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Make It Monday // Layers on Layouts {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I created a scrapbook layout I’m excited to share with you today!

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Last summer, my husband taught our first born daughter the beauty and fun of boogie boarding! She took to it like a fish to water. This summer was no different — she’s quite confident and hard to stop out on the waves!

When I was pulling the photos I wanted to document, I kept getting pulled into the waves in the photos, and the layers in the ocean. Layers… Perfect!! Decision made to incorporate lots of layers into my layout and for the paper to play up the idea of waves. Here are a few ways I did just that, and added layers to my layout (all products linked at end of post):

1. Making Waves: I used an edging tool from Creative Memories, Distress Inks and Blending Tools to create the background paper. I made three “waves” in the same color, just moved the edging tool down and offset the curve of the wave!

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2. Adding Splash: In order to create even more of a water effect, I decided to add Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste over one of my new favorite Dylusions stencils – yum! I love the way it looks!

3. Clear like Water: This was a perfect opportunity to use up some recently purchased transparencies on my layout! The “Here and Now” was actually on a 3×4″ pocket page card, but I just trimmed it to fit my space. A few dots of Glossy Accents adhered those to my page without too much glue peeking through.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

4. Words on Water: Journaling on vellum helped keep the look translucent, and adding a little motion to the words continued the feel of rolling waves!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

5. Water Bubbles: And a few finishing touches of clear sequins tied in the water feel with a little sparkle!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!

Truth be told, I LOVE the creative outlet of creating scrapbook pages. But ultimately, I do these pages so my daughters know their story, our lives and how much they are always loved ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopWhat do you think about the new Make It Monday series? I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am and that you’re checking out my creative and crafty friends blog posts, too! These girls are amazingly creative and their blogs are full of fresh ideas, techniques and inspiration!

You may have come from my sweet friend Gina at Messtaken Identity – she makes upcycling approachable and adds such an artsy touch to things so many of us overlook. If you didn’t come from her post about creating a teacher gift tag, be sure to circle back and check it out! But first, head on over to my friend Kristie at Artful Adventures to check out her watercolor technique using ink. I can’t wait to see what Kristie has in store for us! Her artistic flair and easy approach are definitely inspiring!

And last but not least, I have to point out the amazing event coming up in less than two weeks: True Scrap 6!! The inspiration, the community, the instructors, the content, the chat… it all gets rolled up into one AMAZING day of crafty goodness! If you’re at all interested in learning more techniques, tips, getting to know and interact with amazing industry leaders, you MUST check out True Scrap 6!! Click here to find out more about the classes and instructors! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!! Use coupon code “HERO” to save $20 off registration!!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Water Lily and Turtle in pond at Balboa Park

Extra, Extra // Hello There! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Water Lily and Turtle in pond at Balboa Park

A field trip with my first graders class to Balboa Park a couple weeks ago yielded catching this little visitor in the frame! I was clearly going for the beautiful water lily, but then out popped a little turtle head. Bonus! Do you see him?

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Reflections from Balboa Park

Reflection // Balboa Park {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Reflections from Balboa Park

An absolute San Diego gem, I truly love photographing everything and anything at Balboa Park! Besides the plethora of fantastic museums, enjoying the gardens and architecture can fill an entire day. Anytime I can escape my daily obligations and carve out time to enjoy the sights at Balboa Park is a blessed day – I’ve certainly shared many of those photos here. The park is usually bustling with visitors, photographers, runners, artists, musicians, and so much more!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Reflections from Balboa Park

When spending time at the park, I’m able to take it in and reflect on so much in life. Whether I’m in a museum, taking in the beauty in the brushstrokes, or mastery in sculptures, or brilliance in photographs, or forethought in architecture, it all gives me the time to reflect on the gifts of life: gifts of time, gifts of art, gifts of friends and family, gifts of love. Sometimes I only have time to reflect on how little time I have, but I try to savor what I have as opposed to obsess on what I don’t have. That’s just my personality! What have you reflected on lately? I’d love to see and/or hear, so let me know in the comments!

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Reflections was a perfect opportunity to dig these up from the archives. Check out other “reflections” here, or my past photo challenge submissions here.

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