Friday, December 6, 2013

Team Wise


That's my Heritage Makers team--Team Wise.  (Seriously, I made that logo in my Heritage Makers account.  Super cute, if I don't say so myself.)

I absolutely love leading a team of Heritage Makers consultants.  I like helping them learn the business (what's the code to enter an order? what's the best way to explain publishing points?), but I also like celebrating with them (I got my first client!).  I find I also really enjoy learning from my team.  We have team calls each month, and because the Heritage Makers business can be done any number of ways (in-home workshops/parties, online/virtual workshops, digi-crops, craft fair booths, making books for others, etc.), I really love finding out what other people enjoy and what works for them.  I ask others periodically to share their ideas for working the business and sharing Heritage Makers.  It's so enlightening, and I think it's great for all of us.

I'm such a low-pressure kind of a gal that I find I prefer the encouraging and supportive roles as a team leader.  I'm not pushy, but I'm not hands-off, either--I'm very responsible and reliable, which means I'm determined to be ultra helpful any time one of my team members needs something.  Essentially, I like being a friend to all my team members.  I LOVE my team!!

If you want to join my team, it's now only $25 to become a Heritage Makers consultant!!  There is no renewal fee--it's $25 for life!  Start your own business for just $25!?!?  Wow.  So if you think you'd like to just give it a try and see what it's like, you've got nothing to lose!  If you're excited about all the beautiful, amazing possibilities you can offer people through Heritage Makers, and you're all in, let's get you going!

It's REALLY easy to get started!  Just go to www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  You might have to scroll down a little so you see my photo at the left.  Next to it, you'll see a link that says "join my team."  Click that and just fill everything out and you're good to go!  There are two options for consultantship:
  1. The $25 gives you your website (where all your clients will make their Heritage Makers projects) as well as your virtual office (where you will find things like price lists, training videos, promotional documents, etc.)  
  2. There is also a CEO MegaPak available which includes $500 worth of Heritage Makers products to make on your own!  It also includes a carry-all bag and a few business supplies.  It's a great deal, not just for the items you get, but for the CEO Qualification that comes with it.  You become CEO Qualified just by buying this MegaPak for your business, and when you are CEO Qualified, you qualify for bonuses, stock options, and other perks.  This, too, can be purchased right away as you start your business, or later on if you choose.  This Pak is $499 and a fantastic way to start your business with a bang! 
You can certainly start at the $25 level and move to CEO later, if you like.

In addition to one of these two consultantship options, you can also add a $116 product kit with samples, business flyers and brochures, etc.  These are optional, and again you can buy those right away or later on--OR you can choose to create your own business materials or use your own Heritage Makers creations as samples!

As usual, I'm happy to answer any questions you have.  E-mail me at jenniferwise4heritagemakers@gmail.com.

Hope to see you in Team Wise!  You'll love it here.

*This post was updated in 2015.

Friday, November 29, 2013

new business options 2013


Well!!!  We have had a lot going on at Heritage Makers this year!

Heritage Makers has been around since about 2003, the first company of its kind.  In early 2013, Heritage Makers was approached by a successful, publicly-held company called Youngevity.  Youngevity is a "wellness" company, offering health products, vitamins, mineral makeup, essential oils, candles, long-term-storage food, and many other items!  Youngevity saw a merger with Heritage Makers as the ability to bring a "wellness for the heart and soul" to their "wellness for the body and mind" company.  Their goal is to become the amazon.com equivalent of WHOLE WELLNESS.  They focus on finding the best of the best, and Heritage Makers came out on top of all the online publishing companies out there.

You may have already read what makes Heritage Makers different from other online digital publishing companies, and all those reasons are why I love using Heritage Makers as a client, and why I adore being a consultant for Heritage Makers!

If you're looking for some extra income (a little or a lot!), Heritage Makers is a FUN, MEANINGFUL way to earn it!  Everyone takes photos, and everyone needs to do something great with their digital photos.  Heritage Makers is SO personal!!  This is one of the aspects of Heritage Makers that is equally true on the business side.  One of my favorite things  is that you do YOUR business YOUR way.  There are no minimum sales requirements, no making your job fit around your life or your personality--just opportunities to grow and earn the way you want to!  It's SO flexible!  And you'll have me as your upline leader to help you along the way whenever you have a question.  It's SO much fun!!

Now you have the option of adding Youngevity to your business, too!  If you love Heritage Makers and that's all you want to share, go right ahead!  OR, share the Youngevity products with your clients, too!  You can have a great diversity in your business offerings if you choose, or you can just stick with your favorite aspect if you prefer.

For more information on Heritage Makers as a business (or Youngevity, too), shoot me an e-mail at jenniferwise4heritagemakers@gmail.com.  

2015 Update:  Since the Youngevity acquisition, I have tried a few products.  I am a Heritage Maker at heart, but I find I have enjoyed some of the Youngevity products as well.  
  • I LOVE the PureWorks line.  They are antibacterial foams, soaps, and lotions, and what I love most about them is that they don't have alcohol so they don't dry your skin!!  Most antibacterials do.  In fact, the FDA actually classifies these products as first aid antiseptics--they actually heal and soften your skin, in addition to killing germs.  My other favorite thing about the PureWorks line is that while regular antibacterials kill the germs that are already on your skin, PureWorks is effective (killing germs) for 4 hours AFTER you put it on your hands!
  • I'm not into makeup, but I really LOVE the powder foundation.  The coverage is great and it's good for your skin.  There aren't chemicals, animal byproducts, and other ickkies that you find in other makeups.
  • I also really like the GoFoods line.  It's high-quality foods that will store long-term.  I like the soups and the whey milk (best powdered milk I've ever tried--so great to have on hand in a pinch or in an emergency).  I personally also really like the almond granola and the au gratin potatoes, too. 
By the way, if you want to try any of these products, or others under the Youngevity umbrella, you can do so at JenniferWise.youngevity.com.   All Heritage Makers consultants get their own Youngevity website, too!  :)  Just click "products" or "store" to shop.  If you do Youngevity's "Autoship" deal, you get something shipped to you every month and SHIPPING IS FREE!!!  You can change what gets shipped to you each month if you want to try different things, and you can cancel your Autoship any time by calling Youngevity's customer service at 1.800.982.3189. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Make a Card with Heritage Makers in FIVE Minutes!


Just in time for the holidays!!  This fantastic new video walks you through STEP BY STEP--you can make a card in Heritage Makers in FIVE minutes!!!  If you don't have a Heritage Makers account yet, open one (it's free) at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise

Enjoy this GREAT video!!  And your IMPRESSIVE Heritage Makers cards.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfM9o37m5bw&feature=share&list=UU1BtfYMkR4ACWRkUEvapztQ&index=1

By the way, I'm assuming they were trying to keep the video at five minutes, so they didn't have time to mention that you can opt to have the cards shipped FOR you!  It's called "direct ship," and you get the envelopes stuffed for you, and postage paid.  If you want more details, shoot me an e-mail at jenniferwise4heritagemakers@gmail.com.  Also, this card shown in the video is a two-sided invitation, but there are lots of other styles to choose from, including the traditional greeting card that opens, postcards, 4x8 single-sided photo cards, etc.

Also, please know:  on the website (www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise) you can scroll down to the bottom and click any of the links under "products" to get more information, including pricing.  But please DON'T pay attention to the full/retail price.  Nobody ever pays full price.  :)  There are some discounted pricing options (Bronze, Silver, or Gold plus Premier art as mentioned in the video FREE) PLUS monthly discounts that save you an extra 10%.  The great thing about cards, though, is that instead of the discounted pricing plus the monthly 10% off, you get 20% off if you order more than 25 cards!!  It automatically comes off your total at check out.  Sweet.  (Again, feel free to e-mail me for details--I can definitely get you the best deal.  There's lots of free and discounted stuff to be had!)

And remember that EVERYTHING is 100% CUSTOMIZABLE with Heritage Makers--even templates--so you have no restrictions on what you want to do!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

DIY Christmas advent calendar by Heritage Makers

Today I'm going to show you how to make this cute thing.  This is an advent calendar (countdown to Christmas) with activities behind each of the windows which open.  You can see the two at the bottom left are open.  There are activities like "string popcorn for the Christmas tree" and "watch a favorite Christmas movie" and "take a blanket or food to a shelter" and "drink hot chocolate"--but because these pages are printed using Heritage Makers, you can change any of the activities you want before you submit it for publishing.

The total cost for this project is about $9.  And it doesn't take long to make!

Okay, here's what you need for this cute advent calendar:
  • Heritage Makers template 36277.  First, if you don't have a Heritage Makers account, open one (they're free) at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  Just click the "template gallery" link at the upper right, then type 36277 into the search field.  (This is a Premier template, meaning it was made using Premier art.  But you will want to buy these pages using discounted publishing points instead of cash so you're getting the best price, and a Premier account comes free with discounted publishing points, anyway!  Just shoot me an e-mail at jenniferwise4heritagemakers.com for info on how to do that.)
  • one 12x12 tile   The one I used is called a "vinyl composition tile" and it says "commercial floor tile" on the box.  These are available at home improvement stores.  You can also use a ceramic tile--it really could be anything, it just needs to be 12"x12" and not bendable.  
  • an Xacto knife  (as well as some cardboard or something that will keep you from cutting up your table)
  • permanent double-sided tape (The directions given on this project's pages say to use Tacky Glue, but I've done it both ways, and the double-sided tape doesn't wrinkle like the Tacky Glue does.  Go with the double-sided tape.)

STEP 1:  get the beautiful part
Login to your Heritage Makers account and click "template gallery" at the upper right.  Search for 36277.  Place the template into your account by doing a search for it in the Template Gallery.  Once you find it, click on it.  Then click "personalize."  This template was made from the Premier Art collection, so you'll need Premier Art access.  The easiest way to get that is through Club HM because it's free AND you get the best price on everything you publish with Heritage Makers.  Click here for Club HM information.  

Once it's copied over to you account, you can also change things in the design if you like--change the activities to fit your preferences, etc.  Or just leave it as-is.  This project is make from two 12x12 scrapbook pages, which are 6 publishing points (or $6 retail, but $4-$4.50 if you have Club HM discounted publishing points).  You can actually get the "lite" option on scrap pages which save you a couple of dollars per page, but I prefer the heavy (regular) version just to keep it sturdier while you're opening and closing those cute little windows every year.   I'm in Club HM, which means I get discounted publishing points deposited into my account each month to use however I want, so I'm actually saving 33%.  This print cost me $4.  If you've been to the post office, you know shipping isn't cheap--so what I did was save this print until I was ordering other things, and I ordered them at the same time to save on shipping.  I always do that. 

Preview your project with the "preview" button to see how it will print, then submit it for publishing. 

STEP 2:  adhere the page with the activities (the one shown on top here) onto the tile
Find the Heritage Makers page with 24 activities on it (the one with instructions in black printed at the top).  Just put double-sided tape on the back of the page and line it up nicely on top of the tile.  Press down.

STEP 3:  cut the windows on the other page so they'll open
Using an Xacto knife (and something underneath to protect your table), cut the TOP AND BOTTOM of the windows, and cut DOWN THE CENTER.  DO NOT CUT THE SIDES.  Or you will be sad.

STEP 4:  fold the windows open using a straight edge
I just used a little wooden block, but you could use a ruler--just fold open the windows, pressing against your straight edge.  Leave the windows open.

STEP 5:  adhere the open-windows page to the page on the tile
I tore off 1-2" pieces of double-sided tape and cut them (with scissors) in thirds (in strips), then placed them around each window and door.  Taping all the way around each window and the door is important so it's strong when you open and shut the windows in the future.
If you look REALLY closely, you can see my strips of tape around the windows.  Trust me, they're there. 

Once it's all taped around the windows and door as well as around the edge of the page, just place this page on top of the page that's on the tile.  Press down to make the tape stick.

And you're done!!  Super cute, super fun, super fast!  (super cheap gift!)  Enjoy!!  Only 48 days until Christmas!  :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

per-page cost breakdown

(NOTE:  This post has been updated.  In October 2014, Club HM was streamlined, and as part of the simplification of the program, wholesale pricing was added.  This actually made prices just a tad better!!!  So the following post reflects prices after the October 2014 Club HM changes were made.)

Whenever I get asked how much a Heritage Makers book costs, it's a really hard question to answer.  First, it depends on the size of the book.  Second, it depends on if you are adding extra pages to the book.  (Extra pages do add to the cost of a book, of course, but extra pages are cheaper per-page than the 21 pages the book comes with since you've essentially already paid for the hardbound cover and metal-stitched library binding.)  Third, it REALLY depends on how you pay for them--wholesale price vs. the Club HM discount. 

I was talking to a gal recently who thought that Heritage Makers books would be out of her price range.  We broke down the per-page cost, and it was pretty eye-opening to her!  So let me tell you what she learned.

Let's just take an average size book, the 8x8 hardbound storybook.  This book comes with 21 pages (as do all storybooks).  We don't even have to talk about the retail price since nobody pays that.  If you have a Heritage Makers account (which is free), you automatically get the wholesale price, which is $43.75.  That's 30% off retail price.  That's the most you could pay for the book.

But how about the LEAST you could pay for the book?!?  You should definitely join Club HM to get the very best price.  Club HM is free to join, and it's just a savings program where you buy a certain amount of wholesale-priced Publishing Points (credits) to use for the purchase of your items when you publish them.  See my Club HM tab at the top for all the details, but the summarized version is that depending on how many Publishing Points you purchase at a time, you can save AN ADDITIONAL 15-25% off the wholesale price you're already getting! 

Here's the price-per page breakdown for an average size book (8x8) on the Bronze or Silver levels of Club HM (15% off at checkout).

First, $43.75 discounted by 15% is $37.19.  So if you are on Bronze or Silver Club (remember Club HM is free to join!), your price for an 8x8 storybook is $37.19.  These books come with 21 pages, so that's $1.77 per page.  I think of it this way (having been a traditional paper-and-scissors scrapbooker in the past).  If you fit 5 pictures on a page, those pictures would have cost you $1.00 to just print up at your local photo processing center.  So then you're paying about 77 cents per page for the library-quality binding and as much digital art as you want to use.  Extra pages for this size book come out to less than 90 cents per page!  That's cheaper than just printing out those 5 photos at your local drugstore! 

The same book with the Gold Club savings would look like this:

This time, $43.75 discounted by 25% is $32.81.  As a Gold Club HM member, that's your price for an 8x8 storybook.  With 21 pages, the price of this book would be $1.56 per page.  The extra pages in this book are even cheaper than in the other example because you get a greater savings on Gold Club.  Pretty amazing price for what you're getting! 

I love how this is very competitive pricing, but high quality products, and the Club HM savings plan lets you deposit a certain amount of publishing points in your account each month so that you can essentially pay for an item over time instead of all at once. 

These examples are with an average size book.  Of course, smaller books cost less (but you can't fit as many photos per page), and larger books cost more (but you can fit more photos per page), but this "average" tally gives you a general idea of the overall price of Heritage Makers books.

Of course, there are individual scrap pages that cost more per page since they are on thicker paper (more like cardstock), and there are wirebound books, too, plus many, many other products.

But sometimes it's just helpful to figure out a per-page price to get a good idea of what a book is really costing you. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

clever Christmas card/letter idea!

I know, it's SO early!!  I saw this idea on Pinterest a few months back and thought what a clever Christmas "card" it would make!  So I created this Annual Report as my Christmas card this year!  And it's only October, I know, but it was pretty easy and fun.  So, yes, I'm done with my Christmas cards... with plenty of time to order them from Heritage Makers.

These are done with Heritage Makers flyers.  A pack of 30 flyers is 20 publishing points (so $13.33-$15.00, depending on the discount you choose).  That's obviously less than 50 cents per "card."  I love how fun this is!
This is actually in the Template Gallery, which means you can put this very item into your account and then personalize it and change it around any way you like.  If you don't already have a (free) Heritage Makers account, go to www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise to set one up--just click "login" at the upper right.  You can find this flyer in the Template Gallery by typing 114391 in the search box (that's the project number). 

How fun, right?!

UPDATE:  Here's a video tutorial I made showing how to make impressive Christmas cards or letters that are different from all the usual ones you see floating around.  Enjoy! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Christmas Countdown wooden blocks {a tutorial}

The last few wooden block tutorials I've posted used blocks cut from 2x4s or 1x4s.  This one is going to be different.  Although it does use one piece cut from a 2x4, it also uses two square blocks!
Cute, right?  Let's get started!!

Just like the other wooden block tutorials I've shown, these are simple and inexpensive.  This project cost me about $6.   

Here's what you need:
  • Heritage Makers template 112267.  This is actually my own template--I created it!  Then I just submitted it to Heritage Makers for them to add to the template gallery.  You can see it at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  Just click the "template gallery" link at the upper right, then type 112267 into the search field.  
  • a 7.5" piece of wood cut from a 2x4 (found at home improvement stores)
  • two 3.5"x3.5" blocks of wood (You can sometimes find these at craft stores pre-cut, but they come out cheaper per block if you buy a 4x4 post at a home improvement store.  Some of the ones made for fences are pre-treated and don't take paint very well.  Assuming you use all the blocks you can cut from an 8-foot 4x4 post, each block comes out to be about 50 cents.  If you're only making one set of these, though, then the ones at the craft store might be less money out of pocket.  And, as you might guess if you've read any of my other wooden block tutorials, a 4x4 post actually measures 3.5x3.5".)   
  • a saw (unless you are using pre-cut blocks from a craft store.  If you are using a 4x4 post from a home improvement store, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and find a nice person who will cut it for you.  The nicest man ever offered to cut my whole 8 feet into 3.5" blocks for me.  It rocked.) 
  • paint (Craft paint or spray paint; I use craft paint.  I'd recommend a cream/off-white/tan/or light brown.  Do whatever you want.)
  • adhesive  (spray adhesive, Xyron, double-sided tape, Mod Podge, or UHU stick)
STEP 1:  create the beautiful part
Unless you want to create your own design from scratch, go in to your Heritage Makers account and place the template 112267 into your account by doing a search for it in the Template Gallery.  Once you find it, click on it.  Then click "personalize."  This template was made from the Premier Art collection, so you'll need Premier Art access.  The easiest way to get that is through Club HM because it's free AND you get the best price on everything you publish with Heritage Makers.  Click here for Club HM information.  Anyway... Once you put this template into your account, you can also change things in my design if you want--background colors, whatever.  This was made on an 11x14 print, which is 5 publishing points (or $5 retail).  I'm in Club HM, which means I get discounted publishing points deposited into my account each month to use however I want, so I'm actually saving 33%.  This print cost me $3.35.  If you've been to the post office, you know shipping isn't cheap--so what I did was save this print until I was ordering other things, and I ordered them at the same time to save on shipping.  I always do that. 

While you wait the 7-10 days for it to come in the mail...


STEP 2:  cut your wooden blocks
Unless you bought the blocks pre-cut or found a nice person at the home improvement store.  In any case, you may still need to cut the 7.5" piece from a 2x4.  

STEP 3:  prepare the wooden blocks
Sand rough edges.  

Paint all sides.  Let dry completely.  (I decided to save a little time and paint this time by not painting the whole blocks.  Most of each side will be covered anyway.)


STEP 4:  cut out the cuteness
Check your "my account" to track your package from Heritage Makers.  Check it 3 times a day like I do, even though you know that doesn't make it come any faster.  (I love getting Heritage Makers packages in the mail!!  It's like Christmas!)  
Then cut out the pieces.  Choose your weapon:  paper cutter or scissors.

STEP 5:  adhere the cuteness to the blocks
The important part here is to follow the directions.  In order to make number combinations like 14 and 27, certain numbers need to go on certain blocks.  Or you will be sad.  Each square block has six sides.  One block should have the numbers 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 on it.  The other block should have the remaining 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 on it.  

Use spray adhesive, Xyron, double-sided tape, Mod Podge, or UHU to adhere the decor squares to the blocks.  I opted for the Xyron again.


Then stick the pieces on!  (Don't forget to stick the right pieces on the right blocks!)



 HOW CUTE IS THIS?!?
I SO love it.

Friday, September 27, 2013

silhouette nativity blocks {a tutorial}

As much as I love the Chunky Nativity Blocks for Kids that I showed last week, I love these just as much.  These are the slimmer, more grown up version of a similar idea.  This set has more pieces, and because they are not specifically designed for little hands, I don't feel the need to go to the extra steps of a Mod Podge covering and a sealant.  (Although you definitely could.)


Don't you just love the silhouettes?

These are just as simple and inexpensive as the other block tutorials I've shown.  This project cost me about $7. 

Here's what you need:
  • Heritage Makers template 112226. This is actually my own template--I created it!  Then I just submitted it to Heritage Makers and let them add it to the template gallery.  You can see it at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  Just click the "template gallery" link at the upper right, then type 112226 into the search field.  
  • about 2 1/2 feet of a 1x4 piece of wood (This size is also found at home improvement stores.  I had no idea this even existed.  But I REALLY LOVE the slimmer look for this particular nativity set.  I just think it's more sophisticated than the 2x4.  Again, even though the wood is called 1x4, it actually measures smaller--about .75"x3.5".)  You'll need to cut the wood into one 5.5" piece, two 4.5" pieces, and four 3.5" pieces.
  • a saw (power saw recommended), or a nice person at said home improvement store who will cut the board into pieces for you--just be sure you take the measurements with you.
  • black paint (Craft paint or spray paint; I use craft paint.  I chose black because the silhouettes are black.  I think it looks really sharp.  But you can choose whatever color paint you prefer.)
  • adhesive  (spray adhesive, Xyron, double-sided tape, Mod Podge, or UHU stick)
STEP 1:  create the beautiful part
You can always create your own designs from scratch, but feel free to use my design (template 112226).  Place the template into your account by doing a search for it in the Template Gallery.  Once you find it, click on it.  Then click "personalize."  This template was made from the Premier Art collection, so you'll need Premier Art access.  The easiest way to get that is through Club HM because it's free AND you get the best price on everything you publish with Heritage Makers.  Click here for Club HM information.  Once it's copied over to you account, you can also change things in my design if you want--background colors, borders, whatever.  This was made on a 12x12 scrapbook page, which is 6 publishing points (or $6 retail).  I'm in Club HM, which means I get discounted publishing points deposited into my account each month to use however I want, so I'm actually saving 33%.  This print cost me $4.  If you've been to the post office, you know shipping isn't cheap--so what I did was save this print until I was ordering other things, and I ordered them at the same time to save on shipping.  I always do that. 

Preview your project with the "preview" button to see how it will print, then submit it for publishing.  While you wait the 7-10 days for it to come in the mail...


STEP 2:  cut your wooden blocks
I've put directions right on the Heritage Makers scrapbook page, so when it's printed, just follow the directions.  I'd recommend that you cut the blocks with a power saw, to save time and to get a cleaner cut.  (You'll notice that the wood is cut slightly larger than the Heritage Makers pieces--it's easiest to have a little bit of a wood border around your HM pages.  It protects it a bit, and it's easier to place the pieces on the blocks without worrying about how the edges meet.)  I really love this slimmer 1x4 wood!  

STEP 3:  prepare the wooden blocks
Sand rough edges.  Paint (I'd recommend painting all sides, but I suppose you could leave the back and the bottom unpainted if you'd prefer.)  
Let dry completely.


STEP 4:  cut out the cuteness
Once you get your finished scrap pages in the mail from Heritage Makers, just cut out the pieces. 

STEP 5:  adhere the cuteness to the blocks
Use spray adhesive, Xyron, double-sided tape, Mod Podge, or UHU stick on the back of each of the pieces of scrap page.  I used double-sided tape for my decorative tiles, and Mod Podge for my Chunky Nativity Blocks for Kids.  This time I am trying the Xyron...which I have never used before!

It's so easy and fast!!  You just put your pieces in the machine and turn the handle.

Keep turning the handle, and when they come out the other side,
they are essentially a sticker!  Just peel it off and adhere it to the corresponding size blocks.

I loved the Xyron for its ease and speed.  The only thing I didn't like was that the edges of the piece are sticky, so I had to rub off the excess.  I liked it so much, though, I'd definitely use it again.  Feel free to use whatever method you prefer to adhere the pieces to the blocks.  You can spray with a sealant if you want, but I didn't.


Next Step:  Wait for the compliments!

That's it!  You've just made a simple, classy, crafty ($7) nativity!!  Show off in your home or give as gifts.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

new "DRAG TO SELECT" feature

If you want to select multiple items, you can hold down the "shift" key while clicking on the items.  You can then move or resize these as a group.  VERY COOL.

But here's something really great!!!

NEW STUDIO FEATURE: "DRAG TO SELECT!"













To select a group of items in Studio (where you make your projects), now you can simply click and drag across any portion of the layout and all the components within the selection area will be highlighted. Be sure to start (as shown above) in the white area outside of the images. If you happen to select something you don't want, shift click afterwards to deselect the item. This feature will make copying and moving groups of items much easier. Thanks to the IT staff for making this available!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

the new Heritage Makers Photo Uploader App!


The new Heritage Makers Photo Uploader App is up and running!!!  It's a FREE app and is available now for iPhone.  Very soon for Android.  You can now upload photos right to your Heritage Makers account straight from your phone!!!  (Just be sure your phone is set to take highest-quality photos.  And, as always, avoid dark photos.)

Here's a little more info in the new app:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hm-photosafe-mobile-manager/id694395050?mt=8

Isn't that so cool?!??

Friday, September 20, 2013

chunky nativity craft blocks for kids {a tutorial}

Here's another idea for craft blocks using Heritage Makers.  This one is a little different than the last tutorial ("thankful" blocks; click here for the link).  These are just as simple and inexpensive, but these are for Christmas!  Also, these are made for kiddos. 

Anybody who has children around the house and nice nativity sets know that these two things don't go together.  From personal experience, I highly recommend some hands-on, kid-friendly nativities.  And that's what I'm going to show you how to make today.  To make these blocks more kid-friendly, I'm going to use Mod Podge to adhere the pages to the wooden blocks AND put a coat of it on top, too, as a sealant.  This should prevent little ones from being able to pick off the decorative part of the blocks.


Aren't those ADORABLE?!  I think this art is sweet.

This project cost me about $5 total.  It took more time than the Count Your Blessings blocks because the Mod Podge takes longer, but I love this set so much that I don't mind. 

Here's what you need:
  • Heritage Makers template 112122.  This is actually my own template--I created it!  Then I just submitted it to Heritage Makers for them to add to the template gallery.  You can see it at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  Just click the "template gallery" link at the upper right, then type 112122 into the search field.  
  • less than 2 feet of a 2x4 piece of wood (found at home improvement stores; remember that 2x4s actually measure 1.5"x3.5".  I know.  Whose idea was that?!  You want one piece cut 5.5", one piece cut 4.5", and three pieces cut 3.5".)
  • a saw (power saw recommended), or a nice person at said home improvement store who will cut the board into pieces for you--just be sure you take the measurements with you.
  • dark brown paint (Craft paint or spray paint; I use craft paint.  I chose dark brown because the little border around each piece is dark brown.  But you can choose whatever color paint you prefer.)
  • Mod Podge.  You could use other methods (spray adhesive, double-sided tape, etc.) to adhere the decorative pieces to the wooden blocks, but I'm going to use Mod Podge this time both to adhere the pieces to the wood AND to then cover it, sealing the paper to the wood.  This should prevent cute little kiddo fingers from pulling off the decorative papers. 
  • a clear acrylic sealer (optional but suggested)  (I just used a spray can of this.  You can find it near spray paint.  I just got mine at WalMart.)

STEP 1:   the beautiful part (the print)
As I mentioned, I created this design myself, and now it's a template that you can use.  Or you can create your own design from scratch.  You can also change things in my design if you want--background colors, borders, whatever.  You'll place the template into your account by doing a search for it in the Template Gallery.  Once you find it, click on it.  Then click "personalize."  This template was made from the Premier Art collection, so you'll need Premier Art access.  The easiest way to get that is through Club HM because it's free AND you get the best price on everything you publish with Heritage Makers.  Click here for Club HM information.   This was made on an 8.5x11 scrapbook page, which is 5 publishing points (or $5 retail).  I'm in Club HM, which means I get discounted publishing points deposited into my account each month to use however I want, so I'm actually saving 33%.  This print cost me $3.33.  If you've been to the post office, you know shipping isn't cheap--so what I did was save this print until I was ordering other things, and I ordered them at the same time to save on shipping.  I always do that. 

While you wait the 7-10 days for it to come in the mail...

STEP 2:  cut your wooden blocks
I've put directions right on the Heritage Makers scrapbook page, so when it's printed, just follow the directions for the wood.  Measurements are listed above.   I'd recommend that you cut the blocks with a power saw, to save time and to get a cleaner cut.  The blocks will end up about 1/4 inch larger than the paper pieces all the way around.  This gives a nice little wood border around your HM pages so that you don't have to line up the edges exactly or worry about them getting bent or anything.

STEP 3:  prepare the wooden blocks
First, sand the rough edges.

Then paint all the sides of the blocks.  Let the paint dry completely.  


STEP 4:  cut out the cuteness
When your blocks' decor arrives in the mail from Heritage Makers (and you're finished with your happy dance), cut out the pieces.  Use a paper cutter or scissors--whatever you'll be happy with.

STEP 5:  adhere the cuteness to the blocks using Mod Podge
First, I painted Mod Podge on the back of each decorative piece.  I'd never used it before, so I'll admit I was a little scared.  But it was fine.  Just use a paint brush or a sponge to cover the backs of the pieces.  Then place them on top of the blocks.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Let dry completely.  I turned them over (face-down) and placed some other heavy wood on top of them while they dried.

STEP 6:  apply Mod Podge on top of the cuteness (two coats)
I will admit, this was a little scary.  You get these darling little pieces of cuteness, and then you paint over them with goo!  But the Mod Podge does dry clear, so don't worry.  



What I did was paint the Mod Podge in sort of a heavy coat around all the edges--where the paper meets the wood.  This IS thick paper since it's printed on a Heritage Makers 8.5x11 scrapbook page, so it's cardstock-like.  Anyway, I did a heavy coat around all the edges, then went back and covered the whole thing using a light-to-medium coat.

Given the protection you get from these Mod Podge coats, I would highly recommend this method, particularly as this is designed to be a children's nativity set.  Mod Podge does make for a less "clean" look.  It does leave some brush marks and such if you look closely, but again I like the sealed edges, and I really think they end up looking good.  

You can see the progression of how the Mod Podge looks as it dries.  I did the camel at the bottom first, then the shepherd, then the angel last.  

I found since this set has five blocks, by the time I was done putting Mod Podge on all the pieces like this, the first one I started with was dry by the time I finished.  So I just started over and went back and put a SECOND COAT on each piece--again, a thicker coating around the edges where the paper and wood meet, and then a light-to-medium coat over the rest.  The second time, I did the brush strokes the opposite direction.  Whatever you like.  LET DRY COMPLETELY

STEP 7:  spray with clear sealant (optional but suggested)

The package says that Mod Podge will leave a little tackiness (stickiness)--not what you want for something that's intended to be handled--and suggests that you finish your pieces with a clear sealant.  I honestly didn't notice any stickiness, but I'm all for a little extra protection on these pieces, so I sprayed them with clear sealant.  And that's it!!

I just love it!!  I think it's darling, and I think it would be a great gift for little ones, too.  (And only 5 bucks!!)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Word Art using Heritage Makers

You can publish ANYTHING with Heritage Makers.  If you have a favorite saying, or want to decorate for holidays or a baby's room, the possibilities are endless.

Like this 8x20 wrapped canvas.  Sweet.

I've been having a lot of fun lately with the 11x14 size prints.  They're not too big, a great price ($5 or less with Club HM), big enough to frame, and --of course-- completely customizable.  

I just made this one.  We had one week left of summer--can you tell?!
And now I just have to frame it!

Here are a couple of nice French Line Metal Prints.  (The gray areas are not part of the design--that's where it will be cut.)


Both of those quotes are awesome, don't you think?!

Any sayings, phrases, quotes, can be designed as you choose with Heritage Makers.  The canvases and metal prints are more expensive than the 11x14 prints, but they're all high-quality, so you can fit any style and budget.  Pretty great, right?!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gold Unleashed!

If you need more publishing points than you are getting with your monthly Club HM deposit, there's a new program called Gold Unleashed!

NOTE:  THIS PROGRAM CHANGED IN 2015.  Now, when you are a Club HM member, you can run out of publishing points and simply publish anyway and get the same discount!

The best way to get publishing points is to get them for free, of course.  So I'd first recommend hosting a workshop (like a class where Heritage Makers is introduced and samples/ideas are shown).  I can present IN PERSON or ONLINE workshops, so it doesn't matter if you live near me or not!

The second best way to get publishing points is to get them discounted 25-34% off retail price by getting them deposited into your account each month with Club HM.  Read more about Club HM by clicking here.

But if you find that you need more publishing points, you can just add to that second best way!  It's called Gold Unleashed.

First of all, let's review the Club HM savings:

  • Bronze Club HM saves you 25%  --you're getting 40 points for $30
  • Silver Club HM saves you 30%  --you're getting 70 points for $50
  • Gold Club HM saves you 34%  --you're getting 150 points for $100

With Gold Unleashed you can add another Club (the same as whatever level you are on) to your account!  If you do the math, it makes more sense for people on Bronze or Silver to just change levels than it does for them to add another Club to their account.  They save more by just moving levels.  Once you've been in Club HM for at least 3 months, you can move levels for a month at a time if you want, going up and down in levels as your needs change.  You just do this from your own account.

If you are on Gold Club, however, you can't move up a level if you need more publishing points.  In that case, this Gold Unleashed is a huge benefit!!  You can now get more publishing points AT THE SAME SAVINGS.  In the past, you could get more publishing points by ordering them from your consultant, but the savings was only 25%, which is not as good as the savings you were getting from either Silver Club or Gold Club.

Let me give an example of how this works.  I'm on Club Gold.  I add a second Club Gold to my account.  Each one costs me $100, and I get 150 publishing points for each of them.  Like all Clubs, it will automatically renew each month unless I cancel it.  I can cancel this in my account online, or just keep it going as long as I want.  I LOVE this new program!!

If you have questions about this GREAT new Gold Unleashed program, you can contact me using the information at the "contact me" tab in red above.  

Saturday, September 7, 2013

EASY hanging decorative tiles {a tutorial}

I am learning all sorts of new ways to craft with Heritage Makers scrap pages!  This is so fun!  The way I'm going to show you today is RIDICULOUSLY easy.  I made Halloween signs, but you could really make ANYTHING you want!

Here's what you do.  First, create (or find in the template gallery) something cute you want to hang on your wall (or front door!) at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  Submit it for printing (remember that Club HM is the cheapest way) and wait 7-10 days for it to come in the mail. 

Here's what I made:

(Sorry.  Images from my cell phone don't self-right in blogger.)  I have to say, my favorite is "Well-behaved children welcome.  The rest will be made into pies."  I'm not Grinchy at Christmas, but it comes out a little at Halloween!  Again, your design could be anything at all.  The only important thing is that it's a 12x12 individual scrap page.  I choose the regular weight with a UV coating, but you could choose lite if you want--it's a little cheaper.  I do recommend the UV coating (free with Club HM) because it just makes it a little sturdier.  These pages are $6 retail, but you'd save 25-34% with Club HM.

Next go to the tile section of your local home improvement store.  You're looking for a 12x12 self-adhesive VINYL tile.  The color/design doesn't matter because you won't see it.  The top tile there in the photo is the front of the tile, and the bottom one in the photo is the back, showing the paper partly peeled off the self-adhesive part.  
My friend gave me a heads-up--get a tile that is light-colored on the back.  Some of the darker/black ones show through the scrap page some.  I'm assuming this is if you use a lite scrap page, but I'm not sure.  That's not what I used here.

These tiles should be around 69-99 cents.  (I know.  Score!  This project cost me less than $5.)

The next step is to place the scrap page face down on a hard surface.  (That's the white square at the bottom of the photo.)  Peel the paper off the tile.  Place the tile on the scrap page, lining up the edges as best you can.  Press down a little so it sticks.  (But it's pretty sticky--you don't have to press hard.)
Then turn it over and push out any air bubbles so that your page is adhered well to the tile.

Next you need to punch holes to string the ribbon (for hanging) through.  I was a little scared of this, but it wasn't bad.  You take a phillips-head screwdriver (and I used a ruler to make sure the holes were even on each side), and you gently but firmly twist and push it--boring a hole in the project.  See the hole below?  The screwdriver is pointing to it.

Do one on each side, again measuring to make sure they're even, and then thread ribbon through the holes and tie in the back.
Sorry about the non-self-righting thing.  But isn't that so cute?!  Hang it on a wall or door.  It takes about 5 minutes and $5 to make!!!  Have fun with the possibilities!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to Transfer a Project From One Account to Another

Do you have a project you want to share with a friend or family member, or have you seen their neat project and want it for your own use?  You can transfer projects from one Heritage Makers account to another.  If you make changes in the project in your account, it doesn't affect the original project in the other account.

I love this!  In fact, I created a big family history book recently that I'd done a lot of research for, and it's something that all my aunts, uncles, and cousins would enjoy.  My cousin asked me about it, and so I just transferred it to her Heritage Makers account--and now she can publish it any time she wants!  She can change the font, or write a personal message to her kids on the first page, or whatever she wants.  Pretty great, right?

Here's how you transfer a project from one Heritage Makers account to another:
  1. Login to your Heritage Makers account.  (You will also need the Heritage Makers account number of the person you are transferring the project to.  Just ask them for it.  Alternatively, you can use the e-mail that the person has associated with his/her Heritage Makers account.) 
  2. Click "click here to view all projects" at the right.
  3. Click "completed projects."  The project you transfer must be in completed projects (closed to editing).
  4. Locate the project you want to transfer.  There will be a "share" link underneath your project.  Click that.  (That's NOT the same "share" button at the blue Facebook Share at the right.  That blue one will share your project on Facebook, which is also cool, but not what we're talking about today.)  ;)
  5. Enter the person's account number/e-mail, and continue following the instructions.
THAT'S IT!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How do you make money as a Heritage Makers consultant?

I just received an e-mail inquiry from someone who was interested in the Heritage Makers business.  She'd come across this blog, looking for something interesting she could do in direct-sales, and she liked Heritage Makers a lot.  Her main question was "How do you make money as a Heritage Makers consultant?"


Good question, indeed!  I realized I hadn't really covered that on this blog!

First of all, you are not required to have a minimum number of sales each month.  I LOVE that Heritage Makers just lets you do your business your way!  I love that I can make my life fit around my business, and not the other way around.

Basically, here's the rundown of earning money as a Heritage Makers consultant.  There's BREADTH and there's DEPTH.

My job as a Heritage Makers consultant is to share Heritage Makers--to introduce it to people, to teach people about it, and to help people if they have questions.  As a client, you are one lucky lady to have a HM consultant!  "Can you make the font bigger than 150 point?  How do you make a photo into a circle?"  You don't have to call customer service, or worse yet, not have anyone to call at all.  Just shoot an e-mail to your consultant.  (Or, if she's me, you already got the answers to both of those questions in your welcome packet!)  :D 

I can share Heritage Makers in many ways--in-home workshops, online workshops, craft fairs, even "digi-crops" where everyone gets together with laptops to work on photo projects (and you might get a prize if you bring a friend).  I can do whatever works best for me.  Once I meet a client who wants to start using Heritage Makers, that person will have their account opened ON MY WEBSITE.  That links them to me, and I become their consultant.  I earn commission on any purchases made by any of my clients any time.  It's how I get paid for my time helping people start using Heritage Makers.

If I get 20 or 50 or 200 clients, that's the BREADTH part of my business.  I grow WIDE.  And that's good.

I can also grow DEEP.  I can teach other people how to be consultants.  I have a team of consultants under my leadership.  I teach them what I know.  I earn commission on purchases they make, and purchases their clients make.  It's how I get paid for my time helping them be good consultants.  Growing both WIDE and DEEP is the best way to maximize your business for maximum profit.

Club HM is a fantastic thing for both clients and consultants.  For clients, it's the cheapest way to buy Heritage Makers products, with lots of additional perks.  Most clients like to let Club HM renew month after month, so they always have publishing points and can get the best price (and use Premier Art free), and this also allows them to save up publishing points over time if they want to purchase a bigger or more expensive item (or multiple family calendars for Christmas gifts, for example).  Club HM is a GREAT DEAL for clients!!  For consultants, having clients on Club HM gives a consultant recurring income without started over at $0 in sales each month.  It's win-win for everyone.

So...  The bottom line is that, like other direct-sales companies, you get paid on commission with Heritage Makers.  This is true for both clients and consultants on your team (and thereby, THEIR clients).  To maximize income, you grow your business both wide and deep!

Like many other direct-sales companies, you qualify to earn commission on ANY purchase anyone makes at your website by simply using the product yourself.  For Heritage Makers, a personal purchase of $50 (so, that would be Club Silver) qualifies you to earn commission that month.  In my opinion, I think this works out well because as a representative of Heritage Makers, $50 is really what you want to be publishing anyway.  As a consultant, you WANT to be publishing in Heritage Makers a lot, giving HM products as gifts, making the coolest business cards ever, giving HM teacher thank-you gifts, sending HM birthday/holiday cards, etc., because you are essentially getting samples into as many hands as you can when you do that.  It's perfect!  If you jump up to the next Club level, Club Gold at $100, you qualify to earn 30% commission on new sales* for that month!!

I personally am at Club Gold because A) I publish that much anyway, and B) I want that 30% commission!  Then, about 4-10 new Club members a month (depending on their level) pays me back for my $100!  I'm also CEO Qualified because I get extra bonuses that way, but I always tell prospective clients to just start where they can, work their business, try different approaches to sharing Heritage Makers (different things appeal to different people), and GROW from there!!  It's a really fun and rewarding business!

*details:  30% commission is on the first month of a new client's purchase for all Gold Consultants.  After the first month, you earn residual commission of 8% if you're a Club Gold consultant.  (Residual commission is 5% for Silver Consultants.)  Club HM is available in $30, $50, or $100 levels, so your commission would reflect whichever level your client chooses.   In real terms, what that means is that if I have a new client who starts, as an average example, Club Silver this month, my 30% commission on their $50 purchase is $15.  If they continue on Club Silver, then I as a Gold Consultant get 8% commission ($4) month after month, as long as they are on Club Silver.  (If they quit Club for a few months and join again later, I start getting that 8% again when they join and each month they stay on it.)  This recurring commission is great to add to the new Club clients I'll get next month.  Obviously, the best way to maximize my income is by MULTIPLYING.  One Club client is a great start, but ten is much better, and fifty is even better, etc.  Renewing Club clients allow you to have residual commission/income as a base while you work to add more NEW Club clients. 

(updated 2015)