Project Life 2014 | Week 3

Project Life | 2014 Week 3

Hello and welcome back to my Project Life 2014. This week’s spread was completed together with my Week 2 as I spent a good part of a Saturday more than a week ago trying to catch up after I’ve been slacking for weeks. I was definitely glad to be productive again after making lots of excuses why I was so many weeks behind, I’m feeling exhausted after work, Ethan started new school year so I’m spending more time with his school work, Chinese New Year is approaching so there’s lot of preparation needs to be done, blah blah blah. *laugh* Well, all of those excuses were valid but I could have done something in between the days to stay current. But like I said again and again before, my priorities are my family and work, so Project Life can definitely wait.:)

Here’s what I did for my Week 3.

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I used my own stash to put this spread together as I felt the need to use up whatever I’ve bought and not hoard them for the next 10 years.

Awhile back I bought the Pink Paislee Color Wash 6×6 paper pad together with some coordinating embellishments from the same collection such as the Chipboard Title Stickers, Canvas Stickers and Color Magic Alphas by Heidi Swapp, all from Two Peas In A Bucket. So, I put them to good use on this spread and I love how they turned out. I got the Pink Paislee Color Wash because of the soft pastel colors from the line. They add a really nice touch to my spread without overwhelming my photos.

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I’ve also used my Kikki.K stickers I bought from their store in Singapore. The Dreaming Sticker Book consist of 10 pages of adorable stickers, labels and gift tags. The other items I used are my must have essentials for Project Life – wood veneer, enamel dots, alphas chipboards, printable labels and 4×6 grid cards from Studio Calico.

Here’s a closer look of my Week 3 left page.

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The cute clouds and birds stickers are from Kikki.K Dreaming Sticker Book. The alphas are by Pink Paislee Color Wash and Heidi Swapp Color Magic.

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The banner label on the right card is from Studio Calico Sugar Rush PL Kit and gold heart chipboard stickers are from Studio Calico Essential Gold Hearts Chipboard (came in Cherry Sours PL add-on)

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Sometimes I love to split my landscape photo and lay them onto two 3×4 cards like this one above. The tag is from Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Accent and Phrase Sticker Book. The white mini alphas are by American Craft Hanna & Henry Letter and Number Sticker Book that I bought from my local scrapbook store.

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The alphabets used here is from Color Magic Alphas by Heidi Swapp and white camera paper clip is from my shop.

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Printing wallet size photos is now my weekly routine. If you need to know how I print wallet size and Instagram photos, you can read about my post here.

And here are the rest of my close up images for the right page.

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The chipboard alphas is from AC Thickers Sketchbook in aqua which used to be from Studio Calico Snippets collection but it’s no longer available in the shop. Maybe you can try Google it online and see if you can find it. It’s by far one of my favorite  alphas by AC Thickers.

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This Go See Do card was from the Moments Cards which was released during Valley High kit but it’s no longer available. These photos were taken on our first family boat ride along Singapore River. That evening was perfect with a nice breezy weather and we’ve enjoyed the ride very much, cruising slowly along the CBD, Boat Quay and Clark Quay. When the sky turned dark, we could see those beautiful lights lighting up the restaurants and river bank. Such an awesome sight we should have done this earlier.

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The ice-cream card is from Sugar Rush Project Life Kit. It matches well with the photo of my boys taken while we had ice cream at Haagen Dazs at the Esplanade.:)

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One of the rare moments where the hub and I get to take a photo of ourselves.:)

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That big circle stamp is from Studio Calico add-on stamp set Lollies. Unfortunately, it’s sold out.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my spread and once again, thank you all for your lovely messages in my last post on Week 2. I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed watching my video on my process of putting my pages together.

I’ll see you in a couple of days with Studio Calico March kit sneaks coming up soon!

Linda MorganFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Love it as always.

AnnFebruary 11, 2014 - 8:11 am

Hi,

What is the size of your photo that is for the 3×4 pocket? How do you print it?

Thanks :)

Ann

FindingnanaFebruary 11, 2014 - 9:47 am

Hi Ann,
You can read about my post here on photo printing. http://findingnana.com/2014/01/photo-organization-printing/
Leena

Project Life 2014 | Week 2

Project Life | 2014 Week 2

Hey y’all!

I’ve just completed uploading my latest Project Life video on YouTube today. So, please feel free to watch my process of my Week 2 and enjoy!:)

I’ll be back here soon to post photos of my spread once I get a chance to photograph them.

So here’s my completed spread.

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I’m using the Midnight core kit as the base of my cards. I’ve been using this kit the past year and I’ll continue to use it this year together with my Studio Calico PL kits. I love that this kit is clean and simple so it’s easy to embellish the cards without being overwhelmed by too much designs on the card.

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Whenever I’m done using my monthly Studio Calico PL kits and add-ons, I’d like to re-use whatever that’s leftover from the embellishments on other speeds like this one.

Some close up shots of the spread.

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Have a great weekend!

 

NicoleFebruary 8, 2014 - 11:29 pm

It’s fun to watch someone else’s process! Thanks for sharing.

GabiFebruary 9, 2014 - 12:51 am

Leena, your spreads are fantastic!! You’ve just gave me the urge to finally dig into my PL. Thank you!

PaulaFebruary 9, 2014 - 1:04 am

Amazing to watch! So inspiring! Thank you Leena!

Kimberly aka SamsSissyFebruary 9, 2014 - 2:06 am

Amazing! Thank you for sharing your process. It is so helpful!

LisaFebruary 9, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love watching you put this together.

lullabyFebruary 9, 2014 - 10:43 pm

I’m totally in love with your PL!!!
your video is so inspiring!!!!
Thanks for sharing

GiuseppinaFebruary 10, 2014 - 2:24 am

Yay! I love watching you put your spreads together :)

LaraineFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Beautiful as ever, you are an inspiration Leena – can’t wait for the next posting :)

ElisaFebruary 11, 2014 - 6:34 am

Amazing!!! Love the layouts and the video ;)
I can’t stop watching it!!

CassidyFebruary 15, 2014 - 7:38 am

I love your color combinations! The white looks so modern with just pops of color. And everything looks like its meant to go together

ibisek1February 18, 2014 - 4:45 am

It’s awesome!!! Love the light colors and simple backgrounds :)

Birgit EngelhardtMarch 16, 2014 - 3:56 am

Thank you for your video – it is a great inspiration for me!

Birgit EngelhardtMarch 16, 2014 - 6:03 pm

PS: Where did you get all these tags? Please, I need to know!

FindingnanaMarch 16, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Hi Birgit,
I believe you’re referring to the labels? They’re from Studio Calico under “digital” in their shop.
xo
Leena

Organization For Project Life

I’ve been planning this post for a while and thinking hard about what’s the best way for me to share how I organize my space for my Project Life. This is a no brainer post and I simplified it so you can understand how I organize my space that works best for my PL workflow. My own style of organization has helped me complete my Project Life successfully in 2013 and I’m going to continue to keep it that way. I hope I can shed some useful tips and ideas on how to organize your PL stash.

Back in 2012 when I first started Project Life, I did not purchase any PL kits or whatsoever. I use whatever stash I have in my room and put my spreads together. But I was overwhelmed by so many things that I want to use that the process of searching those items stretched to hours just to complete one spread. it became very inefficient and I was disheartened that I took so many hours just to do a spread.

So, moving forward, I joined Studio Calico DT and I began working with their Project Life kits for the whole of 2013. The kits were well coordinated, from the PL cards to every single piece of embellishments. I worked with everything in the kit and it cuts down a lot of time for me to coordinate it myself. I’m happy that it worked out so well for me and that was the main reason I was able to complete my 2013 Project Life.

Here’s a brief look at how I organize my Project Life kit I receive from Studio Calico.

Each month when I receive my PL kit and the PL add-ons, I will remove all the cards and embellishments from the Studio Calico PL box and packaging and store them in this wooden drawer. I keep the other essentials that I use for my Project Life in this drawer as well so it’s easy for my to retrieve them when I work on my spread. My essential items that I use for my PL are the date stamps, ink, Kokuyo glue tape, manila tags, acrylic blocks that I use for stamping, precision scissors, tiny attacher and journaling pens.

Once I’m done with the kit, I’ll keep all the leftovers back into the PL box and set them aside. Every 3-4 months, I’ll purge some of the usable stuff and give them away. Or I’ll organize those items I can use again on my next spread into the other wooden drawers that I’ll show you later.

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Here’s a list of the items in the drawers that you may be interested where I bought them.

Wooden drawer – I bought this from my local store called Cat Socrates.

Kokuyo Glue Tape – I always buy them at my local scrapbook store Papermarket. I know some of you from the US mentioned that they are no longer available in your local SB store but I found one in Amazon which you may be interested. Or you can just Google for it to see if you can find one that is nearest to where you stay.

Date stamp (with the grey handle) – I got this at my local bookstore Popular and it has no brand to it.

Metal bowl – I use this to store my digital cuts and I got them from Cat Socrates as well.

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher – I use this all the time and it’s my best tool investment I’ve made to date.

I keep my wooden drawer on my Raskog cart from Ikea at the top tier so it’s easier for me to move the items from the drawer onto my table when I need to update my PL spread.

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A lot of you have asked me in Instagram where I got those two metal baskets which fit perfectly on the ledge of the cart. My colleague bought them for me when he was on a holiday trip to China to visit his wife’s family. So, I need to check with him where he got them from. I think his wife may know better.  :)

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I park my cart next to my scrap table when I’m not using it. I love that this cart is movable so it can be easily maneuvered to any spot in my scrap room.

For the other must-have PL cards and embellishments, I have also organized them separately into a few wooden drawers, mini bowls and baking tray. These are stored on the 2nd tier of my Raskog cart and on my shelf just next to my working table so they’re within arm’s length and I can reach for them easily when I’m working on my PL spread.

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I store the embellishments from the previous kits in these mini drawers which I bought from Cat Socrates. I re-use a lot of the Studio Calico mini alphas, shapes and chipboard stickers and enamel dots from the precious PL kits and add-ons. The label cuts are always in the small metal bowls as well. I will lay them on my table when I work on my spread. Once I’m done with them, I’ll store them away in my Raskog cart and shelf.

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For my PL cards from the previous Studio Calico kits, Becky Higgins core kit, grid cards from Studio Calico, letterpress cards and wood veneer cards (from Two Peas In A Bucket), I stored them into this wooden drawer which was purchased from Cat Socrates as well.

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Most of my inks that I purchased from Studio Calico are all stored in this wooden drawer. The other inks that i don’t use often are stored in another drawer.

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These flower shape watercolor palettes and muffin tin are my favorite storage solution for smaller bits and pieces of embellishments such as wood veneer, flair buttons, clips, brads, sequins etc. I would place the flower shape palette on my working table and I could just pick them up easily when I use them on my PL spread. It’s so easy to retrieve them and they keep the mess in place.:) The other reason why I love to use these is they are displayed openly so I could see them and use them more often. If I store them in jars or other closed storage containers, I think I would forget that I have these in my stash.

The flower shape palette is from my local art store called Art Friend. It’s actually not those cheap plastic palette you find commonly in the store but it’s made of clay. It’s heavier and sturdier. If you Google it online, you’ll be able to find it on some online art stores but may not be made with clay.

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The stamps that I’ve collected the past one year from Studio Calico kits are stored in a handbook from Studio Calico as well. I would just insert them into the plastic protectors and they fit perfectly in the pockets. So, when I’m updating my PL spread, I would just set this aside next to my table and flip through them and pick out whichever that I want to use.

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The other favorite item that I have on my table is the owl pen holder that I bought from Typo. This is where I kept all my journaling pens and I love this owl holder so much! I’m happy that we have quite a number of Typo stores in Singapore, so whenever I’m out shopping, I would definitely pop by into the nearest store just to browse through their items.

I’m not sure if this owl pen holder is available in the other countries, you can check out their online stores which are available in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and United States.

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And last but not least, this is how I organize my huge collection of washi tapes. A lot of you have been asking me where I got this holder from, it was actually made by the hub and me. I was inspired by this holder which was made from a spice holder.  I’ve been searching for ideas how to store and organize my huge collection of washi tapes I’ve accumulated of the years but I couldn’t find a ready made holder. So, I set about to make one myself. I will blog about how I go about making this holder in another post next time.:)

This washi tape holder is sitting on my scrap table against the wall. So, when I’m putting my PL spread together, I just reach over and pull out whichever washi that I want to use, tear them and stick them onto my PL card! See why I love this holder so much! *laugh*

Here’s a quick overview on how I organize them.

- I store all my Project Life kits and PL add-ons into one drawer so I could grab them easily without spending too much time searching for each item that I need to use. I will usually spend between 1.5 to 2 hours getting a 2-page spread done.

- All my other must have stash such wood veneer, enamel dots, flair buttons, alpha and shape stickers, washi tapes, inks and stamps together with my essential tools, tiny attacher, scissor, Kokuyo glue tape and journaling pens are organized and stored within arms length so when I’m working on my Project Life, I could easily reach for them.

- I would place all these items on my table when I work on my PL spread. Once I’m done, I will just place them back into my cart and shelf. I love to keep my table clean, so they’re always stored away once I’m done updating my spread.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how I organize my Project Life goodies.

I’ll be back again soon and give you a tour of my humble little scrap room.:)

See ya soon!

MaiteFebruary 6, 2014 - 11:48 pm

I love your studio! and your Washitape collection! amazing!

Camile CezarFebruary 7, 2014 - 12:00 am

I love your idea for the stamps!!!
Love all your organization!

Patti Veeraplin McHughFebruary 7, 2014 - 12:18 am

I love your washi storage and your Handbook idea. I just bought a PL 6×8 binder and page protectors with no idea what to do with it. Now I know! I’ll store my SC stamps in it!

CiacchinaFebruary 7, 2014 - 12:43 am

Mi piace moltissimo il modo in cui ti sei organizzata…ho anche io il carrello Raskog e non vedo l’ora di sapere dove poter trovare i cestini in metallo da appendere.
Complimenti, ti seguo su Instagram e trovo stupendo il tuo PL

pamelaFebruary 7, 2014 - 3:32 am

Love love love your crafting space!

Christine NFebruary 7, 2014 - 7:14 am

Hi Leena – thanks so much for this inspirational look at how you keep organized for PL! I really enjoyed it and it gave me some great ideas to implement.

Jasmine KayFebruary 7, 2014 - 11:20 am

I love how you are so organized and I can’t wait til you share how you made your washi tape organizer. I’ve been eyeing it on your instagram forever! :)

KimFebruary 8, 2014 - 5:50 am

Leena. Your space and storage organization rocks!

I too, keep all my PL suppplies only in my Raskog cart too! It’s so easy to pull out when I work on PL, or tuck away if I’m working on something else!

The thing I am MOST jealous of in your space, however, is your amazing natural lighting. You can’t buy that at your local craft store!! -wink
:)

Esther GohFebruary 8, 2014 - 11:20 am

The wash tape wall is the most amazing storage solution ever (please put up a tutorial for it soon!) and the stamp storage is just BLOW MY MIND BRILLIANT!

ClaretFebruary 9, 2014 - 4:41 am

I, too have the turquoise cart. I got my at Ikea. Where did you find the small black wire holders that are attached to it. I have craft cups with lips on the sides of mine but also love those holders. Thanks for any info. Great info on this post. I love my cart and wish that I had gotten another.

Sweet ToothFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:59 am

Hi! Leena!

I was thinking of using a handbook for the my stamps just wasn’t sure if they would fit. from your photos I can see that they do fit.

your washi tape dispenser/holder is awesome! I’m trying to convince boy friend to make one for me haha

gotta get myself one of those raskog carts, as my early birthday present, haha my birthday is few months away! :)

Yey! Off to get those page protectors.. :)

Felicia ChiaFebruary 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Hi Leena! Thanks for sharing your organization process with us! I live in Singapore too, and I was wondering how you keep your supplies in the cart dust-free?. This is always a problem I have with leaving supplies out in the open. I completely agree with you on how leaving it out encourages you to use it – out of sight, out of mind is so true.

FindingnanaFebruary 28, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Hi Felicia,
I’m having the dust problem too with the open cart, shelves and everything that are non-convered. I seriously have no solution for you. My only consolation is that my helper is always helping me dust them! I’m truly grateful for her!
xo
Leena

Felicia ChiaMarch 1, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Hi Leena! Thanks for sharing. I asked as I was wondering if I’m the only one having this issue. Guess getting a good duster is something I would have to consider getting if I decide to organize my supplies in a cart like yours :)

FindingnanaMarch 3, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Hi Felicia,
Yes, a good duster will be the best solution for open storage. :)
xo
Leena

simplypearlMarch 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

hi leena, thank you for sharing your organization. i must say i have craft room envy every time i see pictures of your space. love all the natural light and the whiteness!

Tela HolcombApril 13, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Hi Lenna! Just wanted to stop by and ask where you got the wire baskets that hang on the side of your Raskog. Love your blog and layouts!

organizing: stamp storage |April 13, 2014 - 10:13 pm

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Sugar Rush Reveal

Project Life | Week 52 and 2014 Week 1

I’ve been waiting for this day to come to show you how awesome Studio Calico February kits Sugar Rush are. This kit just screams spring! I’m so happy to receive the  Sugar Rush Project Life KitRing Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2), Lollies (add-on stamp set) and Sugar Rush 4″x6″ Paper Pad from Studio Calico to play with. Each of these kit and add-on is completely gorgeous! Oh, did I mention that I’m completely in love with them?:)

And I’m also happy to announce that I’ve officially completed my 2013 PL! Yay!

I was waiting patiently for this kit to arrive earlier this month so I can use it to complete my Week 52 and I’m glad I did.

For my Week 52 spread, I’ve stretched the dates from 23-31 December to wrap up the year. 30 and 31 December happened to fall in the same week of the new year but I think it makes more sense to include both dates in Week 52, right?

For this week, I made 3 pages of 12×12 to accommodate the last two days of December as I can’t include the photos all into 2 pages. I used a mix of Sugar Rush Project Life KitRing Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2), Lollies (add-on stamp set) and Sugar Rush 4″x6″ Paper Pad for these spreads together with the coordinated printable and cut files -

Printable - Sugar Rush Printable Labels by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by In A Creative BubbleSugar Rush Printable by Shanna Noel

Cut files – Sugar Rush Love You Cut Files by Hello Forever, Sugar Rush Cut Files by In A Creative Bubble

Here’s the first page of Week 52.

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I used a mixed of the PL cards from the main kit and Ring Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2)

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I’ve been asked before where do I get my date stamp. It’s actually from my local bookstore Popular and there’s no particular brand to it. I’ve been using it for the past two years and I love it to bits!:)

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One of my favorite embellishments from the Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2) is the Essential Gold Foil Heart Chipboard Shapes. It comes in 17 different sizes and I used it almost everywhere on my spread! You have to get this PL add-on, you’ll love everything from the cards to the embellishments!:)

And here’s the right page.

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Did you see what I mean about the spring colors of Sugar Rush?:)

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Oh, the veneer circles from the Sugar Rush Project Life Kit is also one of my favorites. They have the smaller non-circle bits and pieces veneers in the pack such as arrows, XOXO letters, stars etc. It’s so easy to use them and I have them on both Week 52 and Week 1.

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For this card, I used the Sugar Rush Cut Files by In A Creative Bubble and laid it on one of the papers from Sugar Rush 4″x6″ Paper Pad and then I added the Gold Foil Heart Chipboard randomly covering the heart cuts before I adhered my photos on the card.

And here’s the last page of my Week 52 which included 30 and 31 December.

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And some close up shots of the page.

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The “hooray” is from Lollies (add-on stamp set), I stamped it using Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Bubble Gum on a white cardstock. I then cut the stamped speech bubble shapes and adhered it onto my card.

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My Week 1 of 2014 was documented using the main Sugar Rush Project Life Kit only, together with the printable - Sugar Rush Printable Labels by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by Hello ForeverSugar Rush Printable by In A Creative BubbleSugar Rush Printable by Shanna Noel

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The embellishments included in this kit are just brilliant, my favorite would be the circle veneer, chipboard shapes and the vellum alpha stickers (that looks like alpha stamp). I completely depleted these on both Week 52 and Week 1. *laugh*

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Oh, the washi tape from this main PL kit is completely adorable with ledger and some cute random words prints on the tape.

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I love that the cards have a lot of white base and they’re totally my kind of cards. You know how much I love white base cards right?:)

And here’s the right side of Week 1.

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And a couple of close up shots.

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I can’t get enough of the chipboard shapes set! I’ve used up everything and I wish I could get another one. Just adore them! Oh, you can even machine sew over them easily without breaking the needle.;)

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I usually attached most of the printable with my Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz. I even use it to staple the Gold Foil Heart Chipboards, it’s one of my best investments ever made on a simple tool like this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spreads and you got what you wanted from the Sugar Rush kits and add-ons. This month has completely blown me away and I had a lot of fun putting my spreads together. I’m sure you will love them too.

Thanks again for making time to drop by my blog and for all your lovely messages.

Have a great week ahead and I’ll be back soon!

Magda MizeraJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:30 am

Amazing! I love your PL pages, always!

pamelaJanuary 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

You are so lucky to have Popular Bookstore! I love visiting Popular when I am in Hong Kong :)

So glad to see the wood veneers in the main PL kit. I love that stuff. I can’t wait to get my kit!

KimJanuary 28, 2014 - 4:35 am

I always love your spreads…the lighting is always perfect and your creativity is stellar! Love what you made with SC Sugar Rush kits -very inspiring and now I can’t wait to get my kits even more! :)

shireJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:45 am

I am really in love with your Pl pages!! :)

CéliaJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:56 pm

That’s great to look at your Pl but also at your pictures!Your life looks just fantastic! Kisses from Nouméa, New Caledonia

dawnJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Gorgeous pages!! Love the added bit of color but still a lot of white space!! Great job, so glad you had fun playing and using up the kits so well.

Linda in AusJanuary 28, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Absolutely wonderful and yay a whole year completed. That washi looks divine as do the hearts. Thanks Leena. Love it..

Life Scripted by Kal Barteski

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I’m pretty excited when this class was first announced and if you haven’t enroll yet, you have until 31st January to do it here.

Learn the ins and outs of Life Script through brushes and inks on varieties of projects using your own handwriting, which will be taught by renowned artist Kal Barteski.

Here’s what you’ll receive when you enroll for the class.

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If you enroll now you’ll also have immediate access to the classroom and class message board.

Class will start on February 1, 2014.

Here are some sneaks by the Creative Team who will inspire you with their amazing projects!

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I’m off to search for some bamboo brushes and gouache paints in my local art store.

See you in class soon!