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10 on 10 – April // My March Madness

So glad you’ve joined us for the 10 on 10 monthly blog circle! We’ve made some changes recently… we’re now posting on the 10th of the month {makes more sense, doesn’t it?!} and we’re posting 10+ photos from our previous month. So, I’m sharing some of my March madness with you. If you were hoping for basketball, I think you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re hoping to see photos of my crazy life, perfect, ’cause that’s what you’re getting! Ha! Kind of a month in review!

We had a busy month with school and Girl Scout commitments – Buddy Photos for yearbook, Jog-a-thon fundraiser, Powder Puff Derby and so much more! Two of our closest friends (sisters no less!) won 1st and 2nd place at the Derby! Their daddy will definitely be giving workshops next year to our troop!

On the creative front, I added a few new items to my Etsy shop, including printables that I am absolutely loving! Everyone needs a little love or bliss in their home or office ❤

My planner has helped keep me plugging along. It’s still getting customized to meet my needs and a little more prettied up, too! I even co-taught a planner class at Scrap It Up 365! It was so much fun sharing, chatting and planning with the class! Speaking of teaching, I also taught at Capture Your 365 last month! My class was all about finding photo locations in unexpected places – I’m still working on turning that class into an instant-download e-book! Whew, it was quite a busy month!

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I spent a little time poking around the garden, playing with my macro lens. I quickly realized that a windy day and handheld macro lens don’t go well together!

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Hope you enjoyed the April 10 on 10 post! As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my monthly 10 on 10 photo projects! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the amazing Kristina Rust – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a beautiful eye for details, and she’s the beauty and brains behind this awesome monthly collaboration! Be sure to leave all the photographers some comment love ❤

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Hula Hoop Girl {Feeling Crafty}

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Those moments that make you laugh for days or weeks, maybe even months? The kind of laugh that makes your face hurt, spit your drink out and pee your pants because it’s so funny?! Those are the moments we never want to forget! They are priceless! But sadly, they do get forgotten over time. New memories, to do’s, life in general keeps moving along and pushing those memories farther out. That’s really, genuinely, sincerely one of the BEST parts of being a memory keeper. <– It’s right there in the name… I’m KEEPing those memories.

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Like this one of my baby girl! It was my big girl’s end-of-year kindergarten party and I was able to bring my then just-turned-3 year old for the fun as well. There were lawn races and water activities, and one of the funniest was watching a bunch of 5- and 6-year olds hula hoop. Oh, the coordination (or lack thereof) was hilarious! Then throw my 3-yr old into the mix… yup, pee my pants kinda funny! She would hold the hoop out around her so she was perfectly in the middle, but instead of swooshing it around her body to get the motion going on the hoop, she would just let go of the hoop, it would drop to the ground, and she would stand in the center and just shake-shake-shake her booty! It was side-splitting funny! Even as I type this, I’m smiling ear-to-ear remembering her shenanigans!

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So I will continue to share my memories with my family by creating scrapbooking layouts. I know my memories will fade over time, but having these pages to look back on warms my heart and brings a smile to my face. I hope my girls cherish these documented memories as they get older and forget their own experiences as well!

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Some scrappy tips on the layout itself:

  • I love adding layers of paper, but I’m also a bit of a saver cheap, so if there’s a big portion of the paper that’s being covered by other paper? I’ll cut in 1/2″ from each edge so I can use that portion on another project!
  • I have more baker’s twine than I know what to do with! I’ve used this color combo on Christmas layouts, but it worked great with this color combo too!
  • Fussy cutting and layering using similar colors, then distressing all the edges ties it all together to look even more cohesive!
  • Circle cutters worked wonderfully to tie in the Hula Hoop look and feel! Think about the subject in your layouts too and figure out how to incorporate that into your design!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this scrapbook layout and my tips! If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these two gems!

NEED MORE INSPIRATION?

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Join me, my friend Carole from Scrapbook Campus and about a dozen other designers as we share Inspiration: A to Z – a free month long inspiration series, working through every letter of the alphabet and areas to scrapbook, make cards, projects and more! It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose! We just started a few days ago, March 1st and it will run until March 26th, so jump in now before you miss any more of the alphabet!

Another great event to gather inspiration from is the annual True Stamp event. Whether you’re a newer stamper looking to advance your skills, a more experienced paper crafter wanting an inspiration infusion, or a stamping dabbler looking to use your supplies in new ways, you need to hear about True Stamp! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun… Including Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, Raisin Boat, and Simon Says Stamp.

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True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s  Click Here to Sign Up! 

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? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Make It Monday // Green Watercolor Card

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to our Make It Monday: “Green” circle! You may have noticed some of our Monday’s have themes? Well today we’re sharing Green posts! I took it quite literal, but you’ll have to read along on the circle to see how the other creatives interpreted green! So, here we go…

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It’s been a while since I made a watercolor card, so that’s exactly what I wanted to this week. I knew the colors I wanted to use and the stamps/embossing I wanted to do, too! I really do love when an idea or inspiration hits and it turns out like I was hoping it would!

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The Tim Holtz Distress Inks are the easiest and most versatile way of creating gorgeous watercolor projects. Check out my YouTube videos – this one in particular walks you through the step-by-step process to make this, and I share lots of tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years! From saving money to using up all the ink on your craft mat…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenReady to continue to Make It Monday fun? How do you bring special attention to a special object of a story? Have you ever scrapped your shoes? Alice at Scrapbook Wonderland shares her lucky shoes with us! Check out Alice’s post – her creativity is splendid and she shares tips and tricks quite generously!

Need more inspiration?

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Join me, my friend Carole from Scrapbook Campus and about a dozen other designers as we share Inspiration: A to Z – a free month long inspiration series, working through every letter of the alphabet and areas to scrapbook, make cards, projects and more! It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose! We just started yesterday, March 1st and it will run until March 26th, so jump in now before you miss any more of the alphabet!

Another great event to gather inspiration from is the annual True Stamp event. Whether you’re a newer stamper looking to advance your skills, a more experienced paper crafter wanting an inspiration infusion, or a stamping dabbler looking to use your supplies in new ways, you need to hear about True Stamp! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun… Including Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, Raisin Boat, and Simon Says Stamp.

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True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s ❤ Click Here to Sign Up! 

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? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D   / /   A F F I L I A T E   L I N K S 

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PS. I love playing along with card challenges like the Curtain Call and Simon Says Stamp! Where do you find your inspiration?

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Reward // Macro Flowers {Photo Challenge}

After a couple years of saving, I finally invested in a macro lens! My sweet reward for forgoing other wants and wants and wants! I’m still getting comfortable shooting with the Tamron 90mm macro, but I’m looking forward to lots of creative camera time!

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Love these images? They’re available for purchase in my Society6 shop! Click on any of the flower images and you can see what I have over in my shop! I’m giddy over how pretty these flowers look as prints, along with laptop covers, pillows and more!

Want to stay in the loop with me? Be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! 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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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Do you love flowers? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

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Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

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3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

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6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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Did you find this information helpful? I’d love to share more tips with you in the future, so be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! 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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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Do you love roses? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

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Sometimes I feel like my daughters make me crazy. Like how many times can I say “put away your shoes?” or “we have to leave before we’re late” or “NO you cannot wear that!” But truth be told, I’m absolutely, unequivocally, head-over-heels, crazy in love with them!

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They made me a mommy. They pick flowers (sometimes weeds) and lovingly hand me their bouquets. They draw pictures for me and write cards for me. They constantly want my attention and love to sing and dance, showing off their newest moves or lyrics. At bedtime, they ask me to read to them, even though they both can read, especially my 8-yr old who can breeze through chapter books, but still wants me to read to her. They’ve given me the most amazing gift and journey… motherhood. Truly, they’ve made me complete ❤

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But life gets busy. I get overwhelmed with the everydayness of life — cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, volunteering, working, blogging — everything it takes to make our family life keep plugging away. And I forget to take it all in. To take in my girls as they are right here, right now. So for this month’s 10 on 10, I wanted to focus on just them, my baby girls, before yet another month goes by and I realize I’ve been focusing  my lens on the “stuff”, and not the most important beings: my beautiful, smart, lovely, compassionate, free-spirited, whimsical, silly, big-hearted, musical, fun loving baby girls!

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I hope you don’t mind indulging me and letting my proud-mommy-ness shine through ❤ We spent an afternoon in Balboa Park having fun, getting pictures of them being little girls, being themselves. My girls are my life and I love that they radiate joy, love, innocence, sweetness, and all the goodness that my dreams filled with at the thought of having daughters! Truly, I am blessed!

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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 be inspired by the sweet life of Laura Bastien – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a true gift of capturing grace, beauty and light!

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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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!

PPS. I’m linking this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge, sharing that even amidst the craziness of our life, my girls bring much needed “Symmetry” and balance to my heart ❤

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