Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

Make It Monday // Lunch Box Love Notes {Top Dog Dies Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!
MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! We’ve just rolled into August, and in California, we’re in full summer mode, but it’s also time to start thinking about Back to School goodness!

My girls are smack-dab in the middle of a pretty fantastic summer. They just wrapped up a great week of summer camp filled with awesome water sports – catamaran, paddle boards, kayaking, sailing – sheesh, I wish I could trade places with them! But during the few hours they were at camp every day, I realized how much I’m going to miss them once they head back to school in September! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the quiet and little bit of time I had to focus on work (did you see how productive I was – I added a TON of new stickers to my Etsy shop!), and during those hours is when I came up with the idea for this project.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

During the school year, I will occasionally drop a little love note in my girls’ lunch boxes. It’s my little way of letting them know how much I love them, that I’m always thinking of them, and hopefully bring a little smile to their day ❤ They’ll usually keep the love note in their lunch box until something ends up spilling and then it’s time to discard it. When I received the new Top Dog Dies Cupcake Die Set, I knew I had to make some love notes with them for my girls! They are nuts for cupcakes and these dies are so stinkin’ cute!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

As I was die cutting all the bits and pieces, I had the idea to punch a 2″ circle to glue the die cut onto, instead of onto a card. I added a little note on the back of the circle, then glued the die cuts onto the front. I added a little bit of glossy accents onto the accent pieces – strawberry, cherry and chocolate kiss – for a little extra sparkle. Then I laminated them so my girls can keep them a little longer! These are way too cute to end up in the trash too soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

Once the girls enjoy them in their lunch boxes, I’m thinking I’ll hole punch a small hole, add a little chain or string, and attach them onto their backpacks. Yup, I think they’re that cute and I’m sure my girls are going to love them!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

Do you include little love notes or goodies in your kid’s or honey’s lunch box?! Or any other tokens of affection you drop in? I’d love to hear! And definitely let me know if you’re inspired to give this project a try!

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYBe sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to see what Melissa at Digital Scrapbooking HQ is up to these days. Her children are adorable and she’s sharing a bright layout for back to school – definitely not to be missed! Be sure to let her know you stopped by and check out her tutorials – she’s incredibly generous in sharing her Photoshop Elements knowledge – I’ve loved picking up tips from Melissa over the years!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I’m planning to have an amazing school year with my girls, and getting projects and goodies like this planned and done ahead of time helps me feel like I’m ready to take on the world! I think the girls over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Plan have the same idea! And Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes is too fun not to play along with! And anyone that knows me, knows how much my girls inspire me. They are so much fun!

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It’s all about the Stuff {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // back-to-school shoe shopping; two little girls, five pairs of shoes, all PINK!

Okay, clearly it’s not about the “stuff” but I do think photographing the stuff helps tell the tale of who we are, what we are about. And in this case, it’s particularly about the very girly daughters I’ve been blessed with!

Seeing it’s Friday, I’d like to share this photo tip with you: When photographing your loved ones, don’t forget to capture their favorite stuff, as well.

  • Stuff they DO
  • Stuff they WEAR
  • Stuff they EAT
  • Stuff they LOVE

This kind of stuff gets forgotten. Sometimes it’ll be in the background or foreground of other shots. But take the time to make them the star of your photos.

Whether it’s collections…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // seashell collection in a jewelry box tower

or favorite games…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Disney Minnie Mouse puzzle collection

or favorite foods…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // French Toast, Greek yogurt, honey, strawberry breakfast

or favorite activities…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art supplies

Whatever they’re “into” – make sure to take the time to photograph it, because time flies, tastes change and next thing you know, they won’t even remember that being something so incredibly special! And of course as a dedicated memory keeper, I have to say… don’t just photograph the stuff… DOCUMENT it! Make sure you write down what your loved ones loved about it. What was special about it? Why was it important? This sort of stuff will be worth gold in the future!! And where should you put these tidbits? In a scrapbook or photo book of course! Okay, truth-be-told: did you roll your eyes or laugh when you read scrapbook? It makes me laugh that some people have a very specific view of scrapbookers: grandmas with lots of cats or clutter or doilies? So not the reality! The industry is full of hip, cool, fresh, artistic, creative people and products! Check it out!

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

PS. The theme for the week at A Word in Your Ear is Pink, and considering the pinkness in my first few shots, I decided to play along in the challenge. Link up in the comments if you’re playing along too!