Thursday, March 19, 2015

tutorial: BUCKETS!

Today I'm going to show you how to make buckets!  This is a really fun and SIMPLE craft to do with Heritage Makers individual scrap pages and a plastic "paint can"-type bucket found at your local craft store.  There are a lot of pre-designed buckets in the Template Gallery at, but if you prefer designing your own, go for it!  Also--don't forget--even Templates are still 100% customizable!  You can change anything you want!

The bucket I made was an Easter bucket, and that's the tutorial I'll show you today.  I've done these before and personalized them for kiddos ("Kayla's Easter Bucket", etc.), but this one I'll show you is sort of a generic one which could be used as a regular Easter basket/bucket for kids OR  a cute Easter candy "dish," of sorts.

Before I show you the Easter bucket with the directions, I want to be sure to mention that buckets can be made for ANY occasion!  Here are some ideas:

Dad's Junk Food Bucket (fill with treats)
 (Again, these are all in the Heritage Makers Template Gallery, so the designs are done for you!  And they can be personalized.)

Thanksgiving Blessings Bucket (write what you're thankful for on strips of paper).
 Mom's Sweet Retreat Bucket (fill with soaps, lotions, bath salts, chocolates, etc.)
 Baby Memories (as described below).
You could also do (and there are Templates for) trick-or-treat buckets, teacher appreciation buckets, coach thank-you buckets, buckets to hold valentines, new mommy survival kit, birthday gift bucket, college survival kit, and more.

So how's THAT for a bunch of fun ideas?!?  ;)  Now let's move on to the easy steps of making this Easter Bucket.

Order your scrap page from Heritage Makers.  It's Template 104746.  You can find it at the Template Gallery by either typing in that number in the search field, or typing "Easter bucket" in the search field.  It's a 12x12 scrap page.  You have the option, when you print it, to get the Lite Paper option, which I always do for this project.  It's cheaper, but more than that, it's easier to work with on this round can.  The Lite scrap page is $3.50 wholesale, but if you're in Club HM (it's free to join) and buy publishing points to use for your purchases, you save 15-25% at checkout.  Shipping from the quarter-of-a-million-dollar Heritage Makers printing press takes 7-10 days, so plan ahead.  If you've been to the post office recently, you know shipping isn't cheap, so when I order something small like this, I always order it with something else (like my personal scrapbook pages, a storybook about a family trip, or whatever memory-making I'm doing at the moment). 

Get a "paint can"-style bucket at your local craft store.  I think this was about $7, but I always use a 40% off coupon.  :)
 NOTE:  Because this template is made on a 12x12 scrap page, it actually fits TWO Easter bucket designs (the three pieces shown above).  So that comes out to $1.75 for each can, cheaper if you are in Club HM.

Cut out the pieces from your scrap page.

You'll need to apply some sort of adhesive to the back of your pieces.  I chose a Xyron machine (The 5-inch ones are about $20 at Walmart--they make anything into a sticker.)  You could use a spray adhesive if you prefer.  In the photo below, I've run my pieces through the Xyron, so the white behind them is just the Xyron backing.  Next, I'll peel off my pieces and adhere them to the bucket.

The "happy hunting" goes on the back.  The chocolate bunny in the circle goes on the lid.  The "Easter goodies" goes on the front.

AND YOU'RE DONE!   It takes almost no time and makes a darling little bucket.  It would make a cute Easter "basket" or gift or candy "jar."  I tied it with a bow on the side, but that's optional.
 Happy buckets!  :)  They'd obviously make a cute teacher gift, neighbor gift, Dad's birthday gift, etc., too!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I'll do your scrapbooks for you!

Now you have two options for ME to do your digital scrapbooking for you!!  This Personal Photo Manager option allows you to choose from several options for a family yearbook, give me photos a little at a time over the course of a year, and have me do everything else.  This is $15/month for 12 months and includes the book!  Remember, too, that this is the highest-quality digital scrapbooking out there, with library binding and metal stitching, and you'll have it forever in your account if you want to reorder.

The other option, the one I've always done in the past, is me making any book of your choice for $25/hour consultant fee plus the cost of the book.  You can choose a template from our *extensive* template gallery, which makes the book come together very quickly (hence, cheaper for you since it's less of my time), or I can design one for you if you have something specific you're trying to create (tribute book for a loved one, specific vacation, etc.)  Another option is for us to "team" work on the book, with you doing some and me doing some.  Again, that saves you money on the consultant fee as well. 

Either of these options should meet any need you have.  Please feel free to share this information, too!  Lots of people know the value of photos and memories but are just a little overwhelmed as to how to DO SOMETHING about it.  I can help! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Crafts with Heritage Makers

If you're looking for a great gift or home decor, you can make any number of things using your own Heritage Makers account!  If you don't have one, you can get one (they're free) at

I have been selling Heritage-Makers-crafted decor (holiday, home decor, gifts) for a few years now at local craft fairs.  I design my own papers using Heritage Makers scrap pages, then I cut them and use them for various craft items.  I recently created a Facebook Page so anyone can "shop" my creations online.  (You'll have to e-mail me with your order, but you can see all the pictures and product information, including number of items currently in stock, right there on the Facebook page.)  Ordering information is there in the first (pinned) post.

If you "like" the Facebook Page on Facebook, you'll get updates when new items are added, too! 

Here are a few of the things you'll see:
(These are mini blocks!  Stacked like this, they are 3" tall and 3" wide.  Change the numbers as you countdown to Christmas.)

(7"x7" square board with 3x3" month cards that have a UV coating so you can write on them with a dry erase marker.  Hang months on the black knob and never miss another birthday!  Check the link to the shop to see the other style of this calendar.)

("Chunky Kids Nativity" is coated with Mod Podge to make it kid-friendly.  Mounted on pieces of 2x4.  Largest piece is 5.5" wide.)

(Perpetual Calendar on 2" blocks, perfect for a desktop.  Check the link to the shop to see the classic style of this calendar.)

(Silhouette Nativity.  Mounted on 1x4 pine.  Wood is painted black.  7 pieces.)

(12x12" special occasions print, framed so you can write birthdays and anniversaries on the glass with a dry-erase marker.)

I also have several styles of framed prints for the home.  I offer them in 8x8 but you can order them in 12x12 if you like.  More shown at the link above, but here are a few examples:

Monday, November 3, 2014

All About Heritage Makers 2015

This is the latest and greatest--everything you want to know about Heritage Makers.  I made a similar video several months ago, but this one has the updated Club HM information.  Club HM was streamlined in October 2014, making it much clearer to understand with the addition of wholesale pricing and Club discounts being taken at checkout now.  Plus, prices come out a tad cheaper, too!  Watch this video for everything you want to know about Heritage Makers, but be sure to skip 39:15-40:15 where I had some technical difficulties.  :)  I only spend a short time in this video on the actual how-to of making a book because I've already recorded some more thorough tutorial videos called Getting Started With HM.  There are four of those, so if you want to see what all the fun buttons in Studio do, and how to simplify some things as you're creating pages, you can find those on my YouTube channel also!  Happy Heritage MAKING.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

new pop-out cards!!

I am in love with this new product!!  I've actually imagined something like this before, but this is AWESOME!
So it's an invitation-style card (just a front and back--doesn't open) and the middle pops out to become an ornament!!  I've seen several templates with family photos right there in the middle.  How darn cute is that??  These come in packs of 12.  Be sure you're a Club HM member (free to join) for the best savings! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Club 101 UPDATED for 2015

I posted the basics of Club HM a few months ago, but Club HM was *streamlined* in October 2014, so this is an updated version of Club HM 101.  It's everything you need to know about Heritage Makers pricing and how to get the BEST DEAL on high-quality Heritage Makers products! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

using a Heritage Makers template VIDEO TUTORIAL

Templates are pre-designed yet still 100% customizable, with over 11,000
to choose from! Perfect if you need to do a book/project quickly or if
you just don't enjoy designing. Watch this video to learn how easy it
is to use a Heritage Makers template! If you don't already have a Heritage Makers account, you can open one (they're free!)  at by clicking "sign up".

Thursday, August 28, 2014

how to make a Heritage Makers canvas (tutorial)

I just recorded a little demo about making a Heritage Makers canvas.  It's really simple, and the results are gorgeous and very high-quality!  (The video tutorial here is 20 minutes long, but I do some explaining first--it really takes about 5 minutes to make a canvas!)  There are a few things that are different when you make a canvas in Heritage Makers than, say, a scrapbook page or a page in a book (namely, the wrap-around part of the canvas), so that's why I've dedicated a tutorial specifically to canvases.

For more details about using Heritage Makers' Studio (the program where you create all your goodies!), see the Getting Started With HM tutorials on my Youtube channel.  The one called "One-of-a-Kind Valentine Gift tutorial" is also a very basic walk-through of making something in Heritage Makers--I made a greeting card. 

Enjoy this little demo about canvases!  And please share!