Hey there! I’m here to share a wonderful news with you. If you haven’t seen this at Studio Calico’s blog, they have revealed the gorgeous December Daily kit!

I’m so excited I’m counting the days until I receive this kit. Yes, this will be my first year doing December Daily and I’m hoping to get a heads up what to prep for it. I’ve been reading Ali Edwards blog for years now on her DD, so I’ll extract some inspiration from her and those who’ve done it before. If you have someone to recommend for me to get inspiration from, please leave me the links. Thanks in advance!:)

So, here’s a look at the beautiful December Daily Kit from Studio Calico.


I think my favorite items from this kit would be the transparency card, wood veneer alphas and chipboard shapes. They’re so pretty!



My next favorite would be the PL cards! They’re so beautiful!


And of course the handbook is to die for! It’s amazing!

And oh, you’ll also be receiving some BONUS ITEMS! Studio Calico have included bonus digital items in this year’s kit which you will be able to access within 24 hours of your card being successfully charged. They will be placed on your dashboards. In addition to the printables pictured, you’ll receive a set of digital die cut files (accents and numbered journaling cards) and a digital version of the December Daily™ kit stamps. How awesome is that!:)

I hope you’re looking forward to this as much as I do. If you’re on the fence deciding whether to get the December Daily kit, I hope you do.

I’m off now to print and cut the digital items first.;)

Have a fabulous weekend ahead!

  • Linda in AusOctober 5, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Can’t wait for mine to arrive.
    Shimelle has a class called journal your Christmas it’s great.

Project Life | Week 34 & 35

Well, it’a high time that I come back here to blog. My absence for the past two weeks have been unavoidable. Life is on the fast track, with so many things going on at work and home. I’m glad I’m finally able to find time for a breather and pop in here quickly to share my Project Life I’ve made for Studio Calico using their October kits, Antiquary. Yeah, it’s the time of month again. Time really do flies. We’re now only 3 months away before the year ends! That was fast, wasn’t it?:)

It’s been an awesome month working with Antiquary (I say this month after month! *laugh*). I’ve been a few weeks behind and feeling a little mojoless but this kit came in on time to perk me up big time! And so I’m caught up with another two weeks worth of my PL spreads.

I’ve got myself the Project Life main kit, Dublin (PL add-on), and all the 3 Sb add-ons, Amsterdam, Vienna and Rome. I’ve also got the Everyday Cards by In A Creative Bubble and Watercolor Cards by LifeLovePaper. I’m absolutely in love with the PL cards and all the embellishments from the SB add-ons. There are still plenty left over and I plan to use them for the other weeks that I’m behind.

So, here are my two spreads using the Antiquary kits.

Week 34


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Supply List: Dublin (PL add-on), Amsterdam, Vienna, Rome, Printable Labels by Hello Forever, Printable by In A Creative Bubble, Printable by Hello Forever.

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Week 35

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Supply List: Antiquary Project Life KitPrintable Labels by Hello ForeverPrintable by In A Creative BubblePrintable by Hello Forever, Here We Are Cuts by Shanna Noel.

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I hope you are still doing good with your Project Life. For me, after 35 weeks of complete madness week after week, I’m still loving and enjoying every minute!

I’ll be catching up with my remainder 4 weeks soon. Wish me luck!

Be back soon!

  • MariahOctober 2, 2013 - 1:29 am

    Hi there! I love your site :) How do you get your PL spread pictures so clear? I’m in a constant battle against glare when shooting mine. Can you offer any tips?


  • FionaOctober 2, 2013 - 8:35 pm

    Lovely PL spread as always! You’re definitely one of my favorite life documenters! :)

  • Linda in AusOctober 5, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Love that date stamp. Your pages are looking awesome. Have you had a chance to play with the new camera yet. Love that photo of you and Ethan on the couch.

  • FindingnanaOctober 7, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Hi Mariah,
    I’ve just posted some tips on my blog on how to photograph PL pages. Hope you find it useful. :)

Project Life | Week 33

Hey, I’m back again! So soon huh?;)

It’s been 3 weeks since I last updated my Project Life spread, I have a lot to catch up. Now that I’m settling down nicely after all the traveling, I’m ready to play catch up. We’re at the end of Week 37 as of this weekend, so I’m about 4 weeks behind. I’m not the least worried at all because I know I’ll be up to date soon at my own pace. All I can say is that I’m still loving this project. After 33 weeks, I’m definitely going to continue what I’ve been doing, enjoying every bit of of recording the every day with a big fat smile on my face. I wasn’t sure I could say the same about last year but it’s ok. I learned from my last year’s process and make it better this year. As time goes, it gets better each day. So, the whole process of documenting comes together at ease, without worrying one bit if I’m too far behind or whether I could catch up.

I have a lot to thank for with the availability of Project Life kits that allow us to record our memories without much fuss. With coordinated cards and embellishments, I can now easily complete my page within an hour or two. It’s pretty amazing right that we don’t have to crack our head too much what papers and embellishments to match or if the colors coordinate etc.

So, here’s one of my all time favorites, the Midnight core kit from Becky Higgins, designed by Liz Tamanaha. I’ve been using this kit for the past few months and I’m still loving it so much! They’re so clean, simple and easy to use. Not too much of busy background you know. I like it as plain as possible so my pictures stand up, which is the main focus of my spread.

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Here’s a closer look of my pages.

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I hope you’re still enjoying yourself with your Project Life as much as I do. If you’re stuck or feeling mojo-less, just step away from it and come back again later. Go and do whatever you feel and want to do, and once you’re back, you’ll be re-energized and ready to move on again. Take it easy alright?:)

Thanks again for taking time to drop by my blog and for all your lovely messages. Have a fabulous day!

  • JuliaASeptember 15, 2013 - 12:51 am

    Lovely spread! Just wondering where the little coffee time stamp came from that is on one of the 3×4 cards – very cute!

  • Chok KeunSeptember 17, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Gorgeous projects as usual.

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}September 19, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    I am still a fan of your PL pages Leena!

  • Laura RahelOctober 21, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Love your layouts! So different from mine- inspiring me to try something new :) Love the way you use the cork alpha’s too.

It’s the time of the month again!


Studio Calico sneaks of their October kits Antiquary are out! You can view more of the sneaks here. I promise you it’s going to be a good one and you’ll know what I mean when the full reveal comes out on 27th September.:)

Here’s a sneak of my Project Life, using the Project Life Add-on, Dublin.

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Have a great weekend!

I believed some of you may have heard about December Daily coming to Studio Calico the past week, either from their newsletter or from their Facebook and Instagram postings. Are you getting all excited? I sure am!

You know what, I’ve been reading December Daily from Ali Edwards blog for many years but have never tried it before. So, when Studio Calico announced this last week, it was kind of a push factor for me to go for it this year. I think I’m even more convinced to take on December Daily after seeing those gorgeous sneaks of the kit! Hah! I’m a sucker for all pretty goodies and this is no exception.;)

You see what I mean? How can one resist to these temptation?! *laugh*

I’m sure you would agree this is too hard to say no to and I hope you would join me along with the other DTs to embark on December Daily to record this magical December memories with Ali Edwards and Studio Calico!!:)

For some of you, you would have done this for years but for me, this would be my first and I’m feeling totally excited about it! Frankly speaking, when this was announced I have no idea how I want to go about recording my December Daily. Do I want to incorporate this into my Project Life, maybe add inserts in between the weeks with extra pictures taken during December? Or should I do a separate binder just for this? I’ve been pondering over this over the weekend and I’ve decided I would go for the latter.

I wouldn’t want to do anything too complicated, just a simple handbook with smaller protectors just capturing the essence of the month of December.

And this gorgeous exclusive Handbook album would be perfect for recording my December Daily! Love the red so much!

Oh and you know what? With my planned vacation with my family to the beautiful island of Phuket this December, this would be perfect to record our holiday! Doesn’t it fall into place nicely? I can imagine now how all the beautiful pictures that I will be taking in Phuket will fill this album with beautiful memories of our holiday.:)

The kit is now opened for pre-order here and the details of what’s in the kit is as follow.

This year’s kit pairs a modern mix of red, aqua and green with natural woodgrains and the elegant glint of gold accents. We’ve curated the very best holiday designs and paired them with classic pieces from a variety of manufacturers including Studio Calico, Life.Love.Paper, Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, Hello Forever, Rachel Gresham, Jennifer Johner and Tim & Beck. This kit is built around an exclusive Handbook album, and you’ll receive a 6x8in paper pad that features 12 double sided papers (two of each design!) and a collection of journaling cards to fill in the pockets. An exclusive 4x6in stamp set from Elise Blaha Cripe and Studio Calico will let you track everything from the date, to who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. We’ve also included embellishments like a veneer alphabet, ultra thin washi tape, chipboard shapes, and ribbons to help you bring your own style to each page.

The kit is seriously packed with a whole lot of lovely goodies! I can’t wait for the kit to ship soon!

Do pop over to Studio Calico’s blog to see what the rest of the DTs are going to do for their December Daily! I hope you can join us in recording your December memories!:)

  • Jane HamblySeptember 10, 2013 - 5:25 am

    Wow enjoy Phuket is a magical place..

  • Marie A.September 10, 2013 - 5:33 am

    Hi Leena,

    I preordered my DD kit too and I’m pretty excited about it. :-) I know that a few badges are includes in the kit but I was wondering if you have onsidered to design a few sets that would get along with the kit as well. I’m a bit fan of your badges. :-)


    Marie A.
    Québec city, Canada

  • MyeSeptember 11, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    ohhh! I love what I am seeing so far. Seems like I won’t regret I ever made the purchase. You have a big influence on my purchases, Leena! Hah! <3

  • LindaSeptember 11, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    I have just pre ordered mine. I don’t do a DD, I do Journal Your Christmas with Shimelle and this will suit it perfectly.

  • jerkSeptember 13, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    The kit looks really great
    the album is so gorgeous !

  • AmeliaSeptember 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    I’ve never done a DD before but it looks like so much fun! And so does the kit (:

    Love all the paper inspiration you give so I nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award here: http://bit.ly/1ebdn96

    Can’t wait to see more!