Friday, February 19, 2016

"History will be kind to me because I intend to write it."

(Winston Churchill said that.)

One of the enormous benefits that Heritage Makers digital storybooks offer over the traditional "photo books" you might see around is this:  THERE ARE NO LIMITS ON TEXT.  You can write as much text as you can fit on a page.  (There are also no limits on the amount of photos you can put on a page, but that's a blog post for a different day.)

What this means is that the story behind the photo, the reason it was taken, can be recorded without restriction.

This also means that you can create books that are largely text.  Heritage Makers, from the beginning, has never been a "photo book" company.  You can add photos, yes, even a lot of them, but we're all about the STORIES behind the photos.  Tell an adoption story, a love story, a survival story, or a life story.  As Mr. Churchill said, history will be kind to you if YOU are the one recording your personal history.



"You can make yourself life forever through writing.  Do not pass through life without leaving something behind for others to learn from your experience--even if no one but your children read it.  You may discover a you you've never known."  ~Antwone Fisher

Whether you are writing about yourself or someone else, there are a LOT of templates available.  Remember, too, that templates are FULLY editable, so you can change anything you want.  Here are some of my favorite personal story (or personal history) books.

 (link to see all the pages of this book is here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/gallery/#/t/53766)

(link to see all the pages of this book is here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/gallery/#/t/53765)

(link to see all the pages of this book is here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/gallery/#/t/47196)

link to see all the pages of this book is here:  http://www.heritagemakers.com/gallery/#/t/31280)

Of course, you can create any book yourself instead of using a template, if you prefer.

As you get started on a life story, you might also appreciate a Story Map!
Story Maps are just PDF files that give you step-by-step instructions, with prompts, ideas, and an outline.  Here's the life story one:  http://studio.heritagemakers.com/pdf/storymap_life.pdf

Tell your story!  Record the life story of a loved one.  Start at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise by logging in or opening your account (it's free) by clicking the "sign up" link.  Then contact me and let me help you get the best pricing and answer questions.  It's a priceless gift to your family!

Friday, February 5, 2016

PERSONALIZE a playing card deck (tutorial)

One of the things I've had the most fun showing others lately is the Playing Card Deck from Heritage Makers. 

Although it's certainly fantastic to have your own personalized playing card deck, there are so many other things you can do with this product!  One gal is thrilled to use the playing card deck in her business, and another is going to make a deck for her grandchildren with family members' faces on them. 

I made this Personalized Playing Card Deck video tutorial to show you several different ideas and possibilities for the Playing Card Deck, and then I walk you through making the deck from a template as well as from scratch.  This is definitely worth the watch!  Playing Cards are so great for gifts--if you're looking for something special for someone, this just might be what you're looking for.  Enjoy & share.