ClickyChickCreates.com // It's a Musical Life scrapbook layout using My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper collection

It’s a Musical Life {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // It's a Musical Life scrapbook layout using My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper collection

The daily prompts from Lain at Layout a Day (LOAD) are always inspiring and help me create layouts and document stories that I don’t normally think to tell. Just like when I heard the prompt “Seeds of the Future,” my mind went to my aptitude tests from high school and that the careers I have chosen have closely aligned with those choices (business school/marketing, fashion merchandising, architecture). But as I searched for photos to help tell that story, I came across the photo I used of my 10-yr old self trying to play the guitar!

ClickyChickCreates.com // It's a Musical Life scrapbook layout using My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper collection

ClickyChickCreates.com // It's a Musical Life scrapbook layout using My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper collection

I knew immediately the story I needed to document was how important music has always been to our family. I pulled some old My Mind’s Eye papers and had fun punching and fussy cutting the hexagons and adding layers and dimension to the layout. Getting the journaling into hexagons was a bit tricky using Word, but I wanted to continue the theme!

ClickyChickCreates.com // It's a Musical Life scrapbook layout using My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper collection

Are there seeds from your past that have developed in unexpected ways? I’d love to hear about it in the comments, even share a link to a photo, a layout, a blog post… anything that helps tell your story!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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My Mind’s Eye, Follow Your Heart collection
Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch, Extra-Large
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Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch, Medium
Martha Stewart Craft Markers Set
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Dear Santa {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Oh yes, I’m scrapbooking about Christmas! I know, it’s May and we’re having an insane heat wave in California, but this month is LOAD514 (Layout A Day) and I’m a Featured Designer! The prompt “Dear Santa” inspired me to tell the story about the “letters to santa” mailing tube I bought way before my hubby and I had kids! I guess I was dreaming about babies instead of sugar plums that winter 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

When creating this page, the alphas I had in my stash were the perfect size, a great clean font, but they just didn’t have the pizzazz I wanted so I heat embossed them using Versamark and a glitter/tinsel embossing powder. And voila, exactly what I wanted!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

As I picked photos and papers, I saw that it was getting a bit busy, so I decided to add the journaling to layered tags that I could tuck under the photos. Note: remember to create a bit of a pocket and NOT add tape to the section you’ll be tucking your journaling behind! Oops!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Do you scrapbook? Or create photo books? Do you journal and document your stories? That’s the stuff future generations will love to hear about! Be sure to take the time to jot down those memories – whether in your own handwriting or typed up – your kids will love reading your stories!

To check out more of my scrapbook layouts and other crafty creations click here.

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

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My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas 12×12 paper
Versamark Watermark Ink
Red Tinsel Embossing Powder
Maya Road Baker’s Twine Cording, Tomato Red
Studio Calico, Snowflake wood veneers
Stampendous Joy stamp
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer

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

Jar of Dreams Layout {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // 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 // ClickyChickCreates.com // 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 // ClickyChickCreates.com // 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 // ClickyChickCreates.com // 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 // ClickyChickCreates.com // 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!
xoxo,
/c

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

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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Crate Paper Paper Pad 12″x12″ Maggie Holmes
My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found Market 6″x6″ paper pad
American Crafts Thickers Letter Stickers, Black Marquise
Inkadinkado Mason Jar Wood Stamp
Staz-On Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo

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!