August 15, 2011

Back To School Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Back To School Blog Hop!!
We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects for Back To School!! You'll find an array of ideas throughout the hop -- From teacher gifts to lunchbox notes, we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!!

Class is just about to start, so let's get hopping!! If you've hopped over from Jen, then you are in the right place!! If you've just popped in to visit my blog and you'd like to join our School-Time FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog!! Several stops along the way will be offering some nifty prizes, so please be sure to keep an eye out for that!!  I would like to thank Lynda for putting this blog hop together.  There is a lot that goes into organizing the blog hop behind the scenes and I think that you will appreciate all the effort put into the hop.

For the hop today, I have created an altered box which makes a great teacher gift.

I started with the cricut expression 2 anniversary edition. I chose the rolly poly apple from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

Choosing three colors, I cut the apple a quarter of an inch larger as it did not have a shadow feature in brown.

Here you can see the two sizes. I love that you can add a space between the two images even without cricut craftroom, gypsy or design studio on the E2.

I stamped an image using brown ink and unity stamp co stamp numbers in the clouds. I highlighted the image and the apple using silver smooch spritz.

Here is a side view of the completed box...

I cut some pieces from g45 abc primer and ran them through the xyron. 

Next, I layered the items and adhered them to the box.

Above I used the g45 black trim to tie a ribbon around the apple stem.

Here is the top of the box.

And one final look at the altered box.  Can you imagine the treasures you can place within?  What would you do with the inside?

Thank you for stopping by to see my back to school project. Be sure to follow this blog and check back tomorrow for some more apple projects. Each week we have a challenge here at and you can see a new project 7 days a week.
Thank you so much for hopping through the Back To School Blog Hop today!! I hope you will enjoy the rest of your hopping experience!! Your next stop in the hop is Barbara Rosner -!!

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

Back To School Hop

1. Lynda -

2. NLA

3. Anita~

4. Jen--

5. Bobbi Jo YOU ARE HERE!

6. Barbara Rosner -

7. Amy -

8. Lori - Lori -

9. Dana--

10. Gina -

11. Margie -

12. Crafty -

13. Rhonda -

14. Susan -

15. Lynne -

16. Rhonda -

Graphic 45 An ABC Primer 12x12 paper pad $19.95 plus shipping


Lori Apgar said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Love the G45!!

Glad to be in this hop with you!!

Lynda said...

Very cute altered box. Love how it has a antique feel to it. Great job!

rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

Rhonda Emery said...

first I am happy to be in hop with you. your project is just too cute tfs.

Amy said...

Bobbi Jo, what a beautiful altered box!! I love all of your paper!! :) I could see this being filled with trinkets or school supplies (like paperclips and rubber bands!!) -- What a great idea!!

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Eva said...

Beautiful altered box, has such an antique look to it. Maybe put kids treats inside.
Eva :0)

LyndaJinCO said...

Girl this is just many different events and things you could make this type of box for...totally love the apple!!! Lynda at Memories in Tyme!

Jessica said...

That apple is too cute! Thank you for sharing! I am your newest follower on GFC! I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog at

Have a great week!

Vicki said...

This is such a cute altered box! I like the older looking colors and patterns rather than the traditional primary colors..

Brenda said...

I love how you altered the box. It kinda has a vintage feel to it also. Great job.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Judy said...

This is just beautiful! You have an extremely creative mind! I am jealous:-) I am a follower...
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Brittney said...

What a neat idea.

Suzanne said...

Bobbi Jo your altered box is so awesome. I love the Graphic 45 paper and you did such a beautiful job decorating the box. I can't wait to work with that paper. I am in Love.

callyannc said...

I love this box. So fun. Thanks CallyAnn

Anita said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!I LOVE G45 paper.You did a great job.
Hugs, Anita

Anita Braddock said...

What a cute box I love it. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. keep up the great work.

bluecrayons said...

gorgeous box. i would put some snacks in it and place it on my desk.

Christine America Real said...

Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I have become a follower. Can't wait to see what you do next! I think I am going to make this box for my scrapbook room!

Michelle James said...

Very creative and thanks for the directions. I love altering things. Thanks so much for sharing. I am now a follower from the blog hop!


WAM Family said...

This box is wonderful!!! The G45 paper is perfect. TFS


SueNJ said...

What a fabulous treasure box. I have a friend who teaches 1st grade and I can imagine the treasures she could give to her kids (now that no candy is allowed). The detail in this project is amazing. TFS it :)

Happy Scrappin'
Sue B

Tina said...

What a great box!! Nicely done!

joydee1963 said...

Love that paper,great box,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Sandy S. said...

Beautiful altered box. Any teacher would love it! TFS!

Craftyhomemade said...

Beautiful box.


smyiow said...

I love the graphic 45. It's a little bit country, a little bit vintage. Great choice!

Janet said...

Super box love the vintage look and thanks for all the great tips.

kricketts said...

This is too cute!!! I would hide chocolates for an after lunch pick me up!


Scrapper69 said...

WOW! What a fabulous Project! :o)

Anonymous said...

Love it and any teacher would love to get it!!!

Anniebee said...

Awesome box, Bobbi Jo! I love those G45 papers! They have such wonderful whimsical and antique-styled designs.


Maria said...

super cute

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