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Make It Monday // Fair Summer Memories {Top Dog Dies}

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re ready for some summer fun today! We’re sharing some of our favorite Summer Memories, maybe even listing some of our favorites! Hey, a listers gotta list! Here we go…

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One of our most favorite summer outings is going to the Fair! We’ve been going to the Del Mar (San Diego) Fair for many years with our besties – the T family – since 2010! Can you believe it?! Time flies, and I have tons of photos from every year, but I decided to focus on summer 2014 for this layout. It was quite a monumental year as my baby girl was finally able to ride so many of the rides with her sister and BFF, Super-D!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog DiesI used the Top Dog Dies Balloon Die Set to create the balloons for my page title, as well as the large balloon for my journaling! The set has some smaller balloons too. I love all the sizes and variations! I also used the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon Set. Also, notice the detailing going across the large balloon with journaling? That’s using another new Top Dog Dies die – the Borders #1 set. I loved making these fun details for this layout!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

What are some of your favorite summer memories? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Be sure to document them – whether in a scrapbook layout, a journal, or written on the back of photos! Time flies and you’ll forget those little details way too soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYBe sure to continue the Make It Monday circle. My sweet friend Kelli at Scrapbook Love is sharing one of her favorite formulas: old school photos + list journaling = easy scrapbook pages! She’s a wizard at finding new uses for old supplies, so be sure to take a look at what she has to say! I know you won’t be disappointed!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out True Scrap PlannerLove! I’ll be sharing more in a few days… if you’re at all interested in jumping into the planner craze, then you really can’t miss this event! September 19th, six instructors, live classes, all from the comfort of your own home! I’ve been a participant of many True Scrap events and I am beyond ecstatic to be teaching this round! The online chats during the class are fabulous – super friendly, like-minded, crafty girls and awesome topics. You’ll feel right at home and feel like you’ve found your tribe! Join us! Registration opens soon, so get on the Early Bird list – it’s the only way to lock in the lowest price possible! Click here to find out more! TSPL-Connie-Rectangle-670x335

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Sometimes I really do feel in synch with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Today’s challenge is Citrus with a Twist – perfect for the color choices on this page!

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10 on 10 – August // Summer Living

I’m so happy to be sharing another 10 on 10 post! It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to play along, so I’m highlighting some of my favorite photos from June and July – get ready for an onslaught of images!

We’ve been living and loving all that Southern California has to offer! Quite a bit has happened the past couple few months – everything from first communion to beach time, cousin play dates to zoo visits, and everything in between! Here we go…

We celebrated my big girl’s first communion in the Catholic Church. What a beautiful spiritual passage for my sweet girl! And luckily, she was able to enjoy this lovely step in our faith with some of her closest friends!

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Visiting the zoo with friends and cousins is always great fun! The zoo membership is a great value and we love being able to visit different zones every time!

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And it wouldn’t be summer without some beach photos! Besides family and friend beach outings, my girls enjoyed a fantastic week of water sports camp – kayaks, catamaran, sailing and paddle boarding – they loved it all and already want to go back!

2015-06-29_8270_August 2015-06-29_8310_August 2015-06-29_8340_August 2015-07-31_8896_August 2015-07-31_8958_AugustAn annual summer tradition is enjoying the fair with some of our best friends! Food, rides and carnival games… expensive, but totally worth it! We were actually rained on – more like poured on for a while! But we still had a fabulous time!

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My girls just adore their little cousin and we love spending time together! Whether they’re blowing bubbles, in the pool, at the zoo, relaxing, playing, or cuddling, it’s the best!

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On one of our beach outings in Mexico, I grabbed these shots, knowing I’d want to eventually make stickers for my planner! What do you think? Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Shell, quote, Shell Yeah! bokeh, pacific, ocean, beach, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Star, Starfish, quote, let your inner star sparkle, bokeh, pacific, ocean, beach,

I’ll be sharing another Planner post soon, but in the meantime, here’s a little peek of a few of the stickers I’ve been busy adding to the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop! By the way, have you been keeping up with my YouTube channel? I’ve been posting a Plan With Me video at least once a month. Be sure to check it out if you’re a planner girl! Oh, and be sure to save September 19th for a day of online planner bliss: True Scrap PLANNERLOVE! It’s the first of it’s kind and I’ll be teaching! I would love to see you there!

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10on10logo3x3Well, I hope you enjoyed our summer recap! One month left before school starts, hopefully we’ll get quite a few more memorable outings in before we’re back to the grind! Be sure to head on over to the lovely Kathleen Ries to see how her summer is coming along! Being a part of this photo circle is truly a blessing – these girls are all extremely inspiring with their beautiful and heartfelt images!

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s Day! May your day be filled with love and beauty!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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Summer Splashin’ {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

My girls love to give me ideas on what to scrapbook. Of course they love being the center of attention and especially love having pages all about them! But one of our favorite activities at the end of a season, is to recap our favorites that we just experienced. I shared that listing process on a bucket list layout {Jar of Dreams} I created a while ago, and we continue with our tradition!

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I created this layout as part of the Layout-a-Day (LOAD) month long challenge creating a scrapbook page every day. I haven’t kept up, but I’ll be playing along when I can this month. No harm, no foul, no scrapbooking police coming to take me away or kick me out of the challenge! Oh how I love these monthly challenges! But I digress…

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So my husband, daughters and I come up with our list of faves and I file them away, waiting for an occasion opportunity to scrapbook them 😉 When I was looking at the list, I noticed that about half of our list was all about water activities. How could I resist making this double page spread all about water?!

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I created the background paper using gelatos, water, a brush and some water. I started with two yellows to create the sun, varying the amount of each yellow gelato and water mixed. Then I did the same with the blues, varying the water and colors to create some variation. I used glass beads over a bubble stencil and I love the bubbly water feel it created! I’ll definitely be using this same technique again – maybe for a page about yummy bubbles (champagne), cleansing bubbles (a bath), blowing bubbles (we even have a bubble machine!) or our sweet dog Bubbles! Lots of options!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

Did you notice the “cover up” on my page? I wasn’t thinking when I stamped my “best of” and stamped 2015 instead of 2014. Oops! But it was an easy fix. I used the same paper and stamped a single “4” to place on top of the “5” I had stamped. Sometimes, I feel like a Scrappy MacGyver 😉

And I’ve gotta mention that part of my inspiration for this layout also came from Cori / The Reset Girl’s “Listers Gotta List” challenge – I found her through a planner group, but I am totally smitten with her monthly list challenges, too! Check out her instagram feed for some yummy listing and embellishing inspiration!

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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Summer Lovin’ // Beach Life {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family beach day in San Diego, CA

My hubby was born and raised in San Diego – he defines water baby and is in the water regularly from May to October. Even though I’m a born and raised SoCal girl, swimming (especially in the ocean), well, it just ain’t my thang! Thanks heavens my hubby loves the ocean and our girls totally take after him! I truly think they would trade their legs for fins mermaid tails in a heartbeat!

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This collection of photos were taken during a family beach day at the end of last summer, when our big girl learned to boogie board! Can’t you see the glee in her face?! And our baby loves being in the water just as much as she loves playing in the sand!

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Photo Tip: Take more control of your images by shooting in manual mode and just as important – MOVING your FOCAL POINT! Guide your viewers eye to exactly where you want them to look. don’t make them have to hunt! {Click to Tweet!}

With the business of everyday life, I’m sometimes not the most appreciative, but I know without a doubt I’m blessed beyond belief with all three of my water babies ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // reflections of family beach day in San Diego, CA

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 🙂

When I read the Daily Post challenge: Summer Lovin’, I immediately thought of many of my fave summer images, but turns out I’ve blogged about most of those here, here and here! <– Check ’em out, you won’t be disappointed! Glad these are out of the archives and shared with you ❤ What are your favorite “Summer Lovin'” memories?

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // little girl running into ocean, arms stretched out, excitement, Ralph Waldo Emerson quote "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

Between // Summer is coming! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // little girl running into ocean, arms stretched out, excitement, Ralph Waldo Emerson quote "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

Between telling my 7-yr old to only dip her toes in and the allure of the great beautiful Pacific Ocean, my girls decided getting totally wet in their summer dresses and jean jackets was totally appropriate!

Really, is there more to say?! Hope you’re ready to kick-off summer (officially, tomorrow, June 21st, also my birthday – woot-woot!) with as much exuberance as my 7-yr old in this shot! Also, I love, love, love this quote, so I had to pair it with this silhouette. Besides, my daughter defines the “free” and “wild” parts of childhood, this image and quote just really encapsulates her!

As always, thanks for stopping by. 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 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. This photo was inspired by prompts/assignments from The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Between, as well as Capture Your 365,  and Practice – have you checked out Katrina Kennedy’s offerings yet? So much inspiration for daily, everyday photography! Be sure to check out all the “betweens” being shared this week! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Nettles! Enjoying a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Saturated {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // how I organize and store my collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks

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INK! How I organize and store my collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Do prompts help you in your photography? They’ve definitely helped me in a couple ways recently. One is that I will sometimes get the creative time to photograph with a specific goal in mind, a specific image I see and want to bring to fruition. The other way is that it’s helped me go through my photo library and see different themes or patterns in my photo style. A friend once told me she recognized a thumbnail image in an online gallery as my image before she even opened it up to see the entire photo. It surprised me to hear her say that, but I’m now understanding what she meant. Even though I feel my eye and style continues to evolve, I do have a specific photo style: I like lots of color, I fill the frame, I look for the light to get bright shots, I mostly use a shallow depth of field, I think with the rule of thirds, and I love natural light!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // kids dragging seaweed across Torrey Pines beach, pebble filled beach

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Follow the leader! Kids dragging seaweed across Torrey Pines pebbled beach

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rack 'em! Billiards as Art

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Rack ’em! Billiards as Art

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Nettles! Enjoying a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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Sea Nettles! Enjoying a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Room with a View! Our view from our hotel in Nice, France

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Room with a View! Our view from our hotel in Nice, France

The theme this week for The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: SATURATED reminded me that part of my style is a very colorful, saturated look. I even wrote an entire blog post about my love of color here and my love of natural light here. I know a lot of photographers like a washed out look, or filled with sunflares, or very dark and moody, or composites, or… the list can go on and on. There are so many ways to see the world. But I’ve always loved seeing the color in the world. So even though I could have probably posted half of my entire photo library for this post, I decide to just pick a few. I hope you enjoy!

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

PS. Are you playing along in this week’s challenge? Head on over to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated to check out the lovely images and posts everyone is linking up!