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!

You can find available dimensions and prices at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "products" then "home decor."

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:

You can find available dimensions and prices at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by clicking "products" then "home decor."
 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:
(The one above is a French Line metal print--they are available in Bracket shape as well, or just the traditional rectangle or square with rounded corners.)
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??

Make yours at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by first opening your account and then either creating your own from scratch or using a template.  Contact me (see the "contact me" button above?) if you have any questions!

Friday, December 4, 2015

How do you find the MONEY for memory-keeping?

This is a continuation of last week's post which talked about finding TIME for memory-keeping.

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 = $15
First day of school clothes = $30
First bicycle = $75
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!  

Let's start with how many things cost $30.  Here's what my brainstorming comes up with:

  • 2 tickets to a movie + popcorn
  • a just-released hardbound book (remember when Harry Potter came out?)
  • a pair of jeans
  • six 12-packs of Diet Coke/Pepsi/pick-your-poison
  • 8-10 trips to Starbucks (mmmm... peppermint hot chocolate)
  • about 1 1/2 of my favorite scented candles
  • a manicure
This is a list of things that are obviously great, right?!

You know what else costs $30?  One month of a Bronze Club HM membership (with no fee).  Here's what you get for your $30:
  • $30 worth of publishing points  (i.e. memory keeping!  If your desired book costs more than $30, just stay on Club HM another month because you can accrue publishing points--points are good for 12 months from the date of purchase!  This means you can pay for things over time!  Kinda like layaway.)
  • an extra 15% off when you check out  (so your $30 actually gets you $34.50 worth of items!)
  • free access to over 100,000 pieces of digital art and 13,000 templates
  • free upgrades (like UV coating and black end papers)
  • 10GB of photo storage
  • highest-quality memory keeping around!!  (available with the Silver and Gold levels of Club HM, too, of course) 
This graphic I posted a few months ago breaks down the price of Heritage Makers products to give you a good idea of what you're getting for your money:

So whether you decide to use your Starbucks money for memory-keeping or just use this information to understand the value that Heritage Makers is, I hope this brainstorming is helpful!

I know money is always a consideration in life, but in my years of being a Heritage Makers 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.

In other cases, when people tell me they don't have enough money for memory-keeping, they actually mean that they don't have enough money for memory-keeping.  In that case, I always suggest consultantship.  It costs $25 to become a Heritage Makers consultant.  I KNOW you know people who need to learn about simple, highest-quality memory-keeping.  Heritage Makers consultants *do not* have to be salesmen (hello, how do you think I'm doing this??).  They just have to be passionate about memory-keeping or willing to learn.  You can find more information about consultantships in the tab above called "become a consultant," or you can always contact me.  There's a tab for that, too!  With a good group of friends who are Heritage Makers under your direction (your clients), you can pay for your memory-keeping!

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 and popcorn you spent $30 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!  #icanhelp