Project Life | Week 51

I’m back again to share my Project Life Week 51. After trying to use up my Printshop stash on two weeks spread, I’m still left with quite a bit of things that I can still use. Imagine how much I can make use of the  Printshop collection!:)

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Here’s a close up look of the left page.

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The alphas that I used on the title card is my favorite AC Thicker “Notebook”. And the rest of the embellishments are leftovers from my previous Studio Calico Project Life kits.

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More than often I love to use Thicker alphas to highlight the name of a place & restaurant I’ve frequented. If I use them on my card, I’ll keep it minimal by adding a label and a couple of stickers.

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I think for the past few weeks spreads I’ve been trying to clear my chipboard alphas stash and used them up almost on every other cards! *laugh* Here’s another one that I used on the word “Pho” using AC Thickers Fellow.

And that ‘nom nom’ foodie stamp from Marks & Co add-on kit Woolf has been over-used again and again whenever I have photos of food. The add-on is sold out and I’m afraid the stamp itself which was sold during Studio Calico last call sale is also completely sold out.:(

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And here’s the right page of the week.

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Can you see that I’ve included more AC Thickers here? I just cannot get enough of them and I would encourage you to try using them on your Project Life pages.:)

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I didn’t journal on the bubble speech from Vellum Die Cuts but instead I adhered AC Thicker “Notebook” and Punctuation Cork Shape Thickers on it.

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And more Thickers!!

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The bubble speech from Vellum Die Cuts is another favorite item of mine from the Printshop. I used Uni-ball Signon White pen for the journaling, another favorite pen I got from my local art store. The Sketchbook charcoal alpha is from Studio Calico’s previous Snippets collection. It’s not available in SC’s store anymore but you can still get it at Two Peas here.:)

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That’s about it for this week. I think I’ll give Printshop a break after using the collection for three consecutive spreads. Oh well, you wouldn’t know I may use it again…….. soon! I hope Studio Calico will re-stock some of the out-of-stock items, I would definitely buy them again.:)

Anyway, I’m happy to announce that I’ve officially completed my Week 52! Yay! I’m so thrilled that I managed to persevere and complete the year, with of course a lot of weeks behind and then getting caught up eventually. A big pat on my shoulder! I’m also hoping to make a closing page for 2013 and I’ve already got some ideas what I’d like to do. I hope I’ll be able to share it soon together with my Week 52.

I hope you’re still going strong in catching up with your Project Life or you have already completed yours earlier. Well done to you!

See you soon and have a great week ahead!

  • TiffanyJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    Which thickers are the ones you used to put the word “factory” on the card on the right page? I’m in love with them, and have been desperate to try to find them without any luck. Thanks!

  • RubyJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Just love it, like always! :-)

    I’m crazy about that stamp saying “nom”, can’t find a shop in Germany which is selling this :-(

    Ruby

  • FindingnanaJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    Hi Tiffany,
    It’s actually from Studio Calico’s previous collection Snippets (a year ago) and it’s called Sketchbook in charcoal but I’m afraid it’s no longer available in SC but you can still buy it at Two Peas here http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/studio-calico/138848-charcoal-sketchbook-snippets-printed-chipboard-thickers/. :)
    xo
    Leena

  • TiffanyJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Thank you so much! :]

  • Linda in AusJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Love those notebook Thickers and thanks i will challenge myself to use more Thickers on this weeks PL.

  • GiuseppinaJanuary 21, 2014 - 4:18 am

    Love your work! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

  • NatalieJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:23 am

    I love the clean/white look to your pages. It’s something I am going to try and incorporate for my 2014 album. Do you just buy the PL plain white cards and use those? Also, I would love to see your 2014 title page ;) As always, I love you work! Thanks for posting!

  • evaJanuary 23, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    as usual, i love your layouts. i can’t wait to see your final page. i’m all done but want to do a year in review type page and am drawing blanks! could use some inspiration. :-)

  • dawnJanuary 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Hello, I have just found your blog and love your Project Life style. Watched your videos about 2x each, awesome!!

    I had a question though, when doing the next weeks pages, do you start with fresh new journal cards or do you do them right on the back of the ones there already?

    So happy your enjoying PL and have found what works for you. I’ve been doing them since day one and can’t imagine life without them now. Makes keeping our memories so much easier then the scrapping I used to do.

    Thanks so much for sharing and for the fun videos, keep them coming please!

  • FindingnanaJanuary 25, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Hi Dawn,
    Yes, I always start a fresh new journal card when I start a new week.
    xo
    Leena

  • FindingnanaJanuary 25, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    I always use Studio Calico 4×3 and 4×6 grid cards. :)
    xo
    Leena

  • FindingnanaJanuary 25, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    I always use the Studio Calico 4×3 and 4×6 grid cards. :)
    xo
    Leena

Project Life | Week 50

Two Sundays ago I had a Project Life marathon again, trying to catch up with the remaining weeks of my 2013 Project Life and here I am, with my completed Week 50 and Week 51 which I’ll post soon.

Right now, I’m working on my Week 52 and Week 1 of 2014 with the new Studio Calico Sugar Rush kits. This will be revealed on the 27 January. All I can say is the kit is simply amazing!:)

So, here’s Week 50, using Becky Higgins Midnight core kit as the base of my cards, adding bits and pieces of embellishments from the leftover of my other month Studio Calico kits.

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Here’s a closer look at the left page.

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The Thickers alpha is called Sketchbook and I believe it was from Snippets, one of Studio Calico Winter collections released back in January 2013. I’m trying to use up my Thickers as much as I can and I love to see them on my title card.

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Another Thickers alpha called Kitten. It’s good to use them as enlarged title on the Project Life card. The white bubble speech paper clip is from my shop.:)The hearts wood veneer is from Printshop as well. Unfortunately, it’s sold out in SC. I hope they’ll bring it back soon! Love them to bits!

And the “best” word is from Color Wash Chipboard Title Stickers from Pink Paislee.

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The Thickers black alphas hidden partially behind the photo is Sketchbook. I’ve also added the blue speech bubble clip from my shop and some words from Printshop Tiny Word Stickers. The badge is from SC kit and wood veneer is SC Yearbook Wood Veneer.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always working with some of my must-have items for my Project Life, that would include wood veneer and labels. You could almost see them in almost all the weeks I worked on.

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And on this right page, you can see that I’ve added a whole lot of Thickers and I love how they stood out amongst my white base cards. By adding these alphas, I would keep my embellishments to the minimal. just adding a few pieces of wood veneer, flair button, paper clips from my shop, and small pieces of stickers.

And some closer look at the cards.

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And again, my essentials of embellishments would be just labels, paper clips and alphas. I like my cards to be clean and these few items would be sufficient to complete the cards.

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You can find the orange camera paper clip here in my shop and the speech bubble wood veneer is from Freckled Fawn.

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The yellow stars and mini alphas stickers were from the past Studio Calico kits.

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I seriously cannot get enough of the Thickers alphas! They’re so easy to use and it pops up right at your face.:)

I’ll be back soon to share my Week 51 in the next day or two.

And once again, thank you for taking time to drop by my blog and for all your love messages and emails. I promise I’ll reply to each and every of you in the next few days. I need to make time for it!;)

See ya!

  • LaudiciaJanuary 17, 2014 - 4:22 am

    As usual, amazing spreads! Are you planning on posting a new video? (please do… it’s so cool to see your process) Love the new design of your blog by the way: clean and colorful. ^_^

  • MichelleBJanuary 17, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    These pages are gorgeous! Love your style and that black alphabet!

  • myeJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    amazing page as ever!!
    Leena what’s the brand you are using to stamp the date? I’ve been looking for that kind (day/month/year) all I can find is the month/day/year.
    Thanks!

  • pamelaJanuary 21, 2014 - 12:50 am

    I love how you use the “3″ as “E”… because there are never enough “E” :D

Sugar Rush Sneaks

It’s sneak day at Studio Calico today!

The Sugar Rush kits and add-ons are simply gorgeous and they’re screaming SPRING! They’re filled with so much pretty colors and the embellishments are just perfect!

Since the day my box arrived at my doorstep last week, I’ve been admiring at them everyday and I’ve finally dived into the kits last weekend. I had so much fun putting my spreads together!:)

Here’s a couple of sneaks of my Project Life using the main PL kit, Ring Pop (PL add-on 1), Cherry Sours (PL add-on 2) and Lollies (add-on stamp set).

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The above sneaks are using Sugar Rush Project Life main kit.

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These two sneaks are on main PL kit, Ring Pop (PL add-on 1) and Lollies (add-on stamp set).

And if you’re a cat lover (I am both cats and dogs lover!), this adorable Cat Lover’s Mini Kit will be perfect for you! This is exclusive for subscribers and you can purchase this here and it will be shipped together with your monthly sub with no additional shipping fee. It’s available only for a limited time while supplies last.

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Don’t forget to come back for the Sugar Rush full reveal on the 27th January.

I hope you have already list down what you want to get from this kit.:)

See ya soon during reveal!

  • RubyJanuary 15, 2014 - 6:06 am

    OMG! That all looks so sweet..!!!

Back in early December, I received a surprise email from Wrappz, Europe’s largest producer of personalized cases and custom skins for mobile devices including phones, iPads, iPods, laptops, game consoles etc., asking me if I would be interested to review one of their products.

Frankly speaking, I was a bit skeptical at first on the quality of their products (that was before I visited their website and receiving the actual case) because I ordered a personalized iPhone case a couple of years ago from another website, which I can’t remember the name anymore and the quality was pretty sucky. I was clearly disappointed at that time paying so much for such an over-hyped personalized cover.

Oh well, I was being biased and I thought why not give it a try. I looked through Wrappz website and read more about what they have to offer and saw some pretty amazing pictures of cases that look like the quality may be a lot better that my previous iPhone case. And so I decided that I’d like to try out a personalized case for my iPad mini which was gifted to me by my hubby on my 40th Birthday last March.

I’ve had in mind that I wanted to personalize the case using one of the pictures of me and Ethan taken during our family photoshoot early December before I went to Phuket for our family vacation. I went to the main page of Wrappz and selected iPads under Device and it brought me to the page where I can choose the personalized iPad case.

From here, it was just a few simple steps to order my case. 1) select type of iPad, in this case iPad mini for my choice 2) choose the image from my computer where my picture was stored & click upload 3) drag my image over the iPad mini case and position it or re-size it where I want my image to be 4) place my order. That’s it! It was totally hassle free and I did it in less than 5 minutes.:)

And about than two weeks later around Christmas, I received my personalized iPad mini case all the way from UK.

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Oh boy, you should see how my face lit up like Christmas tree when I took out my case from the package! I was amazed by the print quality of the picture on the case. The colors are brilliant, image is sharp (my picture was taken in high resolution with DSLR) and it was exactly what I see my picture on my laptop screen. Even my hubby and Ethan commented how great it looks. In fact, it was stunning!

I flipped it around and scrutinized the details of the image printed on the case and saw how the image wrapped around  the case in such precision.

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And the case is so light when I held it in my hand!

I immediately placed my iPad mini into the case and it fits perfectly! It didn’t feel that it’s wrapping my iPad mini too tight and I could easily peel off one corner and it was removed easily. The case is even quite flexible and it can be bent a little without feeling like it’s some cheap plastic that will break easily.

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The opening part at the bottom of the case also allows me to insert my cable to charge easily without being partially covered. I’ve seen some cases sold in the retail store actually covers part of that and it’s quite irritating that you need to remove the case to charge the iPad. I’m just glad this isn’t the problem here.:)

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The case even allows easy access to the volume control and the lock buttons on the side of the iPad. The same goes to the camera and power buttons.

I have to say that the quality of this case is way above what I’ve expected. For the price of 24.99 Euro, it is definitely value for money compared to a lot of non-personalized cases in the retails store which cost a lot more than this. I’ve been carrying my iPad mini in my handbag when I go out the past few weeks and I feel so proud using it with my personalized case and getting compliments from my friends and colleagues  at work. My iPad has also been “roughly” handled my Ethan and it was placed carelessly on uneven surface but there’s not even a scratch on my case! So awesome!

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I’m so happy and glad that I decided to personalize my iPad mini case with Wrappz and I know for sure I’ll be ordering them as gifts for my family and friends, and even another case for myself using designs created by their team of artists.

Wrappz is most kind to offer my readers a FREE personalized skin (made of high quality 3M material) when you visit their website! How awesome is that! All you have to do is pay for the postage, which is very minimal as the skin is very light. Please use the voucher code freeskin when you order a personalized skin for your device during check out. I hope you’ll try this for yourself and I’m sure you’ll love their product as much as I do.:)

Once again, thank you Wrappz for letting me try your amazing case and for offering my readers complimentary skin!

  • pamelaJanuary 14, 2014 - 12:41 am

    You look no where near 40 o_O Anyway, I’m definitely going to recommend this to a few friends :)

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissyJanuary 14, 2014 - 1:57 am

    What a great picture!! Love the wrap too!

  • Kirstie MacGowanJanuary 14, 2014 - 9:33 am

    I’ve just gone and ordered a cover for my phone! Thanks for the voucher! :)

  • MichelleBJanuary 17, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Love that picture! Thank you for the great review AND the code! My mini is going to be happy!

Hello there!

We’re now into Week 2 of 2014, are you settling in nicely? I certainly am! I’ve been doing quite a bit of planning on my blog posts for the month of January and I’ve written them on my diary. This is something that I’d like to work on this year, more planning to get me organized on my thoughts and what I want to do to make this space more interesting for my readers to drop by regularly and hope they will gain some insights of my Project Life.

I’ve had a lot of people asking me over here, my Instagram and through emails how I organize my photos that I use for my Project Life, do I print from home, what size of photos do I print, what phone apps do I use to edit my photos etc.

So, I’m going to share a few things on my photo organization, photo printing from home and my favorite phone apps that I cannot live without.

Photo Organization

Like the past two years since I started Project Life, I created a special folder to store all the photos I’ve taken every week. They are stored in my external hard disk so they don’t take up memory space of my Mac. In this folder which I’ve named it Project Life 2014, I created another 52 sub-folders which I’ve labeled according to the weeks and dates that run from Monday to Sunday. So, all the photos I’ve taken with my iPhone and DSLR are downloaded and saved in to these folders.

When I’m ready to print my photos for my Project Life, I would go straight to the week and select what I want to print. These sub-folders work really well for me as I can locate the photos very easily without searching all over my hard disk for them. If I have photos taken during an event or vacation, I would create separate folders just for them and date them such as “Ethan’s Birthday_27June2013″ or “Phuket Vacation_07-10Dec2013″ (not within this Project Life 2014 folder).

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How often do I download my photos from my phone to my hard disk?

I do this at least once a week, usually towards the end of the week when I’m ready to move the photos I’ve taken with my iPhone for the week into the folder that I’ve labeled in my external hard disk.

I use iPhoto to stream/download/import my photos from my phone and DSLR to this photo library. I know iPhotos can do wonders with your photos such as organize them using faces, places and event and create folders to organize the photos but I just use this mainly to import my photos and then I will copy them immediately into my Project Life weekly folders. I don’t use the iPhotos to sort my pictures.

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So, once my pictures are transferred to my Project Life weekly folders, I will delete the pictures from iPhoto to clear space for the next download.

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Do I print from home?

Yes I do and have been doing this for years and years!

I’m currently using my 2nd Canon printer over the span of 5 years and I’ve been a big fan of Canon since I switched from HP. I own a Pixma iP4970 and it produces really great quality prints with brilliant colors. This printer can print up to letter size paper but I usually print on A4 and 4×6 photo papers for my Project Life. I use this to print my Studio Calico digital printable as well before I cut them with my Silhouette Cameo.

If you’re deciding whether to get a regular printer just like mine or a Selphy, which I’ve known a lot of people are deciding which printer to invest, it really depends on what you want to print. If you just want to print photos of 4×6 and smaller, then Selphy will be a good buy. But if you’re like me who wants to print multi images in one sheet of A4 or letter size photo paper or larger image size such as 6×8 or 10×8, then the regular size printer is for you.

You may also decide on a Selphy if you have space constraint. I’m sure you would want the convenience of reaching out to your printer whenever you want to use it. The regular printer size is a lot bigger and if you have limited space on your table, you will find it inconvenient to store it away some place and having to bring it out again when you want to print. Some people may find it a hassle but I’m fine with it. I’ve been doing this for years until recently I bought a shelf which is now parked next to my table, I’m able to connect my Mac to the printer directly and print right away.

I’ll share with you why I prefer a regular printer than a Selphy later in this post.:)

Photo Printing

I use only Canon photo paper to print my pictures. I’m not a big fan of glossy photo paper, so print my pictures with Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss with a satin finish. The prints result on this paper is perfect and I don’t get finger print marks on them and I don’t get the shiny effect when I photograph my Project Life spread.

I buy the A4 size which comes in 20 sheets of photo paper in a pack and the 4×6 size in a pack of 5o sheets. I use the A4 size for multiple prints and the 4×6 size for two 3×4 prints and a full 4×6 prints.

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I usually work one week behind on my Project Life, for example I will work on Week 1 on the weekend of Week 2. I will spend about 30 minutes or lesser to print and cut up one week’s worth of photos. My photos are usually downloaded days earlier before I print them so I don’t spend too much time downloading and printing on the same day.

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When you buy a Canon printer, it comes with the Easy-PhotoPrint utility in CD or it can be downloaded in their website under the Support and Download menu.

Once I open up this utility on my Mac, I will be able to select the images I want to print from my folders in my hard disk. What I love about this utility is it allows me to choose different types of print layout. I love to be able to print multi images in an A4 size photo paper. I print 95% of my Project Life photos in the wallet size layout, which can fit up to 9 images in one A4 size sheet.

I can print my landscape and vertical photos all in one sheet of photo paper and cut them with my paper trimmer leaving about 2mm white border around my photos. Each of this wallet size photos measure approximately 2.5″ x 3.5″ without the border.

This is the one of the reasons why I prefer a regular size printer compared to a Selphy. I can save time printing multiple images in one sheet of photo paper in wallet size which fits onto my Project Life card perfectly and allows me to add embellishments on the card as well.:)

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I do the same for all my Instagram square images. I select the same 9-photos wallet size layout and print them on an A4 size photo paper. The size of each square image is 2.5″ x 2.5″.

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Sometimes I like to print 3×4 photos, so I just pick two images from my folder and select the Borderless layout that fits two images in one 4×6 photo paper show below. I just cut them up and insert them straight into the 3×4 page protector pocket. It fits perfectly!

If I want to print a single 4×6 image, I just choose the full Borderless or with Border layout and print it on a 4×6 photo paper.

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As I mentioned earlier, the print quality from this printer is brilliant. It’s as close to the actual photo I see on my phone screen. I choose to print with high resolution setting even though it will consume more ink but the result is pretty amazing.

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The ink on the paper doesn’t smudge and it completely dries up once it finishes printing. I don’t have to leave them aside to dry before I insert them into my Project Life page protector.

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I used to cut up my photos without any borders but I changed my preference to cutting them up with borders for my 2013 Project Life. So, I’m going to continue to leave my photos with a white border. Some how it looks nicer that way.:)

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If you ask me if printing from home will be expensive because of the ink consumption or sending photos to the photo printing service will be a better option?

Well, I really can’t answer that question. It really depends on your printing frequency and habits. I love to print my pictures in high resolution which takes up a lot of ink but it produce great quality images. I print one spread worth of pictures once a week and once or twice a month on my digital printable that I use on my Project Life. My inks may probably last me between 2-3 months. Sometimes it can last longer. Printing from home is so convenient and it keeps me current on my Project Life because I can print my photos right away once I download them onto my hard disk. It also allows me to have better control of the print layout and size. This is the main reason I’ve been printing from home for years.:)

Favorite Photo Apps

Here are some of my favorite phone apps that I use everyday to take photos and edit them.

 

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Camera Awesome – I don’t use my iPhone camera feature but instead I downloaded this app and it makes a whole lot of difference on the clarity and sharpness of my images. Try this, I’ve recommended it to a lot of my friends and they love it!

Snapseed & VSCO Cam – These are the two main photo editing apps I’ve been using for ages. I don’t do a whole lot of editing on my pictures, just a tweak on the brightness, contrast and saturation. I rarely use preset filters unless I want a certain effect on my photos but I hardly do.

PhotoShake - This is one favorite app that I use to make a collage of my weekly Instagram photos. I will pick 16 photos and shake it until I’m happy with the layout of my photos. I use this to wrap up my week of all the photos I’ve taken for the week.

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These are my other favorite apps that I use occasionally.

PicTapGo – This is developed by Totally Rad! If you’re a fan of filters and prefers a quick fix to your photos, this is a great go-to app. Just pick your photo, tap on the filter and it’s good to go!:)

TimerCam – I love to use this self-timer cam when I need to take a selfie photo. Just set your phone on a flat surface and take a shot of yourself at your table at your work place, while you’re doing the dishes and laundry, working on your project at your scrap room, on work trip if you’re alone and no one to snap a picture of you etc.

Over – Sometimes I like to add text on my photo, I’ll use this fabulous app. It has all my favorite fonts and I love how easy it is to change the font colors, sizes etc.

Flipagram – Another favorite app of mine! I love using this app to make slide show of my photos taken throughout the month or I compile my whole year favorite photos and make it into a year in review/memories.

So, this is quite a post isn’t it? I hope you’re still with me and not falling asleep halfway through the post. *laugh* I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how I organize my photos for my Project Life, my photo printing process and some of my favorite phone apps that I use on a daily basis.

The reviews that I made today on my photo organization, photo printing from home and phone apps are from my personal experiences and my own preferences. You may find some of the tips will help to make it work better for you but some of you have your own system, process and preference. Whichever it is, just make sure you’re comfortable with adopting the system and process that works well for you and enables you to stay organized, improves the workflow of your Project Life and enjoying it all at the same time. For those who are embarking on Project Life for the first time this year, just move along and you’ll find your momentum in no time within a couple of weeks or months. You’ll learn through your experience and you’ll get better eventually. We’ve been through this when we first started Project Life so we understand it can be overwhelming from the start but keep in mind that, the simpler your process the easier you’ll stay current.

I’ll be back soon on my next post on organization of my Project Life kits.

Have a great week ahead!:)

  • pamelaJanuary 9, 2014 - 2:50 am

    Love your review :) I’m thinking of switching over from Selphy to a regular printer. Even though printing at home is a bit more expensive, I love the convenience of it and it’s easier to keep up with PLs. On to a fabulous 2014!

  • AshleyJanuary 9, 2014 - 2:55 am

    What great timing with this post. I’m starting my foray into Project Life this month and was recently gifted the Canon Pixma that I wanted. With this tutorial, I’m golden. Thanks!

  • Betsy SkagenJanuary 9, 2014 - 3:38 am

    I don’t do project lif, and an already set with printers, but you provide a lot of valuable information. I’m going to check out which of these apps are available on android.

  • MaeJanuary 9, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Leena, thanks so much for sharing! Your PL is awesome! Always inspired by u. :D Looking forward to see your 2014 PL. Have a great week too!

  • Linda in AusJanuary 9, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Yay i love my Canon printer as well and had to get a new one late last year, i still got a Canon as i love them so much. I even bought one for Caitlin to take up to Port hedland.
    Thanks for the great informative post i always print at home and very similar to what you do. I appreciate all of the time it must have taken to write this post, thanks Leena.

  • MichelleJanuary 9, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    This is just what I needed… Thank you so much for an in-depth look at your process. I wasn’t falling asleep at the end of your post I was thrilled to read it from top to bottom…lol. Thank you-thank you-thank you :)

  • AriannaJanuary 9, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    I’m a fan of your blog and this was a lovely post!
    Exactly what I needed!
    I’m about to start my scrapbook for Europe and I am planning to print out my pictures (for ease of choosing sizes, etc), I am also using a Canon printer (MX722) which prints very nice pictures.
    My question is about fading. Have you experienced any fading in your years of printing photos? It would break my heart to open up this scrapbook 20yrs from now and have half the pictures faded.

    I am not using Canon photo paper (I will be using store brand paper – Staples and Costco (Kirkland) both of which have great reviews, but no info about fading)

    Would I be better off sending these photos to the photolab?

  • maraJanuary 10, 2014 - 5:06 am

    Leena, thanks a million for this post! I was just searching my favorite blogs 2 nights ago for a post just like this! I just started PL this year and am trying to see what other PLers use (printers, photo paper, fun gadgets!). I have an HP and I just don’t love it so I am on the lookout for a Canon printer. I just find all your PL pics on here and IG so inspirational! thank you!

  • Kirstie MacGowanJanuary 10, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Thanks for this awesome post. I have the same printer and have never even thought about using the wallet or 3×4 border less options in the canon program.

    This will make my printing MUCH more enjoyable which will make all the difference with my motivation!

  • AnnJanuary 10, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    thank you so much for these calendars – I will use them for sure for my own organisation. Also, I have found your free journalling cards, which I love – thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  • AnitaPJanuary 10, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Great post! Thanks so much for sharing your process. Very helpful! :)

  • angelica dominguezJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:48 am

    Does anyone know where I can get the Canon printer? I’m ready to purchase one – but I don’t know where to get this printer or a similar printer.

  • AngelineJanuary 12, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    It’s a long read, but I’m sure I’ve learnt a lot, especially because I’ve been thinking (for the longest time) whether or not I should get a printer! Thanks for the advice, I’ll get them once I graduate this year (because my table really has no space now & I wanna invest in a better printer).

  • Kim HJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:46 am

    Leena I absolutely L-O-V-E your PL style!! Such an inspiration. I am starting PL for the first time this year and I’m definitely going to incorporate some of the things you talked about to make my process simpler. Thanks for the great post!!

    @Angelica Dominguez…I have a Canon Pixma MG5320 and I got mine from Amazon. They normally have some pretty good prices and if you have Prime you get free 2-day shipping. Hope this helps. :-)

  • FindingnanaJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Hi Angelica,
    The model I’m using is no longer in production. You may want to get something similar. Which country do you reside in?
    Leena

  • Donna GibsonJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Leena, thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to write such a detailed and informative post!

  • MeaganJanuary 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Thanks so very much for taking the time to do this post, I really needed it :) answers lots of my questions hehe

  • TraceyFebruary 10, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Thanks so much for doing this Leena – this has been a huge help!

  • JennaMarch 11, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Be careful with inks and at home printing! Longevity is usually 10 years or less!

  • Ceci V.May 6, 2014 - 12:09 am

    Came here after your comment on Instagram about printing 2x2s just to find out that A4 is not sold in the USA, darn it! I guess I will have to do it with letter size.

    Thanks for this post Leena!

  • DhiniMay 23, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Hoi Findingnana… I make it with this too but my pictures not square. How do you that?
    I want to print pictures with square result

    Thak you for your answering

  • FindingnanaMay 25, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    Hi Dhini,
    You can use phone apps such as Snapseed, Picframe etc to crop your photos into square format.
    Leena

  • DhiniJune 7, 2014 - 5:18 am

    But my another pictures I make with DSLR camera and I must the photos in my smartphone to edit square
    Snapsneed sometimes doen’t work for my smartphone