Summer Splashin’ {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

My girls love to give me ideas on what to scrapbook. Of course they love being the center of attention and especially love having pages all about them! But one of our favorite activities at the end of a season, is to recap our favorites that we just experienced. I shared that listing process on a bucket list layout {Jar of Dreams} I created a while ago, and we continue with our tradition!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

I created this layout as part of the Layout-a-Day (LOAD) month long challenge creating a scrapbook page every day. I haven’t kept up, but I’ll be playing along when I can this month. No harm, no foul, no scrapbooking police coming to take me away or kick me out of the challenge! Oh how I love these monthly challenges! But I digress…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

So my husband, daughters and I come up with our list of faves and I file them away, waiting for an occasion opportunity to scrapbook them 😉 When I was looking at the list, I noticed that about half of our list was all about water activities. How could I resist making this double page spread all about water?!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

I created the background paper using gelatos, water, a brush and some water. I started with two yellows to create the sun, varying the amount of each yellow gelato and water mixed. Then I did the same with the blues, varying the water and colors to create some variation. I used glass beads over a bubble stencil and I love the bubbly water feel it created! I’ll definitely be using this same technique again – maybe for a page about yummy bubbles (champagne), cleansing bubbles (a bath), blowing bubbles (we even have a bubble machine!) or our sweet dog Bubbles! Lots of options!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

Did you notice the “cover up” on my page? I wasn’t thinking when I stamped my “best of” and stamped 2015 instead of 2014. Oops! But it was an easy fix. I used the same paper and stamped a single “4” to place on top of the “5” I had stamped. Sometimes, I feel like a Scrappy MacGyver 😉

And I’ve gotta mention that part of my inspiration for this layout also came from Cori / The Reset Girl’s “Listers Gotta List” challenge – I found her through a planner group, but I am totally smitten with her monthly list challenges, too! Check out her instagram feed for some yummy listing and embellishing inspiration!

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!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D // AFFILIATE LINKS

SBC_par-fbr770157_0 SBC_par-fbr770159_0 SBC_pp-drdys40668_0 41xW6sP3Y5L._SY450_ SBC_f-4595_0

https://clickychickcreates.com/2013/02/28/bucket-list-layout-a-day/

LOAD Prep! What the what? {Feeling Crafty}

2013-02-06_9572

LOAD what? A load of laundry? Load the dishwasher? Nope, LOAD as in Layout-a-Day, the most magical time of the year, right next to Christmas of course!

10929189_10204849901301859_3048632375317767745_n

If you’ve come to Clicky Chick Creates from the LOAD215 Blog Hop, welcome!

For those not familiar with LOAD, it’s a month long challenge to document life via memory keeping / scrapbooking. We receive a daily prompt, create a layout, upload it to our private Flickr group gallery and ooh- and aah- over all the gorgeous layouts in the gallery! No running to a physical class or crop, as it’s all done from the luxury of our own computer. You might get part of your layout done between work, school or getting dinner ready. You can even do it in your jammies! It’s pretty brilliant, actually!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

This will be my 10th, YES, tenth, LOAD! I had heard about it for about a year before I jumped in, and I’m ever so glad I finally did just do it! Some LOADs have been more successful than others, but ultimately, I end up with more layouts than I started the month with, so it’s definitely a win in my book!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // "Thrill Seekers" scrapbook layout - an afternoon at the county fair!

Playing with trends? Make them your own!

I’ve posted about my LOAD experiences several times, and you can find lots of insight here, here and here, where I’ve shared my top tips for an amazing LOAD experience, lots of my favorite layouts, why LOAD is a life changer and I’ve even shared my top-secret Crock-Pot Chili recipe that makes my family quite happy during LOAD!

So if I’ve written so much about LOAD already, what could I possible have to offer this go round without repeating myself? Loads! {Pun intended!} Instead of strategies or tips, I’d love to share a few things I didn’t know about LOAD, and that now, as I approach my 10th LOAD, am blessed with and look forward to sharing with you…

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Prompts that make you scratch your head

Before participating in my first LOAD, I thought I’d just create layouts. Period. I knew I’d receive a daily prompt with some layout examples, and being fairly new to scrapbooking at the time, I thought it would be “use a green piece of paper, 5 brads, and 2 photos” but I was wrong. There’s so much more to LOAD than the month long challenge and a daily prompt.

I had no idea that the prompts would be so insightful. Some of the prompts made me immediately think of the page I wanted to create. Other times, the prompts challenged me to scrap about a topic that would’ve otherwise not made it onto my pages. I should probably say that pre-LOAD, I was mostly an event scrapper, with birthdays and Halloween monopolizing most pages. So making a page about my twin uncles, or my husband’s guitar wouldn’t have been top of mind. But through the awesome LOAD prompts, those pages happened! Curious what the prompts were those days? Little Girl Crush made me scrap about my super cool and handsome uncles, and the Five-Senses: Hearing prompt led me down the path of creating a layout about the 12-string guitar I gifted my husband years ago…way back to our pre-kids days when we had money for our own toys 😉

ClickyChickCreates.com // Sweet Girl Crush scrapbook layout about twin uncles

 

2012-05-04_6616

Inspiration from Prompts, People, Pages

There is no shortage of inspiration during LOAD! Not only are the prompts fantastic, but the pages you see in the private gallery created using the same prompts you’ve received, is amazing! It’s truly inspiring to see the beautiful pages, read heartwarming / real / funny / poignant  journaling, and find that someone may have processed and interpreted the prompt so differently from you, that you’re inspired to create another page using the same prompt! There are usually over 5000+ pages created during LOAD – talk about endless inspiration!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp,

Friendships, the real kind, not just surface stuff

So during LOAD, not only are we creating pages, but we’re seeing everyone else’s pages in our private gallery. And what’s usually on our pages? Our lives! Our loved ones! Our past! Our present! Our dreams! It’s beautiful to know so many of these women and their families through the layouts that have been shared. Marriages, babies, graduations, losses, deaths, family challenges… we’ve all shared so much on our layouts. Many of us have formed deep and meaningful friendships, and have even met in real life for retreats, shopping, coffee, classes, crafting, laughs and more! I really had no clue how close I would become with so many of these women. We come from all parts of the world, all different ages, shapes, colors and sizes! Our common thread of scrapbooking brought us together, but the friendships go so much deeper than sharing a love of paper! I’m forever thankful that I made the decision to try LOAD all those years ago!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Jar of Dreams layout with butterflies, bucket list, life goals

All in all, I’m really thankful for LOAD and wish I would’ve known sooner, how amazing the community is, the support, the inspiration, the camaraderie, the friendships that are formed… they’ve made a huge impact on my crafty life path and many have left their inky fingerprints on my heart forever ❤

So are you ready to join us? You’ve gotta do it, at least once upon a time! Sign up here!

One of the sweetest LOADsters I had the pleasure to become friends with would always give us a countdown of how many sleeps were left before the next LOAD started… so as Alison would say… we have six more sleeps before all the fun starts! Join us! You really will not regret it. And who knows, you might just make some new crafty besties! We’re a friendly, fun and fabulous (if I do say so myself!) group of gals and there’s room at the crafting table for you to join us 🙂

LOAD215 1000x500

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!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Now head off to read some more LOAD goodness from my scrappy friends! You’ll recognize some of these gals from our regular Make It Monday posts, and I’m eager to read all these posts! Hope you are too! Make sure you leave them some comment love if you do hop on over! xoxo

Kristie Sloan at Artful Adventures

Kelli Panique at Use It Scrapbooking

Lain Ehmann at Layout A Day

Christy Stickler at My Scrapbook Evolution

Lynnette Nagle at Sassy Scrapper

Dani Leonetti at Scrapper on the Street

Danielle Hunter at Eco Scrapbook

Leslie Smith at Out of the Mire

Heather Dubarry at No Excuse Scrapbooking

Melissa Pearson at A Day in the Life Of

Valerie Smith at From Valerie’s Heart

Marcia Fortunato at Musings and Memories

Karen Fitting at Photos Kept Alive

Nicole Gray at Nicole’s Scrapbook

Alice Boll at Scrapbook Wonderland

Lisa Hausmann at Recklinghausen Musings

Wendy Aebi at Life in the Button Factory

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

Make It Monday // Layers on Layouts {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I created a scrapbook layout I’m excited to share with you today!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hop

Last summer, my husband taught our first born daughter the beauty and fun of boogie boarding! She took to it like a fish to water. This summer was no different — she’s quite confident and hard to stop out on the waves!

When I was pulling the photos I wanted to document, I kept getting pulled into the waves in the photos, and the layers in the ocean. Layers… Perfect!! Decision made to incorporate lots of layers into my layout and for the paper to play up the idea of waves. Here are a few ways I did just that, and added layers to my layout (all products linked at end of post):

1. Making Waves: I used an edging tool from Creative Memories, Distress Inks and Blending Tools to create the background paper. I made three “waves” in the same color, just moved the edging tool down and offset the curve of the wave!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

2. Adding Splash: In order to create even more of a water effect, I decided to add Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste over one of my new favorite Dylusions stencils – yum! I love the way it looks!

3. Clear like Water: This was a perfect opportunity to use up some recently purchased transparencies on my layout! The “Here and Now” was actually on a 3×4″ pocket page card, but I just trimmed it to fit my space. A few dots of Glossy Accents adhered those to my page without too much glue peeking through.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

4. Words on Water: Journaling on vellum helped keep the look translucent, and adding a little motion to the words continued the feel of rolling waves!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

5. Water Bubbles: And a few finishing touches of clear sequins tied in the water feel with a little sparkle!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

Truth be told, I LOVE the creative outlet of creating scrapbook pages. But ultimately, I do these pages so my daughters know their story, our lives and how much they are always loved ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopWhat do you think about the new Make It Monday series? I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am and that you’re checking out my creative and crafty friends blog posts, too! These girls are amazingly creative and their blogs are full of fresh ideas, techniques and inspiration!

You may have come from my sweet friend Gina at Messtaken Identity – she makes upcycling approachable and adds such an artsy touch to things so many of us overlook. If you didn’t come from her post about creating a teacher gift tag, be sure to circle back and check it out! But first, head on over to my friend Kristie at Artful Adventures to check out her watercolor technique using ink. I can’t wait to see what Kristie has in store for us! Her artistic flair and easy approach are definitely inspiring!

And last but not least, I have to point out the amazing event coming up in less than two weeks: True 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 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!! Use coupon code “HERO” to save $20 off registration!!

TS6 graphic

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!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

SBC_pp-th-tim27188_0 SBC_gb-tim21414_0 SBC_pp-th-tim34933_0 SBC_pp-th-tim35015_0 SBC_gb-ribt616_0 81e2E3hYmyL._SL1500_ 813z2qE+G4L._SL1500_ 61TouCMgUgL._SL1500_ SBC_pp-drdys40668_0 SBC_gb-rnsc77_0 SBC_pp-sa-50012_0

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

Love & Adore Layout {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

Another favorite layout from LOAD214 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

Don’t miss LOAD514 – you have a few days left for the early bird discount, so get your seat in class today! Lain’s capping it at 500, so don’t miss your chance for the fun! Register HERE.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneersConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

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

LOAD514

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

Love Letter // Swing Layout {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

My baby girl LOVES going to the park and swinging, swinging, swinging! She always has and I love how cute she looks in the big kid swing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

Last summer I had fun creating the text clouds in the photo and posted about it here after learning how to from my amazing and talented friend Melissa over at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. She’s brilliant! (and witty, and a digi-guru, and just overall adorable!)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

This is yet another LOAD (layout-a-day) page I created this past February. The prompt was to use a photograph we had already scrapbooked, but to use it to tell a different story. Perfect opportunity for me to use the photo with the text clouds…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

Have you checked out LOAD514: Past Perfect 2? Seats are filling fast! Whether you’re a traditional, digital, hybrid, or project life / pocket pages scrapbooker, LOAD prompts are a great way to dig a little deeper on the photos you scrap and stories your write. Check out more info on LOAD514 here – there’s an early bird discount saving you 30% through April 10th. Don’t miss out!

LOAD514

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

PS. You can check out more of my LOAD posts here.

PPS. The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is “Anything Goes” so here goes my submission : )

mon-challenge-badge_zps05647c53

 

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Our Family Became Complete - scrapbook page in grid format using old product - looks fresh

Our Family Became Complete {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Our Family Became Complete - scrapbook page in grid format using old product - looks fresh

During LOAD (layout-a-day) this past February, one of our challenges was to use old stash. I love the idea of using what I already have on hand, and the whole “use your stash”, “use it up” and “use your scraps” messages have been loud and clear in the community, so this was the perfect time to pull out products I’ve had since I fell in love with the craft years ago!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Our Family Became Complete - scrapbook page in grid format using old product - looks fresh

I’m not 100%, but pretty sure all the products used on this page are at least 4 to 6 years old, if not older. I fell in love with scrapbooking in 2008, but was strictly a collector for a couple years! I really dove into creating pages back in 2010, but there was nothing quick about it – truly at a snails pace. Being part of LOAD (layout-a-day) three times a year for the past few years has certainly sped up my scrapbooking. Besides the prompts inspiring my pages and seeing my style evolve, my absolute favorite part is looking at and reading the stories I’ve been able to document.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Our Family Became Complete - scrapbook page in grid format using old product - looks fresh

Do you create scrapbooks? Photobooks? Blog regularly? I’d love to hear what you use to share your photos and your words. Such an important part of every individual and family story. How many times have you looked back at heritage photos, or even photos from your youth and have no idea who is in the photo with you? or what event was happening? or more importantly, the emotions and insights of the people in the photos or taking the photos? That’s the good stuff, the stuff that’s worth gold! Check out my previous LOAD posts here, or better yet, consider joining us for LOAD514 this coming May and get your stories documented! Whether you like playing with paper, scissors and embellishments, or prefer digital pages, LOAD514 has great prompts for all!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Our Family Became Complete - scrapbook page in grid format using old product - looks fresh

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