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

Jar of Dreams Layout {Feeling Crafty}

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

We’re more than halfway through LOAD214, a fantastic month long challenge of creating a layout a day. The prompts that Lain Ehmann and her team send out are fantastic, thought provoking and always a great way to document many of our photos and stories.

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

I’ve taken part in many LOADs since 2011, and occasionally there is a prompt where we are challenged to create a page not using a photo. Say what? Yup, you heard it right… NO photo! The very first time I heard this prompt I was dumb-founded. Um, the reason I got into scrapbooking was to do something with the photos I was taking. All 200 million* of them!

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

To create a page without photos sounded so opposite of what I was hoping to accomplish, but I trusted the process and went with it. This time around was no different. About a year ago I had stumbled upon a “Life List” blog post from the creator of the Epiphanie camera bag and it stuck in my mind. Without a doubt, that post definitely inspired my layout!

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

My twist on it was getting my families contributions along with my own dreams. My 43 yr old hubby, my 7 yr old daughter and 4 yr old daughter – you can guess who suggested what – some might surprise you! Do you have a life list, bucket list or jar of dreams written out somewhere that you keep for easy reference and inspiration? Let me know – I’d love to hear!

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

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

*Not really 200 million, just a mere 110,958 and growing… : )

So here are our dreams, in case you have a hard time reading any!

  • For our girls to grow up confident, loving, strong in faith, unscathed, happy, compassionate college graduates
  • Work with a charity to help build a home in Mexico
  • Write a hit summer song
  • Spend a holiday feeding the homeless
  • Photograph the East Coast during the fall
  • Buy a wardrobe I love and feel like a million bucks wearing!
  • Travel into space
  • Participate in a photography workshop in a foreign city
  • Visit Paris
  • Visit Spain
  • Visit London
  • Become a Ballerina-Rockstar or a Ballerina-Princess-Doctor
  • Attend Summer Olympic Games
  • Family road trip to Canada
  • Go on a family Disney cruise
  • Ride a hot air balloon
  • Reunion with OB (Ocean Beach) college roomies!
  • Visit Easter Island
  • Visit Mayan temples
  • Become an architect
  • Learn to play the piano and perform at a play
  • Hawaiian family vacation including authentic luau, snorkeling, leis and umbrella drinks
  • Jam session with Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd)
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Swim with nice sharks
  • Visit NYC during Christmas, ice skate at Rockefeller Center, and see a Broadway show!
  • Photograph for national and international publications
  • See Egyptian pyramids
  • Gain financial freedom
  • Make a million bucks!
  • Visit Greece
  • Visit Italy
  • Visit the Vatican
  • Create product line
  • Teach at Big Picture Classes
  • Be a regular Paperclipping Roundtable guest
  • Perform as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol
  • Attend big music festival as a family while girls are in college
  • Go on a photo walk with Katrina Kennedy
  • Perform in the Nutcracker
  • Sell a million Girl Scout cookies
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Ride an elephant
  • Be a tightrope walker and trapeze girl
  • Visit Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn to stand-up paddle board

I’m sure dreams will be added and change over the years, but I’m over the moon happy to have this little slice of life documented forever more!

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PS. I’m adding this to the Fusion Card Challenge #4 – always inspiring and such fun to play along! If you like getting crafty and sharing your creations, be sure to check it out and link up your inspired creation!

Connie Hanks Photography // // Top 5 for an amazing LOAD layout-a-day

Top 5 Tips for an Amazing LOAD {Blog Hop}

Connie Hanks Photography // // Top 5 tips for an amazing LOAD layout-a-day

Hi! I’m Connie and welcome to Clicky Chick Creates! If you’re following along on the LOAD blog hop, you should’ve come to my crafty corner of the blog world via the super adorable and creative Danielle of EcoScrapbook. She blows my mind with her recycled and upcycled creations!

Whether you’re new to LOAD (welcome!) or a veteran (like Lisa H who has completed 14 LOADs and over 400 layouts!), I hope my Top 5 tips for an amazing LOAD helps you! So, here we go:

1. Clean Up! If you’re anything like me, your desk or crafting space ends up becoming a magnet for every thing that once was neatly put away in a drawer or closet or bookshelf! What is it about the mess that’s created when crafting? Oh yes, it’s called CREATING! But before LOAD starts, be sure to clean off your space. Starting with a clean slate really helps start off on the right foot and not get overwhelmed from the word go! And along with starting off with a clean space, be sure to tidy up after each day/night. Set 10 minutes aside to put away all those goodies that came out to play so you can start with a clean space for the next amazing prompt!

Connie Hanks Photography // // All In scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Fiskar punches, embossing powder

2. Plan Ahead: Meal Planning and Prepping! We have just a bit under a week before LOAD kicks off – it’s a perfect time to get a jump start on some… meal planning! Did you just hear a record scratch? Wait, do they still make records and record players?! Yes, I am still talking about LOAD. Planning out meals – especially crock-pot or quick and easy dinners – really helps for an amazing month of creating! As much as we get into our lovely creative time, we do still need to think of our families and their needs! Some of my go-to’s are pre-marinating and freezing chicken and steaks, I just have to remember to grab it in the morning to thaw. Another go-to is making crock-pot meals in the morning – less to stress about later and gives me more time to create. Family favorites include my crock-pot chili and parmesan garlic chicken – yum!

Connie Hanks Photography // // The Legend of Anna Meatball scrapbook layout using Sweet Stamps Distressed Chevron stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Dylusions Spray Ink in Bubblegum Pink, washi tape

3. Making a list and checking it twice! Even though the prompts we receive from our fearless leader Lain are ah-ma-zing, I think what has helped me have an amazing LOAD experience is having a list of story ideas and/or photos I really want to scrap. When the daily prompt comes into my email, I let it simmer and marinade in my head and see if anything comes to mind. I’d say half the time, a photo or story comes to mind that I hadn’t thought about (LOVE when that happens! That is the beauty in LOAD, of course!) and I can’t wait to get it down on paper. Sometimes I might be a little stuck or unclear in my vision, so I review my list of story/photo ideas and bam, it all comes together! Beyond being reminders of stories and photos I want to highlight, having that list feels like a safety net for those days my mind is a little cluttered or snoozy : )

Connie Hanks Photography // // Water Babies beach scrapbook layout using torn strips of patterned paper

4. Say Cheese! Besides actually making the layout, sharing it is what makes LOAD so amazing. In this week leading up to LOAD, find a place where you can set up a staging area to photograph your amazing layouts. Using foam core (I picked up white and black 24″x36″ boards at the Dollar Store – score!) is an easy way to get a clean, distraction free background, and a good flat surface to lay your creations against when photographing. If you need some help, I wrote a post with tips for photographing paper projects here, and my dear, adorable, uber-talented and totally-who-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up friend Jennifer Gallacher wrote a couple of fantastic blog posts about photographing crafty goodies, too. One post is “Photographing Your Projects with Jen” and the other is “Selecting Props for Product Photography” – check them out!

Connie Hanks Photography // // You Had Me at Shoes scrapbook layout using templates, stencils, Tim Holtz Distress inks, vellum, wood veneers

5. Share the Love! – Be sure to check out the lovely, inspiring creations in our Flickr gallery and leave comments for our fellow amazing LOADsters! It is such a fantastic way to connect with others who share our passion for scrapbooking. I’ve met some amazing women through LOAD who I now consider amazing friends, and in most cases, it started with a whisper comment : ) (sorry if you now have that song stuck in your head, but I couldn’t resist!)

Connie Hanks Photography // // No More? Easter scrapbook layout using Heidi Swapp color magic paper, Dylusions Spray Inks, Slice Elite cutting tool

So there you have it, my top 5 for an amazing LOAD experience! I look forward to sharing in the LOAD214 journey with you! Next you’re going to hop on over to Sherrie’s blog: A Little Bit of Everything Me. Be sure to leave her some love in the comments – and check out her amazing cards while you’re there… {{{swoon!}}}

If you still haven’t signed up for LOAD214 yet, whatcha waiting for? Don’t miss your chance  – click here to find out more!

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

Here’s our full blog hop – be sure to check out all the fantastic blog posts. These women are amazingly talented and have some fantastic insights to share!

Connie <——— You are here
Sherrie <——— Now go here!
Lisa E
Lisa H

And once you’re done with the hop, if you still want to read more LOAD-love, check out my previous LOAD posts!