Planner Love // Summer Planner Stickers!

Have you missed my planner posts?! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of my planner sharing, but I can’t even believe how busy life has been! I’ve missed posting on the blog and sharing with the blogging community! How are you all doing?

I’ve been busy with my girls, my photography and making beautiful planner stickers! I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been creating, in case you haven’t popped over to my Etsy shop lately! I’ve hit some pretty awesome milestones lately, which are super exciting!

  • I was thrilled to have my 1,000th Etsy sale a couple months ago…and now I’m almost at 1,500 sales!
  • I’ve received over 500 reviews – with my average being 5 (out of 5) stars 😀
  • I was a vendor at the Marion Smith Planner Meetup in Anaheim with over 200 planner girls in attendance! They were super sweet and I’m thrilled to see my stickers popping up in lots of beautiful planners all over the world!
  • I’m part of the July Planner Addict Box and designed an exclusive sheet for those fabulous planner girls!

I have quite a few fabulous summer collections in the shop right now, including “Urban Chic” “Summer Chic” and “Beach Life” – can you pick a favorite?

URBAN CHIC collection features bold black & white stripes, colorful flowers with perfect lavender, turquoise and orange tones! And the quotes are all spiritual, perfect for bible journaling and keeping those lovely reminders in our planners!

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SUMMER CHIC collection also features bold black & white stripes (I kinda fell in love with the look!), colorful watermelon, flamingos, cocktails, ice cream, flip flops and more in fun bold and bright summer colors!

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BEACH LIFE collection features mermaids, flip flops, sea shells and more on perfect summer colors in teal, coral, yellow and green!

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I hope you pop on over to the Etsy shop and check out the entire collections – this is just a teeny tiny taste as there are way too many to post here! I’d love to send some happy mail your way soon! And here’s a coupon code if you’d like to save some money, or add more stickers to your cart! Use code BLOGLOVE15 to save 15% off $15+ purchase at www.ClickyChickCreates.etsy.com – good through the end of the month, June 30, 2016, 11:59pm Eastern Time.

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 BLOGLOVE15 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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Palm Trees

I’m thrilled to share some pretty exciting news with you… I’m part of the Top Dog Dies Fall Design Team! Woohoo! So yes, expect to see lots more crafty posts using the adorable Top Dog Dies. Seriously. Super. Adorable. ❤

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Besides the amazing dies, the team I’ve joined is totally top-notch. I’m so proud to be part of this team and can’t wait to get to know these girls better! Check them out on their blogs:

 

So with that news, I’ll also be posting Make It Monday creations much more regularly! Can I get a woot-woot?!

MakeItMondayButton-JulyLet’s kick off July with these fun cards featuring the Top Dog Dies Palm Tree Die Set. Being in California, we have plenty of palm trees, and I certainly love photographing them. But I hadn’t made any cards incorporating them. When I received this die set, I immediately envisioned a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the palm tree. I think it turned out pretty cute! What do you think? And the bonus was getting the TDD Water Die Set which I loved incorporating, too!

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Here are the steps I took to make the card (product / affiliate links are listed at the bottom of this post):

1. Die cut Palm Tree Die Set and Water Die Set using black card stock.

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2. Created card base for 5″ x 6.5″ card – cut white card stock to 10″ by 6.5″ – scored and folded at 5″ on the long side – set aside.

3. Cut a piece of white card stock to 4.75″ x 6.25″. Used 1/2″ corner rounder on bottom two edges of both card base and slightly smaller card stock piece.

4. Using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks, I created the sunset sky background on the 4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of card stock. Starting at the bottom and gently blending in approximately 4 even areas of colors, starting with Spiced Marmalade.

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5. Continued blending of colors with Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves..

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6. Heat set inked card stock in order to ensure ink was dry.

7. Using VersaMark Ink, stamped the sentiment, added white embossing powder and heat set.

8. Glued all die cut pieces onto card, being sure to also corner round the water die cut, and swirled a bit of Wink of Stella glitter across the water die cut on the bottom of the card.

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My second card was a bit easier as it really only involved die cutting the Palm Tree Set bits and pieces from a few different papers, most of them scraps that I just hadn’t parted with quite yet!

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Again I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder for the sentiments, on pink scrap paper and trimmed them for cute word blocks. My favorite part of this card? The open coconut! How cute is that?! Which card do you prefer?

I love this die set and have a third card, but you’ll have to wait for that one. It’s a shaker card and I’ll be sharing that on the Top Dog Dies blog later this month!

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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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Palm tree above, fanned out

Dialogue // Fanned Out {Photo Challenge}

What one story is created from these two photos? I’d love to hear!

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It’s Friday… so it’s a new Daily Post Photo Challenge: Dialogue! Be sure to check out the inspiration being shared! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

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Photo Tip: When getting perspective shots from above (appetizer) or below (palm tree), be sure to get close to your subject. Brace yourself with a wide stance and elbows tight to your sides… voila, human tripod! {Click to Tweet}

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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Just Do It! (it’s not just for Nike)

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Taking classes, learning, growing, evolving… that is beyond important to my well being and personal fulfillment. I’ve loved education since I was a little girl. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went a full year without taking a class of some sort! From getting my MBA to Certification in Photography, from “Cooking Your First Thanksgiving Dinner” to kick-boxing, from knife skills to scrapbooking, from the Perfect Cocktail Party to painting, and everything in-between, I love to learn. Seriously, I haven’t met many classes that I didn’t love and grow from!

And that streak continues with all the classes I’ve taken at CreativeLive! Have you caught any CL classes yet? They’re fantastic! Live broadcasts are free, but I’ve actually purchased access to several classes because the content is just that valuable! I’m gonna tell you about one class in particular… so keep reading!

Have you noticed some changes here at Clicky Chick Creates? I recently participated in CreativeLive’s “Build a Successful Creative Blog” class taught by the über spunky, smart, adorable, fun and knowledgable April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle. April’s class covered tons of great topics about creative blogging, not just goals and writing, but deeper discussions including finding your voice, utilizing social media, fostering relationships, taking daily steps (no matter how small) to get closer to your goals and so much more!

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The great thing about constantly taking classes is all the new information I’m exposed to and bits and pieces I put together along the way. The tragic part of taking so many classes is it’s way more fun to take the classes and less fun to actually do the work! But April’s class was so inspiring, and the community that transpired from the student chat during the class, combined to create a fantastic ball of energy! Some of the messages that came through, loud and clear, that I decided I had to take immediate action on included:

1. Get your face on your page!

Did you notice the left side bar changes? See me smiling at you?! Here I am again… Hi, sugar!

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2. Get an opt-in email list!

Have you subscribed to the Clicky Chick Creates email list? For signing up, you’ll get a downloadable list of “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” to help you get your game plan for the next birthday! Sign up HERE!

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3. Create a great freebie download!

Yup, get your hands on the super awesome “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” for opting-in to the email list! I’m pretty proud of it 🙂

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4. Make it easy to stay connected

How about the social media icons in the left sidebar? I’d love to connect with you!

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5. Just DO IT!

Throughout the class, April gave us loads of information and knowledge on how to do what we need to do. Lots of info. A plethora. Books worth. Some of my favorite words of wisdom from April can summarize an easily digestible plan to move forward:

  • Take it one step at a time: determine what your priorities are so you can focus on one step at a time
  • Set B&W goals: accomplish those first, then move onto adding new goals
  • Don’t aim for perfection: if at the end of the day you can say “I did at least one thing today to get closer to my goal!” then you’re doing good! (Click to Tweet)

Sounds simple enough, right?! So just DO IT! I’m glad I’ve made the changes that I did, and yet there are still a ton more I’d like to make. I had plenty of roadblocks (um, excuses, reasons, whatever you want to call them) as to why some had not been done. For example:

  • I couldn’t send out from my MailChimp account until I had a PO Box (I’m just not comfortable sharing my home address with the public), so it took a while, but I finally made time to get to the Post Office.
  • I prefer my face behind the lens, not on my sidebar! But putting myself, my face in particular, gives Clicky Chick Creates a little more personality!

So what are you doing to move your blog forward? There are tons of tips and tricks in April’s class and on her blog, as well as tons of other resources all over the web.

I came across CreativeLive last year and rarely does a week go by that I haven’t checked out a classroom or two! My two favorite channels are “Photo & Video” as well as “Craft & Maker.” Both are perfect for my worlds, but they do have a other channels, so check them out regardless of what creative world you live in 🙂

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If you landed on my page following the blog tour, you came to me from K9 Studio Photography (aren’t Kristina’s images fantastic?! I’m in love with her conceptual Doggy-Angels!) and now you’ll be headed to my sweet and amazing eco-crafting friend, Gina Zee. I’ve actually known Gina for years and have enjoyed watching her evolution as an artsy and eco-crafter – go tour her site, you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Lots of great blogging tips and take aways being shared via the “What #BelleLive Taught Me” blog tour! {Click to Tweet}

As always, thanks for stopping by. I know this post was a bit meatier than my usual pretty pictures and creative crafts, so thanks for sticking with me! 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 “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Uncommon Beauty

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I’m a nerd. I know it. My husband knows it. We embrace it. I take every class I can handle, both financially and with time commitments. I am a mom afterall, raising my little girls, volunteering and so on. But when I get to take photography classes, or crafting classes, or art classes, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! Instead of opening presents, I get to open up my mind and CREATE! What absolute joy it brings me!

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One of my favorite series of classes was led by Tracey Clark {love her!}. The series “Picture ______” – Picture Summer, Picture Fall, Picture Color, etc. – is offered at Big Picture Classes as self-paced projects. I haven’t taken them all {yet}, but I thoroughly enjoyed Picture Black & White. We received a photo-prompt every other day, and had 2 days to post our photos. I think what I thoroughly enjoy about classes {and now I’m realizing, weekly challenges as well}, is that it makes me make time to photograph creatively. Not just doing family sessions, or taking photos of my babies, which I absolutely LOVE to do as much as I can. With classes or challenges, I get to think about the prompt, usually somewhat broad, sometimes vague, but always purposeful.

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For this series of photos, I had a super long journey… about 20 steps out my front door! The prompt was “Seeing a Pattern” and as I was noodling on the idea, my family and I were returning from a lovely day at one of our wonderful beaches. As I was getting my little one out of the car, the palm tree caught my attention from the corner of my eye. I’ve never given it much thought, with one exception…

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Years ago, maybe 10 years ago, my husband and I “found” a palm leaf growing on the side of one of our planters, right up against the brick edging. It was a little thing – maybe 8 inches tall. We dug it up and replanted it in the center of one of the open planters. Now here we are with this huge Mexican Fan palm tree. And having the “pattern” thought stuck in my head, I was completely taken by the patterns in both the leaves and the trunk.

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The fact that the class was a study of black and white also helped to see the pattern more clearly, yet the openness for creative liberty allowed me to play with composition and make it more abstract. And had it not been for this class, I probably would of never noticed the patterns on the tree, and I really doubt I would’ve photographed it this way. Isn’t it crazy how the little things we pass daily can sometimes have the most uncommon beauty staring at us, beckoning us to notice them?

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Huge thank you to A Word in Your Ear for reblogging my Old Vintage Goodness post, and all the visitors, likes and new followers that found me through it! You all ROCKED my weekend : )