Friday, December 30, 2016

How would your life change if you unleashed the power in your photos?

I think one of the most undervalued things of our time is photos.

They're so easy to take, and then they're so easy to ignore.  They're so easy to pile up and so easy to postpone.

But there is an amazing power in photos.  The power to re-live a moment, to see a person long since passed.

And we're just sitting on it.

We don't have time, we have too many photos, we aren't interested, it's easier to just scroll Facebook for an hour or watch football.

I want to know what would happen if we actually unleashed the power in our photos by doing something with them--by preserving them in an accessible way and recording the memories that go with them.  

Who's up for the challenge?

So often we look beyond the obvious.  I need more peace.  I need to lower my stress.  I need more happiness.  I need to improve my relationship with __________. 

What if you're sitting on your own recipe for more happiness and peace?!  What if you could be your own stress-reliever?!  What if the ability to improve a relationship is as simple as some time and some photos and some memories?!


Here's the Six Month Challenge:
  • From January-June 2017 do some type of memory-keeping once a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Set aside the time.  Don't wait for it to fall in your lap.  It won't.
  • Your memory-keeping will most likely start with organizing/uploading/scanning photos, and will move into actual memory-keeping, which is actually preserving the photos and memories in a product you can hold in your hands.  
  • {Choose one of these methods} if you're not sure where to start.  Memory-keeping is very individual, so be sure you find something you LIKE and will enjoy DOING.
  • Start with just one project.  Maybe it's photos from 2008.  Maybe it's your wedding album.  Maybe it's the vacation to Cabo.  Maybe it's the photos your grandma left you.  Just choose one project and start there.  You can start another when it's done, but don't get overwhelmed by too many photos before you even begin!
  • You can find a lot of {helpful tips here} if you need pointers or advice or ideas and direction.
  • Contact me (contact info at the tab above) if you need help, guidance, ideas, or motivation.
I would love to hear from you along the way, but I especially want to hear how this challenge changes your life after six months.  E-mail me your experience and the difference you feel!

There's a lot more power in photos than we realize.  Let's unleash it and ride the wave. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

how to get Heritage Makers products free

It's almost the new year!  Time for some New Year's resolutions.  Do you know anyone who is making resolutions about getting caught up on preserving their photos?

Well, guess what.  Heritage Makers rewards you with free products when you SHARE.  Let me teach you and your friends about Heritage Makers (or Our Memories For Life or Anthology, if you prefer) in a casual, no-pressure way, and reap some benefits!  AND IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY, HOSTS GET DOUBLE REWARDS!!!  That's a minimum of $60 free with a qualifying party.

Ideas, options, details, and rewards can be found {right here}, and you DON'T have to be local to host a Heritage Makers class/party!  Contact me at the tab above and let's get you on the road to being a Heritage MAKER, not a Photo Keeper.  There's no time like the present--especially with DOUBLE the host rewards for January 2017 classes!

Friday, December 23, 2016

you can download your photos FROM your Heritage Makers account!

Did you know that your photos are stored at full resolution in your Heritage Makers account and you can download them back to your computer or a flash drive at any time (for free--not all "photobook" companies are that way)??

Well, it's true!

Check out this post to see how to do it!

Monday, December 19, 2016

truly the best gift ever

I don't normally get very personal here on this blog, but the very nature of Heritage Makers is personal.  I've had the opportunity these last few months to practice what I preach!

I lost my mom a year ago, and before she died she left me a few boxes of mementos, photos, etc.  She pretty much just tasked me with the responsibility of doing *something* with it all.  So I decided to make her life storybook using those things.

I've said (both here on the blog and in person to many people) {how therapeutic memory-keeping is}.  I truly feel blessed to have just experienced this for myself.

Losing a parent isn't something you're ever really prepared for (even when you sort of are via a diagnosis), and although I honestly felt peace at her passing, both because we had a good relationship and because of my faith, it's still hard.  However, as I went through the things she'd given me, I got to know and appreciate her in ways I hadn't before.  It was indeed a therapeutic and healing process for me.  And it was actually a lot of fun to put together.

I very literally felt healed as I went through the process of making this book.  I became more focused on what I gained from my mom instead of what I've lost.  I didn't feel the pain as much, and I felt more grateful, more whole.  There were pictures I had never seen before and stories in her letters I could appreciate.  I laughed, I cried, and I learned.  It was a wonderful experience.  I came away FEELING different.  I came away whole.  I came away not wanting to break down in tears when I thought about her passing.  I quite literally felt better.

I used {this beautiful Heritage Makers template} and then altered it to fit the story I was telling.  I scanned in a lot of items, too--letters, certificates, awards, thank-yous, etc.--in addition to photos.  I choose Heritage Makers for all the special things I create because of its high quality and the access it gives me to thousands of pieces of beautiful digital art for free.  Especially in this book, I needed to not have limits on what goes where on a page or how many pictures (or text) I can use.  It needed to be this personal.

This is my Christmas gift this year to my dad and my siblings (and their families), as well as my own family.   I hope it will be as meaningful, therapeutic, and wonderful for them as it was for me.

I love sitting down with this book when I miss her.  When I miss her, I feel loss.  When I open this book of her life, I smile and remember what I have--legacy, hope, faith, and love.  There are funny and interesting things in the book.  There are pictures and stories that give me a sense of belonging and peace.  This is really my go-to when I miss her, and it's such a gift!

Some day, all of us will have just our stories left.  What a privilege it is to be able to tell them and share them with those who love us.   

{Get started here.}

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Year in a Snap --preserving TWO years' worth of photos and memories

I'll be hosting a workshop series for 2017 where we can complete TWO YEARS worth of preserving photos, stories, and memories, at a monthly 2-3 hour workshop.  The focus is going to be SIMPLE and DO-ABLE.

There will be two simple digital options (one scrapbook-ier looking, one more clean), a simple paper scrapbooking option, and a super simple pocket scrapbooking option.  Everything will be straightforward and already laid out, and everything you'll need will fit in one bag (or your laptop).

The Year in a Snap workshops I'll be hosting in 2017 will be limited to 6-8 people (local, of course), but if you're not local, you can host these workshops yourself.  I'll do all the work for you--you just provide the place and invite the guests.

Use the "contact me" button if you'd like to be invited to my Year in a Snap workshops or if you'd like to host your own.  I'll be sending out invitations and providing more detailed information in another week or two.  When we exceed the 6-8 limit for my local workshops, I'll open another session.

Monday, December 12, 2016

why I didn't worry about my photos when my computer crashed (even though I hadn't backed them up yet!)

Fickle technology:  it's the real deal.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know how strongly I feel about PRESERVING YOUR PHOTOS IN PRINT--not just because it's the most meaningful way to store them, but because technology is fickle, always changing, and... you just never know.

Well, it happened to me.  

Three weeks ago (a very lousy birthday present, mind you), the operating system on my computer did an automatic update.  So as to avoid badmouthing any particular operating system, let's just call it Bindows Len.  It did this automatic update thing that I not only didn't authorize but that I had no idea was going on.  And all of a sudden my computer was completely inaccessible.

The good news is that I wasn't worried about my pictures AT ALL.  Isn't that amazing??  I actually hadn't saved this year's onto a memory stick yet, but even if I lost them from my computer, I knew that I had all my pictures from this year saved in FULL RESOLUTION in my Heritage Makers account, and I could go to ANY OTHER COMPUTER and login, then save my photos to an external hard drive, CD, memory stick, etc.  But more than that, I'd preserved them in print (via storybooks and digital scrap pages), so I had those photos in the most important way anyway.  Digital photos are just the back-up.

This is just one of the many reasons I swear by Heritage Makers up and down.  It's an easy, high-quality way to get your photos off your phone/computer, and the digital storage at high resolution (with free downloads) is an excellent back-up!  (And Heirloom Assurance even backs up your photos in published projects!)

If you haven't used Heritage Makers yet, do yourself a favor and click the "how to get started" tab and GO!  #itsthebest

And if you're curious about the end of the story:  My husband was able (after SEVERAL tries) to find a way to save documents and photos and videos to a flash drive before we had to wipe the computer and re-install everything.  (I have no idea how that worked.  #miracle #graceofgod  Seriously.)  

But, lesson learned!  I bought an external hard drive and will definitely be backing up my computer regularly from now on.  Because you just never know.  A crash is always out of your control.  

Good thing Heritage Makers has your back.

Friday, December 9, 2016

get the word out: flyers

Flyers from Heritage Makers are such a beautiful, professional-looking, yet simple way to get the word out about your business.  (Though they make really cool Christmas letters, too! {see one example here})

I just made some of what I call "mini flyers" to show off some of the OTHER things you can do with Heritage Makers personal publishing besides the all-important memory-keeping and telling life's stories.

Here's what they looked like when they arrived at my door.  You can see why I call them "mini."  These are, of course, the regular 8.5x11 flyers, only I created two per page to just save a little $$$.  Flyers come in a pack of 30, so I got 30 of TWO different kinds of flyers this way.  A pack of 30 single-sided flyers is around $14.  (A tad more for the double-sided ones.)

See?  All I need now is a paper cutter...

And there's my "mini" flyer about what Heritage Makers personal publishing can do for your business.

And here's my "mini" flyer full of ideas to make a special event even more special through lots of creative and unique invitation, decor, and gift ideas.

Remember, all the digital art is just part of Heritage Makers--it comes with your product--so you can really create, create, create to make flyers that are YOU!  Use the "how to get started" tab above in red to start your own.

Monday, December 5, 2016

"One Day At A Time" Planner Kit from Anthology

Are you a planner?  I am.  For sure!  I always say I like to choose my consequences at the same time I choose my actions, so I like to plan ahead.  It helps things run more smoothly, of course, but it also allows for a more

"Those who prepare create their own luck." -anonymous

Look what's new this month!!  This is a DIY planner kit!  I love how there is an element of creativity in this planner kit, too, because that means you can personalize! 

One of my favorite things about the Anthology line is that almost everything comes in a KIT--that means it's practically done for you!

Here's a little one-minute tour through the whole kit, so you get to see the whole planner page by page.


Here are the details: 

One Day At A Time Deluxe Planner Kit
Give yourself (and someone else) the gift of stylish and creative organization with this Deluxe Planner Kit from Lisa Bearnson! Use the beautiful gold-foil polka dot faux leather memory planner to schedule a year of activities and memories with to-do overview, month-at-a-glance, week-at-a-glance, and journaling spots. Embellish and customize your planner with the additional items included in the kit.
Faux Leather Album (6” x 8”)
12 Month Dividers
12 Page Protectors
96 Pages
Calendar/Event Stickers
Changeable Date Stamp
Glitter Tape
Designer Pencils
Designer Eraser
Decorative Clips
This cute, fun Planner Kit is $39 and can be purchased at by clicking "products" then "Anthology DIY."  

Happy planning!  (And happy gift-giving!)

Friday, December 2, 2016

advertising events using a business card (oh, and my ACTUAL events, too!)

Remember a couple of months ago I told you about a cool way to give yourself TIME to work on memory-keeping?  {If you missed it, you can read about it here.}

Well, I've been doing something similar for several years now, only my monthly events are in person!  I decided I'd like to advertise my Digi-Crop events ("digi-crop" just means "bring your laptop and work on Heritage Makers stuff").

And what better way to advertise than with a little Heritage Makers business card?  Around $5 for a little pack of 50, with the option to be double-sided, it's really perfect for just handing out right and left and getting the word out about your event!

I was so excited to get these little business cards back in the mail.

I have to say, I really love the portrait orientation on this one.

And I'm so excited to say that (*new this month*!) I've set up both of my monthly events in MeetUp.  If you're new to MeetUp, you just open an account at (it's free) and then you can join various groups getting together in your local area.  If you want, you can list your interests (moms groups, photography groups, reading, business, crafting, etc.) and you will get e-mailed meetups that could be of interest to you.  (That's optional, of course.)

YOU'RE INVITED TO MY MEETUPS!  There's a Memory Keeper group (Digital Scrapbooking, Paper Scrapbooking, and UNscrapbooking) that meets in the daytime, and a Digi-Crop group (Heritage Makers only) that meets in the evenings.  Here are the links for each meetup so you can see details, register, and invite others:



Hope to see you there!  And if you're not local, I hold quarterly online events like these.  Just ask to join my Facebook group here and you'll automatically be invited. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

home decor: crafting with coasters

I'm sure that title makes you think:

"Um.  What?!"

But, yes, I'm going to show you a craft project using coasters I made with Heritage Makers!

I first saw the idea {here} and thought it looked kinda cool.  And then some things got changed around on my bathroom wall, and all of a sudden this was going to be the PERFECT thing to go there!

The first thing I did, of course, was create the coasters in my Heritage Makers account.  {You can do the same thing by following these steps.  And remember I'm here if you have questions.}  It took about 8 days to receive them in the mail, and then I gathered all my supplies together:

I did a beach theme, and I created the coasters using all pictures of beaches we've personally been to as a family in recent years.  It was so fun!  You can't see here, but in the bottom corner I actually put the place and date in small font.

If you're new to Heritage Makers coasters like I was for this project, here's the low-down.  A little shy of 4" square, cork-backed, and a really glossy, nice finish on the front.  (I honestly LOVED how my photos looked on these!!)

You might notice in my "supplies" photo (that I showed you first) that one of my supplies was a set of earrings!  The original instructions for this craft were to use a "large book ring."  I have one, but I just didn't like the look of it.  So I thought What else is cheap but would look good and do the same thing?  Walmart earrings, of course!  :D
I closed the clasp and then folded the ribbon over and hot-glued it.  (And, yes, this is really "ribbon," but it looks pretty different.  I was hoping for a beachy, flip-flops-and-hat kind of look.

I expected this to be a little harder or more complicated, even though I knew how simple this project was, but for the next step you literally just hot glue the coasters to your length of ribbon.  And that's it!

I saw that phrase "The beach fixes everything" on a sign once and adored it.  That is definitely a true statement for me!

And there it is on my wall!  I decided to dress it up a bit with the ribbon because I cut the bottom ribbon a bit too short, but those bows and knots are completely optional.

This is SUCH a fun project and SO EASY and such a cool way to display your photos.  If you do this craft, I'd love to see YOUR photos!  E-mail them to me at the address in the "contact me" tab above!

Friday, November 25, 2016

looking for an easy Christmas gift?

Here are my top three suggestions for EASY Christmas gifts!

easy + meaningful = best gift ever

These should be ordered by about December 4 or 5 for Christmas gift-giving (assuming you don't have to turn around and mail them--but you can ship these directly to the recipients if that helps).

1.  COOKBOOKS (This one is basically ZERO work.)
I just ordered these, and they are adorable--with yummy cookie recipes from Betty Crocker.  They're only about $7 and they look like mini-magazines.  The only thing you'll need to change on this whole book is the personalization on the back.

TO GET THIS:  Open your Heritage Makers account at (click "sign up" at the upper right if you don't already have an account).  This is a Premier template, so you need to have a Premier account to access it.  But that's okay because you'll get a better price anyway.  Click the "how to get started" tab in red above, and watch the video in Step 3.  Do Step 4 as well.  Next, click "Template Gallery" at the upper right, then "Browse the Gallery."  Once the Gallery opens, type 91882 into the search field.  This book will come up and you'll click "personalize."   Heritage Makers' Studio is a drag-and-drop system, but if you need some pointers, watch the video in Step 5--or feel free to contact me through the "contact me" tab in red above.  Please note:  When I ordered mine, I changed the front cover from white to "cookie color," shall we call it.  :)  So your cookbooks will not look like this one unless you do the same.  


These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes (so the prices vary, too).  What makes these EASY is that they generally only use one photo and a quote, so they don't take very long to create--especially if you're using one of Heritage Makers' 200,000+ fully-editable templates!

TO GET THIS:  Click the "how to get started" tab in red above, and follow the 5 steps.  Next I suggest clicking "Template Gallery" at the upper right, then "Browse the Gallery."  You'll probably want to select "home decor" at the left to see the available canvases, metal prints, and wood prints.  The simple 11x14 prints are also a nice choice, and at about $3 each, the frame will cost more than the print!  Once you choose a template, click "personalize" and you're ready to go.


 These come in at around $20 and come in three shapes.  Again, these come together really quickly because they generally only use one photo (though they ARE double-sided) and just a little quote or digital art (included!!).  These are white-coated aluminum and include a ribbon.

TO GET THIS:  Click the "how to get started" tab in red above, and follow the 5 steps.  Next I suggest clicking "Template Gallery" at the upper right, then "Browse the Gallery."  You'll probably want to select "photo gifts" at the left to see the templates for ornaments.  But there are lots of other easy photo gifts, too!  Once you choose a template, click "personalize" and you're ready to go.


Monday, November 21, 2016

craft fair display

I wanted to up my game a little where my craft fair display was concerned.  I've been doing craft fairs for about 8 years, in 3 different states, so I've seen a lot and have been considering how to draw more attention to my booth.  I decided I needed to go HIGHER.

I need to have a display that stores well, without taking up much space, from year to year.  I love the idea of crates and tents and some of the other things you see at craft fairs, but in addition to the storage issue, spending a lot isn't really an option for me right now.

After some internet searches, I decided to use white pegboard (just from my local home improvement store).  I have two different tables showing two different types of things, and I wanted to give each pegboard stand a "title" so that people can see it before they come to my booth.  And I wanted it to be cute.  :)

I created cute little banners from a Heritage Makers 11x14 print.  The advantages here are
  • I could create it exactly like I wanted, with LOTS of choices of (included) digital art 
  • prints are a little over $3 each
  • I got the optional UV coating, which gives them a little more durability
I actually also really like this because I made these banners to match my business cards, flyers, and tri-fold brochures.

I submitted the prints for publishing and got them back about a 8 days later.  They looked like this
At my booth, I display items made via "online, digital personal publishing," and I also display "papercrafting & scrapbooking" items, so I have two different styles of banner pieces, as you can see.

Then I cut them out,
punched holes in the corners, and threaded some ribbon through.

Since these banners are only about 3" tall (you could make them bigger if you want), I used a mini hole punch and 1/8" ribbon (which costs almost nothing).  I did secure the ribbon on the back of each piece with a little tape just to keep them from sliding on the ribbon.

I used a total of six pieces of common white pegboard because I was making three background displays total.  They were 4 ft. high and 2 ft. wide.  Each piece was $8.  I put each pair together with white duct tape on the back, then pushed ribbon through the duct tape (using an x-acto knife) and tied them together for a little extra security.

Then it was time to put my adorable banners on the pegboard (just with tape).

I bought some pegs and some baskets made for pegboards as well.  Again, just at the home improvement store.

In my "personal publishing" section of goods, I sell a couple of magnetic items, so I bought some sticky-backed magnet strips (available at craft stores--I got mine at Walmart).

SEE??  It works!  :)
(I love doing creative things with the Heritage Makers car magnet.  It's 12x18, so although it goes great on a car for business, it also goes great on a fridge for a family calendar or menu planner, or on a file cabinet for a vision board!  You can write on and wipe off with a dry-erase marker!)

Ready to see what the display boards look like AT the craft fair??

I clearly need some more baskets for that last set-up!  This was my first run using the new pegboards, so next time I'll have it covered.  :)

I really love the height, but I especially love the little personal (and cute) touch the banners give to the pegboards.  I wish they were a little bigger, but what I wanted to say is really long!  Still, it really gave a nice feel to my display and is a big improvement over past years. 

If you're not visiting this post because you're looking for craft fair display ideas, you may be wondering about some of the things I have for sale in those photos above. 
  • The items in the first picture can be found at
  • The items in the second picture are mostly from the Anthology line, including Christmas gift card holders, Pocket Scrapbooking Kits, cardmaking kits, and Canvas Exchange Blocks.  You can see a lot of these items spotlighted here on this blog if you click the "Anthology" link in the link cloud in the right sidebar, or you can go to and click "products" then "Anthology DIY."
  • A few items in the second picture are from the Our Memories For Life line (similar to Creative Memories), including the cool Border Maker.  You can see a lot of these items spotlighted here on this blog if you click the "Our Memories For Life" link in the link cloud in the right sidebar, or you can go to and click "products" then "Our Memories For Life."

Friday, November 18, 2016

you don't keep something as powerful as photos in a box

It's just not where they belong.  Photos were meant to be seen.  They weren't ever meant to be stored--either digitally or in a box.  It's just not their purpose.  Photos are supposed to be looked at.

There's great power in photos--the ability to remember, to laugh, to enjoy, to heal, to fall in love again.

I often suggest Heritage Makers digital personal publishing for setting photos free.  Digital has many advantages--the ability to make multiple copies, for example.  Heritage Makers has many more advantages than that, including Heirloom Assurance.  {See the list of what makes Heritage Makers stand head & shoulders above other digital publishing here.}  The wide variety of products Heritage Makers offers really means there's something for everyone.  From hardbound books to scrapbook pages, from templates to create-your-own, you can choose what YOU prefer.

For anyone who feels technology is a hurdle too big to jump, I often suggest the Pocket Scrapbooking method by Anthology.  {You can read all about that here.} It's very simple, straightforward, and hands-on (and the papers, etc., shown below are optional). 

Whatever you choose, just be sure you're not keeping something as powerful as photos in a box.  They were never meant to go there.  Same thing with digital storage.  It's not where photos belong.  Backups are great, sure, but THE REAL THING is the one you see, the one you interact with.  There's a very real power there.  Unleash it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

chocolate wraps: Happy Holidays

I'm a part of a few networking groups, and I decided I'd like to take little December Wishes treats to my friends in the groups at our December meetings.  So, of course, I made little Happy Holidays chocolates.

Well, technically I made the sticky wraps from address labels in my {Heritage Makers} account, and I BOUGHT the chocolate.  :)  But you know what I meant.

If you haven't made address labels as chocolate wraps before, I suggest using a template from the Heritage Makers Template Gallery.  You can change anything in a template, and it'll give you a good jumping off place as far as how things should be measured and aligned so they'll fit around the Hershey Nugget.  Let me know if you need any help.

I have Christmas-celebrating friends and Hanukkah-celebrating friends, so I put both on the label.  And, of course, a little nod to my business.  Because these are so cool everyone will want to make them.  ;)

Then you just center the label on the Nugget and wrap.

CUTEST, huh??

These can be personalized for birthday parties, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and much more.  You might remember my first post about wrapped chocolates {here}. 

UPDATE:  Here's a video tutorial I made, walking you through making these awesome chocolate wraps.

But for now, I wish all my friends a Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah, and a prosperous new year!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving dinner conversation cards (great gift idea, too!)

I can't tell you how many people are duly impressed with the playing card decks from Heritage Makers.  I love showing them to people!!  I came across one recently in the Template Gallery that I had to try out!  They are Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Starter cards.

They come in a nice little box, and this is a deck of 54.  That "thankful for you" side is the back of the cards.  The backs are all the same, but you can put anything you want on the fronts. 

I just love these, both to bring out as a host of Thanksgiving dinner but also (maybe ESPECIALLY) to bring as a gift when you're the guest!

I made a few little style-related tweaks to the cards before I ordered them, but you can certainly order them as-is at by opening your account and then searching the Template Gallery (select "browse gallery") and typing 126365 into the search field.  (FYI, this is a Premier template, so to have access to it and to get the best price you should check out the Club HM video here: )  This is a nice little addition to your Thanksgiving table, or a nice little gift, at under $20.

Happy Thanksgiving!  #begrateful

Monday, November 7, 2016

love your job

I love doing something that matters.  If fact, I NEED TO do something that matters.

I believe passionately that memory-keeping is priceless, and I feel keenly that we have ONE chance at it.  Memories fade and moments pass.  I believe passionately that we can't afford to pass up what preserving our life stories and photos gives us:
  • an increase in happiness
  • therapeutic benefits including healing from grief and loss
  • increased self-esteem (especially in children)
  • a sense of belonging and security (especially for children)
  • improved connections with others
  • stress reduction
I love sharing beautiful, meaningful, high-quality ways to preserve photos and memories and life stories that will last.  I am passionate about inspiring, educating, and helping people to not just realize but FEEL the gift that photos are.

What's your passion?  What drives you?  What's something you could do that wouldn't feel like work?

Do you know someone who is passionate about photos and memories and preserving them?  Do you know someone who is their family's historian?  Do you know someone who loves genealogy?

Our passions are ours for a reason.  What's yours?

For more information about sharing the passion of memory-keeping, explore the "work from home" link in the topic cloud at the right, or contact me using the "contact me" tab above.  I'm a supportive and no-pressure team leader, and Heritage Makers is a rewarding place to be.