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10 on 10 – November // Fall Foliage Self Challenge

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I really wanted to play along with today’s 10 on 10 circle – I miss the creativity all these women have in our little photog-community! Sharing our posts and finding inspiration in their work is a monthly treat – I love curling up with a cup of coffee and enjoying everyone’s posts! And even though I’m photographing tons these days, it’s mostly been client family photo sessions. I absolutely love those sessions. Especially the sessions with little kids, because I truly never know what I’m going to get! Ha!

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So even though I’m behind the lens a lot these days, I haven’t had much time to just wander our beautiful San Diego areas and photograph creatively. So as I looked out my window, contemplating what I could post for our November 10 on 10, I spotted a beautiful tree in one of our neighbor’s yards. And that’s when I decided I would challenge myself to take 30 minutes and photograph fall foliage around our neighborhood!

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Well, the tree I spotted? Turns out it’s in their backyard. I thought it was on the side, where I could casually grab a few shots, but no such luck. So, I decided to hop in the car and head to church just a few minutes away. I haven’t photographed any family sessions there lately, but there are a few beautiful trees towards the back of the property that actually change colors with the seasons! I love San Diego, trust me I do, but we have so much green. Yes, I said so much green – and not a lot of trees with leaves that become that amazing fiery red or burnt orange or golden yellow, like so many of our eastern states do. But those trees at the back of our church? They do!

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So I headed over there and had myself a little fun. I challenged myself with these three limitations:

  1. to limit my time to 30-minutes;
  2. to use only one lens (I chose my macro – Tamron 90mm – which I don’t use enough); and
  3. no moving or staging anything – what I photographed had to be found that way

So off I went and had myself some time to just breathe, shoot, and enjoy the beauty of the season! Have you done that lately?! I highly recommend it!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed taking a little breather and enjoying the fall foliage with me! Consider yourself lucky that I didn’t focus my camera on my current fall obsession: everything and anything pumpkin flavored! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fall Foliage in San Diego, leaves, autumn, colors, red, burnt orange, yellow, seasons, autumn, happy fallConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fall Foliage in San Diego, leaves, autumn, colors, red, burnt orange, yellow, seasons, autumn, happy fall

Be sure to head on over to the lovely Kristina Rust to see how her fall season is coming along! Being a part of this photo circle is truly a blessing – Kristina is the beauty and the brains behind this photography circle, and her images never disappoint! Actually, all these girls in the photo circle are extremely inspiring with their beautiful and heartfelt images! Be sure to follow the entire circle. You’ll be done when you land back here 🙂

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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Wishing you all a lovely cool, crisp and refreshing autumn season! May your day be filled with love and beauty!

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 family photo session!

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Make It Monday // Fall in Love Banner {Top Dog Dies}

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It might be scorching hot in Southern California right now, but that won’t stop us from falling in love with fall!

MakeItMondayCircle-FALL2015Welcome to another Make It Monday! I can’t believe we’re rolling into fall already! My girls start school this week and I’m excited for my favorite season of the year to begin! It’s been unbearably warm at times here in San Diego, but getting to play with these gorgeous fall dies from Top Dog Dies has me ready for the cool days of autumn!

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I love using what I have and creating something totally unique. That’s probably why I like using a couple different die sets on most of my projects! On this fun “Fall in Love” banner, I’m using two super adorable new dies: Make a Banner Die Set (pennants) and Pocket Page Fall Die Set (leaves and squirrel). Look at the super cute details!

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I hope you’re inspired to create something with these dies! The quality is amazing – they cut like butter!

Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Be sure to check out what Alison from Alison Day Designs has to say about soccer! She’s sharing how to tell a new story about an old subject. I can definitely use the help – my baby girl just started her second year of playing soccer!  Be sure to continue the circle and learn more over with Alison!

But before you leave, I wouldn’t feel like a very good friend if I didn’t remind you about True Scrap PlannerLove, yet again! September 19th is going to be an amazing day! Have you jumped on the planner craze? Or are you intrigued to find out more? Well then this is the must-attend-event for you! You can find out more by checking out my post all about it here if you missed it! But really, just sign up before you miss it!

http://www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

And you see what my photo is saying in the graphic below?! YES, I’m TEACHING at PlannerLove! So I will definitely be there! You’ve gotta join me for all the fun!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Hope to see you at PlannerLove on September 19th – it’s gonna an amazingly fun crafty time!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P.S. This is an amazing event that over 400 planners have signed up for! It’s going to be a blast and worth every penny, especially since it includes the full replays and a goody bag! Get your discount here: www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

PPS. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Make it Colorful, always fun to join in! Have you checked out the challenges? So much inspiration from the amazing Simon Says Stamp design teams!

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I’m selling on Etsy! {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Thanksgiving, place cards, hostess gift, gift tags, gratitude, Etsy, custom, printable, pdfHave you heard of Etsy? Imagine an awesome global marketplace with creative, beautiful, handmade goodies, with sellers from around the world… and you’ve got Etsy!

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I recently started selling my handmade creations – mostly banners and party paper crafts – and am thrilled to be able to share my creations with the world! I’m even selling kits for those interested in creating their own banners, but aren’t exactly sure what they need to do! Enter the “Blessings” and “Give Thanks” fall banners I blogged about here. AND I just added some digital downloads for those needing to have quick and easy access to get their creative fix with an easy downloadable project, too!

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Have you checked out my shop? Or have a friend that loves creative products? Or a friend that loves supporting small businesses? I’d really appreciate it if you’d send them my way at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClickyChickCreates Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My goal is to add a few items weekly, so please be sure to check back in often and hopefully something will catch your fancy that you just can’t live without! And if there’s anything you’ve seen on my blog that you’d like to see listed on Etsy, just drop me a note in the comments and I’ll do my best to make it happen!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2As 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!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Make It Monday // Fall Banners {Feeling Crafty}

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MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2Welcome to another Make It Monday! Do you know that Fall is my absolute favorite season? Kinda crazy considering San Diego is in a perpetual summer, but it’s true… I absolutely love Fall!

In the US, we still have Halloween this month and most of the month of November before we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 27th, but I’m creating samples for a class I’m teaching next month, and thought I’d go ahead and share these creations as Canada is celebrating their Thanksgiving Day today. Cheers, Canada!

PROJECT TIP: Get cohesion in your choices! When I was conceptualizing my projects – selecting colors and papers for these banners – I had the fun idea to add texture to the kraft paper. But what type of texture? I let the theme of the papers lead my decision… leaves and trees, so adding wood grain texture to the neutral kraft cardstock seemed like the perfect fit! Did you notice it on the banners? What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?!

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If you’d like to order either of these banners, please visit my Etsy shop! I’m adding more to it every week 🙂 If you have any special orders, I can help you there too! Just send me a private message!

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MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2So did you land on my colorful corner of the crafty-bloggy world coming from Kristie Sloan at Artful Adventures? She’s showing how Base and Bling products can be used for other purposes, not just crafty jewelry! I love how Kristie gets us to think outside the box with so many products! If you didn’t come from her site, be sure you head over there, but first hop on over to Beth at Scrapping Wonders. Beth is sharing how to make monthly mini calendars from your iphone to use for your project life title pages. And she has loads of iPhone app tips on her blog, so be sure to check her out and leave some comment love!

And last but not least, I have to point out the amazing event coming up THIS FRIDAYTrue Scrap 6!! The inspiration, the community, the instructors, the content, the chat… it all gets rolled up into one AMAZING day of crafty goodness! If you’re at all interested in learning more crafting techniques, tips, getting to know and interact with amazing industry leaders, you MUST check out True Scrap 6!! Click here to find out more about the classes and instructors! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!!

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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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So what are you going to do first? Check out my Etsy shop? Sign up for True Scrap 6? Head over to Beth’s blog? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up with Paper Issues’ “Woodn’t You Know, It’s Fall“!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

It’s the Great Pumpkin {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patchIf you’ve poked around my blog at all, you know that besides photography, I love getting crafty! Making cards, home decor, scrapbook layouts… it all makes me happy! On of my favorite times of the year is right around the corner… February is LOAD (layout a day), when we focus on creating a layout every day for the month based on a daily prompt. This page was made a while back, but it’s still one of my favorite LOAD pages!

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I created the background paper using The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia with blending tools and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive.

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Pumpkins were cut with the Slice Elite and Spook Alley design card, then colored with Tim Holtz Distess Inks in Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

If you’re ready to get daily inspiration and have a great time making layouts, join us for LOAD214! And no, there are no LOAD police saying you have to make a page every day, so don’t let that intimidate you! It’s really a matter of creating, documenting, sharing. We get to take those photos off our hard drives and create beautiful layouts for our families to enjoy for years to come. Find out more here.

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Did you follow along the LOAD214 Blog Hop? Lots of great info shared by a bakers dozen of creative crafters (including yours truly!) about this amazing experience known as LOAD! You don’t want to miss this read / blog hop – amazing crafty goodness!!

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

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Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive
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Spook Alley Design Card

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hope you’re having a joyful autumn / fall season and enjoying the beautiful colors of the season! Wishing you a blessed and very happy Thanksgiving!!!

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