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Big Girl Panties at Sweet Stamp Shop {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp ShopMy sweet friend Nicole over at Sweet Stamp Shop has kicked off her Grand Re-Opening today and asked a few friends to design using her ADORABLE stamps! Of course I had to jump right in!

Her stamps are super cute, fun, playful and GREAT for everyday cards. She also has a wonderful collection of planner stamps that I’m just itching to get my hands on!

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For this card, I used the adorable HIS & HERS stamp set for the super fun undies and the ALPHA TABS for the sentiment. You totally want these now, don’tcha?!

I used a 6×6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn “Hello Sunshine” and I definitely suggest using 6×6 pads when stamping and wanting to use smaller designs from patterned papers. So cute!

The clothes hangers or clips? Just strips of kraft paper folded in half and glued on!

Definitely check out her shop and blog. Full of awesome stamps and inspiration ❤ And if you head over today to see the GRAND RE-OPENING blog post, you’ll even spy my panties card as part of the featured designers!  Check out and COMMENT – FOLLOW – LIKE on the designer’s blog / instagram / Facebook page from now through April 12th… one lucky winner will win a $25 card to the Sweet Stamp Shop!

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As always, thanks for stopping by my  colorful little spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up to the Daily Post “BLUR” – I love adjusting the focal point and giving my viewer a specific spot to focus on… hello sunshine!

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Where’s My Mojo? {Feeling Crafty}

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Wouldn’t it be nice if Creativity would come rushing to us anytime we needed it or summoned it? Kinda like on-demand? Lol!

Well, sometimes, it just doesn’t come that easily. Luckily, there are great sites and sources to turn to online when we need that little nudge…

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I was so happy and honored when my friend Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits asked me to create a Monday Mojo project based on her monthly inspiration pieces. Lisa offers 5 inspiration prompts at the beginning of the month: color scheme, sketch, embellishment, technique, and topic. You’re able to interpret the prompts as you see fit and if you link up a project created from the inspiration, you’re eligible for a prize!

Color SchemeWhen Lisa sent the inspiration files, I fell in love with the color scheme. And even though the photo reminded me of a cool end-of-summer/early-fall feel, as I started to pull papers, I was inspired to create this Christmas banner 🙂 This girl can certainly change her mind, and I can’t help but look forward to the holidays! I can honestly say though, I’m pretty sure this is the earliest I’ve ever created a Christmas craft ❤

I love the way this turned out and can’t wait to make some more Christmas goodies! If you’re interested in purchasing this banner, visit my brand new Etsy store! Woot woot!!

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What do you do when creativity is out to lunch? Do you scour the web for inspiration? Be sure to check out Lisa’s site My Kreative Pursuits – particularly her Monday Mojo series. I know you’ll feel inspired to create some yummy goodness when you see the inspiration pieces. The added bonus? The weekly featured designers and the lovely creations they’ve concocted with the inspiration pieces!

Be sure to stop by My Kreative Pursuits and leave Lisa some love and thanks for the inspiration posts she whips up every month!

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

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Trends, Comparisons and Expectations, Oh My!!! {No Scrapbooking Police Blog Series}

Set your Scrapbooking Free

Have you been following the No Scrapbooking Police Blog Series? My super adorable and creative friend Cara Vincens asked a group of passionate scrapbookers (including yours truly!) about the “should’s” of scrapbooking and our take on debunking those myths. We’re talking everything from journaling to perfection, from legacy to chronology and all the “should’s” in between.

So when Cara asked me to debunk the myth that a scrapbooker SHOULD follow the trends and be aware of what others think of her pages, I have to be honest and say that the statement threw me back to high school. Huh?! Say what? I know! High School!

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Playing with trends? Make them your own!

TRENDSETTER

While in high school in the late 1980’s, I was voted best dressed. Woohoo! I was, without a doubt, a trendsetter. Lace and gold, fringe and turquoise, suede shorts and boots, big perm and bigger earrings — yup, I was on the forefront of trends. Appearances, trends, what others thought of me… all of that was of utmost importance to me. Of course… I was seventeen!

While in college in the early 1990’s, I stayed on trend with fashion, and dabbled with different styles. I met my husband during my “grunge” phase – he still jokes he was duped as that phase didn’t shine any light on my true-blue girly-girl or high-maintenance sides! Haha!

Into my twenties and thirties, I was still very aware of trends and what others thought of my appearance, but as the years went by, I started figuring out what felt right for me, regardless of what was in magazines, on the runways, or draped on celebrities. I found colors that suited me, silhouettes that were flattering, and overall styles that worked for me, as opposed to feeling like I was working for them.

That’s basically how I’ve come through my evolution in scrapbooking, too! When I started in the craft in 2008, I was like a kid in a candy store, or a teen in the 1980’s in Contempo Casuals – I wanted to try everything! The trendier, the better!

I bought every themed pack of paper and ephemera I could get my hands on. If I saw a beautiful layout that inspired me, I wanted to buy every bit and piece needed to make that page too so I could duplicate it exactly… stamps, inks, patterned papers, ribbons, punches, brads, eyelets, flowers, stickers (oh, the stickers!), and more. You too? Yeah, not surprising!

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

COMPARISONS

But as time has gone by, I’ve realized that jumping into a trend from head-to-toe may have worked as a teen (envision neon!), but doesn’t work for me anymore. Just as importantly, comparing my pages to others pages doesn’t serve any purpose either. There really are no scrapbooking police that will ticket me for not following trends, for not making pages like so-and-so, for not leaving enough white space, or for using too big of photos on my layouts. Trust me, I’ve tested each of these, and nope, no scrapbooking police tickets have come my way!

Just like in fashion, incorporating a little bit of trends here and there is good for helping keep things fresh, but it’s not the be-all, end-all in life. What’s important is feeling comfortable in my own skin, particularly my creative skin, creating pages I love and developing my own style along the way!

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$1000 Serendipity indulgence? Heavens no! Rite-Aid Birthday Cake ice cream in sugar cones in the backyard!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Yummy Ice Cream! scrapbook layout

$1000 Serendipity indulgence? Heavens no! Rite-Aid Birthday Cake ice cream in sugar cones in the backyard!

EXPECTATIONS AND APPEARANCES

Of course we want to be liked and we want others to like our pages. That’s one of the upsides to belonging to a community, like Layout-a-DayScrapHappy.org or the forums over at Paperclipping.com. It’s nice to get accolades for our work! But when we create pages for ourselves (for the creative process) or for our families (so they know how much they’re loved) or for future generations (for the stories shared and people highlighted that we don’t want forgotten), when we focus on what WE want from and in our pages, then it doesn’t matter what the trends are or what others expect from our pages. Getting the accolades is a plus, but the real payoff is in loving our pages… it lets the hobby grow in our hearts, and our creativity grows wings ❤

On the flip side, sometimes it’s hard to share pages if we feel they’re not “good enough” – not from the design and products perspective, but from the content or subject of the photos. Maybe it’s a “mundane” everyday moment, as opposed to an exotic vacation or a flashy outfit (I can’t get away from fashion!). It’s important to remember that scrapbooking isn’t about comparing lives. It’s about sharing what’s important to us. For me? It’s the everyday moments that take my breath away. They’re the ones that make me laugh. The ones that make my heart happy to be a scrapbooker. Let me tell you why…

Both of my daughters are used to being subjects for my photos, layouts, photo assignments and more. About a year ago, my now 7 year old, started pointing out more and more details in our everyday lives, things to photograph, and it just blows my mind how she’s taken it in. She notices the color “sunset” in the sky outside her bedroom window as the sun dips behind the houses on the hills west of us. She squealed in awe when she noticed the new flowers planted at the corner of the shopping center in our neighborhood and asked me to circle around so I could see them too. She’s insisted I grab my camera and go with her to the backyard… because a rose has bloomed and we need to photograph it before the petals fall. It’s those details and so many more that are part of our everyday lives, that are just as important and cherished as those less frequent and more opulent indulgences! Now excuse me… I have some more everyday pages to go create… {sniff, sniff}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // An afternoon at the park, hearing the sweetest words from my sweet baby - "You're my best friend, mama" scrapbook layout

A beautiful afternoon at the park, enjoying my sweet baby, taking in the sweetest words a mama could hear… “You’re my best friend, mama” ❤

Follow the blog series

I’m totally enjoying all the posts and hope you do/are too! We’re on the tail end of the series, but be sure to go back and read the posts you may have missed… they’re totally worth it and if you’re not familiar with these fantastic scrappers, get ready to fall in love, at least once, if not with all of them! xoxo

August 4 – Paige Evans
A Scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling  

August 5 – Ashli Oliver
Scrapbook pages SHOULD be fast and simple to just get them done 

August 6 – Jen Gallacher
Scrapbook pages SHOULD look perfect 

August 7 – Melissa Shanhun
Digital scrapbook pages should look as much like a paper page as possible  

August 8 – Ashley Calder
Scrapbooking SHOULD be done *this* way  

August 9 – Caroline Davis
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook FOR her family 

August 10 – Lisa Harris
Scrapbooking SHOULD be a legacy for the scrapbooker’s family

August 11 – Connie Hanks
A scrapbooker SHOULD follow the trends and be aware of what others think of her pages

August 12 – Marie-Pierre Capistran
A Scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook chronologically  

August 13 – Nancy Gaines
Scrapbooking SHOULD be 12×12 traditional paper pages

August 14 – Cara Vincens
A scrapbooker SHOULD always be caught up

So if you’re a regular reader, you know this was a lot meatier than most my posts. Thanks for sticking with me… I clearly had lots to say on this subject I am oh so very passionate about! If you’re new here, welcome! Stay a while, poke around, and I hope you enjoy all things photography and crafting 🙂

Before I say good-bye, I must ask: How do you handle trends? Do you adopt every scrapbooking trend that comes along? Do you avoid them like the plague? What trend are you not willing to let go of? As for me, I don’t think I’ll be giving up chevrons or wood veneers anytime soon 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Catching Snowflakes scrapbook layout

Fantastic ski resort? Nope, backyard of my mother-in-laws home in the forest of northern California!

Tomorrow, Marie-Pierre Capistran will debunk the myth that we should scrapbook chronologically, so be sure to check out her 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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Does Cara Vincens’ name sound familiar? You might remember her from the Creative Friends blog tour we did in June – she’s uber creative, a mama to 6, and her super power is sewing fantastic costumes for herself or her children, without a pattern if she can help it 😉 Be sure to stop by the blog series contributors, leave some comment love, and thank Cara for masterminding this fabulous series!
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Love Crazy Hair {Feeling Crafty}

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My friend Amanda asked me to guest design on her blog Amanda Robinson Studio, so I whipped up this layout with full step-by-step photos and instructions showing the process to create the background!

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Amanda makes gorgeous cut files — her Scribble Kit inspired my background for my layout! But since I don’t have a Silhouette quite yet, I only get to drool over her beautiful designs. Lucky for me, I’m a stencil fanatic and had picked up the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencil Kit that had a design very similar to the inspiration. I love the way this came out! Hope you like this colorful grid design too and head on over to Amanda’s site here to see my step-by-step process.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get my downloadable “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Just Do It! (it’s not just for Nike)

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Taking classes, learning, growing, evolving… that is beyond important to my well being and personal fulfillment. I’ve loved education since I was a little girl. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went a full year without taking a class of some sort! From getting my MBA to Certification in Photography, from “Cooking Your First Thanksgiving Dinner” to kick-boxing, from knife skills to scrapbooking, from the Perfect Cocktail Party to painting, and everything in-between, I love to learn. Seriously, I haven’t met many classes that I didn’t love and grow from!

And that streak continues with all the classes I’ve taken at CreativeLive! Have you caught any CL classes yet? They’re fantastic! Live broadcasts are free, but I’ve actually purchased access to several classes because the content is just that valuable! I’m gonna tell you about one class in particular… so keep reading!

Have you noticed some changes here at Clicky Chick Creates? I recently participated in CreativeLive’s “Build a Successful Creative Blog” class taught by the über spunky, smart, adorable, fun and knowledgable April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle. April’s class covered tons of great topics about creative blogging, not just goals and writing, but deeper discussions including finding your voice, utilizing social media, fostering relationships, taking daily steps (no matter how small) to get closer to your goals and so much more!

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The great thing about constantly taking classes is all the new information I’m exposed to and bits and pieces I put together along the way. The tragic part of taking so many classes is it’s way more fun to take the classes and less fun to actually do the work! But April’s class was so inspiring, and the community that transpired from the student chat during the class, combined to create a fantastic ball of energy! Some of the messages that came through, loud and clear, that I decided I had to take immediate action on included:

1. Get your face on your page!

Did you notice the left side bar changes? See me smiling at you?! Here I am again… Hi, sugar!

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2. Get an opt-in email list!

Have you subscribed to the Clicky Chick Creates email list? For signing up, you’ll get a downloadable list of “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” to help you get your game plan for the next birthday! Sign up HERE!

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3. Create a great freebie download!

Yup, get your hands on the super awesome “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” for opting-in to the email list! I’m pretty proud of it 🙂

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4. Make it easy to stay connected

How about the social media icons in the left sidebar? I’d love to connect with you!

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5. Just DO IT!

Throughout the class, April gave us loads of information and knowledge on how to do what we need to do. Lots of info. A plethora. Books worth. Some of my favorite words of wisdom from April can summarize an easily digestible plan to move forward:

  • Take it one step at a time: determine what your priorities are so you can focus on one step at a time
  • Set B&W goals: accomplish those first, then move onto adding new goals
  • Don’t aim for perfection: if at the end of the day you can say “I did at least one thing today to get closer to my goal!” then you’re doing good! (Click to Tweet)

Sounds simple enough, right?! So just DO IT! I’m glad I’ve made the changes that I did, and yet there are still a ton more I’d like to make. I had plenty of roadblocks (um, excuses, reasons, whatever you want to call them) as to why some had not been done. For example:

  • I couldn’t send out from my MailChimp account until I had a PO Box (I’m just not comfortable sharing my home address with the public), so it took a while, but I finally made time to get to the Post Office.
  • I prefer my face behind the lens, not on my sidebar! But putting myself, my face in particular, gives Clicky Chick Creates a little more personality!

So what are you doing to move your blog forward? There are tons of tips and tricks in April’s class and on her blog, as well as tons of other resources all over the web.

I came across CreativeLive last year and rarely does a week go by that I haven’t checked out a classroom or two! My two favorite channels are “Photo & Video” as well as “Craft & Maker.” Both are perfect for my worlds, but they do have a other channels, so check them out regardless of what creative world you live in 🙂

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If you landed on my page following the blog tour, you came to me from K9 Studio Photography (aren’t Kristina’s images fantastic?! I’m in love with her conceptual Doggy-Angels!) and now you’ll be headed to my sweet and amazing eco-crafting friend, Gina Zee. I’ve actually known Gina for years and have enjoyed watching her evolution as an artsy and eco-crafter – go tour her site, you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Lots of great blogging tips and take aways being shared via the “What #BelleLive Taught Me” blog tour! {Click to Tweet}

As always, thanks for stopping by. I know this post was a bit meatier than my usual pretty pictures and creative crafts, so thanks for sticking with me! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Stencils and Inks on Layouts {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // using stencils and inks, vellum and Washi tape to create custom scrapbook pagesSome people get a rush when starting with a clean, fresh, blank piece of cardstock or canvas to create on. Others totally freeze and don’t know where to start. And others look at it as an opportunity to play. That’s where I usually am – in a playful mood. I love starting with a blank piece of cardstock and getting my stencils, inks and mists and creating a custom piece of paper to fit my needs.

I recently guest designed over at ScrapHappy.org during our annual October members-only layout-a-day. It was an honor to be asked to create a layout, and although I was a little stumped with the prompt at first, it ended up being a great way to document these fun photos of my girls, and their love of shoe shopping!

ClickyChickCreates.com // using stencils and inks, vellum and Washi tape to create custom scrapbook pages

ClickyChickCreates.com // using stencils and inks, vellum and Washi tape to create custom scrapbook pages

ClickyChickCreates.com // using stencils and inks, vellum and Washi tape to create custom scrapbook pages

For this layout, I used some of my favorite inks… yes, you guessed it, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and a couple of different stencils. I had fun using the stencils to create a play on the shoes – treadmarks and pebbled floor. I love how creating your own background paper really lets you subtly add your story directly into the design, without being too direct. And I ended up loving this layout so much that I made a card too…

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I’ll be teaching this technique in a class at my local scrapbook store – Cool Scrapbook Stuff. Sign up if you’d like to learn how to work with stencils and inks!

Have you created any layouts or cards or crafts with stencils? I’d love to see, so share links in the comments!

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

PS. Don’t forget to share this or pin it on Pinterest if you’re inspired to get creative with stencils and inks!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar
Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Chevron Mask
Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Sundrifter Triangles
Folk Art Pebble Background
American Crafts Thickers Chipboard Alphas – Marquise Black
Wood Veneer Butterflies