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

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!

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

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pacific Ocean, southern California, beach, starfish, sea star, reserved, #CY365, waves, foam, sand, rock, pebbles, sunny, sunshine,

Reserved // Private Beach {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pacific Ocean, southern California, beach, starfish, sea star, reserved, #CY365, waves, foam, sand, rock, pebbles, sunny, sunshine,

What I would give for a private beach during our amazing southern California summers! That would be amazing!!

Are you following the prompts from Capture Your 365? Katrina Kennedy’s prompts are inspiring and a wonderful way to push my creativity behind the lens. I definitely recommend checking out the site and signing up for the free daily inspiration emails and monthly idea list!

While you’re at it – check out Katrina’s photography classes from True Scrap events. Yes, the events are targeted to memory keepers / scrapbookers, but the information Katrina shares regarding photography can apply to anyone wanting to improve their photography and find inspiration in the everyday moments!

After you click on a link, you might have to scroll down the list to find Katrina’s classes, but totally worth it!

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

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

*The links I create to products and classes may include an affiliate link which pays me a small percentage for purchases made. Please note that I purchase and use what I love and hope that by sharing these links with you, I am making learning various aspects of photography, recreating images and your photography journey simpler for you. I figure if I love it, then you might too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Torrey Pines beach, La Jolla, CA, rock art, balance, beach umbrella, relax

Sea // Balance {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Torrey Pines beach, La Jolla, CA, rock art, balance, beach umbrella, relax

Hope you’re enjoying this long last weekend of summer! The Daily Post weekly photo challenge theme for the week is SEA.

I shot this on Friday as we were on our way out of the beach. Kids and sand toys, towels and umbrellas, boogie board and beach chairs; everything packed up and as all parents with little kids do – my hubby and I definitely looked like overpacked mules carrying all the goodies out. But I spotted this little creation and I just had to get the shot! Dropped all I was carrying (except my camera of course!) and got as low as I could go to get it.

What does this image make you think of? The beach? Relaxing? Sand between your toes? Crashing waves? It reminds me that life is all about balance! Take the time to enjoy it!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

PS. Check out the other entries playing along with the weekly theme. Holy inspiration, Batman!!