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1st Day of 1st Grade

This was the first layout that I did with my Cricut Expression, and then I was hooked on it!!  The base is a piece of light blue cardstock from Deja Views, The Shannon Ann Little Ones collection.  The design printed paper is from The Paper Studio's All Season paper pack, it has some really great designs!!!
The bus was cut at, I believe, 3 inches and it was from the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge.  It was cut from the yellow paper in The Paper Company's Bright Fashion Colors value pack.  The black steering wheel, the wheels, the strip on the bus and the number and letters (1st) were cut from The Paper Company's Black and White Fashion Colors value pack.  The letters and numbers were all cut from the "Designer's Calendar" cartridge.  The red letters were cut from The Paper Company's Jewel Tone Fashion Colors value pack.
The letters and the number on the side of the bus came from an EK Success alphabet stickers set.  The other little stickers on the page came from Ek Success as well, it was just a learning pack, not sure on the exact name, it was bought at Walmart.  The ribbon that runs along the bottom of the page is Offray MicroSpool that I bought at Joann Fabrics.

Such a great page!! 

Happy Crafting!!!!


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