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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.

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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 CatDon’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..!!!

Back in early December, I received a surprise email from Wrappz, Europe’s largest producer of personalized cases and custom skins for mobile devices including phones, iPads, iPods, laptops, game consoles etc., asking me if I would be interested to review one of their products.

Frankly speaking, I was a bit skeptical at first on the quality of their products (that was before I visited their website and receiving the actual case) because I ordered a personalized iPhone case a couple of years ago from another website, which I can’t remember the name anymore and the quality was pretty sucky. I was clearly disappointed at that time paying so much for such an over-hyped personalized cover.

Oh well, I was being biased and I thought why not give it a try. I looked through Wrappz website and read more about what they have to offer and saw some pretty amazing pictures of cases that look like the quality may be a lot better that my previous iPhone case. And so I decided that I’d like to try out a personalized case for my iPad mini which was gifted to me by my hubby on my 40th Birthday last March.

I’ve had in mind that I wanted to personalize the case using one of the pictures of me and Ethan taken during our family photoshoot early December before I went to Phuket for our family vacation. I went to the main page of Wrappz and selected iPads under Device and it brought me to the page where I can choose the personalized iPad case.

From here, it was just a few simple steps to order my case. 1) select type of iPad, in this case iPad mini for my choice 2) choose the image from my computer where my picture was stored & click upload 3) drag my image over the iPad mini case and position it or re-size it where I want my image to be 4) place my order. That’s it! It was totally hassle free and I did it in less than 5 minutes.:)

And about than two weeks later around Christmas, I received my personalized iPad mini case all the way from UK.


Oh boy, you should see how my face lit up like Christmas tree when I took out my case from the package! I was amazed by the print quality of the picture on the case. The colors are brilliant, image is sharp (my picture was taken in high resolution with DSLR) and it was exactly what I see my picture on my laptop screen. Even my hubby and Ethan commented how great it looks. In fact, it was stunning!

I flipped it around and scrutinized the details of the image printed on the case and saw how the image wrapped around  the case in such precision.


And the case is so light when I held it in my hand!

I immediately placed my iPad mini into the case and it fits perfectly! It didn’t feel that it’s wrapping my iPad mini too tight and I could easily peel off one corner and it was removed easily. The case is even quite flexible and it can be bent a little without feeling like it’s some cheap plastic that will break easily.


The opening part at the bottom of the case also allows me to insert my cable to charge easily without being partially covered. I’ve seen some cases sold in the retail store actually covers part of that and it’s quite irritating that you need to remove the case to charge the iPad. I’m just glad this isn’t the problem here.:)


The case even allows easy access to the volume control and the lock buttons on the side of the iPad. The same goes to the camera and power buttons.

I have to say that the quality of this case is way above what I’ve expected. For the price of 24.99 Euro, it is definitely value for money compared to a lot of non-personalized cases in the retails store which cost a lot more than this. I’ve been carrying my iPad mini in my handbag when I go out the past few weeks and I feel so proud using it with my personalized case and getting compliments from my friends and colleagues  at work. My iPad has also been “roughly” handled my Ethan and it was placed carelessly on uneven surface but there’s not even a scratch on my case! So awesome!


I’m so happy and glad that I decided to personalize my iPad mini case with Wrappz and I know for sure I’ll be ordering them as gifts for my family and friends, and even another case for myself using designs created by their team of artists.

Wrappz is most kind to offer my readers a FREE personalized skin (made of high quality 3M material) when you visit their website! How awesome is that! All you have to do is pay for the postage, which is very minimal as the skin is very light. Please use the voucher code freeskin when you order a personalized skin for your device during check out. I hope you’ll try this for yourself and I’m sure you’ll love their product as much as I do.:)

Once again, thank you Wrappz for letting me try your amazing case and for offering my readers complimentary skin!

  • pamelaJanuary 14, 2014 - 12:41 am

    You look no where near 40 o_O Anyway, I’m definitely going to recommend this to a few friends :)

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissyJanuary 14, 2014 - 1:57 am

    What a great picture!! Love the wrap too!

  • Kirstie MacGowanJanuary 14, 2014 - 9:33 am

    I’ve just gone and ordered a cover for my phone! Thanks for the voucher! :)

  • MichelleBJanuary 17, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Love that picture! Thank you for the great review AND the code! My mini is going to be happy!