Tuesday, December 29, 2015

showing off my new wood print and metal print

I've been itching to try the new wood prints and metal prints from Heritage Makers, and this past fall we had some family photos taken, so I jumped at the chance!  (Actually, I'd done a metal print as a gift before, which is fantastic, only I don't get to keep what I give away as gifts!)  I'm so excited to show you my new prints!


I decided not to put any artwork on this--no buttons or swirlies or words, but just the photo itself.  When you make one, do anything you want!  

The surfaces of both the wood print and the metal print are different than, say, scrapbook pages, canvases, or storybooks.  So there is a different sheen, and the colors are a little more vibrant.

From this angle, you can see that this is just a natural wood plaque. It's made with Maple veneer with low gloss clear matte coating.

It also has pre-drilled keyholes on the back so it's ready to hang.

Of course, you can do anything with these wood prints.  Like this:


Gee, how can you tell it's glossy metal?  ;)  ...Sorry about the glare.  As you can see, with the metal print, I did decide to use some of the fantastic (included!!!) Heritage Makers art, so there's a background "paper" and some word art down at the bottom left.  I really liked how it turned out.

This is the back.  There are a couple of options you can add on when you submit your metal print for publishing.  One is this metal easel you can see here taped to the back of the metal print.  (This is obviously before I took off the easel and adhered it to the back of the print.)  Another optional add-on is a mounting block.  They're each a few dollars and, again, are optional.  I've used the metal easel in both of the prints I've ordered, and I like them.

Of course, you can do anything with metal prints.  Like this:

Aren't these sweet and fun home decor??  They would make a great gift for parents or grandparents, too.  Which one would YOU like to try??  Get started here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

How to find MONEY for Memory-Keeping

This is a continuation of the previous week's post which talked about finding TIME for memory-keeping.  This post was updated in 2022.

The results of my recent poll here on my blog (asking for the biggest obstacle to preserving photos & their memories) had MONEY coming in second.  38% of my poll-takers said money is their biggest obstacle to memory-keeping.

On Pinterest, a hashtag I often use is #icanhelp.  It's one of the things I love most about what I do!  I really LOVE helping people preserve their photos and memories because they are irreplaceable.   

First shoes = $20
First day of school clothes = $40
First bicycle = $100
Photos and memories of those events preserved so they can be easily accessed and loved = PRICELESS

So let's brainstorm some ways to take out the money obstacle so you can preserve those priceless photos and memories!  

Let's start with how many things cost $25.  Here's what my brainstorming comes up with:
  • 2 tickets to a movie without popcorn
  • a just-released hardbound book 
  • almost a pair of jeans
  • 3 or 4 12-packs of Diet Coke/Pepsi/pick-your-poison
  • 5-ish trips to Starbucks (mmmm... peppermint hot chocolate)
  • one of my favorite scented candles
  • a manicure
This is a list of things that are obviously great, right?!

You know what else costs $25?  

One month of Forever Club (which is free to join, and you can quit/re-join any time).  Here's what you get for your $25:
  • 5% off Forever products and services (so, technically, your $25 actually gets you more than $25 worth!)
  • $25 to spend on Forever products  (i.e. memory keeping!  If your desired book/item costs more than $25, just stay on Club another month because your Forever Club Dollars never expire.  This means you can save up over time to purchase larger items!)
  • highest-quality memory-keeping around!!  
  • guaranteed photo privacy (not the case with most online photo companies)
  • one more perk with photo storage--I'll explain that below.
Or use your $25 towards Forever services like the Forever Box (digitizing VHS tapes, etc.) or Forever Storage (for photo, video, audio, and PDF files, guaranteed for your lifetime + 100 years) or for Artisan (digital scrapbooking software).

If you do purchase permanent Forever Storage and you're a Club member for 3 consecutive months, you get additional storage free!  (I do this, and even though I'm taking more pictures, I don't think I'll ever have to buy more photo storage ever again!)  The $25 Club gives you 1/2 GB every 3 months, the $50 Club gives you 1 GB every 3 months (and on up), but you can also combine Clubs (like if $75/month is your sweet spot, join both $25 and $50, and the you'll get 1 1/2 GB of free storage every 3 months).

I hope this brainstorming is helpful.  I know money is always a consideration in life, but in my years of being a Photo & Story Treasures consultant, I've often been surprised to see what people who tell me they don't have enough money for memory-keeping end up spending their money on.  Sometimes just stopping to reconsider things can be helpful.

There are two other ways to save money on Forever products & services, too!  Deals (sales) and Referral Rewards:

I recommend those three savings methods to everyone!

One other option is to not *save* money for memory-keeping, but instead *make* money for memory-keeping.   

Trust me, you DO NOT have to be a salesman (hello, how do you think *I'm doing this?? ha) to be a memory-keeping consultant.  You just have to be passionate about memory-keeping (or willing to learn).  My consultant team (Team Wise at Forever) is a really low-pressure place to be.  I'm just here to help.  Learn more about making memory-keeping your business (side gig or full-time work) here.

*Here's my story of being an introvert in an extroverted direct-sales world.

The great thing about any money you spend on memory-keeping is that it is an investment.  

In 10 years, you won't remember the movie you spent $25 on, and in 3 months the scented candle will have lost its scent.  But memory-keeping is actually investing in your family, creating priceless connections, raising self-esteem, and even increasing happiness.  

Actual miracles can happen through memory-keeping.  Read more, including studies done on the subject, by clicking right here.

So don't let money be an obstacle to memory-keeping any longer!  Use the 3 (or 4) savings methods mentioned here, then get started at this link.

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