ClickyChickCreates.com // Plan with Me February 2016, pink, donuts, Eiffel Tower, kisses, Inkwell Press, Mission Board

Make It Monday // February Plan with Me Video!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Plan with Me February 2016, pink, donuts, Eiffel Tower, kisses, Inkwell Press, Mission Board

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make It Monday! It’s been so long since I’ve been able to share a Plan with Me Video, but I’m happy to say I finally have a new one up on YouTube! I shared most of these stickers in the Make It Monday post last week, but now you can see them in action!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Plan with Me February 2016, pink, donuts, Eiffel Tower, kisses, Inkwell Press, Mission Board

The video shows my process on a weekly layout, the February monthly layout and the February mission board! Lots of planner fun! Mixed media – ink, stencils, masking, stickers – I hope you find inspiration and have some creative time!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Plan with Me February 2016, pink, donuts, Eiffel Tower, kisses, Inkwell Press, Mission Board

Do you set up yearly or monthly goals? The mission board has been fantastic for helping me look at my goals in a new way! My One Little Word for the year is FOCUS, so every month I focus on a few areas in life, and set 3 attainable-yet-making-me-stretch goals to reach towards. Works for me, so I thought I’d share!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!I hope you enjoy the video! And it wouldn’t be a complete Make It Monday without heading over to check out some more crafty fun! Be sure to visit the ever so crafty Alison at Day Designing – she’s sharing how she conquered her die cut dilemma.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to conquer your own!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you’re on the Clicky Chick Creates email list so you don’t miss a thing! Sign up here!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Don’t forget to use code YOUTUBEDONUTS to save 15% off $15+ purchase at www.ClickyChickCreates.etsy.com – I’m sure you’ll find some goodness for your 2016 planning! But hurry – coupon code expires soon – happy shopping!

Make It Monday // Donut Planner Stickers!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make it Monday! I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday, celebrating the day with the one(s) you love! I’ve been busy creating more stickers, yet again! Although it’s Valentine’s this month, my sugar tooth won out and I created a fun “Donut” themed collection of stickers! Here are but a few of the pieces available in my Etsy shop. Lots more available on Etsy!

Monthly Inspirational Quotes

Along with the overall look for the month, I love putting the monthly fun quotes together. I love how these came out and hope you do too!

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Mission Board Hexagons

The monthly mission board is a fun way to set goals and decorate with a fun look!

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“Plan with Me” Weekly kit!

I started filming Plan with Me videos again and created this 2-page kit with fun reds and pinks!

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Decorative and functional!

The “Sampler” page is a great way to see and use lots of the monthly themed goodies, and the Flags are always one of my favorite items to use on my pages!

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And of course I had to add some cute Planner stickers, specifically to schedule planning time!

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And agin, these are just a few sheets from the entire Donut Collection available on my Etsy shop! They’re fun, decorative, and add some functional whimsy to any planner! I hope you’ll head on over to my Etsy shop and check out the goodness! And there’s even a coupon code to share! It expires TODAY, Monday, February 15th, so be sure to head over quickly! Use coupon code ClickyChickLOVES to save 20% off $25+ purchase!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!And it wouldn’t be a complete Make It Monday without heading over to check out some more crafty fun! Be sure to visit the ever so crafty Alison at Day Designing – she’s sharing a special Family Day inspired scrapbooking layout! Maybe you’ll be inspired to create a layout about your Valentine’s family adventures!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you’re on the Clicky Chick Creates email list so you don’t miss a thing! Sign up here!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Don’t forget to use code ClickyChickLOVES to save 20% off $25+ purchase at www.ClickyChickCreates.etsy.com – I’m sure you’ll find some goodness for your 2016 planning! But hurry – coupon code expires 2/15/16 – happy shopping!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart hands, red door, beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, holding hands in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart hands, red door, beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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 // Cupids, Kisses, Hearts and Banners

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog circleWelcome to another Make It Monday! Can you believe this is #17? So excited for the series and I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I enjoy creating projects to share!

Are your creative juices flowing? Are you motivated to make some goodies?! I’d love to hear from you and see your creations, so be sure to let me know in the comments below! I read every single comment and love getting to know YOU! There are some fun plans in the works for the rest of the year, so be sure you don’t miss a single creative post and join the fun here!

Did you know I opened up an Etsy shop the end of last year? I did indeed! It brings me great joy to share these creations with others who love hand-crafted creations, be it banners, decorations, cards, party supplies, and more!

I created these goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day…coming up in just 12 days!! Are you ready to share your love, heart and kisses with your loved ones? These sweet banners will help set the stage for you and your honey loves!

Buy Amor Banner on Etsy

Buy Be Mine Banners on Etsy

Buy Kisses 5¢ banner on Etsy This one is one of a kind! Definitely one of my most favorite banners ever ❤

Buy Cupid Love banner on Etsy

Buy Fall in Love banner on Etsy

Buy Cupid Amour banner on Etsy

All of these are handmade by yours truly 🙂 I love adding the extra touch by dry or heat embossing to add texture, hand faux-stitching, distressing, stamping, cutting…whatever it takes to give it that extra something to make it extra special! Visit the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop to order yours today!

Or if you’re inspired to make any of these on your own, below are all the goodies I used to make them! My biggest tips to you:

  • When picking your papers, pick a patterned paper for your pennants (background) and a solid card stock for your letters.
  • Adding custom touches to your letters helps them pop – think heat embossing, dry embossing  for texture, glitter, hand faux-stitching and more!
  • If your letters don’t pop against the patterned paper, add a neutral colored shadow behind the letters to give them some pop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog circleSo I have to ask you…how do campers create a Valentine? Keep the Make It Monday circle going, and head on over to my sweet friend Kristie Sloan’s Artful Adventures to find the answer! Her creativity is inspiring and her tutorials are fantastic! Be sure you don’t miss visiting her blog!

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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My friend Amanda asked me to guest design on her blog Amanda Robinson Studio, so I whipped up this layout with full step-by-step photos and instructions showing the process to create the background!

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Amanda makes gorgeous cut files — her Scribble Kit inspired my background for my layout! But since I don’t have a Silhouette quite yet, I only get to drool over her beautiful designs. Lucky for me, I’m a stencil fanatic and had picked up the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencil Kit that had a design very similar to the inspiration. I love the way this came out! Hope you like this colorful grid design too and head on over to Amanda’s site here to see my step-by-step process.

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 my downloadable “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, maracas, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

10 on 10 – April // Engagement at Mercado with Rey & Gina

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

I had the amazing privilege to photograph this gorgeous couple for their engagement session, not once, but twice! We actually broke their session into two sessions – you might remember this post from last week of our sunset beach session? For our first session, we actually headed to a Mercado to get some local flavor and colors in Baja California.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, maracas, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

And did I mention the best part? Those cutie pie-love birds are my family! My handsome and smart brother Rey and his adorable and creative fiancé Gina are getting married towards the end of the year, and we are so excited for the big event!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss, sombreros

Gina and I have been pinning ideas and texting back and forth with inspiration for this session, and when she went exploring her new neighborhood, found these adorable areas for us to incorporate during our session. We did a morning session at the local Mercado and had a blast! There were so many amazing little spots we found during our outing, we could’ve went on photographing for days!! The colors, the textures, the vibe – we loved it all!

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Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share Rey & Gina’s engagement session! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – her images are always gorgeous and inspiring, and her blog is full of great photo tips!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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

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