Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Dear Santa {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Oh yes, I’m scrapbooking about Christmas! I know, it’s May and we’re having an insane heat wave in California, but this month is LOAD514 (Layout A Day) and I’m a Featured Designer! The prompt “Dear Santa” inspired me to tell the story about the “letters to santa” mailing tube I bought way before my hubby and I had kids! I guess I was dreaming about babies instead of sugar plums that winter πŸ™‚

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

When creating this page, the alphasΒ I had in my stash were the perfect size, a great clean font, but they just didn’t have the pizzazz I wanted so I heat embossed them using Versamark and a glitter/tinsel embossing powder. And voila, exactly what I wanted!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

As IΒ picked photos and papers, I saw that it was getting a bit busy, so I decided to add the journaling to layered tags that I could tuck under the photos. Note: remember to create a bit of a pocket and NOT add tape to the section you’ll be tucking your journaling behind! Oops!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Do you scrapbook? Or create photo books? Do you journal and document your stories? That’s the stuff future generations will love to hear about! Be sure to take the time to jot down those memories – whether in your own handwriting or typed up – your kids will love reading your stories!

To check out more of my scrapbook layouts and other crafty creationsΒ click here.

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

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My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas 12×12 paper
Versamark Watermark Ink
Red Tinsel Embossing Powder
Maya Road Baker’s Twine Cording, Tomato Red
Studio Calico, Snowflake wood veneers
StampendousΒ Joy stamp
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12β€³ Paper Trimmer

21 thoughts on “Dear Santa {Feeling Crafty}

  1. anntogether.com says:

    I love to be reminded of Christmas in May – thank you. I don’t scrapbook but I certainly can appreciate the art that is scrap booking. I give private children’s art lessons and visit Michael’s Craft Store quite a bit. When I’m not buying paint, I’m browsing the scrap book aisles. I love to see the new items – the papers, lettering…. my background was originally in graphic design and I know how marrying fonts together can be challenging – You have a beautiful talent for it. I love these images.
    AnnMarie

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    • Connie Hanks - ClickyChickCreates.com says:

      Thank you AnnMarie – your kind words are greatly appreciated! Teaching private art lessons must be ah-ma-zing! I’m part of the “Fine Artists” parent volunteer teachers in my 1st graders class. I find I break a sweat teaching them, but am cool as a cucumber teaching scrapbooking and artsy techniques to adults! Go figure πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and commenting – I think we have quite a bit in common and I look forward to digging into your site!

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      • anntogether.com says:

        A classroom of kiddies is a horse of a different color – my art lessons are one-to-one. I’m also a substitute teacher for all grade levels, all subjects and I do break a sweat in those classes – all those kiddies, all at once YIKES πŸ™‚
        Thanks ever so much for stopping by my humble blog home – I truly appreciate it. I will be visiting to see all your beautiful crafts…
        Have a wondrous and craft-filled week
        AnnMarie

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  2. KreativeKymona says:

    Hey Connie, your title caught my eye because it is May and it just started to warm up in NY. I’m not ready for Christmas yet because it brings the cold weather back. LOL!! Your layout is great. I haven’t scrapbook in a long time. I use to do it a lot when my daughter was a baby. I wanted to start up again. I love the pictures on your layout, they really pop on the page. Great Job!!

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    • Connie Hanks - ClickyChickCreates.com says:

      Thanks and lol Kymona! There are all kinds of wonderful scrapbooking communities that help encourage and inspire the creativity for layouts! I’m part of ScrapHappy.org and Layoutaday.com where I’m one of the designers this month featuring 7 of my layouts throughout the month! It’s a really welcoming and inviting community if you’re ever interested in joining us!

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  3. linbritt says:

    I’m a lazy scrapper-going down the quick and easy route. But I am hoping the kids will read them one day. Already they love flicking through the pages!

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    • Connie Hanks - ClickyChickCreates.com says:

      Thanks Esther and I know what you mean about the time and work! Months like these where there’s a daily challenge helps to speed it up – you learn to move more quickly instead of getting hung up on the “perfect” layout… “Done is better than perfect” type of mentality!! πŸ™‚

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  4. amybareham says:

    This layout is lovely! The tag idea is smart, too, busy scrapbook pages can be a real problem for me. Documenting life now for everybody later is definitely worth it, agreed. πŸ™‚

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