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Studio Calico has just announced their first e-book! The Jubilee e-book will feature 100 projects and designs from some of your favorite Studio Calico Creative Team members and friends. For your first look into the Jubliee e-book, click here to download the PDF to your computer, phone, or tablet. You can order now through 17 November and the Jubilee e-book and kit is 34.99 and ships for free! How awesome is that!

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You’ll be able to follow along as the Studio Calico Creative Team & friends show off their favorite projects with the Jubilee kit! This kit contains a party ready mix of 8×8″ bright patterned papers from Studio Calico, Life Love Paper, Echo Park and Basic Grey. Record all of your happy days with an exclusive 4×6″ stamp set and wood veneer accents from Life Love Paper, badges from Hello Forever and a one of a kind mini Mister Huey’s Color Mist. The Jubilee e-book and kit is perfect for weekend crops – you’ll have inspiration and the perfect mix of product all in one!

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As part of your purchase, you’ll also receive access to exclusive digital files – printables from Hello Forever, cut files from In A Creative Bubble and Shanna Noel, and a digital version of the kit stamps. These will be placed on your “My Digital Files” page on November 17th.

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If you need more information on the e-book and to pre-order your Jubilee e-book and kit, please do visit the pre-sale page here.

Here’s a peek of one of my projects I’ve contributed to this e-book!:D

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Hey there!

I’m back with another calendar freebies for you as promised. But this time, they’re in squares.:D

2014 Calendar 4x4

You can download the printable A4 size PDF files HERE and print them as many time as you like. All I’m asking from you is not to claim this as your own. It’s not necessary to credit me but I’d be happy if you do.:)

The cards measure exactly 4″ x 4″ each and you will find 3 PDF files in the downloadable folder link.

Enjoy printing them!

  • AmaliaNovember 5, 2013 - 12:47 am

    I wanted to take a moment to thank you!!!! This is beautiful and I already know where I’ll use it next year!!!
    Que tengas un lindo día.
    Amalia

  • Linda in AusNovember 5, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    Thanks Leena i will be printing this for next year, it will sit next to my Mac and i will think of you every time i use it.

  • GiuliNovember 5, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the calendar. The measure is perfect for my next project! Thank you so much!
    If you want, on my blog, you can win 48 mini prints by Social Print Studio.
    … just to share.
    Have wonderful day,

  • KarenNovember 6, 2013 - 5:44 am

    Thanks so much! I’m quite sure they’ll find their way onto a PL page or two next year!

  • Lillian M.November 11, 2013 - 5:24 am

    THANK YOU, Thank you, and thank you :)
    I love both sets, and I will be using them on different projects.

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}November 14, 2013 - 4:13 am

    Super cute & thank you!

  • Terry OrtwineNovember 19, 2013 - 7:34 am

    This is perfect for what I needed and has already been printed out! Thank you so much for the share!!!

  • GingerNovember 23, 2013 - 1:32 am

    Thankyou!!

  • jNovember 27, 2013 - 3:37 am

    ty

  • TammyDecember 9, 2013 - 4:17 am

    I Love your calendars you maade to print….Just what I need to make my family calendars for Christmas this year…Good work…
    I just dont know what background to use to fit for the whole year…Thanks so much….

  • nicoleDecember 12, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    thanks

  • lumaDecember 17, 2013 - 12:46 am

    beautiful calendar. keep it up. Thank you very much

  • nathelJanuary 21, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Thank you so much for this clendar !

  • Sam N. ColterFebruary 24, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Thanks for the calendar. It looks 1000x better than the publisher & very simple at the same time.

Did I mention that I really love the December Daily Kit by Studio Calico? *laugh* I think I did, like a 1000x over and over again.;)

Anyway, I’ve finally unpacked my December Daily kit last week and organized them into my wooden drawer, which was originally used for my PL stuff. It’s a perfect drawer to store all the cards, stickers, wood veneer and other bits and pieces of embellishments. I’ve also used a small wire basket I got from my local store ages ago to store some washi tapes that I pulled out from my own collection. I picked out colors such as gold, red, green and grey to coordinate with the overall theme. I’m just setting them aside in case I need to use them on my pages.

For smaller items such as the confetti, brads, clips, badges and sequins, I arranged them in my flower shape watercolor palette I bought from my local art store, Art Friend. I think if you google online, you can find this palette elsewhere. It’s definitely one of my favorite organization products. It’s cheap and good! *laugh*

When you purchase the December Daily kit from Studio Calico, you will also receive bonus digital printables and die cuts (which is exclusive for the kit and will not be available in SC shop) in your dashboard. I’ve cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and set them aside in a small container. In the coming weeks, I will be cutting up more die cuts from my own collection which will be related to Christmas/holiday season.

I will be pulling out a few more coordinating stuff from my own stash in the coming days and set them aside with the kit. I may or may not use them, I just want to be sure they’re there if I do need to. I would probably pull out some transparency, paper manila tags, mini alpha stickers, paper clips from my online shop, wood veneer, stamps, badges from my own shop. I’ll see how it goes along the way.

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I’ve also cut out some die cuts that comes together with the printable made available for this December Daily kit. It’s my first time cutting it on glitter paper and I’m happy it turned out well.:)The glitter paper is from American Craft Pow! collection. You can either purchase it from Studio Calico shop here or you can buy them at your own local store. I only bought one silver piece to try out but since it turned out well, I’m going to be getting more of the silver and gold glitter papers.

The setting on Silhouette Studio is Glitter Paper setting with blade #6. It cuts through really clean.

For printables, you can read my tutorial here on how to print and cut them using Silhouette.

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I know that Christmas is being celebrated globally. Some in a big way, filled with snow, hunting of trees, lots of presents etc. We do celebrate Christmas in Singapore in a big way too, except without the snow! *laugh* Well, I would say our Christmas is usually very wet as we head towards the year end where the monsoon season arrives. But we still embrace the Christmas spirit like everyone else in the world. The streets in the city are lined with bright and beautiful lightings, the malls are decked with beautiful decos and people are buzzing around shopping gifts for their loved ones.

Irregardless of how Christmas are celebrated all over the world, I think the main important thing is how we celebrate and embrace the tradition and magical moment during this season. And for a change, I’ll like to document this celebration for the first time. I’ll try my best to approach the 25 days documentation leading to Christmas with an open heart and to enjoy every details of my days together with my family.

Today I would also like to share what I’ve done on the cover of my handbook. As this will be my first time doing December Daily, I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from Ali Edwards on her current preparation of her 2013 handbook album and also from her past years December Daily process. You can read all of them here.

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I wanted a very neutral look on my cover, not too much gold or silver or red. I’m trying to find a balance so it doesn’t look overly cluttered with extreme colors. The beautiful exclusive handbook album from the December Daily Kit comes in raw chipboard cover with embossed stars and binded with gorgeous red linen. I’ve seen that Ali Edwards painted her cover beautifully and added just alpha wood veneer to complete her cover. Very simple and lovely. I’ve also seen lots of other people’s cover pages being shared in Instagram and Studio Calico gallery and forum. They are all lovely in their own ways.

Like I said earlier, I wanted a very neutral look for my cover and since I don’t have any paint (I think I’m the only crafter in this world who don’t have paint!;)), I’m not going to run off to the shop and buy one. So, I had this idea of covering the already beautifully embossed cover with stars with Studio Calico Storytime Darling clear acetate with white stars print on the front and back of my handbook. I find that it looks great and saves my lazy arse to paint the cover instead! *laugh*

So, here’s how I do my cover.

1) I used 2 pieces of the Storytime Darling white stars clear acetate, laid them on the front and back cover working on them one at a time, adhered the clear acetate with Glossy Accents on the four edges of the cover. Even though some light glue stains can be seen on the cover if you look closely, I’m not really bothered with it, so as long as it sticks well. Thereafter, I trimmed off the transparency with a blade.

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2) Adhere the “25” wood veneer onto the transparency. I chose to keep it raw without painting or embossing it. Thereafter, I attached the “twenty thirteen chipboard” from Thickers (comes in the DD kit) onto the wood veneer on the bottom part of “5”. Then I added a few gold enamel dots randomly on the wood veneer.

3) For the word “days”, I embossed it with Silver Zing Glitter embossing powder and adhered the words onto the side of the “25” wood veneer.

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And I’m done with the cover! I’m happy how it turned out. The cover has a mixed of red, raw chipboard grey, wood veneer, a touch of silver glitter, a little of gold and white stars on the clear acetate/transparency. I’ve achieved the look that I wanted with neutral and balance of colors.:)

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Here’s how the front of my handbook album looks like.

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I’ll be working on the contents in the coming days and weeks. And I hope to get them done before December comes so I can sit back and enjoy the holiday season and soak in all the goodness.

For those of you who is doing December Daily, I hope you’ve started making your album or planning to soon.

I’ll be back soon to share some content pages soon. Have a great week ahead!:)

  • Carol W.November 5, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Beautiful album cover and great organization for you December daily.

  • kellyNovember 5, 2013 - 2:38 am

    i love your cover; it is the best one i have seen and is close to my heart because i don’t like the cluttered look either. thank you so much for the transparency idea. it is lovely.

  • pamelaNovember 5, 2013 - 4:07 am

    Love your simple DD album! Wish I had the budget to pick up one of these lovely kits!

  • Love, CarrieNovember 5, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    What a great cover! My favorite so far ♥

  • Tracy McElweeNovember 10, 2013 - 4:43 am

    Love what you done!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}November 14, 2013 - 4:20 am

    Yes I love your approach to your cover & the final result! (psst! I have lots of paint! What color you want?! =P)

  • ElseNovember 14, 2013 - 5:57 am

    I love your ideas. These will inspire me as I dive into my first December daily EVER! I also really like your wooden tray. Where did you get it?

I came home last week from my trip to Vietnam and I had something waiting for me. I got so excited I didn’t even change out of my traveling attire I headed straight to my scrap room (after giving my boys big hugs and kisses) and opened up my happy package from Studio Calico! *laugh*

I’ve been waiting ever so patiently for weeks for this to arrive!:D

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I was absolutely blown away the moment I ripped off (oh yeah!) the package and fell in love immediately with the December Daily box where all the beautiful goodies are packaged and the beautiful handbook specially designed for December Daily.

I took out each item and marveled at them closely, admiring and soaking in all the goodness of the goodies. They are so well designed and coordinated, from the papers, cards, transparency, ribbons, tapes, flair buttons, stickers to the confetti and many more other fabulous items in this kit. I’m so glad I decided to jump in and ordered this December Daily Kit.

This will be my first time doing December Daily and I’ve been worrying how I’m going to go about putting up my pages for 25 days in December, how to make it work easily etc. But I have a lot of reassurance after reading Ali Edwards recent posts on how she put together her cover, title page and interior pages together with very clear step-by-step tips. I love that she has also shared videos that make it so easy to understand the process. If you’re also a first timer like me, you can read all about Ali Edwards December Daily 2013 posts and all her past years DD here. She’s such an amazing and inspirational woman, imparting everything she knows and she does so generously!

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I’m going to start working on my handbook cover and title page soon. I’ll also be sharing how I organize my kit and what other items I’m pulling from my own stash to use on my December Daily album.

If you’ve done something on your cover, title page and the inserts, do feel free to leave your post links and share them in the comment box. I’d love to take a peep of what you’ve done and be inspired!:)

Will be back soon!

Project Life | Week 38 & 39

If I’m going to tell you that I’ve got ALL of Studio Calico November Cuppa main kits and add-ons, will you say I’m crazy? *laugh*. This really shows that I’m absolutely in LOVE with this month’s kits and it’s my first time ever that I’ve ordered everything in a single month. Every single piece of paper and embellishment in these kits and add-ons are just fabulous!

So, here’s the list of what I’ve got from Cuppa.

Cuppa Scrapbook Kit, Cuppa Card Kit, Cuppa Project Life Kit, Gingerbread, Chamomile, Chai, Cinnamon Spice, Earl Grey. Gosh, I even love the name of these kits!;)

So, what have you got for yourself or what have you been eyeing and putting them into your cart?

Week 38

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Supply List: Cuppa Project Life Kit, Cuppa Printable Labels by Hello Forever, Cuppa Printable by In A Creative BubbleCuppa Printable by Hello Forever.

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I’ve also made my first Project Life video on how I put my spread for Week 38 together. Bear in mind that this video reflects my usual weekly documentation process, so there’s really no out-of-the-ordinary process that I’ve done since I started in Week 1.

I’ve been wanting to do this video for a while but I couldn’t get the camera fixed up the way I want it to be. So, after a few tries using the tripod and my new Gorilla Pod, I managed to capture my process using my Samsung S4 phone. You’ll notice that when you’re watching it on my blog post, it looks ok but if you expand it to full screen, the resolution is pretty bad. I’m going to continue trying the best set up until I get the right position, then I will do the future videos with my SLR camera with a much higher resolution.

I hope you’ll enjoy this video and if you have any questions after you watch my process, do feel free to post it in the comment box and I’ll try to answer them.

And here’s my Week 39 using a mixed of everything from Cuppa main Project Life kit, Scrapbook kit, Card kit and all the add-ons.

Week 39

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Supply List: Cuppa Scrapbook KitCuppa Card KitCuppa Project Life KitGingerbreadChamomileChaiCinnamon SpiceEarl GreyCuppa Printable Labels by Hello Forever, Cuppa Printable by In A Creative BubbleCuppa Printable by Hello Forever.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my spreads and once again, thank you for all your lovely messages and for making time to drop by my blog

Have a great week ahead!

  • rachelleOctober 28, 2013 - 5:44 am

    I really enjoyed watching you in action.I love those tidbits at the top of your screen that you have with all of the phrases. Who makes them and where can I get them?
    Thanks

  • BrennaOctober 28, 2013 - 6:06 am

    Your layouts are so interesting, fresh and detailed. It was so FUN to watch your process. Hope you do more videos going forward!

  • Donna G.October 28, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Leena, the video is fabulous! You make it all look so easy. Your mind is phenomenal to work so creatively. =) I think the video is fine at this size/resolution. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

  • Jasmine MarieOctober 28, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Love this video. I’m definitely looking forward to more. I just subscribed! :)

  • TaliaOctober 28, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    Beautiful layouts!! And I really enjoyed the video too. :)

  • Linda in AusOctober 28, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Loved the video Leena, can’t believe you got all of the kits.

  • MiriamOctober 28, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    What a wonderful video! I always love your work! I also loved all the kits this month, I cant wait to play with them. thank you for sharing your work with us!!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}October 29, 2013 - 9:00 am

    I always love your PL pages!! In love with all the SC kits too! How could you just pick one?? Um… you don’t!! *winkwink

  • pamelaOctober 31, 2013 - 1:12 am

    Thank you for sharing your spreads! I love how you used the Cuppa kits and regret not getting it!

  • Kelsey NNovember 2, 2013 - 8:40 am

    I absolutely love your process video!!! Hope to see more soon!

  • NatalieNovember 17, 2013 - 10:05 am

    I am in awe at your talent! I can’t keep myself from checking your blog everyday. I keep looking at the same posts over and over and wish I had done my project life like you! I order the SC kits each month but mine look BLAH compared to yours!

    Do you just buy a lot of blank Project Life cards to use in your albums and then incorporate the kits into the White cards? I wish you would post EVERY SINGLE week of your Project Life album! ;)

  • FindingnanaNovember 18, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Hi Natalie,
    I have a stack of plain grid cards that I’d love to use with my kits. I usually use them as the base because I like my card clean and uncluttered. Just add a few bellis and stick on the photo and they’re good to go! :)
    xo
    Leena