Wednesday, December 28, 2011

new SOFT-BOUND books

One of the new items released in August was a Soft-Bound 8x8 Book.  I just made one for Christmas this year and was very happy with it.  These soft-bound books are half the price of their same-size hardbound counterparts.  This makes an affordable publishing option ($24.95 RETAIL--you'd get it cheaper with publishing points) for children's stories, cookbooks, and more.

Some people have been asking "What is soft-bound?"  I like to think of it the same way you would a library book--you can buy books in hard-cover or paperback.  Soft-bound is like paperback, but the pages are of a MUCH higher quality than your average library book and are more durable.  When these soft-bound books first came out, this description about the production accompanied the announcement:

Consultants are very excited about the recently announced soft-bound book. Here is some important information about our production process:

Heritage Makers is using a new method of perfect binding called "PUR" which is a hot melt adhesive manufactured with polyurethene reactive material. After the adhesive is applied, a natural chemical reaction occurs as it is exposed to moisture in the air. This reaction creates a superior bond within the fibers of the paper giving the product greater pull and flex strength. It also doesn't allow the adhesive to get brittle and crack (allowing pages to fall out) like traditional perfect binding components.

We are one of only a few PUR perfect binders in the U.S. and wanting this new technology was one of the reasons we waited to bring soft-bound books on as a product offering.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Short on time? Five QUICK gift ideas!!

IDEA #1:  Canvases!  
These are so popular right now, and I LOVE the quality of the Heritage Makers canvases.  They are GORGEOUS.  There's no other word for it.  These come together SO fast!  A few background papers and embellishments, a quote or title, and you're done.  Or use a template like these and you're done even faster!

Canvases are 50-140 points, depending on size.  You can also get them framed if you like, for additional points.

IDEA #2:  Playing cards!
These are so much fun!  There are TONS of ideas (and tons of templates) for playing cards, such as Family Go Fish (matching), Family Rook, Get-to-Know-the-Family (fact cards), and MUCH more!   

I just made these as a gift for my sister's family.  They are dinner conversation starters.  
(This was accepted into the template gallery!  Just go to the website,, and click "template gallery" at the upper right.  Search for item 77986, and you'll see this!  Get the template, go through and make sure you like all the questions, change the family name on the back of the cards, and you're DONE!  This would probably take you 10 minutes, start to finish.  Awesome.)

Playing cards are 25 points for a deck of 54.  You can add more cards to the deck, too, if you like, for50 cents per card.

IDEA #3:  Tiles!
A craft project made from Heritage Makers individual scrapbook pages!  Tiles are so popular right now, too.  

Both of these are ones I made (though some are copied from templates or ideas "stolen" from others!), so I can transfer these to you to use, too.  The first is one 12x12 page divided into four 6x6 sections.  I cut it up and put each one on a 6.5x6.5 tile.  EASY and FAST!  (And a cheap but cool gift!)

These are full 12x12 scrapbook pages, which I've seen on 13x13 tiles, but you could also just frame these in 12x12 frames like I did.  Scroll through to see all 5.

12x12 scrapbook pages are 4 points.  8x8 scrapbook pages are 3 points.  Both are printed on thick, high-quality paper.  Very nice.  You can also add a UV coating to scrapbook pages (something like 50 cents, I think) to make these into something like coasters, or be able to use wipe-off markers on them.

IDEA #4:  Calendars!
These are SO CUTE!  There are a LOT available in the template gallery so that you don't have to spend any time designing.  Find one you like, put your own pictures and special dates in it (birthdays, anniversaries), and that's it!

Calendars are 30 points for the 8.5x11 size and 35 points for the 11x16 size.  They're wirebound.

IDEA #5:  Gift certificates!
Good, old-fashioned gift certificates!!  Know somebody who takes a lot of pictures? wants to write a personal history?  Chances are good they would love Heritage Makers!  A gift certificate gives them an account with some publishing points already in it so they're ready to publish anything they like.  
Available in many denominations.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Photographer Recommendation + Website for Moms!

If you're local (W. NY), you'll love this post!  I have TWO great things to share!

#1  I'm going tell you about the website first because after you see item #2 you'll be too busy swooning over the photos to pay any attention to this.  There is a new website called Macaroni Kid that is dedicated to local moms.  It is so cool!!  It is full of ideas for family outings (planetarium shows, pumpkin patches), freebies (kids eat free on Tuesdays at Moe's?!  who knew?!), and local events that families would be interested in (community-sponsored holiday events).  There is a website, but even better there is a weekly newsletter so you don't miss anything!  Check out the website at  and sign up for the newsletter right there!

#2  I am so excited be able to tell you about Liz Colombo Photography!  BEAUTIFUL, professional photographs + Heritage Makers books/cards/canvases (etc.)!  What a perfect combination!  Liz specializes in natural light in candid photography.  She especially loves photographing children in their favorite environments and the ability to freeze a moment in time.  And then it gets even better because Liz's prices are absolutely unbeatable.  I warned her that with the price and the quality of the photos, she's going to have people beating down her door.  A photo shoot with Liz is only $100, and it includes a CD of 20+ rights-released (so you can print them anywhere, like in a Heritage Makers project!!!) high-resolution photos!!!!  I have never heard of this kind of a deal from a professional photographer before!  Amazing.

Take a look at some of Liz's photos.  You can contact her at 585.309.5424 or for more information and to set up a photo shoot.  You can see more of her beautiful work at  And share this great find with your friends!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


It's my FAVORITE time of year!  It's time for Holiday Hits!  These are publishing specials, normally just through the month of November to help people get ready for gift-giving and card-sending, but this year there's an extra week!

So I know the resolution here isn't wonderful, so let me break it down for you.

First, if you're in Club HM, you're getting the lowest prices on publishing points anyway.  (If you're not in Club HM, click here for more information.)

ON TOP OF THAT, there are two more bonuses:

  • if you PUBLISH certain items during certain weeks, you save an extra 10%!  
  • ALL sizes of CARDS PUBLISHED during the entire month of November are an extra 20% off!
Here are the items included in Holiday Hits 2011:
Nov. 1-7:  save 10% when you publish canvases
Nov. 8-14:  save 10% when you publish storybooks
Nov. 15-21:  save 10% when you publish digital scrapbooking (individual scrapbook pages and post bound albums)
Nov. 22-28:  save 10% when you publish booklets and labels, PLUS save 50% on extra pages in any project during this week
Nov. 29-Dec. 5:  save 10% when you publish flip books, swatch books, or playing cards
Dec. 6-12:  save 10% when you publish cards or tri-fold brochures (those would be GREAT for full-color Christmas letters!)

SEE!  What did I tell you?!  My favorite time of year!  Just about everything on sale over the next 6 weeks. Perfect for gift-giving and cards!  (Don't forget direct ship for cards, either!  Click here for more information.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why I love being a Heritage Makers Consultant

Heritage Makers operates with Consultants.  I have wondered before why Heritage Makers didn't just set up their website and advertise like crazy to get clients.  Why Consultants?

I have been with Heritage Makers since the company was about 1 year old!  Over time, I have really seen the wisdom of Heritage Makers operating with Consultants.  Heritage Makers wants every person to have a great experience publishing, and Consultants who can work one-on-one with people can ensure that happens.  Every person who uses Heritage Makers has their own contact--someone to help them, someone to answer questions, someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to tell them when there's a publishing discount or special.  It's GREAT.

I really love being a Heritage Makers Consultant because I love the products.  I love being able to publish my pictures SO easily, get multiple copies of the same book, etc.  (I love feeling like the best gift-giver in the family, let's be honest!)   ;)   I love that if I want to create something on my own, I can start a project from scratch and do it exactly how I want it.  I love that if I just want something pre-designed, I can use a template.  I love that even if you use a template, you can CHANGE it if you want!

I really love being a Heritage Makers Consultant because I love how excited people get about Heritage Makers books/canvases/etc. when I share them.  You CAN'T HELP BUT BE IMPRESSED when you see a Heritage Makers product.  People are always "wow"ed.  People are drawn to these things because they are so family-oriented, and they're beautiful.  And simple--I love that people who have previously just let their pictures sit on their computers now have such a simple way of publishing them and getting them into the hands and hearts of their family.  I love that I'm offering something so incredibly convenient!

Being a Heritage Makers Consultant is SO flexible!  It works for you however you WANT it to work for you.  There is no minimum sales requirement, so you can make your business whatever YOU want it to be.  If you want to just share it with others a little here and there so that you're basically earning enough to pay for your own publishing, you can.  If you want to share it at in-home workshops or virtual workshops, you can.  If you prefer to share it at trade shows and craft fair booths, you can.  YOU choose what you want your business to be!  If you want to spend a little time and earn a few hundred dollars at it, you can.  If you want it to be a part-time or full-time job and build a team and earn bonuses (with incentives including an all-expense-paid vacation!) and make thousands of dollars, you can.  You make it whatever you want it to be.

For me, I love that I can make it fit my personality, too.  I am never comfortable with the thought that I "sell" Heritage Makers.  I don't.  I teach, inform, and share.  Those are my talents.  Heritage Makers sells itself.  I spend time, yes.  I work, yes.  But I'm not a salesman, and Heritage Makers doesn't make me have to pretend I am.  I make my business MY business.  It's MY business MY way!  It's awesome.

One of the biggest things that drew and continues to draw me to Heritage Makers is the fact that I am offering something to people that is highly valuable.  It's not something that will run out, something that someone will outgrow, something that someone will regift, or something that people don't really need.  People NEED memories.  People need to connect.  People need to tell their stories and share them with their families.  When I share Heritage Makers, I know I am sharing something that will only INCREASE in value as time goes on.  That's amazing.

I love that Heritage Makers makes it so easy to be a Consultant.  I have an informational packet I've put together for anyone who is interested in the business, and then it's simple to just go to my website, and click "join my team" down there next to my picture.

Seriously.  This is a GREAT job!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Cards: only 44 cents and up!!

The monthly publishing special for November is cards--any size!  This is a "special" special  :)  because publishing specials are normally 10% off.  If you publish cards in November you save 20%!!

Here are some examples, but keep in mind that everything at Heritage Makers is 100% customizable.  Use a template (someone else's design) and change it however you want, OR create your own from scratch.  There are NO LIMITATIONS!

The newest addition to the line of cards is the new Photo Cards (like the one above).  I love the one below, too:

Photo Cards are 8x4 or 4x8 and come with an envelope.  The thing I'm most excited about with these photo cards is their price.  I mean, yes, they are gorgeous, but they are 79 cents RETAIL!!!!  Retail is the full online price!  But with publishing points or Club HM, you can save 10%-34% PLUS 20% if you publish in November!  So, for me, as a Club HM Bronze member (the lowest level), these would cost me 44 cents each!!  (in November)

You can imagine that I am kicking myself because in July (before those Photo Cards came out and just barely before we learned the publishing special for November) I already bought 100+ professional pictures to send out with Christmas cards this year.  I paid more per picture than these Photo Cards would cost.  Gr!!  But next year, watch out!  :)

Other options for Christmas cards, aside from the Photo Cards, are single-page cards (one side postcards OR double-sided which come with envelopes):

These are also great for party invitations, too.  These are $1.49-$1.99 RETAIL, but again you can save 10%-34% PLUS 20% for publishing in November!  They would be $0.82-$1.10 (Club HM Bronze price when publishing in November).

There are also regular greeting cards that open (also with envelopes)--I love this one:
These come in 5x7, 7x5, 5x5 (top-fold or side-fold), 6x4, and 4x6.  Prices are $1.99-$2.49 RETAIL, but again cheaper with publishing points (especially Club HM) plus the 20% off if they're published in November, bringing the total to $1.10-$1.37 (Club HM Bronze price when published in November).

Combine that with the ultra-convenient DIRECT SHIP OPTION (click here for more details), and you can't miss!!  Great price, huge convenience!

Monday, September 12, 2011


Look how fun these are!  Those 4x8 photo cards are yelling "Christmas!" to me.  They're 79 cents each retail price, so you'll get them EVEN cheaper when you buy publishing points and/or through Club HM.  There are some beautiful designs already made in templates, but they're 100% customizable, which means you make them however you want.

Those 8x8 soft-bound books would make nice children's books or cookbooks, and they are so affordable at $24.95 (again, that's retail--cheaper using points and/or Club HM).

Aren't these GREAT?!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

HUGE announcement!!!

I'm speechless.  This new feature was just introduced and IT CHANGES EVERYTHING!  This makes things even MORE simple and convenient!!

You can now add one page you've created in one project into another project.  That means if you make a book in a 5x5 size, but then decide you'd rather have it in an 8x8 size, you can just import each page without having to recreate the whole thing.  IT IS AMAZING!

I really AM at a loss for words, so watch this video made by a fellow Heritage Makers consultant so you can see what I'm talking about AND see how to do this!!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Cool Feature #12: How to Make Text Bigger than 100 Point!

This is a cool new trick I just learned.

When you make a text box, you can make the font go as high as 100 point.  But there is a trick to make it even bigger:

Select the text box (click on it so there's a green border around it), then hold "control" and "shift" while you drag the text box larger (drag using the little blue squares in the corners of the green border)!

Ta-da!!  Make it as big as you want.

How cool is that?!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

a VIRTUAL Workshop!

Isn't technology amazing?!  I just presented my first-ever VIRTUAL Workshop!  What that means is that last night 5 people from other states sat in front of their own computers while I talked to them, showed them around the Heritage Makers website, made a page in Studio in front of their very eyes, and answered their questions.

They could have been wearing their pajamas for all I know.

Isn't that fabulous?!

And my dear friend Alena who was the host, who invited her friends to participate, didn't have to clean her house or prepare treats.  But she got to talk to her friends (in 3 states) all the same, and share Heritage Makers with them!  Plus she earned the usual Heritage Makers Host Rewards (free stuff!).

This makes hosting a Heritage Makers Workshop SO EASY!!  Contact me if you want to give it a try.  It's pretty amazing.  (And it really was a lot of fun!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


It's my favorite time of year with Heritage Makers:  Christmas in July!!

And now with Club HM it is especially convenient because you can break up the price into monthly installments, so you're not forking out cash all at once.  Start beautiful gifts, cards, family calendars, family cookbooks in July, and have all your Christmas shopping and gifts done by November.

And then ENJOY December!

Here's the information (click full screen for a better view--or e-mail me if you have questions)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

new BUSINESS items!!

I haven't ever been so excited about a new Heritage Makers product, and that's saying a lot!  On May 17, Heritage Makers released a new line of products--business supplies.

On May 17, I created my own brand-new, double-sided business cards, and I LOVE THEM!!

(This preview will be pretty pixelated since it's blown up so much.  Scroll over to the right to see the back of the card.)

In the Business Supplies line, there are business cards (1-sided OR 2-sided!), flyers, a booklet/magazine, and an 8.5x11 wirebound book!  Address labels are coming June 7.  These are perfect for advertising your business, of course, but I've also seen an anniversary magazine, trip to Disneyland magazine, and others.  You really can do ANYTHING with these FUN new items, which range from $6-$25 (cheaper with pre-purchased points, especially if you are in Club HM--see the red tab above)!!
(business cards can be one or two-sided, portrait or landscape orientation)

 WOW, huh? 

These are so great for businesses, obviously, to make an impression and stand out from the crowd, but check out the Template Gallery at (click "template gallery" then "browse the gallery") to see lots more possibilities. 

As with all Heritage Makers products, you can use a pre-designed template (it's STILL 100% customizable, so you can change it however you want) OR you can design your own.  Talk about standing out from the crowd!

Monday, May 9, 2011

phasing out of "lifetalesbooks"

When I first became a Heritage Makers consultant in 2005, I decided to have my own "domain."  First I had to learn what a domain was.  ;)   And then I decided to call it lifetalesbooks, based on one of my favorite quotes:

"Every life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers."  
~Hans Christian Andersen

As beautiful as I thought that was/is, I've decided to phase out the "lifetalesbooks" parts of my Heritage Makers business--the website and my e-mail address.  It'll be cheaper for me to not have to buy a domain, AND it makes my connection to Heritage Makers more clear and easier to remember than "lifetalesbooks."

So if you've been around with me for awhile, you used "" as your Heritage Makers website (linking me as your consultant) and as my e-mail address.  These will still work until early 2012, but so you don't get lost in the shuffle, make sure you transfer over to the new stuff:


They are all valid currently, but come 2012, neither the lifetalesbooks url or e-mail will work.

So check 'em out.  The website especially!  Signing up for an account is absolutely free, and you can get in and just make a book/card/scrapbook page JUST FOR FUN without paying for anything at all.  (You don't pay until you print.)  So try it out!!  It's SO FUN!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Sign up for Club HM without me!!!

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!!  It used to be that you had to contact your Heritage Makers consultant in order to get any sale prices, discounts, "workshop pricing," or whatever.  And now, amazingly enough, you can get the BEST Heritage Makers price (Club HM) from the comfort and convenience of your own computer!  You don't need me to sign you up!  Hooray!

(If you need a refresher on what exactly Club HM gets you, there are links at the "very best price: Club HM" at the top.  Basically, Club HM is the best price and the most access.)

Look how easy this is.  Just go to  If you already have an account, login.  If you don't have an account, click "sign up" at the upper right (IT'S FREE!) and follow the instructions.  (it's easier to see on the actual website)

When you're signed in, you should see your name at the upper left under "Heritage Makers."  It will say "Basic member (modify)" next to your name.  Click modify.

(Here's the upper right corner, a little closer)

At the right, you'll see "Join Club HM."  Click that and follow the instructions.


Club HM is designed to help people continually publish--stay caught up on their photos--so it will automatically renew each month.  Joining Club HM requires a 3-month commitment, but you can cancel any time after the 3 months if you choose.  Rather than delve into a bunch of boring details about canceling, I will just say:  contact me if you'd like to know how to do that.

I am so glad that joining Club HM has become SO SIMPLE!!  Hooray!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

COOL FEATURE #11: address book (direct ship)

This is the LAST of the Cool Features segment.  Actually, #10 was supposed to be last, but I just thought of one more AMAZING Cool Feature!

The Address Book

Once you sign in, you are directed to this page ("my studio").

Over at the upper right, there is a link called "my address book."

Click on it and you will be able to enter the addresses of your friends and family and other contacts.  Then when you send out cards (Christmas cards, for example, but this also works with just one card like a birthday card), these cards will ship directly to the recipients!!  Isn't that amazing?  Isn't that a REALLY COOL FEATURE??  You don't have to use direct ship/address book, but it's an option if you want it.  (Direct ship requires an envelope, so cards and invitations can be direct shipped, but postcards can't.  The only exception to this "envelope" rule is that the new 5x5 cards can't be direct shipped because the post office requires them to be hand-canceled.)

Pretty great feature, huh?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

COOL FEATURE #10: how to tell the REAL size of a font/picture

Not sure if a font is going to be too small (or too big) when you publish?  Not sure if you've made a picture so small that you can't tell who is in it any more?  Or wondering if that picture is plenty big and you might as well shrink it down so you can fit another picture on the page?

When you're working in Studio, it's very convenient to be able to zoom in on any object.  It's easier on the eyes. But sometimes you might not be able to tell clearly when something is too big or too small.

Here's a trick:  Above your project, in the middle, there are zoom buttons.  The magnifying glass with red makes you zoom out.  The magnifying glass with green makes you zoom in.  Between the two is a slider bar which you can slide up or down to zoom in or out.  If you drag that arrow on the slider bar, it will tell you if you're looking at your project at 85% or 150%.  Drag it until it says 100% (or something close), and then you will be able to get a better idea of exactly how big something is going to be when it's printed!

Cool Feature, huh?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

COOL FEATURE #9: the trash can

If you don't want an element (picture, bow, text box) any more, then you simply click on it and then hit the "delete" button on your computer.

But what if you change your mind??

Well, whatever you've deleted has gone into the trash can, so all you need to do is open the trash can and drag it back on to your project!

The trash can is at the upper right, above "manage pages."  Just double-click it to open it, and find what you trashed.

COOL FEATURE, isn't it?

Stay tuned for Cool Feature #10, the last in the series!

Friday, March 25, 2011

COOL FEATURE #8: the ruler!! (and lost tool box)

Next we'll look at a couple of REALLY HELPFUL features under the "View" tab at the top left.

This first one is THE BEST.  It's the "ruler" feature.  This is how you check to make sure something is centered, or how far away from the edge something is, etc.  It's SO HELPFUL!

Here is a shot of the teacher thank-you book I'm working on (which is so FUN to make!).  You can see the grid (ruler) I've put on the page.  Of course, these lines won't print--they're just for me to use so I make sure things are where I want them to be.  Each small square is 1/4 inch.  The darker lines mark inches.

Here's a little close-up showing how I got the ruler.  It's under "view."
I chose a black ruler for this page, but you can choose white or red, depending on what will stand out best against the background on a particular page.  When I'm ready to get rid of the ruler, I go back and select "show ruler" again.

If you accidentally delete your tool box (there at the left), you can get it back under "view" as well.  You can see "tool box" at the top of the list there.

There are SO MANY Cool Features in the Heritage Makers Studio!  They make things so easy!  Stay tuned... only a few short Cool Features left before this series is over.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

COOL FEATURE #7: rotating and aligning a picture or text

Every time you open a project in Studio, you'll see a Tool Box on the left.  There are 3 tabs in Tool Box:  Tools, Effects, and Layout.  The only one we haven't looked at yet is "Layout."  There are some GREAT features under "Layout."

Position simply shows you where on the page your item is.

Size shows the size.  Isn't that smart?  ha  I always use this when I want to have two pictures exactly the same height or width or whatever.

Flip is neat.  Let me show you what it looks like using a creative element.

I can simply flip the horse (horizontal or vertical, if I choose) by clicking "flip," so now it looks like this:

Rotation lets you manually rotate a picture, object or text.

Align is great if you want to make sure a bunch of objects are all lined up.  You can line them up measured from the top, from the bottom, left, right.  Or even the center.  Just hold the "shift" button on your keyboard while clicking on each item you want to line up.

Distribute is the same idea as Align, but allows you to evenly space items.

See?  I told you.  GREAT features under the "Layout" tab.

Stay tuned for Cool Feature #8...  We're almost done with the Cool Features segment!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

COOL FEATURE #6: locking and layering

Yes, ANOTHER great feature in Heritage Makers Studio.  And this one is quick.

If you've moved and changed and cropped and adjusted something so it's JUST RIGHT and you don't want to accidentally do something to it (like move it), you can LOCK it!  At the bottom of the Tool Box you'll see this:
The button on the right will lock something you want left completely alone.  You unlock it with the same button if you later want to move it, change the color, etc.

Those buttons with blue and white rectangles allow you to move something behind or in front of another thing so you can layer items.

Stay tuned for Cool Feature #7...