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When I started Project Life more than two years ago, I stopped scrapping traditional layouts. Occasionally I would just whipped out a page or two the past two years, or maybe none at all. I have truly enjoyed making pages and pages of layouts for five solid years until end of 2011 I suddenly felt like I would never want to touch my scrapbook supplies anymore. You know that kind of feeling that you’re so sick of everything and you just want to step away and take a long break?

I didn’t really pick it up again as I’m happy doing my Project Life, week after week, documenting my day to day memories. My last layout I made was last July for my {entreARTistes} Magazine assignment. So, last weekend I had a photo shoot session with my girlfriend’s little girl Alyssa, and looking at her photos the past two days gave me a very strong urge to want to make a layout! *laugh* This feels like having a crave during pregnancy and I felt exactly the same last night. Ideas were running through my mind in the middle of the night! I stopped short of getting out of my bed to scrap immediately. Yes, the urge was THAT strong!:)

AlyssaHow can one not want to make something out of these photos of such a feisty and adorable little girl right?!

The first thing I did this morning when I woke up was head straight to my scrap room, of course after I brushed my teeth and had a good cup of coffee.

I had two solid hours of putting my page together. I felt a little apprehensive when I started printing these photos, wondering to myself if I still have it, if I could still pull through a decent layout.

Here’s what I came out with this morning. I’m pretty happy it came out alright.

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The Flourishes Cuts I purchased recently from TwoPeas by Wilna Furstenberg were put to good use with my Cameo. I love that the cuts added a soft touch to the photos.

I painted some colors just between the leaves with Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Watercolor Set to make it pops. I’ve also sprinkled the cardstock with a little of Mister Huey’s Dark Calico and Mary Mary mists.

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I’m loving the Essentials Wood Veneer Stars from Studio Calico! When the collection was released a couple of moths ago, I immediately grabbed a pack and added them to my wood veneer collection.

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The What I Love About You cut is also by Wilna Furstenberg from TwoPeas. I love her cuts and I’ve already bought some to cut for my Project Life pages.

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I have some leftover of the Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text stickers from my Lancelot PL add-on from Camelot, adhered it together with some words I cut out from Pink Paisee Color Wash “Shine” patterned paper.

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This layout will go to Alyssa’s momma. It’s considered as a token of appreciation for letting me use her lovely little to photograph her in the tutus sold by my best friend Ally.

Tutu is from TutusandTux.

Well, it’s a productive day for me and I’m glad that I’m still able to make a pretty decent page after all these months of hiatus.:)

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

  • Linda MorganMay 6, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    Well you haven’t lost your touch, this page is awesome and the tutu is gorgeous.

  • Christine NMay 7, 2014 - 5:08 am

    You’ve still got the 12×12 layout magic touch! So soft & beautiful!

  • MiraMay 9, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    And this is pure perfection! Love it! You should definitely do it more often! xx

  • SamSamMay 23, 2014 - 12:44 am

    this is simply gorgeous Leena! Love your work as always!

  • Sonja KleinMay 23, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    I like what you did with the foto’s of the nice little girl!!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}June 1, 2014 - 1:36 am

    Love the layout! Love Wilna too! And that adorable little girl! Such sweet photos!

Happy NSD Everyone!

Are you ready for some fun filled day of chat, challenges and LOTS of prizes to be won?

2014NSDThe Studio Calico NSD challenge has just kicked off about an hour ago. Do head over to the blog here for the complete line up of events for today and the forum for challenges hosted by some of the talented SC members.

Here’s the first challenge to start off this wonderful day!

Isn’t this color combo gorgeous?

These colors are my absolute favorite! Aqua, navy, pink and a touch of gold. Love!

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You should be able to find these colors in Studio Calico’s most recent kits, CamelotBluegrass Farm, and Office Hours

If you have your own stash to play with, use them!:)

And here’s my take on this color challenge of my Project Life week 17.

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I pulled together these list of supplies to make this spread.

Camelot Project Life Kit – PL Cards; Camelot PL Add-on Lancelot – Stamp, Embossed Tiny Text; Bluegrass Farm – 4×6 Paper Pad; Printshop – Wood Veneer StarVellum Die CutsTransparent Word; Essentials – Blue & Aqua Enamel Dots; Color Theory – Red Enamel Dots; Camelot Printable – In A Creative BubbleHello Forever ; Others – 4×6 Grid CardsMister Huey’s Watercolor Set, 4×6 grid cards

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I have always been a huge fan of the 4×6 grid cards, so I used them on this spread together with the Camelot Project Life Kit PL cards and some of Bluegrass Farm papers from the 4×6 Paper Pad which has the navy color.

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I love that gold badge from Bluegrass Farm PL add-on Gertrude! So glad that I saved it and put it to good use on this spread.

_MG_4724aI’m also making use of the loose pieces of Wood Veneer StarVellum Die Cuts and Transparent Word from the Printshop collection in this week’s spread. I love Printshop and I hope they’ll re-stock some of the embellishments again.

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That navy paper from Bluegrass Farm 4×6 Paper Pad is lovely. I’m just glad that SC now includes extra 4×6 paper pads every month. They really come in good use when I need extra cards for my 4×6 pockets.

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Another good excuse to clear up my Thickers. I’m using Notebook on this card and I have to say they’re my most loved piece in my alphas collection. Notebook is actually from Studio Calico Here and There collection but unfortunately it has been discontinued.

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This 4×6 grid card on the top right was painted with Mister Huey’s Watercolor. I added some blue, pink and black and painted them randomly over the card, then added the photo of Ethan, cut out one of the PL cards from Camelot PL kit and completed the card with a label and alphas.

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And that strips of Cosmo Cricket Embossed Tiny Text from Lancelot is my favorite! I think I’ve used up almost everything from the whole sheet of stickers.:)

_MG_4736aI hope you like what I came out with for my Week 17 using the color combo. Do try this challenge and upload your projects to the Studio Calico gallery by May 11th and tag #NSD1 in your description to stand a chance to win some great prizes!

Have a fun time scrapping!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}May 4, 2014 - 5:08 am

    LOVE this color combo! And yes, Leena you did a fab job once again! Love your layout! Happy NSD!

  • pamelaMay 4, 2014 - 10:44 am

    I love your spread! And I love to see you using another pocket protector design :)

  • […] really super love this card. I try to occasionally layer like my PL hero, Leena Loh. She is the master of layering elements and not making it look like a mess. So I did heart-printed […]

Time do flies and April just passed by in a blink on an eye!

If only I can slow down the time and enjoy my April days a little longer. It’s been a fabulous month for me, having spent a LOT of quality and precious time with my family, my best friends, doing what I always love to do and eating all my favorite food.

And while I was enjoying every single moment of my time, I’ve discovered this cool app recently called Collect. It has helped me collect photos of my everyday and recording all the wonderful memories in the simplest way. I just love how easy it is to record my photos, adding details and printing them for my Project Life.

I’ve been using it since March and I’m loving so much I’m going to continue using it to document my days for many more months to come.

Here’s an overview of my days in April.

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I hope you’ve had a fabulous month in April.

I’m so looking forward to May! It’s going to be another busy month and hope see you soon!

A couple of months ago I received a stamp set together with the metal die from Studio Calico and I’m finally breaking into the stamp and die to make a gift tag to attach it to the gift box that I’ll be sending to my mom for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, these stamp and metal die are no longer available in the shop.

What I love about this stamp set are the word sentiments and shapes. I cannot believe these were stored away and I forgot all about them until I was de-stashing my drawer yesterday! They’re just too gorgeous to be neglected so I decided to use them to make a gift tag.

_MG_4682aI’ve gathered some supplies of aqua and white card stocks, die cut label from my Camelot Project Life Kit, ink pads and the Color Theory Yellow Enamel Dots and my Sizzix Big Shot machine.

I’ll share a few simple steps how I made the gift tag using the stamp and metal die.

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1. I cut out a piece of an aqua cardstock in approximately 3×3 size, laid it over the metal die on top of the Big Shot platform.

2. I run it over my Big Shot machine and cut out the die shape as shown in picture #2.

3. Next, I cut out a tag from a white cardstock measuring 2.5″ x 4.25″. I stamped the irregular rectangle shape stamp over the tag with grey ink.

4. I popped up the aqua die cuts with foam dots.

5. Thereafter, I adhered the die cuts onto the white tag, layering them as shown in picture 5.

6. Next, I stamped the word love from the stamp set with Versafine Onyx ink on a white cardstock and cut out the word shape leaving a few millimeter white outline.

I adhered the cut out word on top of the aqua die cut, added a strip of the die cut label from Camelot Project Life Kit which was stamped with the word “sending”, I stamped and cut another heart shape from the stamp set as well.

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I finished off the tags by adding some of the Color Theory Yellow Enamel Dots from Studio Calico randomly over the tag.

And it’s done! It only took about 10 minutes to make this tag and I love how bright and happy the colors are!:)

_MG_4714aI used a black and gold twine to attach the tag around the ribbon on the box. This package will be going out to my mom over this weekend and I hope she’ll like what I got for her for Mother’s Day.:)

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I’ve enjoyed playing with the stamp and metal die and since I have a few more of Studio Calico metal dies and stamps, I’ll definitely be creating something for my Project Life soon!

Project Life | 2014 Week 12 & 13

Another month of amazingness is here again when Studio Calico released their Camelot kits a couple of days ago! Let’s just say it gets better each month.:)

After 17 weeks into the year, I’m still going strong on my Project Life. Hah! I still am very much enjoying the process of bringing my spreads together week after week, especially seeing those amazing Studio Calico kits coming in each month, I feel very motivated.

I have to say Camelot is one heck of a kit. The color palette is gorgeous and the embellishments compliment the cards so well. Let’s take a look at what I came out with the Camelot Project Life Kit, the PL add-ons Arthur and Lancelot and I even played with the stamp set Galahad.

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I used mainly Arthur and Galahad on this left page of my week 12. I love how light and subtle the colors are on the cards. Oh, I particularly love the big alpha chipboards and the “hello” wired bubble speech clip in Arthur.

The Galahad stamp set is just perfectly coordinated with my photo theme this week. I stamped it on a white non-textured cardstock and punched them out with my circle punches. The circle stamps measure between 1.5″ to 2″, so I used punches that are slightly bigger than the stamp size which leaves a thin border on the punched circles.

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I made one of the 3×4 cards using Camelot Digital Template by Shanna Noel and overlay it with Suzy Plantamura’s Camelot Digital Brush “Best Day Ever” quote. Simply love the brush to bits! The card was made using Photoshop and it requires only a few simple steps to create the card.

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As you may have already know, I’m a big fan of chipboard alphas and I love adding a title on my PL cards. So, the Hello Sunshine Chipboard Alpha by Pink Paislee is definitely my favorite in the Arthur add-on. 

_MG_4599aThis is my favorite page using mainly Lancelot. There’s nothing in this add-on that I don’t like. *laugh*

The DIY speech bubble stickers, Cosmo’s embossed tiny text and the geotag love clip are my absolute favorite! And the PL cards as well!:D

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And here’s the next spread using the Camelot Project Life Kit only.

Week 13

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Like I mentioned earlier, this month’s kit is very well coordinated in their colors and embellishments. Those wood banners are just adorable and it’s easy to attach them onto the cards either with glue tape, sewing or staple them with a tiny attacher.

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I used up almost all of the strips of die cut labels by Hello Forever! Just add some words from the rub-on alphas and they’re good to go!:)

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And here a couple of close ups on the right page of my week 13.

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If only I could have 10 more pieces of the ampersand card! Love it!

I hope you did manage to snag the kits and add-ons that you wanted. And I’m very sure you’ll love them all!:)

Thanks again for stopping by my blog! See ya soon!