Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

Meet Dyan {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

Every industry has it’s share of trade shows, with at least one big daddy show that *everyone* has to go to. The crafting industry is no different and CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) is the huge trade show that everyone travels near and far to get to. It’s usually in January in Anaheim, California, and I was lucky enough to get to go earlier this year, for the first time ever!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

While at the show, I was quite excited to see all the new products that were on display, the booths alone were amazingly designed and decorated, and the make-n-takes were so fun to make (and take)! But nothing beat the thrill of seeing and meeting some of the industry leaders and product designers who’s artistry, styles and products I just adore! There was Tim Holtz, Heidi Swapp, Noell and Izzy Hyman, Jennifer Gallacher, Maggie Holmes, Shimelle Laine and so many more!

One of my favorites to meet was Dyan Reaveley, the beauty and brains behind Dylusions! As much as I normally don’t like being in front of the lens and would rather hide out behind the glass, I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a photo with one of my favorite crafty superstars! And during LOAD214 (layout-a-day), I was able to get out some of The Crafter’s Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils along with Dylusions Spray Inks to create my page… A page about meeting the woman behind the products, with photos of her products and her, creating the background paper using her products!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

If scrapbooking makes your heart sing, don’t forget to check out Layout-A-Day (LOAD514) coming up next month… The month long challenge to create a scrapbook page everyday with daily prompts and inspiration pieces will be here in just a couple weeks! And I have a secret to share… I’m one of the featured designers for the month! I created several layouts that will be showcased! I am beyond excited : )

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

Dylusions Ink Spray, Postbox Red
Dylusions Ink Spray, Squeezed Orange
Dylusions Ink Spray, Lemon Zest
Dylusions Ink Spray, Fresh Lime
Dylusions Ink Spray, Vibrant Turquoise
Dylusions Ink Spray, London Blue
Dylusions Ink Spray, Crushed Grape
Dylusions Ink Spray, Bubblegum Pink
The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy Stencil
Heidi Swapp 6×6 Chevron Stencil
Heidi Swapp 6×6 Lattice Stencil
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Slice Parties Design Card (butterflies)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
EK Success Craft Tweezers

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

Happy Spring Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

Of course when I heard our ScrapHappy family was having another tag swap, I signed up to play along and make a spring tag!

I’m totally going to out myself right now… I watch The Bachelor (oh, the horror, I know!!), but during one of the last episodes earlier this year, I noticed how pretty one of the contestants looked wearing a lavender dress with a wall of greenery behind her… That color combo clearly stuck with me and completely popped in my mind when coming up with the concept for this tag! And as I fleshed out my concept, I grabbed my chevron stencil for the background and noticed the pattern in one of the hearts in The Crafter’s Workshop Mix & Match Hearts stencil – I thought it would make a great pattern on the egg, kinda made me think of Dinosaur eggs. Yeah, I don’t know why either, but I seriously LOVE it 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stampsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

I created this video showing how I made it… there’s gesso, stencils, inks, embossing, stamping… a little bit of everything!

If crafting makes your heart sing, don’t forget to check out Layout-A-Day (LOAD514) coming up next month… The month long challenge to create a scrapbook page everyday with daily prompts and inspiration pieces will be here in just a couple weeks! And I have a secret to share… I’m one of the featured designers for the month! I created several layouts that will be showcased! I am beyond excited : )

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

The Crafter’s WorkshopMix & Match Hearts
Heidi Swapp Chevron Stencil
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn
Martha Stewart Brights Ink Pad
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Sew Easy Bakers Twine, Secondary
Slice Dilly Dally Design Card (egg)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder in purple
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Punch Set, Mini, Retro Flower
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Therm-o-web Zots 3-D adhesive

PS. This Happy Spring Tag is being added to the following challenges! Join in the fun : )

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Keep It Simple

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A Blog Named Hero

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Simon Says Stamp

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

Sunny & Colorful Layout using Stencils and Gelatos {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

Check out this layout I created highlighting a recent Crazy Hair Day photo! Any guesses who inspired the look?! My girls have such colorful personalities, I wanted to make the page bright and bold to match them… and of course getting creative time is always a pleasure : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

Do you like creating your own backgrounds for your layouts? I definitely do! Usually I use templates or stencils (like these from The Crafter’s Workshop) with Dylusions Spray Inks or Tim Holtz Distress Inks or Tim Holtz Distress Stains to create my own papers like here, here and here. For this layout I went with stencils and gelatos. It was a first for me to use gelatos on a layout. What do you think?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dotsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

I actually filmed my process and created this video showing how it all came together… Enjoy!

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

The Crafter’s Workshop, Trendy Bracket
The Crafter’s WorkshopFancy Frames
The Crafter’s WorkshopCosmic Swirl
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Grape
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Lavender
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Bubble Gum 
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Mango
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Tangerine
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Lemon
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Buttercream
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Bo Bunny 12″ Pink Punch Stripe
Thickers – Glitter Foam Doll – Black
Sew Easy Bakers Twine, Primary
Perler Beads

PS. This Sunny & Colorful layout is being added to the following challenges! Join in the fun : )

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challenge-41A Blog Named Hero

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

It’s the Great Pumpkin {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patchIf you’ve poked around my blog at all, you know that besides photography, I love getting crafty! Making cards, home decor, scrapbook layouts… it all makes me happy! On of my favorite times of the year is right around the corner… February is LOAD (layout a day), when we focus on creating a layout every day for the month based on a daily prompt. This page was made a while back, but it’s still one of my favorite LOAD pages!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

I created the background paper using The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia with blending tools and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

Pumpkins were cut with the Slice Elite and Spook Alley design card, then colored with Tim Holtz Distess Inks in Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

If you’re ready to get daily inspiration and have a great time making layouts, join us for LOAD214! And no, there are no LOAD police saying you have to make a page every day, so don’t let that intimidate you! It’s really a matter of creating, documenting, sharing. We get to take those photos off our hard drives and create beautiful layouts for our families to enjoy for years to come. Find out more here.

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Did you follow along the LOAD214 Blog Hop? Lots of great info shared by a bakers dozen of creative crafters (including yours truly!) about this amazing experience known as LOAD! You don’t want to miss this read / blog hop – amazing crafty goodness!!

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D
The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia
Inkssentials blending tools
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Spook Alley Design Card

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Top 5 for an amazing LOAD layout-a-day

Top 5 Tips for an Amazing LOAD {Blog Hop}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Top 5 tips for an amazing LOAD layout-a-day

Hi! I’m Connie and welcome to Clicky Chick Creates! If you’re following along on the LOAD blog hop, you should’ve come to my crafty corner of the blog world via the super adorable and creative Danielle of EcoScrapbook. She blows my mind with her recycled and upcycled creations!

Whether you’re new to LOAD (welcome!) or a veteran (like Lisa H who has completed 14 LOADs and over 400 layouts!), I hope my Top 5 tips for an amazing LOAD helps you! So, here we go:

1. Clean Up! If you’re anything like me, your desk or crafting space ends up becoming a magnet for every thing that once was neatly put away in a drawer or closet or bookshelf! What is it about the mess that’s created when crafting? Oh yes, it’s called CREATING! But before LOAD starts, be sure to clean off your space. Starting with a clean slate really helps start off on the right foot and not get overwhelmed from the word go! And along with starting off with a clean space, be sure to tidy up after each day/night. Set 10 minutes aside to put away all those goodies that came out to play so you can start with a clean space for the next amazing prompt!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // All In scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Fiskar punches, embossing powder

2. Plan Ahead: Meal Planning and Prepping! We have just a bit under a week before LOAD kicks off – it’s a perfect time to get a jump start on some… meal planning! Did you just hear a record scratch? Wait, do they still make records and record players?! Yes, I am still talking about LOAD. Planning out meals – especially crock-pot or quick and easy dinners – really helps for an amazing month of creating! As much as we get into our lovely creative time, we do still need to think of our families and their needs! Some of my go-to’s are pre-marinating and freezing chicken and steaks, I just have to remember to grab it in the morning to thaw. Another go-to is making crock-pot meals in the morning – less to stress about later and gives me more time to create. Family favorites include my crock-pot chili and parmesan garlic chicken – yum!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // The Legend of Anna Meatball scrapbook layout using Sweet Stamps Distressed Chevron stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Dylusions Spray Ink in Bubblegum Pink, washi tape

3. Making a list and checking it twice! Even though the prompts we receive from our fearless leader Lain are ah-ma-zing, I think what has helped me have an amazing LOAD experience is having a list of story ideas and/or photos I really want to scrap. When the daily prompt comes into my email, I let it simmer and marinade in my head and see if anything comes to mind. I’d say half the time, a photo or story comes to mind that I hadn’t thought about (LOVE when that happens! That is the beauty in LOAD, of course!) and I can’t wait to get it down on paper. Sometimes I might be a little stuck or unclear in my vision, so I review my list of story/photo ideas and bam, it all comes together! Beyond being reminders of stories and photos I want to highlight, having that list feels like a safety net for those days my mind is a little cluttered or snoozy : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Water Babies beach scrapbook layout using torn strips of patterned paper

4. Say Cheese! Besides actually making the layout, sharing it is what makes LOAD so amazing. In this week leading up to LOAD, find a place where you can set up a staging area to photograph your amazing layouts. Using foam core (I picked up white and black 24″x36″ boards at the Dollar Store – score!) is an easy way to get a clean, distraction free background, and a good flat surface to lay your creations against when photographing. If you need some help, I wrote a post with tips for photographing paper projects here, and my dear, adorable, uber-talented and totally-who-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up friend Jennifer Gallacher wrote a couple of fantastic blog posts about photographing crafty goodies, too. One post is “Photographing Your Projects with Jen” and the other is “Selecting Props for Product Photography” – check them out!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Had Me at Shoes scrapbook layout using templates, stencils, Tim Holtz Distress inks, vellum, wood veneers

5. Share the Love! – Be sure to check out the lovely, inspiring creations in our Flickr gallery and leave comments for our fellow amazing LOADsters! It is such a fantastic way to connect with others who share our passion for scrapbooking. I’ve met some amazing women through LOAD who I now consider amazing friends, and in most cases, it started with a whisper comment : ) (sorry if you now have that song stuck in your head, but I couldn’t resist!)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // No More? Easter scrapbook layout using Heidi Swapp color magic paper, Dylusions Spray Inks, Slice Elite cutting tool

So there you have it, my top 5 for an amazing LOAD experience! I look forward to sharing in the LOAD214 journey with you! Next you’re going to hop on over to Sherrie’s blog: A Little Bit of Everything Me. Be sure to leave her some love in the comments – and check out her amazing cards while you’re there… {{{swoon!}}}

If you still haven’t signed up for LOAD214 yet, whatcha waiting for? Don’t miss your chance  – click here to find out more!

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

Here’s our full blog hop – be sure to check out all the fantastic blog posts. These women are amazingly talented and have some fantastic insights to share!

Kelli www.useitscrapbooking.com/
Dani scrapperonthestreet.com
Valerie myrainbowcoalition.blogspot.com/
Karen photoskeptalive.wordpress.com/
Danielle ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/
Connie clickychickcreates.com/ <——— You are here
Sherrie littlebitofeverythingme.blogspot.com <——— Now go here!
Cara www.vincens.typepad.com/
Heather noexcusescrapbooking.com/
Kim gma654.blogspot.com
Christy myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/
Lisa E lisae-design.blogspot.com/
Lisa H lisahausmann.blogspot.com

And once you’re done with the hop, if you still want to read more LOAD-love, check out my previous LOAD posts!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Money Trees Layout {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress InksLayout a Day for the month of October has come and gone… Even though I didn’t get as many pages completed as I hoped I would, I’m still super happy with the few I did complete! Any pages done during LOAD is more than I started the month with : )

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Our ScrapHappy sisters Lynnette and Leslie, with the help of Dani and her daily videos, led the month with prompts and amazing inspiration to create pages. The theme was “In Vogue” and the prompts took us through decades, spanning almost 100 years of amazing history. One of the prompts was “1930’s: Money is Tight” and it made me realize I hadn’t documented the chores and “work pay” we implemented this summer for our girls.

Even though we encourage our girls to save a third to half of their pay in their piggy banks, we’ve noticed one of our daughter’s is a natural saver, the other an absolute spender! It’s fun to document these types of characteristics – I definitely wonder how much they’ll change over the years! Needless to say, it was great inspiration and I love the way this turned out!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

How do you document these types of life lessons? If you’ve created a layout, I’d love to see it, so share links in the comments!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // LOAD "Money doesn't grow on trees" layout, made using TCW Squiggle stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

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

PS. Don’t forget to share this or pin it on Pinterest if you’re inspired to get creative with stencils and inks!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs
The Crafter’s Workshop Squircle stencil
Birds die cuts made using Slice Elite and Vintage Findings Design Card
Stickles in Glam Pink
Woodgrain Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Muse Printed Chipboard Thickers