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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. :D 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

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.

Project Life | Week 47

This is a sequel of my Project Life page using Studio Calico Printshop collection. I called it a sequel because I put together Week 46 and 47 in a single day with the same collection. It’s like playing golf, two rounds of 9 holes. What a feat! *laugh* I think I was high on something that weekend to be able to achieve this. Hahaha! I think I was pretty determined to catch up with so many weeks behind I could feel momentum running high so I took the opportunity to get as much done as I can and I’m glad I did.:)

I could have caught up with more weeks rather than just two in a day, you know, just do a quick and simple page with just photos, PL cards and journaling. But I chose to stick to my own style, without short changing the embellishments that I always love to include in my spreads. It’s ok that I took about 1.5 hours to complete this spread but I just love THE moment when I work on each card carefully. I love how it turned out and I’m happy I took the time to do what I always do.

_MG_3457aI particularly love this week because of the pop of red, orange and teal against the white. Like I’ve mentioned in my Week 46 post, I love working on a white base card, putting a little touch of color and the end result will be mainly on the pictures and journaling, nothing overwhelming.

Here you can see a repetition of me using the grid cards with two sizes,  4″x6″ and 3″ x 4″ on at least half the page. For the other cards, I’ve used the Printshop 6×6 Paper Pad and mat it with the grid cards again. Repetition of my Week 46. Just the way I like it.


The same goes week after week, title card first. I only allow myself up to 5 minutes to complete it and then quickly move on to the next card. Title card – 4″x6″ grid card, a strip of pattern paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad, printable label and shapes from Studio Calico shop under digital printable, alphas from AC Thickers “Sketchbook” and finished off with date stamping. That’s it!


Another simple card with just label, tag, alphas and Transparent Words. Attach the word to the card with Tiny Attacher. Done.


I just love the black journaling spot from the Vellum Die Cuts. I wrote my words with a white Uni-ball Signo I bought from my local bookstore. I have 3 of them! *laugh*


I particularly love the Her Swatches paper from the  6×6 Paper Pad. I cut it to 3×4 and used it as filler card. Just added a label, mini alphas and a mini badge. That ‘yum yum’ word is from the Foodie Stamp Set from Marks & Co SB add-on Woolf. I love this stamp set so much, one of my all time favorite stamp set, and it was clearly being over-used as I have food pictures every single week!:)


Another quick card to make. Base card is from 6×6 Paper Pad, adhered the photo, added  Scripty Words Rub-ons, label, word tag and the Paperclip. In two weeks worth of spread, I’ve used up all the paperclips! You can imagine how much I love them.;)


My last card of the left aide of the spread, 4″x6″ grid card, a strip of pattern paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad, printable label, Wood Veneer CircleStar Vellum Stickers and finished off with a quick journaling.

I really, really do enjoy the moment when I put this page together. So much fun playing with this collection.


I think I nearly cried when this page was completed. In a good way of course! *laugh* I just love that I went all out to put this right page together. Sometimes I just embrace that moment wholeheartedly without holding back. Sometimes I hit a roadblock and I had to walk out of my room a few times before I could move on. But that’s just life. You just have to step away, take a deep breath, clear your mind and set the path right again.

I’ve been asked many times if I plan my week or do I take note. Seriously, I don’t plan my week for my PL. I don’t take notes. I can just remember the story behind every picture when I look at them. Well, almost all of them. Yes, I have to say I do missed out a lot of stories without pictures, that were worth documented. That will be one of my resolutions for this year, to make a note on stories without any photos on my diary. When I failed miserably in year 2012 when I first started Project Life, which I’ve only managed to complete up to Week 24 I think, I was ok with that. No big deal. I tried again in 2013 and as I’m writing this, I’m currently at Week 49 and I’ve only 3 more weeks to go before I can wrap up my year. I’m happy I’ve made it this far, with some stories lost somewhere but I managed to capture almost 90% of them. It’s not perfect but at least I tried. That itself is an achievement for me. I know that whatever I’ve learned in 2013, I’ll make it better this year.:)


Another repetition like the other cards. Added the Sketchbook alphas vertically on the side of the picture.


I thought why not blow up my words on 1/3 of the card with my favorite AC Thicker “Kitten” alphas, add a paperclip, some journaling at the bottom and I’m done! It looks kind of cool to me.;)


Sometimes I like to have a mix of alphas on my card. You can even position them vertically, horizontally, across etc. Just try something different, if you like the idea, use the idea again, if you don’t like it, that’s fine.:)


Keeping it simple. Just add a label, wood veneer and paperclip. This will probably take you 3 minutes to complete.


Another layering repetition. Grid card, strip of pattern paper, label and stickers. I don’t overkill my card with too many embellishments. More is not always better.:)


Last card, repetition as well like the other layering I did.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spread and have a better idea on how each of my card come together.

Wishing you a great weekend ahead!:)

  • RubyJanuary 4, 2014 - 1:04 am

    A W E S O M E!

    Just tell me, how do you print your photos in this size / format? Are you using a program like picasa?

    Love your PL pages!



  • pamelaJanuary 4, 2014 - 1:17 am

    Love your PL spreads!

  • LaudiciaJanuary 4, 2014 - 1:50 am

    Hi. Your spreads are amazing, as always. They’re so bright, clean, simple, and yet at the same time with wonderful vivid colors! I love your style, Sensei. Thanks for sharing. Bye. ^_^

  • MiraJanuary 4, 2014 - 3:12 am

    Totally love Your PL style!!!!!

  • Kristina BJanuary 4, 2014 - 4:06 am

    LOVE these pages so much. Your use of the Thickers is awesome!!! I live the Printshop line and all the black and white pops of color. As slways, your pages inspire!!

  • FindingnanaJanuary 4, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Hi Ruby,
    I’ll have a post up on my photo printing soon. Will be sharing how I print my photos. Keep a lookout! :)

  • RossanaJanuary 4, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    I like so much your pages!

Hey! I sincerely apologize for not coming in earlier to post this. Yesterday was a mad day, we’re having a minor reno at home so I was a little busy to pop in here.

Thank you once again for participating in the giveaway! I wish I could send a gift pack to each and every one of you but I only have four to give away.:(

So, the winners who will receive these 4 goodie bags are

- Gloriavp

- Ng Yeong Shong

- Sara Masoller

- Grace Koh

Congratulations girls!! Please send me your addy at findingnana73[at] to claim your pack. If I don’t hear from you within a week, I’ll pick another person to receive the goodies. So, hurry!:)

  • GloriavpJanuary 2, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Wooooooooow!!!! It’s me !!! I am very happy !!

  • Sara MasollerJanuary 2, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Yeahhhhh, Dear Leena, I m very happy, i start this 2014 fantastic, i have a write in my project life.
    Thanks you.
    and congratulations at the other winners

  • NicoleJanuary 2, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    Congrats you guys are sooo lucky! Enjoy!

  • Scrapalex37January 2, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Congrats to winners.
    Happy new year.

Project Life | Week 46

It’s Day 1 of a brand new year and this is my first official post for 2014! Happy New Year to all of you from Singapore! I hope your 2013 was a great one and you’re ready to kick off 2014 with a big bang!:)

2013 was a good one for me and my family, even though we’ve lost someone dear in our lives. Our year was filled with the good and bad but we made everything work together as a family, me, the hub, Ethan, my folks, my in-laws and friends. It was a year filled with lots of laughter, tears, happiness, joy and sadness but we take it as a pinch of salt. We grew together as a family and we were there for each other throughout. Never once we backed out on each other. I love that we experienced the ups and down together, it was all a good life learning experience.

As I turned 40 in year 2013, I realized that it is just the beginning of my life. I didn’t let the numbers get to me for even one second and in fact, I embraced it whole-heartedly. I love that no matter how dreadful I feel dragging myself out of bed each morning thinking of the long drive to work, I could still bounced into my work place with a big smile. And it was noticed by many of my colleagues and they love that spirit of mine. I love making people laugh with my ever oh-so-lame jokes so as long it brighten up someone who has a bad day. I love when people tell me “Oh Leena, you are one darn crazy girl!” for a good reason. I love how well I could shed those worry lines from my forehead and casting aside whatever is on my mind, not letting it affect my spirit. So, age is just a number, nothing more than that.:)

That is what kept me going, day after day, year after year. I don’t want to spend my time in a rotten mood which will affect myself and the people around me. I’ve live by this principle for many years and I’ve earned a fair share of loyal friends, whom I’m ever so grateful for sticking by me. Life is definitely good. And I’m continuing to be who I am and be true to myself. That’s one of my 2014 goals!:D

Anyway, as I’ve promised, I’ve just made another Project Life video on how I put my spread together. This is my 3rd series and I’m getting better and better at it! (to my standard. *laugh*) In this video, and the other two videos I made for Week 38 and Week 41, I’ve recorded the process of how put together my Project  Life page from the start to finish.

I used Studio Calico Printshop collection for this week’s spread and I cannot tell you how much I love this collection, which was designed with the help of Shanna Noel, a seriously talented lady who is a part of Studio Calico CT.



The products I used from the Printshop collection are the 6×6 Paper Pad, Doodle Thickers, Wood Veneer Circles, Vellum Die Cuts, Transparent Words, Mini Badges, Paperclips, Scripty Words Rub-ons, Star Vellum Stickers, Punctuation Accent Stickers.

The other must-have items included in this spread are Studio Calico printable labels and die cut tags. I cannot specifically tell you which kits they are from because I’ve amassed so many of these labels and tags from last one year (they’re leftover from the monthly kit printable) I just pulled them out from my container randomly, which you may have seen in my video. You can pop by SC’s digital shop under Printable Journal Cards and Shapes and purchase any one that you like.:)All of the printable are printed and cut using my Silhouette Cameo. You can read my tutorial here using the print and cut feature.

The other favorite item that I always use is the grid cards, also available from Studio Calico shop. I think I cannot live without these cards as they are always used as the base of my PL cards. As you can see from my spread, I used the 4″x6″ and 3″ x 4″ in almost all the pockets, except a few. I love the clean white base of the cards with just a very faint design on them, non-cluttered at all.

I believe you would have noticed by now in my Project Life pages, I rarely use PL cards with very busy patterns because they will “drown” my photos and become too cluttered. I love that when I add photos and some embellishments onto the white based card, it pops out at me and the focus are more often on the photo itself.


If I use a card with patterns, I will cut out a white cardstock or grid card as a mat and also to tone down the patterns. In my title card here, you can see that I’ve used the 3″ x 4″ grid card (with very faint tiny circles pattern) on top of the paper I cut out from the 6×6 Paper Pad.


I’m so glad to see rub-ons included in the Printshop collection. I used to dislike them because it gets messy when it doesn’t come off easily after rubbing them onto my photos (from some of the other brands I used before) but this Scripty Words Rub-ons is pretty cool, easy to come off after rubbing it. I used the word “love” on my photo and I think it looks perfect with a nice contrast with the white rub-on against the photo.


Sometimes I like to leave my photo as it is without adding any journaling, maybe just one or two pieces of embellishments or label. For the Life filler card, I used a journaling spot from the Vellum Die Cuts, add the “life” word from Scripty Words Rub-ons and finish it off with a wood veneer from the Wood Veneer Circles pack.


I love layering label on top of another label, giving my card some texture. It does not necessary add thickness to it, just trim off the label a little and insert part of it under the photo and the other label. You can’t really see whether it’s a full piece or cut off labels because they’re hidden underneath right?  ;)


The other item on my must-have list is my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I think among all my tools that I have purchased over the years, this one has been clearly over-used, in every good way. It has served me very well on my Project Life. I always use it to attached labels, tags, printable and photos on my cards. It’s one of my best investments I’ve made to date.:) The Transparent Words “love” I used on my card above, I just attached it onto the card with my Tiny Attacher. Simple as that.:)

I hope you’ll enjoy my video and thank you once again for constantly popping over my blog!

I’ll be announcing the New Year giveaway winners tomorrow. I’ve also have a list of planned blog posts over the next couple of weeks on my 2013 PL reflection, my goals, organization tips, printing of photos tips etc.

Happy New year to you once again!

  • Sandra KlaryJanuary 2, 2014 - 12:00 am

    Looooove your spread!!! Everything about it! <3 And Printshop is one of my favourite line ever :)

  • JanayJanuary 2, 2014 - 12:50 am

    I love to see your layouts!! They always inspire me to try something new with my SC kit. Great use of space on each card and I love how you’re not afraid to mix and match different kits and products. Thanks for sharing!! <3

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissyJanuary 2, 2014 - 1:37 am

    What a fantastic way to live! Thank you for sharing!!
    I love your pl pages & process.

  • Kirstie MacGowanJanuary 2, 2014 - 6:32 am

    A white mat on a busy card is a great idea! So simple! :-) happy new year to you as well, look forward to seeing more of your PL pages in 2014.

  • MegJanuary 2, 2014 - 7:58 am

    i LOVE your videos!!!!!

  • SharleneJanuary 2, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    One of my favourite posts EVER Leena! So brilliant to see how you put it all together and how simple, yet perfect, it actually is. Has inspired me to simplify this year!

  • SusanJanuary 2, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing that video with us. It is so helpful to see how your layouts come together. I love your style.

  • EvelynJanuary 2, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Hello! Absolutely loved watching the video!!! :)
    May I know what tool you used to make the corners of the paper round?

  • FindingnanaJanuary 2, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Hi Evelyn,
    I used a corner puncher to round my cards. I bought it from my local art store.:)

  • LindainausJanuary 2, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Loved it, thanks Leena

  • KimberleeJanuary 3, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Amazing! So glad to have run across your blog and all of the uber-fabulous inspiration!

  • SylvJanuary 3, 2014 - 9:35 am

    I love watching your process videos! You seem to be so decisive in the embellishments you chose and the placement of them. It takes me forever to decide then commit to the placement.

  • Patty G.January 3, 2014 - 10:21 am

    Love your positive outlook! I enjoyed watching your PL process. The pops of color on the white grid cards look great!

  • Joy TaylorJanuary 3, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Leena you inspire me so much, girl you are amazingly talented..I love watching your process and you almost make me want to tackle PL :) still sitting on the fence with this you girl xx

  • MsaulaJanuary 4, 2014 - 4:59 am

    Wonderful video…You are a PL Rock Star Leena! Love your style and your layouts!

  • MarieJanuary 4, 2014 - 8:16 am

    Love the look of this, and it’s great inspiration as I go to start my 2014 book. Just curious, what size of photos do you tend to go for most often? It looks like 2.5 x 2/5 with a thin white border?

  • FindingnanaJanuary 4, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Hi Marie,
    Most of the time I use square photos and they’re in 2.5×2.5 with border. :)