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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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LOVE the altered crayon box!

I just love the crayon box. What a great idea. Yay! Thank you for the chance to win some Mother Goose. Please and thank you.

Oooo, I love both these altered projects! And I love the prize pack, thanks for the opp to win :)

I absolutely love both of the projects! what a great first day of school or back to school gift!

I just love the colors Graphic 45 chooses for their papers!!! Beautiful school projects, thanks for the opportunity to win!

Fantastic back to school projects today! The Mother Goose and Typography lines are just perfect for these too.

Love it!! G45 is always #1.. I would love to win anything yall would allow me to have. I'd be happy to win just a hinge from yall...lol...pick me please,,,thanks for the chance...Hugs :)

Love the stuff that is always done. Very nice. Thakns for sharing.Dianna

Too cute! What a great back-to-school project.

Amazing projects!
Love them!
I am dying to get my hands on the new line of Graphic 45 papers. They are so elegant with the perfect touch of whimsy!

I would like to know when they will be made available in stores? I have them preordered at www.acherryontop.com!

love the items someone always have the such get items. keep up the good work.

School days and G45; who knew what a great combo they'd make!! I did.

I love the papers - the colors are so rich! What a wonderful make and to think it was a Crayon box!

I commented on Maria's box on her blog. Both of these boxes are amazing to me - I do love color!

These project are just too stinkin' cute! Waiting for my order of Typography to arrive...can't wait!!!

Beautiful boxes. Thanks!!!

The projects today are fantastic! I can't wait for the new Mother Goose to come out. It looks like so much fun!

Great back to school ideas!

What creative projects!

It would be so great to win the pack this week...the items in the pack are on my wish list! Thanks for the chance!

Now I wish I had a box of crayons!

Wow, love the Crayola box project and I just happen to have one here on hand. Gettin' busy!


What super projects, love the colors & the details. Love the crayon tie-in, making the one box to hold crayons, & the other using the crayon box as the inspiration, perfect. Thank you so much for creating and sharing it.
alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

These projects are just so cute, creative and inspirational. Love the generous prize pkg.

Love the back to school projects. You sure do know how to make me want!!!!! thank you for a chance to win.

Wow what great inspiration ! Love them. I would also love to win mother goose as I havent seen it anywhere in the uk yet !

I love the new papers and what a great idea for the crayon boxes ! I love this inspiration

This is a very nice collection and a great giveaway

I love the recycled crayon box!

I love this collection! The projects are beautiful and so creative. I would love to win this batch of goodies!

Yes please, I know some little boys this would be perfect for. Brilliant projects.

Great keepsake box ideas. Too bad my baby is a college freshman this year and it's a little too late. I do have some fabulous scrapbook pages of him through the years. The giveaway package is a beautiful combination of your new releases. Hoping I win one of these days.

Wow! What fantastic projects! I would love to win this prize!

Crayons have never looked better!

The projects today are so amazing. The prize this week is also amazing. I hope I will win it and then I want to make Maria's box it is one of my favorite projects. Thanks for sharing it.

So super creative to make crayon boxes and memory keeping box!

Great projects! And such a prize combination package! WOW. Thanks for the chance.

I love the amazing projects! I would love to win, thank you!

Makes me want to go back to school

NO WAY, that is the fanciest, coolest crayon box ever!

Love the back-to-school projects! Would love the chance to win, and thank-you!

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