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Make It Monday // Plan with Me May

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you celebrated a lovely Mother’s Day this weekend with your loved ones near and far! I’m sharing a fun post with you today featuring my new Inkwell Press Planner and a video sharing how I set up my week featuring lots of stamps!

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In my last Make It Monday post I shared that I was loving digging into my stash from years gone by and using stamps that hadn’t received very much (if any) love. Well, it happened again as I reached for old stamps to use in my new planner!

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Have you heard of the Inkwell Press Planner (IWP)? I was torn between the IWP and the Erin Condren (ECLP) planners, and decided to make the jump with the Inkwell Press. I loved the idea of being able to break my days into segments that I needed, and the overall monthly goals page, although I haven’t set up that page yet!

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I created a process video sharing how I set up my spread for the week. I ended up mostly stamping and not using very many stickers. I have quite a collection of those too, so I’ll be digging into that stash for an upcoming video. I’m sure there are some gems in there!

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If you enjoy the video, let me know with a thumbs up and subscribe! I love sharing my process and hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. Keep following the circle and head over to Jen at Jen Wright Designs! Jen is sharing a free scrapbook template to inspire you to add to your album & photobooks. She is super creative and super generous! Be sure to hop on over, check out her gorgeous goodies and leave her some comment love to let her know you stopped by!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // stamped and embossed tag with additional background stamping

True Stamp 2014 – 50% off for a limited time!!

What do all of these projects have in common? Any guesses? Did you say stamping? Of course you did!

You love stamps. How did I know? Because whether you’re a card maker, an art journaler, or a scrapbooker, stamps are cost-effective, versatile, and FUN! But do you ever look at your ever-growing collection of stamps and inks and say, “HELP!”?

When it comes right down to it, nothing is better for revving up that mojo than learning from “the masters.” Watching real experts demonstrate unique techniques and projects is a sure-fire way to rev up the inspiration. But who has the time or money to travel all over the country to take classes?

Well, you don’t have to! It’s back… True Stamp!

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True Stamp is the only event to offer the best in LIVE stamping instruction, brought right to you via your computer. That’s right, no need to pack up all your supplies. No need to leave the family. No need to eat lousy convention center food. Instead, the classes come right to YOU. Just log in from your computer and be treated to classes from six amazing sponsors, teaching you the latest and greatest skills and techniques to get your creative stampy juices flowing. And it’s all recorded so you can watch again and again after the event! Almost 500 people attended last year’s event, and I can’t wait for April 5 to see what’s in store.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get stamping, then check out True Stamp here.

And what could possibly make it even better? Getting all of this at a discount! GET 50% OFF WITH THE CODE “LOVE” THROUGH 3/17!

Join six amazing instructors on April 5 for a full day of stampy fun! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love, shadow, hearts, color, B&W, square, Valentine's, decor, art

Shadow // Love {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love, shadow, hearts, color, B&W, square, Valentine's, decor, art

Another fantastic prompt at Capture Your 365! Shadow. I had envisioned a very different photo, but considering the sun decided to hide this afternoon and not come out to play, I needed to alter my plan.

This “LOVE” wood home decor item adds to our Valentine’s decor during the month of February and worked perfectly to help me cast a great shadow. I added some punched hearts that I was planning to use for a scrapbook page, and I was ready to capture the shot!

What did you photograph today? Any shadows? Was the sun cooperative for you? Let me know!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bags

Penguin Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bagsMy 1st graders school mascot is the penguin, so when I saw these penguin tags over at Huh. So this is a blog, I knew I had to make them too!

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The penguin tags were perfect to put on goodie bags filled with the pumpkin muffins we had made the day before, and special treats we were able to deliver to teachers and administration at my daughter’s elementary school. Go Penguins!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pumpkin muffins

What in the world did we do before blogs and Pinterest? Oh yeah, flip through magazines for inspiration : ) Oh, this is so much easier though! Thanks for the inspiration JanR!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bags

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

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Paper Heart // Simple {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are loved always, heart from a book, simple.

I’ve been playing along with Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 over the last week or so, and I am LOVING the inspiration! Okay, truth be told, I’ve been receiving the daily prompts for months and months. I loved reading Katrina’s tips and daily inspiration. I just hadn’t taken the time to make shooting a daily part of life. More like once or twice a week. But after reading one of Katrina’s posts about the collective story our photos tell.. well, I’ll let you read her post here, and you can feel the same inspiration and creative pull I felt too. And after seeing the entire list of prompts for the month, I just decided to go ahead and jump in when I could.

Today’s prompt was SIMPLE, and the photo example of paper with light and shadows reminded me of a photo I saw years ago that I always loved – a heart shaped from pages in a book. Maybe it was an image by Katrina Kennedy? Maybe it was by Tracey Clark? I don’t recall, but I absolutely LOVED the way it looked. As I was setting up the shot, my daughters came into the frame and started hugging, then my 6 year old started carrying my 4 year old (not that you can even see that!). Regardless, it just came together better than this mama could’ve wanted : )

So this is my take on Simple. Are you playing along? Link up in the comments – I’d love to see your take on Simple!

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

Party Cones {Feeling Crafty}

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The MOMs group I belong to at church hosts an annual Oscars Party. We usually have a theme, like “PJ’s and Pigtails” or “Red Carpet” and we always have a potluck. We’ll bring appetizers, desserts or beverages to share. This year, I planned to make it easy and just bring some wine. But then inspiration hit and I decided to use some of my pretty cardstock (that I have mountains of!) to make party cones. Costco sells this amazing popcorn mix of caramel and cheddar popcorn; it’s G.H Cretors Chicago Mix. I figured that would be the perfect filler!

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To make the cones, it took just a few easy steps:

  1. Select 8-1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock – (1) sheet / cone
  2. Lightly draw or trace a circle along top edge (I used pie dish)
  3. Cut along marked line
  4. Run a strip of double sided tape along bottom edge
  5. Take top right (rounded) corner and roll toward bottom left corner, shaping and creating cone along the way
  6. Fill with popcorn or other delicious treats.
  7. Enjoy!

These are great for any party – just choose your paper to compliment your event theme and/or color scheme! These are even fun to make just for your family on movie night!

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