Design Aglow & Facebook

I write a contributing post to two different blogs each month. How I ended up doing these for two blogs with similar names is beyond me. I realize it is confusing for those of you that are not regular followers on those sites. Once a month I contribute a DIY post on Design*Sponge and one on Design Aglow. The two sites are not related to eachother…other than the fact you can get inspiration overload from both. Design Aglow is a resource for photographers. For my posts on Design Aglow I am using their products in a non-conventional way. Today my most recent project for Design Aglow will be published. Though the focus is some of their templates you can find ideas for gift wrap on it as well. If you are looking for beautiful gift ideas I recommend visiting The Giver’s Log.

So here are a few ‘behind the scenes’ of my Design Aglow project:

When you have young kids people always tell you that you are going to miss it when they grow up…they say it whenever you want to complain about something. Well you know what…I am out of the pacifier stage and I don’t miss crawling around a nursery floor in the middle of the night trying to find one. I am on the verge of being out of the highchair phase and I’ve never been so excited to get rid of a piece of furniture. When I am trying to be creative I have 2 little ones unrolling ribbon, tearing my beloved Amy Butler paper, dumping glitter and all in my business. I don’t think I’ll miss this type of contribution to my crafting.

She kept stealing a package of trim to push around in her stroller. If you put a doll in the stroller she throws it to the ground, but she loves pushing my stuff. When I went to retrieve it – disappeared. I still don’t know where she stuck it…

The second photo is what it looked like when I was photographing the gifts for the Design Aglow post. I stood between the window and the table.

The project involves gift wrapping. My mom had bought FireCracker an adorable little shirt with polka dot sleeves. She wore it all the time and then got a massive stain down the front. It was beginning to be a crop top anyway, so instead of throwing it away I cut up the unstained pieces to save in my scrap fabric bin. One of the sleeves came in handy for this project.

You can visit Design Aglow to see the full project and details.

In other news, I was a long time Facebook holdout. Not anymore. This week I have figuring out how to enable others to share pictures on my wall. I’ve asked those that follow my Facebook page to share pictures of things they make that were from tutorials I’ve posted or inspired by something on this blog. I can’t tell you how fun it is for me to see these pictures. Every now and then someone will email me a picture or send me a link to something they have made, but it doesn’t happen often. It is fun to see that some of you actually try the things I post here. I wanted to share a few of the pictures from the Under the Sycamore facebook page.

I will note you have to “like” the Under the Sycamore page to get feed updates. If I am only your ‘friend’…you’ll never see any updates because I don’t update my Ashley Ann Campbell wall…just the blog wall.

Onto some reader pictures:

There are so many more pictures on Facebook, but I wasn’t sure if the owners wanted me to share them here. I will share a blog link to a beautiful shower…but the Facebook ones you’ll have to go check out for yourself.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out the Design Aglow post!

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  • giozi - Just yesterday I mentioned you, and design aglow and wrapping ha ha ha what a coincidence 😉

    Upss I’m so glad to see one picture (baby food jars) of mine in your blog. I’m veeeeeeeeeeeery happy !!!

  • tasha roe - you have a great spot in your kitchen for taking pictures! the lighting is AWESOME!!
    love seeing the behind the scene shots. the process is what’s fun to me.
    thanks for including my baby shower. that totally made my crappy-sleep deprived-out of coffee creamer day!!

  • Hannah Bunker - Aw! Thanks for including the bird “painting!” I’m so honored! 🙂

    And can I say, that if I ever got a present from you that looked like any of the ones you posted…it would cause me serious pain to unwrap it because it’s so pretty! haha! Love it!

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - I love your wrapping! I was also planning to use recycled kraft paper as wrapping, going for a ‘brown paper packages tied up in strings’ look. Can’t wait to read the Design Aglow post!

  • Mary - Hooray for facebook! And I just have to ask…did you make that red fabric flower you used to wrap the box? It’s lovely. 🙂

  • brittany - I made the rainbow cake for my daughters birthday this past week! I appreciate all the pictures with your kids while you craft – it makes me happy 🙂

  • Meadowlark - I used to agree with you on the “won’t miss it” until now when the “baby” is 23 and expecting a baby of his own. (well, she’s expecting. he’s waiting). It’s those moments when it all rushes back – the fat little feet, the intense looks of concentration, those pudgy little faces … seriously, you will miss it. You are blessed to have this blog to document your babies.

    and thanks for the crafty stuff too. 🙂

  • Sarah Doerfler - i love your DesignAglow posts, and now love your blog too. I had to comment this time because I giggled reading about your littles. hee hee! hang in there sister! the truth is that you miss the cuddly times and the toothless grins, but not the “help”! this year i have had a hard time realizing that i am no longer a mom of toddlers – my littlest little is in jrK and my oldest is 3rd grade (with a 1st grader in between). I miss the fat cheeked gummy grins and the pudgy busy hands but what a morning i had today watching my big boy in his coat and tie singing on stage with his 3rd grade classmates! there are good things to come…and that’s why we photograph it all right? to remember the days of baby and toddler hood (and everything after that too!!!) thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • Kim - ooo so excited to see this packaging just the extra inspiration I needed !!! Thanks

  • Laurie J - love the wrapping! I can so relate to little hands taking everything and scattering it around. As I write this I’ve got playdoh in places I’m not sure I’ll be able to locate 100% today! And now my youngest son just jumped on the couch….and missed. Good thing he’s the tough one. You amaze me with how much you get done in a day 🙂 love reading your blog

  • Maueen - I am so with you. I was at a mall a month ago trying to navigate my niece’s stroller through the way to narrow isles and said, “I don’t miss strollers at all” Then I was at a museum with three kids and no coat room, carrying 4 coats, and I said, “I miss my stroller”

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Miss Not-Missing,
    Sounds like your Firecracker is more of a shopping type than a mothering one! There are things about these stages you will miss but the things that drive you crazy are the part that make you so you don’t crawl into a dark depressed hole due to the passing of time… smile and move on!

    That’s How We Roll in NE

  • hearttypat - I love that first picture at the last row of the submitted pictures. Can’t take my eyes off the wall color! Anybody knows similar color paint in that shade?

  • Cherish Stockdale - these are awesome, love how all the projects turned out wonderfully! 🙂

  • Ashlee - I feel so giddy to have something I did (inspired by you of course!) on your blog!!!!

  • shawna [of styleberryBLOG] - thanks for adding my picture to the post! I have a little “stuff” pusher too…wonder where they learn that stuff…??! creative mamas! 🙂

  • Amber - Really cute packages, Ashley. Love the variety of textures, supplies, etc. Just out of curiosity, did you mark who they were all to elsewhere? It would be my luck that Grandma would open the gift intended for Baby Sister. 🙂

  • nori - ashley… you are such a sweet soul! thank you SO much for the shout out in your design aglow post.

    blessings to you and your beautiful family… nori

  • MelissaM - Ashley, I loved your gift wrapping/gift tags tutorial you posted! However, I cannot afford the $215 worth of printable downloads for the 4 sets of gift tag templates you suggested. I know there are tons of free downloads available, but get overwhelmed when I search through google. Do you know any good websites that offer free downloads? Thank you!

  • Shannon Phillips - I love seeing all of the creations inspired by you! How awesome!!

  • Pleasant Vonnoh - I LOVE the idea of cutting up old/stained clothing for scraps! I’m so glad I came across your blog thanks to your inspiring posts over at Design Aglow!

  • Mindy - Figgin cute!!!

  • Mindy - ****Friggin forgot the R. Ha.

  • Crystal - I’m so excited my picture made it on your blog!

  • Lila - I really love the look of your presents. I think it is so much fun to make packages magical to open, I really think it adds to the gift. You inspired me to go out and get brown postal paper and doilies 🙂

  • amanda torres - So cool! I love that ‘grandma’ looked at you like you were crazy, but thought it completely sane to let 4 little kids go in a store with a complete stranger. I’m bewildered.

  • sarah - hello! i found you via the lovely clusters. your site caught my attention because i too live in oklahoma and am a fellow blogger.

    your blog is just lovely. i will come back and visit.
    cheers xoxo sarah