Friday, February 12, 2016

get Heritage Makers FREE!

Starting this month, you can get Heritage Makers publishing FREE -- and get some 50% off items as well!!


When Heritage Makers started back in 2003/2004, we were a party plan company.  As we've grown over the years, we've made some adjustments and changes to the party plan, and starting this month, February 2016, we have a revamped rewards program for hosts that is SO FANTASTIC!  It's called Social Selling, and hosts invite friends to a class I teach.  It's easy and fun, and people LOVE hearing about Heritage Makers!

You can get all the details in the "free publishing points" tab in red above, but basically, the minimum you can earn is $30 of free Heritage Makers publishing (or, if you prefer paper over digital, Our Memories For Life or Anthology by Lisa Bearnson products) PLUS one item 50% offThe rewards just go up from there.  For all the info, click the link above, or this shortcut to it:  http://lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com/p/host-hm-workshop.html

I highly recommend hosting classes, not only because of the obvious freebie/discount benefits, but because when you host a class you also get a TRIBE.  You get a group of people with the same memory-keeping goals, and an opportunity to work with them as your support--an opportunity to invite them over with their laptops for some snacks and chat and memory-keeping.  Many people work better with others since it makes memory-keeping more fun, and since they're committing to another person to do it. 

So let's get you started on your memory-keeping road to success!  Host a class, earn some freebies & discounts, and gain a memory-keeping tribe!  I'm excited to help you on your way.  My contact information is in the red "contact me" tab above.

Friday, February 5, 2016

PERSONALIZE a playing card deck (tutorial)

One of the things I've had the most fun showing others lately is the Playing Card Deck from Heritage Makers.  Although it's certainly fantastic to have your own personalized playing card deck, there are so many other things you can do with this product!  One gal is thrilled to use the playing card deck in her business, and another is going to make a deck for her grandchildren with family members' faces on them.  I made this Personalized Playing Card Deck video tutorial to show you several different ideas and possibilities for the Playing Card Deck, and then I walk you through making the deck from a template as well as from scratch.  This is definitely worth the watch!  Playing Cards are so great for gifts--if you're looking for something special for someone, this just might be what you're looking for.  Enjoy & share.

Friday, January 29, 2016

here's what you'll love about Heritage Makers digital art

Did you know that Heritage Makers adds new digital art collections each month?  Here's one of the 4 or 5 collections new this month.  I can't get over how adorable these are.


How cute would this be on a scrap page or a thank-you book for a teacher or a family yearbook?

There is a lot to love about Heritage Makers digital art!
  • All art is in the Heritage Makers program itself (Studio) so there is nothing you have to download (or update later!).  You have access to it every time you login--from any computer!
  • All art comes with your purchase!  If you have a Basic account, you have access to over 2,000 pieces of digital art.   If you have a Premier account (which is free with the no-fee Club HM--see the Club HM tab above for more details), you have access to over 12,000 pieces of digital art.
  • Digital art includes background papers, embellishments, alphabets, frames, and word art.  
  • Collections include seasons, all major holidays, school, wedding, travel, birthday, tribute/memorial, life story, baby, sports, and much more!
  • There are no limits to how much art you can use on a page or in a project!  (I call it "all-you-can-eat art")  ;)
Your memories and photos are priceless without being presented in a beautiful way, but look how much beauty adds!

All these projects (and so many more on this blog!) were made using Heritage Makers digital art.

The quality of Heritage Makers products is unbeatable, and you'll also find that the art available to you to make your meaningful memory-keeping products is, too!

Open your free Heritage Makers account at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise to start beautiful, high-quality memory-keeping and enjoy perks you won't find anywhere else.  Contact me with questions via the "contact me" tab in red at the top of this page.

Friday, January 22, 2016

your new solution for a shoebox full of photos

Most people I coach have digital photos that need homes.  Preserving photos digitally is great as a means of backup, of course, but PRINTED photos are the ones that get looked at, the ones that strengthen relationships, build self-esteem, and increase happiness now by evoking happy memories.  Printed photos have a place for journaling, a place to write out the memories as well as the facts that are the photo's story, and a thumb drive or hard drive full of digital photos simply does not.

So what about photos you printed at the drugstore a few years ago, or photos your parents gave you--photos that are sitting waiting to be scrapbooked or put in some sort of album?  You think about scanning them and putting them in a digital storybook, but that seems like so much WORK!

Have I got the solution for you!!!  (Plus they're HALF off this month... Keep reading.)


You need these.  These are called Pocket Protectors.  They're like regular sheet protectors you might see for business or for scrapbooking, but they aren't for just one sheet.  They have pockets!  So guess what awesome thing you can do...

Just stick your photos right in there.  Cut papers the same size as photos and fill in.

The papers here are from some of the Anthology by Lisa Bearnson collections, but of course you can use any papers to match your photos or your theme.  Ancestor photos, for example, look great with black and cream. 

If you want pre-cut papers that already fit into these Pockets, and embellishments to match, you'll love the Pocket Kits.  They include 4x6 and 3x4 cards that are printed on both sides, along with coordinating word/phrase stickers, washi tape, diecuts, and more.  The Pocket Kits come in basically the cutest boxes ever. 

I LOVE this as a way to store your stuff while you're using it.  It keeps it neat & tidy, but it's also classy looking on a shelf.
 
The Pocket Pages themselves come in two different orientations.  (You can buy Pocket Pages in packages of 20, and they come with 10 of each orientation shown below.)  The 12x12 sizes are shown, but 6x8 are also available (and albums to house them, too). 

My very favorite thing about this Pocket Page concept (and these awesome page protectors made like this) is how FAST you would be able to put a scrapbook or memory book together.  You're just sticking things in pockets!  Plus you also have space for journaling (write on one of the papers you're sticking in!!) and space to pretty-up the page, too. 

All products shown here, as well as albums to hold the Pocket Pages, can be purchased at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "products" then "Anthology by Lisa Bearnson."  SEVERAL OF THESE PRODUCTS, INCLUDING THE POCKET PAGE PROTECTORS, ARE ON SALE FOR 50% OFF THROUGH THE END OF JANUARY!!!!  Sale ends January 31, 2016


Get those photos out of shoeboxes!!  We both know they don't belong there.  #icanhelp

Friday, January 15, 2016

Card-making Kit from Anthology by Lisa Bearnson

Heritage Makers is all about digital.  Digital family photo/memory albums (we call them "storybooks"), digital scrap pages, digital cards, digital photo calendars, digital playing card decks...  (and more!)  We've been doing it since 2003!

As you probably already know, we've added two "traditional" scrapbooking and paper crafting lines since 2014.  The newest is Anthology by Lisa Bearnson.  I introduced this line {here} if you'd like to refresh your memory.  This line is focused on people who don't have a lot of time but enjoy paper crafting and scrapbooking.  Since I'm now addicted to digital memory-keeping/scrapbooking, I'm ALL ABOUT getting the most done in the least amount of time.  So I really wanted to try something from Anthology.


I decided to try out this Card Kit called Hangin' Around.  Here it is with the shrink wrap still on it, just minutes after it arrived at my house!

I was so excited to see what the kit contained and how easy cardmaking could be!
 I'm so geeky--I was seriously excited about the box.  Yes, the box.  It's really sturdy and nice, with a magnetic closure.  It'll be a nice little home for all the completed cards while I'm sending them out, but I'm SO going to find another use for it after the cards are all sent.  It's a pretty sweet box.  *geek*

I did love this--these are the "recipe" cards that show you how to make the cards.  You literally just follow the instructions.  If you want to design your own, you certainly can, but if you want to just follow the cute that's already ready, there you go.

These are the chipboard pieces that were included with this particular kit, as well as the jute/string.  I didn't realize it at first, but all the chipboard pieces are sticky-backed.  How easy is that?!

And these are all the papers embellishments.  Like the chipboard, you just punch these out!  Easy peasy.  The kit didn't come with adhesive for these pieces, but if you're a card-maker, you'll already have some.  I used adhesive squares, but there are lots of choices for adhesives, so pick your favorite.

And then these are the cards themselves.  They are bigger than I was expecting.  They are about 8.5" wide by 4" tall.  Envelopes are included as well.

And then I got to work!  It was fun and easy!

I started with the thank you card.  Here is the recipe card and all the pieces after I punched them out.

Ta-da!!!

And the birthday card.  I've got the recipe card here at the bottom and all the elements punched out.

And now all put together.  In minutes.

The last one I tried (for now!) is a baby boy congratulations card.  (Baby girl also available in this kit.)  Here are all the pieces laid out, ready to be put together.

And the completed card!

Don't you love these??  They're cute and easy to put together.  

Most of the Kits (whether scrapbooking sets, card kits, stamp sets, etc.) are limited edition and when they're gone they're gone, but there are also Basic Supplies that are staples.  You'll see albums, pocket protectors, cardstock, corner rounding tools, a punch board, a mini stapler, colored staples, and more.

Ordering any Anthology product is easy!  Go to www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise and either login or click "sign up" at the upper right to create an account for yourself.  Next, click "products" and find "Anthology by Lisa Bearnson."  

BONUS:  If you are a Club HM member, you can use your Heritage Makers publishing points to order Anthology products!  They also make fun gifts for paper crafters you know.

I can't wait to start giving these cute cards away!  Anthology was really fun and easy.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Who has a New Year's resolution to get caught up on photos?

Well, that's just who I'm looking for--someone who is resolved to catch up on their photos!  I can help them get started (templates really make it go faster!) OR I can help by being their Personal Photo Manager.

Coincidentally, a new year is a great time to start my Personal Photo Manager program.


So let's say you want to preserve the photos and memories from 2009.  You'll simply upload (or send me to upload) about 8-10 of your favorite pictures from January 2009 (or fewer, if you have fewer), then I'll put them in your book.  Then the next month we'll do February 2009, and on though each month.  At the end of the year, you'll have one year's worth of photos in a high-quality Heritage Makers book.  The $15/month price includes my services and the book as well!

Can I help YOU by being your Personal Photo Manager?  Do you know anyone else who would love to use this service?  I only take on 5 (and as of this writing I already have 1, so that's 4 more spots available).  Click the "contact me" tab above in red to get going preserving your photos and their stories... with a little help from me!  You can check off a New Year's resolution right at the beginning of the year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

showing off my new wood print and metal print

I've been itching to try the new wood prints and metal prints from Heritage Makers, and this past fall we had some family photos taken, so I jumped at the chance!  (Actually, I'd done a metal print as a gift before, which is fantastic, only I don't get to keep what I give away as gifts!)  I'm so excited to show you my new prints!

WOOD PRINTS
You can find available dimensions and prices at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "products" then "home decor."


I decided not to put any artwork on this--no buttons or swirlies or words, but just the photo itself.  When you make one, do anything you want!  

The surfaces of both the wood print and the metal print are different than, say, scrapbook pages, canvases, or storybooks.  So there is a different sheen, and the colors are a little more vibrant.

From this angle, you can see that this is just a natural wood plaque. It's made with Maple veneer with low gloss clear matte coating.

It also has pre-drilled keyholes on the back so it's ready to hang.

Of course, you can do anything with these wood prints.  Like this:


METAL PRINTS
You can find available dimensions and prices at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "products" then "home decor."
 Gee, how can you tell it's glossy metal?  ;)  ...Sorry about the glare.  As you can see, with the metal print, I did decide to use some of the fantastic (included!!!) Heritage Makers art, so there's a background "paper" and some word art down at the bottom left.  I really liked how it turned out.

This is the back.  There are a couple of options you can add on when you submit your metal print for publishing.  One is this metal easel you can see here taped to the back of the metal print.  (This is obviously before I took off the easel and adhered it to the back of the print.)  Another optional add-on is a mounting block.  They're each a few dollars and, again, are optional.  I've used the metal easel in both of the prints I've ordered, and I like them.

Of course, you can do anything with metal prints.  Like this:
(The one above is a French Line metal print--they are available in Bracket shape as well, or just the traditional rectangle or square with rounded corners.)
Aren't these sweet and fun home decor??  They would make a great gift for parents or grandparents, too.  Which one would YOU like to try??

Make yours at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by first opening your account and then either creating your own from scratch or using a template.  Contact me (see the "contact me" button above?) if you have any questions!

Friday, December 18, 2015

you've gotta try this: "car" magnets

I have been hoping Heritage Makers would come out with car magnets for a couple of years now, so I was thrilled when they did this fall!  In fact, I'm pretty sure I had e-mailed them a suggestion (which they are always looking for) to start making car magnets, so "thrilled" really is the right word.

I made THREE!  You've got to see these.  They are so great.

First and foremost, I made one for my business because I always want more of that!  :)

Here's the screen shot of the preview.  I was pretty excited about this!

And here it is in real life!  I LOVE it!  It just stands out so much more than the usual car magnets you see. 

You can see here the size.  That yellow ruler shows 12" tall.  It's 18" wide.  It's a nice, substantial magnet.  And, of course, completely customizable!!  MY FAVORITE.
I have used this magnet on my car, and I may or may not have driven 80mph while it was on my car, and it stuck like glue.  Yet, it's easy to take off, too.  This magnet is everything I hoped for, truly!

I also wanted to do another design.  So I went for a weekly family planner for the fridge.
I LOVE this on my fridge.  I hadn't seen any of the available Heritage Makers templates with photos on them, so I thought I'd give it a shot.  Be aware if you want to put photos on a magnet, the surface isn't super conducive to clarity on photos.  They weren't terrible, but they are definitely not as sharp as they would be on a different surface.  They look a little like they do when you print on fabric, such as the {brag bags} and {messenger bag}.  I will also say that I am pretty much a perfectionist, so I notice everything.  ;)

Here's a tip, too.  The dry-erase marker on this car magnet surface comes off easily if you wipe it off within about a day.   But this is something I leave on for a week, of course.  If you use water and a paper towel, it does come off with some elbow grease, but if you want something that works like a *charm*, use {white board cleaner}.  Works like a charm, I tell you.

Okay, the last magnet I made is also intended for the fridge and a dry-erase marker--it's a menu planner.  I love this one, too!

And in case you'd like to see the back:

Remember, these are big magnets--12x18.  So there are a lot of possibilities.  Click here to see the specs, including pricing.

What kind of magnet would YOU like to make?   It's easy!  Start at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise and login (or open your account), then click "products" then "home and office" and scroll down to the magnet.  Double-click and you're ready!  It's a great way to boost your business, and they make great at-home products and fabulous gifts, too!