Inked Bokeh Tutorial {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more! May is one of my favorite months of the year! Not only is it my baby’s birthday month, but it’s also Layout-a-Day during May!

Layout-a-Day is a month long challenge of spending creative time everyday to create a scrapbook page or layout. It only happens 3 months out of the year, so it’s a special time to focus on one of my favorite hobbies. But, I won’t lie…with my schedule as a mom & wife, volunteer, photographer, Etsy-preneur and more, I don’t get to create a layout every single day, but I do make creative time more of a priority for the month! That might mean a layout, a card, prettying up my planner, or playing with a tag to try a new technique.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more!

For this month’s Layout-a-Day in the Scrap Happy community, I’ve been quite the happy camper to be one of the featured designers! Our theme for the month is Musical Mayhem and being inspired by the music in our worlds. Today’s prompt is to create a layout highlighting a loved one who enjoys the spotlight! What a perfect opportunity to create a layout about my big girl about her moment on stage singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” during her school talent show! At just 7-years old, my big girl had more confidence in her little pinky than I’ve ever had!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more!

I had fun creating this background paper and thought I’d share how easy it was to create! Enjoy the tutorial. If you like it and learned from it, please leave me a thumbs up to let me know you enjoyed it!

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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New // Think Over {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Champagne ChristmasThe new year is welcomed with new photo challenges…

I have now been blogging for almost two years, with 290 posts, and a huge majority of those being photo focused. I think in 2014, I participated in the Daily Post weekly photo challenge at least 50 of the weeks in the year! But there have been lots of other photo-centered posts, too. Where do I find the inspiration for those? Mostly at Capture Your 365, with daily prompts and a fantastic, inspiring and supportive community. Katrina decided to mix things up a bit this year and along with the daily prompts, we have weekly overarching themes. So whether you’re interested in daily or weekly inspiration, CY365 is another great source to tap into! Have you signed up for the free daily prompts? You’ll see my contributions as part of the Creative Team! Be sure to say hi if you pop over to the gallery or forum!

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For today’s post, I decided to merge both DP and CY365 prompts… NEW and THINK OVER.

The new year usually brings along new resolutions. We spent a lot of family time together yesterday, starting our day with a lovely hike at a beautiful San Diego trail.

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Last night, we continued our new year’s celebration with family game night. I also decided to enjoy another glass of champagne! While we were enjoying our game, with the tree and lights in the background, I was contemplating my goals and dreams for the year… more champagne, more photos, more family time, better time management, more patience, less stress, better sleep schedule, more business, less sugar, more crafting. Still need some ironing out, but at least I’m thinking it over! What are your goals, dreams, resolutions for the year?

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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

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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10 on 10 – December // Deck the Halls

Ready to peek inside my home? These are some of my favorite Christmas decorations!

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Do you buy Christmas ornaments or decorations while traveling? That’s something I’ve loved doing for more years than I remember! The red mosaic ball? From Salt Lake City, Utah. The silver tear drop? From Hearst Castle in Cambria, CA. The crosses? From Solvang, CA the weekend my sister was married! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating our tree and reminiscing where every ornament and decoration came from. Okay, not every single one, but definitely lots have significant meaning ❤

Believe is one of my absolute favorite words and is evident throughout my home, particularly during the holidays. So I couldn’t resist getting some fun bokeh shots with our Believe ornament!

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Did you land at Clicky Chick Creates coming from Laura Bastien at The Sweet Life? Her gorgeous photos make me want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a nice fire! Be sure to head on over to my adorable friend and uber talented photographer Kim Bajorek! She headed out for a high noon photo shoot at the beach, capturing her beautiful friend in front of a turbulent yet beautiful ocean! She even caught some daredevils out in the rough waters as well 🙂

Thanks for following our 10 on 10 adventure this year! I’ve had a blast spending time behind the lens to capture 10 (or more) photos monthly of people and events that are near and dear to my heart, and whatever may have tickled me pink for the month ❤ If you missed any of the 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Bokeh and twinkle filled snow globes, star bokeh, Christmas

Twinkle // Bokeh Snow Globes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Bokeh and twinkle filled snow globes, star bokeh, ChristmasThe magic of the season is having taking notice of the small things and being grateful. My girls are still young and continue to love snow globes, with a beautiful twinkle in their eyes. How could they not when their little faces are in those adorable snow globes?!

Using a handmade filter to create the star shaped bokeh made this project extra fun! I used the bokeh tips my amazing friend Katrina Kennedy shared over at Capture Your 365 to learn how to make it. Using a star shaped paper punch gave me the perfect star!

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!

Have you checked out my Etsy shop goodies? Or my Society6 shop? Lots of my creations to share with your loved ones during this holiday season! And if you use this link to head to my Society6 shop, you can get free worldwide shipping and $5 off most items! Don’t delay – promotion ends Sunday, December 14th!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Join the fun of the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Twinkle. Check out my previous photo challenge entries here!

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10 on 10 – February // Heart of Hearts

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Valentine’s BINGO with Sweet Tarts

Did you have a lovely Valentine’s day yesterday? Whether you were romantically swept off your feet, spent the day loving your kiddos, had a quiet day reflecting what love means to you, ignored the holiday altogether, or anything in between, I hope your day was absolutely lovely!

So speaking of Valentine’s, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to focus on hearts for this months 10 on 10. What is 10 on 10? An awesome project I was invited to join for 2014 where we photograph on or near the 10th of the month and post 10 (or more – I like more!) photos as part of a blog hop/circle. No matter where you start in the circle, you’ll end up back where you started and have visited all the posts in the circle.

Now onto hearts… Heart of hearts. Cliche? Who, me? February, Valentine’s specifically, only rolls around once a year, right?! So here we go…

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Tiny heart shaped sprinkles

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Valentine’s day banner – Recollections

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day breakfast of fresh strawberry pancakes and fresh homemade strawberry greek yogurt parfaits

Valentine’s morning breakfast – fresh strawberry pancakes and strawberry greek yogurt parfait with granola

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Valentine’s heart shaped bagels

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart beads necklace, heart shaped

Heart beads in heart shape

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pandora bracelet, key and lock, hearts

Pandora key and lock – both with hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart shaped paper clip, Eiffel tower, pretty paper

Intertwined paper clip hearts, Eiffel Tower pretty paper

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // adorable Valentine Tag handmade by Simmone D. for ScrapHappy swap

Gorgeous tag received from my friend Simmone D. in Louisiana – super adorable and love all the hearts!!

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Daisy Troop “Love Tubes” – full blog post coming soon!

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My 7-yr olds heart hands

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Shadow of Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day cupcake with heart shaped bokeh

Cupcake and bokeh – yum!!

Did you visit all the photographers on our 10 on 10 blog hop last month (January)? Really beautiful photos from  amazing photographers! It’s a small group, so make sure to make the rounds – you won’t be disappointed. Truly, I’m honored to be amongst such talented and gifted women! This month, you’ll be heading to Photography by Glenda – her images are gorgeous!! Be sure to leave some comment love!

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

PS. To see previous 10 on 10 posts, click here.

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For all photos in this post, Canon 60D was used with Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lenses. For more information on equipment I use regularly, visit my “What’s In My Bag” post. Please leave any questions or comments below – I love hearing from you!

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas friends and family! Wishing you joy and peace in the comfort of our savior’s love and light this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

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What have you enjoyed this season or are you looking forward to enjoying during these next couple days? I’ve enjoyed photographing bokeh, ornaments, families, treats and lots of decor this season!

I’ll be spending the next few days with family, but will be back in a couple of days with a fun post about a recent photo outing with friends: photographing photograpHers! Until then, be sure to check out the class links below. Truly, I only link to classes, instructors and products I LOVE and think you will too! Don’t miss the FREE photo a day scrapinar with Katrina Kennedy – sign up here. And check out the amazing photography, crafting, art and scrapbooking classes from True Scrap 5 – all 15 classes on sale (under $10 per class!) until 12/25.

Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. If you’re still in need of a last minute gift for any photographers, artists or crafters in your life, be sure to check out the True Scrap 5 classes – the sale prices are coming to an end 12/25. Each class is on sale for just under $10 per class. Hands down, it was one of the best online class experiences I’ve ever had! There are 15 classes to pick from – here are just a few of the you-really-can’t-miss-these-classes that I loved! Besides gifts for others, everyone needs a “To: Me, From: Me” present under the Christmas tree, right?! : )

Katrina Kennedy's True Scrap 5 "The Art of the Everyday" class - one word: Amazing!!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Katrina Kennedy’s True Scrap 5 “The Art of the Everyday” class

Stephanie Ackerman's True Scrap 5 "Project Miscellany" class - one word: Awesome!!!!

ART: Stephanie Ackerman’s True Scrap 5 “Project Miscellany”

Nichol Magouirk's True Scrap 5 "Stamp it up a Notch" class - one word: Awesome!!!!

SCRAPBOOKERS: Nichol Magouirk’s True Scrap 5 “Stamp it up a Notch”

PSS. Don’t forget to sign-up for the FREE photography webinar “Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project” – I blogged about it here. Katrina Kennedy and Lain Ehmann are offering a free tip filled scrapinar to help you succeed in your photo a day project in 2014 – don’t miss it!! Personally, my photography has really evolved over the last year and I sincerely feel it’s due to classes, challenges and communities that keep me shooting! Being part of Katrina’s Capture Your 365 has definitely aided in that evolution!

Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project with Katrina Kennedy