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10 on 10 – December // Deck the Halls

Ready to peek inside my home? These are some of my favorite Christmas decorations!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, decorations, ornaments, diptychs, Advent Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, decorations, ornaments, diptychs, Advent Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, decorations, ornaments, diptychs, Advent

Do you buy Christmas ornaments or decorations while traveling? That’s something I’ve loved doing for more years than I remember! The red mosaic ball? From Salt Lake City, Utah. The silver tear drop? From Hearst Castle in Cambria, CA. The crosses? From Solvang, CA the weekend my sister was married! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating our tree and reminiscing where every ornament and decoration came from. Okay, not every single one, but definitely lots have significant meaning ❤

Believe is one of my absolute favorite words and is evident throughout my home, particularly during the holidays. So I couldn’t resist getting some fun bokeh shots with our Believe ornament!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, decorations, ornaments, diptychs, Advent

Did you land at Clicky Chick Creates coming from Laura Bastien at The Sweet Life? Her gorgeous photos make me want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a nice fire! Be sure to head on over to my adorable friend and uber talented photographer Kim Bajorek! She headed out for a high noon photo shoot at the beach, capturing her beautiful friend in front of a turbulent yet beautiful ocean! She even caught some daredevils out in the rough waters as well 🙂

Thanks for following our 10 on 10 adventure this year! I’ve had a blast spending time behind the lens to capture 10 (or more) photos monthly of people and events that are near and dear to my heart, and whatever may have tickled me pink for the month ❤ If you missed any of the 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Going Places Class Giveaway!

Four scrapbookers. Four very different vacations. Four mini albums that share their adventures in modern, memorable ways.

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Pack up your pictures, patterned paper, and page protectors and join four talented instructors (Katrina Kennedy, Tami Morrison, Angie Gutshall, and Kim Jeffress) on this 4-week scrapbooking journey. Whether you’re traveling across the globe, close to home, or not at all this year, Going Places will help you document your most treasured vacation memories.

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Scrapbook a trip from this year, last year, or 10 years ago! Choose one approach or make them all! Big Picture Classes’ promise of “forever access” guarantees these ideas will be ready and waiting, no matter where your wanderlust takes you. With detailed instructions, helpful videos, and four unique album perspectives, Going Places will give you an arsenal of ideas you can carry with you wherever you go.

To learn more, check out the class and register here.

GIVEAWAY: I’m honored and pleased as punch to be giving away a seat in the class! Just leave a comment below telling me what vacation (upcoming or past) you’d love to document, and you’ll be entered to WIN! My adorable daughters fabulous assistants will help me draw and announce the winner, here on Clicky Chick Creates, by Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 6pm PST.

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Paris in Motion

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Paris in Motion, © Connie Hanks 2013

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Here’s another favorite from Paris. While there, we experienced some extremes when it came to the weather. Everything from blue skies and puffy clouds, to rain, to snow, to hail. But no matter the weather conditions, the city was still bustling. Pedestrians. Cars. Metro. All was still in motion.

Hope your day is filled with productive motion and you appreciate the beauty that surrounds you!

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

Using Presets on the Eiffel Tower

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I’ve just returned from a fantastic girls trip to France. After spending 4-1/2 days in Paris, we headed to the South of France where we spent a few more days exploring before heading back home. I’ve been friends with most of my travel companions for over 20 years. I’m so lucky to have friends like these and to be able to share such an amazing experience with them!

Our first day in Paris was filled with beautiful blue skies and puffy white clouds. We were expecting lots of rain, so it was quite a pleasant surprise! I wish I could say the entire trip was sun, blue skies and pretty clouds, but alas, the rain did come, as did snow! Yes, snow, in Paris! It was lovely. Cold and a bit gray, but lovely! More of that to come in a future post.

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But for now, I’ve uploaded all 2200+ images into Lightroom. I’m in the process of rating, key wording and editing my images. The one above is one of my favorites so far, so I’ve used it to play with to see what style / look I want to go with. I used some of my favorite presets from My Four Hens (M4H) – Sarah has developed some of my favorite go-to presets, and onOne Vintage presets – I’m loving the looks created with this Eiffel Tower shot.

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I know I’ll be posting lots more from this trip, but I’m having fun with the presets and wanted to share. Any Lightroom presets you use and love? Please share!

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