Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heritage Makers' hardbound storybook cover options

When Heritage Makers publishes your hardbound book, whether it's a life story as show below or a family yearbook (one book, all the photos from a year--hooray!), you can have a choice of finishes for the outside cover.

A gloss cover is the default.  I have gotten all my books done in gloss just because it wipes clean so easily and I just like the look.  If you prefer, though, you could choose satin or matte.

Satin covers have a very slight sheen finish.  The upgrade to this finish is free for Club HM members.  (Club HM is free to join, so it's kind of a no-brainer because you get so many perks from it.  Find more information about Club HM in the tab along the top.)

Matte covers have a dull, no-sheen finish.  This upgrade used to be free as well, but Heritage Makers' supplier raised their prices and Heritage Makers felt that they were the highest-quality supplier, so rather than go elsewhere, there is a charge of a few dollars (this depends on the size of the book) for a matte-finish book.

By the way, the 13x11 book comes with a leather cover and a dust jacket.  Periodically, Heritage Makers offers an optional upgrade of other sizes of books to a leather cover.  The cover you create (or the one you see above, as an example) would then be printed as a dust jacket.  This upgrade to leather comes and goes based on supply, but that upgrade is only a few dollars, too, based on the size.  (Currently, I'm seeing it as a $7 upgrade on an 8x8 book.)  

The only feedback I have, if you want an opinion, is from a friend who had her book finished in matte just to see if she liked it.  She said it was very pretty but you tend to see fingerprints on it much easier than on a gloss cover.  (Her cover WAS black, so that probably had a lot to do with it, too.)  I don't have any feedback on satin covers, so if you ever decide to print a book with a satin cover, please e-mail me and give me your opinion on how you like the finish!  :)   (my e-mail address is at the "contact me" tab above)

Ready?  Set?  PUBLISH your photos and their stories with Heritage Makers!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


I just read a great article, and when I first came across it, I knew I would be nodding all the way through it.  I was right--she is SPOT ON.  This is a must-read.

Take photos.  Then publish them in storybooks so you and your family & friends have TACTILE access to them.  Photos left in digital form essentially have a "DOA" toe tag!  It's true.  Read more about the importance of PUBLISHING your photos here:

Then learn about how Heritage Makers can change your life here:

And who doesn't want THAT?!  :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

let your passion be a career

Back in 2005, I was approached by a couple of friends of mine (separately) who had come across this brand new start-up company called Heritage Makers where you could write your own hardbound books, complete with photos and stories.  At the time, telling life stories or love stories or adoption stories was the main idea, and as the idea of personal publishing blossomed quickly, people were quickly seeing how they could print all their digital photos this way.  Both of my friends had joined Heritage Makers as consultants.  I had just had my third baby, and I was definitely not looking for a job.  But I just couldn't turn it down.  Photos and journals and history and connections are so important.  I can call them my passion.  So when I came across this beautiful, easy avenue for photos, journals, history, and connections to be a part of everyone's life, I couldn't say no.

That said, I'd never been a fan of direct marketing.  I'm really introverted and a little shy and I HATE pressure.  So for ME to say a whole-hearted YES to Heritage Makers like I did is really saying something.

Over the past ten years, though, I've seen some great benefits to direct marketing, and I've learned that I can do no-pressure direct marketing MY WAY, even as an introvert, and actually have a lot of fun doing it.  The secret?  My passion.

That's a compilation of what I've learned in the last month or so as I've researched direct marketing (after having worked it for ten years).  Isn't it interesting?

What's your passion?  Photos?  Life's stories?  Scrapbooks?  Crafting?  Connections?  Family history?  Personal history and writing/journaling?  Helping raise children's self-esteem?  Then you'd make a great Heritage Makers consultant, and I'd love to mentor you on my team.  Go to, and scroll down a little past my photo.  Below my photo you'll see a link next to "start a business" that says "learn more."    There are a few links there with some details, and one link that says "become a consultant."  (I know the "become a consultant" link is on top of a cute little purse, but there are male AND female consultants!)  If you have any questions, e-mail me at

Everyone takes photos, everyone needs something beautiful, high-quality, and GREAT to do with their photos, so everyone needs a Heritage Makers consultant!  Be one.