Thursday, February 13, 2014

Special Family Days: DIY birthday & anniversary board

I am really excited about this latest DIY project I've made using Heritage Makers prints.  As you've seen from other DIY tutorials I've posted, I've only used Heritage Makers scrap pages for my crafting.  This one is bigger than anything else I've made before, and this is actually made from a POSTER!   (Well, half a poster anyway.)

Look how cute!!! (despite the terrible lighting)

I know the photo isn't great, but this is a birthday/anniversary board (I've called it "FAMILY special days" on the poster), and then there are little wooden pieces with names and dates that are hanging below the corresponding birthday/anniversary months.  I made this one for my mom for Mother's Day, but when my daughter came home from school and saw it, she was really disappointed that we're not keeping it...  So I think I'm making another one.

Wanna join me?!?  Let me show you....

Total cost for this board is probably $23-$28, depending on how many "danglies" (you know--the pieces that dangle) you have for your family.  BTW, you will most likely spend more than this in getting the supplies, only because in some cases you use only part of the larger package that you need to buy, but it will come out to about $23-$28 for supplies actually used.  (Which is why you might as well make two!  And the Heritage Makers poster actually comes with two on it!  So why not?!  Keep one, give one away!)


  • this Heritage Makers print    This is not in the template gallery like the other crafts I've made--this one is in my personal account, which I can then transfer to anyone else with a Heritage Makers account (which is free).  If you prefer, I can always order it for you and have it shipped straight to you.  Anyway, I made this piece using Premier Art, which is free when you pre-purchase Publishing Points (think Heritage Makers Dollars) to use to pay for your item.  You will want to use Publishing Points since you save 25-34% off retail price.  Posters are 25 publishing points each, which comes out to $16.67-$18.85 when purchased with publishing points.  Read a more complete description on publishing points by clicking here.  This is an 18x24 poster, so each print (poster) will have TWO pieces for your board that look like this:  
  • 24 1/4 inches of a 1"x10" board    So if you go to your local home improvement store, look for nice boards that are 1"x10".  The crazy thing is that even though they are sold as 10", they only truly measure 9 1/4.  They will come in 6 ft., 8 ft., 10 ft., or 12 ft. lengths.  You only need slightly over 2 feet (24 1/4 inches, to be precise).  I made these poster prints to fit the 9 1/4" wood, so just cut a 24 1/4" piece off, and you're good to go.  
  • Power saw to cut your board, OR lovely person at the home improvement store to cut your board for you.  The finished product should be 24 1/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches (which is what the 10" boards really measure, remember) and about 1" deep (or whatever it really measures)
  • Paint of your choice.  I did white, but light brown would be good.  Or you could stain it.  Look at your print when you get it and see what you think matches best.
  • 12  1/2"  cup hooks to go under each month.  At a home improvement store.
  • Power drill with a 1/16" drill bit.  
  • Several 1 1/2" pieces of wood--hearts for anniversaries and circles for birthdays.  These can be purchased at your local craft store, or online.  You'll need one for each person and couple in the family.
  • 7mm jump rings    All right, I had no idea what these were.  These are used for making jewelry.  You can buy these at your local craft store, too.  I got a pack of 144 for $3.  You will need roughly 4 of them PER circle/heart.  
  • small needle-nosed pliers to open and close the jump rings  (2 pair if you want life to be easier)
  • 1 self-leveling picture hanger   I've also seen them called sawtooth hangers.  At home improvement or craft stores in the framing section.  These usually come in a package of 3.
Order your beautiful print from Heritage Makers.  (I always "bundle" to save on shipping--order a family photo album or thank you cards along with it!)  Email me at if you need some instructions on how to do that.  You first need a Heritage Makers account, which you can set up (free) at  I can give you all the details.  (Or, as I mentioned previously, I can always just order it for you if you want.)

Since your Heritage Makers print will come with two of these things that say "family: special days," you will need to cut them out.  (Gifts for a mother AND a mother-in-law for Mother's Day!)  Your print will measure 9 inches high and 24 inches wide.  Cut your 10" board (which, again, truly measures 9 1/4") to be 24 1/4" long.  This will allow you to leave a tiny edge around the "family" print once it's matted on the board.

Measure and mark.
Stick a small piece of tape to hold your print onto your board.  Carefully mark on the side of your board, placing a dot underneath each of the 12 months, right in the center of the board.  (See my little pencil dots?)

Drill board for hooks.

Using a 1/16" drill bit (it's at the far right in the case--tiniest one), drill holes where you marked dots on the edge of your board.  They don't have to be all that deep.  See my drilled holes, plus the dot on the far left that hasn't been drilled yet?

Sand, then paint.
 First, just sand any rough edges on your board.  Mine didn't have a lot.  I did sand a little where I'd just drilled the holes, but not that much.  For me, the sanding took about 24 seconds.
Then paint.  I chose white.  Since the print would cover most of my wood, I only painted around the edges.  I also painted the four 1" sides of the wood, and I opted not to paint the back, but you certainly could.  I use craft paint (acrylic) found at craft stores for about $1 or less.  You don't use much paint with this project, either.  While you're letting it dry...

Prepare the "danglies" (you know, the things that dangle)
 Open your packages of 1 1/2" circles and hearts.  Get enough circles for each family member's birthday, and enough hearts for each anniversary.  (You could also do JUST birthdays, or you could do all circles or all hearts.)  Draw a straight line down the MIDDLE of the circle.  These circles by Lara's Crafts are nice because the center is kind of marked right there in the middle.

Once you've drawn a line in the center, drill holes using a 1/16" drill bit (very tiny).  Try to drill as close to the edge of the circle as you can because when you place the jump rings in them later, you won't have a lot of room.  As you can see in the photos below, I used an old yucky piece of a 2x4 to put my danglies on when I drilled the holes.  It made it easy to just go right through without worrying about what was underneath.
For the hearts, I didn't bother drawing a line because the point at the bottom and the (inverted) point at the top are in the center anyway.  So I just drilled as close to the edge as I could.  You can also see other holes in my 2x4 from the previous pieces I'd drilled.  This drilling goes really fast!!  Your danglies are not that thick, so it doesn't take long.

Paint the "danglies."
Get all the sawdust off them from the drilling first.  Then paint your choice of color.  I again went for white.  I chose to only paint the fronts and sides.  Let dry.

Screw in the 12 cup hooks in the 12 drilled holes in the board.
Your board should be dry by now.  Just screw the 1/2" cup hooks into the holes you drilled on the bottom.  Make sure the hooks are facing the right way--it's okay if they don't screw in tightly, they just need to be FACING the right way.

Write names and dates on the danglies, then link together using jump rings.
I just used a fine-point Sharpie marker to write the names and dates.  If you've never used jump rings before (I hadn't, either), they are really easy to work with, given you have two pair of needle-nosed pliers.  These two I actually bought in the jewelry section of my local craft store when I bought the jump rings.  Anyway, you can see the gold jump rings on my table.  Now look at the pliers on the left to see that I've got a jump ring I'm holding in there.  All you need to do is hold each side of the jump ring with pliers, then twist in order to OPEN the jump ring.  Then slide it through your drilled hole and then use the pliers to CLOSE the jump ring again.  You can see I've done this on the bottom of the "Jordan" and on the top of the "Ethan."  

Next I am about to put a jump ring IN BETWEEN these two, so that I'm linking the Jordan and the Ethan together.    

You also need to put an extra jump ring on top of whichever circle (or heart) is at the top.  In this case, it's going to be the Jordan.  So the Jordan will have a jump ring through its top hole, just like the Ethan does, but then I will attach another jump ring to THAT one so that I have a jump ring to put over the hook for that month.  Like this:
By the way, I recommend keeping your extra jump rings, wood pieces, paint, etc., in case there are new members of the family added!  (whether through marriages or births)

STEP 10 (almost done!!)
Nail in a sawtooth hanger on the back.
Measure to find the center of your board, then place your sawtooth hanger in the center and nail it in.  Those little tiny nails are real buggers to try to hold while you're nailing, so I got a larger nail and tapped it in just enough to get the hole started.  That way, the tiny nails stood up on their own and they were easy to pound in.

Make your home beautiful or knock the socks off whoever is lucky enough to receive this as a gift!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Heritage Makers Informational Demo

I have had several friends ask me about Heritage Makers over the last few months, and I thought it might be nice to sort of get everyone together in one "place," so to speak, and give a little Informational Demo.  I did this by gathering everyone at their own computers!  I recorded the demo for a few friends who couldn't come at the appointed time.  And if you're wanting to know all there is to know about Heritage Makers, you can come along.  (The recording is nice because you can pause it if you don't have time to watch it all at once!)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Price List

I talk so much about the GREAT DEAL that Club HM is that sometimes I forget that you also want to know how much things actually cost!!  :)

You can shoot me an e-mail (see the "contact me" tab in red along the top) if you want me to e-mail you a price list, or you can peruse the various Heritage Makers items online.  All you do is go to, then click "products" at the upper right (unless you're logged in, in which case the list of products will be all the way at the bottom of the page, so scroll down a bit.)

You'll see the "shop" where you see the categories of Heritage Makers products offered.

From here you can click on any of those six categories.  (By the way, even if you don't have a business, check out "home and office."  I've made Christmas cards from the tri-fold brochures, and babysitting business cards for my teenage daughter.   LOTS of options and ways to get creative!)

Once you click a category, you'll get to see all the items within that category.  Here is Storybooks.
You'll notice that most of the Storybooks are on Publishing Special this month (January 2014)--that's listed there too (in red).  If you click on a specific item, it will tell you the size, how many pages it comes with, if you can add more pages to the book (and how many), the type of binding, price, etc.

So this is a pictorial version of the price list.  But I'm happy to e-mail you a price list, too.  :)  Just let me know!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Team Wise

That's my Heritage Makers team--Team Wise.  (Seriously, I made that logo in my Heritage Makers account.  Super cute, if I don't say so myself.)

I absolutely love leading a team of Heritage Makers consultants.  I like helping them learn the business (what's the code to enter an order? what's the best way to explain publishing points?), but I also like celebrating with them (I got my first client!).  I find I also really enjoy learning from my team.  We have team calls each month, and because the Heritage Makers business can be done any number of ways (in-home workshops/parties, online/virtual workshops, digi-crops, craft fair booths, making books for others, etc.), I really love finding out what other people enjoy and what works for them.  I ask others periodically to share their ideas for working the business and sharing Heritage Makers.  It's so enlightening, and I think it's great for all of us.

I'm such a low-pressure kind of a gal that I find I prefer the encouraging and supportive roles as a team leader.  I'm not pushy, but I'm not hands-off, either--I'm very responsible and reliable, which means I'm determined to be ultra helpful any time one of my team members needs something.  Essentially, I like being a friend to all my team members.  I LOVE my team!!

If you want to join my team, it's now only $10 to become a Heritage Makers consultant!!  There is no renewal fee--it's $10 for life!  So if you think you'd like to just give it a try and see what it's like, you've got nothing to lose!  If you're excited about all the beautiful, amazing possibilities you can offer people through Heritage Makers, and you're all in, let's get you going!

It's REALLY easy to get started!  Just go to  You might have to scroll down a little so you see my photo at the left.  Next to it, you'll see a link that says "join my team."  Click that and just fill everything out and you're good to go!  The $10 gives you your website (where all your clients will make their Heritage Makers projects) as well as your virtual office (where you will find things like price lists, training videos, promotional documents, etc.)  You can add to that $10 a product kit with samples, or a business kit with flyers and brochures, or both.  These are optional, and you can buy those right away or later on--OR you can choose to create your own business materials or use your own Heritage Makers creations as samples!  There is also a CEO MegaPak available which includes all of the above PLUS $300 worth of Heritage Makers products to make on your own!  It's a great deal, not just for the items you get, but for the CEO Qualification that comes with it.  You become CEO Qualified just by buying this MegaPak for your business, and when you are CEO Qualified, you qualify for bonuses, stock options, and other perks.  This, too, can be purchased right away as you start your business, or later on if you choose.  This CEO MegaPak has everything you could possibly need to get a jump start in your new, amazing, rewarding business!

As usual, I'm happy to answer any questions you have.  E-mail me at

Hope to see you in Team Wise!  You'll love it here.

Friday, November 29, 2013

new business options 2013

Well!!!  We have had a lot going on at Heritage Makers this year!

Heritage Makers has been around since about 2003, the first company of its kind.  In early 2013, Heritage Makers was approached by a successful, publicly-held company called Youngevity.  Youngevity is a "wellness" company, offering health products, vitamins, mineral makeup, essential oils, candles, long-term-storage food, and many other items!  Youngevity saw a merger with Heritage Makers as the ability to bring a "wellness for the heart and soul" to their "wellness for the body and mind" company.  Their goal is to become the equivalent of WHOLE WELLNESS.  They focus on finding the best of the best, and Heritage Makers came out on top of all the online publishing companies out there.

You may have already read what makes Heritage Makers different from other online digital publishing companies, and all those reasons are why I love using Heritage Makers as a client, and why I adore being a consultant for Heritage Makers!

If you're looking for some extra income (a little or a lot!), Heritage Makers is a FUN, MEANINGFUL way to earn it!  Everyone takes photos, and everyone needs to do something great with their digital photos.  Heritage Makers is SO personal!!  This is one of the aspects of Heritage Makers that is equally true on the business side.  One of my favorite things  is that you do YOUR business YOUR way.  There are no minimum sales requirements, no making your job fit around your life or your personality--just opportunities to grow and earn the way you want to!  It's SO flexible!  And you'll have me as your upline leader to help you along the way whenever you have a question.  It's SO much fun!!

Now you have the option of adding Youngevity to your business, too!  If you love Heritage Makers and that's all you want to share, go right ahead!  OR, share the Youngevity products with your clients, too!  You can have a great diversity in your business offerings if you choose, or you can just stick with your favorite aspect if you prefer.

For more information on Heritage Makers as a business (or Youngevity, too), shoot me an e-mail at    

Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Make a Card with Heritage Makers in FIVE Minutes!

Just in time for the holidays!!  This fantastic new video walks you through STEP BY STEP--you can make a card in Heritage Makers in FIVE minutes!!!  If you don't have a Heritage Makers account yet, open one (it's free) at

Enjoy this GREAT video!!  And your IMPRESSIVE Heritage Makers cards.

By the way, I'm assuming they were trying to keep the video at five minutes, so they didn't have time to mention that you can opt to have the cards shipped FOR you!  It's called "direct ship," and you get the envelopes stuffed for you, and postage paid.  If you want more details, shoot me an e-mail at  Also, this card shown in the video is a two-sided invitation, but there are lots of other styles to choose from, including the traditional greeting card that opens, postcards, 4x8 single-sided photo cards, etc.

Also, please know:  on the website ( you can scroll down to the bottom and click any of the links under "products" to get more information, including pricing.  But please DON'T pay attention to the full/retail price.  Nobody ever pays full price.  :)  There are some discounted pricing options (Bronze, Silver, or Gold plus Premier art as mentioned in the video FREE) PLUS monthly discounts that save you an extra 10%.  The great thing about cards, though, is that instead of the discounted pricing plus the monthly 10% off, you get 20% off if you order more than 25 cards!!  It automatically comes off your total at check out.  Sweet.  (Again, feel free to e-mail me for details--I can definitely get you the best deal.  There's lots of free and discounted stuff to be had!)

And remember that EVERYTHING is 100% CUSTOMIZABLE with Heritage Makers--even templates--so you have no restrictions on what you want to do!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

DIY Christmas advent calendar by Heritage Makers

Today I'm going to show you how to make this cute thing.  This is an advent calendar (countdown to Christmas) with activities behind each of the windows which open.  You can see the two at the bottom left are open.  There are activities like "string popcorn for the Christmas tree" and "watch a favorite Christmas movie" and "take a blanket or food to a shelter" and "drink hot chocolate"--but because these pages are printed using Heritage Makers, you can change any of the activities you want before you submit it for publishing.

The total cost for this project is about $9.  And it doesn't take long to make!

Okay, here's what you need for this cute advent calendar:
  • Heritage Makers template 36277.  First, if you don't have a Heritage Makers account, open one (they're free) at  Just click the "template gallery" link at the upper right, then type 36277 into the search field.  (This is a Premier template, meaning it was made using Premier art.  But you will want to buy these pages using discounted publishing points instead of cash so you're getting the best price, and a Premier account comes free with discounted publishing points, anyway!  Just shoot me an e-mail at for info on how to do that.)
  • one 12x12 tile   The one I used is called a "vinyl composition tile" and it says "commercial floor tile" on the box.  These are available at home improvement stores.  You can also use a ceramic tile--it really could be anything, it just needs to be 12"x12" and not bendable.  
  • an Xacto knife  (as well as some cardboard or something that will keep you from cutting up your table)
  • permanent double-sided tape (The directions given on this project's pages say to use Tacky Glue, but I've done it both ways, and the double-sided tape doesn't wrinkle like the Tacky Glue does.  Go with the double-sided tape.)

STEP 1:  get the beautiful part
Login to your Heritage Makers account and click "template gallery" at the upper right.  Search for 36277.  Place the template into your account by doing a search for it in the Template Gallery.  Once you find it, click on it.  Then click "personalize."  This template was made from the Premier Art collection, so you'll need Premier Art access.  The easiest way to get that is through Club HM because it's free AND you get the best price on everything you publish with Heritage Makers.  Click here for Club HM information.  

Once it's copied over to you account, you can also change things in the design if you like--change the activities to fit your preferences, etc.  Or just leave it as-is.  This project is make from two 12x12 scrapbook pages, which are 6 publishing points (or $6 retail, but $4-$4.50 if you have Club HM discounted publishing points).  You can actually get the "lite" option on scrap pages which save you a couple of dollars per page, but I prefer the heavy (regular) version just to keep it sturdier while you're opening and closing those cute little windows every year.   I'm in Club HM, which means I get discounted publishing points deposited into my account each month to use however I want, so I'm actually saving 33%.  This print cost me $4.  If you've been to the post office, you know shipping isn't cheap--so what I did was save this print until I was ordering other things, and I ordered them at the same time to save on shipping.  I always do that. 

Preview your project with the "preview" button to see how it will print, then submit it for publishing. 

STEP 2:  adhere the page with the activities (the one shown on top here) onto the tile
Find the Heritage Makers page with 24 activities on it (the one with instructions in black printed at the top).  Just put double-sided tape on the back of the page and line it up nicely on top of the tile.  Press down.

STEP 3:  cut the windows on the other page so they'll open
Using an Xacto knife (and something underneath to protect your table), cut the TOP AND BOTTOM of the windows, and cut DOWN THE CENTER.  DO NOT CUT THE SIDES.  Or you will be sad.

STEP 4:  fold the windows open using a straight edge
I just used a little wooden block, but you could use a ruler--just fold open the windows, pressing against your straight edge.  Leave the windows open.

STEP 5:  adhere the open-windows page to the page on the tile
I tore off 1-2" pieces of double-sided tape and cut them (with scissors) in thirds (in strips), then placed them around each window and door.  Taping all the way around each window and the door is important so it's strong when you open and shut the windows in the future.
If you look REALLY closely, you can see my strips of tape around the windows.  Trust me, they're there. 

Once it's all taped around the windows and door as well as around the edge of the page, just place this page on top of the page that's on the tile.  Press down to make the tape stick.

And you're done!!  Super cute, super fun, super fast!  (super cheap gift!)  Enjoy!!  Only 48 days until Christmas!  :)