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Baby D Newborn Session {Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // baby girl newborn photo session - sleeping babyI am so totally smitten with this baby girl! Baby D is just as sweet as can be and I had such a wonderful time photographing her in all her newness! And I was happy as can be to get some of her loving family in the photos, too, especially her gorgeous mama!

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I’ve known her stunning Mommy for about 5 years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to get some newborn photos of Baby D… Can you believe she’s baby #6?! She evened the score with 3 boys and 3 girls in this lovely family!

She’s a lucky little girl to come into such a loving family! I can’t wait to watch her grow!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
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PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 spring or summer session!

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Inked Bokeh Tutorial {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more! May is one of my favorite months of the year! Not only is it my baby’s birthday month, but it’s also Layout-a-Day during May!

Layout-a-Day is a month long challenge of spending creative time everyday to create a scrapbook page or layout. It only happens 3 months out of the year, so it’s a special time to focus on one of my favorite hobbies. But, I won’t lie…with my schedule as a mom & wife, volunteer, photographer, Etsy-preneur and more, I don’t get to create a layout every single day, but I do make creative time more of a priority for the month! That might mean a layout, a card, prettying up my planner, or playing with a tag to try a new technique.

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For this month’s Layout-a-Day in the Scrap Happy community, I’ve been quite the happy camper to be one of the featured designers! Our theme for the month is Musical Mayhem and being inspired by the music in our worlds. Today’s prompt is to create a layout highlighting a loved one who enjoys the spotlight! What a perfect opportunity to create a layout about my big girl about her moment on stage singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” during her school talent show! At just 7-years old, my big girl had more confidence in her little pinky than I’ve ever had!

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I had fun creating this background paper and thought I’d share how easy it was to create! Enjoy the tutorial. If you like it and learned from it, please leave me a thumbs up to let me know you enjoyed it!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. I love the Simon Says Stamp weekly creative challenges! Have you checked them out? Always inspiring! Check out both the Monday “XYZ” and Wednesday “Color Swatch” challenges!

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Make It Monday // Travel Planning

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! Our theme this week is TRAVEL! Once upon a time, in the distant, distant past, I traveled. A lot. I was an event manager and traveled the world, although most of it was in the US. It was awesome and I definitely miss it! But it was a different time of my live {read: no kids} and as much as I enjoyed it back then, it just wouldn’t be the same now a days. As crazy as my girls can drive me, I would miss them too much! They’re still little and need me to do lots for them. I’m sure once they’re both in double digits, especially the teen years, they’ll be begging for me to have a job where I’m traveling! Ha!

As I pondered what I would share for this week’s MIM, I remembered a beautiful journal I altered as a gift for a friend! It was before our trip to Paris and I took some of my favorite stamps and created this cute look for the cover of the journal.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // altered journal for Paris plans tripUsing vintage inspired papers gave a great starting point to tie in the look and feel of the stamps and font used. I heat embossed the stamped image using a copper embossing powder and tied it in with an amber colored gem. Using a scalloped punch in two sizes, I created a cute title for the book, too.

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This is a super quick share – just a reminder that a couple of little touches like these can completely customize a store bought item like this cute little journal. Customizing items like this is perfect for elevating those store bought goodies into one-of-a-kind gems!

Be sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits.  She’s about to take you on a journey in this week’s Monday Mojo post! And be sure to leave her some comment love! We really do love sharing our creations with you, and comments let us know you like what you see!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Enveloped // Snack Attack {Photo Challenge}

After school, after ballet, after playing in the backyard, my girls are always looking for a snack! Luckily, they love fruit, it is nature’s candy after all! But good heavens those delectable little treats that they devour sure are expensive! But as long as they keep eating them, I’ll keep the fridge stocked!

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My sweet photogra-friend Jeannie Thiessen did a phenomenal photo project last year – her Hand Project – capturing all kinds of beautiful and everyday goodness and photographing it in hands, mostly hers! I couldn’t help but feel I was channeling my inner Jeannie when I asked my baby girl to hold her bowl of blueberries so I could get this shot!

Sure, it might look like she’s offering to share her blueberries, but trust me, I was getting the stink eye at even the thought of diving in for a taste! And on a side note, it’s kinda funny to watch my girls as they envelop and protect their bowls of yumminess, reminiscent of Gollum protecting his precious ring :)

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Curious about photo editing? I rarely post a photo without giving it a little love in Lightroom. I shared a photo edit in the Capture Your 365 community today. I transformed a lovely night shot I captured of the Eiffel Tower, giving it a little more oomph and color…yes, in a night shot! Check it out HERE!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Eiffel Tower night sky edit - SOOC  This is how it started – go check out where it landed with some Lightroom love!

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Make It Monday // Plan with Me May

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you celebrated a lovely Mother’s Day this weekend with your loved ones near and far! I’m sharing a fun post with you today featuring my new Inkwell Press Planner and a video sharing how I set up my week featuring lots of stamps!

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In my last Make It Monday post I shared that I was loving digging into my stash from years gone by and using stamps that hadn’t received very much (if any) love. Well, it happened again as I reached for old stamps to use in my new planner!

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Have you heard of the Inkwell Press Planner (IWP)? I was torn between the IWP and the Erin Condren (ECLP) planners, and decided to make the jump with the Inkwell Press. I loved the idea of being able to break my days into segments that I needed, and the overall monthly goals page, although I haven’t set up that page yet!

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I created a process video sharing how I set up my spread for the week. I ended up mostly stamping and not using very many stickers. I have quite a collection of those too, so I’ll be digging into that stash for an upcoming video. I’m sure there are some gems in there!

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If you enjoy the video, let me know with a thumbs up and subscribe! I love sharing my process and hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. Keep following the circle and head over to Jen at Jen Wright Designs! Jen is sharing a free scrapbook template to inspire you to add to your album & photobooks. She is super creative and super generous! Be sure to hop on over, check out her gorgeous goodies and leave her some comment love to let her know you stopped by!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower photography

10 on 10 – May // Macro Flowers

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower photography Welcome to the May 10 on 10 photo circle! We have a wonderful and full group of fabulous photographers sharing 10 images from last month. If you’re already following the circle, you came from the beautiful photographer Megan Wright. If you haven’t seen her stunning work, be sure to follow the circle all the way around to see all of the gorgeous images!

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My sweet friend Kim and I met at the Carlsbad Flower Fields one bright morning for a little creative photo play. It was my first time heading out there, although I’ve seen the beautiful fields over the last 20 years from a distance, driving by on the freeway. It was a wonderful outing and I definitely encourage you to head over there if you ever get the chance!

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I couldn’t help but want to play with my Tamron 90mm macro lens. I brought other lenses, but my macro got all the love that day and stayed on the entire morning!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower photography

Kim and I were inspired by our lovely friend Luca – she shared images from her family outing to the flower fields last month. As soon as we saw a sneak peek of her photos, we immediately made plans to head out! Talk about being inspired <3

Now I hope you’ll be inspired to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to the lovely Suzanne O’Brien. Her posts are always delightful and her images are always stunning – full of light, color and life! Be sure to leave all the photographers some comment love  <3

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post  :)

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s Day! May your day be filled with love and beauty!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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