Summer Splashin’ {Feeling Crafty}

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My girls love to give me ideas on what to scrapbook. Of course they love being the center of attention and especially love having pages all about them! But one of our favorite activities at the end of a season, is to recap our favorites that we just experienced. I shared that listing process on a bucket list layout {Jar of Dreams} I created a while ago, and we continue with our tradition!

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I created this layout as part of the Layout-a-Day (LOAD) month long challenge creating a scrapbook page every day. I haven’t kept up, but I’ll be playing along when I can this month. No harm, no foul, no scrapbooking police coming to take me away or kick me out of the challenge! Oh how I love these monthly challenges! But I digress…

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So my husband, daughters and I come up with our list of faves and I file them away, waiting for an occasion opportunity to scrapbook them 😉 When I was looking at the list, I noticed that about half of our list was all about water activities. How could I resist making this double page spread all about water?!

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I created the background paper using gelatos, water, a brush and some water. I started with two yellows to create the sun, varying the amount of each yellow gelato and water mixed. Then I did the same with the blues, varying the water and colors to create some variation. I used glass beads over a bubble stencil and I love the bubbly water feel it created! I’ll definitely be using this same technique again – maybe for a page about yummy bubbles (champagne), cleansing bubbles (a bath), blowing bubbles (we even have a bubble machine!) or our sweet dog Bubbles! Lots of options!!

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Did you notice the “cover up” on my page? I wasn’t thinking when I stamped my “best of” and stamped 2015 instead of 2014. Oops! But it was an easy fix. I used the same paper and stamped a single “4” to place on top of the “5” I had stamped. Sometimes, I feel like a Scrappy MacGyver 😉

And I’ve gotta mention that part of my inspiration for this layout also came from Cori / The Reset Girl’s “Listers Gotta List” challenge – I found her through a planner group, but I am totally smitten with her monthly list challenges, too! Check out her instagram feed for some yummy listing and embellishing inspiration!

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

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Yellow // Snowflake?! {Photo Challenge}

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Certainly a fantastic upcycling use of wine corks! Spotted these beauties in Spanish Village at Balboa Park and can’t wait to recycle my lovely memories into beautiful Christmas holiday creations and decorations!

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge “Yellow” reminded me I had not shared these yet. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to do something with those wine corks you might have been saving for the perfect project!

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Are you all done shopping and prepping for Christmas? If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

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!

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Relic // Louvre Art {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Art from the LouvreHave you ever been to the Louvre in Paris? The treasures and inspiration there can be overwhelming! I’ve been there several times and still haven’t seen all there is to see. I think I could be there for a week straight and not see it all.

On this particular day, I was inspired and in awe of all the wings and textures and photographed a few…

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While walking through the museum, heading down the stairs from one world of inspiration to the next, I was struck by the glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of restoring found treasures for display in the museum. How amazing would it be to work on these relics and bring them to the world to view? Aww, the dream lives of archeologists and art conservationists…

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Photo Tip: When traveling, be sure to get a variety of shots including the “big picture” shot, along with details and context for scale! {Click to Tweet!}

I hope you enjoyed these photos! I should mention this post was inspired by The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic. Be sure to check out all the “relics” being shared this week! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

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!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
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Inside // Lounge {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside San Diego lounge bars

On a recent girls night out, celebrating one of my besties, I couldn’t help but grab these shots inside a couple lounge bars we stopped into for a drink (or two)! Before I headed out, I read the Capture Your 365 prompt for the day “Notice” and I definitely noticed the great details at 7 Grand. I’m pretty loyal to my DSLR, but loved the vibe, so I just had to get these shots even though I only had my iPhone on me!

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I’m sharing these as part of the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside. Have you checked out other “insides” yet? And if you’re curious, check out my previous photo challenge submissions here!

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