Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

Love Letter // Swing Layout {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

My baby girl LOVES going to the park and swinging, swinging, swinging! She always has and I love how cute she looks in the big kid swing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

Last summer I had fun creating the text clouds in the photo and posted about it here after learning how to from my amazing and talented friend Melissa over at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. She’s brilliant! (and witty, and a digi-guru, and just overall adorable!)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

This is yet another LOAD (layout-a-day) page I created this past February. The prompt was to use a photograph we had already scrapbooked, but to use it to tell a different story. Perfect opportunity for me to use the photo with the text clouds…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Letter scrapbook layout using text journaling on photo; banners, stamps, wood veneers, Amy Tangerine, pink, orange, yellow

Have you checked out LOAD514: Past Perfect 2? Seats are filling fast! Whether you’re a traditional, digital, hybrid, or project life / pocket pages scrapbooker, LOAD prompts are a great way to dig a little deeper on the photos you scrap and stories your write. Check out more info on LOAD514 here – there’s an early bird discount saving you 30% through April 10th. Don’t miss out!

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

PS. You can check out more of my LOAD posts here.

PPS. The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is “Anything Goes” so here goes my submission : )

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade thank you card with stamping and embossing

How do you say thank you?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade thank you card with stamping and embossing

I’m constantly torn when I hand off images to clients and friends… My background in marketing and business expects a polished, professional package that is serious and means business. But the playful, whimsical, artsy side of me wants nothing to do with that and would rather deliver a handmade, not pre-manufactured package with more of an organic look and feel.

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For the most part, this is what my clients receive when I deliver digital images to them. A handmade thank you card and a cd with high resolution files for prints, along with low resolution, watermarked images for online sharing. What do you think? Does it work? Too unprofessional? Too whimsical? Any suggestions? I’m all ears and would love to hear your thoughts!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade thank you card with stamping and embossing with heart punched embellishment

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

PS. Don’t forget about the discount on True Stamp 2014 – GET 50% OFF WITH THE CODE “LOVE” THROUGH 3/17! Sign up here or if you need more info, read about it here.

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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

Catching Snowflakes {Feeling Crafty}

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If you’ve poked around my blog at all, you know I have a love for Lain Ehmann’s Layout a Day (LOAD). It’s a month long scrapbooking challenge that takes place three times per year, and May is one of those months. It’s a wonderful way to create scrapbook pages based on daily prompts – some are silly, some are insightful, some are reflective, all are open for interpretation, and many are flat out amazing! Some of my most favorite scrapbook pages I’ve ever made have come out of LOAD over the past year, where the prompts have inspired me to tell a story or scrap a photo that I really don’t think I would’ve ever considered on my own.

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Yesterday’s prompt inspired me to create a page about the first time my daughters experienced snow! It was an amazing experience to watch the spark in their eyes, particularly my then 4 year old. She really wanted to catch snowflakes on her tongue!

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I decided I wanted to create my own background paper, as I wanted the color to really pick up the light turquoise in their hats. Using Hero Arts snowflake stamp, VersaMark watermark stamp, and Stamp-n Stuff in Star Dust, I heat embossed the glittery snowflakes onto my white cardstock base. I started with stamping in the top center section of the page, spilling off the top edge. Then I rotated the stamp 1/4 turn and stamped to each side of the first stamp mark. It’s a little hard to see because the watermark can look transparent, but even if you overlap a little, it still looks beautiful!

On top of that, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Stormy Sky, in that order, gradually varying the colors for depth texture. I love how it turned out!

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Punching out snowflakes and embossing them to make embellishments helped complete the look. The cute “so happy” banner is from Carta Bella’s new “So Noted” collection – love that line! I also love that I used some really old products – like the pink border strip across the bottom, as well as the thickers for my title. I think these have each been in my stash for at least a few years! Thanks again to Lain for challenging us to use up our stash!!

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

Valentine’s Cards {Feeling Crafty}

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I do this every holiday. I have big dreams of making tons of items – decor, cards, tags – and time just completely sneaks away from me. Luckily, this time, I got my cards in the mail, just in time!

My girls have been sick and I’ve been feeling a tad rundown, so we all just stayed home today. No school. No gym. No errands. Jammies all day – woohoo!

In the MOMs (Ministry of Mother’s) group I belong to at church, we had a wonderful marriage therapist come talk to our group last week, and her topic was building forts (or a safe haven) for our marriages. This made me realize that my girls had never built a fort! Sure, we’ve built plenty of clubhouses, even a pretty fancy one in our backyard, but never an old fashioned fort with chairs and a sheet. So we started our morning with a yummy breakfast, then got busy building a fort. I knew they’d love it, but I had no idea that meant I’d actually have the morning to think! Yes, just think about my day, rather than trying to keep up with the chaos.

With my thinking time, I figured I needed to get started on Valentine’s cards for the grands and sibs. I immediately went to check out Kristina Werner videos – she always inspires me! I took a little of this, a little of that and came up with the card above.

Besides patterned cardstock, solid cardstock and adhesives, here’s what I used to make the card:

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I started with an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of patterned cardstock, cutting it in half so I had two pieces of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ pieces, which I then scored into 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards.

I punched two large hearts on pink cardstock, chalked the edges in white and added dash lines (faux stitching) in red marker.

Using VersaMark and Glitz embossing powder, I embossed the brocade heart on red cardstock; then punched using the x-large heart punch, and chalked the edges in white again. Here’s a close up:

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Using VersaMark and Snow (white) embossing powder, I embossed the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment on red cardstock. I trimmed the paper to under half inch and cut out a little notch on the left side end.

Using the blending tool, I inked the edges of the entire card in picked raspberry.

Next, I glued down the pink hearts and sentiment, then added foam squares to pop the embossed heart.

I usually leave the insides of my cards blank and just hand write my message. But this time I wanted to do something different. I found the “Love” and “you” screens in my stash, and decided I’d use more of the Picked Raspberry ink. But after I did a couple, I realized I wanted to create a circle for the inking to stay within. This picture will help:

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And I got that look by cutting a 3-1/2 circle and using the negative to create a border. This photo will help explain:

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Clearly, holding the stencils in place with my hands meant I got a little inky today, but what’s not to love? I can’t wait to use this technique again… soon!

Thank goodness for forts! The girls kept busy and I ended up making six of these cards for our loved ones. Have I mentioned I love the way they came out?!?!

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What Valentine’s crafts kept you busy? Cards? Decor? Gifts? I’d love to hear and even see, so share in the comments below!

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