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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing up

Juxtaposition // Bubbly Toes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing up

I was a bit stumped with The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Juxtaposition. I could see ideas in my mind, but nothing was coming together yesterday. Then, I realized these shots I captured earlier this month fit the bill perfectly! The shots were inspired from the Capture Your 365 prompt “Where You Stand” – love Katrina’s daily prompts!

When I was pregnant, I prayed and prayed for girls, and I was blessed with answered prayers. My girls are now 7 and 4 years old, and have always loved playing dress up, and ocassionally putting on my shoes and walking around the house. Those shoes have usually been my sneaks, UGGs, or flip flops – life of a stay-at-home-mama. But my 7 year old recently eyed my neatly-organized, rarely-used boxes and boxes of heels and has been obsessed wearing them around the house as much as possible! And of course whatever big sister does, little sister has to do too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing upThis is such a concrete reminder of how fast they’re growing and that even though my prayers for baby girls were answered, those babies will grow up to be big girls one day. The juxtaposition of their bubbly baby toes in my big girl heals just reminds me how much they’ve grown, how little they still are, and where we’re headed. For now, I’ll just have to enjoy the sweet little girl moments as much as possible!

Check out other interpretations of juxtaposition here. And check out my other photo challenge posts here.

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

PS. Did you follow yesterday’s LOAD blog hop? There’s still time to sign up for this amazing challenge! Without a doubt, I’ll be creating a layout featuring these photos and story : )

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Sleeping Angel

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A Word in Your Ear posted the new A Word a Week challenge for the week: Sleep! I immediately thought of this photo of my baby, way back when she used to nap! She had just turned two when I grabbed this shot and within days my little stinker refused to nap anymore. It’s very rare she does go down for a midday slumber, but I will always remember the moments I would sneak into her room as she napped. I loved hearing her little breaths, so sweet and dreamy, knowing she was in absolute comfort and seeing those little toes tucked under her bum bum. That is absolute joy and comfort for a mama!

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