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.

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!

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?!

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!)

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...