapore. The Dreaming Sticker Book consist of 10 pages of adorable stickers, labels and gift tags. The other items I used are my must have essentials for Project Life – wood veneer, enamel dots, alphas chipboards, printable labels and 4×6 grid cards from Studio Calico.

Here’s a closer look of my Week 3 left page.


The cute clouds and birds stickers are from Kikki.K Dreaming Sticker Book. The alphas are by Pink Paislee Color Wash and Heidi Swapp Color Magic.



The banner label on the right card is from Studio Calico Sugar Rush PL Kit and gold heart chipboard stickers are from Studio Calico Essential Gold Hearts Chipboard (came in Cherry Sours PL add-on)


Sometimes I love to split my landscape photo and lay them onto two 3×4 cards like this one above. The tag is from Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Accent and Phrase Sticker Book. The white mini alphas are by American Craft Hanna & Henry Letter and Number Sticker Book that I bought from my local scrapbook store.


The alphabets used here is from Color Magic Alphas by Heidi Swapp and white camera paper clip is from my shop.


Printing wallet size photos is now my weekly routine. If you need to know how I print wallet size and Instagram photos, you can read about my post here.

And here are the rest of my close up images for the right page.


The chipboard alphas is from AC Thickers Sketchbook in aqua which used to be from Studio Calico Snippets collection but it’s no longer available in the shop. Maybe you can try Google it online and see if you can find it. It’s by far one of my favorite  alphas by AC Thickers.


This Go See Do card was from the Moments Cards which was released during Valley High kit but it’s no longer available. These photos were taken on our first family boat ride along Singapore River. That evening was perfect with a nice breezy weather and we’ve enjoyed the ride very much, cruising slowly along the CBD, Boat Quay and Clark Quay. When the sky turned dark, we could see those beautiful lights lighting up the restaurants and river bank. Such an awesome sight we should have done this earlier.


The ice-cream card is from Sugar Rush Project Life Kit. It matches well with the photo of my boys taken while we had ice cream at Haagen Dazs at the Esplanade. 🙂


One of the rare moments where the hub and I get to take a photo of ourselves. 🙂



That big circle stamp is from Studio Calico add-on stamp set Lollies. Unfortunately, it’s sold out.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my spread and once again, thank you all for your lovely messages in my last post on Week 2. I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed watching my video on my process of putting my pages together.

I’ll see you in a couple of days with Studio Calico March kit sneaks coming up soon!

  • Linda MorganFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    Love it as always.

  • AnnFebruary 11, 2014 - 8:11 am


    What is the size of your photo that is for the 3×4 pocket? How do you print it?

    Thanks 🙂


  • FindingnanaFebruary 11, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Hi Ann,
    You can read about my post here on photo printing.