Blue Note Sneaks

Have I been gone that long? Well, 2 weeks absence from this blog is considered a long period but then again, I have good reasons for being away this long.;)

Anyway, back to the topic of this post. Yes, I’ve got some sneaks for you of my Project Life using Studio Calico latest kit Blue Note, which will soon be released on the 27th, US time (28th in Singapore).

I cannot tell you how much fun I had playing with the Blue Note kits and I strongly believe you will love it too!:)

Here are sneaks of my Week 42 using just the main Project Life Kit. I’m absolutely loving the palette of this kit, aqua, lavender, yellow, red, they’re all my favorite colors!

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And another couple of sneaks using a mix of PL kit, PL add-on (Armstrong), SB add-on 2 (Bennett), Card add-on (Cole) and all the Blue Note printable.

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See you soon on reveal day!:)

pamelaNovember 25, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Love the bright colours and the sharp quality of your photos!

Project Life | Week 41

Project Life | Week 41

I’ve been in a rut the past two weeks. When the weekends came, I was all geared up in the morning, so ready to sit down and catch up with my Project Life. But somehow, I got distracted and found myself roaming around the house like a lost soul. And then I wasted hours and end up not doing anything productive. There are days like that once in every few months I would feel all inspired when I woke up in the morning but when the time passes, my energy level just dropped and I just don’t feel like doing anything.

I think this happens to a lot of you and I believe it is ok to take a break. Sometimes we need to take a step back, not do anything crafty and just rest. When time comes, we will be re-energized and ready to move forward. Life can be hectic most days, more so when some of us have a full time job (or a full time mom!), with a family to attend to, doing homework with our kids, attend their school activities etc. By the end of the day, we’re left with little or no energy to even lift up a finger. So, I would tell myself it is alright to give my body and mind a rest. And I’ll be up and running again in no time doing what I love to do and enjoying it.:)

So, last weekend I had some time to complete another week of my Project Life spread. And I made another attempt to video my process again! This time, I had help from the hub to set my tripod and I used my DSLR to video my PL instead of my phone camera. I love that it produced a better resolution video, not the best but it looks great to me. I’m definitely happy how it turned out. But I’ve had such a hard time getting it to upload to Youtube. It took me almost one full day after a few failed attempts. I’m not sure what happened but I think it’s got to do with the video layout or size. Or maybe my wifi is working really slow. I think it might be time to upgrade the speed of my wifi soon. It seemed to take ages for me to upload my video to Youtube and it frustrates me! It made me feel like I suck big time on posting videos! *laugh*

Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy my video again and to those of you who have subscribed to my Youtube and leaving me lovely messages, thank you so much for taking time to watch my first video! Your words really do encourage me to try to make another one. I hope as time goes, I’ll make better videos to share how I put my Project Life pages together. I may not do it regularly, maybe once a month if time permits.

This week I used the Midnight core kit as the base of my spread. You would know by now how much I love this kit and I use it at least on two weeks pages in a month. The other weeks I use Studio Calico PL kit. This kit’s cards have lots of white based with a nice touch of colors and graphics, not too busy. That’s the main reason why I love it so much. It’s just plain clean and simple.:)

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When working on my cards, there are a few basic products that I love to use on my Midnight kit. They are considered my top few must-have favorite products which you can see that I’ve used over and over again the past 41 weeks. They are

* Wood veneer ~ I got most of mine from Studio Calico and Freckled Fawn.

* Printable labels ~ they are mainly from Studio Calico shop in their digital section.

* Alpha stickers ~ I use a lot of Thickers and the mini stickers from my Studio Calico monthly PL kit.

* Stamps ~ I have a huge collection of stamps which I’ve collected from my Studio Calico monthly kits.

* Enamel dots ~ this is one of my all time favorites and I use them every week on my spreads. I have a decent collection mostly from from My Mind’s Eye and Basic Grey.

Basically these are the products I would use more often that the others.

How about you? Do you have any favorite products that you always like to work with and use on your Project Life spread all the time?

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I didn’t get a chance to photograph my complete page before it turned dark the other day, so I’ll share them when I get the chance this weekend.

Thanks again for dropping by and have a great week ahead!

Amie Lamm-GriffinNovember 12, 2013 - 10:29 pm

I love that swirl cut! Did you make it? Is it something I can find at the Silhouette shop?

Linda in AusNovember 12, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Great pages and wonderful video, I use the same go to-s as you especially the enamel dots although I must try and use my stamps more. Can’t believe you filmed that on your DSLR-wonderful.
Joe ( my son) has just bought a go pro camera maybe I should borrow it..oh and guess what’s on its way? My new instax90 got a bargain to good to resist.
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? Ha I always leave it to the last minute.
Xx

Marie-PierreNovember 13, 2013 - 12:26 am

Hi Leena! :) I enjoyed your video very much!! It might be a lot of work, but keep them coming! :) I have a question about the size of your photos. Are they 3.5×3.5 and 3×4? I think that’s what makes your PL different and cute! No big 4×6 photos. :) and you can use bigger tags to journal on. I’m always printing my photos in 4×6 and 3×4 so I have only the option of going with a tiny tiny tag if I want to add a tag on the photo. I’ll try it your way to see how it works for me. :) thanks for the inspiration!! And for the 2014 calendars!!!! :) Marie xx

pamelaNovember 13, 2013 - 2:45 am

Love watching you create!

Heather MillarNovember 13, 2013 - 5:34 am

Your videos are GREAT! They have completely motivated me to set up a PL station and get busy! Keep them coming! I have watched your first one three times already! :)

myriamMGNovember 13, 2013 - 6:12 am

thanks for these seven mns in your company ! I really like the way you work and play with your PL !

Julie {CalleLillyCafe}November 14, 2013 - 4:11 am

Love your pages as always! I love all the tiny details too!

AliNovember 18, 2013 - 7:44 am

loved this little video! thanks for sharing! what ink do you use (black ink) – it comes out so clear!

FindingnanaNovember 18, 2013 - 11:22 am

Hi Ali,
I’m using Versafine ink in Onyx Black. It gives a very clear and sharp effect. Love it! :)
xo
Leena

ArianneNovember 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest!
You got me interested in Project Life! I’m still intrigued by the product and haven’t decided to purchase it yet.
You take PL to a whole other level though! The reason I’m too afraid to buy it is because I am not as creative as you are! The way you can put things together amazes me! =)
I love that you have youtube videos now. It’s very inspiring

Jubilee E-Book

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Studio Calico has just announced their first e-book! The Jubilee e-book will feature 100 projects and designs from some of your favorite Studio Calico Creative Team members and friends. For your first look into the Jubliee e-book, click here to download the PDF to your computer, phone, or tablet. You can order now through 17 November and the Jubilee e-book and kit is 34.99 and ships for free! How awesome is that!

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You’ll be able to follow along as the Studio Calico Creative Team & friends show off their favorite projects with the Jubilee kit! This kit contains a party ready mix of 8×8″ bright patterned papers from Studio Calico, Life Love Paper, Echo Park and Basic Grey. Record all of your happy days with an exclusive 4×6″ stamp set and wood veneer accents from Life Love Paper, badges from Hello Forever and a one of a kind mini Mister Huey’s Color Mist. The Jubilee e-book and kit is perfect for weekend crops – you’ll have inspiration and the perfect mix of product all in one!

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As part of your purchase, you’ll also receive access to exclusive digital files – printables from Hello Forever, cut files from In A Creative Bubble and Shanna Noel, and a digital version of the kit stamps. These will be placed on your “My Digital Files” page on November 17th.

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ebook printables

If you need more information on the e-book and to pre-order your Jubilee e-book and kit, please do visit the pre-sale page here.

Here’s a peek of one of my projects I’ve contributed to this e-book!:D

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FREE 2014 Printable Calendar 4×4

Hey there!

I’m back with another calendar freebies for you as promised. But this time, they’re in squares.:D

2014 Calendar 4x4

You can download the printable A4 size PDF files HERE and print them as many time as you like. All I’m asking from you is not to claim this as your own. It’s not necessary to credit me but I’d be happy if you do.:)

The cards measure exactly 4″ x 4″ each and you will find 3 PDF files in the downloadable folder link.

Enjoy printing them!

AmaliaNovember 5, 2013 - 12:47 am

I wanted to take a moment to thank you!!!! This is beautiful and I already know where I’ll use it next year!!!
Que tengas un lindo día.
Amalia

Linda in AusNovember 5, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Thanks Leena i will be printing this for next year, it will sit next to my Mac and i will think of you every time i use it.

GiuliNovember 5, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Thanks for the calendar. The measure is perfect for my next project! Thank you so much!
If you want, on my blog, you can win 48 mini prints by Social Print Studio.
… just to share.
Have wonderful day,

KarenNovember 6, 2013 - 5:44 am

Thanks so much! I’m quite sure they’ll find their way onto a PL page or two next year!

Lillian M.November 11, 2013 - 5:24 am

THANK YOU, Thank you, and thank you :)
I love both sets, and I will be using them on different projects.

Julie {CalleLillyCafe}November 14, 2013 - 4:13 am

Super cute & thank you!

Terry OrtwineNovember 19, 2013 - 7:34 am

This is perfect for what I needed and has already been printed out! Thank you so much for the share!!!

GingerNovember 23, 2013 - 1:32 am

Thankyou!!

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TammyDecember 9, 2013 - 4:17 am

I Love your calendars you maade to print….Just what I need to make my family calendars for Christmas this year…Good work…
I just dont know what background to use to fit for the whole year…Thanks so much….

nicoleDecember 12, 2013 - 3:31 pm

thanks

lumaDecember 17, 2013 - 12:46 am

beautiful calendar. keep it up. Thank you very much

nathelJanuary 21, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Thank you so much for this clendar !

Sam N. ColterFebruary 24, 2014 - 6:43 am

Thanks for the calendar. It looks 1000x better than the publisher & very simple at the same time.

December Daily 2013 | Organization & Cover Page

Did I mention that I really love the December Daily Kit by Studio Calico? *laugh* I think I did, like a 1000x over and over again.;)

Anyway, I’ve finally unpacked my December Daily kit last week and organized them into my wooden drawer, which was originally used for my PL stuff. It’s a perfect drawer to store all the cards, stickers, wood veneer and other bits and pieces of embellishments. I’ve also used a small wire basket I got from my local store ages ago to store some washi tapes that I pulled out from my own collection. I picked out colors such as gold, red, green and grey to coordinate with the overall theme. I’m just setting them aside in case I need to use them on my pages.

For smaller items such as the confetti, brads, clips, badges and sequins, I arranged them in my flower shape watercolor palette I bought from my local art store, Art Friend. I think if you google online, you can find this palette elsewhere. It’s definitely one of my favorite organization products. It’s cheap and good! *laugh*

When you purchase the December Daily kit from Studio Calico, you will also receive bonus digital printables and die cuts (which is exclusive for the kit and will not be available in SC shop) in your dashboard. I’ve cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and set them aside in a small container. In the coming weeks, I will be cutting up more die cuts from my own collection which will be related to Christmas/holiday season.

I will be pulling out a few more coordinating stuff from my own stash in the coming days and set them aside with the kit. I may or may not use them, I just want to be sure they’re there if I do need to. I would probably pull out some transparency, paper manila tags, mini alpha stickers, paper clips from my online shop, wood veneer, stamps, badges from my own shop. I’ll see how it goes along the way.

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I’ve also cut out some die cuts that comes together with the printable made available for this December Daily kit. It’s my first time cutting it on glitter paper and I’m happy it turned out well.:)The glitter paper is from American Craft Pow! collection. You can either purchase it from Studio Calico shop here or you can buy them at your own local store. I only bought one silver piece to try out but since it turned out well, I’m going to be getting more of the silver and gold glitter papers.

The setting on Silhouette Studio is Glitter Paper setting with blade #6. It cuts through really clean.

For printables, you can read my tutorial here on how to print and cut them using Silhouette.

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I know that Christmas is being celebrated globally. Some in a big way, filled with snow, hunting of trees, lots of presents etc. We do celebrate Christmas in Singapore in a big way too, except without the snow! *laugh* Well, I would say our Christmas is usually very wet as we head towards the year end where the monsoon season arrives. But we still embrace the Christmas spirit like everyone else in the world. The streets in the city are lined with bright and beautiful lightings, the malls are decked with beautiful decos and people are buzzing around shopping gifts for their loved ones.

Irregardless of how Christmas are celebrated all over the world, I think the main important thing is how we celebrate and embrace the tradition and magical moment during this season. And for a change, I’ll like to document this celebration for the first time. I’ll try my best to approach the 25 days documentation leading to Christmas with an open heart and to enjoy every details of my days together with my family.

Today I would also like to share what I’ve done on the cover of my handbook. As this will be my first time doing December Daily, I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from Ali Edwards on her current preparation of her 2013 handbook album and also from her past years December Daily process. You can read all of them here.

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I wanted a very neutral look on my cover, not too much gold or silver or red. I’m trying to find a balance so it doesn’t look overly cluttered with extreme colors. The beautiful exclusive handbook album from the December Daily Kit comes in raw chipboard cover with embossed stars and binded with gorgeous red linen. I’ve seen that Ali Edwards painted her cover beautifully and added just alpha wood veneer to complete her cover. Very simple and lovely. I’ve also seen lots of other people’s cover pages being shared in Instagram and Studio Calico gallery and forum. They are all lovely in their own ways.

Like I said earlier, I wanted a very neutral look for my cover and since I don’t have any paint (I think I’m the only crafter in this world who don’t have paint!;)), I’m not going to run off to the shop and buy one. So, I had this idea of covering the already beautifully embossed cover with stars with Studio Calico Storytime Darling clear acetate with white stars print on the front and back of my handbook. I find that it looks great and saves my lazy arse to paint the cover instead! *laugh*

So, here’s how I do my cover.

1) I used 2 pieces of the Storytime Darling white stars clear acetate, laid them on the front and back cover working on them one at a time, adhered the clear acetate with Glossy Accents on the four edges of the cover. Even though some light glue stains can be seen on the cover if you look closely, I’m not really bothered with it, so as long as it sticks well. Thereafter, I trimmed off the transparency with a blade.

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2) Adhere the “25″ wood veneer onto the transparency. I chose to keep it raw without painting or embossing it. Thereafter, I attached the “twenty thirteen chipboard” from Thickers (comes in the DD kit) onto the wood veneer on the bottom part of “5″. Then I added a few gold enamel dots randomly on the wood veneer.

3) For the word “days”, I embossed it with Silver Zing Glitter embossing powder and adhered the words onto the side of the “25″ wood veneer.

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And I’m done with the cover! I’m happy how it turned out. The cover has a mixed of red, raw chipboard grey, wood veneer, a touch of silver glitter, a little of gold and white stars on the clear acetate/transparency. I’ve achieved the look that I wanted with neutral and balance of colors.:)

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Here’s how the front of my handbook album looks like.

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I’ll be working on the contents in the coming days and weeks. And I hope to get them done before December comes so I can sit back and enjoy the holiday season and soak in all the goodness.

For those of you who is doing December Daily, I hope you’ve started making your album or planning to soon.

I’ll be back soon to share some content pages soon. Have a great week ahead!:)

Carol W.November 5, 2013 - 1:00 am

Beautiful album cover and great organization for you December daily.

kellyNovember 5, 2013 - 2:38 am

i love your cover; it is the best one i have seen and is close to my heart because i don’t like the cluttered look either. thank you so much for the transparency idea. it is lovely.

pamelaNovember 5, 2013 - 4:07 am

Love your simple DD album! Wish I had the budget to pick up one of these lovely kits!

Love, CarrieNovember 5, 2013 - 2:34 pm

What a great cover! My favorite so far ♥

Tracy McElweeNovember 10, 2013 - 4:43 am

Love what you done!

Julie {CalleLillyCafe}November 14, 2013 - 4:20 am

Yes I love your approach to your cover & the final result! (psst! I have lots of paint! What color you want?! =P)

ElseNovember 14, 2013 - 5:57 am

I love your ideas. These will inspire me as I dive into my first December daily EVER! I also really like your wooden tray. Where did you get it?