DIY // Freezer Paper Stencil Shirts for the 4th of July


Oh how I love how these shirts turned out!  I paid $12 for all the shirts, and already had the other supplies on hand from some other stenciled projects!  If I had time, I would be making myself a shirt I love them so much!

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Let’s get started!!!


Here is what you will need….
Image of your stencil
Exacto Knife
Freezer Paper (my roll will last me the rest of my life)
Fabric Paint (can be found at Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, Walmart)
Paintbrush or Sponge Brush

Of course I didn’t take photos while making these shirts, so bear with me while I show you a mock-up of the process.


1 // First figure out the design of your shirt.  You can find your image on google or freehand it yourself!  I saved a photo off google of the united states, opened it in word and sized it to about 7 inches to fit the width of my shirts.

Place a piece of freezer paper over the image and tape it in place.  Place it over cardboard (or a magazine in my case) and carefully cut out the image using your exacto knife.

2 // Remove your freezer paper stencil and arrange it on your shirt.

3 // Make sure the glossy side is facing down.  Using an iron on medium-high heat, press down on the image for about 10-15 seconds until it adheres to the shirt.  It sticks like tape, and is very easy to remove…no worries!  🙂 If you make the flag shirt, just use painters tape for the stripes!  I went ahead and put a few stars in there too…I think the word “home” would be super cute inside the image, but I was going for EASY!

4 // Once your stencil is ironed on, you are ready to paint!  Place cardboard, or paper towels on the inside of your shirt to protect the paint from bleeding through. I have a few different brands of paint.  Read the instructions on whatever paint you use – sometimes you let it dry for 24 or 48 hours, then heat set the paint with an iron for different brands.

I wanted a “vintage” look to my shirts, so I took a brush and dabbed the paint on to get more texture.  I let the paint dry for just a little bit, then I carefully removed the stencil.  You don’t want to wait until completely dry, to ensure you don’t rip any paint off with the paper.

I let my shirts dry overnight, then washed them in the morning.  I wanted some of the paint to wear off as I wanted them to look more faded, so I didn’t let them dry for the full drying time.  I LOVE how they turned out!  Super cute, and super easy!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!


30 Day Photo Challenge – Week 1


I have FINALLY determined to really learn my camera.  I have been cruisin’ along on auto or AV/TV mode (gasp!) for the last year.  I’ve been terrified of switching to Manual, because the ONE time that I tried, I failed.  I’ve been getting a few great photos by on finding great light, and editing photos on Lightroom….but I decided I want to learn, and get better photos!
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I started late one night looking on YouTube, and googling photography tutorials.  I came across Click it Up a Notch, and read a few of her posts.  It helped me understand the basic terms/functions of my camera so much better.  I switched my camera to Manual and haven’t gone back since.  🙂


I was inspired by her blog to do a personal 30 day challenge.  Let me tell you, it’s not easy to get the camera out daily.  I have been determined to try my hardest.  Since Beckham isn’t mobile, he is usually my model for all these.

IMG_2208I always photograph my cupcakes on a white chair in the nursery.  This cupcake sat there from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.  I remembered I left it in there when I heard the girls playing.  I could just see chocolate icing covering the entire room.  When I went in, I only saw little finger marks were someone had “sampled” the chocolate frosting.  Whew!

IMG_1860 These are a few of my favorite images.  I can already tell a HUGE difference in my photos straight out of camera.  I’m enjoying the challenge!

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Thankful for Grace


This girl is growing up so quickly.  She is beautiful on the inside and out.  I can’t believe she will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.  I almost cried this morning at the thought of her eating her lunch at school like a big girl.
BROOKE1.jpgOh my…she has grown so much.  The photo on the left is from October 2013.  Her little baby cheeks are gone!

brooke2.jpgI have said this before, but she is my child that I struggle with the most….only because she is just like me.  She’s my first…the poor child that I have been “learning” on for almost six years.  I have messed up countless times….and she is still the sweetest little girl with such a tender heart.  That’s only by God’s grace.  It’s my duty to be the most Christlike mother I can be to her, and I have to admit I have failed repeatedly.  I’m so thankful for HIS forgiveness.  I’m thankful for the comforting fact that as many times as I “mess up”, she is HIS child…made perfectly by Him.  He has such a perfect plan for her.  I can’t , and shouldn’t try to mold her into someone I want her to be…my job is need to point her to God and show her to be more like Him.

brooke3.jpgI need to remind her that she is God loves her, and that she is wonderfully and perfectly made by Him.  I need to teach her love, humility, forgiveness and patience through my actions.
IMG_1868Thanking God this morning for his wonderful gifts to me, by allowing me to be a mother to these sweet children.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.  LIke arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!  He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” -Psalm 127:3-5

Happy 4th Birthday Lily & Lauren

IMG_0697-2Oh my, how much these sweet girls have grown over this last year.  They have blossomed into little ladies, each with their own personality.  I have enjoyed being a mom to twins SO much.  It’s amazing to watch the close relationship they have with each other, while having completely opposite personalities and interests.


lilyfour.jpgLily is my sweet, sensitive, shy girl.  She loves cars, football, spiderman and OU apparel. Her favorite color is Blue.  She cries if I make her wear a dress.   She is a smart little girl who notices details on everything.

laurenfour.jpgLauren is my little diva.  She loves princesses, dresses, fixing her hair, taking care of her baby and anything Frozen related.   Her favorite color is pink.  Oh those eyes, that smile and that little dimple she flashes….we are going to be in trouble.

IMG_0766twinsfourth.jpgI blinked.  And four years flew by.  I remember that moment the doctor told us we were expecting twins, I knew we were in for something amazing. I could have never imagined how special and perfect these two little girls would be, and how much joy they have brought to our family.  Happy Birthday sweet girls!