Instagram Anniversary!

A year ago today, I decided to create a separate Instagram account for all my crafty adventures. I had no idea how fun it would be to focus on this one topic for an Instagram account! Things really took off once I started sharing my Happy Planner obsession! I was excited to find other planner girls that had the same love for planners as I do. I am so grateful for everyone that takes the time to like a photo, or shares a comment. Long live Instagram! Feel free to follow me @jenmaniscreates. IMG_7241f0790-img



I captured these photos (and more) of Jake on Sunday. I loved how the lights twinkled around her. She loves the camera!!!   ๐Ÿ™‚

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Top 10 Photos of 2013

2013 was a stellar year for me, photography wise. I learned so much in school about what makes a good photo, and how to manually use the controls on my camera. I practiced so much throughout the year, to get better & better. Oh the sacrifice!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my 10 favorites. It was hard to narrow it down!!! I chose these based on particular memories that came to mind, great lighting, and even great hair (lol!).


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12 Days of Christmas (Part 1)

Hello everyone! Only 1 week until Christmas… It’s coming so fast!
On Instagram (I’m @jenmanis), I am doing a little 12 days ’til Christmas countdown, with help from Rhonna Farrer’s app for the numbers. I thought I’d share my countdown here. 
So, here is the first half, days 12-7.

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Autumn + Birds

My mom always puts together fantastic seasonal scenes & I love photographing them! I wanted to take the birds’ photos against one of her displays, & they all played along well! I have to get them prepared for upcoming holiday photos anyway, of course!  ๐Ÿ™‚


Autumn Days

This fall, I’ve been wandering around with my camera a lot, and I haven’t been disappointed! It’s always amazing to see the seasons in transition. Here are a few of my pictures from this season.

p.s.- It’s already snowed here twice! It’s gonna be a long winter. I hope I can capture some of winter’s beauty too…



Happy mid-September! Things are pretty good around here lately & I thought it was time for another Instagram round-up.  ๐Ÿ™‚

 These are just about half of the scrappy pages I made over the summer. They are just waiting to be put into some sleeves. I accomplished a lot of scrapbooking goodness this summer!

 This was me on the 1st day of school! Things are going great there.

My new favorite photo of my baby girl!  ๐Ÿ™‚

This last photo sums it up. There are some complicating days for sure, but overall, I’m feeling good.

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