Thursday, September 29, 2011

September School Days

School Days - School Days
Learning our ABCs!

Last year Marian Ballog had the fantastic idea of making a Vintage ABC Book with our Tag Swap Group. She put an amazing amount of time, energy, effort, and creativity into making this project a giant success!  Hooray for Marian - and all who made the pages - 27 of each page! Whew!

Marian found great vintage books and made each participant a set of covers, including the individualized 'flashcard' titles - and a lot more!  If you look closely at numbers 4 & 12, you can see where she drilled the holes for the binding ribbon.  (I forgot to take a picture before I took the book apart to take pictures.)

Here are the outside front cover, title page, extra colorful BOOK bingo page, and the inside back cover complete with "check-out" card and pocket.

The Table of Contents pages. Marian asked each participant to send her a childhood photo to use. She listed the letter - Miss A, for example - and then the page creator's name & state along with the photo. The pages are all 4 x 6, about twice the size of the tags we've been swapping for a year or so. The pages illustrate the person's letter, using items that also start with that letter: color, fabric or background material, a flower, a sentiment, an attribute, etc. We included word lists - and sometimes more - on the backs of our pages.

Miss A - Alisa Noble (; 
Miss B - Marian Ballog (; 
Miss C - Wendy H. Robrecht (; 
Miss D - Judi Andersen (

Miss E - Kim Schaefer(
Miss F - Kimberly Laws (
Miss G - Gina Grable (
Miss H - Pearl Hooper

Miss I - Amy Malaise (
Miss J - Jane Palmer (that's ME!)
Miss K - Kathleen Kelly-Pardo (
Miss L - Terri Kolte (

Miss M - Wanda M. Clark (
Miss N - Natalea Kandefer (
Miss O - Linda Olstad (
Miss P - Priscilla Cloud (

Miss Q - Debi Martin (
Miss R - Roxane Berenbeim (
Miss S - Susan Murtagh (
Miss T - Grace Palazzolo(

Miss U - Marian Ballog (
Miss V - Christine Nay (
Miss W - Sheryl Simpson (Whimzy!

Miss X - Marian Ballog (
Miss Y - Terri Kolte (
Miss Z - Rachel Velder (

While looking over each page as I finally get  the pages photographed and posted - after all this time - I'm simply amazed again at all the creativity and beautiful work involved!  Thank you so very much, Marian, and all the participants!  This had to be the best swap EVER!

And NOW would you believe we're doing another book?!  
Vintage Christmas ABC this year!!! 
Better get busy - my pages are due very soon!


  1. Hi Jane,
    I was just revisiting the book myself. It really is an amazing collection. I think I will cherish mine always.
    enJOY a lovely weekend,

  2. What a talented lady. Thanks for sharing her work with us.

  3. The book was a really creative idea and a lot of work. I haven't done a swap in forever it seems. They are so much fun and such a joy to see when they arrive.

    Have a blessed day Jane!

  4. This is such an amazing gathering of creativity. Great idea for putting together a "book" of swapping pages. WOW! What a treasure to be certain.

  5. I'm always amazed at the creativity that goes into these books.

  6. I love the diverse and carefully done art!!!
    Maybe next time I could play!
    I love creating!