Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stars and Stripes Project by Susan Liles

Hi, it's me, Susan Liles here with something new to show y'all!  I'm so happy I got to play with this STARS and STRIPES paper and stickers from ECHO PARK.  It's a fun mini collection and I LOVE anything patriotic.  It was hard to keep from buying all of our red, white and blue collections up at the store!
Anyway, today I wanted to share what I made with that collection and my quick design process (sort of a tutorial) of how I created this very quickly and easily using just a couple of basic ideas for the pages.  Also, I may not show all the pages here (it's 5 decorated pages front and back!), but the sample is up at the store for all of you "touchy feel-y" types.

I started with one of those cute .99 frame stands from Ikea and 2 binder rings.  Then I started designing ONLY TWO page "types".  The first page is one of them and the second page is another.

Now I don't mean page SHAPE, although I did alternate those with 4x6's and a banner shape just for fun.  What I mean is, I stuck with just 2 general layouts and simply changed them up a bit for each page.  Look close and y'all can see that

"Layout 1" has a layered piece going across the bottom, a wonky rectangle, a circle element in the corner, and some other element along the left side.

"Layout 2" has a layered piece going across the top, a wonky rectangle for a picture and large elements in one or two corners only.  Once that general concept was prepared, all I had to do was embellish!

Y'all may think at first by just keeping the format simple like this, your book would be boring or repetitive.  The embellishments are what makes each page striking and different.  By using this method, this book came together fairly easy, and all I used were the papers, stickers, some ribbon and a few other "extras" that I had at my fingertips!  You could easily establish this concept with any mini book or album.  Let us know what you think, or come by and check out the "real thing" today!

Is this Layout 1 or Layout 2?  Wink!!!!

All supplies can be found either in-house at The Little Blue House or on our website:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

"Today Happens Only Once" Minibook Tutorial

"Today Happens Only Once" Minibook
designed by Susan Tidwell

Susan Tidwell here from the LBH Media Team for a minibook tutorial using the fabulous "Playful" paper line from Authentique. The fun color palette of orange, turquoise, navy and gray make these papers perfect for summer projects!

I have created a mini "squash" book which is also called a "dragon" book because of it's meandering folds. This book can be made larger as well - you just need to start with three square base pages whatever size you desire.

Let's get started.

Supply List

(2) 4"x4" pieces of corrugated cardboard
(3) 8"x8" cardstock (I used navy)
(1) pkg. Queen & Co. "Checkers" (orange gingham "button" stickers)
1/2 yard blue and white baker's twine
2" red satin ribbon
5" thin orange twine
blue ink - Quick Quotes Chalk Ink "Blue Moon"
coral ink - Distress Ink "Abandoned Coral"
2 small pieces velcro
liquid adhesive or tape runner
white Uniball Signo gel pen
1/8 or 1/16" hole punch
Scoring tool and bone folder
scrap of washi tape
optional: star and heart punches, stapler


1. Score and fold each square piece of yardstick in half. Open up and score and fold in half in the other direction. This will make a cross ( + ) on each sheet.  Score and fold each sheet once again but diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner.

2.  Grasp the corners with the diagonal folds and push the diagonals in to collapse the sheet into a square. Press all folds well. Repeat for all three.

3. Unfold the squares and adhere together overlapping the lower right quadrant of the first piece with the upper left quadrant of the second piece. Repeat with the third piece, gluing the upper left quadrant to the lower right quadrant of the second piece. When all three pieces have been attached, collapse/"squash" into a square book.

4. Tear paper off one side of each of the corrugated cardboard pieces exposing the ridges. Ink edges and ridges with blue ink. Glue one piece to the front cover and one to the back cover.

5. Cut 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" square pieces from the assorted pattern pieces. Some of these pieces will then be cut in half diagonally to form triangles for some of the pages in the book. Ink all edges with coral ink.

6. Open book and lay flat. Start adhering papers to cardstock pages. Mix up the patterns and colors for interest. I left some pages blank and later decorated with scraps, the cardstock diecuts and journal cards. Below you can see one "side" of the opened book decorated.

7. Turn over and repeat for second side.

8.  Decorate pages as desired. I added some punched hearts and stars and some of the yardstick diets here and there. Add Glossy Accents over these. I also doodled with a white pen.

9. To decorate the cover, I used one of the journal cards, cut it down slightly and inked the edges. I added for checkered "buttons" in the corners and looped and glued baker's twine around to form a frame, knotting it in the upper right corner. The tiny tag is cut from one of the journal cards. I cut it into a tag shape, punched a hole in the top and threaded orange twine through the hole. It is attached around the upper right button as well.

10.  Since the book is fat and didn't want to stay closed very well, I made a closure out of one of the cardstock embellishments. I cut the strip in half and glued one end of each piece under the right and left edges of the cover panel. I added tiny pieces of velcro to the ends and then wrapped them to the back, glueing the other side of the velcro pieces to the back. (See below.)

 11. Add some fun photos and you are finished! Here is another photo showing how the little book "meanders."

I hope you enjoyed my little minibook project! All supplies can be found either in-house at The Little Blue House or on our website:



Thanks Susan for that great tutorial! I love making these types of mini-books--- these books make perfect gifts for friends and family and can hold sooo many photos!!!
I  wanted to share with you a workshop coming up with Susan Tidwell at The Little Blue House!
If you love the color theme of the Authentique- Playful Collection you will love these
"Happy Houses" designed by Susan T!
This is a fun mixed media workshop coming up on July 7th (Tuesday) Susan is offering a morning and evening workshop! Visit the Workshops Page on our Website for all the Details on this upcoming class!
Have a great weekend,

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Creating with Faith Workshop with Jamie Dougherty

Jamie has been involved in some aspect of art since her early teens and she's loved God all of her life. But the two passions didn't find each other until this past year. She came across a fellow artist's bible journaling and knew immediately that is where she belonged. She loved the idea of using God's gifts to glorify Him in a artistic and meaningful way. So many of us are visual learners and creating art in the margins of our Bibles just brings God's word even more to life. Brings it into color. Jamie is a mixed media artist by trade and currently has a collection of stamps and other designs available through Prima Marketing Inc. her Bloom collection is known for the beautiful Bloom Girl faces. Jamie has more designs in store in the coming months.  When Jamie isn't teaching or creating, she loves nothing more than to spend time with her family.                                                                                   
Jamie Dougherty will be at The Little Blue House
Thursday August 6th for a Creating In Faith Workshop!

She will
be teaching two watercolor/mixed media paintings that we will then use those techniques in our Bibles. She will share with you how to be creative and bold in your faith. You can contact the LBH for pricing and availability 817-431-7930

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June Calendar

                 June 2015

House Hours:
Tues.- Thurs.
Extended Hours:

Open till 9pm on class nights
Happy Home Specialty Workshop w/Susan Tidwell
Open Studio
Closed for Reset

Closed for Reset
Summer Open House

w/ Lynette Chiles

Intro to Bible Journaling
w/Miss Tracy

LBH Buffet

Open Studio

LBH Buffet

Paper Quilting Workshop w/ Lynette Chiles
Miss T’s Pickers:
Flag Project

Fetti Fans: Coloring Techniques
w/ Susan Liles

Paper Quilting Workshop w/ Lynette Chiles

LBH Buffet

LBH Buffet

Cover to Cover Workshop w/Elaine Howell

Father's Day

Prima Play Day: Altered Tags w/ Susan Tidwell
Faith Friends
w/ Miss Tracy
LBH Buffet

Prima Canvas Workshop w/ Susan Tidwell
Create-a-Thon @Keller Roundhouse



Insta Fun
Stashers Workshop:
w/ Miss Tracy & Rhonda

The Little Blue House                       
118 W. Olive Street                          

Keller, Texas 76248

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW FPK Specialty Workshop with Susan Tidwell

Good Morning from the Front Porch!

I am so happy to announce that recently I asked Susan Tidwell to be a Guest Designer for our newest Front Porch Kit....Happy Home! She gladly took me up on the offer and we have teamed up to offer you a unique Specialty Workshop! 

After consulting with our awesome Wood Guy (aka Miss T's Hubby) he fashioned some wood houses of all shapes and sizes, some have interchangeable roof tops too! Then they were passed on to Susan....AND look at her wonderful transformations!!

Here's what Susan has to say about her NEW Specialty Workshop: HAPPY HOUSES"Welcome to my neighborhood! Join me in my “Happy Home” mixed media workshop where we will alter plain chunky wood pieces into these cute, whimsical houses. Mix up the various elements to make yours unique or match the samples. We will be using papers and goodies from the HAPPY HOME Front Porch Kit."

"Class will include three houses, but others will be available if you want to purchase the whole set. Sign up now for this fun class and let me help you build your own little neighborhood and learn some fun artsy techniques during the process!
All supplies will be included - just bring your basics."

HAPPY HOUSES: FPK Specialty Workshop
with Susan Tidwell

Tuesday, June 2nd

Cost: 3 Houses for $40 or 5 Houses for $55

Here are some closer looks at all the artsy details...

Call or stop by the Little Blue House to reserve your spot for this fun Specialty Workshop. (817) 431-7930

If you love the papers and goodies used on these houses...then you may want to check out our Front Porch Kit - HAPPY HOME. You can get all the details about this Boxed Kit of Goodies here....

Come Shop, Crop, and Create at the
 Little Blue House!

Have questions...let us know....
Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FREE Project Sheet: Creative Gift Holders

Hello Friends!
Well it's hard to believe but the end of the school year is fast approaching! I have a quick, creative project to share with you....Perfect to show your appreciation to that special Teacher or to give an upcoming Graduate! 

These pocket-style Gift Card Holders are perfect for sliding in a Gift Card, Cash, or a Special Note. They feature the Super-Cute "Star Student" Paper Collection by Bella Blvd which is now available at the Little Blue House

I created a FREE PROJECT SHEET to share with you so you can make this fun Gift Holders easily. It is available to anyone...Just stop by the Little Blue House and pick it up! 

Another great teacher gift idea would be our "Time to Learn" Tag Set....My daughter teaches 3rd grade and she has them hanging above her door...She loves them and your special teacher would too. They are available as a Take Home Kit or you can choose to create in our Buffet with an Instructor their to guide you at no extra charge. The Tag Set is $20.

Have a great week friends! Come see us for all your End of School Year paper-crafts. Lots of great goodies in the HouSe for YOU...and don't forget to pick up your FREE Project Sheet!!

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Minibook Mechanics Workshop

Join us for Mini-book Mechanics Workshop 

Saturday May 30th 2015

Hi it's Cristi Maron!!  grin emoticoni I have a couple new albums to share with you! Hi to my crafty friends grin emoticon I have a couple new albums to share with you! Hi to my crafty friends grin emoticon I have a couple new albums to share with you!These will be taught on Saturday May 30th at The Little Blue House These are being repeated by requests and this will be the last time I will teach these this year. If you are interested in joining us for a fun crafty day to make either (or both) of the blank albums contact The Little Blue House to sign up smile emoticon. 817-431-7930 Please note that these are detailed videos for those who want a close look, you may fast forward at any time to get the short version

Minibook Mechanics Class Details: 

"Wedding"-Vol. 4  Album  9am-2:30pm 
Wedding-  Volume 4 Album features the Authentique- Everlasting Collection
add your black cardstock and coordinating color that matches your Wedding Colors
Cost: $45.00

"Box of Memories or Recipes" Album  3pm-7:30pm 

Option 1: Box of Recipes Edition Album- features the Graphic 45- Home Sweet Home Collection
(4x4 Recipe Pockets)   Cost: $50.00 

Option 2: Box of Memories Album- features Simple Stories Documented Life Collection
(3x4 and 4x6 Photo Sleeves) Cost: 40.00 

 Come by The Little Blue House to see these amazing mini-books in person! 
-Call or Come by to Sign Up-