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Make It Monday // Easter Eggs No More?

MakeItMondayCircle-Lav-Grn-APRILWelcome to another Make It Monday! I’m back with another Easter inspired creation this week. Can you believe we’re just a few days away from celebrating such a special and holy day? So excited!

Of course my girls get excited with all the Easter bunny hoopla, egg hunts and candy. What kid wouldn’t?!

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One of my favorite pictures EVER is of my baby girl when she was just under 2 years old. It was the first Easter that she “got” from the standpoint of finding Easter eggs! She kept looking outside… I love her curious expression… all I can imagine her thinking was “no more? Really, there’s no more out there for me to find?”

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This layout was quite easy to create. One of my favorite layout recipes actually…

  • large photo
  • DIY background paper {used Heidi Swapp color magic paper and Dylusions spray mists}
  • die cuts from various patterned papers {oval / egg shaped die cuts}
  • bling {there’s always a reason to use bling!}
  • thickers

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I love journaling straight onto a layout, but sometimes get a little nervous at the thought of ruining my pretty paper! An easy way around that? Use a layer of vellum to journal on around the photo! Crisis averted and it still looks pretty!

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MakeItMondayCircle-Lav-Grn-APRILThanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. You’re in for another treat with Karen from Photos Kept Alive jumping into the planner craze! See her DIY planner and she’s also sharing her custom page as a free download! Be sure to hop on over and leave her some comment love!

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
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PS. Simon Says Stamp has an “Anything Goes” challenge going on, and this definitely works for the theme!

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Room for One More? {Photo Challenge}

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Every May, the MOMs group I belong to at church hosts a phenomenal annual Mother’s Day Brunch for it’s members. It’s a fantastic event, with great food, friends and fellowship. We usually have a guest speaker, fashion show, decor and/or lifestyle advice with lots of great tips and tricks.

Throughout the year, many of our meetings are focused on parenting, marriage, finances, charity, and more, so the brunch truly is a fun meeting, focused on celebrating us not just as Mom’s, but as sophisticated modern women girly girls!

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One of the beautiful aspects of the brunch is that members will volunteer to decorate a table and it’s simply gorgeous to walk in and take the beauty and design of each tablescape! Each table is as unique as the mom who has volunteered to decorate it. Some will have china, some will have party ware, some will have fresh flowers, others will have balloons. I’ve seen a table as formal for a queen to dine, one with a beautiful religious motif, one that was quite tropical and you felt like you were in Hawaii on vacation!

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But one of our mom’s, Karin, always spoils her table guests with her handmade sweet treats! Honestly, she shares her talents with us throughout the entire year (we’re blessed!), but the MOM’s Brunch, people get there early to stake out a spot at her table. I’m always running late and have yet to secure a spot at her table!

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I think Karin’s sweet treats table and the other tables are absolutely amazing! What do you think? Do you do anything similar with any sort of club or organization you belong to? It really is a treat for the eyes to take in all the decor!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂

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Easter Goodness! {Feeling Crafty}

As I sit in my office/craft room editing photos from the last two weeks, I realize there were a couple of Easter activities I wanted to share… It might be late for this year, but it’s never to early to plan for next year! Feel free to Pin or share these ideas so you don’t forget : )

My girls and I love crafting. They’re only 6 and almost 4, but whether it’s scrapbooking, painting, beading, coloring, baking – whatever it is, they just love being creative! So when I found this great Pinterest idea to use crayons on warm eggs, I thought it’d be perfect activity to do with my girls when their best friend was coming over for a sleepover. It really was a hit!

The girls had fun coloring on the eggs and I should’ve probably let them cool just a bit more, but the crayons really melted onto the shells! On the egg on the right, my baby took three crayons (blue, brown and purple) and as she was holding them all together, she scribble-scrabbled on the egg, creating a beautiful watercolor effect.

To get a deeper color, I colored a few layers of the crayon onto the egg. I look forward to doing this again next year!

Another one of our new loves is using Wilton candy molds, particularly the pretzel candy molds and some candy melts. The combination of sweet and salty is delicious!

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They’re fairly easy to use and the chocolate sets up pretty quickly. I usually find the molds and candy melts at Michaels or Joann’s and they always have sales on them. Now if they only sold the pretzel rods, too, that would save me an extra trip to the grocery store!

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

Hmmmm, did I get them all?

Easter Gesture {Photo Fridays}

Hmmmm, did I get them all?

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The holidays are a wonderful time for us all to bring out our cameras. There are endless photo opportunities. Smiles, decor, food, family, friends, all full of love and excitement. Many times they’re posed, “say cheese”, “just one more”, “hey, so-and-so, get in the photo” and on and on. And these capture wonderful family memories. Hugs, love, smiles.

But occasionally, we’ll capture a moment that is so raw, so real, so authentic… it makes our hearts sing! Those are the captures that I love. The moments I truly treasure. The memories that make me incredibly happy to be a photographer, a scrapbooker, a memory keeper, a treasured memory sharer.

This photo of my baby is one of those rare captures. She was completely enthralled with the concept of collecting eggs. So curious. So contemplative. I had been trying to get her to smile at me for the photo, but she was completely fixated on the yard. Totally in her own world. And even though at the moment I wanted something completely different, I have to say, this is one of my all-time favorites of my baby. I’m happy I kept snapping away, instead of throwing in the towel or worse, getting frustrated.

We’re so completely blessed to live in a digital age and not have the upfront expense of purchasing film. We can take hundreds, heck, thousands of photos without having to pay a small ransom for film and developing! And going from shooting ~250 photos per year 10 years ago, to over 25,000 images last year (including clients, family, and volunteer work), I can tell you my only regret is not being more diligent in keywording and editing (as in deleting those photos I know I’ll never use). But I can honestly say I don’t have too, too many “man, I really missed the shot” moments. Of course I have my share, but I still have lots of photos to work with!

So my tips to you?

  1. Get your camera settings ready before you try to get your subjects attention. Click, click, click as you’re setting up your shot. And once your settings are ready, still keep clicking before you get their attention. Some of the gestures in those shots are pure gold!
  2. Take more shots than you plan to need, you can always delete on the backend
  3. If possible, get unposed shots, along with the smiles you seek : ) These are great to grab “in between” shots
  4. Edit your photos while importing into your photo management software. Add keywords, rate and delete as you go! It’s not impossible, but so much more time consuming to catch up.
  5. Remember to live in those moments. Sometimes we get so caught up trying to “capture” the moment, we forget to “live” in the moment. Along with documenting my favorite photos, I really strive to have authentic memories and moments in our scrapbooks. It might not always be pretty, but it’s real, it’s us, it’s authentic.

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

Easter Cards {Feeling Crafty}

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I’ll be honest… I never appreciated handmade cards or gifts until I started making them myself! I was always about store bought, particularly name brands. I think as a kid of super young and divorced parents, I just really wanted to be “normal,” “mainstream” and “just like everyone else.”

Now that I’m an adult, and have a love of all things crafty and handmade, I love making custom cards for loved ones. Sometimes they’ll take quite a while as there are many layers and details, but usually figuring out my design is what takes the longest. I’ve recently started challenging myself to make cards in 5 to 15 minutes, especially when I’m trying to squeeze in crafting time before picking up my daughters from their schools.

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I made a few different cards for the Easter holiday. These first cards with the eggs took a bit longer to make. I picked my patterned cardstock and papers. Using patterned cardstock, I cut the egg shapes and adhered them to patterned card stock on a plain card. I added a few embellishments to the eggs (bling, felt flower and bling, stickles) and adhered the decorated eggs to the cardstock using foam squares for a little depth.

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The “grass” was hand cut (fringed using regular scissors) from patterned paper, and I added two levels of it – one layer of grass glued down to the striped cardstock behind the eggs; another layer of grass on top of the eggs.

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The “happy Easter” sentiment was cut using my Slice electronic cutter and glued onto the striped card stock. I love the way these came out and hope my recipients do too!

I also made some “5-minute” cards. I wanted to challenge myself to get some cards done quickly, but that were still pretty and had a few different elements. So this is what I came up with…

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Starting with craft cardstock cards, I wanted something that would pop. I embossed butterflies with a couple different embossing powder colors, and added a couple of strips of patterned paper. I also embossed the “Blessed Easter” using Pearl embossing powder for a there, but subtle look.

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Inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, and I was done. This may have even taken less than 5-minutes!

If you’re looking for other Easter craft inspiration, check out my “dyed” Easter egg banner here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Hope your Easter is a joyous one!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c