Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more!

Make It Monday // Displaying Paper Crafts {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopBack with another fun Make It Monday! Do you remember the True Scrap classes I’ve mentioned here? True Scrap Events are LIVE online classes full of inspiration, community and fun! Well, we just had True Scrap 6 earlier this month and one of the instructors totally inspired me with her wall display! Layle Koncar taught a fabulous class on interactive mini books, and in the intro of her video clip shared a peek in her studio. She had a similar display and I knew that was exactly what I needed in my space! She actually taught at True Scrap 5 and I had spied that wall display back then, too! I’m so glad I finally got it on my wall and off my to do list!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more!

I’m able to display five 12″x12″ layouts, along with 4 to 5 cards or tags. It’s a little hard to see with the glare, but it really looks awesome! I can’t help but stare at the wall when I’m in my craft room!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more!

The page protectors become side loading and super easy to work with. So what did I use?

Measure out how long you want the telescoping curtain rod to be, then mark where you want the mounts to be – measure out both width and height – you don’t want one side higher than the other! Add your hooks/rings and clips to the rod before you secure it in the mounts. Tighten up the mounts after you place the rod where you want it. Add your layouts to your page protectors SIDE loaded. Clip your layout and page protector onto the rod and enjoy your creations!

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I love that I’ll be able to easily swap out layouts, easily displaying new creations. I know my daughters love when I make new pages and now they’ll be able to enjoy them by just walking into the room! I might even do this on another wall in the house to display their art pieces – we have a pretty amazing art program at their school 🙂

14novackermanfreeI can’t help but point out that not only are the projects in the True Scrap classes full of inspiration, but the instructors themselves are amazing! Another True Scrap instructor that I just adore, not only for her projects, but truly for the amazing person she is and how she incorporates faith into her art, is Stephanie Ackerman! She’s teaming up with my friend Lain Ehmann and offering a FREE ONLINE CLASS! Do yourself a favor and sign up here… it’s FREE!! In the scrapinar on November 3rd, Stephanie shares how to turn ordinary text into inspiring, faith-filled works of “Heart!” So excited!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Alison Day Designs? Alison is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today. If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do! But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out my sweet, smart friend Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Today, Melissa is sharing a super simple, but FINISHED Week in the Life album – with free cut files for you!  Woot woot!

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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So what are you going to do first? Sign up for Stephanie’s FREE Scrapinar? Head over to Melissa’s Week in the Life album? Check out any of the True Scrap 5 classes? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up to the Daily Post “Cover Art” photo challenge as I realize each of these layouts really is a book on it’s own… Our Love Story, All About Me, The Adventures of My Daughters and so on 🙂

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Street Photography - signs, blue sky, Little Italy

10 on 10 – July // Street Photography

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // street signs, red, stop, blue sky, Little Italy

We just finished tackling the most challenging exercises I’ve been faced with in the Practice class with Katrina Kennedy at CY365… Street Photography! I love photographing at farmer’s market’s and street fairs, so I thought the four exercises in Street Photography would be a breeze. Boy, was I wrong!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // street signs, red, pedestrians, one-way, do not enter, Little Italy Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // street signs, words on pavement, confusing, arrows, Little Italy

As challenging (in a good way, of course!) as the assignments were, I definitely enjoyed pushing beyond my comfort zone. I really hoped to nail the street portrait and was channeling my “Humans of New York” inspiration as much as possible, but let’s just say I’ll leave that niche of photography to the street photography pros like Brandon Stanton 🙂

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Do you enjoy street photography? Any tips you’d like to share that help you when capturing a good street portrait? I learned lots and would like to share my takeaway from the pedi-cab shots…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pedi-Cab street portrait, San Diego, embarcadero

Photo Tip: Engage with your subject – chat with them, give a little direction and be grateful for their assistance! Even if there’s a language barrier, use body language and your hands to drive the communication! {click to tweet!}

Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share these street photos from my outing in Little Italy and the Embarcadero! You may have come to me from Megan Wright as part of the 10 on 10 circle, but even if you didn’t come from Megan’s blog, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – her images are always gorgeous and inspiring, and her blog is full of great photo tips!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Scrapbooking Resources

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I recently had the pleasure to guest speak with the Ministry of Mother’s (MOMs) at my church. The MOMs group is a fantastic membership group which provides monthly meetings with wonderful topics and guest speakers, as well as fun socials during the school year. I was approached to discuss Scrapbooking to the group and jumped at the opportunity to share my hobby and passion!

One of the best parts of the scrapbooking community is the people in the community! Everyone is super helpful, friendly, supportive and passionate about getting our photos and stories down on paper. I asked several of the communities I belong to this question: “What do you wish you knew as a beginner scrapbooker that you know now?” I received an amazing plethora of responses! Probably Definitely enough to merit it’s very own blog post, so for now I’ll summarize to say that overwhelmingly, people wish they would have journaled (written down the story) more. Kept better details and notes of the memories. Bought less and created more.

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

I was really nervous as I prepared my presentation. Maybe excited more so than nervous, but two cups of coffee was waaaaaay more than enough for me that morning! As we discussed the benefits of story-telling and honoring our memories and photos, lots of questions came up from the group, and I thought I would take those bits and pieces to share with you, too.

So, there’s going to be lots of links. Some to scrappers who have greatly influenced me, some to affiliate links (gotta keep funding this passion!), some to sites I love and visit all.the.time, some to links provided by friends in the industry when I asked what links they’d share with beginner scrapbookers. All are resources that make our scrappy world go round and I think you’ll enjoy them!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Jar of Dreams layout with butterflies, bucket list, life goals

What are the bare essentials to get started? {Scrapbooking Starter Kit}

What do you do with your digital photos? {Photo Management}

What about digital scrapbooking? {Digital Scrapbooking Resources}

Where do you get all your stuff? {Local Scrapbook Stores (San Diego, California)}

Where do you get all your stuff you can’t find in town? {Online Scrapbooking Stores}

Where do you learn? {Online Scrapbooking Classes and Communities}

Where do you go to improve your photography? {Online Photography Classes and Communities}

What inspires you? {Scrappy Friends around the Web}

So there you have it, lots of links to get you started (or help you keep truckin’ along) in this amazing scrappy world of ours! Anything else you’d like to see on this list? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do 😉

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 when you sign up for the email list!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c