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April 10, 2012

Crafty Adventures With An ABC Primer!

Hello Glorious G45ers!

Welcome to out blog today! We are so happy that you've decided to join us for more incredible crafts! We promise that today is going to knock your socks off! We're featuring three marvelous creations that feature our adorable collection An ABC Primer. You'll see an incredible mixed media wall hanging by Jack and Cat Curio, a layout and tutorial by Melanie Forbes, and a wonderful mini book by Nancy Wethington! It's going to be a very exciting day! You'll see a wide range of beautiful ideas that are gurenteed to inspire you! So get ready for some instant joy because this is going to be one terrific Tuesday! 

This first amazing creation was made by Jack and Cat Curio. It's a fabulous beezewax collage featuring An ABC Primer. This project is hantingly beautiful with its marvelous colors and textures. This is such an imaginative way to to amplify the wonderful vintage look of An ABC Primer!

An ABC Primer Mixed Media

An ABC Primer Mixed Media

An ABC Primer Mixed Media

Graphic 45 An ABC Primer Collection: Bedtime Stories, An ABC Primer, Grammar School,
 School Days, Building Blocks, One Two, Buckle My Shoe
Graphic 45 - Hampton Art - An ABC Primer Collection –
Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - ABC Primer Three
8 x 8 art board, Jack and Cat Curio Collage Sheet, beeswax,
 Ranger Alcohol Ink-butterscotch, rust, sunset orange,
 Ranger Distress Ink-Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain,
 Pearl Ex-green/yellow, turquoise oil paint, upholstery tack

Next up is this adorable layout and tutorial by Melanie Frobes. You're going to love this ultra clever LO that has actual moving parts! Here Melanie explains how she came up with the idea for this extravagant LO and she takes you step by step on how she created it! What fun! Take it away, Melanie!

An ABC Primer Layout


Graphic 45 ABC PrimerOne, Two buckle my Shoe, Jumping Joan, Games and playtimes, The Three R’s, School days, Grammer SchoolABC Primer, Chipboard Die cuts 1
Fiskars border punch – notepad
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam tape
Twiddleybitz chipboard apple and figure
Carolee Creations alphabet stickers
Basic Grey chipboard alpha’s

Whilst putting away last year’s school photo’s I realised my youngest daughter Chionia has had her hair in plaits for the last 3 years worth of school photo’s – totally unintentional but I thought it would be a unique way of scrapping this years photo. So how did I go about it..…. by using a spinning wheel.

  An ABC Primer Layout

I cut 3 circles with the top circle (Black pattern circle) being slightly smaller than the bottom one (Spotty red circle). In between these two layers I cut the third circle from plain black cardstock an inch smaller than the top one. This cardstock circle is what the photos will be attached to.

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (2 of 16)

 On the top layer circle I cut out the hole in which the photo would peek through making sure it was straight in relation to the LO. The bottom red circle was attached to the LO.

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (3 of 16)

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (4 of 16)

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (5 of 16)

 I then placed the middle and top layer over the larger bottom circle using a brad to hold it all in place temporarily. Using the hole on the top black circle as a guide, I stuck down the 3 photo’s on the cardstock circle (middle layer) evenly spaced apart by spinning the bottom circle. Tabs were then attached to the black cardstock to assist in spinning the photos. Remove the brad and top black pattern circle. The cardstock circle with your photo can then be attached to the LO with the brad. Ensure that when placing this feature on your LO that no embellishments get in the way of the moving tabs.

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (6 of 16)

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (7 of 16)

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (8 of 16)

Next I placed the main school photo onto part of the pattern black top circle and added the title and chipboard embellishments before attaching it to the LO. This bit is essential. Work out where the spinning tabs start and end and this is where you use lots of 3D tape  to attach the top circle to the LO to hide the workings on the spinning circle – if you attach it where the circle is going to spin then it will prevent it from moving around. On this LO the top circle is only attached to the LO in the bottom left hand corner.

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (9 of 16)

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (12 of 16)

Graphic 45 ABC Primer school LO FEB12 Melanie Forbes  (16 of 16)

Next we have this marvelous mini book featuring An ABC Primer by Nancy Wethington. This is another example of the fun and clever ways you can use this fun-filled collection to create something great! The fabulous colors, wonderful vintage schoolhouse images and a bunch of imagination yeilds fabulous results! Here Nancy explains a little bit about how she created this sweet book!

This is a 6x6 mini book using An ABC Primer.  I love this paper and think this booklet would make a great teacher's gift or a place to hold those end-of-the-year school photos.

An ABC Primer mini book

I stripped one side of the corrugated cardboard and used molding paste to rough up the edges.  Once the molding paste dried, I used Distress Stains and Inks (Vintage Photo & Wild Honey) to dirty it up a bit.  The center image was torn and inked and then framed with Alphabet Soup from the 8x8 paper pad.

An ABC Primer mini book

An ABC Primer mini book

An ABC Primer mini book

Images from Cling Stamps 1 & 3 were stamped with Memento Ink and then colored with Copic Markers and colored pencils.

An ABC Primer mini book

An ABC Primer mini book

Simple pages ready for photos and journaling.


Partner Products: Core'dinations cardstock; Spellbinders dies
Miscellaneous: WeR Memory Keepers corrugated cardstock; miscellaneous ribbon, brads, eyelets and tab punches; Golden molding paste; Ranger Distress Stains; Ranger Distress Ink; Memento Ink; Copic Markers; colored pencils; Tim Holtz letter die; 7 Gypsies Binderie and rings.

Thank you all so much for joining us today. We will have more gorgeous crafts on tomorrow's blog! We hope you'll come back and see us. Huge thanks to Jack and Cat Curio, Melanie Forbes and Nancy Wethington for their amazing work today. We wish you all a great day!

Happy Papercrafting!
Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Beautiful layouts -- another awesome day coming to your blog!!

I so much appreciate the ideas and wonderful photos you show to get me started on some of my projects! Go G45!

I really like ABC primer. I have a hard time finding it at our local store. They sell out fast.

Awesome inspiration!

These projects are super cool! Tfs!

Wow! These pages are great and came just in time. I am going to a retreat this weekend and I am doing school layouts. Thanks G45!

Can you believe I do not own this collection? And it's my very fave. What's wrong with me?!! Awesome projects by all.

Another inspiring day at G45.

Great projects!

Incredible projects! I love the beeswax collage and Melanie's LO is absolutely unique! Speening wheel - how amazing is that!

These are just beautiful projects. I love the beeswax collage, one of my favorite things to do. It turned out beautifully with that old sheen that only beeswax can give you. Adore the PLAITS layout, how creative and so cute. The mini book is just so precious! I love it, in fact, I love everything!

Elaine Allen

I just love ABC Primer...it's so nostalgic! The mini book is probably my favorite project here...but I have to confess, I am blown away by that amazing interactive scrapbook page. The creativity of your designers never ceases to amaze me!

Absolutely wondrous! I love all three posts as usual. Can't wait to get to my desk and get busy crafting (after the lawn is done :-(

great projects, love the mini book, and the layout is fantastic, love the moving parts

This is why it's one of my all time favorite lines....

Awesome projects! The canvas is so cool, Melanie's spinning photo wheel is wonderful and Nancy's mini is really cute!

Love all three layouts!

Melanie's spinning photo wheel is awesome, going to have to try this! Lovely work ladies.

I don't have this paper line and *I want it*. Haven't seen it in any of my local scrapbook stores however.

Awesome!! Love the moving wheel!! Very clever!!

Wonderful projects! LOVE the "View Master" layout!!

I love the collage made with the beezewax. I would like to try it some day!

What an awesome idea on the moving parts LO! I would have never thought of doing this! A great way to display different phots without over cluttering a page!

All the projects are awesome. I've seen the beeswax technique used by an artist that travels with the Craftsman Classic. Even thought the project here looks awesome, I can promise anyone looking it is nothing compared to how these look in person. Way to go.

These are all GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeee that spinning wheel!! So genius!!

loving the plaits layout!!! amaaaaazing!!!!

How absolutely fun and wonderful! Great inspiration -thanks for sharing. Sue

Great inspiration.

Coucou, tout est merveilleux, bises

Great work featuring the primer!!!

Love the projects love the paper love the inspiration!

These projects are so amazing!

Fascinating projects, love the interactive wheel!! Great job ladies!

Is there a tutorial on the wonderful beeswax canvas?

More reasons to LOVE Graphic 45... amazing projects. Love Melonies wheel!

Another amazing, awesome day at G45! Thanks for sharing these beautiful and inspirational projects... they really get my blood pumping!
Crafty Hugs,

These are great layouts. I love the layering and the papers. Stunning.

What beautiful projects! Children really make the most wonderful subjects for Scrapbooking don't you think? I am totally inspired now to scrap those old school picture day photos that my mother gave me from my school years a combo of a mini with a spinner would be a wonderful gift for my mother!

I love the layout with the wheel. Awesome idea. Beautiful projects all!

I just love the school themed papers. I bought some recently and love them.

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