Friday, May 29, 2015

need time to scrapbook?

I speak with many people about photos, albums, and scrapbooking.  One of the big reasons people don't do anything with their photos is time.  I am being completely honest when I say it breaks my heart a little when I hear people say that.  Anything you don't record becomes lost.  Irreplaceably lost!  When the moment is past, your memory fades, no matter how much you think it won't.  The details, the passion, the memories, the feelings... gone. 

So take my new 90 Minutes for Life challenge!!!  You can change course and become a Heritage MAKER not a Photo Keeper.  Give your family that gift!

Now do yourself a favor.  If you don't already have one, open your free account at and start uploading pictures.  It will give them a safe digital place to be.  (You can download them from your HM account at any time at full resolution onto a computer or memory stick!  Be sure to do that, too, since the safest place for your photos is multiple places!  See this post.)  It can take a while to organize photos, but don't give up.  Just give it 15 minutes at a time.  Start small.  Start organizing just one year and moving on from there.  Manageable increments--15 minutes 6 days a week, or 90 minutes one day a week.

For your next 15 minutes, check out the Template Gallery right there on the Heritage Makers website.  Decide how you want to preserve your photos and their stories.  A hardbound book?  Individual scrap pages?

Next you will probably want to check out some tutorials at to get some pointers as you make your books/pages.  You can always e-mail me any time with questions, too.  Heritage Makers is the best quality on the market, with competitive pricing through Club HM (which is free to join).  Click the "best pricing:  Club HM" tab in red at the top to get all the details.

Keep going!  90 Minutes for Life!  You can do this.  You can't not do this.  Your memories are depending on it!  Be the hero of your family.

If it's easier to do with a friend, pass this post on and find strength in numbers!

(Thanks to fellow Heritage Makers consultant Debbie Rasmussen for the 90 Minutes for Life idea!) 

Monday, May 25, 2015

the story of our heirlooms

I just made a book I'm SO thrilled with!!!

I moved to a new-to-me house last year, and that means not everything fits where it used to go.  So in reorganizing some things, I thought I really ought to make a record of the things I have that have been passed down from my parents, grandparents, and even great- and great-great- grandparents!  The history and significance of some of these things needs to be somewhere other than my own memory!   So I decided to make a storybook.

This is the front cover.  I took photos of each of the objects.  I put one object on each page with a description--where did it come from, who owned it, any other special significance.

I made a very simple design for this Heritage Makers storybook.  I didn't want too much bling or busyness on the pages so that the focus would be on the heirlooms.

I got the idea for this book from a Pinterest pin I saw once about recording the history of your Christmas ornaments.  And I think that's another great thing I want to do with a Heritage Makers book!  Because Heritage Makers is fully customizable, you can really tell your story your way, whether you're telling the story of heirlooms, telling a life story, telling an adoption story, telling a love story, or creating family yearbook albums.  Your story, your way.

I got the book back a couple of days ago and I LOVE it!!  It will become its own heirloom.  Just like all my other Heritage Makers books!!   

Friday, May 8, 2015

great gift for a lady

Did you know you can give a Heritage Makers account as a gift?  It's simple.  This shows you how.
Put some money into the account and she can put it towards anything she'd like to make--a storybook, family yearbook, hipster bag, family calendar, craft items, scrap pages...  You name it!

Alternatively, I can go through the steps of setting up an account.  I have a nice little document to e-mail to the recipient that looks a little more like an official gift.  So just contact me and I'll get you going with a gift account.

Share this with any body (guys???) who might need a good gift HINT!

Monday, May 4, 2015

photo facts

I think this is amazing.  Did you know any of this?
I think the most amazing fact on here is that a printed photo can last up to 200 years.  We're so into digital--so much can be stored so easily--that we forget that good, old-fashioned PRINTED photos really last a long time!  Besides that, formats change all the time and who knows when some sort of digital storage will be obsolete! 

The thing that impressed me the most is that Heritage Makers actually takes care of all three of the suggested ways to store your photos.  They teamed with a few years ago to offer the longest-lasting storage CDs around.  The discs aren't regular CDs, and instead of lasting a few years, they are said to last 1,000 years!  (I say "said to" because that's obviously not been tested yet!)  :)   Heritage Makers also provides online storage--all your photos are saved in your Heritage Makers account at full resolution, so if you ever need to download them again, you can do it from your Heritage Makers account!  And then, of course, you can publish your photos in hardbound books (library binding with a metal stitching, not glue) with Heritage Makers.  (Or use individual scrap pages, if you prefer.)  Not only this, but Heritage Makers offers Heirloom Assurance with everything you make through them.  That means if your item (wedding book, family yearbook, etc.) is ever damaged or destroyed, you can get a replacement copy at half price!

I just love knowing my memories are SAFE, in addition to being able to provide the books and scrap pages to my family so they have hands-on connections with their life's stories and their memories.