Monday, January 31, 2011

Important Creative Information...Please Read!

Good Morning LBH Followers! 

I'm hearing that we may be experiencing some pretty icy weather tomorrow
so I want to make sure that everyone understands our
 LBH Bad Weather Policy....(sounds so official huh) 
Well, here it is:

If Keller ISD is closed then the LBH will be closed as well. 
All activities will be re-scheduled to alternate dates.
  We don't want anyone out on the roads if they don't have to be....
Safety First Ladies!!

NOW...onto my second bit of Information!
Regarding the "Get it Together" Feature Post for today...

I have decided to give you all a week of Organizational "Catch-Up" ... I know that many of you are still wrapping ribbon, sorting thru embellishments, and altering beautiful organizers to coordinate with your scrap spaces, and so much more!  So consider this week a gift from Miss Tracy & the LBH Gals and get ready for next week....Our focus will be PAPER!!!!

Have a Happy Monday!
We fly back home tonight (very, very late) so we will see you soon!
Miss Tracy :)

What Should We Do??? HMMM...

You wanted paperlines to see, here you are.

Lovely Lilly Bee Designs


Nikki Sivils, good possibility!



Crate Paper, Ooooo...



We love,love,love Echo Park




Here's an awesome line from a new company called Simple Stories


AdornIt




Tim Holtz Pocket Watch...


Bella Blvd.


There are so many great paper lines. 
The fun part is deciding what we really want to create with! 
But have no fear, the LBH gals have it all under control. 
There will be paper-a-plenty to work with when we get back
and we won't have to wait very long, things will start arriving in a few weeks. 

Give us a WooHoo if you liked something you saw!!

Keep Creating!

Rhonda

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Good Morning...we're going in for more!

But before we go, we wanted to share with you some pic's from some of your favorite brands...

Pink Paislee


Prima





Jeni Bowlin

Tim Holtz Ideaology

Beautiful trims from Prima 

 Flowers & Bling from Prima


Melissa Frances 

Bo Bunny 

Stay tuned...more coming tonight!
Make it a great day!
Miss Tracy :)
& the LBH Gals

CHA Day 2 for the LBH Gals

Here we go...


Heading to the Convention Center! 
My oh my...wonder what we're gonna buy!!

Susan heads straight to a M&T... 
She's working on a Make-n-Take at Maya Road.
You are going to LoVe, LoVe, LoVe the NEW goodies from Maya Road. Yummy stuff girlz!!


Studying the samples before deciding what to order...hmmm...decisions, decisions!


A little smooch before moving on to the next vendor.


 Miss Tracy pumping some iron before gathering more catalogs.

 Kaiser Craft has some beautiful wood craft samples and some awesome paper collections too!


 This was made out of the boxes in the Configurables by TH.

Hold on to your hats, we have some celebrity sightings:


Claudine Helmuth giving us a demo.


Tim Holtz, that's right... up close and personal.
Listen to this!



video
Post a woo hoo comment if you would like to see Tim come make an appearance at the LBH!  He said that if enough people email him with a request to teach...He will come!! Email him ladies about how much you've learned about his products at the Little Blue House!

Just wait til you see his new products...
FaBuLouS is a huge understatement! 

I am also thrilled to tell you that there are a TON
of great paper collections this season!
Will post more sneak peeks for you tomorrow night!

Luv ya and miss ya!
Miss Tracy :)
& the LBH Gals


Friday, January 28, 2011

The LBH Gals have arrived!

Welcome friends to our first post from sunny CA!  We had a wonderful flight and are raring to get on the show room floor.  Be sure to stay tuned and travel with us through our adventures here at CHA.  We will be posting pic's each night of the fabulous samples and latest & greatest new products.


Post a comment here on the blog about who your favorite Designers and Lines are...and...in return, we'll pick several winners to receive some great CHA give-aways!
Enjoy your weekend! Keep Watching!

Miss Tracy :)
&
Kristyn, Elaine, Susan, Lolly, Rhonda

Monday, January 24, 2011

"Get It Together" Organizing with Style: Week 3

Welcome to Week #3 of the LB
"Get it Together" Organizational Feature!

Are you ready for the next round of organization???
Week #3: Large Embellishments

Large embellishments is a HUGE category...these type of embellishments are typically difficult to organize because they are all so different...different in type,shape, size, packaging, etc. I will be sharing with you today a few tips on how to sort these items and share a few ways that I have chosen to store mine.

Miss Tracy's Tips:
First of all...I generally keep my embellishments that specifically coordinate with a paper collection WITH that collection. As a designer, this aids me when it comes to writing up submissions,posts, guides, etc. but when I have completed my projects, then those embellies get transferred back into my "General Population" which is what I will be sharing with you today.

Miss Tracy's Tips:

1. First, sort out all of your themed or seasonal embellishments. Place all of your Halloween Embellishments together, all of your Birthday Embellishments together, and so forth... Here is a look at how I store my themed embellishments...


I keep all of my themed embellishments in these clear Iris Cases and have them labeled so that if I am working on a specific themed project, it is easy for me to just go and grab that box. I have them stacked on shelves in my Scrap Shack like so...
This system works really well for me. If I am going on retreat or to a crop and I know I am working on Christmas Projects, LO's and such...I just grab my Christmas Embellishment box to bring along. You can find these boxes at Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn's. They go on sale quite often.

2. Next, you will sort everything that is left by type.  For example, put all of your Thickers/Alphas in one pile, put all of your chipboard together in another pile, etc. Here are a couple of organizational solutions that have worked great for me when it comes to sorting by type...

 Yep...that's right...photo storage boxes again!  These work great for storing your embellishments by type. Here are a few examples of the types of items that I store in these labeled boxes...Grungeboard, Charms/Jewelry, Tags/Journal, Felt, Flowers, Ephemera, Metal, etc. I currently have these labeled with paper but will soon be changing them out to Chalkcloth :)
Here is another way that I LOVE to store my large embellishments...especially the tall stuff.
These corrugate organizers are fabulous and very sturdy. I use them for my alphas, masks, basically any of my tall embellishment packages and they work great for all of my Magazines too!



And they look so cute when you adorn them with your favorite papers, trim and my new favorite thing...chalkcoth labels! I love the chalkcloth because with the new Chalk Ink Markers, they wipe off easily and I can re-label them when I move things around.

We are selling the organizers at the LBH for .79 each (you can also find these at Ikea) and we are selling the Chalk Cloth and Chalk Ink Markers...stop by to find out more about these awesome goodies!

I want to share one more organizational solution with you today. Through the years, I have really struggled with how to store my chipboard embellishments. I have finally found a solution that works wonderfully for me. I save all of my tins from Maya Road and have re-purposed them...

 This is how I store ALL of my Chipboard Alpha's ...I have them all together (I don't seperate the fonts because I like to mix them up when I'm creating). I used my label maker to label each box and place those letters in the box like so...

 As for my other chipboard pieces, I have them sorted by type and placed in their own box. For example, I have all my numbers in one box, birds & branches in another, frames in another, and so forth...
 I can find everything easily and they look great on my shelves!

Your Scrappy-Do List this week:
Seperate and sort your Large Embellishments

Don't forget about your Blessings Box...toss the embellishments that you will no longer use so that they can become a blessing to someone else.  Your Blessings Box you should be growing...I will be posting info on where to donate these items in the next couple of weeks. Please post a comment on your favorite ways to store your Large Embellishments! One lucky commenter will win some wonderful products from Maya Road! If you haven't realized by now...I am a HUGE Maya Road FAN!

Now, I have the great privilege of announcing the WINNER from Week #2...drum roll please........the winner is
LukiesMeMa

Congratulations ! Please contact the LBH to claim your goodies from WeRMemory Keepers!

Happy Organizing and let's keep our commitment to
"Get it Together" in 2011!
Miss Tracy :)