Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Vintage Beauty scrapbook layout page, embossing on die cuts, punches, fussy cutting, pink, brown, black, retro, kitchen

Vintage Beauty {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Vintage Beauty scrapbook layout page, embossing on die cuts, punches, fussy cutting, pink, brown, black, retro, kitchen

Product choices can help make our layout choices so much easier! I loved these photos of my baby girl and the vibe they gave with her dress and the retro kitchen. Digging through my stash, I found some old Teresa Collins journaling cards on a 12×12 sheet and loved the design. I wanted to mimic the feel of it, so I cut out a similar shape on pink cardstock using my Slice e-cutter, then heat embossed the edge of it with black embossing powder for the close-up photo.

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Using a punch on the edge for the bigger frame, I used the same heat embossing technique to create a custom look on the frame. Neither frame is “perfect” but it looks very vintage which works for this layout!

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Adding details in similar colors and to support the vintage vibe just pulls it all together, even though all the pieces are from separate collections, spanning at least 5 years! I don’t make a lot of my own kits, but this layout inspires me to do that and create custom kits to meet my eclectic needs! How about you? Do you use kits? Do you create your own kits? I’d love to hear your insights and tips!

The photos were taken at a friend’s birthday party, but wouldn’t that be an adorable kitchen to use as a photo prop in a studio?! I totally loved it!

One of the ways I’ve developed my own style and feel quite comfortable creating layouts is from the assortment of classes I’ve taken. From photography to scrapbooking, mixed media to stamping… they’ve all influenced my style and helped me develop my own voice! So, I HAVE to tell you about a fantastic event coming up next weekend. I’m already signed up and can’t wait for the big day to finally arrive!

TRUE STAMP IS ALMOST HERE!

True Stamp is the only event to offer the best in LIVE stamping instruction, brought right to you via your computer. No need to pack up all your supplies. No need to leave the family. No need to decide which class to take. Instead, the classes come to YOU. Just log in from your computer and be treated toclasses from six amazing sponsors, teaching you the latest and greatest skills and techniques to get yourcreative stampy juices flowing. And it’s all recorded so you can watch again and again after the event!

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

Join six amazing instructors on March 28 for a full day of stamping instruction, inspiration, and fun!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

Make It Monday // Layers on Layouts {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I created a scrapbook layout I’m excited to share with you today!

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Last summer, my husband taught our first born daughter the beauty and fun of boogie boarding! She took to it like a fish to water. This summer was no different — she’s quite confident and hard to stop out on the waves!

When I was pulling the photos I wanted to document, I kept getting pulled into the waves in the photos, and the layers in the ocean. Layers… Perfect!! Decision made to incorporate lots of layers into my layout and for the paper to play up the idea of waves. Here are a few ways I did just that, and added layers to my layout (all products linked at end of post):

1. Making Waves: I used an edging tool from Creative Memories, Distress Inks and Blending Tools to create the background paper. I made three “waves” in the same color, just moved the edging tool down and offset the curve of the wave!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

2. Adding Splash: In order to create even more of a water effect, I decided to add Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste over one of my new favorite Dylusions stencils – yum! I love the way it looks!

3. Clear like Water: This was a perfect opportunity to use up some recently purchased transparencies on my layout! The “Here and Now” was actually on a 3×4″ pocket page card, but I just trimmed it to fit my space. A few dots of Glossy Accents adhered those to my page without too much glue peeking through.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

4. Words on Water: Journaling on vellum helped keep the look translucent, and adding a little motion to the words continued the feel of rolling waves!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

5. Water Bubbles: And a few finishing touches of clear sequins tied in the water feel with a little sparkle!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

Truth be told, I LOVE the creative outlet of creating scrapbook pages. But ultimately, I do these pages so my daughters know their story, our lives and how much they are always loved ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopWhat do you think about the new Make It Monday series? I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am and that you’re checking out my creative and crafty friends blog posts, too! These girls are amazingly creative and their blogs are full of fresh ideas, techniques and inspiration!

You may have come from my sweet friend Gina at Messtaken Identity – she makes upcycling approachable and adds such an artsy touch to things so many of us overlook. If you didn’t come from her post about creating a teacher gift tag, be sure to circle back and check it out! But first, head on over to my friend Kristie at Artful Adventures to check out her watercolor technique using ink. I can’t wait to see what Kristie has in store for us! Her artistic flair and easy approach are definitely inspiring!

And last but not least, I have to point out the amazing event coming up in less than two weeks: True Scrap 6!! The inspiration, the community, the instructors, the content, the chat… it all gets rolled up into one AMAZING day of crafty goodness! If you’re at all interested in learning more techniques, tips, getting to know and interact with amazing industry leaders, you MUST check out True Scrap 6!! Click here to find out more about the classes and instructors! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!! Use coupon code “HERO” to save $20 off registration!!

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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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Creative Friends Blog Tour {Feeling Crafty}

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You know how sometimes as you go through life, you develop friendships with people whom you absolutely crush on their art or style or creativity?! Well, that certainly happened to me in the creative world! When I started scrapbooking and sharing online, one of the first girls who really wowed me with her rich stories, fascinating fussy cutting and lovely layered layouts was Lisa Hausmann of Recklinghausen Musings. You can imagine how flattered I was when she reached out recently and asked if I was interested in joining this ever growing and expanding creative blog tour! Thanks Lisa! Definitely check out her post here – she’s amazing! The idea of the tour is to answer four questions, then introduce three fellow creative bloggers who will continue the tour the following week. So, here we go…

1. What am I working on?

As I mentioned a couple times this month, May was absolutely bananas! One of the highlights of May was my baby girls 5th birthday! Like every little girl right now, she wanted a “Frozen” theme for her party. And as anyone with a little girl knows, Frozen merchandise is almost impossible to find. Good thing I’m crafty! I downloaded the free “Do you want to build a snowman” printable from Happy Money Saver, I punched snowflakes using my EK Success Large Snowflake punch so I could create our own goodie bags, and I made this banner for my baby!

UPDATE: Looking to buy some Frozen inspired party items? Check out my Etsy shop!

ClickyChickCreates.com // FROZEN "do you want to build a snowman" party goodie bags, marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate chips, candy cornClickyChickCreates.com // FROZEN party snowflake goodie bags ClickyChickCreates.com // Homemade FROZEN birthday banner

Beyond our Frozen birthday crafting bonanza, May was also busy with my nephew’s baptism – I’ll post a video this week showing a quick card I made and even show how the card design went awry and what I did to save the card! May included LOAD (layout a day) as well. I was honored to be a featured designer amongst lovely company and loved the layouts featured all month long (Cara, who you’ll meet later in this post, was one of other featured designers – get ready to fall in love with her style)!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As a photographer, I definitely have tons of photos of my daughters to use for layouts. But sometimes the photographer in me gets in the way of telling stories I want to tell if I don’t have the “perfect” photo. That’s absolutely ridiculous of me, considering the stories are what my daughters will (hopefully) most likely want the most when they’re older! So with that said, I believe my photo style, artsy layouts and colorful nature give my layouts a fairly unique look.

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3. Why do I write/create what I do?

When my first daughter was born, I had thousands of photos of her before she was a year old! So it was a natural progression for me to start scrapbooking, considering my walls were becoming quite full of her photos and wallpapering the house seemed a little more difficult than my level of expertise 🙂

I first fell in love with the craft in 2008 when I joined my cousin Irene for our first Creative Memories crop (ever think that Creative Memories kind of served as the gateway drug into this hobby?! Haha!) My first couple of years, I was awe struck with everything about the craft, and I had visions of the pages I wanted to make, but since I was starting from scratch, I felt the need to purchase all the tools and supplies before I could start. Needless to say, I became a collector and investor for a couple years before I started to actually create layouts. Then I discovered LOAD, True Scrap and True Stamp classes, all of which took my crafting into a whole new artsy world!

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4. How does your writing/creating process work?

My usual process for creating a layout starts with the photos which goes hand-in-hand with the story I want to tell. As much shopping as I do getting all the adorable products I can get my hands on, it might be surprising, but I don’t think I’ve ever started a page with a specific product in mind. Nope, it’s photos and stories that lead the way!

Once those are chosen, I then print at home, usually creating a collage of several images, and start pulling supplies. Depending on the story, sometimes I’ll pull specific patterned paper, or I’ll pull white cardstock and create my own background with stencils and spray mists, distress inks, distress stains, and I’ve even started playing with gelatos recently. Then I’ll lay it all out and start adding embellishments and trimming paper. I never stick it down though until I’m completely done. The whole time, the story is dancing around in my head, but the journaling is usually the last piece I add, although I usually am sure to leave plenty of room for it. If I’m running low on space, I will create pockets behind layouts or incorporate it into the design like these layouts.

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // stamped and embossed butterfly on vellum envelope

When I first started scrapbooking, it was predominantly about my girls birthdays. Then it evolved to expand beyond birthdays and into more heartfelt stories – our everyday moments, the love I have for my family and the LOAD prompts have helped me to tell stories I normally wouldn’t tell, which I truly love, like these layouts – one of my Vivi (my grandfather) and another of my twin uncles.

ClickyChickCreates.com // My Vivi grandfather layout featuring 6 photos throughout the yearsClickyChickCreates.com // Sweet Girl Crush scrapbook layout about twin uncles

I also try to make a few pages of myself every year. My girls need to know who their mama was, besides the cooking / cleaning / driving / volunteering mama they see 🙂

ClickyChickCreates.com // Everything at Once scrapbook layout with stencil, inks, story about myself

Now I’d love to introduce my sweet crafty friends from around the world. Each is a mama. Each is crafty beyond belief. Each is spunky, adorable and super bubbly. And each of them has inspired me in one way or another! Be sure to visit these lovelies and leave them some comment love! You’ll be happy you’ve discovered these lovely and crafty gals!

  • Cara of C’est la Vie (ours anyway) is a Canadian who is living in Luxembourg with her hottie French hubby and their 6 children (yes, 6 and 5 of those are boys!). Scrapbooking is her biggest passion, and she regularly loses track of time while playing in her studio. The other half of her studio is where the sewing magic happens, Cara loves nothing more than sewing a fantastic costume for herself or her children, without a pattern if she can help it. She considers her DLSR her 7th baby and is always trying to improve her photography. Her style is consistent no matter what the media, happy, bright and colourful, she hopes that she reflects this in her personality 🙂 Head on over to visit Cara of C’est la Vie (ours anyway)!
  • Kymona Tracey of Kreative Kymona is a woman who never slows down and loves it. Yes… she is the energizer bunny’s sister! She keeps going and going (which is something she is working on, if you follow her weekly wishes on her blog). She is a single mother of two wonderful children who are 8 years apart. Her 16 year old son is a true self-made jock who plays every sport you can think of! Her 7 year old daughter is a real life princess who loves anything crafty and girly and absolutely hates anything related to sports. Talk about yin and yang! …but she loves it!! Besides running from one activity to another with them, she works full time at a hospital (public health background), facilitates a reading group at work, teaches high school students on the weekends and has a huge love of learning new things. She’s taken classes in photography, web design, knitting, scrapbooking and card-making. She loves them all, however, her true passion is card-making. She was introduced to card making back in 2004 and hasn’t turned back since. She started out as a hobbyist just making cards for family and friends. People were always ecstatic when they received a card from her. What they did not know was that it made her feel just as special to make a card for them. This passion pushed her into teaching card-making classes at work with a couple of coworkers who wanted to learn how to make projects for their families. In September 2013, she made a big leap and created her blog, Kreative Kymona. Besides being a mom, her blog has been one of her most rewarding accomplishments. Just being able to share with her world community makes life so rewarding! Head on over to visit Kymona of Kreative Kymona!
  • Alice Boll of Scrapbook Wonderland has been scrapbooking since 1999. She is passionate about scrapbooking and loves to share the joy of the craft with others. She was born and raised in Canada, although not in one of the places with a cool name like Moose Jaw, Flin Flon or Vulcan. She’s the chief laundress, taxi-driver and chef to two boys, Joe and Ryan, and she’s lucky enough to be married to superman’s cousin, Jonas. She loves swimming and in the summer can be found coaching swim club. For the other 8 months of the year, also known as winter in Canada, you’ll find her curled up by a cozy fire with a toque on my head, a cup of hot chocolate in hand, enjoying my favourite activity, scrapbooking, eh! With an adventurous spirit, she loves to travel, and has been known to enjoy daring diversions like sky diving and bungee jumping, although lately her most treacherous activity is teaching her 14 year old son to drive. Join Alice at Scrapbook Wonderland where she shares tips, tricks and techniques to help you share your memories in a creative way. Her quest is to make scrapbooking FUN! Head on over to visit Alice of Scrapbook Wonderland!

As always, thanks for stopping by. If you still haven’t signed up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list, be sure you do so you can receive the “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” tip list! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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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 // scrapbook layout "Love…" - wedding layout with black and white photo using red, black and white papers

What do you do with all your photos? I wanna know!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Love…" - wedding layout with black and white photo using red, black and white papers

Photos, photos, and more photos… over 108,000 of them in my Lightroom catalogue, let alone the boxes and boxes of prints that I have from before the digital era. Crazy, I know! Why am I telling you this? Because it’s what I do with those photos that makes my heart sing… I frame them, I post them, I share them, I gift them, I scrapbook them.

When I had my first baby, near the beginning of the digital camera era, I had snapped over 1100 photos of her before she was 3 months old – more than I had taken the previous three years combined! After framing and filling a loooooong hallway wall with photos of those early months, I feared I’d end up wallpapering my whole house with her photos before her first birthday! So I had to find another way to give those special memories some love, and that’s when I entered the world of scrapbooking!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Dream" - sleeping little baby with booty in the air, legs tucked under, toes peeking out; lullaby subtly showing in background paper printed on vellum

In the early days, I primarily bought lots of scrappy stuff, dreaming of all the wonderful pages I would create. Truth be told, it took a while before I actually jumped in and started creating. A little bit intimidated, a little bit overwhelmed, a little bit unsure of what to do, so I started looking at classes to take (yes, I LOVE organized learning!) and found classes to help me along the way.

One of those classes (well really it’s a more of a challenge than a class) and a primary way I make time to scrap is LOAD – layout a day. And LOAD is right around the corner – during the month of February (May and October, too) we are challenged to create a layout every day. It’s AWESOME! It might sound overwhelming, but just like Capture Your 365, there are no daily police, no one is waiting to kick you out if you don’t post that day. It’s a matter of having a community to share your passion and experience with; a prompt to inspire a daily creation; and a personal goal to document your story and photos for your family and future generations.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Together" - little girl with her yellow labrador cuddling and playing in the backyard

So are you curious to find out more? Last chance to sign up! Check it out here. And if you use code 28DAYS by January 30th, you can save almost 40% on your LOAD registration!

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And please tell me… what do you do with all your photos? I’d love to hear : ) They can’t just live on your hard drive!

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

It’s all about the Stuff {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // back-to-school shoe shopping; two little girls, five pairs of shoes, all PINK!

Okay, clearly it’s not about the “stuff” but I do think photographing the stuff helps tell the tale of who we are, what we are about. And in this case, it’s particularly about the very girly daughters I’ve been blessed with!

Seeing it’s Friday, I’d like to share this photo tip with you: When photographing your loved ones, don’t forget to capture their favorite stuff, as well.

  • Stuff they DO
  • Stuff they WEAR
  • Stuff they EAT
  • Stuff they LOVE

This kind of stuff gets forgotten. Sometimes it’ll be in the background or foreground of other shots. But take the time to make them the star of your photos.

Whether it’s collections…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // seashell collection in a jewelry box tower

or favorite games…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Disney Minnie Mouse puzzle collection

or favorite foods…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // French Toast, Greek yogurt, honey, strawberry breakfast

or favorite activities…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art supplies

Whatever they’re “into” – make sure to take the time to photograph it, because time flies, tastes change and next thing you know, they won’t even remember that being something so incredibly special! And of course as a dedicated memory keeper, I have to say… don’t just photograph the stuff… DOCUMENT it! Make sure you write down what your loved ones loved about it. What was special about it? Why was it important? This sort of stuff will be worth gold in the future!! And where should you put these tidbits? In a scrapbook or photo book of course! Okay, truth-be-told: did you roll your eyes or laugh when you read scrapbook? It makes me laugh that some people have a very specific view of scrapbookers: grandmas with lots of cats or clutter or doilies? So not the reality! The industry is full of hip, cool, fresh, artistic, creative people and products! Check it out!

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

PS. The theme for the week at A Word in Your Ear is Pink, and considering the pinkness in my first few shots, I decided to play along in the challenge. Link up in the comments if you’re playing along too!