Hike it Baby T-shirts

After my youngest son was born in 2014, I finally had the motivation to explore some of the fantastic hiking close to where I live outside of Salt Lake City. With my husband working and my oldest in school during the day, I didn’t want to hike by myself and many of the trails local to us get pretty crowded on weekends. My husband isn’t a huge fan of hiking either, but he comes sometimes when our oldest asks really nicely (or begs).

I also have a love for babywearing, so when I saw a post in my local babywearing Facebook group about an organized hike where babywearing was encouraged, I jumped on the chance to join and see what it was all about. And I discovered Hike It Baby.

June 2015, Albion Basin, Alta, UT. He was so little!!

June 2015, Albion Basin, Alta, UT. He was so little!!

Hike It Baby was created a couple of years ago by a mama named Shanti in Portland, OR who had the simple desire to get outside after having her son. She didn’t want to hike alone and wasn’t quite ready for jogging or long bike rides and she didn’t want to juggle finding a sitter so she could join a gym. She invited friends to hike with her and word began to spread. Now she inspires and encourages families to get outside and explore with their kids, all over the country.

Through social media, families can hike together, make new friends and encourage and support each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, they all have your back and no hiker is left behind. Local chapters are led by volunteers and, best of all, hiking is usually free!

From my first Hike it Baby hike! Bells Canyon, UT.

From my first Hike it Baby hike! Bells Canyon, UT.

About a year ago, Hike it Baby held a design contest for a new t-shirt design. I entered and won! My t-shirt was made and sold to Hike it Baby members. Even my dad bought one. This was the design:

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Shortly after, Shanti contacted me about designing a couple more t-shirts for various fundraising campaigns. Here's what we made:

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My oldest has the Earth Day shirt and he still proudly wears it.

Provo River Falls, Kamas, UT

Provo River Falls, Kamas, UT

Cut to now, I'm thrilled to work for Hike it Baby, providing as much as they need when it comes to graphics, whether it's a t-shirt, a sticker, social media graphics and more. These are some of the more recent t-shirts I've done for Hike it Baby:

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This t-shirt with the moon and mountains was sold during the January 2018 Hike it Baby 30 challenge. There will be new t-shirts for the April, September, and November challenges this year too. 

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AMYS Martial Arts Tees

Both of my boys are taekwondo students at AMYS Martial Arts in Utah and we LOVE it (someday I just might become a student). I do some design work for them, including designing t-shirts when needed. 2017 is the 7th year in a row they've been Utah State Champions and I've had the privilege of creating t-shirts for the last few years to celebrate. 

For 2017, they decided to have two colors printed... for the folks who baby don't want to wear gold (like me!). 

In addition to the above t-shirts, I also created this fun ninja t-shirt that both kids and adults enjoy wearing. They printed it on both red and royal blue t-shirts.

Years back, someone created a little somewhat-Anime-style character for the studio. I redrew it, made some changes, and gave the little guy some new poses. I also created a girl version, a ninja version (below), Ninja Santa, Ninja Easter Bunny, Ninja Valentine, and more depending on the event or holiday. My oldest son loves to wear his Ninja in Training t-shirt.

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If you live in Salt Lake or Utah county, I HIGHLY recommend checking out AMYS Martial Arts for your family. They have studios in Draper and Orem and lots of options for class times and days, including Saturdays. Classes start for kids as young as age 2 all the way up to adults, and ALL skill levels and athletic abilities are welcome. Students work on tumbling, flexibility, and strength training, along with taekwondo discipline. There's a lot of focus on building a strong character both inside and outside the studio. My son has to have his room clean and his teacher has to sign off when he's testing for a new belt. He's had to learn his phone number and address, anti-bullying strategies, and how to count in Korean. They offer week-long summer camps, an after school program, a monthly Parent's Night Out, and seasonal picnics and parties. Seriously worth checking out!

Liam's 3rd Birthday

My friend Liam is still a big fan of trucks. For his 2nd birthday we did garbage trucks, and for this 3rd birthday, it was ALL about construction. His mommy, Joanna opted to send an Evite rather than a printed invitation, but we still had some fun with printed items for his party.

First I made a welcome sign that Joanna had printed pretty big. 

Then I made a simple pennant banner that had upside down construction cones in between the words.

I created a bunch of different cupcake toppers too. Joanna always orders cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes and they're SO tasty!

For favors Joanna filled plastic construction hats with goodies from Oriental Trading and they were finished with a coloring book that I created for the party. I love making these!!

To finish, I created this t-shirt graphic and Joanna had it printed onto a white and navy blue raglan tee like in this picture. Zazzle did a pretty poor job of printing it, so I don't have a photo of Liam wearing it. Which was disappointing since they've done pretty well in the past. Bummer!

Thank you so much for inviting us to your party Liam, we really had a great time! Happy birthday!

Notre Dame Irish Knight Band T-shirt

A few years ago, I created a t-shirt for the marching band from Notre Dame High School in Northridge, CA. A friend of mine, Linsdey and her husband, Chris both attended this high school and were still involved with their marching band. They were traveling to Dublin, Ireland for a school trip and wanted a t-shirt to commemorate. 

I researched different Irish and Celtic designs to come up with the finished product. I wasn't able to get one of the actual shirts to photograph, so I made this mockup.

I'm really happy with how it turned out, especially with the design going over the shoulder. 

I hope the trip was amazing! Thanks!

Tyler & Cameron's Birthday

While they are still young, Lindsey wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to have a joint birthday party for her two boys. She chose a pirate theme and we had fun coming up with a few items for the big day.

I had some fun with the wording!

Lastly, I created t-shirt graphics for Tyler and Cameron. 

It's not easy to read, but they say "Aarrg matey, I'm Captain Cam" and "Captain Ty" and their age is printed on the skull's eye patch. I love how they turned out!!

Happy birthday Cam and Ty!

Custom Birthday T-shirts

Designing a custom t-shirt for your birthday party is simple; we work together to make a design that you're happy with and coordinates with whatever theme you have in mind. If we are also creating invitations and other printed items, then the graphics can match.

Recommendations:

First, choose t-shirts that are 100% cotton. It's recommended to prewash them to account for any shrinkage and then iron the shirt to create a smooth surface before you being adding the graphic. 

Iron-on fabric transfer paper is available at most office supply and craft stores. Choose the paper that is appropriate for the shirt you're using. It's available for both light and dark shirts. The dark shirt paper can work on light shirts, but the light shirt paper will not work on dark t-shirts.

To adhere the graphic to a t-shirt, print the design onto iron-on paper. Please note whether the directions specify that you print a mirror image of the graphic. Typically paper designed for light fabrics requires a mirror image print. 

Carefully cut out the design and then iron it onto the shirt following the directions that came with the paper. 

If you would like to have your t-shirt graphic professionally printed onto a t-shirt please don't hesitate to ask me for a quote. I have worked with a couple of small shops that can do professionally screened t-shirts with custom graphics.