I hope you all have enjoyed the random little projects this week. I thought I’d finish up DIY week with one for the girls. FireCracker doesn’t have enough hair yet, but the day is coming soon….

Step 1: Gather a bunch of random supplies. Most of these are from Lemon Poppy Shoppe…since I am doing a giveaway there this week I thought it would be nice to have some ideas of how you can use scrapbooking supplies if you aren’t a scrapbooker. (I’ve heard people refer to themselves as a “Scrapper”…is that the new term? I’m Scrappy, but not a Scrapper.) I would also like to know when scrapbooking supplies began including such amazing ribbons? I have been in the dark for far too long.

Step 2: Pick a ribbon to be your base. Cut it long enough to fold over a bit on the top and bottom, fold and hot glue the ends over

Step 3: Hot glue ribbon to plain hair clips

Step 4: Pick out random pieces to make the look you want. I used 2 types of ribbon, crochet flower, and a bit of a feather.

Step 5: Hot glue all the pieces together and then glue it all to the hair clip

Step 6: Make a cute little card to hold the clips if you are giving them as a gift. I used scrap cardboard, a paint chip, part of a paper doily, masking tape, and stamps.

Step 7: Admire your girlie clips.

This is kind of what it would like in FireCracker’s hair…she doesn’t have enough for it to stay in place where it should go…you get the idea.

The boys were in goof ball moods.

The last time (May 09) they modeled her hair stuff, she hadn’t been born yet….Big Brother looking like Chunk from The Goonies…but in a bow.

The Lemon Poppy Shoppe and Expressions Vinyl giveaways end tonight. Scroll down to Monday and Tuesdays posts to enter. Just to give you an idea of what Lemon Poppy Shoppe has, here are some of the goodies I got there:

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  • Jaime Vines - I never thought to use scrap booking materials for anything else, I know have a whole new isle at the craft store open to me. Way to inspire!

  • Tammy Kay - Ashley,
    I know you don’t scrapbook but you haven’t been introduced to the wonderful world of “jenni bowlin!” sigh.
    You would really love her stuff. she has lots of great paper products that all have the vintage/ junk feel. Oh and the project kits every month. oh my.
    Google her. YOu will love it!
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    I agree. Scrapbook ribbon is where it’s at. :)

  • allison - Wow! I especially like the cardboard tag for holding the clips. What a great presentation :)

  • tessa - Those supplies are just calling out to me! I hope I win!! Your boys are too funny! I also love the throwback pictures! This was a great diy project. Thanks for great posts. I just love your blog!

  • amanda torres - Lovely! I’ve been waiting on a brand for those adorable crocheted flowers.

  • Shannon - love the idea of using the scrap stuff for hair clips. and love FireCrackers sweet little curls. I have some crafting time today, gonna have to make my own clips. DO you have a flickr group for all your tutorials that we do?

  • Joy Andrews - Too funny…I love Goonies!! Is is weird that my 9 & 10 year old are enjoying the movie as well? Life moves way too fast!

  • christina larsen - That flower/blooming ribbon is adorable. I know a couple of girls who would look good in that. Thanks for the ideas. I haven’t made hair bows for a really long time, but I might need to break out the hot glue gun!!!

  • Sophie - I’m 17… I’m not too old to wear these, right? RIGHT? Please tell me I’m not :'(

  • chrissy - I LOVE the way you layer things! I DO NOT have that gift… it’s fun to see that you do:)

  • Robyn Lee - you are so creative!!!! love it!

  • Erin - What a great idea! I too have scrapbook supplies I never broke down to use on pages… lots of ideas flowing in my head now. : )

  • emily - That organza flower ribbon is fabulous!

  • giozi - Oh yes, I think that this is my favorite post.
    When I saw your crochet flowers some days ago, in your list, I said, wow she know how to do that !!!
    ha ha ha YOU BUY IT !!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love your boy’s pictures, ha ha ha they look so cute, ha ha ha I laught a lot. You make me smile, and today was a good day for me.
    Happy and good weekeng for you and your family.

  • giozi - Again me. If this was flickr, I put note over the crochet flower, and the hair clip in the last pic ๐Ÿ˜€ . Is the best

  • amy in AZ - TRUFFLE SHUFFLE!!!
    Been following your blog for a couple weeks now– can’t express all the “sycamore love and admiration” I have! Thanks for the DIY week- great finds and great projects!!! As a new mommy of an 8month old little girl, its great to see the projects that fit into my “new and improved” lifestyle :)

  • Whitney - LOVED DIY week! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Ranee - My little girl has some crazy wild hair and I can’t wait to try and tame it with these sweet things! Thanks for the week of diy’s!

  • Kim - I had no idea that you could use scrapbooking supplies for other things! The stuff is soooo cute! I love those crocheted flowers.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Chunk!! I see it :)

  • Jodi - These are gorgeous. These are front page etsy style hair clips!

  • Lori K - Ashley~ Those are too cute. But, I really love the paint chip gift card. adorable. Umm, just heard from God – he wants me to move next door and build a barn on the property line and we can meet in the middle and do all our crafting! hello. you are too good. love all the pretty colors of that shop – lemon poppy. makes me want to order some of anything and also makes me kinda hungry for a muffin. sigh.

  • Danielle - i love the goonies picture! and the hairclip, of course :)

  • kara s. - these are adorable! i have 3 little girls and another little girlie on the way and these would be too fun! :]

  • Seamingly Sarah - I just wanted to let you know that I did the tshirt with diluted bleach (but with cut out stencils, not freezer paper) for an annual event we have here in upstate NY (Adirondack Waterfest) and it went over great with the kids! I made one for myself and my 2 year old has been wearing it like a dress all day. I can’t get it back! Thanks for the diy instructions and the idea. It was a great addition to our event.

  • Bethany - Wow, I love your site. It is so crafty and makes me excited… I wish I had a little girl so I could make these for her. (Maybe I should make some for me.:)

  • SnazzieDrawers {Handmade Headband Patterns} » Jennie Frake Photography - […] for photo shoots. Its so much easier to just buy them but after reading Ashley’s diy week {little girl hairclips} post on Under the Sycamore I decided I should probably start making my own. I bought a ton of […]

  • just me and z - I love this post! those clippies are adorable. I have a 4 year old and need to try this out!!

  • Em @ Bunch of Scrap - He DOES look like chunk! Brother’s are good sports… CUTE clips!

  • Preisser - Where can you buy those beautiful ribbons? Iยดm from Germany and will spend my holidays in Florida. Do you know any shops, which sell those really really nice ribbons and goodies?
    It would be great to hear from you soon :)

  • Mallorie - A great way to finish the edges without having to glue the ends is to use a lighter and just barely singe them. It keeps them from fraying and give the bows a cute, polished look! Cute clips and headband!!!

  • lindap in il - just posted your hair clip on pinterest…thanks, making them soon.

So here is the 4th project for this week. The main part of this project I did in 15 minutes…while the boys were watching WordGirl and FireCracker was downing her breakfast. I like messing with Hobby Lobby t-shirts (because they are cheap and thick) and for the first time I tried heat transfer vinyl. It was fun! I like it better than doing freezer paper stencils and fabric painting.

Step 1
: Big Brother picked out a bright blue shirt and I wanted to tone it down just a bit. Before I began the design portion of this project I soaked the shirt in bleach water for a bit. It didn’t do a whole lot, but it did take the edge off the brightness.

Step 2: Pick your design. If you have a CriCut machine it can perfectly cut vinyl…so yeah for those of you that own them and boo for those of us that don’t. In my head I wanted something similar to Chris’ old boy scout t-shirts…just a simple graphic. At first I was going to use the road sign graphic for camping, but then I went okie.

Step 3: Decide how big you want the graphic to be

Step 4: Cut out a pattern for your graphic

Step 5: Flip your graphic over and trace it on the vinyl portion of the heat transfer paper. The paper has two sides, one is very glossy and one is more matte. The matte side will be the one to adhere to the shirt, the glossy side will be the one that touches your iron. You will now use an exacto knife to cut out the design. You want to only cut the vinyl layer, not the glossy base.

Step 6: Using your exacto knife remove all the excess vinyl so you are left just with your design

Step 7: Flip the graphic over so the vinyl is touching the fabric and the glossy side is up

Step 8: On a medium, no steam setting use firm pressure to iron on the design.

Step 9: Peel off the glossy top. The discoloration on this shirt is water from leaning over to pet a stingray. You know…normal stuff for an okie.

Step 10: Attempt to get your 4 year old to pose in his new shirt (which he LOVES). I purposely let him wear it to the Aquarium with his cousins…thinking I would for sure get a great candid shot of him in it. I tried.

In unrelated news, his sister loved the aquarium. She looked tiny in the shark tunnel and she tried her best to catch a shrimp.

She also liked the turtles. I will say the Oklahoma portion of the Aquarium was a great reminder why I don’t swim in lakes.

Alligator Gar. No thank you.

My brother-in-law noodles. No thank you. I totally stole this picture off my sister’s blog…here is the post of what she made with that catfish. She cooks. I craft.

(Noodling means he stuck his hand in a hole in a dirty lake and pulled that fish out bare handed by sticking his arm down its throat. Seriously. SERIOUSLY)

Some of the cousins. I have 4 nephews and 4 neices on Chris side. They are a fun bunch.

FireCracker kept up with the big girls just fine.

And on our way towards the car I finally got him to semi cooperate. My design isn’t for everyone, you could do all kinds of crazy things with yours…in 15 minutes or less.

The heat transfer vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl…the $25.00 giveaway ends tomorrow. Scroll down to Tuesday’s post to enter.

For those of you with a CriCut, here is a great video tutorial.

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  • laura - cuuuuute. i need to make a tennessee one for my little man:). i love it when you give the boy ideas:).

  • colleen - THANK YOU soooo much for using an exacto! My husband is a high school teacher and i am a stay at home mom and one of those cricut, silhouette thingies is just not in the budget!(without skipping meals!:) So, i will be using my handy dandy, cave man exacto and lovin it!

  • Kari - My neighbor caught the huge alligator gar that is displayed at the Oklahoma aquarium. I think he caught it at Red River. I cannot imagine being in the water with that thing! EWWW! I love the tutorials this week!!

  • Molly - I had to google Alligator Gar. Oh my goodness. Had you told me what it was, I would have thought you made it up. CRAZY.

  • Lesley - Ha! There’s something really funny about seeing that pic of the hubs on your blog. Something about it just doesn’t fit!

  • Sarah M - I think I threw up a bit reading about that fish. People actually DO THAT??!
    In other news, that shirt turned out great! lol
    Sarah M

  • crystal - what camera settings did you use for the shark tank photo? Mine never seem to turn out good!

  • lifeologia - Great family fun. I love the underwater tunnel ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • lifeologia - Ashley, one more thing. I want to thank you for inspiring me to get myself into photography again. I just did a great pregnancy photoshoot for my friend and it went so well. I would love for you to see it and give me the seal of approval.
    I started a photography business about 3 years ago but for many uncontrollable reasons it didn’t work out – but now I think I can pull it off :)

    I keep seeing beautiful photo shoots you do and I’m reminded of the excitement as a photographer – so thanks for secretly pushing me into it… ;D

  • sarah - WOW. I saw noodling on a tv show and thought it was a joke. That’s hilarious. I’m loving your DIY’s this week. Thank you.

  • Tracy - Ashley you have the greatest ideas!! I must say you also have some pretty cute kids too!

  • Asha - Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to try this. We are getting a Hobby Lobby here (New Hartford, NY) soon and I can’t wait!!!

  • missty - Just did my first heat vinyl project last night. In love!!! Can’t wait to get more colors.

  • Rachel - The DIYS this week are fantastic! I love how the shirt came out. Thanks so much for the great idea, I’ll be linking.

  • Kyla - What a cute idea!

  • shana beth edington - where did you get the heat vinyl??? :) Joanna has clear but where did you get white??


  • shana beth edington - That was Joann’s not joanna :)

  • 6 ways to savor the tail-end of summer | Simple Mom - […] Heat transfer vinyl stencil […]

  • Albert - i am speechless. Only word comes to my lips is WOW..Genius tricks and super design. These photos says all about heat transfer. Nice and beautiful photographs.

  • 6 ways to savor the tail-end of summer | Simple Mom - […] Heat transfer vinyl stencil […]

The word is out today…I am joining the ranks of Design Aglow as a contributor. I will be doing a monthly diy post on the Design Aglow blog using their products. I have been using Design Aglow products for a couple of years now, so it is really exciting to be a part of something I am already a fan of. Each month I will do an exclusive post there, but I’ll let you know here so you can check it out. It is a bit intimidating over there….all the contributors are rockstars of the photography industry…and then there is me. My first post went up today. Here is a peek at it. So far all those photography rockstars have been kind in their comments…which lets me breathe a sigh of relief!

UPDATE: For those a bit confused…Design Aglow is primarily targeted to professional photographers. Photographers can find resources, products and inspiration to propel their businesses forward. Most of the products I use from Design Aglow are templates, actions or files used in Photoshop. For instance, Design Aglow sells templates for birth announcements (which professional photographers use and sell to clients). I might take one of those announcement designs and turn it into a t-shirt. You do not need to be a professional photographer to purchase any of their products, but for most of their products you do need to own and have basic Photoshop knowledge. This is a summary taken from the Design Aglow site:

“From information and products directed at professional wedding and portrait photographers, to Photoshop actions, templates, fresh marketing materials, album design and seminars for the boutique wedding and portrait studio, Design Aglow is the marriage of art with a collection of resources for the cutting edge contemporary photography studio.”

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  • Angela - Ugh.. I think you’ll fit right in with the rockstar photographers!

  • stephanie - I saw that! Congrats on joining their fabulous team!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley, Congratulations! That is super fantastic!

  • Ellen - Love it, you have a defined touch to your projects that put your creative signature to it. Know I have a new blog to follow.

  • Tricia - love it! I found you through design aglow and I’m amazed at your creativity and your amazing time managment! I have 2 little ones and I can’t get one room together! oh well! right?! congrats!!!!

  • Jessica P - Congratulations! You will wow those other rockstars.

  • Allison Waken - Congratulations! I’m a huge fan of Design Aglow as well – so exciting!

  • Janica - Super post! Loved all of the products you displayed:) And yeah for us…one more spot to check out your creative genius!!! Congrats.

  • julie - you are my fave. ever. so deal with it. so excited that they have you! they are the lucky ones.

  • Jasie - I haven’t checked out the website yet, but I think YOU’re a rock star. The other contributors are not just being kind, they see in your what WE see. Congrats!

  • Jodi - This is amazing. You deserve it! Congratulations and thanks for another place where I can stalk you! Brilliant!

  • Haylee - WOW! congrats! Design Aglow is my number one go to for new designs, products and tons of information for my photography! So happy for you!

  • Sarah Mattingly - Loved your post so I had to come check out your blog. Glad to say your post worked too. I purchased three new items from Design Aglow….want to guess which ones? Can’t wait to see your next entry.

  • tangie - ummm…. thinking YOU are a rockstar!! found you at DA — love your blog!! i used to be creative… now i need help… lots. THANK YOU!!

  • Jamie - I am now going bananas over that button print. I have looked at all this Design Aglow stuff and have no idea what it is or how to use it. Do you have to be a real photographer or have certain programs to use their things? It all looks so cool but just can’t figure it out! Congrats on your new venture :)

  • Liene - Great posting at Design Aglow and great DIY again! To me you are the DIY and photography rockstar!

  • Shannon - Congrats Ashley! Your first post was a-mazing, of course! Can’t wait to read more. Plus I love that idea! I am not sure why I have never done iron on paper before. Gotta head to Joanns and use some coupons!

    Oh, and FireCracker is out of control cute in those pics. Her little legs are getting so long and lean, you can tell she is growing up!

  • photo recovery - Congratulation you have been awarded a rockstar stature but I would say you are the cutest rockstar.

  • christina larsen - Awesome.

  • Sarah - oh please! you are a rock star! Congrats!

  • Lesley - Congrats! You are going to be a great add to the DA team!!! So proud.

  • Megan H - Congratulations and great post!

  • rachel denbow - Yay! Congrats, Ashley! I’ll be browsing often now to keep learning how to be a better photographer! Thanks for the reason to expand my horizons!!!

  • StacyAnn - Congrats girl! Love Design Aglow, Love your stuff, PERFECT! BTW I’m a big fan of yours! Time to come out of the blog stalking shadows :) and tell you how much I look forward to your posts every morn… you and my cup of coffee! :)

  • Jess - I’m loving all of your DIY projects! I don’t consider myself ‘crafty’ by any means, but your projects are so simple and so great – I think I just may try a few! I loved the button template onesie idea from your Design Aglow post, that’s my favorite idea!

  • sarah jonsgaard - I know this is a silly question but I am not sure I get what the Design Aglow website is and what it is for but I would love to be able to make things like you. Thanks.

  • Julie Frame - Thanks to Design Aglow I found your blog today and I AM THRILLED! Just love what you do! Congrats!!! Looking forward to your posts here…and there!

  • rebekah - yay!! and CONGRATS!!! love LOVE design aglow and can’t wait to peek at your posts each month! :)