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Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School

Are you ready for the Back To School Race? ... school supplies, new clothes, lunch boxes etc. Ready or not the time is getting close or for some of you, school may have already started.Our challenge at My Grafico, for the next two weeks is: Back to School. 

 I am now a retired teacher. You will think that I am nuts but I miss the beginning of the school year. It is a crazy but fun time - a chance to become acquainted with a new group of youngsters and help them develop into confident students. I sometimes go into friend's classrooms and help them organize for the first week of school. Occasionally, I substitute teach. Once a teacher, always a teacher by heart!
Now, I enjoy making the grandkids back to school cards. Their mom uses them in their scrapbook pages. This week, I used the following set for my projects:

Along with the accessories is a template for this cute box.
Here is the view from the top. I love the small cork circle that I attached. Any note could be tacked to this center.

I am sharing this box with:
trimmies craft challenge: Box
moving along with the times: Anything but Square
my heart pieces digital stamp challenge: Favorite color: Red
paper play challenges: Recycle: The cork in the middle of this box was a coaster
patties creations challenge: Anything but a card
card makin mamas: Try something new: new image, new shaped box design
stamping with dragon: Anything but square or rectangle

The next project is a card for my grandson:
I love how one of the clock hands looks like a face...cute!!
The background paper is also part of this file. I chose not to color it and use is as a background.
  inside the card

As I have mentioned before, the SVG files can be cut by hand. Someday I would like to have a machine to cut them but for now, my scissors work just fine!

Materials Used:
Cardstock: Red- CTMH, brown- Kraft 
Cork sheet: hardware store
Burlap: fabric store
Sticker: 8th grade-EKsuccess
Images: My Grafico
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Sentiments: Computer generated

Using My Grafico files made these projects very easy. All I needed was the inspiration and the time:)

Thank you for stopping to visit. I hope that you enjoyed seeing these paper crafts. Would love to have you leave a comment and tell me what you think. I hope that I have inspired you, in some small way. When your "Back to School" paper project is complete, just click HERE.  As always, please feel free to follow this blog. More back to school inspiration coming ...hope to see you next week!

I am sharing this card with:
pennys challenges: Back to school
whimsy inspires: Lots of Layers
aud sentiments challenge blog: Must use a number in the sentiment (number is on the inside sentiment.)
raise the bar challenge: Back to school
simply create too: Back to school
created with love challenges: Use 3 of something-3 gear images!
fashionista challenge: Card for a child
make it monday: Anything Goes


  1. Barbara this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and beautiful design. Hope you are having a fab Monday.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  2. wow, this project is super wonderful, fabulous job on it Barb! That is a great set!

  3. Thanks for playing in our 'Anything But a Card' Challenge #50!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  4. Great card. Thanks for sharing with Pennys Paper-Crafty Challenge.
    Diane x

  5. What a cute idea, great job, I love it. Thanks for joining us at Created with love Challenges.

  6. Wow Barbara, this is a fab card. Love the colour combo.Thanks for joining in at Created with love.
    Sandra xx

  7. What a clever project and sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  8. Wow these are two fab projects for your grandkids! Thanks for sharing with us at Card Makin' Mamas hugs Susan x

  9. what a fun idea! really unique! love how you did the 8th grade...saw you on MIM

  10. Super cute! I love how you got in gear and used the gears :D
    I am your newest follower!
    Marie XX

  11. Fab card. Love the little face on the clock hand.
    Thanks for linking up with MIM this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Hugs, Sandy

  12. How cool is this!! Thanks for sharing and playing along with us at Created With Love Challenges

  13. Barbara I have linked to you in this post :

  14. Beautiful work!! such a fun idea Thanks for joining us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Lisa O

  15. Great projects! I love how you used the accessories to create both projects. Thanks for playing along with Created With Love Challenges.

  16. Awesome projects Barbara! Love the gears and sprockets!

  17. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #165, #189, #217, #227 and #228.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog and also for your ides about what to do with my cards! I am a card-maker for Operation Write Home, which I dearly love, so the majority of my cards do go to them, but I'm picky and would never send a card I don't like. I'd much rather take it apart and start over and make it a special card!! I do also donate to smaller card drives from time to time and also like you have donated to hospitals and nursing homes! I think all cards should be used, as much as possible and homemade cards are the best! :)

    PS: The organizing is NOT fun or easy, but in the end, it'll be so worth it!! Good Luck in your room!!

  19. Fabulous card with such a fun idea. Perfect for a young man. Love it. Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionista.

  20. Just Supeeeeeeeeerb work, really unique.Thank You so much for joining with us at My Heart Pieces don't forget to check back if you are the winner.

  21. What a wonderful project you have made. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx

  22. Lol, funky card. I love it :)
    Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments, Hugs TC x

  23. I think this design is so original and fun, great for a back to school card!

  24. Cool card!!! Thanks for taking part in Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Hope to see you again for our next challenge.

  25. Thanks for participating in MY HEART PIECES challenge too!!