Hello everyone! I’m back again to catch up with my Instagram post.

Before I post them here, I want to thank you all for your lovely comments you left on my project life post. I really appreciate you taking time to pop by my blog.:)

I figured since I’m so behind my Instagram update, I’ll just make collages of my week 9 & 10 to save you from drowning from a whole lot of my pictures! *laugh*

So, here’s my week 9 pictures from Instagram.

And my week 10 Instagram shots.

Some weeks I have fewer photos uploaded onto my Instagram and some weeks, it was choked with images.

After Being an active Instagram-er for nearly a year, I’m still enjoying Instagram very much and I doubt I will be tired of it.

And before I sign off, I’d like to thank lovely Linda Trace so much for recommending me to this blog. It’s a fabulous post about what one can really do about their Instagram pictures and I figured again, since I have hundreds of photos taken over the year, I might as well turn them into something which I can use everyday. So I decided to pick some of my favorite Instagram images with Early Bird filter and ordered an iPhone cover with my images printed onto it! How cool is that?!:D

I’ve seen someone posted a picture of her iPhone cover with a heart shape of Instagram image collage a couple of months ago but I never really make the effort to find out where one can order a customize iPhone cover like that. So, when Linda emailed me the blog link and it directed to Casetagram, I immediately fell in love with their gorgeous customized iPhone cover and I had to order one myself! And the best thing is they deliver internationally with no shipping fee at all! That’s a double dose of happinesss for me.:D

Thanks so much again Linda for your email! I can’t wait to receive my cover in 2 weeks time!

Happy Wednesday everyone!:)

  • aniaApril 5, 2012 - 4:29 am

    Oh, brilliant! Already have a custommade iPhone-case but have grown tired of it, but haven’t decided which photo to use for my next case. Now I see I don’t have to choose just one photo…! :D

  • EstherApril 5, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    thank you so much for sharing casetagram! i love it!!! :) :) :)

  • Linda TraceApril 5, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    I’m so glad you got it! I got one too :) I’m happy to have helped, as soon as I saw the post I thought ‘I have to send it to Leena!’
    You’ve inspired me to use my instagram more–i love it so much and don’t use it enough!

    Your Project Life is AMAZING too, its a go-to when I’m in need of inspiration
    xx

  • Heather PrinsApril 5, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    i just love your blog :)

  • Linda in AusApril 5, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    I don’t know about customising my I phone case, I just want yours, it looks fabulous.
    Loving all of your instagram shots and did I say how much I love your phone case.
    Xx

  • Jackie O.April 6, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Lovely pics Leena! And a super looking iphone case! Awesome! Have a nice Easter weekend. Hugs

Project Life | Week 10

Welcome back to my project life update.

Now that I’m into my 10th week, I am still asking myself the same question over and over again, what made me take the plunge and  go into Project Life.

If you ask me if I’m just following the trend blindly because everyone is doing it, no I’m not.

When I first read about what Project Life is all about back in August last year, I only managed to scratch the surface  of the system. I didn’t go further except that I wanted to document my photos exactly just like that.

Remember back in those days when film was the only option we developed our photos? I had albums and albums of pictures I still kept until today and I’m sure everyone does too. Lots of great memories recorded over the years. And then technology evolved and DSLR became the next big thing but I remembered I was still in ice age. I continued using my film SLR because I love the challenge of not being able to see my shots until I developed them. I love the fact that when my photos turned out, they were flawed and I get to learn to be a better photographer.

So, fast forward, when I eventually became a DSLR user, I stopped developing pictures and those memory-keeping was lost.

And when I found project life system, I wanted to start printing my pictures and to be able to see the actual photos that I’ve taken documented in albums. I want the memory-keeping to start again because I’ve missed out quite a bit over the years.

That is my sole reason for taking up project life.

Looking at this page has re-affirmed my decision to take up project life. I’m now able to document moment like this of Ethan who has overcome his fear of scaling heights. On this day we remembered Ethan took a big leap in facing challenges he used to fear. This will be a great day to remember when I flip through my binder many years later.

The right page of week 10 are all about what went on for the rest of the week.

The highlight of the week would be my family and I went for the wonderful movie The Lorax. This is one of many Dr.Seuss famous stories that Ethan loves to read. He knows the story so well that during screening time, he would said out loud and named each and every one of the character in the The Lorax! I found it quite amusing seeing him so serious while watching the movie. He usually wiggles a lot in his seat when we watched the other movies but this one, he sat quietly through out. I think we need more of this kind of movie to be shown in the theatre. *laugh*

And here would be the close ups of the spread. Again, I’ve used Becky Higgins Clementine journaling and blank cards, my own stash of papers and bellis, the chevron printable cards that I made, lots of masking tapes, manila shipping tags and die-cut doily (from my esty shop) and many more bits and pieces.

In this particular photo, I added “Adventure” word digitally using Photoshop on the picture, then converted it to black & white because the original photo was taken with iPhone and the quality wasn’t  good.

I wanted the photo to take up one 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″ pockets, so I used Photoshop again to create any A4 size canvas and dragged the edited photo over it and reduced the size to 6″ x 8″, saved and printed it using my Canon printer utility. I then cut across the upper half of photo into 4″ x 6″ and for the bottom half photo, I cut into half again. So, the 3 pieces of photos are slotted into the respective pockets and they appeared as a single shot. I love this and will be doing it again.:)

The rest of the pockets are filled up with pictures of Ethan crossing different obstacles during the challenge.

And I journaled my thoughts on a folded journaling card from Becky Higgin’s Clementine core kit, which I opened up into a flat card with more space to write and slotted it into the 4″ x 6″ pocket.

The pockets were also filled with images of me spending time at home updating my project life and the stuff I used. Lots of usage of chevron designs added with manila tag, chipboard and sticker alphas.

Here’s a picture of the hub and Ethan just outside our place leaving for downtown to catch a movie.

I just can’t get enough of washi masking tapes and you can see that I use it so often in every week of my updates. And this week 10 I have also starting using my Royal vintage typewriter I got for myself as a Birthday present, to type out my week’s activites. I love that it typed so clearly and I’ll definitely use it very often from now.:D

 We saw The Lorax at Shaw Cinema at Lido Orchard and had gelato thereafter. I have also been printing and using Paislee Press “Then & Now” journaling cards quite often. Love her cards to bits, very simple and easy to blend together with the other cards.

My most loyal Canon printer finally broke down after years of heavy “abuse” from me! I’ve been so attached to it and I did feel a bit upset that it died on me. Sigh……….. I know getting a new printer is cheap these days but it’s not about the money, you know what I mean? Anyway, because I needed a printer badly I have no choice but to buy a new one, at a good price. My company paid for it anyway (I used my benefit entitlement to purchase this printer, which falls under the IT category) so that’s a consolation.

Here’s me and my dear boy after the movie, hanging out at Takashimaya eating gelato.

So, that’s about it for week 10.

I’m quite happy to keep the pages as clean and simple as possible because I’ve been spending too much time doing each card like I create my layouts, adding lots of bellis and other details. Too much time being spent on embellishing each card and I have to re-look at the way I document my pages.

I’m moving on quickly to week 11 and trying to catch up as much as I can.

It’s looking good right now and I’m already done with the left page and the insert, so I just need to finish up the 2nd page, hopefully by Friday.

Here’s a peek of my week 11 spread.

Hope yours is coming along well and you’re on track. But if you’re like me, a couple of weeks behind, don’t worry about it too much alright? Just don’t get stressed out about it. Enjoy the process and do it at your own pace.

Hope to see you again soon and thank you once again for dropping by my blog!:)

  • LauraApril 3, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    your pages are really inspiring, Leenah!

  • Rebecca LovellApril 3, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    I absolutely love what you are doing with this!!

  • Jackie O.April 3, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Very interesting and inspiring as always your PL pages. Bravo Ethan! And my has he grown! xx

  • Sammy G.April 3, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    I love love love your project life.
    Such an inspiration with the layering. you make me want to go out and buy more stuff for it because it all looks so good!
    I’m glad Ethan took on heights, it looks like so much fun!

  • DanielleApril 4, 2012 - 3:17 am

    Very lovely! I’m going to have to try printing out a larger photo & cutting to fit into separate pockets like you did. I was behind by 3 weeks & decided to drastically cut down on embellishments. I was spending one day on a layout which was just to much of a time commitment, especially with my other projects.

  • GeralynApril 4, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    I am loving your Project Life, Leena! There are so many details, but your pages are also so fresh and clean. I love that :) Can’t wait to see your week 11!

  • Linda in AusApril 4, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Leena, your pages are looking awesome. Love how you cut up that photo, will surely give that a try.i know when I get home I will be far behind so it will be a matter of documenting and putting in the photos not too much embellishing as this is what slows me down. Tell Ethan he did well, I am scared of heights and couldn’t have done what he did.
    Hugs
    Linda xxxx

  • SueApril 4, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    I love that you are making up your own cards and embellishments. I too have been do that. This is my first year at PL and I love every bit of it. It’s getting my photos off of the computer and printed and I’m taking notice of the small things. I keep a notebook with me permanently to jot down those little things.

  • NaddyApril 5, 2012 - 12:07 am

    Love looking at your photos and your pages… Now I wish I have an iphone :)

  • CatherineApril 11, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Your pages are really gorgeous. Just found your blog, can’t wait to look around!

I cannot believe I’m 3 weeks behind my project life update! I knew this day would come when I had 2 travel for work and it happened!

I was thrown off the track when I travelled to Taipei and Jakarta the past couple of weeks. It has been a while since I have to travel twice in the period of 3 weeks and my body could not recover as fast I thought it could. Talk about being sweet 19! Hah!

And so the past 3 weekends were spent recovering from fatigue, more like mental exhaustion and of course celebrating my birthday last weekend. Now you know why I’m 3 weeks behind my project life update, right?

I definitely have to catch up twice as fast before I fall back too far behind my weekly update. No more excuses from now as I don’t foresee I’ll be traveling for work any time soon. I’m crossing my fingers and toes my boss wouldn’t ask me to. I need to be in town to plan my work and get moving with my backlog.

Great, I finally managed to catch up with my week 10, after I had been at it for weeks! I had been sitting on the same pages for weeks and I’m not sure why, I just can’t finish it up.

Geez, I’m whining again! *laugh*

So, here’s my week 10 in progress.

I really do miss putting my pages together! So much until I feel so frustrated but then, yesterday I get to play with my stash and I was smiling ear to ear until now. I get high on touching my stash you know. *laugh*

I think what I really missed most are my washi tapes! Hahaha! I kept taking them out from the basket to touch them, caressed them, re-arranged them and taking them out again! Crazy me!  ;)

And then I realized I don’t own that many tapes as I originally thought I do. They have always been stored in a box and now they’re thrown into my wire basket. I have never taken them out to count how many tapes I’ve collected over the years. So, in a way I felt relieved I didn’t go that far to buy that many tapes as I wanted to.

But right now, I’m already planning to add more washi tapes to my collection! *laugh* Talk about me being disciplined. ;p

Then the happy mail day came.

Look what I came home to.:D

I just can’t resist! Really, I tried very hard to be a good girl but one needs to be indulged once in a while right? :p

I didn’t stop there. I wish I am able to resist the temptation of beautiful scrapbook products or possess the willpower to say no to them but looks like I can’t. Or did I choose not to. *laugh* You got me right there!

Sheesh, why am I feeling so giggly today?

So last week I came home with these stash. I’ve been eyeing them since CHA show in January and they have finally touched down in Scraplicious! I intend to use them for my project life pages.

I’m a lucky ducky! I managed to grab the last date stamp from Dear Lizzy! Heard it’s out of stock every where globally.

And here’s to more washi tapes again!  ;)

My top 5 “must have” papers during this season, the new My Mind’s Eye “Follow Your Heart” collection. Lovely pastel colors and gorgeous designs. Love them to bits!

Love me some Dear Lizzy Neapolitan papers! Another of my top 5 “must have” papers. I missed the embellishments because I was too late going down to the store. They were snapped up so quickly!

I just have to wait patiently for the re-stocking of the chipboards, stamp and stickers. Hope I don’t have to wait too long.

I stocked up more on AC Thickers. Been using a lot of them on my project life spread. They are very useful to fill up some of the journaling and title cards.

And these stamps and brads were going for 50% off at Scraplicious! They’re a great steal and I’m so thrilled I managed to grab the last few stamps from Ali Edwards designs (Technique Tuesday), MME and Dear Lizzy too. I can’t wait to use them soon!

Life is definitely good.:D

Last but not least, I bought this baseball card photo sleeves to replace my Pink Paislee’s polaroid protector, which I have used up. So glad I could find a replacement for it to be used as inserts in my project life pages.

So, these items that I purchased are some of the products that will be a great addition to my stash to be used for project life. I’m sure some of you have already got your hands on these stuff. Have you use them on your project life or you have got some other stuff you’ve recently purchased and would recommend to us?

And before I sign off, look what I’ve got for myself as a birthday gift.:D

I fell in love with this vintage Royal typewriter  at first sight! When the owner of I Love Snackfood sent me a picture of it, I knew immediately I’ve got to have it! *laugh* I was that crazy! And a BIG thank you to my dear lovely friend Jessy for bringing this typewriter all the way from KL during your visit to Singapore!:D

I Love Snackfood is a collector of vintage stuff. They scoured all over for great vintage finds and I love what they have in their store. They’re located in Malaysia and I intend to visit them when I make a trip home for a holiday, soon I hope.

Oh, my new baby has been re-painted, thoroughly serviced and it’s in a great condition. I started using it and I can’t wait to use it more on my project life in time to come.

Have a great week ahead and thank you again for making time to drop by my blog.:)

  • LauraApril 2, 2012 - 3:25 am

    great job with the power shopping, and the typewriter is fantastic!

  • Jackie O.April 2, 2012 - 3:27 am

    Lucky you Leena! So many goodies! The Dear Lizzy date stamp that I’ve been trying to find here and her stamps with the camera! Wow! For the moment we can only get her Neapolitan papers, hopefully the rest will follow. You are right to have treated yourself to your vintage typewriter – afterall we only live once! I love your lovely washi tapes (I have a small collection too). Could you please tell me where you got your little pink case (where your scissors and pens are stored)? I like the look of it and think that it is practical to carry around. Looking forward to seeing your completed PL pages. Have a good week Leena!xx

  • Linda in AusApril 2, 2012 - 8:20 am

    Oh Lena, I can’t believe you got those stamps at half price, I soooo want a camera stamp (sold out everywhere).
    Love your washi tapes, your collection is way bigger than mine and that chevron one is gorgeous..
    I don’t like the feeling of getting behind in PL either, hopefully when I get back I will catch up, and yes I know where you’re coming from its nice to play with all our supplies.
    Xx
    Ps am eating enough Penang food for both of us.

  • Linda TraceApril 2, 2012 - 11:47 am

    @Jackie O, the pink case is from Smiggle

    Gorgeous gorgeous Gorgeous!! How awesome was that loot you came home wiht?!

    Where did you get your labels? (you see them in the first photo and then on your PL pages). There are the ‘schedule it’ ones as well as the long thing type that you’ve got on the white & grey bordered PL 4×6 page.

    I’m after some labels and these are PERFECT!

    amazing pages as always !!

  • NaddyApril 2, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Cool stash and love those washi tapes…. :)

  • FindingnanaApril 2, 2012 - 10:42 pm

    Hi Linda (Trace),
    The “schedule it” note pad was a gift from a friend and the long label sticker on the 4×6 was from Creative Imagination I bought many years ago. A lot of people has been asking me about the CI label stickers and I’m sure they are no longer sold.
    Love,
    Leena

  • Steph @Steph's StuffApril 3, 2012 - 1:03 am

    I absolutely love this!!! I blogged about being behind on PL today, too. :)

  • sueApril 4, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    I love all of your washi, I have quite a bit but just can’t help myself and keep buying more.
    I too picked up a vintage typewriter a few years ago, it’s aqua and just perfect to use for PL

  • rikaNovember 13, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    Hi Leena. How much did the typewriter cost you? i’m interested in getting one but not too sure on wad to look out for when purchasing. ive seen some of smith corona’s. is there any diff from the royal if you have any idea? and does urs require the ribbon(it uses ink right?) where do u find stock for the ribbons then? also, how do you type your journal cards with it? i mean, it can fit just a small card as such to type? sorry for the many questions. im very curious and hope you’ll be able to clarify my doubts. thanks heaps!

  • FindingnanaNovember 16, 2012 - 10:14 am

    Hi Rika,
    I bought my vintage typewriter from a Malaysian seller who sells vintage stuff. Yes, mine use ribbons and I buy my supplies back in my hometown in Malaysia. I have no preference for any brand of a vintage typewriter, as long as it works I’m fine with any brand. I’m sorry I have no idea what’s the difference between a Royal and Smith Corona. To me, they all work the same, very straight forward plain typewriter. No additional function, unlike electronic gadgets with different functions. When I’m typing my journal cards, I just insert them directly into the roller and type on it. Or alternatively, you can stick the journaling card with a glue tape onto an A4 paper for example and insert into the roller and type. Once you’re done, just remove the card from the paper. Hope these answers your doubt. :)
    xoxo,
    Leena

If you just hopped over from Norma-Jean, you’re in the right place!

So, your next hop would be Michelle Fowler. Head straight to her place right now!

Here are the rest of the girls’ blogs for you to stay on course.

And here’s my cute little bunny! This is a printable design from Angie Delarie’s many amazing collections.

Happy hopping and come back here for the draw next week!

Thanks for playing along!:D

  • angie delarieApril 1, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    I love the lemon coloured bunny …too cute Leena

  • Aideen FallonApril 1, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    So cute-love the sweet lemon color!!

    Wondering how to follow along with your beautiful blog?? :) x

  • lizzieApril 1, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    Oh your bunny is so cute!!!

  • Katie GelbaughApril 2, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Thanks for sharing!
    <3
    Katie

I’ve finally revive my near defunct Etsy shop. They are now up and running again!

After putting it off for so long, I managed to kick my own butt to list these items in my Etsy shop.:D

The cabochon flowers, manila tags and doilies are now on sale HERE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to convo me at my Etsy shop.

Thank you & happy shopping!

  • VeraMarch 31, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    So much prettiness! :)

  • Linda in AusMarch 31, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    As soon as I get back, I will be shopping, lllllooooovvvveee those flowers.
    Xx

  • MonikaApril 1, 2012 - 1:42 am

    I’ve placed already my order. Can’t wait to receive it!

  • FindingnanaApril 1, 2012 - 11:21 am

    I got your order Monika! Thanks so much! :)
    Love,
    Leena