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Project Life 2015 | Week 1

This year would be my third year I’m documenting memories through Project Life. When I first discovered Project Life back in late 2011, I have no idea where this would lead me, if I would enjoy Project Life documentation as much as I do in traditional scrapbooking or maybe more, where do I start and find inspiration, and many more questions that went through my mind at that time.

And so my Project Life journey began in 2012. I have to say I was pretty overwhelmed with everything.  I was overloaded with a lot of information and resources and sadly, I lasted only four months before I gave it up completely. I didn’t exactly feel regretful that I chose to give up in a short few months. I told myself it was a good try and it is alright. It’s not the end of the world.

Going forward, I gave it a shot again, starting afresh in January 2013 and the rest is history. And I’m glad that I tried again. I’ve been enjoying Project Life since and I’m still looking forward to documenting memories every week.

My plan this year would be the same as the last two years. I am planning to continue documenting in the same 12×12 album size. I know a lot of people are looking forward to switch to 9×12 album size after Studio Calico came out with the gorgeous new album size and protectors but I still love the 12×12 binder. I think I have too many photos taken that I do need a full size album.

I bought two WRMK 12×12 Classic Leather Albums back in November together with four packs of my favorite protectors Design K. I used this design last year and I love the combination of 4×4 and 3×4 pockets, so I’m going to continue using that again this year. On top of that, I will also mix it up with another of my all time favorite protector, the October Afternoon Daily Flash 12×12 with 16 of 3″.

Then again, I’m still open to using other protector designs as I go along. I used to be obsessed in trying to keep my Project Life spreads in two albums the last two years, nothing more, nothing less. And I’ve asked myself the past few weeks why do I need to set a limit when it comes to memory-keeping? Is there really a need to squeeze everything into two albums? Will it hurt if I use more than two albums? I felt kind of silly for setting my own ‘rules’ and I chose not to ‘bend’ it. Why stick by the ‘rules’ when it comes to documenting memories, right?

So, this year I’m going to allow myself to go free (not to the extend of using up 10 albums! *laugh*) and document as much as I want to. There were times when I wanted to include so many mementos that I collected during my travels but I didn’t because I’m afraid they would add up too many pages to my album. Duh.

I’m clearing that ‘rule’ this year and go FREE.

I haven’t really plan out exactly what I’d like to include in my pages but as I go along in the coming weeks, I’ll share with you what I have in mind.

And here’s a look at Week One.

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I received my Firsts Story Kit and Stamp Set by Ali Edwards just in time to kick off 2015 and I used them on this week’s spread together with some of my own stash.

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This was from the back side of my title page that I trimmed off from WRMK 12×12 Protector with 9 4″x4″ pockets. This was a short week considering that I’ve only included photos from the 1st to 4th January.

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At the back of the transparency that I included in my title page, I added a gold trim label and wood veneer alphas left over from 2013 December Daily Kit by Ali Edwards.

This is a very simple page and I like it this way.

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The “Captured Moment” words from Photos Stamp Set by Ali Edwards were stamped on one of the Firsts Story Kit journal cards, cut out and adhered onto a blank white 4×4 card. I then added a wood veneer arrow and outlined the card with a black Uni-ball 0.70 journaling pen.

The semi-circle label with “So Love This Photo” words are from the same Photos Stamp Set.

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On the right page, I used Design K protector, alternating the photos and journal cards.

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School officially started right after New Year on the 2nd January. In Singapore, new school year starts in the beginning of the year. Ethan has now entered Primary 5 and days before he started school, we were busy getting him ready to go back to school, getting his books labeled and wrapped, ironing his uniforms, a visit to the barber, buying stationeries etc. I added my thoughts on the journal card on new adventures and challenges he would encounter when he entered the next phase of P5.

The journal cards and chipboards are from the Firsts Story Kit .

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The diamond chipboard and journal card are also from the Firsts Story Kit  by Ali Edwards. Totally loving the chipboards and I’m looking forward to more in the upcoming Story Kits.

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I have to say that Ali Edwards came out with the most amazing designs for her kit. Right from the journal cards, chipboards, stickers, stamps and now this Number 1 cork. The sentiments and phrases are just the perfect fit for the day to day memories.

What are your plans for this year in your memory keeping? Will you continue what you’ve been doing, starting Project Life for the first time or are you changing things up a little? Do feel free to share them with me, I’d love to hear all about your plans.:)

  • eva scottJanuary 29, 2015 - 8:54 pm

    I always love following along with your process and pages. Do you know if the WRMK 12×12 Albums are a bit smaller than the Becky Higgins PL albums? I’ve been using the latter and they’re just so giant that I can’t store them on any of my shelves. I’m like you, I need the full size album so going smaller isn’t an option.

  • maria helenaJanuary 30, 2015 - 5:18 am

    I love everything about these pages: the photos, the colours and the journaling!

  • FindingnanaJanuary 30, 2015 - 10:04 pm

    Hi Eva,
    Both the WRMK and Becky Higgins albums are the same size.
    Leena

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Project Life | 2015 Title Page

I decided to work on my 2015 Project Life title page even though I have about 7 weeks of my 2014 spreads to catch up. My plan is to work on 2015 and catch up on Nov and Dec pages concurrently. If I don’t do this, then my PL will fall behind even more. So, this will be my best option to move forward at the same pace.

My title page protector is actually from WRMK 12×12 Protector with 9 4″x4″ pockets. I trimmed off the last 3 pockets and the page becomes 2/3 of the full 12×12. The reason why I cut off 1/3 of the page – I figured Week 1 would be a short week because I documented from 1st to 4th January. So, the back of this title page and another 12×12 page would be sufficient to document the week.

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I chose two photos of me and boys that was taken last year and converted to B&W. I filled the photos randomly on the page protector and the rest are journal cards for the rest of the pockets.

Just before the new year started, I told myself I need to use all my existing PL stash as much as I can. I have a lot of leftover stash acummulated during my DT term with Studio Calico the past two years. So, I’m determined to use them up this year.

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The overall theme of this page is B&W, grey with a pop of pink from Amy Tangerine Plus One Bits Die-cut Tags.

The wood veneer number are from 2013 December Daily Kit by Ali Edwards and number ‘3’ gold chipboard are from AC Thickers.

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I’ll be sharing my Week 1 spread that I’ve completed soon. I hope you’ve started your Project Life.

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I’ve been asked many times in my Instagram feed how I go about printing my Project Life photos, if I print from home, what printer do I use, is it expensive printing from home, how do I decide what size to print etc. Most of the questions have been answered in my part 1 post last January and if you’d like to read about it, you can do so HERE.

What I’d like to talk about today is how I print my photos in 4×4, 3×3 and Collect app sizes.

But before I explain my printing process, I’d like to answer some of your questions here.

Photo print size ~ I usually use a fix page protectors for my Project Life, the Design K which I’ve switched in 2014 from Design A. And sometimes, I will also use the October Afternoon Daily Flash 12×12 with 16 of 3″ pockets. That is my favourite to date. So, I print my photos based on the protector, which is in 4×4, 3×4 and 3×3 to fit those protectors that I use.

Cost of printing from home ~ Does it cost me more printing from home than printing at the professional photo developers? I simply cannot answer that question because I’ve been printing from home since I started scrapbooking 8 years ago, so I can’t do the comparison. The benefits I’ve received printing from home are that 1) I have better control of the print color and sizes and 2) It’s absolutely convenient for me to print any time I want. Look, I work full time with a very hectic traveling schedule, there’s no way I can make time to pop by the photo developers any time I want. So, convenience is my number one deciding factor that I print from home. Even if I can have the option to order online, I seriously have no time to separate the size of photos to print. At home, I just click and print, two simple easy steps to get my prints out quickly.:)

Photo Printer ~ I’ve been a big fan of Canon Pixma printers for ages and my current Pixma iP4970 (which is no longer in production) is my 2nd Canon printer that I’ve used over the past 6 years. It’s affordable and print beautiful photos. One thing to note is I picked my printer based on a single function, which is to print photos only. I don’t go for all-purpose printer because I’ve experienced before the quality of the prints that it produced, which is less brilliant than a single function photo printer. This is my own personal opinion and you may not agree with that. Everyone has their own preference and whichever works for you best, go for it!

Photo Paper ~ I only use one type of photo paper. Yes, only ONE! *laugh* I’m quite anal when it comes to photo paper and I’m a diehard fan of Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss with Satin finish. I simply refuse to use the other brand of photo papers. Don’t ask me why. Hah! Alternatively, you can use UltraPro Satin 4.0 which I found in Red River Paper. I’ve yet to try it but I’ve heard so much about it. Too bad it’s in the US and they don’t ship international and even if they do, shipping may cost me a bomb. Unless if I buy it from Red River Paper online and someone is kind enough to help me send it over to Singapore, I will pay for shipping of course. Lol.

So, let’s take a quick peek on my printing of 4×4, 3×3 and Collect app size photos, with some images to illustrate my process. Very easy to follow and in case you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

One thing to note – I’m using the a Canon Pixma printing and it comes with the Easy-PhotoPrint utility in CD or it can be downloaded in their website under the Support and Download menu. If you’re using a different brand of printer, check if it comes with a print utility software. I believe they have some sort of software that supports the printer.

Everyone has their own way and preference of printing their photos, so what I’m sharing here is how I print mine from home. There’s no hard and fast rule on printing and do feel free to share how you print yours.

4×4 Prints on 4×6 photo paper

After I select the square image that I want to print, I will select a 4×6 photo paper under the “Select Paper” option.

Next would be the choice of print layout.Most of the time, I print my photos with borders. Therefore, I would select the layout option under “Bordered (full)” as shown in the below image.

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Once I click on the Print button, a separate window will pop up and I will select “Quality & Media”.

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The “Quality & Media” option will allow me to select the type of photo paper that I’m printing on, source of paper and print quality.

I always choose high print quality because it produces brilliant colors even though it’ll use a little more ink than the standard print quality option.

And click print once the setting has been determined.

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3×3 Prints on 4×6 photo paper

For the 3×3 print size, I run through the same setting selections except that I chose 2 photos to fit into a 4×6 photo paper with border as shown in the image below.

Once the the photo is printed, I would trim the photos, leaving about 2-3mm border for each side. The actual printed image is less than 3″ but with the borders, it will become 3×3.

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3×4 Collect App Photo Print

Again, I run through the setting selection, choosing two 3×4 photos that I’ve exported from the Collect app on my iPhone. You can read more on how I transfer photos from my phone to my MacBook HERE.

Next, I select the layout print of two photos to print on 4×6 photo paper with border.

Note – When the photos are exported from the Collect app, it already has some print bleed and by selecting a bordered layout, it will add extra bleed to the photo. I love this extra bleed and aesthetically, it looks better.

If you need to know how to export your photos from the Collect app, Annette Haring shared a very good step-by-step process post on exporting HERE.

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So, here are how my printed 4×4, 3×3 and 3×4 Collect images look like.

Like I said, it’s very easy to print. All you need to do is to check out what your printer’s utility software can do for you.

I hope you find my post useful. Have a great week ahead!

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  • Ann06January 21, 2015 - 1:18 am

    Hi there, your blog is amazingly beautiful, thank you for sharing it. Can you tell us about your work space, I can see a beautiful station or desk from one of the photos where your son is in the front, love to see your workflow as well. Thank you, Ann

  • Kristen PJanuary 22, 2015 - 12:48 am

    Maybe I’m missing something. Is the software you’re using to print these photos downloaded from Canon’s website or is it app dowloaded via your Mac on iTunes. I couldn’t find it in their store. It looks to have a lot more options than iPhoto printing capabilities. Thanks for sharing, great info!

  • PeppermintJanuary 22, 2015 - 10:12 pm

    I would totally send photo paper to Singapore. Great post! I always print “standard quality” because I like the prints just fine, but I may have to try high quality to see if I’ve been missing out. Although maybe I don’t want to know.

  • JennyJanuary 24, 2015 - 7:22 am

    Thanks so much for such a thorough review! Love your tips! Can I ask which fonts you use for your blog post title and date? Love how it looks!

Hey there!

I’ve just re-opened my shop to list these lovely planners and pouches!

Here’s the link to my SHOP.

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*Note – items are limited in quantity. Once they’re gone, the next shipment date is still uncertain*

Happy shopping!:)

  • GlynisJanuary 10, 2015 - 2:53 pm

    Hi Do you ship to the United States? Thanks!

  • Jackie O.January 10, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Hey Leena! Glad your shop is back! Unfortunately for me, when I got the mail and by the time I went on the shop site, the 2 two smaller pouches were sold out! Guess I’ll have to wait for the next shipment which I hope will be soon. A very good 2015 to you and your family. xx Jackie

  • FindingnanaJanuary 10, 2015 - 7:54 pm

    Hi Glynis,
    Yes, I do ship international. :)
    Leena

I know I’ve been missing for the longest time and I definitely have good reasons for my absence. Work and vacation throughout the month of December.:)

I hope the year ended well for you and 2014 have been good to you. It had been good to me. New job, new opportunities, visited new places, made new friends and a lot more good things that came my way and I’m so thankful for that.

Most importantly, I’m grateful for all of your support and encouragement that kept me going throughout the year. Without you, I would have given up on a lot of things, for example my Project Life.;)

So, here’s to a fabulous start to 2015 and I wish all of you a wonderful New Year!

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P/S – I’ll be back soon once I sort out some things on the backend. I’m still thinking on how I’m going to revive my blog (if anyone is still coming here at all! hah!), at the same time balancing my life between my family, my job and this place. If you have anything that you’d like to see or read more on my blog, please feel free to leave your comments in the box in this post. I’d definitely appreciate your thoughts. I hope I can take in some of your feedbacks and if I can’t, please do excuse me for not being able to produce some good readable stuff here. I will try my best if time permits. I sure hope my job will be kind to me so I have time to come back here often. See you soon!

  • LaraineJanuary 4, 2015 - 11:01 pm

    Happy New Year to you and your family Leena. Yes I definitely still come to your blog, frequently, well nearly every day lol. Love all your project life spreads which have been an inspiration to me. Be blessed

  • LindaJanuary 4, 2015 - 11:20 pm

    I know where you’re coming from, I haven’t do a blog post in a year and a half.
    Xx

  • Sarah KristiansenJanuary 5, 2015 - 6:20 am

    Just wanted to let you know that people like me are definitely still reading your blog! I’m always inspired by your pages and hope you’ll keep the posts coming in 2015! :)

  • JeanneJanuary 5, 2015 - 10:07 am

    i have definitely missed you and have regularly checked your site. In fact today I checked your IG and saw what you’ve been doing. I enjoy your PL so much. Thanks!

  • Tori A.January 5, 2015 - 11:58 am

    I adore seeing your Project Life pages and really any scrapbook page you create. Your work is amazing!

  • MargheritaJanuary 5, 2015 - 4:41 pm

    I come here every day :) so come back soon! <3

  • MichelleGBJanuary 5, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    I love your blog and the mix of life and crafting! May 2015 be a wonderful year for you and your family!

  • Sue FitzGeraldJanuary 5, 2015 - 7:48 pm

    I’m still here (waving my hands in the air) love your blog and the inspiration I get from it. Really enjoy your project life (of course :-) and I adore your craft room, or what I have seen of it. Have you done a room tour that I have missed and if not I would love to see your craft organisation. Your blog always makes me feel happy, I think it’s the open fresh look of it.

  • XimenaJanuary 5, 2015 - 11:04 pm

    More Project Life process videos, please! I’m a fan :)
    Also, can you share what your approach to PL be like for 2015? (monthly, weekly, just Design A protectors, etc.). I’m looking for inspiration for a fresh outlook in my everyday memory keeping.
    Happy New Year!

  • DebJanuary 6, 2015 - 6:53 am

    The best to you and yours and yes, I’m here listening. Thanks!

  • LaudiciaJanuary 6, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    Hi Leena! Giving up on your PL?! I’m glad you didn’t give it up cause it would have been a huge huge loss. Your spreads are so beautiful and inspiring! Regarding ideas for your blog, I love the PL videos you made a while ago (I’m watching them over and over) and I would love to watch new ones (but I’m sure it takes a long time to make them). Tutorials would be nice too. Just some thoughts. Love love love your style! Thanks for sharing. ;)

  • Ann SchefflerJanuary 7, 2015 - 9:55 am

    I love your Project Life posts. That is what led me to your blog. I especially like the journaling card ideas you have. Very nice!

  • SarahJanuary 7, 2015 - 7:02 pm

    I love seeing your project life, it’s nice to get a view of the other side of the world (I live in the UK) and I like the way you use a lot of white because it makes it look so fresh and light. Keep it coming, it motivates and inspires me, thanks, Sarah x.

  • CindyJanuary 8, 2015 - 1:23 am

    I understand your dilemma, I am just happy to see what you are working on when you have a chance. Of course children, family, life, and work come first. I wish you peace and blessings in the new 2015!

  • PaulaJanuary 19, 2015 - 12:15 am

    Still here! Please do continue your lovely blog!!

  • Ann06January 22, 2015 - 9:23 pm

    Yes, love to see your blog, your process you are an inspiration. Ann