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10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

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Sometimes I feel like my daughters make me crazy. Like how many times can I say “put away your shoes?” or “we have to leave before we’re late” or “NO you cannot wear that!” But truth be told, I’m absolutely, unequivocally, head-over-heels, crazy in love with them!

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They made me a mommy. They pick flowers (sometimes weeds) and lovingly hand me their bouquets. They draw pictures for me and write cards for me. They constantly want my attention and love to sing and dance, showing off their newest moves or lyrics. At bedtime, they ask me to read to them, even though they both can read, especially my 8-yr old who can breeze through chapter books, but still wants me to read to her. They’ve given me the most amazing gift and journey… motherhood. Truly, they’ve made me complete ❤

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But life gets busy. I get overwhelmed with the everydayness of life — cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, volunteering, working, blogging — everything it takes to make our family life keep plugging away. And I forget to take it all in. To take in my girls as they are right here, right now. So for this month’s 10 on 10, I wanted to focus on just them, my baby girls, before yet another month goes by and I realize I’ve been focusing  my lens on the “stuff”, and not the most important beings: my beautiful, smart, lovely, compassionate, free-spirited, whimsical, silly, big-hearted, musical, fun loving baby girls!

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I hope you don’t mind indulging me and letting my proud-mommy-ness shine through ❤ We spent an afternoon in Balboa Park having fun, getting pictures of them being little girls, being themselves. My girls are my life and I love that they radiate joy, love, innocence, sweetness, and all the goodness that my dreams filled with at the thought of having daughters! Truly, I am blessed!

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As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the sweet life of Laura Bastien – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a true gift of capturing grace, beauty and light!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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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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!

PPS. I’m linking this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge, sharing that even amidst the craziness of our life, my girls bring much needed “Symmetry” and balance to my heart ❤

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Make It Monday // Christmas Crafts {Feeling Crafty}

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Welcome to another Make It Monday!

Are you in full-swing, happy-as-a-camper holiday-mode? I sure am! Christmas tree is up and decorated. Christmas music is on All. The. Time. ❤ Stockings are hung, and an elf has arrived for his annual visit to our home with sheer delight from my girls! Love, love, love this time of year and just can’t get enough!

Last year, a friend from church (who just so happens to have been a friend in college!) invited me to sell my crafts at her annual Holiday Boutique at her home. She opens up her home to about a dozen local small businesses and crafters to sell their goods as a fun and friendly holiday social event and fundraiser for local charities. I wasn’t able to participate last year, but I jumped in this year! I created lots of holiday banners and gift tags, and have even listed them on my Etsy shop! If there’s anything that strikes your fancy, please consider purchasing it by Wednesday, December 10th as 20% of proceeds will be donated to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, in continued support of Lianna’s Holiday Boutique 🙂

Chalkboard Banners

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas craft, banners, gift tags, Peace, Noel, Joy, Be Merry, Believe, Merry Christmas, Be Merry, handmade, Etsy

Classic Color Banners

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Vintage/Retro Child Inspired

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Gift Tags

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Ready to shop? Head on over to my Etsy boutique!

CRAFTING TIP: Using multiple patterned papers to create a cohesive look is challenging yet important for a product to look polished and professional. When picking your papers, the easiest route is to choose papers from the same collection. If you’re mixing and matching collections, stay within the same color family, or at least the same tonal values. Many manufacturers will have new yearly collections, but will work with previous year’s color tones, so be sure to shop your own stash, too!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Are you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Karen at Photos Kept Alive? Karen is sharing some food layouts inspired by Insta-Food classes… already making me hungry! If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do. But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out Jen with Jen Wright Designs. Jen has a free scrapbook template & freebie she’s sharing this week. Her projects are always inspiring and make me want to scrap some more digi pages! Be sure to let her know you stopped by with some comment love!

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So what are you going to do first? Head over to check out Jen’s scrapbooking template and freebie? Check out my Etsy shop goodies? Still haven’t checked out my Society6 shop? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas banner, Believe in..., blue, burgundy, red, kraft, brown

Where’s My Mojo? {Feeling Crafty}

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Wouldn’t it be nice if Creativity would come rushing to us anytime we needed it or summoned it? Kinda like on-demand? Lol!

Well, sometimes, it just doesn’t come that easily. Luckily, there are great sites and sources to turn to online when we need that little nudge…

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I was so happy and honored when my friend Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits asked me to create a Monday Mojo project based on her monthly inspiration pieces. Lisa offers 5 inspiration prompts at the beginning of the month: color scheme, sketch, embellishment, technique, and topic. You’re able to interpret the prompts as you see fit and if you link up a project created from the inspiration, you’re eligible for a prize!

Color SchemeWhen Lisa sent the inspiration files, I fell in love with the color scheme. And even though the photo reminded me of a cool end-of-summer/early-fall feel, as I started to pull papers, I was inspired to create this Christmas banner 🙂 This girl can certainly change her mind, and I can’t help but look forward to the holidays! I can honestly say though, I’m pretty sure this is the earliest I’ve ever created a Christmas craft ❤

I love the way this turned out and can’t wait to make some more Christmas goodies! If you’re interested in purchasing this banner, visit my brand new Etsy store! Woot woot!!

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What do you do when creativity is out to lunch? Do you scour the web for inspiration? Be sure to check out Lisa’s site My Kreative Pursuits – particularly her Monday Mojo series. I know you’ll feel inspired to create some yummy goodness when you see the inspiration pieces. The added bonus? The weekly featured designers and the lovely creations they’ve concocted with the inspiration pieces!

Be sure to stop by My Kreative Pursuits and leave Lisa some love and thanks for the inspiration posts she whips up every month!

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

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One // Christmas Favorites {Photo Challenge}

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Well there’s no better time to share some of my favorite photos of this holiday season than now! The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: One asks us to show photos that highlight “one thing”. To me, that means my love of shallow depth of field and wide open aperture will definitely work for this challenge!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // oreos, sprinkles, chocolate, treats, Christmas, easy, yum!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, bokeh, snow globe, tradition, catching snowflakes

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Along with some of my fave images, I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs of the season, too!

And that’s just a few of my favorite Christmas songs! What are yours? What Christmas songs touch you emotionally, whether it’s a smile on your face or a tear in your eye? What photos have you captured this holiday season that makes your heart sing? I’d love to see or hear, so let me know in the comments!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // M family sneak peek, trains, 3 boys, wreath, Christmas, family photos

M Family Sneak Peek {Photo Session}

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Sometimes I can’t believe how fortunate I am to get to do what I love! And I’m blessed that through the awesomeness of Facebook, old friends see what I do and ask me to capture some memories for them, too! That’s exactly what happened with here – I’ve known Marie for over 20 years, and I was so excited she reached out about a photo session for her family. They were so much fun to work with. The boys were super adorable! Their communication and bonds with each other are beyond precious. Did I mention one knows how to speak whale? He taught me a word or two : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // M family sneak peek, trains, 3 boys, wreath, Christmas, family photos

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // M family sneak peek, trains, 3 boys, wreath, Christmas, family photos

Their mommy and I discussed the dynamics of three kids being comparable to a see-saw… you usually have two up / being good, one down / challenging, and it’s very hard to balance all three on the same level! And even though the saying is “boys will be boys”and they certainly wanted to play with the trains… overall, they really were great!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // M family sneak peek, trains, 3 boys, wreath, Christmas, family photos

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // M family sneak peek, trains, 3 boys, wreath, Christmas, family photos

Even a pensive shot was a quick grab as the laughs quickly took over! Overall, they really let their personalities shine through – I loved the laughter and silliness!

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I had a fabulous time and certainly hope they all did, too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // M family sneak peek, trains, 3 boys, wreath, Christmas, family photos

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

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F Family Sneak Peek {Beach Session}

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Can’t help feeling super blessed again… I had such a fun, energetic and fantastic beach session with this beautiful mama and her adorable girls!! The energy, love and silliness between these beauties is totally contagious! I think if it was up to the little ones, we could’ve stayed all night, digging our feet in the wet sand and running to the crashing waves!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

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