Inked Bokeh Tutorial {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more! May is one of my favorite months of the year! Not only is it my baby’s birthday month, but it’s also Layout-a-Day during May!

Layout-a-Day is a month long challenge of spending creative time everyday to create a scrapbook page or layout. It only happens 3 months out of the year, so it’s a special time to focus on one of my favorite hobbies. But, I won’t lie…with my schedule as a mom & wife, volunteer, photographer, Etsy-preneur and more, I don’t get to create a layout every single day, but I do make creative time more of a priority for the month! That might mean a layout, a card, prettying up my planner, or playing with a tag to try a new technique.

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For this month’s Layout-a-Day in the Scrap Happy community, I’ve been quite the happy camper to be one of the featured designers! Our theme for the month is Musical Mayhem and being inspired by the music in our worlds. Today’s prompt is to create a layout highlighting a loved one who enjoys the spotlight! What a perfect opportunity to create a layout about my big girl about her moment on stage singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” during her school talent show! At just 7-years old, my big girl had more confidence in her little pinky than I’ve ever had!

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I had fun creating this background paper and thought I’d share how easy it was to create! Enjoy the tutorial. If you like it and learned from it, please leave me a thumbs up to let me know you enjoyed it!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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/c

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Make It Monday // Easter Cards

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to the Make It Monday, Easter edition! I hope you’re ready to be inspired to get Easter in full swing! I know, we just got done with St. Patrick’s day last week and here we are ready to hop into Easter {see what I did there? uh-huh! 😉 } Let’s get hopping!

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You won’t believe where I found the inspiration for these cards… emptied out egg shells we filled with confetti and smashed on each other when I was a kid! I’m not sure if that was a 1970’s thing or a Mexican thing, but we did it every Easter! Thinking of those Easter’s spent with my family, particularly my cousins, at a park not far from our grandparents homes, filled me with nostalgia and fun memories! The memory of the confetti filled eggs made me want to recreate a modern version in a card!

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I ended up making 4 of the cards, and even share how I made them in the video below. I hope you enjoy the video and learn a few tips and tricks!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. You’re in for another treat with cards from Beth at Scrapping Wonders! Beth shares how to make fun and glittery Easter and Project Life cards, so be sure to hop on over and leave her some comment love! And if you haven’t been to her blog before, be sure you poke around at some of her app reviews, tips and tricks. She’s done some great reviews, like on the Collect App, as well as other photography and crafting apps!

And of course I must mention True Stamp, yet again! It’s just a few days away…we’ll be having the time of our lives on March 28! If you like crafting, if you like taking classes from the best teachers out there, if you like mind blowing inspiration, if you like meeting friends who have the same crafty interests, and if you like staying comfy cozy at home, then True Stamp is for you! I really can’t say enough good stuff about True Stamp. If you’re at all into stamping, even a teeny tiny bit, then you should certainly join us for this phenomenal event! This will be my 3rd year and it is so totally worth it!

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get stamping, then check out True Stamp here!

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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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. The Pinterest Inspiration challenge over at Simon Says Stamp provided great inspiration for this post, too! The chocolate confetti cake reminds me so much of those confetti eggs from my childhood!

Make It Monday // Green Watercolor Card

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to our Make It Monday: “Green” circle! You may have noticed some of our Monday’s have themes? Well today we’re sharing Green posts! I took it quite literal, but you’ll have to read along on the circle to see how the other creatives interpreted green! So, here we go…

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It’s been a while since I made a watercolor card, so that’s exactly what I wanted to this week. I knew the colors I wanted to use and the stamps/embossing I wanted to do, too! I really do love when an idea or inspiration hits and it turns out like I was hoping it would!

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The Tim Holtz Distress Inks are the easiest and most versatile way of creating gorgeous watercolor projects. Check out my YouTube videos – this one in particular walks you through the step-by-step process to make this, and I share lots of tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years! From saving money to using up all the ink on your craft mat…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenReady to continue to Make It Monday fun? How do you bring special attention to a special object of a story? Have you ever scrapped your shoes? Alice at Scrapbook Wonderland shares her lucky shoes with us! Check out Alice’s post – her creativity is splendid and she shares tips and tricks quite generously!

Need more inspiration?

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Join me, my friend Carole from Scrapbook Campus and about a dozen other designers as we share Inspiration: A to Z – a free month long inspiration series, working through every letter of the alphabet and areas to scrapbook, make cards, projects and more! It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose! We just started yesterday, March 1st and it will run until March 26th, so jump in now before you miss any more of the alphabet!

Another great event to gather inspiration from is the annual True Stamp event. Whether you’re a newer stamper looking to advance your skills, a more experienced paper crafter wanting an inspiration infusion, or a stamping dabbler looking to use your supplies in new ways, you need to hear about True Stamp! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun… Including Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, Raisin Boat, and Simon Says Stamp.

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True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s ❤ Click Here to Sign Up! 

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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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/c

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Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

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3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

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6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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Did you find this information helpful? I’d love to share more tips with you in the future, so be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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

PS. Do you love roses? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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Make It Monday // Winter Wonder {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re enjoying our  series and are inspired to create. If you’ve made something after checking out our Make It Monday blog posts, please do share! We’d love to hear about it!

So I have to ask… do the winter months leave you feeling a little blah? Too much gray? An abundance of drab? Well, then let’s add some color and sparkle to chase those blah’s away!

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Embossed Clothes Pins

First up, I created some embossed clothes pins. I actually made my first set of embossed clothes pins a couple of years ago for my sister’s baby shower. We used them to pin up baby onesies as decoration for the party. They turned out super cute and I was inspired to create some more recently. My sweet friend Dietra asked if I would be posting on my Etsy shop or if I would show how I made them. So I’m doing both!

How cute would this be as a gift packaging?

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And here’s how we used some at the baby shower…

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Here’s a sweet and simple mini shaker card I created… Look for the video coming in the next couple days!

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I wanted to use a snowflake, and thought how fun it would be to play off the “flake” part! It would be great for a belated birthday or I’m sorry card!

Are you ready to get creative? Hope so! But if you’re ready to shop instead, head on over to my Etsy shop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Be sure to hop on over to check out what Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits is up to this week! Whether it’s color, technique, a quote or more, she’s always sharing great inspiration! I wonder what Monday Mojo prompt she’ll be using this week? Definitely gonna hop on over and check it out! After visiting Lisa, be sure to continue the circle so you see how what everyone else is doing with out Winter Wonder theme!

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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Oh wait, there’s more! Have you signed up for Layout-A-Day (LOAD) yet? It’s just days away! The February LOAD is one of the most productive months for me as far as creating layouts. The community, the daily prompts, the productivity… it really is amazing and has made the month of February one of my most favorite months of the year! Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and get ready to share your passion with the nicest scrappy gals in the universe! Don’t delay – sign up NOW – it’s an amazing experience and one that EVERY scrapbooker should experience at least once upon a time!!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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Make It Monday // Beachy Tag {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired tag, blending, embossing, stencils, templates, texture, modeling paste, stamping, punching, distressing and more! I’m so excited to kick-off a new creative blog hop with a few crafty and creative friends from all corners of the world!

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We’re a pretty crafty bunch, with everything from Scrapbooking to Art, Embroidery to Photo Management, paper to digital – really, a little bit of everything! Initially, I met many of these gals through a Layoutaday, and then more through a crafty Facebook group. Either way, we all share a passion of crafting and sharing, so the idea hit me that as much as I enjoy checking out their blogs and sites, you might like the same!

Every Monday, a few of us will be sharing our creations with each other and you, our fabulous friends and readers! I hope you’ll pop on over and check out what everyone is up to, creatively speaking of course. It always amazes me where we’re able to find inspiration, especially in those unexpected and unfamiliar to us gems!

To start off our tour, I’m sharing a fun tag I made for a tag swap last month when I went to Arizona for a creative retreat. I was actually lucky to meet some of these fabulous gals in person, and now you’ll be meeting them in our Make It Monday posts – talk about a fantastic treat all around!

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Part of the fun in meeting up with a couple dozen friends from all over North America at our retreat was a fun game we played, guessing who made which tag, based on a few clues within the tag and how it represented each creative mastermind behind it 🙂 Being from San Diego, I couldn’t help but incorporate the beach into my tag. Not too subtle!

I had a blast making this tag! One of my favorite parts was adding texture to the Starfish (or is it called a Sea Star?!). Can you guess what I used to add texture? Check out this short video clip to find out…

If you’d like to learn how to make this tag from start to finish, stay tuned as I’ll be posting  my downloadable class on the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopNow head on over to check out more crafty goodness… You may have come from my friend Karen at Photos Kept Alive – she has great tips – for both digital and paper crafters! Even if you didn’t come from her site, be sure to head back to check out her post! But first, check out my friend Margareta at Use Your Stash and be ready for a visual and creative feast! Margareta is one of those incredibly creative types who makes it all look fun, has great tips, and definitely empowers us to use what we have! Head on over and let her know I sent you! I hope you enjoy our inaugural Make It Monday blog hop!

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stencils and Stamps as well as SSS Wednesday Challenge: Tag It!

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