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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…

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

 

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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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Gingerbread House digital scrapbooking layout using #CreativeChristmas Bundle kits

Make It Monday // Gingerbread Houses {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Gingerbread House digital scrapbooking layout using #CreativeChristmas Bundle kits

Last day of our Creative Christmas Bundle sale! Did you check out this amazing deal? It’s not to be missed! Here’s another project I’ve created with some of the pieces from the various designers… pretty cute, huh?! And I’m not a “digital scrapbooker,” but the items in this bundle make it super easy to create pages! But besides templates, digital papers, embellishments and overlays, the bundle includes printable cards, calendars, advent calendars, stitch patterns, classes, tutorials and so much more! The entire list is included below…

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Do you create a December Daily album? I think this page, and my “Candy Cane Love” page would be great to include in a December Daily album! What do you think? Be sure to check out the entire Creative Christmas Bundle and let me know in the comments what project you’d love to create first? There is so much value in the kit with over $300 worth of products — classes, downloads, cut files, stitch patterns, calendars, gift projects and more — for only $29.99 – get it before it’s GONE!

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The Creative Christmas Bundle ends in less than 20 hours at 11:59pm Eastern on December 1st. Check it out NOW! After the expiration time, all the individual items will go back to each designer and the amazing value will be gone! You can currently get $300 worth of products for only $29.99 – it’s a definite steal and shouldn’t be missed!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Once you’ve checked out the Creative Christmas bundle, be sure to head on over to my sweet and sassy friend Cara at The Hooting Pirate! Cara’s busy making gifts and December Daily cards with products from the Creative Christmas bundle. Lucky YOU gets to see more ways to use the fantastic products in the bundled deal!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS BUNDLE DESIGNERS & CONTRIBUTIONS

Alison Day – December Daily Cut Files and video (retail value $15) 

Beth Soler – Cricut Cut Files/phone tutorial (retail value $12) 

Cara Vincens – Whimsical Printable Christmas Cards with bonus postcard option and coupon code to The Hooting Pirate Etsy Store (retail value $15) 

Carole Cassel – Calendar Making Class using Paint Shop Pro (retail value $10) 

Connie Hanks* (that’s me!) Printable Advent Calendar w/family activity list (retail value $15) {advent activity and numeral used}

Gina Zee – Upcycled Christmas Workshop (retail value $15) 

Janet Carr* – Digital scrapbooking bundle (retail value $20) {papers, embellishments and overlays used}

Jen Funk Weber – Silhouette cross-stitch patterns (retail value $12) 

Jen Wright – 12-Day Advent Envelope Project Tutorial with bonus Advent Cards (retail value $20) 

Karen Fitting – Flower Calendar with Bonus Tutorial on tips for using Artisan beyond scrapbooking (retail value $15) 

Kristie Sloan – Art Journaling Basics online class (retail value $20) 

Lisa Harris – Santa’s Helpers Workshop – quick, inexpensive gifts (retail value $20) 

Margareta Carlsson – Digital pack of holiday pocket page cards and photo overlays, everything both for digital scrapbooking and as printable pdf files for hybrid scrapbooking (retail value $10) 

Mary Moseley – And Jackie Lyals Photo Gifts for the Holidays (retail value $10) 

Melissa Shanhun* – Digital scrapbooking bundle with bonus audio and video inspiration and tutorials  (retail value $80) {papers and embellishments used}

*Designers products’ featured in my “Gingerbread House” layout.

PS. Have you check out the Creative Christmas Bundle deal yet? Time is ticking! Don’t miss it!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, joy, ornament, star, bokeh, lights, tree, tradition, jingle bell

One // Christmas Favorites {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // candy canes, marshmallows, chocolate, treats, Christmas, yum!

Well there’s no better time to share some of my favorite photos of this holiday season than now! The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: One asks us to show photos that highlight “one thing”. To me, that means my love of shallow depth of field and wide open aperture will definitely work for this challenge!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, joy, ornament, star, bokeh, lights, tree, tradition, jingle bell

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // oreos, sprinkles, chocolate, treats, Christmas, easy, yum!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, bokeh, snow globe, tradition, catching snowflakes

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, bokeh, star, straw, twig art, stairs, banister, decor

Along with some of my fave images, I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs of the season, too!

And that’s just a few of my favorite Christmas songs! What are yours? What Christmas songs touch you emotionally, whether it’s a smile on your face or a tear in your eye? What photos have you captured this holiday season that makes your heart sing? I’d love to see or hear, so let me know in the comments!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // letters to Santa ornament, bokeh, Christmas tree, star shaped bokeh, holiday, festive

Christmas Tradition

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // letters to Santa ornament, bokeh, Christmas tree, star shaped bokeh, holiday, festiveAbout 10 years ago, my hubby and I celebrated new year’s with about twenty of our closest college friends up in Big Bear, California. Every year for new year’s this same group of friends would celebrate the holiday together, exploring different cities in our wonderful state. San Francisco, Napa, Palm Springs, San Diego, Orange County – all were amazing!

But back to Big Bear… while out enjoying the snowy town and hot toddys, we snuck in a little shopping when I bought this adorable ornament. All of the trips aforementioned were pre-kids, but I knew we’d eventually have a family and I fell in love with the idea of our future babies tucking their letters to Santa into this old fashioned mailing tube!

Fast forward to now, and it has become a definite must for my girls! It’s one of my most favorite traditions! I love that my girls love it as much as I do!

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

PS. Don’t forget to sign-up for the FREE photography webinar “Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project” – I blogged about it here.

Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project with Katrina Kennedy

PSS. While you’re at it, check out Katrina Kennedy’s True Scrap 5 class “The Art of the Everyday” – actually, check out all the True Scrap 5 classes! Hands down, it was one of the best online class experiences I’ve ever had! And all TS5 classes are  25 PERCENT OFF – just under $10 each right now through 12/25. Everyone needs a “To: Me, From: Me” present under the Christmas tree, right?! : )

Katrina Kennedy's True Scrap 5 "The Art of the Everyday" class - one word: Amazing!!!!