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August 20, 2012

Prep for Back to School With An ABC Primer Crafts!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Back to School Lunch Money Box - 5-imp

Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday and thanks for joining us on this fantastic day! We've got some terrific inspiration on today's blog to help bring some bliss to your day! We've got gorgeous crafts and a brand new blog contest! It's going to be great! Today is all about our fabulous vintage schoolhouse-inspired collection An ABC Primer! Pretty soon the kids will be heading back to school again. We thought this would be a great time to start thinking about fun back to school crafts! Today you'll see a gorgeous altered lunch money box and tutorial by Denise Hahn and an adorable layout by Arlene Cuevas! There is so much to discover on today's blog! We thought we'd begin with this fun eecard that we found. We're sure this will speak to many of you crafting moms out there!


Lets talk about this weeks new blog contest! Want to win this awesome prize pack of An ABC Primer? Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on our blog this Friday, August 24th! This week's prize pack includes a beautiful 12x12 paper pad of An ABC Primer, a Graphic 45 5x5 Altered Art Box, Chipboard Buttons and 3 wonderful chipboards from Imaginarium Designs! What fun! We can't wait to read your comments this week!


And now it's time for the crafts! First up is a super clever creation by Denise Hahn. It's a fantastic lunch money box and tutorial! This is such a great idea, both beautiful and functional! Create one of your very own with Denise's fun tutorial! Here is what Denise had to say about this splendid work of art!

"When I was little there was always a little dish or tray on the breakfast bar that my Mom and Dad would toss change (and if we were lucky dollars!) into for lunch money. So for Back to School I took it up an notch and created this little ABC Primer Lunch Money Box. At first I was looking for something to alter, but when I couldn't find the right piece, I took a play at of Jim Hankins playbook and made my own with chipboard. If you find creating something from scratch out of chipboard intimidating, my tutorial will give you a great, easy jumping off point to get you started. Another tip is to use subject related ephemera to adorn your projects- In this case I used a brown lunch bag for the background and even a few old copper pennies for the extra vintage touch." -Denise Hahn

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Inks: Clearsnap Frost White Archival ink, Blackbird Colorbox Chalk Cats Eye
Embossing Powder: Clearsnap
Paper Rose: Penny Duncan Creations svg file Grungy Rose
Label: Vintage Stickers Cavallini & Co.
Letter A- vintage block (face cut off)
Twine: May Arts
Trims and Flowers: Trim 2000 Plus



Next we have another splendid creation featuring An ABC Primer. This is a super sweet layout by Arlene Cuevas! This LO is just perfect. It's got an adorable central photo and lots of stunning layers and patterns. Think about what kind of fun back to school layout you'd like to create! Arlene even gives some great tips on how she created this marvelous LO. Take it away, Arlene!

"I have wanted to create a scrapbook page of this picture of my 3 boys and An ABC Primer was the perfect paper collection to get me started! I find it quite difficult to find masculine papers, but An ABC Primer delivered! I did a TON of layering around the photo with Graphic 45 Staples and images from An ABC Primer. I also took little strips of May Arts ribbon and layered them in to create additional dimension and fun! TIP: When creating a scrapbook page, have FUN with it! Layer to your heart’s content. Don’t feel limited. You can never go wrong! Always start off with the photo. Most often, the photo will inspire what comes next. Can’t wait to see what you create!" -Arlene Cuevas


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An ABC Primer paper collection
An ABC Primer Chipboard Tags 2
Staples Metal Tags
Staples Metal Brads
Flower Staples
Chipboard Button Staples
May Arts ribbon
Imaginarium Designs laser cut “The Boys”
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray – Golden Lump’O Coal
Ranger Fine Black Embossing powder
Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot
Momenta metal book corners
Fiskars Page Punch
Cheery Lynn Designs – French Pastry Doily die
Paper Trey Ink – True Black cardstock

That's all for today, G45ers! Thank you so much for joining us. We hope you enjoyed today's fantastic crafts featuring An ABC Primer. We will be back tomorrow with more super inspiration to brighten your day. We want to thank Denise Hahn and Arlene Cuevas for their stunning creations. We wish you all a marvelous Monday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Gorgeous projects! I love the metal photo corners on the layout and the trim on the lunch money box! My husband is an elementary school teacher so this particular line is for me, to die for! I LOVE it!

That lunch money box is just absolutely superb! As my girl starts her first grade in less than two weeks, I should make one as well.

I love the layout! So super cute!

Love the lunch money box. How unique! The layout is also super nice.

I love ABC Primer, Wonderful Collection. Idaho Amy

wow denise and arlene. both box and layout are beautiful. amazing what beautiful papers can add to something. love them both!

Great tutorial , thanks so much for the info. This collection is awesome ! Thanks for a chance to win.

These are great!

I loveeeeeeeeeee the lunch money box and that lo!! Both are gorgeous!! And that Ecard is FUNNY!! LOVE IT!!

Awesome back to school inspiration!

Great creations! I have yet to try the ABC Primer range, & these projects have inspired. Would love to win this weeks prize!

Awesome projects!!

Great stuff this morning! I'm gonna copy down the measurements for the box that Denise made so I can make one later today. It's just the right size for something I needed. Thanks for sharing and Happy Monday!

Very unique projects. Would love to win this weeks giveaway. I just love the ABC Primer collections.

Love these two projects! Great use of the paper pack, am definitely going to give this a try...

Love both of the projects and the layout is wonderful! Gotta get my ABC Primer out!

What an amazingly beautiful why to start the week! Very creative and one of a kind projects.

LOVE the lunch money box, what a great idea!

Two wonderful projects! I'm crazy about An ABC Primer as you can do so much with it. I have been a big Arlene fan for many years now! TFS!

Gorgeous inspiration in today's post! Love the little box and the great layout. ABC Primer is one of my favorite collections and I'm glad to see projects using that paper line. Thanks G45!

Love Love Love this idea, Thanks for sharing.

Wow, Arlene has done it again. Gorgeous layout with the wonderful ABC Primer paper.

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial,the layout was beautiful and the three boys are adorable,

What a great idea Denise had for lunch money! Arlene is without a doubt the Queen of layering and having it look cohesive!

I love the projects. thank you for sharing.

Great tutorial, and beautiful scrapbook page. The ladies always have fun creating with G45 papers.

The box is beautiful, thanks for the tutorial. Love the layout too :)

Good idea. Just put a $100 bill in there and be done with it :)

What a lovely layout and money box.

What great projects and ABC Primer is the perfect paper!

Such talent on display - always insprational!!

How great are these two projects with the start of school just around the corner...Love ABC Primer and how Arlene and Denise used it in two differnt ways.

Adorable projects today! I love all of Graphic 45, but I think ABC Primer is my favorite! So cute!

I am in love with the Boys layout! Beautiful combination of b/w elements with the splash of red. LOVE it!

Love the lunch money box and the roses were gorgous. Todays Layout is so darling. Great job. Love this paper.

What beautiful projects. I love that the abc primer is vintage enough for scrap book layouts of my parents school days, but can still be used for fun school projects like Denise's lunch money box. Can't wait to give this a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

Love all the projects but especially the lunch money box. My Mom did the same thing with change!! Also thanks for the tutorial. Will have to give this one a try.


I just love your ABC Primer. It is so fun. These projects that your DT made are wonderful. Lots of creative details for the lunch money box and handsome layout.

Wonderful work, I love this collection!

I love the lunch box tutorial!! I love the ABC Primer collection.

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