How Was Your First Day of School? ABC Primer by Graphic 45

First day of school is often more traumatic for mom and dad than it is for their child.  I think this was the case for Ali.  She is a young 5 (as I write this it is her birthday).  So it is hard to throw your child into the mix of the big world and be at peace about it.

As you check out the layout I did for Alison's first day of her school career think about what your first day was like.  Do you remember your first day of school?  What about putting your child in school for the first time?  What crossed your mind? 

First Steps
Graphic 45 ABC Primer (timeless collection)
Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil 
Tim Holtz clock face, chitchat words, Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Fire Brick, Grungeboard Elements, Metal Muse Token
Ranger Inkssentials White Opaque Pen
Webster's Pages Storyteller letters
Prima flower, number button
May Arts Ribbon checkered ribbon
I really like Dylusions stencil with the alphabet.  (I bought it twice.  LOL)  I used it with modeling paste to create texture in the background.  I left it a chalkboard.  Do they use chalkboards anymore?
I added as many elements together to reflect the different activities, ideas, and nuances that a school experience might have.  The ribbon and muse token anchor the fussy cut picture of the child in the wind.  I do remember walking to school on a blustery day.
A clock face...every room had a clock in it.  Large round with a black rim.  I learned how to tell time by that clock.  Do children still learn to tell time on an analog clock?  I created the chalky look with the title by sanding the letters then outlining it with the Ranger Opaque White Pen.

Alison had a great first day of school.
What about you?  Share your experience in the comments.  Maybe we can encourage one another.

Inspired to Create, Encouraged to Try


  1. Such a cutie- love the page :) we are still traveling :)

  2. She's adorable!! Totally rocked the G45.


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