Friday, May 27, 2016

ENJOY your photos

Do you enjoy your photos?  I hope so!

In my work, I speak with many people about their photos.  Most of the time, people talk about their photos with a sense of guilt.  Some of them--without realizing it, I think--even hang their heads a little.

I hear things like
  • "I don't know how to get my photos off my phone."
  • "I have years worth of pictures I really need to do something with."
  • "I don't do anything with my pictures."
  • "I need to do something with my photos."
It makes me a little sad when I hear this, and when I see guilt on people's faces.  Photos should bring you JOY!  You should love them.  They should not be eating away at you.  They are a powerful gift for recalling happy moments, seeing faces you haven't seen for a long time, even healing hearts.  Photos are a gift! 


So if you're one of those people who feels shame when you think about your photos, let's stop that right now.  Let's get a SOLUTION.

First of all, click on the "helpful tips" tab above in red.  Find out what's stopping you--what's in your way of publishing your photos.  Photos left in digital form aren't the ones that get loved; published photos are.  Published photos can be held and loved and shared and remembered.  They're the ones your memories are attached to because when you publish them, you can preserve their stories (memories) and details right along with them.  So read through the tips and find something that will help your particular roadblock, and some ideas for getting past it.

The second thing you should do is click the "3 memory-keeping options" tab.  One option might work better for you than another.

And, as always, don't hesitate at all to use the "contact me" tab.  I'm here to help and support and get you on your way to a SOLUTION--something that works for YOU as your cherished memory-keeping tool so you don't hang your head ever again!

Open your free account at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise and you're on your way!

Monday, May 23, 2016

how to get the best prices on Heritage Makers items

Heritage Makers has an awesome program offering the very best prices.  In addition to the best prices, this program includes a lot of great perks as well.  The program is called Club HM, and despite what you might think about being in a "club," IT'S ABSOLUTELY FREE.  I just recorded a video to explain this program in depth--how it works, what the benefits are, and how to join.  Enjoy & share!

Friday, May 20, 2016

my story


I dedicate a lot of time and energy to inspiring people to tell their stories, and giving them an avenue with which to do it.  That's because I believe in it so much.


And that is true. 

I was challenged recently to share MY story here--my Heritage Makers story.  I've told my personal story in many ways, in several hardbound Heritage Makers books (including my personal history) and scrap pages that are scattered throughout my home, but here I'll share my Heritage Makers story.  I would say my Heritage Makers story starts pretty much at birth.

I was born with a desire to connect and remember.  I have always loved journaling, writing,  reminiscing, photos, personal histories, and family stories.  I find those connections strengthening; they increase both peace and happiness to me personally.  My sister recently read an old letter I wrote when my brother and my mom were visiting my grandparents a few states away.  I think I couldn't have been older than about 13 or 14 at the time.  In the letter, I spent an entire paragraph (of a fairly short letter) admonishing them to TAKE PICTURES of everything they did.  I told them if they didn't take pictures, it's like it never happened.

I have always kept scrapbooks.  And by that I mean:  For my entire life, I have kept scrapbooks.  I've always seen their value and purpose. 

When I was introduced to Heritage Makers in 2005, I was a busy mom of three.  If you promise not to tell them I posted this (because they're sensitive, private teenagers now), you can be privy to this sweetness:
 
These were my littles when Heritage Makers came my way.  I was already a memory-keeper.  I wasn't about to let my babies grow up to be jpegs.  I scrapbooked because I wanted them to know that their lives matter to me.  I wanted for them the self-esteem and the sense of belonging that comes from memory-keeping and making family connections.  I wanted them to feel secure in who they are, where they fit in our family, the talents I see in them, and their importance in many lives.  I wanted them to have something to look back at to remember good times when life's tough moments show up.

In 2005, I worked full time for these three, and I wasn't looking for anything else to put on my plate, let alone a job.  One of my friends who introduced me to Heritage Makers said, "It's like a company made for YOU!"  And I knew she was right.  I kept thinking about the possibilities Heritage Makers would provide for families.  I knew that I wasn't the only one who wanted to gift self-esteem and a sense of belonging to my children--or my parents and siblings, for that matter.  I also knew that not everybody loves to scrapbook.  But Heritage Makers was digital, and it went beyond scrapbooking.  It was memory-keeping, yes, but it was the ability to tell a life story or to make a little "10 things I love about you" book.  I realized that the ability to record a family photo history or a life story or a love story went far beyond what we knew as "scrapbooking."  I knew that it could be a powerful tool for many people, including the many people who aren't "scrapbookers."  Despite some real introvert tendencies, I knew this was something I could step out of my comfort zone for, something I would be excited to get out and tell people about.

And I was right.  I've never looked back.  There's nothing better than spending my time changing lives through the power of story and the power of the connections that come from it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

SUPER FAST scrapbook pages

If you're one of those people who loves working with paper for your memory-keeping, you are going to love this super fast option!!

I've mentioned before that our Anthology line is for busy people.  Anthology products come in KITS.  That means much of the work is already done for you!

I recently tried out this layout kit called Happy Spring.  The layout kits are kits that make 2-page layouts.  This particular kit has lovely spring colors:


The scrap pages come in this kit.  When you open it, you get 8 two-page layouts, plus spaces to take notes when you plan out the pages.

Here are 4 of the two-page layouts in this kit.

Here are the other 4.  Each two-page layout comes in its own wrapping, complete with all the elements you need for that layout as well as a "recipe card" showing you an example of how to put everything together.  IT'S SO EASY!!!

So, listen!  I decided to time myself putting together these pages.  They really are a snap.  Everything is pre-measured and ready to go.  If you can punch things out of paper and use adhesive squares, you are good to go here.

Here are the pages ready for me to put together, including the elements for me to punch out and the recipe card down at the bottom.

This cute Dream two-page layout took me a total of 8 minutes and 14 seconds.  Just sayin'.

And I actually made this Family Times one while broadcasting on my Periscope channel so I forgot to actually time it, but I know it was similar.

This layout kit is on sale this month for $34!!  (You can purchase it at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "products" then "Anthology" then "Spring Layout Kit".)  However, I priced it for you here at the regular price of $49:

$49 for 8 two-page layouts comes to $6.13 per two-page layout, or about $3 per page!  (And the cost is even less during May!!)   

Heritage Makers is all digital publishing, memory-keeping, and storybooking, but if you love the hands-on feel of paper and don't have much time, the Anthology line is your best friend! 

Friday, May 13, 2016

personalized notepads and candy bar wraps for teacher thank-yous

I'm so excited about the teacher gifts I've made this year!!  Heritage Makers is such a fantastic resource for things like this!  Personal publishing just can't be beat.

This year I chose to make personalized notepads with matching candy bar wraps (from a scrap page).
I found a template for the candy bar wraps from our amazing Template Gallery.  (see it at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "template gallery" at the upper right).  I changed the design some, but I liked using a template because I didn't have to measure or figure out the right size to cover a candy bar.  I also ordered the page in "lite" instead of our regular thicker scrap pages.  I figured it's a little cheaper and would fold more easily around the candy bar anyway.  (I used template 124408.)

I used a template for the notepads, too (it's template 128889 if you want to type that into the search field in the Template Gallery--I obviously changed it around to match the candy bar wraps).

I just cut the wraps out of the scrap page and taped them around a Hershey bar.  I had left space on the wrap for my daughter to write a personal message, which ends up on the back.  She wrote on them before I wrapped. 

It's SO simple and yet so fancy-looking! 
I also changed the image at the top of each notepad to make them fit what the teacher teaches--a globe for the history teacher, books for the English teacher, etc.  Isn't this a fun gift?!?!

TOTAL COST:  Notepads come in a set of 4 for $19 (Gold price), so that's a $4.75 each. A lite scrap page is about $2.50, and I got 4 wraps from 1 page, so that's $0.63 each.  Including the candy bar, the total cost for this gift is a little over $6, but it's something the teacher will see, use, and remember for weeks and months to come.  Pretty great, huh?

Just one more reason Heritage Makers personal publishing is amazing!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

individualized photo solutions and memory-keeping


Okay, memes are hilarious.  But this one also happens to be true!  I can help people find photo solutions and memory-keeping that works for them!

The key is in the product.  Heritage Makers just has a LOT of options.  I've been a Heritage Makers consultant almost as long as it's been around, so I have a lot of knowledge and experience.  Not only that, but I love the challenge of listening to a client and what they're looking for, then THINKING!  I love figuring out solutions.  Organization, classes, templates, and various products are some solutions I have.  Scrapbooking-for-Hire programs and video tutorials are others.

When you have a rockin' product AND a consultant working for you, you can't lose.  Believe me!

The initial consulting session is free, and I also give you an hour of my time to help you get going.

So let me help you get those photos and memories preserved!  Your family will thank you.  And since memory-keeping is actually therapeutic, you'll thank yourself as well!

Friday, May 6, 2016

don't lose your history

Have you had one of those life experiences that teaches you that life is short?

If you haven't yet, you will.  Trust me.  


Don't lose your history.  Make the memories and record them.  Get in the photos even if you are getting a double chin.  Be present.  And then give a gift to your loved ones.  Calendar some time each week and tell YOUR story.  Record it.  It's an irreplaceable gift. 


If your story isn't told, it's lost to your family forever.  Only YOU are what you are to your family.  Our stories make us who we are.  Our lives and our stories connect people together. 

Story maps can help you tell your story.  Check them out (and print them, if you want) here:  http://studio.heritagemakers.com/help/storyMaps.cfm

Next, be sure you tell and preserve your story in high-quality products that will protect the time you've invested in it, and will protect them from damage or loss through Heirloom Assurance.  

Here's just one way to tell your story:
(full page-by-page preview here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/gallery/#/t/132477)

And here's another way:
(and full page-by-page preview here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/gallery/#/t/52543)

(And there are LOTS more templates available, or you can always design your own or hire it out to me.)

I believe www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise is hands-down the best resource for memory-keeping and preserving stories.  Let me guide you through this meaningful, rewarding process.   #icanhelp    

Monday, May 2, 2016

Just keep pinning!


So I don't know if you heard, but there's a fun little thing called Pinterest.  It's a place to save good ideas, complete with pictures and instructions or links.


Whether you have a Pinterest account or not, make friends with my Heritage Makers Pinterest account!  You will love it there.  This screen shot only shows half of the boards I currently have, and every board is full of ideas for unique gifts, memory-keeping solutions, home decor, crafting, and more.  You'll see boards like "kids and family," "gift ideas," "photos," "inspiration," "learn about Heritage Makers," and much more--including a "Pin It To Win It" board where you're entered in a contest to win that item when you pin it to your own Pinterest board.  


So if you need ideas for an upcoming wedding (how about coordinating favors, save the date cards, invitations, sign-in books, wedding albums, bridesmaid gifts...) or how to organize your photos or fast scrapbooking ideas or self-esteem boosters for kids or DIY home decor or gift ideas for an upcoming graduation or retirement party or birthday...  This is where you should be:


I post something new almost every day, so if you're a Pinterest user you'll definitely want to follow me, but if you're not you can still check it out as often as you like.


And guess what!!  When I get to 300 Pinterest followers, I will choose one of them at random to win a set of 5 greeting cards from the Anthology card kit, "Sign It Cards!"  So follow JenniferWiseHM and invite friends to follow, too.




Just keep pinning!