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I realised how much I’ve missed the Studio Calico sneak time when I was out of town last month and couldn’t make it on time to play with my August kits. That was the first time since I joined the team and missed out on a sneak and reveal. But I did eventually get to play with them when I returned from my business trip. Would be sharing them soon.:)

So, I’m back in full swing now and I have to say September Poet Society PL kit and add-ons blew me away! Talk about some awesome kit filled with amazing PL cards and embellishments. If you’ve seen what I’ve shared in my Instagram today, you know what I mean.

So, here’s a peek of what I came out with using the Poet Society Project Life Kit, PL add-ons Oliver and Yeats.



Both of the above sneaks are from the main Project Life kit.



And these two are using Oliver and Yeats together with a digital cut file.

I think you have probably made up your mind on the kits and add-ons you’re getting, right?

All I can say that the main kit and add-ons came with really awesome embellishments that can make up many weeks worth of pages. I’m just saying.;)

Oh, the PL kit came in the new packaging and I love it! It’s so eco friendly and I can definitely stow them away on my shelf by flattening the box. My kit came intact and everything looks perfect!

See ya in three days for the full reveal!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}September 3, 2014 - 6:52 am

    I can totally relate to the every day filled of craziness & zero time! Still love your pages! Hope all is well your way! Happy day to you Leena! xo

Hey peeps!

There are two new classes coming right up in September at Studio Calico and we hope you’ll join us in both classes that pretty much covers everything on memory keeping.

Snapshot by April Foster

snapshotslide1In Snapshot, April Foster will be shooting a photo a day in September and you’ll learn to capture all the little details that add up to your favourite memories.

When you enrol for this class, you’ll be receiving:

  • 30 photo prompts designed to help you turn the camera on every aspect of your life and find new things to capture.
  • Photo samples for every prompt from April and one of her contributors, along with bonus ideas for each to help stretch your creativity.
  • Tips and tricks for staying inspired to pick up your camera and shoot new things from April and her contributors.
  • A minibook project from April featuring her photos from the class.
  • A class message board and gallery to share your thoughts and photos.
  • Digital photo brushes from Hello Forever (shown above).
  • A printable prompt list – sized to fit into your planner or your camera bag.

Pen & Paper by Laura Kurz


Laura Kurz will help you put your pen to paper and make your memories come alive! Do join her in Pen and Paper and take your layouts to the next level and see how you could use words to truly make a wonderful page full of memories. This class will explore many different ways of looking at life to tell your story through journaling prompts to interviewing your loved ones.

If you like to join both classes, sign up with Photos and Papers Bundle to enjoy more than 10% off in each class individually!

Snapshot, Pen and Paper and the Photos and Papers Bundle are available through 30 September and both classes start 1st September.

I’m really excited over both classes! I’m a photo a day kind of girl, so Snapshot is definitely my cup of tea and I’m also looking forward to the Pen and Paper class to help me improve my journaling and give me ideas for my Project Life.

Hope to see you in both classes soon!:)

  • ColetaSeptember 5, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    I joined this class and it’s awesome. I’m liking it so far. I just wished there are more tips in techniques on how to compose the snapshots. :D

Project Life | Week 23

Hello there! I’m back with another week of my Project Life spread.


I would have to say this would be one of my favourite weeks that I’ve put together! Lots of white clean space and I love how it turned out.

This would be one of those rare times that I’m not using my SC kits. I love the idea of using other available PL cards especially when they’re from my favourite digital scrapbooking store The Lilypad. They have some of my favourite digital designers in this store – Paislee Press, One Little Bird  and Valorie Wibbens.

For this week’s spread, I used mostly The Good Stuff Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens. I’m absolutely in love with them! The designs are simple and clean, just the way I like it.


This title card is also a digital printable from About Us Journal Cards by Paislee Press at The Lilypad as well.

I used the leftover silver lined label from my Penny Arcade PL add-on Bottle Toss, adhered them onto the card, added the “hello” Acrylic Clear Word from Heidi Swapp and finished it off with some leftover of mini alphas from my past Studio Calico PL kits.


On that selfie picture of myself, I printed in full 4×6 without border, stamped the “everyday life’ words from Technique Tuesday Classic Ali Edwards onto the label from Bottle Toss and voila! I’m keeping it simple with just those two words that described perfectly of my everyday work life.:)

That butterfly on The Good Stuff Journal Card is the Acrylic Butterflies by Heidi Swapp. They’re the same collection as the stars and hearts acrylic pieces I used on my Week 22 page. Seriously, I can’t get enough of them and I’m planning to use them again.


I have a fixation right now to just add a single circle chipboard on my photos. I just love the simplicity of it.


Here I’ve included two pocket size photos of my two girls onto a 4×6 card, adhered one photo directly onto the card first and then laid over the other photo on top and staple at one end. I do this so I can flip up the top photo and still able to see the second photo.

Next, I added a speech bubble wood veneer and a camera chipboard (Essentials Collection), both from Studio Calico, label from Evalicious and stamped onto the photo with another Technique Tuesday Insta This stamp set by Ali Edwards.


I used the Becky Higgins Design K protector for the right side, printed 5 photos of 4×4 size and inserted them into the pockets, and 2.5×2.5 photos for the 3×4 pockets. Those 3×4 cards are also from The Good Stuff Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens.

_MG_5479aI do have a habit of attaching embellishments with my Tiny Attacher. Sometimes I don’t even use the glue tape at all. I just staple everything with the attacher.


This ‘a beautiful life’ sentiment card is definitely my favourite from this printable. I think I’m going to print a LOT of them and use it every week! *laugh* You can leave it as it is or add just one or two stickers or chipboards and use it as filler card.

_MG_5481aHere’s another photo with just one simple piece of chipboard adhered to the centre. Love it this way!

That grey card is from Day In The Life 4×4 Cards by Ali Edwards, the same set that I used on my Week 22 spread.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Project Life spread.:)

See you soon on my next PL post!

  • artfulscrapbookingAugust 8, 2014 - 1:28 am

    Beautiful pages!! I love your limited color scheme. :) Evie

  • PeppermintAugust 8, 2014 - 4:08 am

    I had a bit of a Sally Fields moment when you said you liked me. (I’m such a dork!) Beautiful pages! ♥

  • Christine NAugust 8, 2014 - 4:37 am

    I love printing out digital journal cards as well, and then add photos and embellish. You do it so well, Leena! Love looking at your pages.

    Did you know that One Little Bird is having a call for pocket page artists? I think you’d be so perfect! :)

  • Bernii MillerAugust 8, 2014 - 5:40 am

    Gorgeous weekly spread ♥

  • Raihanah AriffAugust 9, 2014 - 11:27 pm

    I don’t know how to say.. Your pictures in this entry so precious :)

  • Kate BLUEAugust 11, 2014 - 3:26 am

    Am finally jumping in on PL, hope yout don’t mind me stalking. ..ooops, lurking! ! Lol

Project Life | Week 22

I’m welcoming myself back to my Project Life and getting the momentum going again.

Currently I’m on track with my weekly spreads. With all the traveling going on the past couple of months, I’m proud to say I’ve been very disciplined in putting my pages together. Right now I’m on Week 31. I’ve printed last week’s photos and just waiting this weekend to add some journaling and embellishments.

Here’s a quick recap of the process on how I managed to keep up and some tips which may answer some of your questions.

– I dedicate an hour or two at the end of the week, usually on Sunday to upload the current week’s photos to iPhoto and organise them in my weekly folder. You can read here more on how I organise my photos for my Project Life.

– Next would be deciding the protector I want to use. Once I choose the protector, I would then decide the format of the photos to print to fit the pockets. At this moment, I’m using Design K a lot because I love the mix of 4×4 and 3×4 sizes. I bought two packs a few months ago and I’ve used up one. And I need to order it again from Studio Calico shop.:)

– 99% of my photos are taken with my iPhone 5S and I usually crop them to squares for my Instagram posting. Editing is all done on the phone using Snapseed and VSCO Cam apps. I always edit my photos with these apps before I upload them to my folder on my Mac. It saves me a LOT of time this way instead of editing all the photos in my Photoshop. I’ve been using these two apps for the longest time and I’m loving them so much! And they’re absolutely FREE!

– Once the photos are printed, I trimmed them and they go straight into the pockets. You can read more about how I print my photos here. I would do another tutorial on printing 4×4 and 3×3 on my Canon Pixma iP4970 printer soon. I only print at home. Been doing that for years and I love the convenience of getting my photos printed any time I want.

– If I have time, I’ll work on my spread right away but these days, I would not spend too much time over the weekend on my spread. I travel quite a bit over the weekdays, so my weekend is for my family. So, I would lay my spread on my work table and work on them over a span of few days, a couple of cards each time. This works well for me right now as I need to change my routine due to my new job.

So, this how I’m keeping my momentum week after week. If you’re wondering whether I’m overwhelmed with my traveling schedule, work, family and keeping up with my Project Life? Not at all.

In fact, I truly enjoy every moment of my packed daily schedule. Yes, I do feel tired being on my feet all day and getting only 5-6 hours sleep every day. But that’s how I like my life to be. I cannot imagine myself not being busy and with a lot of time on hand.:)

And I’m definitely still loving Project Life. I don’t feel burdened or stressed at all getting my PL done and keeping it up to date, I just enjoy it. Documenting my day to day memory is something that I look forward to. When life gets so busy day after day, week after week, flipping through those pages, it just brings back a lot of wonderful memories and makes it worthwhile. And I’m glad Project Life helps me preserve those memories.


I had this week’s spread done weeks ago but I only managed to photograph them last weekend. I’m using Design K protector for the left side of the spread. Like I said, it’s my favourite configuration right now.

I printed the 4×4 photos on Canon 4×6 photo papers with border setting. I just trimmed off both sides of the square photo and it becomes 4×4 format.

The Day In The Life 4×4 Cards are by Ali Edwards from Designer Digitals shop. The cards fit perfectly and I love the sentiments on them. I used the sentiment cards as filler without adding embellishments and I think they look great on its own.

I love that this collection also comes with a few journaling cards, so I just alternate the cards with my photos and added my own words and a sticker or two.

I printed these digital printable cards on a white art paper 450 gms in weight, so they’re pretty thick and sturdy. I bought big sheets of this white non-textured art paper from my local store Art Friend at the Clementi branch. It’s a huge sheet and I can cut it up to 6 pieces of Letter size sheet. And it only cost less than $2 for one big sheet! For that kind of weight, it’s definitely worth it!


The silver stars and circle puffy stickers are from Penny Arcade PL add-on Bottle Toss.


I’m beginning to write directly onto photos lately and I love how it looks. I use Kuretake Zig Photo Signature black pen when I journal on photos. It’s fade & water resistant and it dries up immediately after writing on the photos.

The Woodgrain Chipboard Shape by Kal Barteski is from Penny Arcade Project Life main kit. I seriously can’t get enough of these chipboards and I so wish they sell it separately!

The yellow greenish puffy sticker is from Evalicious. I love her puffy stickers collection and I’m now eyeing her Fall collection. She’s currently moving home so her shop is closed and will re-open in September. Until then.;)


Have I told you how much I love the Woodgrain Chipboard Shape by Kal Barteski?! *laugh*


My weekdays are either very exciting (when I’m out of town traveling to other countries) or very mundane with a 9-6 fixed work time from Monday to Friday. If I’m not traveling, I’m usually stuck on my desk (where else would I be!!).

So, instead of whining “I could not get enough photos when I’m at work 5 days a week!” or “Oh, what photo would I take at my workplace?” or “I’m taking photo of me holding a cup again?”. I’m sure you have this dilemma, right? “D

I love the idea of taking a selfie of myself at my work desk. Even though I’m glued to the same spot every day but hey, I wear different outfit everyday ok! *laugh*

How do I take a selfie at work or even when I’m travelling?

I prop my iPhone on my GorillaPod I bought from Joby a while back. I’ve got the MPod Mini Stand for my work place and the original GripTight GorillaPod that I use at home and when I’m traveling. I swear by these stands because I LOVE that it’s portable and the three-legged mount can expand easily to grip my phone or even a compact camera! You can read more on the features of the GorillaPod here (Please note that I’m NOT being sponsored by Joby to promote their products. I’m simply giving my review of the GorillaPod Stands that I’ve been using for months). 

Once I set up my phone on the stand, I use the Timercam, which is a free self timer camera app and set it up to take my selfie shots. Easy.


I mixed up my protectors this week and used Design A for the right side. I used this config the whole of 2013 and it’s still my all time favourite protector. I love that the 4×6 pockets allow me to include a pocket size photo and still leaves me a lot of room to add journaling and embellishments.

I use a lot of the 4×6 grid cards from Studio Calico because it leaves me a clean and uncluttered white background. It makes my photos the focus of my memory keeping.


That silver lined label is from Bottle Toss and the “brilliant” word sticker is from Heidi Swapp. It’s a pack of shiny puffy sticker with words and shapes and I got it from Two Peas In A Bucket before they closed their business. I’ve missed shopping at their store!:(


That heart is from Heidi Swapp’s Acrylic Hearts collection. I’ve got them from Two Peas as well.


The two square photos are 2.5″x2.5″ each. You can read how I print that size here. I like to place two photos on a 4×6 card when they’re photo sequence of the same event. This was taken during the Chinese Dumpling Festival week when the hub decided to make the dumpling himself. It was his first time cooking and wrapping dumpling and they tasted delicious! Great work for a first timer!;)


I’m using more of my favourite puffy sticker from Evalicious (camera) and Dear Lizzy (circle). The blue acrylic star is from Heidi Swapp, the same collection as the acrylic heart.

That’s all for Week 22.

Wow, I’m really making up for lost time and I hope what I shared here today is useful for you.:)

Thank you once again for reading my blog and my Week 23 post will be coming real soon.

Happy Wednesday!

  • EviAugust 7, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Thanks a lot Leena for this post.
    Yeah it’s useful !!!
    Even if I read your blog for a long time now (and I’ve read those article you linked yet), it’s always a good reminder !!!
    (sorry if my english is bad…)

  • MerrickAugust 7, 2014 - 12:44 am

    I am just starting to play with Project Life and found this post motivational.

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissyAugust 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Your posts are always useful. Lots of good information. So useful in fact that I just bought the gorillapod! This should help me get more pictures of myself into my PL since I am usually alone.

  • FernandaAugust 21, 2014 - 6:46 am

    I loved your post! I’m kind of a newbie in PL I started with a travel album and a mini year book, but I am still finding my own style. So to read about other people process is really enlightening, thanks for sharing :)

July came and it was gone in a blink of an eye. And here I thought it was still June! *laugh*

I haven’t been able to pop in here the past few weeks as I was away in Korea and Thailand for work and I couldn’t get into my blog to post anything. There was some kind of a glitch and I tried so hard to fix it but I gave up. I finally dragged myself to get it fixed last night and I think it’s working alright now. Fingers crossed. I think my blog is kind of ‘sulking’ because I haven’t been taking really good care of it for months!

Life is going good for me. I know I haven’t been around here much after I started my new job in May. I have lots of traveling lined up since I started working again, learning and adapting to my new working environment. Do bear with me for a little longer until the dust has settled, soon I hope.

So, here’s a quick glimpse of my July.

IMG_6734See ya all real soon!

  • Linda in AusAugust 5, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    I remember seeing your waffle pic on IG and it inspired me to get out my waffle maker and make some. YUM. Ha i haven’t done a post on my blog since June last year, that is terrible, so don’t feel bad we all know that life gets busy.