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Back to school with Graphic 45

Summer is starting to wind down and it is time to start thinking about back to school. Today I wanted to share with you two little projects using the ABC primer collection from Graphic 45: A 4×6 photo frame and a note holder.¬† I created these projects as a gift for my daughter, that this year will be a second grade teacher. I wanted to show her my appreciation for the hard work she does every single day.

For these projects I used black chipboard and cardstock as my base, then used one sheet of paper from the collection to embellish.

Lets start with the note holder, I wanted to create something that our teacher can use to take notes on the go.

The note holder measures 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and is perfect to hold small paper pads¬† or index cards.

I used one the images from one of the papers to make a side pocket to add more storage.

The second project is a 4″ x 6″ frame made out of chipboard and can be use to store a class photo.

Both projects are not only functional, but make great desk decorations.

I am also gonna add to my gift a set of the coolest color pencils that I have ever seen and a pencil holder. I am hoping that my favorite teacher likes her gift!

I hope that this inspire you to create something for your favorite teacher.

Thank you so much for reading, see you soon with more projects.

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Graphic 45 By The Sea double cascade pop up folio

Hello everyone, I am still in full Summer mode and wanted to share a quick project for you using the amazing By the Sea collection from Graphic 45: A double cascade folio with a pop up page.

This is my third Summer project this year, but this time I wanted a simpler one that would not take me a long time to make, especially now that I want to spend as much time outside enjoying the sun.

Using chipboard and papers from the collection I created a fun folio that stores tons of photos. I was inspired by a metal anchor that I found in the Target dollar spot. I thought that was the perfect touch for this nautical inspired collection.

To create the cover I took a mixed media approach and used different mediums and papers from the collection. As closure for the folio I dyed seam binding in different shades of blue to match.

For the inside I made three different flaps. First opening has a double pocket with two different photo mats.

Second opening has cascade flaps in both sides and a center page with another double pocket.

Any combination of the papers from the collection will give you gorgeous results.

The center pocket has a hidden pop up page underneath, I made this just for fun.

I pop up the image of the two kids playing in the sand and used other images to create a beach/ocean scene.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many photos I was able to fit in this easy to make folio.

I still have one more Summer project to share, before starting with Fall/Holiday projects. Stay tuned!

Please visit my YouTube channel for a video of this project.


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Fun Summer folio using Graphic 45 Sunkissed collection

Hello, I am hoping that you all are having a fantastic Summer! Today I want to share a quick project to store those memories after the Summer ends: A fun photo folio using the fabulous Graphic 45 Sunkissed collection.

I used as a template a Tim Holtz folio but made mine out of a cereal box. Super easy and fun! For the Folio I used the box as a base and then added flaps to add pockets to have plenty of space for my photos.

I wanted to kept the cover very simple so it would be easy to store later. I just used a combination of papers from the collection, a wood decor piece and an elastic closure to keep the inside contents secured.

The inside was so much fun to make. This paper collection is so vibrant, perfect for beach pictures.

Even tough the folio lays flat and is easy to store, the inside has space for tons of pictures.

I wanted the folio to be interactive. There are lots of hidden spaces a fun flaps to add photos.

On those pockets I added ephemera cards, matted inserts and my favorite Graphic 45 tags.

No matter what combination of paper you use, the result is stunning!

Hoping this project gives you some inspiration. I will come back soon with more projects, but first I am heading back to the beach.

Visit my YouTube channel for a video of this project.


Materials used:

Graphic 45 Sunkissed collection


Thank you for reading!

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Prima Golden Coast Summer Album

Hello today I want to share a fun completed project using the gorgeous Prima Golden Coast collection by Frank Garcia.

I first saw this collection as a preview on the Creativation show at the beginning this year and just couldn’t wait to work with it. I wanted to create a Summer mini album to hold my vacation photos from this year.


I really love the vintage papers from the collection that are combined with soft pastels colors and incredible nautical inspired images.

For my cover I used an array of different products: Prima Flowers, Seashells, pearls, beads, sisal thread and different mixed media mediums.

My inspiration for the cover was the brown seashell that I wanted to be the focal point.

I wanted the album to have lots of interactive features. To achieve that for the inside pages I used a combination of flaps and pocket pages to add interest.

Here are some of my favorites pages:

I used a stamp set to add some titles to some of the pages.


I hope that you have liked this post and that it has given you some inspiration. Happy Summer!

Materials used:

Prima Golden Coast collection by Frank Garcia

Prima Golden Coast ephemera pack

Prima Golden Coast Flowers

Hello Summer clear stamp set by Neat and Tangled

Tim Holtz Idea-ology mini hardware knobs

Nautical charms – Charmalong (Hobby Lobby)


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