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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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Such wonderful amazing and fun projects. Love the recycled crayon box as a keepsake box. So cute. Love these ideas. Thanks for the chance.

I know my children would have loved these to take back to school ... great projects .
I love this paper collection - please pick me ... please ....
thank you Graphic 45 for the inspiration.

Great projects once again. Would love to win this prize.

What awesome projects! You never fail to amaze me Graphic 45!

Great ideas! Thank you for sharing

These projects are adorable! And what a great prize package this week. I would love to win new play materials!

Lovely box...I think I will be on the lookout for my nephew's empty box of crayons. Thanks for the great idea.

Love these projects and of course, I love Graphic 45 in any way shape or form.

As a retired kindergarten teacher, I would LOVE to win this pack! I have many photos and stories that would look great using these papers!!!

love the altered crayon box! So cool!

WOW - perfection all around. This is also a great giveaway. Thanks for your generosity.

Awesome box projects!!! Love the new paper lines!!

The projects today are so cute! Very creative. Any little girl would love to have that crayon box. Thank you for the creative inspiration.

Love the crayon boxes. I may have to try that for grandkids.

Stunning items and I'm a teacher so
I love to win that gorgeous price pack!!!
Have a nice scrappy week!
Hugs Maia

Fabulous alter box!! Love this new paper collection!!

Love Mother Goose! How cute is that crayon box? Much better than plain ole' cardboard...perfect for new babies!

Beautiful projects...love the papers, can't have enough of them!!

I can't wait to get some Mother Goose and play with it. These projects are great.

Every morning the first thing I do is check the G45 blog...I LOVE seeing the wonderful creations your DT come up with...and your fabulous weekly comps are just a bonus....maybe one of these days I'll even win one!!! lol.

beautiful projects!

I am so impatiently waiting on Mother Goose and Typography to arrive!!

Incredible projects and incredible papers. Love the new collections! Thanks for sharing.

More amazing work from the designers! Wow indeed!!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

OH MOTHER GOOSE! What an incredible prize package this week! I am sure this is going to be my new favorite collection as I am going to decorate my granddaughter's bedroom using this collection!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the boxes the designers decorated today! What a great way to store crayons and then use the original box to create another wonderful creation!
Thanks for the inspiration!

A set of new Crayola in cute decorated box.....oh! For joy!
I need Mother Goose and Typography as well. So want to win this beautiful package.Thank you for a chance to win.

These are so fantastic. So inspiring, can't wait to get crafting! Hope I win!

I am SO in love with G45! Love everything that you have! These are great projects too.

Its been over fifty years since I was at school, I would go back in an instance if I had this collection to play with. :0)

Awesome prize and fantastic projects!

Have n't found a G-45 paper or embellishment yet that I didn't love, however hard i tried. I am an G-45 addict living to far away from the source.

Beautiful boxes!


I really appreciate projects that use up what might be thrown away, i.e. product packaging. G45 collections, because of their quality, depth of color, universality make every project more beautiful & give new life to the most mundane!

Amazing projects as always!! Such great back to school ideas!!

Awesome graphics that bring to mind my own school days as a child. I would love to win it!

Ooh, I love this new collection Mother Goose. And what beautiful back to school projects!

Love this box. So pretty and bright

Your paper collections never cease to amaze me, thanks for yet more wonderful designs to play with. Love it.

I love the altered crayon box, even if I am traumatize by the thought of 63 wasted crayons! Thanks for the chance to win some fun G45 goodies.

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