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

Writing your own life story is more important than you think.  It has real benefits to you personally--take a minute to learn about them at that link.

Whether you are writing about yourself or someone else, there are a LOT of templates available.  Remember, too, that Heritage Makers templates are FULLY editable, so you can change anything you want.  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.  Access the Life Story Map here.

UPDATE 2022:  While Heritage Makers is still being updated to a new software platform that doesn't require Adobe Flash to run (which Adobe discontinued at the end of 2020), here's another option I recommend that has the same heirloom-quality books and photo privacy guarantee.  The Design  & Print platform (free) has templates with full pages of text, and the Artisan platform (purchased software to download to your computer) has complete flexibility on every page like Heritage Makers.  Here's an example of how fast and easy it is to use a Design & Print template for a life story--or click here to learn more about Artisan.

Tell your story!  Record the life story of a loved one.  Get started right here!  It's a priceless gift to your family!

Be sure to check out the current sales and this additional savings option, too.  If you have any questions, just contact me!

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!

UPDATE 2022:  All the playing card decks shown were made with Heritage Makers.  However, Heritage Makers is currently being updated to a new software platform that doesn't require Adobe Flash to run (which Adobe has discontinued).  For the time being, it's easier for you to order these items from me--meaning I make them for you--than it will be for you to make them in your own Heritage Makers account.  Just contact me with questions (or to order) these amazing playing card decks!