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I took the day off today, staying home just chilling out. I came home at midnight on Saturday from Vietnam and Sunday went too soon, so my body was screaming for a break. I’m glad I did take the day off and it was a good one.

I spent a good few hours clearing some emails, reading and chatting with Ethan in the morning. And I continued with my Project Life with some weeks that’s needing some final touch. I’ve had all my pictures printed up to Week 26 as of yesterday and I have to proudly say I’m current right now. 🙂


I’ve never come this close to being current and it took me one heck of a discipline to do that.

So, what’s my secret to staying current?

Well, I’m one person who is extremely disciplined when it comes to uploading photos every single week without fail. I do this at the end of the week, and I always spend a good one hour getting my photos transferred from my phone to my special Project Life folder. As time goes, it becomes a habit and it gets easier each time. Do this for one good year and you can do it with both eyes closed! *laugh*

Seriously, getting my photos uploaded to my folder, printing them and inserting into my page protectors even without doing anything else do help a LOT. I steal some time in between the weekdays after my boys have gone to bed, the house becomes quiet and peaceful and that’s how I get down to my pages with all the photos printed, all I need is just to add embellishments and journaling. Sometimes I can finish it off in one sitting for an hour but sometimes it’ll take me two nights but that’s fine.

I used to update my spread on the weekend but I changed my routine after I started my new job in May. My boys are my priority over the weekend because I’m starting to travel again, I lost my time with my boys on the week days. So, my time over the weekend is for them. Then again, I do bend my rules and I steal 30 minutes here and there on weekend mornings to whip up a few cards.

So, that’s my secret of staying current right now. If things change again in my work routine, I’ll have to adapt to another process. I’m quick at adjusting maybe because I could manage my time well. Let’s just say I could do with just 5-6 hours of sleep, be up for work by 7am, gets home at 7pm, have dinner and tv time with my boys, spend another few hours of ‘me’ time before I hit the sack and the cycle continues for the rest of the week. And I’ll still be ok. 🙂

I hope things are working well for you at your end. Remember to take your own time and enjoy the memory-keeping. That’s all it matters.

  • Magda MizeraJuly 1, 2014 - 2:57 am

    oh Leena, I have the same! 🙂 every Sunday evening (or Monday morning) i select photos from the whole week and send them to my print shop. they’re ready on the next day and I can work on my spreads during the week. it’s so much easier than leaving it till the end of a month or so.
    you’re the one that inspired me to start my album! ♥


  • CindyJuly 5, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    I have about the same daily routine. Only I need 6-7 hours of sleep, and my boy wakes up at 5 PM… Say bye bye to the me-time, haha! Luckely the hubby enjoyed one or two nightwatch of gaming, so I can do PL!
    Love your spreads, you are a real inspiration. However, if I try your style, it looks like a bomb went of in a scrapbook store, haha!!

  • Cele SchafferAugust 1, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Love this post and the post today on Studio Calico re: organization. I was wondering if you could give us a few more details about your printing process-what type printer,paper and how you place them on your paper…Do you use just phone for pics or particular cameras?? Love to see all your hard work and beautiful creativity-thank you so much!


If you’re still on the edge on whether to sign up for INKED 2.0, you still have time to do it! The registration will close today at 11:59 EST.

You’ll get to learn 20 new ways to get more from your stamps and Lisa Spangler and Tina Aszmus will show you just that.

When you enroll for this class, you’ll receive

  • 4 videos and 16 step by step tutorial PDFs sharing techniques for getting more from your stamps.
  • 40 all new projects (layouts, cards and pocket pages) featuring stamping
  • a class message board and gallery where you can interact with your teachers and fellow students
  • challenges during the month of July

And you’ll also receive a bonus stamp set for this class! How cool is that? I can’t wait for mine to arrive! 🙂

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See you in class tomorrow!

  • Cele SchafferAugust 1, 2014 - 8:47 am

    I apologize for the previous message request about printing-I just read your other post on your blog about it! Thanks.

Project Life | Week 24 & 25

Hello! I’ve just returned from my work trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Even though I’ve enjoyed my trip the last 5 days but I’ve really missed home, especially my boys. And I felt really bad for not being around on Ethan’s birthday. We had an early celebration the weekend before but I’m still going to make it up to it next weekend. Double celebration for this young man of mine who just turned 10 on Friday! Yikes! Double digit already?! Where did time go???? I thought I was just carrying him in my arms yesterday, burping him and changing his diapers and now he’s nearly as tall as me! I just hope he grows up a little slower, letting me enjoy him before he turns into his teens in a couple of years. Sigh…………. He’s been such an amazing boy and I’m so blessed to be his momma! I love you so much darling and here’s wishing you a wonderful 10th year ahead!

So, and here I am back and can’t wait to share with you the reveal of Studio Calico’s Penny Arcade kit! And as always or even better, this kit just tugged my heart a lifted more than the other kits. Every month the kit just gets better. And it motivates me to keep up with my Project Life, which I’m right now current! Woot woot!

I’ve had so much fun working with Penny Arcade Project Life Kit, the PL add-ons High Striker and Bottle Toss. They’re filled with gorgeous summer colors, so well coordinated with the embellishments!

I think I’ll leave it to my pages to tell you how wonderful these kit and add-ons are. 🙂

Week 24



I used a mix of High Striker and Bottle Toss on this spread. As you may have noticed lately, I’ve switched my page protector from Design A to Design K and the October Afternoon Daily Flash Pocket Sleeves with 3×3 pockets. I love these two configurations mainly because of the squares. I always print my photos from my IG so these protectors are perfect fit for my Project Life.

The other reason why I love using this square protector is the ease of printing. As I print from home, all I need is to upload my photos to my Mac, open up my printer utility, select my photos and print away! All my photos have been edited on my phone, so it saves me a lot of time getting them edited on my Mac. For printing format settings, you can read all about my process here. It also includes the type of printer and photo paper I use.

For 4×4 and 3×3 photos sizes, I print them using the Canon Pixma utility software (can be downloaded from the CD when you purchase the Pixma printer) on 4×6 photo paper with border setting.

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Each 4×4 photo fits into the 4×6 photo paper (trim to square with border) and 2 of 3×3 photos on 4×6 photo paper (also trim to squares with border). If you’re a Canon printer user, you’ll know the settings in the utility.

The wood veneer stars from High Striker are my absolute favorite! I so wish I could have more of them.

The “cool’ speech bubble cut is from Penny Arcade Cut by In A Creative Bubble. I matte it with a pattern paper from Penny Arcade Paper Pad.


I love the map card from High Striker. There’s a sheet of this map in the Penny Arcade Paper Pad. 🙂

The flower cut is by Kim Stewart. It’s just beautiful!


The ‘love’ speech bubble cut is also from Penny Arcade Cut by In A Creative Bubble.

Week 25



I used the Penny Arcade Project Life Kit only for this week’s spread.

And because all the cards came in 3×4 and 4×6, I really had no qualms cutting them up to fit the 4×4 and 3×3 pockets. In fact, I love cutting up the cards to fit them into the pockets! I think they look fabulous in these protectors and it’s a good change to what I’ve always use in the past, the Design A protector. It’s refreshing and makes me want to keep up with my Project Life, which I did. 🙂

If change is good and for the better, I would do it any time. I’m not someone who’s anal about using a fix type of item and will go ‘berserk’ if I change the routine. *laugh* I’m happy that I’m adaptable to different ideas and concepts. I can live with PL cards that’s rounded or non-rounded. I can definitely live with different size of photos, different protectors, color palettes that are not so bright and pretty etc. I can adapt with everything that comes into my hand. it won’t kill me not to have everything perfect. I’m able adapt to make it work for me. That’s my strength.


Oh I just can’t get enough of that Kal Barteski woodgrain chipboard stickers! Love it to bits!



I’m not sure if you can see it, I placed the transparent Starburst Mini Mask over the “a beautiful thing is never perfect’ card and sew a circle around the starburst. I like the finished look.


I hope you’ve managed to get what you wanted during reveal and I promise you’ll love Penny Arcade as much as I do!

Thanks so much for popping by and see ya soon!

  • ChristineJune 30, 2014 - 12:00 am

    Leena you always make everything look so bright and pretty! Because of you, I bought the OA 16 square page protector and can’t wait to use them! Thanks for the inspiration, always. 🙂

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissyJune 30, 2014 - 12:16 am

    I always love your pages and these are no exception! TFS 🙂

Hey there!

It’s been a long time since I last popped in. Life has been truly busy, at work especially. I’ve been traveling and those weeks have been like crazy with hardly any time to breathe. And then Ethan and I got sick two week ago, with both of us trying hard to recover but I guess sometimes our body just need time for a big break. For him yes, since he’s having his month long school break, so he’s able to recuperate at home. But for me, no chance at all. I continued going to work, hoping for some kind of miracle I could recover fast enough but looks like this old body needs time.

Anyway, I’d love to share some sneaks of Studio Calico new July’s kit. Oh yes, time do flies and we’re just about 8 days away before July comes! Half the year is gone just like that! I promise you’ll love the Penny Arcade kits! If you’ve not seen them, sneak away at Studio Calico’s site here.

And here are some sneaks from me for the Project Life kit and the add-ons.

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This is from the main Project Kit only.


And this is from PL add-ons High Striker and Bottle Toss.


The same goes to this, High Striker and Bottle Toss.

They’re awesome, aren’t they? The kit and add-ons are packed with some of the most amazing cards and embellishments to date. You’ll definitely want to prepare yourself this month to grab everything! *laugh*

We’re only less than a week from the reveal day, so we’ll see you then!

Have a great week ahead!

  • Linda In AusJune 23, 2014 - 12:04 am

    Awesome as always. Safe travels for the week.

  • JanayJune 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Love these pages!! Can’t wait for reveal tomorrow =)


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