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 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. 

UPDATE 2022:  The Heritage Makers website and software is currently being reworked so it will no longer run on Adobe Flash (which Adobe has discontinued).  At the moment, it's easier for me to just order these scrap pages for you on your behalf and have them shipped to you than it would be for you to open your own Heritage Makers account and find the template.  Contact me with questions or to order.

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.

Save and share by Pinning this image to Pinterest!

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. 

UPDATE 2022:  The Heritage Makers website and software is currently being reworked so it will no longer run on Adobe Flash (which Adobe has discontinued).  At the moment, it's easier for me to just order these scrap pages for you on your behalf and have them shipped to you than it would be for you to open your own Heritage Makers account and find the template.  Contact me with questions or to order.

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!!)

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!

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 person 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.


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 with a Heritage Makers business, having clients on Club HM gives them recurring income without starting 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 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, giving HM teacher thank-you gifts, sending HM holiday cards, etc., because you are essentially getting samples into as many hands as you can when you do that.  It's perfect! 

You can even qualify to earn 30% commission on new sales* if your personal purchases are $100!!  This is what I do, in part because I want that 30%, but in large part due to the fact that I just plain love preserving all my memories and photos with Heritage Makers AND giving gifts, making celebrations more special, sending HM Christmas greetings, etc. 

I can email you the whole compensation plan if you'd like to see it.  Just {contact me here}.

Beyond the compensation plan, you can set an hourly fee for photo organization, making books for people, or any other services you'd like to offer!

It's really your business your way.

(updated 2015)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Your Story, Your Way

I love this new 3-minute video detailing the importance of photos and the possibilities available to you when you use Heritage Makers to preserve and share them.  Heritage Makers really is like nothing else out there!!

Find the video right here:
And SHARE!!  EVERYONE has a story!!  You take EVERY photo for a reason!  Heritage Makers gives your photos and their stories a HOME.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

birthday party gift idea: recording memories

I now have TWO children who are getting "too old" for the traditional kid's birthday party.  They still like having friends over, but it's not so much about the theme (Wild West, Little Mermaid, what have you) as it is about the friends.  Last week, my daughter had a birthday party.  I still wanted to have some sort of take-home bag for the guests, but I had a hard time coming up with things for the bags that they might actually be interested in.

And then I got it!!  What more do you want from a birthday party than FUN MEMORIES!!!  

Don't you love great ideas?!


So each kid got this bag:  a disposable camera, a $5 gift card (to develop the photos!), and some candy.

When they walked in the door, they were given the cameras--with instructions to take lots of pictures throughout the party.  Then at the end of the party, they put their cameras back in their bags (which already had these other goodies in them) and took them home.

This is a particularly *great* idea right now because my daughter's best friend is moving 1,000 miles away this week, and she is going to especially love having those photos and those memories.

This isn't the cheapest take-home bag, but she had a very small party, and in this case it's worth it.  The total cost was:

$4.22 for the camera (half of the 2-pack at Walmart)
$5 for the gift card (to develop the photos; I would consider this optional)
$0.75 for the candy

What better way to remember her friends!!   ...and to give THEM memories to keep, too!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"thankful" craft blocks! {a tutorial}

So I feel pretty confident making decorative tiles from Heritage Makers individual scrapbook pages.  In fact, I think it's pretty great.  But now I've branched out!  So proud of myself.  ;)

Today I'm going to show you something I just learned to do:  craft blocks.  These are very simple, can be made to fit your own style or match your own home decor, and are inexpensive.  Like all Heritage Makers products, they can be very personalized.  You just use a Heritage Makers individual scrapbook page (or 11x14 print for larger projects), some wood blocks, and some adhesive.  So let's go!  Here's what I'm going to make:
Yeah, sorry for the flash reflection.  This was the fourth picture I took, and it was deemed Good Enough.

This measures about 18 inches wide when it's finished.  This project cost me about $7.

Here's what you need:

  • Heritage Makers template 98402, "Count Your Blessings Blocks."  You can see it at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise.  Just click the "template gallery" link at the upper right, then type 98402 into the search field.
  • about 4 feet of a 2x4 piece of wood (found at home improvement stores; 2x4s actually measure 1.5"x3.5".  Tell me I'm not the only person who thinks that's weird.)
  • 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 (This project takes more than half of a 2-oz. bottle of craft paint.  You could try spray paint if you prefer.  You could also try a different color if you prefer)
  • adhesive of some kind, such as double-sided tape, Xyron, Uhu stick, spray adhesive, or Mod Podge.  

STEP 1:  create the beautiful part
You can always create things from scratch in Heritage Makers, but for this project I wanted to use a template since I have never done blocks before.  I used template 98402, "Count Your Blessings Blocks."  This one was nice because it had directions on it as well.  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. 

Once the template is in your account, you can open it for editing.  You can change those background papers or the font if you'd prefer a different style.  Or the font color.  Again, ways to do that are covered in that tutorial, or you can just ask me!  Or if you're in Club HM, refer to the "heritage studio 101" brochure I sent you.  Anyway, you will want to see the actual sizes of the blocks, so do that by selecting "ruler" from the "view" pull-down menu at the upper left, which will just place a grid over your project.
See the red lines?  Each small square is 1/4 inch.  You can measure that way.  I would suggest double-checking sizes even when you're using a template, just to be sure you know what sizes you're getting.  Using the grid is ultra important when you're creating something from scratch, of course.

I actually changed the sizes of the block pieces, so if you follow the template exactly, it will look a bit different than I showed pictured at the top, but not too much.

Once you're happy with your design, you'll need to preview it to see exactly how it will print, then you submit it for publishing.  (If you have questions on that, you can always contact me--check out the "contact me" tab in red above.) When you check out, be sure to click the "UV coating" tab so your page will be printed with a protective UV coating.  It's just a good idea for crafting.  It's free to Club HM members, too.

You'll get your project in the mail in about 7-10 days.  The waiting is the hardest part.  (Thanks, Tom Petty.  ..But it's true.)

STEP 2:  cut your wooden blocks

Remember that 2x4s actually measure 1.5" x 3.5".  This is important to know so that you make sure your Heritage Makers design is the right size.  You can go ahead and cut your blocks while you wait for your Heritage Makers order to come in the mail, or you can wait just to double-check sizes.  This particular project, because it's a template, actually comes with some instructions and size information right on it.  If you are doing something from scratch, you'll have to actually measure out the blocks sizes yourself.  You don't want the blocks exactly the same size as 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.  I'd recommend that you cut the blocks with a power saw, to save time and to get a cleaner cut.

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

Then paint them.  I'd suggest painting all sides of the blocks, but you don't have to.  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
There are many ways to adhere pages when you craft.  I've heard suggestions of UHU stick, spray adhesive, Xyron machine, Mod-Podge, and double-sided tape.  For this particular project, I'm going to stick with tried-and-true double-sided tape.  On my next project, I'll venture out.  I know with Mod-Podge you can use it as an adhesive on the back of the page, and then use it on the front as a sealer.  Some people don't like the look you get with the Mod-Podge put on the front, but others do.  See what you think.

Ta-Da!!

It would look darling in your house, but it would also make a cute AND inexpensive gift!