ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

Smoothies in the Backyard {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

As a kid, I loved liquados and my girls continue the tradition loving smoothies! We make them all the time, but for this LOAD514 (layout a day) with the prompt of “taste sensation,” I chose to use these photos from a couple summers ago since we included step-by-step smoothie making photos and our pooch Fletchie (RIP) was hanging with the girls as usual in the yard. I had so many photos, I decided to make a mirrored double page spread. Using butterfly masks and mists was a great way to cover lots of space, but compliment the patterned papers and embellies I was already using. In the journaling, I added ingredient lists for both liquados and smoothies in case my girls want to make them for their babies one day!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

What did you love to eat as a kid that you still love now? Mine pretty much includes anything with sugar 🙂 Outside of sweet treats, I always loved my Dad’s Sunday morning Chilaquiles surprise breakfasts; my Mom’s Calabasitas and my step-Mom’s Adobo. Hmmm… I’m getting hungry already! And I see future scrapbook pages with these treasured recipes being featured!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

Are there any family recipes you loved as a kid and make now for yourself or your family? Do you have a collection of recipes to hand down to your kids? I’d love to hear about it, so please share in the comments!

One of my favorite parts about scrapbooking, journaling in particular, is sharing about my past, wrapping it up in our present, and giving my girls bits and pieces so they can continue with the good stuff with their families in the distant future! Do you think it’ll work?

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

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

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Webster’s Pages / Allison Kreft “Creamsicles” patterned paper
Webster’s Pages / Allison Kreft “Savory” patterned paper
Maya Road, Butterfly Masks
Dylusions Ink Spray, London Blue
Dylusions Ink Spray, Calypso Teal
Dylusions Ink Spray, Fresh Lime
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Festive Berries
American Crafts Thickers, Marquise in Chestnut
Slice Parties Design Card (butterflies)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Layers // Advent Banner {Feeling Crafty/Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just 10 days away? And that means Christmas season is only 11 days away!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

I created this Advent calendar banner and mini book for a class I’m teaching at my local scrapbook store (LSS) – Cool Scrapbook Stuff. I wanted to create a unique piece that was quite festive, would add holiday cheer, and give my family and I a great way to experience the holidays. Instead of a treat, candy or toy in each pocket of the countdown for Christmas, I decided to pull together a list of fun activities for us – everything from “wear new jammies to bed” to “French Toast and hot cocoa for dinner” to “make a Christmas card for your teacher” to “make a Jesus Birthday box” to “sleepover under the tree” – lots of things to make the holidays that much more memorable!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

And once the holidays  are over, the banner can be placed on a book ring binder and turned into a mini book. There’s even room on the back of the tags for a small photo (2×2 or 2×3) to be added, documenting the holiday season, or specific daily activity.

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

What kinds of Christmas crafts are you preparing? Can you believe how close we are to the holidays? I LOVE it!!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // vintage Christmas banner, Advent calendar, banner, mini book, traditions, experiences, family

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

PS. This has been submitted to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers – how many layers do you think there are per tag? I’ll give you a clue: look at the layers of stamps and papers, inks and distressing; and don’t forget each tag is double sided! The first sample I made took over 16 hours!

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
Ranger Kraft Tag #5
Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Stunning Snowflakes
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Flower and Dot (no longer available)
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
My Minds Eye, Vintage Christmas paper collection
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Fiskars Scalloped Squeeze Punch, XLarge, Seal of Approval
Fiskars Circle Squeeze Punch, Large, Round n’ Round
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Door
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

Technique Class at CSS {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

Along with photography, I absolutely love crafting! If you’ve poked around ClickyChickCreates.com, you probably already know that : ) Playing with spray mists, stencils, inks, heat embossing, using die cuts and negatives, and so much more… it all makes me happy!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

These are just a few of the samples I created for a class I’m teaching this coming Saturday at Cool Scrapbook Stuff, my local scrapbook store (LSS). If you’re interested in learning hands-on techniques to use on your cards, scrapbook pages, tags, home decor and more, check it out here. I’d love to see you in an upcoming class!

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

Feeling Crafty: The Legend of Anna Meatball (LOAD)

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One of the things I love best about paper crafting, is the freedom to be creative. There’s so much in our daily lives that becomes routine – we have errands to run, groceries to buy, mouths to feed, rooms to clean, laundry to wash, drop-offs, pick-ups, extracurricular activities to get to, and on and on.

But when I craft, especially during Layout a Day (LOAD), I get to focus on photos I want to highlight, a story I want to share, and products I want to use! The cute little Bella Blvd mustache paper I have on this layout and card was screaming to be used with photos from my sister’s baby gender revealing party. There were mustaches for those who thought she was having a boy, pink lips for those who thought she was having a girl. Perfect for this paper!

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Usually when I scrapbook, I start with photos or story as my launching pad. Sometimes (rarely) I start with the product I want to use. During LOAD, a prompt will lead my mind. In this case, it all came together serendipitously! Today’s prompt was “Who?” and who else to scrapbook about than our newest (coming) family member! Working with the browns and pinks, I wanted it to be playful, but refined; trendy, but timeless; layered, but not overwhelming. The patterned papers add lots of energy, so I decided to make the journaling hidden on the tag behind the pink masked hearts.

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One of my favorite new stamps is the distressed chevron by The Sweet Stamp Shop. I made this great little Polaroid-ish frame for a 3×3 photo. Using VersaMark watermark stamp on 4×6 piece of Ranger’s glossy paper, I stamped the chevron stamp, added clear embossing powder and heat set the embossing powder. Then using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, I added my color. Image

I always end up with bits and pieces of scraps that usually end up in my scrap bins. But this time I decided I wanted to use those pieces and not forget about them. So staying with the same color family and overall look with the banners, I decided to make a birthday card. I also decided to add a little banner made with washi tape and bakers twine. Love how it came out!

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

PS. If you want to try any of these ideas, feel free to Pin or Share this post!

“Dyed” Easter Eggs {Feeling Crafty}

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We “dyed” Easter eggs today! My girls and I wanted to make a “Happy Easter” banner, so we poked around Pinterest to get our creative juices flowing. We found lots of banners with egg shaped panels. So when I went to start pulling patterned cardstock, I remembered I had a pack of Heidi Swapp Color Magic Resist paper that I hadn’t used yet. I love using stencils/templates (or “stemplates” as Lain Ehmann calls ’em!) with Dylusions Spray Inks and usually make my own patterned paper. But remembering the Heidi Swapp pack I had gave me the idea to “dye” my own eggs!

Using my Slice e-cutter and Dilly Dally design card, I cut 4″ eggs from three different patterned Heidi Swapp papers; using the Basic Shapes 3 design card, I cut 3″ letters from brown cardstock. I chalked the edges of the letters using VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Cloud White and added Ice Stickles in Strawberry Ice.

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WIth Dylusions Sprays in Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise,and Bubblegum Pink, I dyed our eggs! Added some washi tape, and using foam dots adhered the letters to the eggs. Twine and mini clothes pins finished the look and our banner panels/eggs were now ready to be displayed!

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

Can a Picture Really be Worth a 1,000 Words?

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Have you ever scrapbooked a page with no words? Let me tell you, if you haven’t, you should! It’s a challenge, but made me realize how important it is to capture images that can tell a story all on their own.

Here we are, a week into LOAD213 and I am loving it so far! Creating a layout a day means getting photos off my hard drive, onto beautiful pages for my girls, friends and family to enjoy. I get to play with paper, mists, washi tape, glue, all kinds of goodness!

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