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When I saw this class being announced through the newsletter, I immediately signed up for it.

How can you not love this Paint.Plan.Play class by Ashley Golgberg, right? The sneak itself looks absolutely fun and amazing! You will learn from her how to take control of colour, pattern and text by using paint, collage and various types of mediums to add allure to all your crafting projects form journal layouts to Project Life spreads.

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When you register for this class, you will receive this bonus 6×8 print while stocks last.

You will also receive these two digital files specially designed by Ashley herself. They’re gorgeous, aren’t they?

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For more details of what you’ll receive from this Paint.Plan.Play, do pop over here for an outline of the class.

The class will begin November 1.

See you in class soon!

Project Life | Week 36 & Week 38

Just days before I went on my business trip to Jakarta, when I received my Studio Calico October kit, I was in a kind of anxiety. Well, you know, the kind that got you feeling worried if your kits will arrive on time, if you’re in THE mood to churn out something within a day or two prior to your traveling and if you’re really able to fulfil the dateline with such tight schedule.

I have to say I worried for nothing. Really.

The Underground Project Life Kit and add-on Baker Street that came, well how should I put it in words?

I completed two full spreads within a day! I’ll leave it to you to figure out what it meant.;)

So, here are my Week 36 and Week 38. I did them in a breeze. Truly enjoyed playing with the kit and add-on.

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I used only the main Underground Project Life Kit on this Week 36. So loving the cards and embellishments, especially the puffy stickers!

I’ve been using Protector Page Design K for months and I’m still loving this config. What I did was I cut up the 4×6 cards from this kit to 4×4 to fit them into the pockets. Perfect and no-brainer solution. *laugh*

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The polka dot card actually has a “Harvest” word on it and since I don’t have any related photo to go with the card, I covered it with a circle digital printable from here, added the number 36 from this printable and made it into my title week card.

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The “My Happy Place” sentiment is actually cut out from one of the 3×4 cards. I thought it depicts what I wanted to document on the photo of me in my happy place, which is my bed.:)

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Oh, that 6×4 card with printed tags is my favourite! I added some journaling which was typed out with my typewriter and I just finished it off a couple of printable labels, puffy sticker and mini alphas from the main PL kit.

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What I really love about the Underground Project Life Kit is that it included a couple of 3×4 cards that has number sequence on them. They’re perfect to journal your to-do list, what is current going on in that week or day, buckets list etc.

I used this card to type out the recipe of the Banana Cupcakes that I baked over the weekend and added a printable label for the recipe title. I could definitely go back and refer to the recipe if I need to bake again.

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I think ever since I received this Underground extra PL card set Cozy Card Set by Live.Love.Paper, I’ve been swooning over them again and again. I seriously could’t get enough of them!

In most weeks, I would a photo or two of my time spent in cafes. So, this card set fits perfectly into this week’s theme of me celebrating the hub’s birthday at Department of Caffeine. This place served one of the best waffles I’ve ever tasted! if you’re in Singapore, you definitely have to try it! It’s located at 15 Duxton Road, very near to Maxwell Road.

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The gold foil scallop card is just about my favourite from Baker Street. I just adhered one of the phrase tags, navy die cut and added cork and wood dots to make my Week 38 title card.

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Have I mentioned how much I adore the Cozy card set? *laugh*

Love that phrase on the card!

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Here comes the highlight of this page.

We celebrated the hub’s 48th birthday this week. It was a very quiet and simple family affair. He preferred it that way and have always been.

He always say this to me “Every day is a birthday to me, as long as I’m happy doing what I do and be with you and Ethan”. How sweet is that and what a great thought from this man of mine! That’s why I’m such a lucky ducky to be married to him.

Oh, today is actually our 14th anniversary and it’s another quiet ‘celebration’ for us. That’s the way we like it.:)Love you loads my love. I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years with you!

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See, daddy had to have a photo taken with her two princesses. *laugh* They adore and love him like there’s no tomorrow. Jealous here now.;)

The “TODAY” cut is from here. I actually run through the cut on one of the PL main kit 3×4 cards on my Silhouette Cameo, adhered it over another 3×4 grid card and just added one of the phrase tags and mini alphas from Baker Street.

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Ok, let’s talk a little bit about one of my favourite embellishments from Baker Street.

The Fancy Pant mini pink and white stripes folder. Love love love it so much!

It fit’s just nicely onto a 3×4 card and I used it to write down the recipe of the Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake that I made that weekend on the inside of the folder.

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That’s about it from my Underground spreads.

So, what did you get during reveal?

I do hope the Underground Project Life KitBaker Street and Cozy Card Set by Live.Love.Paper are amongst your purchase. I’ve seen some comments in Studio Calico forum about how they’re not so attracted to the kit and add-ons but in all seriousness, they do look a lot better IRL than what you’ve seen on Studio Calico’s site. Well, you can see them for yourself on my spreads. I’m not bluffing. *laugh*

Anyway, I have another PL add-on Chelsea to play this weekend. Somehow, this didn’t come in together with the rest. It arrived a week later but I couldn’t churn out another spread on time before reveal. So, I can’t wait to dive into it this weekend!

See ya soon! Happy week ahead!

  • LindaOctober 1, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Can’t wait for my kits to arrive now, I also got the cozy cards. So romantic what R said, you are very lucky. Happy anniversary to you both.xx

  • GlicelleOctober 2, 2014 - 3:17 am

    Worried about Fading Pictures

    Hi, I have been scrapbooking since I was young but didn’t realize there was a whole world of it until a year ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. Now, I’m going through an overwhelming sense of wow-there-is-SO-much syndrome.

    Because of my perfectionist nature, I get stuck often!
    My current road block is printing pictures. I don’t know what the best way is, print at home or print through Persnickety Prints.

    You use a Canon printer right? Aren’t you worried that the pictures will fade with time?

  • GiuseppinaOctober 7, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Those muffins look amazing!!

I’ve just got home from a work trip to Jakarta and I’m a little late sharing my sneaks of Studio Calico October Underground kit.

So, here’s what I have for you.

The first two sneaks are from the main Underground Project Life kit.

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And the next two sneaks are using Baker Street PL add-on and the extra PL card set.

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See you at reveal soon!:)

  • LindaSeptember 27, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Looks wonderful, I especially love the photo of you and R

Hello All!

Thank you all for your kind words on the closing of my shop. I’m very grateful for all your kind thoughts and wishes. I sure hope I’ll be able to re-open my shop again some day.

For now, I’m finding a good balance in my life between my family and work. And so far it’s working well. Not to forget I’m still very much enjoying Project Life and I’m making effort to keep my passion in crafting as long as I can.  :)

Without further ado, here are the winners picked out by the random generator!

*Karen Dismukes*

*Ng Li Min*

*Adarsh Bauer*

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Do send me your mailing address at findingnana73[at]gmail[dot]com to claim your prize. If I don’t hear from you in the next 3 days, I will pick another winner to receive the prize.

Once again, thank you all for joining in the fun.

I’ll definitely be back again for more fun giveaways in the next month or so. Christmas is coming soon, so keep a lookout!

Have a good weekend ahead!

  • Elizabeth TuggleSeptember 21, 2014 - 6:17 am

    Congrats to the winners!!!

Days leading up to the third term one week school break, I was suggesting to the hub that since we’re not going out of town for a short holiday, we could plan a staycation in Sentosa island.

Sentosa is a small island just off the main Singapore island with lots to see and do. That’s where Universal Studio Singapore is located. And so I went on to check out some staycation package at some of the hotels in Sentosa. I know that it’s a school holiday and the rates of the hotels will definitely be higher compared to non-peak season rates but oh my, for just two nights stay it’ll cost more than S$800 including taxes?!

No way I’m paying to stay in a hotel just 30 minutes drive from my home! Yes they do have nice room with air-condition and a pool view but still. I have air-condition in all the three bedrooms in my home and a comfortable bed. And better still it’s FREE! Hah! How about that as a good excuse not to pay more than S$800 for two nights hotel stay.

We’re not stingy but we do have a sense of spending our money wisely. So, staycation was out of our plan but that doesn’t stop us from having a great time. In fact, that was an understatement. We had a FABULOUS time over three days over the weekend!

We packed our days with activities that doesn’t cost a bomb and yet we still had a wonderful time. I was really glad to take a couple of days off from work, despite now being a busy period. I always believe there should be a balance in family life and work.

And so we spent our days from one location to another and we took time to enjoy ourselves, not rushing to anywhere.

Our activity started on Thursday at Adventure Cove Waterpark, a fun aquatic adventure park in Resort World Sentosa. This was our 2nd time there but we thought since all of us love water park, we don’t mind going back again. This place is for adults and kids, with a string of fun activities such as waterslides, wave pool, riding on tube along the Adventure River and you can even snorkel over a colourful coral reef with thousands of fishes and rays.

I didn’t take a lot of photos as I was busy going on rides and some of the rides don’t allow you to bring anything with you when you go down the slides.

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Next day I booked ourselves to go on the trampoline jump at Amped Katong.

This is Singapore’s first indoor trampoline park. I’ve seen people gone on this trampoline jump in Facebook so I thought why not give it a try.

Just in an hour, all we do was jump and jump and dive! *laugh*

It was definitely a physically challenged activity and exhausting but very fun nevertheless. At first glance it looked easy. How hard can it be just jumping on the trampoline. My, I was so wrong!

We jumped and tripped, we went off-balance, we ‘flew’ in all directions, we fell but we had a great time! We laughed so hard til our stomach ached so bad.

These photos I took of my boys were a little blurry because I was bounced off the trampoline when they were jumping but I love them! It was the perfect moment when these were captured and their expressions were priceless!

I would highly recommend for you to try this if you’re in Singapore. Even though kids are the major crowd in this trampoline jump, you should do this together as a family and with friends as well. It’ll be a lot more fun to jump along as a family than letting your kids doing it on their own.:)

If you want to watch the videos of us in action, you can view them on my Instagram.

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We were basically dripping in sweat after an hour on non-stop jumping and diving but we were still pumped up with energy, so we decided to head back to Sentosa to the Trick Eye Museum.

Ethan had been bugging us for the longest time to visit the museum so we thought why not. I’ve seen amazing photos online of this place and it would be cool to check them out. But beware of the long queue which could take up to an hour to get into the museum but it was worth the long wait.

Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, which refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions. With that, 2D paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings appear to pop out of the surface and come to life.

We took LOTS of pictures and had a good laugh posing with those paintings.

Here are some of the photos taken at the museum.

Another must-go place if you’re in Singapore.:)

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After two full days of fun activities, we decided to give ourselves a break on Saturday. So, we stayed home and chilled out.

I took the chance to catch up with my Project Life. I was in need of moving forward before I fall back too many weeks behind. I think after two days of loads of fun time with my boys, I got pumped up and worked quickly through my pages.

I managed to get caught up to Week 35 in three days! It was definitely a very productive off days for me.

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And the last day of the end of Ethan’s school break on Sunday, we get to go out to the sea with my sister and her friend Nick. He owned a speed boat and he invited me and my boys for a couple hours out to sea. It was vey kind and gracious of him to bring us out on his boat.

We had an awesome time speeding on the boat, getting soaked with splashing sea water, lots of shrieking and laughter on a bumpy ride but it was a wonderful morning spent out in the sea.

We anchored at St. John’s Island, about 1o minutes off Sentosa Island. This island is secluded and away from the commercialised Sentosa Island. It has a very nice clean stretch of beach with very clear water.

Such an unspoilt island and we love it so much!

After we had a nice picnic on the boat, we took a stroll along the beach and took a quick dive in the sea before we headed back to Sentosa.

We are definitely coming back here again with Nick and my sister!:)

It was a wonderful time spent with my older sister whom I hardly meet even though we live in the same island. She’s a nurse working at odd hours so we seldom have a chance to spend time together on weekends like this.

And right now as I’m writing this post, I’m suffering from a bad sunburn from the trip to the sea.

But it was definitely worth it!  :)

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Well, we managed to spend four awesome days together during Ethan’s week long school break. We don’t need to have a S$800 staycation to enjoy our short break, do we? *laugh*

  • Linda in AusSeptember 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Leena what a great blog post. Love all of the wonderful photos you took, looks like you all had a fantastic time and the money you saved on the stay cation can go to more outings like these wonderful ones.
    xx

  • Haley CrossSeptember 17, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Looks like you all had an amazing time!! I would not pay 800$ for 2 nights at a hotel either! That’s crazy! so glad you all still had fun though!

  • Elizabeth TuggleSeptember 18, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun!!! Photos are amazing especially the ones you took with the paintings!!!