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Make It Monday // Plan with Me May

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you celebrated a lovely Mother’s Day this weekend with your loved ones near and far! I’m sharing a fun post with you today featuring my new Inkwell Press Planner and a video sharing how I set up my week featuring lots of stamps!

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In my last Make It Monday post I shared that I was loving digging into my stash from years gone by and using stamps that hadn’t received very much (if any) love. Well, it happened again as I reached for old stamps to use in my new planner!

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Have you heard of the Inkwell Press Planner (IWP)? I was torn between the IWP and the Erin Condren (ECLP) planners, and decided to make the jump with the Inkwell Press. I loved the idea of being able to break my days into segments that I needed, and the overall monthly goals page, although I haven’t set up that page yet!

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I created a process video sharing how I set up my spread for the week. I ended up mostly stamping and not using very many stickers. I have quite a collection of those too, so I’ll be digging into that stash for an upcoming video. I’m sure there are some gems in there!

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If you enjoy the video, let me know with a thumbs up and subscribe! I love sharing my process and hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. Keep following the circle and head over to Jen at Jen Wright Designs! Jen is sharing a free scrapbook template to inspire you to add to your album & photobooks. She is super creative and super generous! Be sure to hop on over, check out her gorgeous goodies and leave her some comment love to let her know you stopped by!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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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Make It Monday // Planner Craze on the Cheap

Have you jumped on the paper planner craze? I’ve used my iPhone for my scheduling for years – iCal and Notes mostly, sometimes Reminders, but honestly? It just wasn’t working for me! I was feeling really overwhelmed at the end of the year and started noodling with the idea of going back to a paper planner. Lo and behold I stumbled on the paper planner communities out there and have been consumed / in love / aghast with all the YouTube videos on planners! Egads!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog circleWelcome to our Make It Monday: “Organization” circle! You may have noticed some of our Monday’s have themes? Well today we’re chatting up organization! And what’s getting me organized these days? My planner! So, here we go…

As much as I’ve been wanting to splurge on the gorgeous gold foil Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP), I am being practical and promised myself I’d see if I could actually stick to using a cheap planner consistently for 2 months before I splurge! I’ve heard it takes 21 days of repeated/consistent behavior to develop a habit? So far, so good!

I bought an inexpensive (on sale for $7) planner at Target the first week of January, and it really is helping me keep organized. I have so many ideas running loose in my head, and this is helping me corral it all into one practical place! What I love about the ECLP is the layout of the week, with days laid out in a vertical format. The one I bought is NOT laid out that way, but I customized it by adding washi tape down the center to create a “time scheduled” block and a “to do” block for each day.

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That was where I started. Then I decided I wanted to add some sort of a checkmark system for the “to do” section, and although I found some adorable stamps that I really want at Studio L2E, I’m again committed to being frugal. So I searched my mountain of stamps for an open square to create a cute checkbox, but knew I had to use the heart I found instead – it was a perfect fit!

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Once I complete a task, I fill in the heart 🙂 I’m just a goofy dork that way! I should mention I’m loving the erasable Frixion pens. They’re super duper amazing!

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So that’s got me moving in the right direction. That alone has helped me organize my days with time commitments and to do’s for the week. So nice to not have to worry about forgetting something because it’s rolling around in my head with a million other to do’s instead of nicely planned in my planner 😉 Of course there are the occasional slip ups, but it really is helping me plan out my days.

Every night before I go to bed, I review my planner and see what I have going on the next day as far as scheduled obligations, what “to do’s” I may have not completed that day, and what needs to be done the next day. Then I review it again first thing in the morning. It’s really helping me get my day started on the right foot and certainly end the night feeling more accomplished than I started the day!

The other areas I needed to get a grip on included: 1). my creative team responsibilities at Capture Your 365; 2). an editorial calendar for my Make It Monday blog circle with a group of fabulous creatives (who are also my inspiring creative friends!); and 3). projects that I wanted to get to, but didn’t have an actual deadline.

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Too many times I feel like my dog chasing my tail. We all know how easy it is to jump on the computer and get sidetracked. You jump on to pay a bill and an hour later you’ve forgotten about the bill but caught up on Instagram, answered a couple emails, and checked in with a couple of Facebook groups. Yup, easy to do. Unfortunately, I tend to do that with a lot of my life, and have a lot of half-baked crafty, bloggy and photo projects. Having my tasks written down is helping me keep focused…yay!

When I bought the planner in January, it came with November and December 2014 month views (2-page spreads) that I wasn’t going to use. I figured these pages were perfect for a “Project Ideas” page, so I covered up the month and days using washi tape, creating a grid to write in projects. Then, I realized the removable stickers we used to use when we had our retail businesses would be great to use for these projects so I could move around the projects! I add them to my evolving list and once the project is complete, I move it to the date or week I completed it.

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I color coded my projects based on my Etsy store, Society6 store, Craft Ideas for the Blog, Planner/Organization, YouTube and more!

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Somewhere I saw Washi wrapped around playing cards and thought that was a great idea instead of carrying a ton of rolls of Washi! I have a great assortment without lugging them all around! I have these secured to the inside of the front cover. I added Washi to the bottom as well so the cards don’t move around.

The last piece of organizing I’ll share with you is my grocery list and meal planning. Remember how I said I used Notes on my iPhone? I would usually write my grocery list on there, so I had quite a few to go back to reference. I made a master grocery list in Excel and print 3 weeks worth on one sheet. Before I head to the grocery store, I get my meals planned for the week and cross out the items I don’t need to purchase. I use more removable stickers to plan our dinner menu for the week, and can move them around as needed. I use some crafting markers to customize the round and rectangular removable stickers. I like love color and coding this way helps me keep it pretty AND organized!

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So I’m sharing all these ideas with you in case you’ve had any of the same hiccups I’ve hit along the way. Maybe my grocery list and meal planning idea will help you develop a more efficient system for you and your family! Perhaps my Editorial Calendar format will help you organize your creative projects a little better. One project I haven’t made yet has been inspired by my sweet friend Cara at the Hooting Pirate – she created a pen holder with Duct Tape and a bullfrog clip. Super cute! Be sure to check it out here!

And the last piece I’ll share is a little love note I found in my planner from my 8-yr old. Color me happy and lucky in love ❤ I decided to use some of the washi tape to draw attention to that sweetness!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog circleReady to continue to Make It Monday fun? Gotta run? Melissa at Digital Scrapbooking HQ shows you how to keep a collection of photos together to scrap later with Photoshop Elements Organizer  Check out Melissa’s post – her tips and tricks are amazing and I always leave her site with a great and easily usable nugget of knowledge!

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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Make It Monday // Displaying Paper Crafts {Feeling Crafty}

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopBack with another fun Make It Monday! Do you remember the True Scrap classes I’ve mentioned here? True Scrap Events are LIVE online classes full of inspiration, community and fun! Well, we just had True Scrap 6 earlier this month and one of the instructors totally inspired me with her wall display! Layle Koncar taught a fabulous class on interactive mini books, and in the intro of her video clip shared a peek in her studio. She had a similar display and I knew that was exactly what I needed in my space! She actually taught at True Scrap 5 and I had spied that wall display back then, too! I’m so glad I finally got it on my wall and off my to do list!

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I’m able to display five 12″x12″ layouts, along with 4 to 5 cards or tags. It’s a little hard to see with the glare, but it really looks awesome! I can’t help but stare at the wall when I’m in my craft room!

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The page protectors become side loading and super easy to work with. So what did I use?

Measure out how long you want the telescoping curtain rod to be, then mark where you want the mounts to be – measure out both width and height – you don’t want one side higher than the other! Add your hooks/rings and clips to the rod before you secure it in the mounts. Tighten up the mounts after you place the rod where you want it. Add your layouts to your page protectors SIDE loaded. Clip your layout and page protector onto the rod and enjoy your creations!

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I love that I’ll be able to easily swap out layouts, easily displaying new creations. I know my daughters love when I make new pages and now they’ll be able to enjoy them by just walking into the room! I might even do this on another wall in the house to display their art pieces – we have a pretty amazing art program at their school 🙂

14novackermanfreeI can’t help but point out that not only are the projects in the True Scrap classes full of inspiration, but the instructors themselves are amazing! Another True Scrap instructor that I just adore, not only for her projects, but truly for the amazing person she is and how she incorporates faith into her art, is Stephanie Ackerman! She’s teaming up with my friend Lain Ehmann and offering a FREE ONLINE CLASS! Do yourself a favor and sign up here… it’s FREE!! In the scrapinar on November 3rd, Stephanie shares how to turn ordinary text into inspiring, faith-filled works of “Heart!” So excited!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Alison Day Designs? Alison is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today. If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do! But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out my sweet, smart friend Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Today, Melissa is sharing a super simple, but FINISHED Week in the Life album – with free cut files for you!  Woot woot!

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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So what are you going to do first? Sign up for Stephanie’s FREE Scrapinar? Head over to Melissa’s Week in the Life album? Check out any of the True Scrap 5 classes? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
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PS. Linking up to the Daily Post “Cover Art” photo challenge as I realize each of these layouts really is a book on it’s own… Our Love Story, All About Me, The Adventures of My Daughters and so on 🙂

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Containers // Beauty Within {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // hanging planterWhile in college, I fell in love with all the containers and organization at Bed, Bath and Beyond, as well as The Container Store. But perusing my photos, I didn’t find the kinds of photos I was envisioning sharing. So many times we view containers just as a holding place – an item between us and what we really, really want… the contents within those containers!

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But as I perused my archives, searching for photos for this week’s theme for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Containers, I realized many of the containers I’m drawn to are glass, or have a clear aspect so we may see the contents, which got me thinking about the glass in itself – the different patterns and shapes. It’s really beautiful when you think about it!

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What types of containers are you drawn to? Clear? Opaque? Plastic? Glass? Ceramic? Wood? Metal? Colorful? Monotone? Me? I like it all! No container discrimination here! But it looks like I like to photograph the glass ones the most : )

Photo Tip: When photographing a repetitive subject, like jars lined up, get it at eye level and from a side angle to get visual interest. {Click to Tweet}

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While in college, I always hoped to win a fabulous closet make-over from one of the organizing stores. Not to replace the contents of my closet (I was voted best-dressed in high school, after all!), just the organization part! Never won it, but I’m definitely a container junkie and my craft room is full of containers holding all my crafty goodness.

I’m in the middle of reorganizing my craft room, but maybe if that’s done before the week is up, I’ll put up another “containers” post! I just finished a scrappy-hour with some scrappy-friends on Spreecast and got a tour of my friend Alice’s studio – from Scrapbook Wonderland – cute name, huh?! Anyway, her studio is amazing and reinvigorated my desire to reorganize my craft room, so wish me luck!

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!

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Altered Spinner {Feeling Crafty}

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I can’t remember the last project I worked on where I didn’t use ink and a blending tool?! A few months back I found the Ranger Inkssentials Craft Spinner on sale and decided to buy it. I’ve loved having it easily handy on my desk and not stumbling through my drawers to grab the right blending tool. Don’t throw me a pity party or anything, but sometimes it’s a drag to find the right foam pad  – they get buried deep in the drawer holding all my inks. See the photo right behind this post? Those are my inks, plus about 10 more I’ve bought since this photo – yeah, I know, I have an ink addiction, but it’s mostly Tim Holtz and I have absolutely zero tattoos : )

When I’m working on a project, I usually use 3 to 5 colors. Sometimes I’m going into a different color family than the foams I have on the ink blending tools. I was looking at the spinner and realized Ranger should’ve added a basket up top to hold the extra pads. And that’s how I came up with the idea to add the pail…

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My girls have a ton of these pails (from Target $1 bins) that we’ve used for birthday party goodie bags, art supplies, toys, etc. I grabbed an extra one that had just gone into the donate bin and decided I’d try to make it work. A hammer, a nail and screw driver was all it took! I hammered the nail into the bottom of the pail, then used a screwdriver shaft to make the opening a bit wider. I used the back of the screwdriver to smooth out the edges and added washi tape on both sides to cover the edges. It took all of about 5 minutes to grab the supplies and make the hole. Now I have the different colored foam pads right on top of the blending tools. Love it!

What crafting alterations have you made in order to streamline your creative process? Please share! I love hearing how other people come up with solutions and always find them inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
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