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First of all, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my Chinese friends “Gong Xi Fa Cai”!

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We’ve just celebrated the Lunar New Year last week and had an awesome five days of holiday! We had a wonderful time getting together with our family and friends, eating all our favorite food and taking lots of naps in between meals. Hah! More like I was the one trying to catch up with sleep. It was a bliss!

The Lunar New Year celebration will continue until the 15th day of the Chinese calendar that will end next Thursday 5th March. The more reason for me to catch up with friends, eat and be merry. However, I have to return to work this week and it has been crazy busy catching up with the backlogs from last week’s holiday. But I’m still in a festive mood!

So, I’m kind of way behind sharing my project life here. I’ve completed many weeks and up to date so to speak. Something that I’m still diligently documenting and enjoying.

So, here’s my Week 4.

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I’ve used Studio Calico January’s Far Far Away Project Life Kit. Even though I’m no longer on the full time Creative Team but I still do continue to purchase their kit. It’s too good to give it a miss!

This kit was just perfect to kick off my 2015, with lots of my favourite new year elements.

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The JAN wood veneer is a killer! Totally love it and I so hope they’ll make more of this in other months.

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The kit came with a acetate ‘twenty fifteen’ card in gold. I cut the outline of the words and adhered it directly onto one of my photos.

Those chipboard poetry words are also perfect for adding accents to the photos and journaling cards.

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My other favourite embellishment would be the Pink Chipboard Hearts with Gold Flecks by Studio Calico. I basically love everything that comes with this PL kit!

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There are lots of mint and pink in this kit, which make it more awesome for me because they’re both my favourite colors.

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For the 4×4 pockets, I cut the 4×6 cards from the kit and fit them into some of the pockets. Easy solution to fill up every pocket.

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I’v also included prints from the Collect app, in 3×4 size exported out like a polaroid. Love this format that includes short journaling that can be written on the app itself.

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Have I mentioned that I love the color palette in this kit? *laugh*

My spread now includes lots of white space and a pop of color. My style has evolved over the years and I’m liking the simplicity of it. The focus is always on the photo and the stories behind them. That’s another goal that I’m working on since last year and I’m going to continue to do so this year. Journaling has never been strength but I’m doing good so far.

How have you been doing on your Project Life? I hope you’ve had a good start and are enjoying every bit of it. 🙂

I’ll be back real soon and will share my completed spreads in the coming days before I start traveling again.

  • elisaFebruary 27, 2015 - 1:20 am

    what is that gorgeous font you used for “jakarta”?

  • Kellie WinnellFebruary 27, 2015 - 4:12 am

    I absolutely love your project life spreads. They are such an inspiration to me. One thing I seen on your spreads that I might try again, is journalling on your collect app photos. I used to do this, then started to just print them with the date. But adding more journalling is a great way to document even more. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 27, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    Hi Elisa,
    The font is from the Far Far Away PL kit. 🙂
    Leena

  • tashinaJune 30, 2015 - 7:31 am

    what are the pages you use. i like the 4×4’s and the 3×4 spreads?

I’m obsessed in this new found passion.

Terrariums.

So crazy about them until I dreamt that my home is filled with bowls and bowls of terrariums! *laugh*

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The bowls, succulents and the DIY basic supplies are from Make Your Own. This is a small local store in Singapore.

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This glass dome is from iLoveSnackFood, a wonderful quirky store located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia that carries a whole lot of treasured collectibles.

  • Tracey HoldykFebruary 8, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    These are the cutest things ever

  • suzanneFebruary 10, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    Those are so cute!!! I consider putting them in a little plant hanger

  • RenaeMarch 2, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    I’ve been making some too! How much fun are they. Now to keep mine alive!

Project Life | Week 2

Just right after I came back from my December holiday, my traveling started again and this time it was with vengeance. Yeah, all in three consecutive weeks in the month of January I spent time flying in and out of the country for work. It felt like I’m taking a bus from home to work, I told the hub. Hah! And I foresee that the whole of this year will be like this, every other month or even every month. I signed up for this job knowing that I am required to travel at least 50% of the year. I’m not complaining though because my job is interesting enough to keep me going in and out of the country. The only concern I have is my time away from my boys. I need to manage my traveling schedule carefully so I can be around on weekends and every other week. It’s not going to be easy but I need to plan my time better.

So, going forward, here’s my Week 2.

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I went on my first 2015 business trip to Kuala Lumpur, my home country. I spent 3 intensive days in meetings but I did make time to devour some of my favourite Malaysian food that I’ve missed so much.

I used One Little Bird Silver Linings Journal Cards as the base cards of my pages.

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I love using a lot of white base journaling cards as they keep the page clean and make the photos pop.

The geotag and star chipboards are by Studio Calico and the “Today” word is from the Technique Tuesday Geotag stamp by Ali Edwards.

The Week Two card is from One Little Bird Weekly Edition 4×6 printable journaling cards that I adapted into a 4×4 format.

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Whenever I travel, I love to explore the local food joints in search of good food. I include lots of photos of food that I tried and would highly recommend them to family and friends. You can follow me closely on my Instagram feed to see where I go and what I eat. 🙂

The arrow puffy sticker is from Evalicious and the mini heart wood veneer is from Gossamer Blue On My Desk Wood Veneer.

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The white mini alphas are from Firchburg PL Add-on Kit from Studio Calico, yellow chipboard with word phrase is from Ali Edward’s First Story Kit. I just couldn’t get enough of those chipboards! I’m definitely looking forward to more of these chipboards in her upcoming kits.

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This page basically captured moments over the weekend when I was back home from my trip. I love to include photos of my boy and other things going on around at home, my craft space and how I spend my weekend.

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The hexagon sticker with quote is from Kikki.K 2014 Inspiration DIY Sticker Book. The sticker book is filled with amazing quotes and phrases that are very inspiring for day to day moments.

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I’m beginning to include more 3×4 prints exported from Collect app, a photo journal to document everyday pictures. Love that it allows some brief journaling to be included.

I’m still trying to figure out which Studio Calico kit the red speech bubble card was from. *Updated* Yes, this card was from the 2014 January Copper Mountain PL Add-on Union Meadows. (thank you Samm!:) )

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One thing that I’ve changed up a little this year is the use of lots of white space in my 4×4 photos and adding just a few simple embellishments such as wood veneers that I have amassed over the years. I’m trying to keep it simple and let the photos tell the stories.

What are you doing differently this year and why do you like it? If you have some great ideas about what you’re doing in documenting your Project Life, do feel free to share them with me.

Have a great weekend ahead!

  • Christine (listgirl)February 7, 2015 - 4:58 am

    Your PL pages are so inspiring, once again. I love how you used those One Little Bird journal cards! The Collect app photos with journaling and the white space all really come together so well!

  • SherylFebruary 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    Hi Leena – I love your project life spreads and have been following you for over a year. I am wondering whether you print out the One Little Bird journal cards at home or if you send them out for printing? Keep up your inspiring PL spreads and congratulations on being part of the Paislee Press team!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 7, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Thank you Sheryl! 🙂
    I print all my photos and journaling cards from home.
    Leena

  • SammFebruary 7, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    Does the speech bubble have the same quote, in grey, on the back? I think it was SCs Jan 2014 ‘Copper Mountain’. Love your pages, your making me want to change my page styles again!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 8, 2015 - 12:14 am

    You’re right Samm! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Christi in MAFebruary 13, 2015 - 4:51 am

    can you tell me who makes the yellow and blue labels you used on your page?

  • FindingnanaFebruary 13, 2015 - 8:15 pm

    Hi Christi,
    They’re from Studio Calico printable under Digitals in their shop.
    Leena

I’m so very honoured to be part of the amazing Paislee Press 2015 Creative Team! Couldn’t be happier for this wonderful opportunity.

Once again, thank you Liz. 🙂

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  • Donna G.February 6, 2015 - 2:59 am

    Congrats, Leena! I saw you in the group photo on Instagram. If I could pick one team to be on, this would probably be it. I love Paislee Press’ stuff! I look forward to seeing what you make with the products.

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

  • SusanMarch 14, 2015 - 3:14 am

    Do you have those small month by month calendars for 2015, that you had for 2014?

  • FindingnanaMarch 14, 2015 - 2:48 pm

    Hi Susan,
    I’m not making any for 2015.
    Leena