Thursday, December 8, 2011

Short on time? Five QUICK gift ideas!!

UPDATE 2021:  All items shown were made with Heritage Makers.  However, Heritage Makers is currently being updated to a new software platform that doesn't require Adobe Flash to run (which Adobe discontinued at the end of 2020).  For the time being, it's probably easier for you to order these items from me--meaning I make them for you--than it will be for you to make them in your own Heritage Makers account.  Just contact me.  Or try this amazing high-quality option for printing personalized photo gifts and services.

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!

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. 

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.

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!

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.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

a VIRTUAL Workshop to learn about amazing memory-keeping

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 my memory-keeping website, made a digital scrap page 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 Host Rewards (free stuff!).

This makes hosting a Workshop SO EASY!!  Contact me and let's have some fun and learn a lot while you get rewarded.  It's pretty amazing. 

UPDATE 2022:  

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...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

COOL FEATURE #5: drop shadow, round corners, and more

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.  We've already looked at "Tools" for both text and photos/creative elements, so today we'll look at "Effects."  There is some FUN STUFF here!!

Here you're working on a Four Generation Roots book.

If you want to dress up your picture a little more, you'll click on the picture, then go to the "Effects" tab in the Tool Box.

You can use all these Effects with type/font AND with pictures/creative elements.

You can blur something, make it transparent (or semi-transparent), round the corners, add a border (and choose the color of the border), or even fill the entire object with solid color.  If you use the "filter" menu, you can make your photo black and white or sepia.  You can add a drop shadow behind your photo, text, or creative element also (and you can adjust the shadow)!

Here I've just added a simple blue border and a drop shadow:

Stay tuned for Cool Feature #6...

Monday, February 28, 2011

COOL FEATURE #4: a huge time-saver!

This is a feature that everyone is VERY IMPRESSED with.  It is a HUGE time-saver!  Huge!  I LOVE this feature!

Okay, here you are in Studio making a Mothers Day book.

Say you want to make your picture black and white.  So you do this:

Then you want to put a white border around your picture.  So you do this:

Then you want to round the corners.  So you do this:

Then you want to put a drop shadow behind it.  So you do this:

Then you love it.  You decide you want to do that very same thing to ALL 117 pictures in your book.  Want a shortcut?  Here's what you do:

At the top left, you'll see the edit button.  Click it and this drop-down menu appears:

You'll be using the "copy" and "paste special" options.

First, go to the picture you've already finished--the one you made black and white, put a border around, rounded the corners, and added the drop shadow to.  Click on it.  Then click "copy."

If you want to paste this picture on another page, you can.  BUT if you just want to paste what you've done to the picture, here's what you do.  Click on another one of your picture--one that hasn't been touched/changed yet--one you want to change.  

Then select "paste special."  An option of "paste format" will show up.  Click that.  It will apply all the formatting from your first selection to your new selection!

EASY!!!!  And a huge time-saver!  You don't have to go and make all those same changes to each photo in your project!

Stay tuned for Cool Feature # 5 to learn how to do all those neat features I just showed you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

COOL FEATURE #3: cropping and rotating (more impressive than you think!)

I LOVE this feature in Heritage Makers!!  It is fantastic!

Last time I showed you what "Tools" (in the "Tool Box") does if you're working with text.  "Tools" does something else entirely if you're working with pictures or creative elements (like a bow or flower, etc.).

Now I've dragged a picture onto my project.  I've clicked on it, so it has a green border around it.  (A green border means it will print at highest quality--if I enlarge that picture enough, the green will change to yellow and eventually red which means I've lost quality.  Only print with green borders.  Yellow only if you are desperate.  Never red.)

Now that my picture has been clicked on, I don't have font and color and size options under "Tools"--I have a crop button instead.  If I click that "crop" button, here's what happens:

I get a blue rectangle.  I can drag that rectangle anywhere in the picture, and I can change the size of it, too.  Then click the "done" button there at the left.  And here's what I get (after resizing the blue rectangle like I want to):

I can enlarge this more, drag it around to anywhere I want it on my page, etc.  BUT!  This is the cool part!  What if I remember, "Wait!  The heirloom gift from Grandma was in the background of this picture!  I should include it!  But I've already cropped it out!"  Heritage Makers has you covered.  All you have to do is click that button at the left (here above)  that says "adjust..."

And you get your whole picture back!!!!!!!!!  (Try doing that with a photograph and scissors!)  The place where I'd cropped it before is shaded red/pink, as you can see, but I can just readjust that blue cropping box however I'd like!  Amazing, huh?!

To rotate the picture, I simply move my cursor over that blue circle above the picture:

Can you see that my cursor has become a two-way curved arrow?  Here it is closer:
You can just rotate it now with your mouse.

One last thing about cropping a creative element.  It's the same as a picture.  Let's say I found this cute element to use on my card, but I don't want to use the whole thing.  First I select it (I click on it) so it's green, and so the "Tools" tab will bring up the crop button.

After clicking "crop," I get a blue rectangle which I can resize to the area I want to crop.  See how it's blue (below) only around the "I [heart] U"?  When I'm ready, I'll click "done."

Just drag it around until it's where I want it to be.

And those are the Cool Features of "crop," all the while keeping your original picture (or original creative element) if you ever need it back!

Stay tuned for Cool Feature #4...

Monday, February 21, 2011

COOL FEATURE #2: text (fonts, colors, spacing...)

I love all the fun stuff you can do with text in Heritage Makers Studio.  There's just so much more flexibility because it's digital.  And because Studio is fabulous!

Every time you open a project in Studio, you'll see a Tool Box on the left.

Here it is a little closer.

There are 3 tabs in Tool Box:  Tools, Effects, and Layout.  Today I want to show you what you can do with "Tools."  If you are working with a picture or a creative element (say, a flower), then the "Tools" tab will give you different options than if you are working with text.  Let's start with text.

Here (below) I have a text box.  I clicked on it, so you can see it has a green border around it.  That just shows me what I'm working on, and the fact that it's green means it will print at high quality.  Now that I've clicked the text box, I have all sorts of options available in "Tools."  I can change the font, the size, and the color of the text.  I can center it, left-justify it, etc.

Change the color of the font by clicking this box here, and a whole array of color choices appear:

What also happens is that your cursor changes into a little "dropper."  (Looks like a medicine dropper.  Can you see it on the black square above all those color choices?)  Move the dropper to change your font to whatever color you like.  I could pick one of the colors from the choices, or I could move it over to my red polka dot area so I know the red is exactly the same red.  That also means I could match it to a person's shirt or hair color (if there were a picture here).  Neat, huh?

Another thing I can do is space the letters out more by adjusting "letter spacing," like this:

See how "Letter Spacing" used to be set to zero, but above it's set to 12, and you can see how the letters are spaced out more.  I don't usually use that feature on something like this, but I've used it before for titles of words that I want to stretch across the top of the page, such as "Our Vacation."  (I usually make it a bigger font, too.)

Those are just a few neat options you have under the "Tools" tab on the Tool Box!

Stay tuned for Cool Feature #3...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

COOL FEATURE #1: making a page in 10 seconds

Whenever I sit down and show someone how Heritage Makers works, there are always 3 or 4 things that stand out to her.  Something she is IMPRESSED by.  AMAZED by.  So I thought I would bring these COOL FEATURES to the blog so that people I don't have the advantage of sitting down with can still learn and love these Cool Features!

The first feature I want to highlight in Cool Features is one of the best features of Heritage Makers, in my opinion (...although I probably say that about most features).

This is the "duplicate page" feature.  If you want to have the same background, the same frames/bows/alphabets (or other embellishments) on multiple pages, you don't have to re-create each page!!  It saves SO MUCH TIME!

I'll show you an example from a family cookbook I made last Christmas.  I did use a template (meaning somebody else went to all the work to create the pages using a lot more decorative elements than I usually use), but I wanted to make some changes to it, and I REALLY didn't want to have to go through and make those changes to EVERY page, so I used the "duplicate page" feature.  Here's how it works:

Here's the workspace in Studio.  You can see the tool box at the left (empty right's going to make its appearance in "Cool Features" soon), the cover of my book is in the center, and little thumbnails of all my pages of the book are on the right.  Right above all those thumbnails is a little button that says "manage pages."

Here it is a little closer.

If I click "manage pages," here's what happens.
This little window comes up.  It shows all the pages in my book.  This is obviously the finished product when all my pages are done, but before they were done, all I had to do was get ONE page the way I wanted it.  Then I could click those buttons at the top left:  "add page," "duplicate page," or "remove page."  A duplicate page is just that--an exact copy of the page.  It makes it SO easy to copy a page, then just remove the old pictures and text and replace it will new pictures and text--with all the decorative elements already there!!!

You can also click and drag pages around here in "manage pages" if you want to rearrange them.


Stay tuned for Cool Feature #2...