Design Aglow is THRILLED to welcome the fabulously talented Ashley Campbell to our creative team! Ashley will be creating a monthly craft design project here on the blog using her favorite Design Aglow products. In addition, she will be working her magic in our upcoming article collections too....so prepare to be inspired x2 starting right now~
From Ashley: One of the things I love about the Design Aglow products is how they can all work together and the possibilities for creativity are endless. A super easy option for your Design Aglow design products is to combine them with T-shirt Iron On paper to create custom clothing. You could get crafty with your printer & iron for yourself or use the outcome for client gifts and marketing. The first example I want to share is one I made for my son. I avoid all things white when it comes to him, so to start I used fabric dye to create a color that complimented the Almost Famous image I planned to use.
Step 1: Dye your shirt. I only wanted to dye one shirt, so I used just a bit of two dye colors and then added about 3 cups of water - just enough to soak the shirt (the photo below is before I added the water). Allow your shirt to sit until the desired color is achieved. I did not follow the directions on the bottle. Keep in mind that traditional iron on paper works best on light colors. You can purchase special iron on paper for darker colors if that is what you are going for.
Step 2: Create the image you want to place on your shirt. I used a photo of my 3 boys with the Almost Famous template. I then took that image and combined it with a section of Sweet 16: Fleur. I took colors from the wallpaper on the Almost Famous graphic for the Fleurs.
Step 3: Print your image on the Iron On paper. Remember you must flip your image before printing. I actually forgot this step, but since I didn't have wording or graphics that would look funny, I didn't mind.
Step 4: Iron on your image following the directions that come with the paper. Keep in mind you want a hard surface and no steam.
Your finished shirt. It looks best with a foam sword. This would make a great client gift. My son likes that no one really notices he is on the TV until they look closely. It is like his little secret.
Here is another example using the Art Graffiti templates. I did not want the bottom to be a straight line, so I mirrored the Art Graffiti and erased the flowers that would have pointed down. I used Blackout Serif for the font.
And another fun idea using the All Buttoned Up templates.
Customizing a onesie costs about $2.00 if you buy a package of several onesies and a full package of Iron On paper. Imagine showing up to a newborn session with a cute customized onesie for the tiny bundle of joy. Yep, pretty sure you would win those parents over. You could even punch a hole in your business card and tie a vintage button to the top when you present the proud parents with the gift.
About me: Married to one amazing man and relishing life as a mom to four beautifully wild kids (girl 1 and boys 2, 4, 6), I'm a coffee loving girl. I'm currently spending my days buried in Legos, dirt, and crafting supplies with my photography business on hold. I write a blog, Under the Sycamore; it used to be a place to give my photography clients sneak peeks of their sessions, now it is something totally different. I was created to live on a tropical island, but somehow ended up in Oklahoma. I wish Mac would create a way that I could sit outside in the sun sipping sweet tea and still be able to clearly see my laptop screen. I am a project addict, so monthly posts using Design Aglow products in realms outside of their 'intended' purposes make me very happy. - Ashley Ann
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.