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Project Life | Week 32

_MG_5557aJust 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.

_MG_5567aAnother 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!

  • KBSeptember 3, 2014 - 2:15 am

    Loved your description of why you love PL! I admire how diligently you stick to it!

  • LouiseSeptember 3, 2014 - 2:21 am

    I popped across from IG and i’m glad I did. The little I saw of Singapore many years ago now, was wonderful. It’s definitely a place I’d like to see again and explore more of. your PL spreads are a delight to see.

  • Kathy NeblettSeptember 3, 2014 - 2:22 am

    I have been flipping through your blog and I just had to tell you how much I love it! Your style is absolutely beautiful. Some PL layouts, while still being beautiful, are a little too embellished for my taste, or really, I don’t instantly see the pics. When I really get into doing scrapbooking and PL, I want the pics to be what is noticed first and then the beautiful embellishments that enhance the pics. Your layouts are exactly what I aspire to having mine look like.

    I also appreciate how thorough and understandable your tutorials are. I am not techy at all, and have not had the time to sit and watch a bunch of videos. I have 4 boys that keep my schedule tight. Anyway, love the blog, gorgeous layouts and pics and fabulous tutorials.

    Thank you for all that you put into your blog.

  • Donna G.September 3, 2014 - 6:48 am

    Excellent post, Leena! You’ve shown that even those with very busy lives can and should(!) use Project Life for recording their memories.

  • Sonja KleinSeptember 3, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Thank you for your blog Leena,I like it very much!
    Greetings from Sonja in the Netherlands

  • KirstieSeptember 3, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Great post! Love your reasons for loving project life! It’s awesome and your pages are great!

  • Linda in AusSeptember 3, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    Wow it makes me tired just reading your post, never will i take my nana naps for granted again, although you are ten years younger and way healthier than me.
    Beautiful pages as always, i love them..Hope you can grab a couple of minutes of rest here and there.

  • Bernii MillerSeptember 4, 2014 - 3:59 am

    Love this Leena ♥

  • JanSeptember 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Having visit Singapore a couple of time when we moved here (NZ) and went back to U.K.for a holiday I can see what you mean that it is a busy paced life, think it happens to a lot of countries unfortunately.
    I know for myself working full time doing my Master’s degree full time and then trying to fit everything else in (like my poor family), my hobby of scrap booking and this year trying PL unfortunately takes a back seat “because I am so busy, I don’t have the time”. So you post struck a cord with me and I thank you for that. Sometimes we need reminding of why we do things because as you said we get too busy.

Project Life | Week 31

_MG_5573aJuly was definitely a month full of activities for me. I was out of town for almost two weeks, both trips were back to back but I was home for the weekend to be with my family.

I went to Seoul, Korea for the first time in 13 years since my last trip there! That was ages ago. I knew I don’t have time to explore the city all over again because I was there for work but I did manage to sneak some time after work one evening to do a little fast speed shopping! Hah! Yep, I managed to snag about 7 pieces of clothing in an hour before I made a quick exit and headed for dinner with my colleagues.

The following week I flew in to Bangkok, another favourite city of mine and I did manage to eat some of my favourite Thai food! That’s one thing I love about my job. I work hard and yet I still get time off to enjoy eating local food. I’m a foodie person and I can eat almost everything, except some weird stuff like insects (this is popular in some cities), monkey brain etc. *laugh* I’m not a picky eater and I can eat spicy food well, that’s for sure. Most of Asian food are spicy, so I’m definitely loving it. 🙂

So, the thing I love about Project Life is that I’m able to document all the things that I do and see, places I go to, food that I eat and culture that I experienced when I’m traveling. My spreads are always filled with not only my mundane routine photos while I’m at work, photos of my family and me, food that I eat, cafes that I frequent, photos of my scrap room, but also places that I go for work. And that’s truly the memory-keeping that I love!

And so this week, I’m so thankful that I’m able to include snippets of my days while I was in Bangkok and when I was back home too. I couldn’t be more pleased to use Poet Society Project Life Kit to document this week.


Since I used the October Afternooon Daily Flash Pocket Sleeve with 16 of 3×3 pockets on the Week 30, I had to continue the back page for this Week 31. I cut up some of the 3×4 cards from the Poet Society Project Life Kit, insert them in alternate pockets and filled up the rest with my photos from my Bangkok trip.


I printed my 3×3 photos on Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Ex printer utility software, selecting two square photos and print them on a 4×6 photos paper with border setting. I cut them up, leaving a border of a few mm which fit the 3×3 pockets perfectly. I’ll do a post on how I print these format soon.


l’ve been adding labels with some sentiments to my photos a lot lately and I usually attach them to the photos with my Tiny Attacher. You can find the coordinating Poet Society label that I used on this sunset picture here.

One of the filler cards “Tell Your Story” was cut up to 3×3, I layered a few pieces of the transparency stars and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine.


In one of the pockets from Week 30, I inserted a transparency attached with a piece of wood veneer. So, when it’s flipped over to this week, I added a printable label from here and adhered it back to back onto the wood veneer.


That orange card with a cup has a word that does not complement with the photo of me drinking ice tea so I had it covered with a transparency star and attached the printable “sweet” word by LifeLovePaper which you can find it here.


The Becky Higgins Design K Photo Pocket Pages has been my favourite protector for months mainly because of the 4×4 pocket size.

As most of my photos taken are posted in my Instagram, they’re already cropped in squares, so printing them into 4×4 is hassle free without going through any more cropping in Photoshop. All I need to do is upload them into my folder, print them on 4×6 photo papers with border setting, cut them to 4×4 and that’s it!


The diagonal paper strips that I adhered onto the photo is from one of the PL 3×4 cards. I just trimmed off two strips from the card, one with a white empty space that I stamped with the date of the photo taken, added some words and attached two small pieces of the transparency stars with my tiny attacher and cut another strip with sentiments.

Oh, I have to say that the gold rub-ons from this main Project Life kit is my absolute favourite! I basically add them onto my cards and photos and they look great just on it’s own or with other embellishments.


The squares days of the week printable by Hello Forever are really useful especially if you need to add journaling of stories or short review of a particular day. I made that card on the days I was in Bangkok, just recording short notes on what I did on those three days. I then layered them and sewed over the labels vertically.

And that Sunday to Saturday card is actually in 4×6 size but I cut it to fit the 4×4 pocket and wrote a quick review of the week. I finished it off by sewing over layered transparency stars and a printable label by Hello Forever as well.


Did I tell you how much I love the transparency stars? 😀

If I didn’t I made it pretty obvious because they’re all over my spread! *laugh*

That’s all for now.

This is a pretty long post so I’m saving up the other spread which I’ll be sharing tomorrow.

Before I leave, I’d like to share what I snagged from Studio Calico store during the pre-sale and full reveal yesterday. I’m obviously very pleased to get what I’ve been eyeing at.

In My Cart

So, here’s my list of goodies that I purchased this month.

From clockwise –

1) 4×3″ Circles Stamp Set – love this!

2) 6×8″ Page Protector #4 – to store my stamps in handbook

3) Uni-ball Impact White Gel Pen – trying out for my journaling on photos

4) 6×8″ Page Protector #3 – storing of stamps in handbook

5) Design K Photo Pocket Pages – replenishing for my pages for the rest of the year

6) Whitman (Poet Society embellishments add-on – love this!)

7) Color Theory Ink Pad Bundle – can’t wait to try them!

8) Alex & Ben Alpha Stamp Set – this would be great for adding titles to my PL cards

9) Silhouette 12×12 Cutting Mat – to replace my current piece which is not sticky anymore

I think I over indulged myself this month but I do need them. Hah! 😉

I’ll see you back tomorrow on Part 2 of my Poet Society real post!

  • Christine NewmanAugust 30, 2014 - 6:01 am

    Thanks for sharing your pages Leena! I always love to look at them and see what you’ve done with the PL main kit and printables.

  • Bernii MillerAugust 30, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Gorgeous PL spread ♥

  • Linda MorganAugust 31, 2014 - 7:42 am

    No, no monkey brains for me either. I got some k design pockets can’t wait for them to arrive and the same stamp set although I missed out on the alpha. Lovely lovely spread and thanks for going into so much detail on your post.

  • Kathy NeblettSeptember 3, 2014 - 2:28 am

    Another beautiful layout. I’d love to know what sewing machine you use

I have to say that I’ve been pretty excited (it’s an understatement!) since last week waiting for the day to come when I get to go on Paperclipping Roundtable chat show!

I have to say I was nervous as it would be my first time doing this kind of chat show. There were lots of “what if I chicken out at the last second?”, “what if I’m too shocked to even say a single word”, “what if they can’t understand what I’m babbling?”  and the list goes on and on.

When the time came and we went on air, it was already past midnight, with a cup of coffee next to me to help keep me awake, I’m a little brain dead as I’ve been awake for 18 hours and I just chat away, with a few lost connection period but overall it was a good one. I went about not knowing what I was saying the most of the 90 minutes! *laugh* But what the heck, it was all over before I knew it. I woke up this morning, played the podcast while I was getting ready for work and laughing at how hilarious I sounded.

I’ve got to say Noell and Izzy, hosts of the Paperclipping Roundtable were really wonderful and they put me at ease right away. Once again, thank you so much for inviting me to your chat show and for being so gracious, accommodating the time and date! It was a great experience for me and I’m truly ecstatic over the opportunity.

And what more could I asked for when I’m in the great company of Ali Edwards and Debby Hughes! These talented ladies and our hosts possessed such great sense of humor and they were really fun to chat with! I would do this kind of chat again a hundred times more with them, if I could. I’ve been a big fan of Ali Edwards for years and talking to her live on air was amazing! And Debby Hughes, she’s so talented and I’m a big fan of her work and she takes really wonderful photos of them too!


So, do pop over to Paperclipping and listen to our chat on how each of us photograph our projects, our process and our thoughts on taking photos of our work. I’ve posted how I photograph my Project Life some time last year and you can read it here.

Hope you’ll enjoy our chat!

Happy Wednesday!

  • Leslie GilvarAugust 30, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    I enjoyed listening to the show. Love your pages.

  • Jo BlackfordSeptember 3, 2014 - 3:02 am

    It was a really fun show! I was listening to the podcast with an image of you in my head (from instagram) sitting at your computer late at night with your coffee. And now I find that I can hear your voice when I read your blog 🙂

  • yinSeptember 6, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Just listened to the podcast, congratulations on being featured! As a fellow Singapore, so proud that you made it an international panel!

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. 😀