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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” 😀

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!

Hello there!

We’re now into Week 2 of 2014, are you settling in nicely? I certainly am! I’ve been doing quite a bit of planning on my blog posts for the month of January and I’ve written them on my diary. This is something that I’d like to work on this year, more planning to get me organized on my thoughts and what I want to do to make this space more interesting for my readers to drop by regularly and hope they will gain some insights of my Project Life.

I’ve had a lot of people asking me over here, my Instagram and through emails how I organize my photos that I use for my Project Life, do I print from home, what size of photos do I print, what phone apps do I use to edit my photos etc.

So, I’m going to share a few things on my photo organization, photo printing from home and my favorite phone apps that I cannot live without.

Photo Organization

Like the past two years since I started Project Life, I created a special folder to store all the photos I’ve taken every week. They are stored in my external hard disk so they don’t take up memory space of my Mac. In this folder which I’ve named it Project Life 2014, I created another 52 sub-folders which I’ve labeled according to the weeks and dates that run from Monday to Sunday. So, all the photos I’ve taken with my iPhone and DSLR are downloaded and saved in to these folders.

When I’m ready to print my photos for my Project Life, I would go straight to the week and select what I want to print. These sub-folders work really well for me as I can locate the photos very easily without searching all over my hard disk for them. If I have photos taken during an event or vacation, I would create separate folders just for them and date them such as “Ethan’s Birthday_27June2013” or “Phuket Vacation_07-10Dec2013” (not within this Project Life 2014 folder).

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How often do I download my photos from my phone to my hard disk?

I do this at least once a week, usually towards the end of the week when I’m ready to move the photos I’ve taken with my iPhone for the week into the folder that I’ve labeled in my external hard disk.

I use iPhoto to stream/download/import my photos from my phone and DSLR to this photo library. I know iPhotos can do wonders with your photos such as organize them using faces, places and event and create folders to organize the photos but I just use this mainly to import my photos and then I will copy them immediately into my Project Life weekly folders. I don’t use the iPhotos to sort my pictures.

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So, once my pictures are transferred to my Project Life weekly folders, I will delete the pictures from iPhoto to clear space for the next download.

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Yes I do and have been doing this for years and years!

I’m currently using my 2nd Canon printer over the span of 5 years and I’ve been a big fan of Canon since I switched from HP. I own a Pixma iP4970 and it produces really great quality prints with brilliant colors. This printer can print up to letter size paper but I usually print on A4 and 4×6 photo papers for my Project Life. I use this to print my Studio Calico digital printable as well before I cut them with my Silhouette Cameo.

If you’re deciding whether to get a regular printer just like mine or a Selphy, which I’ve known a lot of people are deciding which printer to invest, it really depends on what you want to print. If you just want to print photos of 4×6 and smaller, then Selphy will be a good buy. But if you’re like me who wants to print multi images in one sheet of A4 or letter size photo paper or larger image size such as 6×8 or 10×8, then the regular size printer is for you.

You may also decide on a Selphy if you have space constraint. I’m sure you would want the convenience of reaching out to your printer whenever you want to use it. The regular printer size is a lot bigger and if you have limited space on your table, you will find it inconvenient to store it away some place and having to bring it out again when you want to print. Some people may find it a hassle but I’m fine with it. I’ve been doing this for years until recently I bought a shelf which is now parked next to my table, I’m able to connect my Mac to the printer directly and print right away.

I’ll share with you why I prefer a regular printer than a Selphy later in this post. 🙂

Photo Printing

I use only Canon photo paper to print my pictures. I’m not a big fan of glossy photo paper, so print my pictures with Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss with a satin finish. The prints result on this paper is perfect and I don’t get finger print marks on them and I don’t get the shiny effect when I photograph my Project Life spread.

I buy the A4 size which comes in 20 sheets of photo paper in a pack and the 4×6 size in a pack of 5o sheets. I use the A4 size for multiple prints and the 4×6 size for two 3×4 prints and a full 4×6 prints.


I usually work one week behind on my Project Life, for example I will work on Week 1 on the weekend of Week 2. I will spend about 30 minutes or lesser to print and cut up one week’s worth of photos. My photos are usually downloaded days earlier before I print them so I don’t spend too much time downloading and printing on the same day.

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When you buy a Canon printer, it comes with the Easy-PhotoPrint utility in CD or it can be downloaded in their website under the Support and Download menu.

Once I open up this utility on my Mac, I will be able to select the images I want to print from my folders in my hard disk. What I love about this utility is it allows me to choose different types of print layout. I love to be able to print multi images in an A4 size photo paper. I print 95% of my Project Life photos in the wallet size layout, which can fit up to 9 images in one A4 size sheet.

I can print my landscape and vertical photos all in one sheet of photo paper and cut them with my paper trimmer leaving about 2mm white border around my photos. Each of this wallet size photos measure approximately 2.5″ x 3.5″ without the border.

This is the one of the reasons why I prefer a regular size printer compared to a Selphy. I can save time printing multiple images in one sheet of photo paper in wallet size which fits onto my Project Life card perfectly and allows me to add embellishments on the card as well. 🙂

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I do the same for all my Instagram square images. I select the same 9-photos wallet size layout and print them on an A4 size photo paper. The size of each square image is 2.5″ x 2.5″.

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Sometimes I like to print 3×4 photos, so I just pick two images from my folder and select the Borderless layout that fits two images in one 4×6 photo paper show below. I just cut them up and insert them straight into the 3×4 page protector pocket. It fits perfectly!

If I want to print a single 4×6 image, I just choose the full Borderless or with Border layout and print it on a 4×6 photo paper.

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As I mentioned earlier, the print quality from this printer is brilliant. It’s as close to the actual photo I see on my phone screen. I choose to print with high resolution setting even though it will consume more ink but the result is pretty amazing.


The ink on the paper doesn’t smudge and it completely dries up once it finishes printing. I don’t have to leave them aside to dry before I insert them into my Project Life page protector.


I used to cut up my photos without any borders but I changed my preference to cutting them up with borders for my 2013 Project Life. So, I’m going to continue to leave my photos with a white border. Some how it looks nicer that way. 🙂


If you ask me if printing from home will be expensive because of the ink consumption or sending photos to the photo printing service will be a better option?

Well, I really can’t answer that question. It really depends on your printing frequency and habits. I love to print my pictures in high resolution which takes up a lot of ink but it produce great quality images. I print one spread worth of pictures once a week and once or twice a month on my digital printable that I use on my Project Life. My inks may probably last me between 2-3 months. Sometimes it can last longer. Printing from home is so convenient and it keeps me current on my Project Life because I can print my photos right away once I download them onto my hard disk. It also allows me to have better control of the print layout and size. This is the main reason I’ve been printing from home for years. 🙂

Favorite Photo Apps

Here are some of my favorite phone apps that I use everyday to take photos and edit them.


Camera Awesome – I don’t use my iPhone camera feature but instead I downloaded this app and it makes a whole lot of difference on the clarity and sharpness of my images. Try this, I’ve recommended it to a lot of my friends and they love it!

Snapseed & VSCO Cam – These are the two main photo editing apps I’ve been using for ages. I don’t do a whole lot of editing on my pictures, just a tweak on the brightness, contrast and saturation. I rarely use preset filters unless I want a certain effect on my photos but I hardly do.

PhotoShake – This is one favorite app that I use to make a collage of my weekly Instagram photos. I will pick 16 photos and shake it until I’m happy with the layout of my photos. I use this to wrap up my week of all the photos I’ve taken for the week.


These are my other favorite apps that I use occasionally.

PicTapGo – This is developed by Totally Rad! If you’re a fan of filters and prefers a quick fix to your photos, this is a great go-to app. Just pick your photo, tap on the filter and it’s good to go! 🙂

TimerCam – I love to use this self-timer cam when I need to take a selfie photo. Just set your phone on a flat surface and take a shot of yourself at your table at your work place, while you’re doing the dishes and laundry, working on your project at your scrap room, on work trip if you’re alone and no one to snap a picture of you etc.

Over – Sometimes I like to add text on my photo, I’ll use this fabulous app. It has all my favorite fonts and I love how easy it is to change the font colors, sizes etc.

Flipagram – Another favorite app of mine! I love using this app to make slide show of my photos taken throughout the month or I compile my whole year favorite photos and make it into a year in review/memories.

So, this is quite a post isn’t it? I hope you’re still with me and not falling asleep halfway through the post. *laugh* I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how I organize my photos for my Project Life, my photo printing process and some of my favorite phone apps that I use on a daily basis.

The reviews that I made today on my photo organization, photo printing from home and phone apps are from my personal experiences and my own preferences. You may find some of the tips will help to make it work better for you but some of you have your own system, process and preference. Whichever it is, just make sure you’re comfortable with adopting the system and process that works well for you and enables you to stay organized, improves the workflow of your Project Life and enjoying it all at the same time. For those who are embarking on Project Life for the first time this year, just move along and you’ll find your momentum in no time within a couple of weeks or months. You’ll learn through your experience and you’ll get better eventually. We’ve been through this when we first started Project Life so we understand it can be overwhelming from the start but keep in mind that, the simpler your process the easier you’ll stay current.

I’ll be back soon on my next post on organization of my Project Life kits.

Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  • pamelaJanuary 9, 2014 - 2:50 am

    Love your review 🙂 I’m thinking of switching over from Selphy to a regular printer. Even though printing at home is a bit more expensive, I love the convenience of it and it’s easier to keep up with PLs. On to a fabulous 2014!

  • AshleyJanuary 9, 2014 - 2:55 am

    What great timing with this post. I’m starting my foray into Project Life this month and was recently gifted the Canon Pixma that I wanted. With this tutorial, I’m golden. Thanks!

  • Betsy SkagenJanuary 9, 2014 - 3:38 am

    I don’t do project lif, and an already set with printers, but you provide a lot of valuable information. I’m going to check out which of these apps are available on android.

  • MaeJanuary 9, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Leena, thanks so much for sharing! Your PL is awesome! Always inspired by u. 😀 Looking forward to see your 2014 PL. Have a great week too!

  • Linda in AusJanuary 9, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Yay i love my Canon printer as well and had to get a new one late last year, i still got a Canon as i love them so much. I even bought one for Caitlin to take up to Port hedland.
    Thanks for the great informative post i always print at home and very similar to what you do. I appreciate all of the time it must have taken to write this post, thanks Leena.

  • MichelleJanuary 9, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    This is just what I needed… Thank you so much for an in-depth look at your process. I wasn’t falling asleep at the end of your post I was thrilled to read it from top to bottom…lol. Thank you-thank you-thank you 🙂

  • AriannaJanuary 9, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    I’m a fan of your blog and this was a lovely post!
    Exactly what I needed!
    I’m about to start my scrapbook for Europe and I am planning to print out my pictures (for ease of choosing sizes, etc), I am also using a Canon printer (MX722) which prints very nice pictures.
    My question is about fading. Have you experienced any fading in your years of printing photos? It would break my heart to open up this scrapbook 20yrs from now and have half the pictures faded.

    I am not using Canon photo paper (I will be using store brand paper – Staples and Costco (Kirkland) both of which have great reviews, but no info about fading)

    Would I be better off sending these photos to the photolab?

  • maraJanuary 10, 2014 - 5:06 am

    Leena, thanks a million for this post! I was just searching my favorite blogs 2 nights ago for a post just like this! I just started PL this year and am trying to see what other PLers use (printers, photo paper, fun gadgets!). I have an HP and I just don’t love it so I am on the lookout for a Canon printer. I just find all your PL pics on here and IG so inspirational! thank you!

  • Kirstie MacGowanJanuary 10, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Thanks for this awesome post. I have the same printer and have never even thought about using the wallet or 3×4 border less options in the canon program.

    This will make my printing MUCH more enjoyable which will make all the difference with my motivation!

  • AnnJanuary 10, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    thank you so much for these calendars – I will use them for sure for my own organisation. Also, I have found your free journalling cards, which I love – thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  • AnitaPJanuary 10, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Great post! Thanks so much for sharing your process. Very helpful! 🙂

  • angelica dominguezJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:48 am

    Does anyone know where I can get the Canon printer? I’m ready to purchase one – but I don’t know where to get this printer or a similar printer.

  • AngelineJanuary 12, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    It’s a long read, but I’m sure I’ve learnt a lot, especially because I’ve been thinking (for the longest time) whether or not I should get a printer! Thanks for the advice, I’ll get them once I graduate this year (because my table really has no space now & I wanna invest in a better printer).

  • Kim HJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:46 am

    Leena I absolutely L-O-V-E your PL style!! Such an inspiration. I am starting PL for the first time this year and I’m definitely going to incorporate some of the things you talked about to make my process simpler. Thanks for the great post!!

    @Angelica Dominguez…I have a Canon Pixma MG5320 and I got mine from Amazon. They normally have some pretty good prices and if you have Prime you get free 2-day shipping. Hope this helps. 🙂

  • FindingnanaJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Hi Angelica,
    The model I’m using is no longer in production. You may want to get something similar. Which country do you reside in?

  • Donna GibsonJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Leena, thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to write such a detailed and informative post!

  • MeaganJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Thanks so very much for taking the time to do this post, I really needed it 🙂 answers lots of my questions hehe

  • TraceyFebruary 10, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Thanks so much for doing this Leena – this has been a huge help!

  • JennaMarch 11, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Be careful with inks and at home printing! Longevity is usually 10 years or less!

  • Ceci V.May 6, 2014 - 12:09 am

    Came here after your comment on Instagram about printing 2x2s just to find out that A4 is not sold in the USA, darn it! I guess I will have to do it with letter size.

    Thanks for this post Leena!

  • DhiniMay 23, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Hoi Findingnana… I make it with this too but my pictures not square. How do you that?
    I want to print pictures with square result

    Thak you for your answering

  • FindingnanaMay 25, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    Hi Dhini,
    You can use phone apps such as Snapseed, Picframe etc to crop your photos into square format.

  • DhiniJune 7, 2014 - 5:18 am

    But my another pictures I make with DSLR camera and I must the photos in my smartphone to edit square
    Snapsneed sometimes doen’t work for my smartphone

  • JulieJune 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm

    Great tips.:)

    Just curious, is the ink on the printer you mentioned pigment or dye based?

    I’ve got an HP printer & the black is pigment/archival ink but the coloured ones are dye based.

    I keep worrying about water damage if I print my pictures on my printer.

  • Kimberly KerrSeptember 20, 2015 - 11:04 pm

    Thanks for this excellent post. I have been struggling for years with this. Im years behind too…lol…..but going forward I’m going to do what u suggest. Thx again.

A big HELLO to Project Life 2014.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to embark on another year of Project Life. As many of you may know (if not, now you know it! ;)), I failed quite miserably back in 2012 when I first started Project Life, only making it up to the 5th month but in 2013, I did pretty darn well! *puffing up my chest*

Right at this moment when I’m writing this post, I have only ONE more week to go before I can officially wrap up my 2013 Project! Oh yay! Oh yay! *happy dance* Hahaha! I spent last weekend with a flu and blocked nose but that didn’t stop me from getting my pages done. I sat down for half a day yesterday and completed Week 50 and 51! I’m so happy to get them completed and I’m going to take a short rest before I move on to the last week in the next few days. 🙂

Well, I know this is a no brainer post but it took me a long time to think what I wanted to say. Year 2013 was overall a great year for me, with minor hiccups here and there. But overall, it was a good one. After nearly 52 weeks of documenting Project Life, I’m still loving it.

That goes to say that despite all the busyness of having a full time job, being a mother of a growing 9 year old boy who has high functioning autism and also requires a lots of attention and guidance, constantly traveling for work (I’m not complaining!) and always trying to keep up with Project Life, AND I’m lucky if I can get a good 5-6 hours of undisturbed sleep everyday, 2013 was good to me. This Project Life has documented almost every facet of my life in 2013. Some stories may be lost along the way but most of them are safely tucked in that 2 big binders now sitting on my shelf.

I’ve found a good foundation and system that works really well for me in 2013, a style I can call my own and I’m going to continue with that in 2014. I wouldn’t be doing anything differently this year, but I will be flexible and open to any new ideas and changes if needed. For now, my plan for 2014 will be to continue using the same 12×12 format and weekly documentation.

My title page has also been done two weeks ago but this page remains exclusive to the Day By Day class, so I cannot share the complete spread here. But if you’ve joined the class, I believe you’ve seen my title page in the class. 🙂


I think I’m good to go for now. My photos for Week 1 have been downloaded, just waiting to print them and I can start putting them together. Like I always do the past year, I work one week behind so I’ll start my Week 1 spread this weekend and will share them early next week.

So, what’s your Project Life plan in 2014? Will you do something different from 2013 or you’re going to continue doing what you did in 2013 just like me? What have you learned from your 2013 Project Life? Do feel free to share your plans, I would love to hear about them.

As for those of you who will be taking the first step in embarking Project Life for the first time this year, do you already have any plans what you’re going to do?

Anyway, throughout the month of January, I’ll be sharing some of my personal experience with Project Life on some fundamental topics such as

– photo organization, photo printing from home & my favorite phone apps

– basic organization of my Project Life kits, tools I use & must-have materials

– Project Life process flow and quick tip to stay current

– my workspace in detail

Once I’m done with the last week of 2013 and a wrap up page, I’ll be sharing those pages too.

Have a great start to your Project Life and let’s keep each other inspired throughout the year!  🙂

P/S – If you like to take a peek into my day to day life, you can follow me at Instagram and Twitter. You can also follow me at Pinterest where I have a list of galleries pinned with lots of inspiration.

  • Sandra KJanuary 6, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Love your sneak and just love your PL style over all! 🙂
    I’ll be staying with my doing PL monthly because without kids I won’t be able to fill a weekly spread with interesting things and at the end of the month I know how many picture I have and how many pages I’ll make. 🙂 Works good for me!
    Can’t wait to hear about your PL process, I’m always interested in how other scrappers work! 🙂
    Have a nice Monday!
    xoxo Sandra

  • Linda in AusJanuary 6, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Yay 2014 here we come. I remember your 2012, doesn’t matter how much or how little you completed of it you still have some documentation and some memories recorded.Boy 2013 was a big year for you being on the SC design team and completing all of your PL, i honestly don’t know how you do it all but please please keep doing it. love your pages and your IG photos. Although having said all that i believe you have to find a balance and make PL work for you as you know in 2012 i really struggled with PL and had a love hate relationship with it until i changed to a one page spread which is so much easier and enjoyable for me.
    Looking forward to share your 2014 PL journey with you and thanks for all of the time and effort you put into your pages,videos,blog posts and IG feed giving us all great inspiration and tips.

  • Tracey HoldykJanuary 6, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    I have enjoyed your PL posts (as well as all your other posts) very much and I find you very inspiring. 2014 will be my fourth year doing PL and each year I have attacked it a little differently. I will probably do it the same way for 2014 but I am going to try and simplify it a little and keep to my own style.
    Can’t wait to see all that you do in 2014. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  • Love, CarrieJanuary 7, 2014 - 12:01 am

    This is so inspiring! I didn’t make it past week 1 in 2013…..haha……I think your idea of being a week behind is genius……I travel often and find it hard to adjust. Also, I’m thinking about working/sharing on a monthly basis instead of weekly. We’ll see : )

  • Kristina BJanuary 7, 2014 - 2:36 am

    Last year I started in July/August and I did my pages more “event-based”. This year will be my first full year and I started weekly pages. I did my first week on Friday and it came out great! I’m super excited!

  • ValerieJanuary 7, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Leena you are an inspiration. You have an amazing eye for design and I always find inspiration in your PL pages. I hope you’ll share this tittle page once the class is done because I’m so intrigued!

  • GiuseppinaJanuary 7, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Can’t wait! I just love your style so I’m excited to see how you put it all together 🙂

  • Ali gJanuary 7, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Can’t wait to see the post on how you print the photos. I plan on doing either 3×4 or larger than 4×6 to make it different. Love how you use embellishments on the page.