Monday, September 5, 2011

ABC Primer Collection Helping Us Make The Grade

Graphic 45 released a new paper collection ABC Primer. The collection is classic in its colors and images of school life from a few decades ago. They are beautiful images of chalkboards and children enjoying the school day. Eleanor Roosevelt (one of my favorite ladies) once said "the giving of love is an education in itself." This week's challenge was to make some beautiful projects featuring this new collection. Let's see what our wonderful design team gave their love this week.

Pam made a beautiful thank you card. Her project includes Bazzill Kraft and Sugar Cookie cardstock, Graphic 45 Patterned paper and chipboard diecut accent Graphic 45 An ABC Primer. The ribbon and jute twine from Paper Vineyard. Cutting out the stamp images to spell the word THANKS is genious!

Mindy is dazzling us with her ability to create a stunning vintage style book. The base of her book is the Bazzill Board Book, Graphic 45 paper in: An ABC Primer, School Days, Games and Playtime. Mindy sanded and inked edges and the ribbon is from my stash.
Marijo made two projects. An 8x8 layout plus a composition book. The 8x8 page is made from the Graphic 45 Back to School paper. The "2nd Grade" title was cut from the Cricut Locker Talk Cartridge. The shadow was cut from some scrap black paper. Inside the frame (also from Graphic 45) is a slide out paper to mount a picture of Marijo's granddaughter once she gets the picture. Marijo cut out the flashcards and mounted them on foam-tape. The little Mini Composition book is covered with the scraps from the layout. I added some paper roses from her stash and the Tiny Type letters from Cosmo Cricket.
Kelly gets a big shout out for the frugal project (yeah Walgreens!!) Kelly found a $2calendar/planner at Walgreens that she decided to convert into this weeks project by decorating the front, inside, and back covers. Kelly is betting a teacher would really appreciate this!! For supplies, it was kept simple using black cardstock with the Graphic 45 ABC Primer collection paper, black brads and distressed with brown ink.

Kelly's Front Cover

Inside Front Cover
Gayle made two Lunch-pail cards which are 3 x 3.5 inches.
She used Graphic 45 paper and embellishments for the outer card and on the inside Gayl printed a riddle or something fun. Perfect way for Mom to make kids at school feel special. If I had a time machine I would go back in time and make sure my kids had these in their lunch boxes.

One of the things I love about Graphic 45s new collections is that they have converted the tag cardstock sheet into tag chipboard pieces. They give such amazing dimensional look to projects. All of these projects have one thing in common, they all let the paper be the focus. The lovliness shines does their talents.

Thanks for reading,


  1. Great job by everyone. Fun to see the different directions we all took and I am really looking forward to doing a more ambitious project with this new Graphic 45 ABC line of paper. Be seeing you soon :)

  2. Gayl, I agree! It is so much fun to see all the different things we come up with, using many of the same products! (And isn't that Graphic 45 ABC paper and the goodies that go with it wonderful?) :o)