Project Life | Week 32
Just the other day I was thinking to myself what Project Life really means to me, aside me diligently taking photos almost every day, posting them in Instagram, uploading them onto my folders, print them out and putting my spreads together week after week for two consecutive years.
It does mean a LOT to me.
You see, I live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. And that leads to keeping up with a really fast paced life. Well, that is the REAL life living in a big city like Singapore.
Can you imagine that this country is so tiny on the world map, just a tiny dot that it can’t be really seen from the moon at all compared to the other countries and continents? Having said that, it’s one of the busiest cities on earth. Many of you out there don’t even know where this little tropical island is located. We can’t really blame you. It’s too tiny to be noticed even if you look really hard on the map with a magnifying glass! *laugh*
In this country, everyone is always rushing for time. We rush to catch a bus or train to work during the peak hour , we rush to join the queue for lunch while at work, we rush to get the groceries done within a record breaking time, we rush to send our kids to their swimming lesson, piano lesson, private tuition, we rush home to get the house cleaned and to prepare decent meals for our family, and we even rush to get ourselves showered!
In a day of 24 hours, we packed our day with so many activities and everything becomes a blur because we spend so much time rushing like a headless chicken! I bet 80 percent of the time we don’t even know what is really going on. That’s life in Singapore. That is as REAL as it gets.
So, what does Project Life have to do with what I’ve just said? I’m like any of the residents in Singapore, rushing for time, day in day out, all year long. I barely have time to breathe, let alone sit back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and soak in all the goodness of my surrounding. I work 9-6 from Monday to Friday, I’m up almost 18 hours a day and spend less than 6 hours in bed getting proper and much needed sleep. I travel frequently for work and what’s left for my family? Only that few hours in the evening on weekdays and two full days over the weekend.
Project Life became my saviour and something that I hang on to for dear life. It became my memory-keeping ‘place’ of my ever so busy life. As I go through my routines each day, I do missed out a LOT on the little details.
I forgot to step back and marvel at how beautiful the day is, how much my son has grown, how does my lunch actually taste like before I gobble it down in a mere 10 minutes.
And so I let my Project Life ‘speak’ to me and show me what I’ve missed out while I rush through my days. Documenting those photos that I have painstakingly make efforts to snap with a lot of staring and weird gazes from people at restaurants, in the elevator, at my work place, while everyone is seated down in restaurant for meals and I’m the odd one standing up trying to snap multiple shots of my food, they are so totally worth it! So what if those people think of me being obsessed with my phone and snapping photos of even a minuscule thing. I don’t really care.
I care about what goes into my Project Life pages, that’s what matters to me most. Because at the end of the day, they tell stories of my life and what is happening around me, day after day. I find real comfort in those big binders sitting on my shelf.
Those pages connect the puzzle and put my life in perspective. And I love every photo, every embellishment and memorabilia, every page and every moment I spent putting them together into those big binders.
And I’m definitely doing this for a long time and for many years to come.
In Week 32, life slowed down a little as I settled comfortably in Singapore and did not plan any business trips. I needed time to catch up with a mountain of backlogs in the office and I needed much time with my family. My boss kept asking me “So, when’s your next trip?” and I looked at him and smiled “I’m taking time to plan and organise my work. I’ll be out of office again when I’m ready”. He left me in peace for a couple of weeks. He obviously got the message. *laugh*
I used the Poet Society Project Life add-ons, Oliver and Yeats on this week’s spreads and I have to say I do seriously love them. Both add-ons are packed with embellishments that are easy to put together without adding the extra bulk to the pages.
What I love most about Oliver and Yeats?
Well, the list is long but to narrow it down to top three favourites, I have to say the wood veneer “Hello”, Crate Paper Ephemera Pack and sentiments Rub-on Transfers topped the list.
I used the “Hello” wood veneer on my title card and secured it onto the PL card with my Tiny Attacher.
I found the labels from the Crate Paper Ephemera Pack really useful. On the 4×4 photo that I printed, I just wanted to add some sentiments and leave it as it is. I stapled two of the labels from the ephemera pack, one with sentiments already printed on it and on the other velum label, I rubbed the “the BEST day” sentiments from the rub-on transfer onto it.
That faux stitch is actually from the Crate Paper Rub-on Transfers as well.
I filled up this page basically with a lot of whites, from the photos to the PL cards. I love the pop of red against the white, mostly coming from the photos. It just happened that those photos taken have reds in them. It wasn’t intentional, I just realised about it when I printed them out and laid them over the protector.
This particular photo of my toolbox where I stored my PL cards was printed in 4×4 accidentally and I couldn’t find an extra pocket to fill it, so I cut it into 3×4 and I adhered the remaining of the photo onto a 3×4 card and added a journal label from the Crate Paper Ephemera Pack.
I have a habit of printing landscape 4×3 photos and split it into two pockets. Both are adhered onto 3×4 cards and words stickers were added to finish it off.
Another favourite embellishment that I love is the Heidi Swapp Color Magic Ephemera from Oliver. You can ink it or spray mist over it. I sprayed this heart shape ephemera with Mister Huey’s Canyon, covering the whole surface and used a dry tissue to dab the excess paint off. The word popped up so prominently! There are 90 pcs of ephemera in the pack and I can’t to use them in my upcoming weeks.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Project Life and once again, thank you for making time to stop by my blog.
Have a great week ahead!