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August 26, 2013

Go Back To School In Style With G45!


Hello G45ers,

It's that special time of year when the kids head back to school! There's so much excitement that comes with a brand new school year. Today we're going to celebrate this joyful occasion with some fabulous back to school craft ideas. After all, nothing sets the tone for a a great school year like an optimistic perspective and some fun new back to school gear! Today you will see an adorable Mother Goose altered box by Maria Cole. Then Denise Johnson will share her marvelous Typography altered crayon box that houses some sweet tags! Get ready to add some fun and style to back to school time with Graphic 45!

In honor of today's fun blog post we're giving away this amazing blog prize this week! You could win a Mother Goose and Typography 8x8 paper pad, Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts, Mother Goose Banners, Typography Tags & Pockets, Large Tag Album Staples and Metal Brad Staples! That's a $60 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on this Friday's blog so stay tuned!

Mother Goose Typography prize contest

First up we're going to share Maria's incredible altered box featuring our new Mother Goose collection! This is such a sweet idea and it's just perfect for housing school supplies and other treasures. Our new Mother Goose collection offers so many adorable designs and brilliant colors. Creating sweet crafts for back to school has never been more fun! Here Maria explains her inspiration behind this fabulous work of altered art. Get inspired to create your own back to school treasure with Mother Goose!

"With school just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time for a back to school project! This is a little wooden box with hinged lid that I found at one of my favorite craft stores. By itself, it resembled a crayon box – then inspiration hit! I used Graphic 45’s enchanting Mother Goose line to decorate this little box. The classic colors and bold lines are perfect for school! To dress up my box, I used a handful of my favorite Spellbinders dies, plaid May Arts ribbon, and of course some Ice Stickles to add a sparkling touch here and there. Amazingly, a small box of crayons fit perfectly inside. This is a wonderful gift idea for your first time kindergartener and any sort of wooden or paper mache box will do" -Maria




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Graphic 45 Paper:

Mother Goose Ring Around The Rosies

Mother Goose Checkers

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Mother Goose Spot On

Mother Goose Storytime

Mother Goose Humpty Dumpty

Mother Goose A Pocketful of Posies

Mother Goose Playful Postage

Mother Goose Sunshine Stripe

Mother Goose Twinkle Little Star

Graphic 45 Embellishments:

Stamped Metal Brads

Alphabet Sticker Staples

Ornate Metal Key Holes

Additional Products:

Sierra Pacific Hinged wooden box

Plaid May Arts ribbon

Petaloo Dahlias – Teal/Aquas

Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms

Spellbinders Rose Creations

Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Motifs

Spellbinders Standard Circles Lg


Next up is another wonderfully inventive idea for back to school crafts. Behold this fantastic altered crayon box that Denise created with our new Typography collection! Inside you will find some wonderful tags that are just perfect for journaling or photos! This fantastic upcycled creation is filled with lots of saturated colors and gorgeous designs. This is the perfect creation to house precious memories from the school year. Set the tone for a happy school year with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples! Here is what Denise had to say about this sweet craft.


"Create this cute keepsake to store & display School memories. Using the Graphic 45 Staples Tags and 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids papers, create a tag/page for each school year. Alphabet stickers placed back to back double as tabs and the label for each school grade. Add a classic “picture day” school pic and also note the teacher, school, etc for each grade. I also like to leave a journaling space on the back of each tag/page for the featured student to write their own thoughts about school that year. So fun to flip through as the years go by!" -Denise










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Graphic 45 Typography 12 x 12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 Typography Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 Place in Time Papercrafting Paper (September)

Graphic 45 French Country 6 x 6 Solids and Patterns Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 6 x 6 Solids and Patterns Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 French Country Cardstock Stickers (alphabet)

Graphic 45 Bird Song Cardstock Stickers (alphabet)

Graphic 45 Staples Tag Album

64 Crayon Box (remove crayons, choose 1 for lid handle)


Thick black cardstock, eyelets, string (to make wrap closure)

Distress Ink and Distressing Tool


One more quick announcement, G45ers! We are very excited to announce that Graphic 45 will be attending this year's Scrap Fest 2013 at the Mall of America in Minnesota. This amazing event will take place September 20-22. It's going to be a huge event and we will be there doing fun make-n-takes and having an amazing time meeting G45ers from all accross the nation! We can't wait to see you there! Read more about this amazing event on the Scrap Fest website!








We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's special back to school blog post! We want to thank you so much for stopping by! Whether you're going back to school or have friends or family members who are going back to school, we hope this year is filled with fun, learning and adventure. Huge thanks to Maria and Denise for their incredible projects today. We sure had fun getting to share their crafts with all of you. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win that amazing Mother Goose and Typography prize pack. Come on back and see us tomorrow for more joy and inspiration from our design team. Have a marvelous Monday, G45ers!


Happy Papercrafting!


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Awesome little box! Great gift for a new student!

Lovely projects.

I have never been more excited to win a blog prize...ever. Love the products you are giving away this week. Please pick me.

Love the back to school projects.

Great crayon boxes! I used to love those boxes of 64 crayons!

Awesome back to school projects ....Oh my how I love Graphic 45 !!

The Mother Goose collection is so sweet... Perfect for so many projects. The crayon
box is darling!

I love Graphic 45!! I look forward to all your blog entries.

I love the mother goose collection. I would live to win it! Love all the inspiration pieces.

I will never look at a box of 64 crayons the same way again!
Your designers' imaginations show no bounds!

Both of my kids are in school now - my baby is in kindergarden *sniff* Some of Graphic 45's beautiful paper would definetly ease the pain. :)

Gorgeous back to school projects. Love your typography papers, so I do hope to be the winner this week! ;-)

Beautiful projects, love GF45 products, they are the best. Thanks for the chance to win.


Wonderful projects! Your papers just make me smile! :<) Wishing you a happy Monday!


Barbara Diane

LOVE the repurposed Crayola box! SO creative!

These are amazing! What fun projects!

Love this project and your papers!

G45 your papers rock the back to school look!!

My kids would love this, beautiful.

Adorable projects today! And what a fantastic prize package! :-)

Awesome Projects!! Patti

Clever little box!!

Loved today's blog! Can't wait to try the altered crayon box.

Great prize to win!

Oh please let me win :) I love both of these papers .. so excited to have a chance to win them!! Love todays altered boxes such great ideas as always .. thank you for the inspiration.

Every day Graphic 45 continues presenting outstanding projects & tutorials. I <3 G45.

What an awesome idea...Love the project.

What a great give a way.

LOVE the ideas from the special back to school blog post! Great inspiration and would also LOVE to win such a great prize package, too!! WOW!!

Back to school already? Love the altered boxes. Great work. Thanks.

OMG!! This is SO Cool!! I want to make! Please, love to win this! lol! Thanks so much!

I love the back to school projects!I am drooling over the new collections - especially Mother Goose - and would love to win this prize package!!!

Wonderful back to school projects and fabulous papers. Would so love to win both Mother Goose and Topography!

Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous Graphic 45 package! My mind is reeling with ideas....

Sweet back.to.school projects! The Mother Goose collection makes it easy!

love, love, love the back to school projects. Both equally fantastic.

Amazing project!!!

I just love all your wonderful lines and ideas. Thank you.

I am always amazed at how the G-45 papers transform simple things, like crayon boxes into works of art. Thanks for a chance to win!

As usual some amazing projects!! Love the back to school ideas. I don't have any young children now, or even grandkids, but I would make these for me. lol

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