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LOAD Prep! What the what? {Feeling Crafty}

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LOAD what? A load of laundry? Load the dishwasher? Nope, LOAD as in Layout-a-Day, the most magical time of the year, right next to Christmas of course!

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If you’ve come to Clicky Chick Creates from the LOAD215 Blog Hop, welcome!

For those not familiar with LOAD, it’s a month long challenge to document life via memory keeping / scrapbooking. We receive a daily prompt, create a layout, upload it to our private Flickr group gallery and ooh- and aah- over all the gorgeous layouts in the gallery! No running to a physical class or crop, as it’s all done from the luxury of our own computer. You might get part of your layout done between work, school or getting dinner ready. You can even do it in your jammies! It’s pretty brilliant, actually!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

This will be my 10th, YES, tenth, LOAD! I had heard about it for about a year before I jumped in, and I’m ever so glad I finally did just do it! Some LOADs have been more successful than others, but ultimately, I end up with more layouts than I started the month with, so it’s definitely a win in my book!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // "Thrill Seekers" scrapbook layout - an afternoon at the county fair!

Playing with trends? Make them your own!

I’ve posted about my LOAD experiences several times, and you can find lots of insight here, here and here, where I’ve shared my top tips for an amazing LOAD experience, lots of my favorite layouts, why LOAD is a life changer and I’ve even shared my top-secret Crock-Pot Chili recipe that makes my family quite happy during LOAD!

So if I’ve written so much about LOAD already, what could I possible have to offer this go round without repeating myself? Loads! {Pun intended!} Instead of strategies or tips, I’d love to share a few things I didn’t know about LOAD, and that now, as I approach my 10th LOAD, am blessed with and look forward to sharing with you…

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Prompts that make you scratch your head

Before participating in my first LOAD, I thought I’d just create layouts. Period. I knew I’d receive a daily prompt with some layout examples, and being fairly new to scrapbooking at the time, I thought it would be “use a green piece of paper, 5 brads, and 2 photos” but I was wrong. There’s so much more to LOAD than the month long challenge and a daily prompt.

I had no idea that the prompts would be so insightful. Some of the prompts made me immediately think of the page I wanted to create. Other times, the prompts challenged me to scrap about a topic that would’ve otherwise not made it onto my pages. I should probably say that pre-LOAD, I was mostly an event scrapper, with birthdays and Halloween monopolizing most pages. So making a page about my twin uncles, or my husband’s guitar wouldn’t have been top of mind. But through the awesome LOAD prompts, those pages happened! Curious what the prompts were those days? Little Girl Crush made me scrap about my super cool and handsome uncles, and the Five-Senses: Hearing prompt led me down the path of creating a layout about the 12-string guitar I gifted my husband years ago…way back to our pre-kids days when we had money for our own toys ;)

ClickyChickCreates.com // Sweet Girl Crush scrapbook layout about twin uncles

 

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Inspiration from Prompts, People, Pages

There is no shortage of inspiration during LOAD! Not only are the prompts fantastic, but the pages you see in the private gallery created using the same prompts you’ve received, is amazing! It’s truly inspiring to see the beautiful pages, read heartwarming / real / funny / poignant  journaling, and find that someone may have processed and interpreted the prompt so differently from you, that you’re inspired to create another page using the same prompt! There are usually over 5000+ pages created during LOAD – talk about endless inspiration!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp,

Friendships, the real kind, not just surface stuff

So during LOAD, not only are we creating pages, but we’re seeing everyone else’s pages in our private gallery. And what’s usually on our pages? Our lives! Our loved ones! Our past! Our present! Our dreams! It’s beautiful to know so many of these women and their families through the layouts that have been shared. Marriages, babies, graduations, losses, deaths, family challenges… we’ve all shared so much on our layouts. Many of us have formed deep and meaningful friendships, and have even met in real life for retreats, shopping, coffee, classes, crafting, laughs and more! I really had no clue how close I would become with so many of these women. We come from all parts of the world, all different ages, shapes, colors and sizes! Our common thread of scrapbooking brought us together, but the friendships go so much deeper than sharing a love of paper! I’m forever thankful that I made the decision to try LOAD all those years ago!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Jar of Dreams layout with butterflies, bucket list, life goals

All in all, I’m really thankful for LOAD and wish I would’ve known sooner, how amazing the community is, the support, the inspiration, the camaraderie, the friendships that are formed… they’ve made a huge impact on my crafty life path and many have left their inky fingerprints on my heart forever <3

So are you ready to join us? You’ve gotta do it, at least once upon a time! Sign up here!

One of the sweetest LOADsters I had the pleasure to become friends with would always give us a countdown of how many sleeps were left before the next LOAD started… so as Alison would say… we have six more sleeps before all the fun starts! Join us! You really will not regret it. And who knows, you might just make some new crafty besties! We’re a friendly, fun and fabulous (if I do say so myself!) group of gals and there’s room at the crafting table for you to join us :)

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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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Now head off to read some more LOAD goodness from my scrappy friends! You’ll recognize some of these gals from our regular Make It Monday posts, and I’m eager to read all these posts! Hope you are too! Make sure you leave them some comment love if you do hop on over! xoxo

Kristie Sloan at Artful Adventures

Kelli Panique at Use It Scrapbooking

Lain Ehmann at Layout A Day

Christy Stickler at My Scrapbook Evolution

Lynnette Nagle at Sassy Scrapper

Dani Leonetti at Scrapper on the Street

Danielle Hunter at Eco Scrapbook

Leslie Smith at Out of the Mire

Heather Dubarry at No Excuse Scrapbooking

Melissa Pearson at A Day in the Life Of

Valerie Smith at From Valerie’s Heart

Marcia Fortunato at Musings and Memories

Karen Fitting at Photos Kept Alive

Nicole Gray at Nicole’s Scrapbook

Alice Boll at Scrapbook Wonderland

Lisa Hausmann at Recklinghausen Musings

Wendy Aebi at Life in the Button Factory

Make It Monday // I (Snow)Flaked Shaker Card

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make It Monday! Remember last week when I made the embossed clothes pins and mentioned the snowflake shaker card video I was working on? Well, here it is!

Making the card took a few tools that give it a super professional look. I used a snowflake die, a foam sheet, glass beads… well, watch the video and you’ll see all the goodies I used!

I had fun making the card and hope you enjoyed the video! If you did, please be sure to leave me a thumbs up on YouTube so I know to continue making goodies like this!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Now head on over to the uber talented, sweet and adorable Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits for today’s Make it Monday circle! Lisa’s getting sketchy with this week’s Monday Mojo – her awesome inspiration pieces. Wonder what she’s whipped up today?! Will you take the challenge? Head on over now!

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! And if you’re interested in buying any of my homemade goodies, please be sure to check out my Etsy shop!

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Have you signed up for Layout-A-Day (LOAD) yet? It’s just days away! I’ll have another post later today, all about LOAD! But don’t delay – sign up NOW – it’s an amazing experience and one that EVERY scrapbooker should experience at least once upon a time!!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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 session!

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Express Yourself // Wild Girls {Photo Challenge}

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This photo is from 2012, when my girls were just 6- and 3-years old, but I love the energy and wildness of their personalities expressed in it! It will always be one of my favorite candids of them!

It makes me think of the wild days they have ahead. I just pray that along with the fun in their future, that they always stay close and watch out for one another <3

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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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 session!

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Make It Monday // Winter Wonder {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re enjoying our  series and are inspired to create. If you’ve made something after checking out our Make It Monday blog posts, please do share! We’d love to hear about it!

So I have to ask… do the winter months leave you feeling a little blah? Too much gray? An abundance of drab? Well, then let’s add some color and sparkle to chase those blah’s away!

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Embossed Clothes Pins

First up, I created some embossed clothes pins. I actually made my first set of embossed clothes pins a couple of years ago for my sister’s baby shower. We used them to pin up baby onesies as decoration for the party. They turned out super cute and I was inspired to create some more recently. My sweet friend Dietra asked if I would be posting on my Etsy shop or if I would show how I made them. So I’m doing both!

How cute would this be as a gift packaging?

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And here’s how we used some at the baby shower…

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower treats and decorations

 

Shaker CARD

Here’s a sweet and simple mini shaker card I created… Look for the video coming in the next couple days!

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I wanted to use a snowflake, and thought how fun it would be to play off the “flake” part! It would be great for a belated birthday or I’m sorry card!

Are you ready to get creative? Hope so! But if you’re ready to shop instead, head on over to my Etsy shop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Be sure to hop on over to check out what Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits is up to this week! Whether it’s color, technique, a quote or more, she’s always sharing great inspiration! I wonder what Monday Mojo prompt she’ll be using this week? Definitely gonna hop on over and check it out! After visiting Lisa, be sure to continue the circle so you see how what everyone else is doing with out Winter Wonder theme!

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!

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Oh wait, there’s more! Have you signed up for Layout-A-Day (LOAD) yet? It’s just days away! The February LOAD is one of the most productive months for me as far as creating layouts. The community, the daily prompts, the productivity… it really is amazing and has made the month of February one of my most favorite months of the year! Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and get ready to share your passion with the nicest scrappy gals in the universe! Don’t delay – sign up NOW – it’s an amazing experience and one that EVERY scrapbooker should experience at least once upon a time!!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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 session!

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Serenity // Ocean Beauty {Photo Challenge}

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When I read the weekly photo prompt at the Daily Post: Serenity, I knew exactly the image I wanted to share from a recent photo shoot! My beautiful friend is at one with the ocean, and even though I was nervous for her to be so close to the cliff, she was totally calm and relaxed. She is so in her element at the beach!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Serenity

She’s a photographer as well and takes amazing ocean images. I bet she was a mermaid in her past life <3

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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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 session!

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

 

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10 on 10 – January // CHA 2015

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Welcome to the first 10 on 10 of 2015! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries and her beautiful “beginnings” post – hope you loved it and continue the hop on over to my sweet and lovely friend Kim Bajorek!

Ready for a peek into CHA and walk a little bit of the floor with me?

Be still my beating heart! So many amazing goodies were showcased and demoed at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 MEGA Show! I barely scratched the surface while I spent a single day at the show, but I wanted to share a little insight into my perspective from the show floor!

Before I even get into a few of the products that I can’t wait to get my hands on, I have to point out that I bee-lined straight to some of my favorite booths to see the people and products that have most influenced me in this wonderful crafty hobby I love so much! As much as I love the great products, they may have been just a touch overshadowed by the fabulous people who have shared lessons and tips to make my journey in this crafty world even sweeter! And I have to mention that my sweet friend Melissa was with me and was kind enough to grab my camera to get me in some of the shots :)

Do you love all Ranger products as much as I do? Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi? All amazing! Dyan Reaveley introduced Dylusions Paints which looked so amazing and dried super fast – she absolutely makes me want to get into art journaling! Tim’s new Stampers Anonymous stencils look fantastic – so many are on my wish list! And Wendy Vecchi’s embossing powders are gorgeous. As she demoed them, she mixed some with her matching inks and frosted crystal – so pretty! And her stencil/stamp sets are awesome too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

My beautiful and amazingly talented friend Jen Gallacher was at the Echo Park booth and I was quite the happy camper to see her! We met through a crafty business networking group in 2013 and I’m in awe of the progress she’s made as a product designer and marketing maven. Go Jen! She has no idea how much she inspires me <3

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // CHA 2015 faves

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was at The Crafter’s Workshop booth, showing her beautiful new stencils. We got there just as the show was closing, but she was a doll and kept chatting with us. Her mama Eileen joined us too – she’s beyond adorable and insightful! She’s like Yoda, Carol Brady and Margaret Cho rolled into one!

Back in 2009, when my baby was born and I was up in the wee hours of the night nursing, I stumbled on a show called Scrapbook Memories – it was a TV show about scrapbooking! I had just started in the hobby, but I was truly in awe of Julie’s artsy approach and Stacy Julian’s colorful and story based scrapbooking. I made Julie laugh when I told her that I could be described as their perfect love child :)

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Art Anthology had some lovely samples out and I was totally struck by these brushes on canvas… what a fun project! I love using their Sorbet’s in my techniques class – such a fun way to add texture, dimension and sparkle onto projects! They have a beautiful selection of vibrant colors and I can’t wait to try their new paints that offer different textural finishes.

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Spellbinders came out with an adorable line of fun and festive dies, perfect for parties and events of all sorts! I loved the party decor they had staged…you know it’s good when you immediately want to go home and create because you’re so inspired!

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Maggie Holmes and Shimelle Laine each have gorgeous lines with American Crafts. They were both incredibly sweet to chat with about all kinds of goodness…from photography and scrapbooking to babies to hoarding paper that we couldn’t live without and now find incredibly horrible and lots more! I couldn’t help but get a shot of Shimelle’s adorable red sparkly shoes…how cute is is that she’s from Kansas!

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A couple other must have products included new dies from Lawn Fawn – perfect for party supplies on my Etsy shop! And Deco Foil for the must-have, on-trend, metallic foil treatment on DIY projects! Using cardstock, a toner printer, creating a jacket with copy paper, and running through a laminator, we were able to create beautiful metallic foiled cards and projects. Very similar to the Heidi Swapp Minc, which was pretty amazing too!

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I know it was brief, but I hope you like my quick peek into CHA Winter 2015! I’m already planning to stay for at least two days next year! So much to see and one day just really did NOT cut it!

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to my sweet friend Kim Bajorek – she’s a beauty inside and out, with an inspiring view of the world!

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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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 session!

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!