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! 😀
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 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.
Forgive me, I’m in New Year mood, so everything I said I felt tickled myself. Duh!
Here are my last giveaways for 2013 which I have completely forgottten about. Consider this as a gesture of my appreciation for your constant support and for following my blog. I’m absolutely grateful for all the messages you left here and for your emails too. They mean a lot to me, really.
I’ve purged my PL stuff from my past few months SC kits and I came out with FOUR goodie bags! They deserved a new home rather than sitting on my drawers collecting dust. So please love them and put them in good use.
Each bag contains a whole lot of random PL cards and lots of embellishments, including a stamp! These are good to make a few PL spreads. Please note that all 4 bags have equal amount of goodies but with different designs/products.
All you have to do is leave your full name in the comment box and I’ll randomly pick FOUR person to receive these goodie bags within the next 24 hours.
I’ve got a couple of sneaks to share with you from the Day By Day class for 2014. If you’re on the fence to join this class, you should jump right in now! There will be tons of videos, tutorials, ideas, tips and inspiration from the contributors of this class throughout the whole month of January, so be rest assured you’ll get a good start to your 2014 Project Life.
For newbies, this will definitely help you a whole lot to start your Project Life, it’ll give you a good grip of what’s all Project Life is about. The support doesn’t end there – the team will be on the class message boards all year long to share journaling and photo prompts, sketches, and the encouragement you need to keep you going.
Only 3 more days to go before the enrollment closed. Registration is officially closed.
So, here are some sneaks of my title page, which will be shared along with the rest of the other contributors in the class.
I don’t even know where to begin in expressing how mind-blowing this January kit is! The reveal in the CT gallery basically sums it all. The amount of amazingness these girls churned out, it’s pure awesomeness! Don’t you agree?
The Copper Mountain kits really kicked start 2014 really well. It had been so fun putting together my Project Life spreads together with those gorgeous cards and embellishments from Project Life Kit, and the two PL add-ons, Union Meadows and Storm King. Did you get what you wanted? I hope you managed to grab them. You’ll love everything that comes in these kits.
Here are my spreads using the main PL kit and PL ad-ons and I hope you like what you see.
In every kit that I received the past year, I always have leftover of PL cards. One of the ways that I will use them is to cut them up as a mat to my pictures and layer it with labels and embellishments.
That’ll be all for now.
I’m currently 5 weeks behind including week 52 and I’ve just completed one week spread today. We’re only three days away before New Year, so I’m trying my best to wrap up 2013 as soon as I can. How are you doing so far with your Project Life? If you’re current that’s awesome for you but if you’re not, it’s ok. There’s no hard and fast rules that you have to get your spread done before the year ends. Sometimes our life gets busy and we have to prioritize the more important stuff. Just hang in there and you’ll get there eventually.
I’ve come up with a list of posts that I’d like to share when I embark on my 2014 Project Life, this will also include my reflection of 2013. So keep a lookout for these posts as they will address some of the questions you’ve been asking me on my Project Life. They will be spread out in a few weeks.