Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Love…" - wedding layout with black and white photo using red, black and white papers

What do you do with all your photos? I wanna know!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Love…" - wedding layout with black and white photo using red, black and white papers

Photos, photos, and more photos… over 108,000 of them in my Lightroom catalogue, let alone the boxes and boxes of prints that I have from before the digital era. Crazy, I know! Why am I telling you this? Because it’s what I do with those photos that makes my heart sing… I frame them, I post them, I share them, I gift them, I scrapbook them.

When I had my first baby, near the beginning of the digital camera era, I had snapped over 1100 photos of her before she was 3 months old – more than I had taken the previous three years combined! After framing and filling a loooooong hallway wall with photos of those early months, I feared I’d end up wallpapering my whole house with her photos before her first birthday! So I had to find another way to give those special memories some love, and that’s when I entered the world of scrapbooking!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Dream" - sleeping little baby with booty in the air, legs tucked under, toes peeking out; lullaby subtly showing in background paper printed on vellum

In the early days, I primarily bought lots of scrappy stuff, dreaming of all the wonderful pages I would create. Truth be told, it took a while before I actually jumped in and started creating. A little bit intimidated, a little bit overwhelmed, a little bit unsure of what to do, so I started looking at classes to take (yes, I LOVE organized learning!) and found classes to help me along the way.

One of those classes (well really it’s a more of a challenge than a class) and a primary way I make time to scrap is LOAD – layout a day. And LOAD is right around the corner – during the month of February (May and October, too) we are challenged to create a layout every day. It’s AWESOME! It might sound overwhelming, but just like Capture Your 365, there are no daily police, no one is waiting to kick you out if you don’t post that day. It’s a matter of having a community to share your passion and experience with; a prompt to inspire a daily creation; and a personal goal to document your story and photos for your family and future generations.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Together" - little girl with her yellow labrador cuddling and playing in the backyard

So are you curious to find out more? Last chance to sign up! Check it out here. And if you use code 28DAYS by January 30th, you can save almost 40% on your LOAD registration!

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And please tell me… what do you do with all your photos? I’d love to hear : ) They can’t just live on your hard drive!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // kids handmade birthday card with balloons in 5 quick and easy steps

Kids Making Cards in 5 Easy Steps! {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // kids handmade birthday card with balloons in 5 quick and easy steps

My girls love getting crafty just as much as I do! And of course, making birthday cards for their friends birthday parties is a pretty regular occurrence around here. So we figured we’d share our quick and easy 5-step birthday balloon bouquet cards.

Both of my girls (7 and 4 yrs old) love making these cards and can easily do it with little supervision*! Perfect for those few uninterrupted minutes I’m able to get myself ready (hair and make-up, woohoo!) for the party!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // kids handmade birthday card with balloons in 5 quick and easy steps

*It didn’t take long for my girls to get the hang of the Fiskars Large Circle Punch – I just point out they need to make sure their little fingers don’t get pinched! And Glue Stick or wet glue can be used.

Hope you enjoyed these quick tips for your little ones to make birthday balloon bouquet cards! Be sure to Pin It and share it with friends with little ones!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Have you checked out the Whimsy Wednesday linky party at The NY Melrose Family blog? So many amazing, talented, crafty, DIY bloggers out there!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

It’s the Great Pumpkin {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patchIf you’ve poked around my blog at all, you know that besides photography, I love getting crafty! Making cards, home decor, scrapbook layouts… it all makes me happy! On of my favorite times of the year is right around the corner… February is LOAD (layout a day), when we focus on creating a layout every day for the month based on a daily prompt. This page was made a while back, but it’s still one of my favorite LOAD pages!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

I created the background paper using The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia with blending tools and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

Pumpkins were cut with the Slice Elite and Spook Alley design card, then colored with Tim Holtz Distess Inks in Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

If you’re ready to get daily inspiration and have a great time making layouts, join us for LOAD214! And no, there are no LOAD police saying you have to make a page every day, so don’t let that intimidate you! It’s really a matter of creating, documenting, sharing. We get to take those photos off our hard drives and create beautiful layouts for our families to enjoy for years to come. Find out more here.

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Did you follow along the LOAD214 Blog Hop? Lots of great info shared by a bakers dozen of creative crafters (including yours truly!) about this amazing experience known as LOAD! You don’t want to miss this read / blog hop – amazing crafty goodness!!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D
The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia
Inkssentials blending tools
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Spook Alley Design Card

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing up

Juxtaposition // Bubbly Toes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing up

I was a bit stumped with The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Juxtaposition. I could see ideas in my mind, but nothing was coming together yesterday. Then, I realized these shots I captured earlier this month fit the bill perfectly! The shots were inspired from the Capture Your 365 prompt “Where You Stand” – love Katrina’s daily prompts!

When I was pregnant, I prayed and prayed for girls, and I was blessed with answered prayers. My girls are now 7 and 4 years old, and have always loved playing dress up, and ocassionally putting on my shoes and walking around the house. Those shoes have usually been my sneaks, UGGs, or flip flops – life of a stay-at-home-mama. But my 7 year old recently eyed my neatly-organized, rarely-used boxes and boxes of heels and has been obsessed wearing them around the house as much as possible! And of course whatever big sister does, little sister has to do too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing upThis is such a concrete reminder of how fast they’re growing and that even though my prayers for baby girls were answered, those babies will grow up to be big girls one day. The juxtaposition of their bubbly baby toes in my big girl heals just reminds me how much they’ve grown, how little they still are, and where we’re headed. For now, I’ll just have to enjoy the sweet little girl moments as much as possible!

Check out other interpretations of juxtaposition here. And check out my other photo challenge posts here.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Did you follow yesterday’s LOAD blog hop? There’s still time to sign up for this amazing challenge! Without a doubt, I’ll be creating a layout featuring these photos and story : )

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Top 5 for an amazing LOAD layout-a-day

Top 5 Tips for an Amazing LOAD {Blog Hop}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Top 5 tips for an amazing LOAD layout-a-day

Hi! I’m Connie and welcome to Clicky Chick Creates! If you’re following along on the LOAD blog hop, you should’ve come to my crafty corner of the blog world via the super adorable and creative Danielle of EcoScrapbook. She blows my mind with her recycled and upcycled creations!

Whether you’re new to LOAD (welcome!) or a veteran (like Lisa H who has completed 14 LOADs and over 400 layouts!), I hope my Top 5 tips for an amazing LOAD helps you! So, here we go:

1. Clean Up! If you’re anything like me, your desk or crafting space ends up becoming a magnet for every thing that once was neatly put away in a drawer or closet or bookshelf! What is it about the mess that’s created when crafting? Oh yes, it’s called CREATING! But before LOAD starts, be sure to clean off your space. Starting with a clean slate really helps start off on the right foot and not get overwhelmed from the word go! And along with starting off with a clean space, be sure to tidy up after each day/night. Set 10 minutes aside to put away all those goodies that came out to play so you can start with a clean space for the next amazing prompt!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // All In scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Fiskar punches, embossing powder

2. Plan Ahead: Meal Planning and Prepping! We have just a bit under a week before LOAD kicks off – it’s a perfect time to get a jump start on some… meal planning! Did you just hear a record scratch? Wait, do they still make records and record players?! Yes, I am still talking about LOAD. Planning out meals – especially crock-pot or quick and easy dinners – really helps for an amazing month of creating! As much as we get into our lovely creative time, we do still need to think of our families and their needs! Some of my go-to’s are pre-marinating and freezing chicken and steaks, I just have to remember to grab it in the morning to thaw. Another go-to is making crock-pot meals in the morning – less to stress about later and gives me more time to create. Family favorites include my crock-pot chili and parmesan garlic chicken – yum!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // The Legend of Anna Meatball scrapbook layout using Sweet Stamps Distressed Chevron stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Dylusions Spray Ink in Bubblegum Pink, washi tape

3. Making a list and checking it twice! Even though the prompts we receive from our fearless leader Lain are ah-ma-zing, I think what has helped me have an amazing LOAD experience is having a list of story ideas and/or photos I really want to scrap. When the daily prompt comes into my email, I let it simmer and marinade in my head and see if anything comes to mind. I’d say half the time, a photo or story comes to mind that I hadn’t thought about (LOVE when that happens! That is the beauty in LOAD, of course!) and I can’t wait to get it down on paper. Sometimes I might be a little stuck or unclear in my vision, so I review my list of story/photo ideas and bam, it all comes together! Beyond being reminders of stories and photos I want to highlight, having that list feels like a safety net for those days my mind is a little cluttered or snoozy : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Water Babies beach scrapbook layout using torn strips of patterned paper

4. Say Cheese! Besides actually making the layout, sharing it is what makes LOAD so amazing. In this week leading up to LOAD, find a place where you can set up a staging area to photograph your amazing layouts. Using foam core (I picked up white and black 24″x36″ boards at the Dollar Store – score!) is an easy way to get a clean, distraction free background, and a good flat surface to lay your creations against when photographing. If you need some help, I wrote a post with tips for photographing paper projects here, and my dear, adorable, uber-talented and totally-who-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up friend Jennifer Gallacher wrote a couple of fantastic blog posts about photographing crafty goodies, too. One post is “Photographing Your Projects with Jen” and the other is “Selecting Props for Product Photography” – check them out!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Had Me at Shoes scrapbook layout using templates, stencils, Tim Holtz Distress inks, vellum, wood veneers

5. Share the Love! – Be sure to check out the lovely, inspiring creations in our Flickr gallery and leave comments for our fellow amazing LOADsters! It is such a fantastic way to connect with others who share our passion for scrapbooking. I’ve met some amazing women through LOAD who I now consider amazing friends, and in most cases, it started with a whisper comment : ) (sorry if you now have that song stuck in your head, but I couldn’t resist!)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // No More? Easter scrapbook layout using Heidi Swapp color magic paper, Dylusions Spray Inks, Slice Elite cutting tool

So there you have it, my top 5 for an amazing LOAD experience! I look forward to sharing in the LOAD214 journey with you! Next you’re going to hop on over to Sherrie’s blog: A Little Bit of Everything Me. Be sure to leave her some love in the comments – and check out her amazing cards while you’re there… {{{swoon!}}}

If you still haven’t signed up for LOAD214 yet, whatcha waiting for? Don’t miss your chance  – click here to find out more!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Here’s our full blog hop – be sure to check out all the fantastic blog posts. These women are amazingly talented and have some fantastic insights to share!

Kelli www.useitscrapbooking.com/
Dani scrapperonthestreet.com
Valerie myrainbowcoalition.blogspot.com/
Karen photoskeptalive.wordpress.com/
Danielle ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/
Connie clickychickcreates.com/ <——— You are here
Sherrie littlebitofeverythingme.blogspot.com <——— Now go here!
Cara www.vincens.typepad.com/
Heather noexcusescrapbooking.com/
Kim gma654.blogspot.com
Christy myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/
Lisa E lisae-design.blogspot.com/
Lisa H lisahausmann.blogspot.com

And once you’re done with the hop, if you still want to read more LOAD-love, check out my previous LOAD posts!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

Yummy Breakfast in a Bowl {CY365}

Nom…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

Nom…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

Gone : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

Inspired by the ever-awesome prompts at Capture Your 365! Check out some of my other CY365 inspired photos here.

Parfait made with Fage greek yogurt, granola, strawberries and bananas – serious yumminess!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c