Monday, August 29, 2016

framed prints and home decor

There are a lot of options for home decor from Heritage Makers--canvases, metal prints, wood prints, posters, and such.  But one of my favorites is super simple.  Just create a scrapbook page and frame it!

For only a few dollars, you can create really beautiful, fun, meaningful, trendy (whatever you're going for) items for your home.  I came across this quote that was posted by {CR Conversations} that I absolutely adored:

"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."  ~A. A. Milne

Around my house, some people have issues with a lot of planning ahead.  I, however, am all about the planning, all about the organizing.  So I pretty much REALLY NEEDED this quote for my office.

All it took was an 8.5x11 scrap page and some perfect Heritage Makers digital art (included!), and voila!

Waited for my order from Heritage Makers to come in the mail.

Framed on my desk.

Want to make some cool home decor (or gifts!!) like this?  Just open your free account at and create away!  I'm here to help if you need it, and I have video tutorials, too!  (Find them at the YouTube link in the right sidebar over there.)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Does YOUR memory-keeping method offer this??

Even before you open your Heritage Makers account, I hope you will take advantage of one of the greatest things Heritage Makers offers.

I know--I could be talking about the quality, the flexibility, Heirloom Assurance, customer service here in the US, the many options available to meet your specific needs, the competitive pricing, the Club HM way of paying for things over time, but this time I'm not!  This time I'm talking about the huge benefit of having a Heritage Makers consultant.

I became a Heritage Makers consultant 11 1/2 years ago, and I have loved helping people in that capacity.  If you haven't really thought about it, here's what I can help you with as your Heritage Makers consultant:
  •  I can definitely help you get the best price.  If you have a specific question about a specific project you want to do (15 family cookbooks for your family reunion, for example), I can help you figure that out.
  • I can help you with ideas.  Just tell me, "I have an upcoming wedding," and I can show you links to wedding invitations, save the date cards, sign-in books, wedding albums, favors with a picture of the bride and groom, decor, and more--whatever you're looking for.  Or tell me, "I want neutral-colored family photo albums," and I can point the way.
  •  I can tell you about our paper scrapbooking and paper-crafting lines if you like paper in addition to/instead of digital.
  • I can tell you about family yearbook templates if you have a lot of photos to catch up on, or "pocket scrapbooking," which is also a great way to catch up quick.
  • I can give you a tribe!  This is huge.  When you host a class where I can teach your friends about Heritage Makers, you and your friends can then work together on memory-keeping.  You can get together for lunch or girls' nights, show your completed projects to each other for inspiration and motivation, and have FUN with your memory-keeping.  (Click here for information about hosting a class.) 
  • I can help with questions as you make your Heritage Makers projects.  "How do I tell if something is centered on a page?"  "How do I know if my photo will print at highest quality?"  I have an e-mail I send to all new clients which has a lot of pointers and answers, and I have a helpful tri-fold brochure I send to new Club HM clients, and I have YouTube videos, BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL, TEXT, OR E-MAIL ME, TOO.  It's what I'm here for.  It's my job.  And I love my job.
  • I also hire out to make books.  This can help if you're short on time or if you just need an extra boost catching up on your photos.  (Click here for information.)
You have a Heritage Makers consultant!!!  You have help, and you have a friend in your corner.  Let me know how I can help YOU.

Would you like to help others like this, too, and change lives for a living?  Information about being a consultant is {here}. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY wine glass tags

All right, so I'm a {Pinterest} fan.  I saw a home decor idea there about a year ago where you fill hurricane vases or even wine glasses with beads, candies, beans, and various fillers to represent holidays.  I did it and like it, but I've kinda felt like it's not quite complete--like I'd like to have a little more.

AND THEN I GOT A SUPER AMAZING IDEA of a simple, inexpensive, but fun and darling thing I could do with Heritage Makers:  DIY wine glass tags.

This obviously goes with my decor idea, but can you imagine the possibilities?!  This would be so fun and unique for parties, weddings, and other special occasions.  

All you do is use a Heritage Makers 12x12 scrap page and make 1 1/2" circles then put your message inside it.  (If you don't know how to use Heritage Makers, not to worry--I can help get you going via phone, text, or e-mail, or you can watch {a Heritage Makers video class here}.)  

Here's half of my Heritage Makers scrap page.  See how I did all the holidays?  (And a couple extra.)  You can fit 56 circles that are 1 1/2" on a 12x12 scrap page.  I did two per holiday because I have two wine glasses for my home decor, but if you're making actual name tags, that's 56 people from a $4 scrap page!  Or $6 for a double-sided scrap page like I used--see how the "I [heart] America" is the front, and the other one at the right shows the back of the scrap page? 

Be sure to add the UV coating option when you check out just so you get a little sturdier page.  After you've ordered your scrap page and it comes in the mail (you'll need 7-10 business days), you just cut out the little circles.  Then punch a hole in the top with a small hole punch (not a regular one--you can get small ones at craft stores).

You'll need to buy some memory wire.  And you'll want some wire cutters.  Just snip a circle.

Then use some pliers to bend each end of the wire circle.

Then slip the wire through the circles and hook them together.

This is what my home decor wine glasses look like--with holiday themes.

I also made some with a summer theme.  Instead of beads and candles, I went for sand and shells (just purchased at a craft store).  I LOVE this one!!

But then again, I'm a beach gal.  ;)

Here's the February/Valentine one.  Doesn't this make you think of how fun these would be for a wedding?

These could have PICTURES on them!!  Class reunions!  Family reunions!  Retirement parties!  Birthdays!

The possibilities are endless.  

Open your Heritage Makers account at and start CREATING!  I'm here to help if you need it.

Friday, August 19, 2016

a photograph proves that you lived

This is one of my favorite quotes about memory-keeping.  This is exactly what photos are for--capturing the moments of life.  You get the power to re-live a moment, to enjoy it all over again.

I love the quality and flexibility of Heritage Makers products.  I love the templates if I don't want to take the time to create a design myself.  I love that even templates are completely editable.  I love that my memory-keeping is preserved by Heirloom Assurance.

If I could share one thing with the world, it would be that it doesn't matter HOW you preserve your photos and memories, it just matters that you DO.

The tabs in red above will give you a good introduction to Heritage Makers and why it's a step above anything else you may have seen, but if you prefer paper memory-keeping, here are two other great options (even if you don't have a lot of time):

To get started with any of these three memory-keeping options, first open your Heritage Makers account at  Then take advantage of the "contact me" tab above as well as the YouTube link in the right sidebar for video tutorials.

The time to focus on memory-keeping is NOW.

Friday, August 12, 2016

helping people find photo solutions that work for THEM

My job as a Heritage Makers consultant is to help people find solutions for their digital photos that will actually WORK for them.  Some people love creativity, and some people have the time for it, and some people don't.  Some people love hardbound books, and some people love individual scrap pages in a looseleaf system, and everyone loves high-quality products that last.

Bring your unique situation and needs to me and let me give you possible solutions through Heritage Makers products.  I love the challenge of learning your needs and then making you happy.  Contact me at 303-591-4964 or and let me solve your photo problems!  

Or check out the "3 memory-keeping options" tab in red above to get some ideas!

Let's find a solution for your digital photos that works for YOU!

Friday, August 5, 2016

finding the happy medium between your comfort zone and listening to yourself

Is preserving photos something you find difficult because it's "not my thing?"  Or does it come naturally to you?  Is digital memory-keeping easy for you, or hard?  Are you tech-savvy, or do you prefer a paper, tactile method?

I've been teaching people about memory-keeping for over 11 years, and in that time I've found that there are two truths:
  1. Sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone and learn something new in order to succeed.
  2. Listening to yourself is your greatest chance for success.
I thought about this initially as it relates to building a team of other Heritage Makers consultants--mostly because I'm an introvert to the core!  I really discovered that doing something new requires some courage, but I also am such a firm believer in listening to yourself.  I didn't try to make myself into a bubbly, over-the-top salesperson because it's just not me.  My business focus is more about HELPING, and it's much more about an individual than a sale.  Once I listened to that in myself, I could run with it.  So finding that balance between stepping outside my comfort zone and listening to my own strengths was vital.  And it's definitely how I lead my team.  I don't expect any of my team members to be responsible for my growth, bonuses, etc.  I believe if I do my job right, that happens organically.

So how does this apply beyond a business or a team?  HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO YOU?

If you take a picture, it needs a home.  There's a memory associated with it--a story.  The story behind your photo needs to be told in order to make that photo still valuable 10 years from now.  Nameless photos don't mean much.  (And neither do photos left to die on a hard drive or flash drive, but that's another post for another day!)  

When you give your photos and their stories a home, that's memory-keeping.

If you aren't already a regular, zealous memory-keeper, it's VITAL to your success that you listen to yourself and move beyond your comfort zone if you need to.  Don't do anything crazy, just do what you need to to make it WORK.

Let me give you three memory-keeping options.  You can decide which one is most comfortable and will most easily help you be successful.  Please keep in mind that memory-keeping doesn't have to be perfect.  Since scrapbooking became a thing, there seems to be a high standard for memory-keeping, an opinion that if you don't scrapbook and spend an hour on a page, you're not doing it right.

WRONG.  If you are preserving your photos and memories--PERIOD--you are doing it right.  Believe me.

Heritage Makers.  It's online, digital, with high quality products (better than other online digital "photobooks").  There are no limits to the amount of pictures or text or digital art (which is included) that you can put on a page.  If you aren't sure about your technical savvy, I've made online video tutorials, and I'm always available to answer questions.  (I also hire out to make part or all of a Heritage Makers project, too.)  Heritage Makers is a great way to preserve old photos (after they've been digitized/scanned), and it's also great if you want multiple copies of something.  Heritage Makers books are most popular for memory-keeping, but you can do individual scrap pages, wirebound books for things like cookbooks, even DIY home decor and business products.  For more information, explore the tabs in red above.

Anthology.  It's a scrapbooking line with busy people in mind.  The easiest option is Pocket Pages, where you literally just slide photos in pockets, and papers with memories and details written on them.   There are kits, which make putting together pages a snap since everything is already cut, measured, and coordinating.  For more information, click "Anthology" in the "click to read more posts about your favorite topics" section at the right sidebar, or the "3 memory-keeping options" at the top.

Our Memories For Life.  It's usually the die-hard paper scrapbookers who love this line, more particularly those who have used the Creative Memories system.  Our Memories For Life was created by the co-founder of Creative Memories, so the strap binding system is the same, and favorites like the tape runner are available again.  There is a border strip punch, journaling cards, border strips, etc., and there are pocket pages available from Our Memories For Life, too.  For more information, click "Our Memories For Life" in the "click to read more posts about your favorite topics" section at the right sidebar, or the "3 memory-keeping options" at the top.


If you need help deciding which one is best, contact me.  I'm pretty great for bouncing ideas off of, and I can give you some direction if you need it.  As I mentioned earlier, I've been at this 11 years, so I have a lot of solutions floating around my head.  If you need one, let me help.

All three memory-keeping options are available at by clicking "products."

Monday, August 1, 2016

business gift (or advertising) packets

This summer I've had the opportunity to give out some little gift packets to people in the two networking groups I'm in.  So, of course, I chose for the gifts some HERITAGE MAKERS products that I made in my own little Heritage Makers account.  This is obviously advertising for MY business, but I love how easily this could translate to other people's businesses!  This would be an AMAZING and CREATIVE way to give a gift and advertise for yourself at the same time.

I first started with my go-to business favor: Hershey Nuggets wrapped with Heritage Makers address labels.  These are simple, impressive, and inexpensive.  I know--you can get address labels at Walmart and print your own.  But these STICK really well, you can put your logo or photo or catch phrase on them, and they STAND OUT!  {see the address label specs here}

 This time I made a few generic ones that say "Your Logo Here."

I also created a business planner using a Booklet {specs here}.  This is a fun way to keep track of your business goals, ideas, and networking, but it's also a great gift from my standpoint because it's about $7!
Here's the whole gift package before I wrapped it up.  You can also see my business cards, the three chocolates, and even a box of Tic Tacs wrapped in a large address label cut in half {specs here}--they fit just perfectly.  (BTW, the pen is the only thing in the package that I did not make using Heritage Makers.  But I have a great connection if you're looking for pens!)  

The group this gift packet was going to is a women's group and has a "dot" theme, so I made every page with dots. 
Isn't that a fun little gift package?  Do you have friends or team members or clients who would appreciate and enjoy something like this?

The other group I'm in is half men and half women, so I wanted to make a different planner that would be more "neutral."  I decided to go with the wirebound book this time {specs here}.  The wirebound version costs about twice as much as the booklet version, but I really loved how this turned out!  What a lovely gift package, right??

Inside the business planner:  a mission statement page

and a "plan for growth" page as well as a "my 45 seconds" page (a succinct way to introduce your business clearly).  
After that, the pages are the same throughout so people can fill them in each month with personal goals, ideas, events to hold or attend, networking and business goals, new contacts, and a list of things to do on social media.
I had an extra page at the end of this planner, so I decided to leave a place for notes AND leave my own advertising page!!  (I kinda thought that was brilliant.)

I think this would make an excellent gift for clients AND you have a spot on the last page to advertise, too!

I have to admit, I was a little jealous of the recipients of these gift packets because they're SO COOL.  :)

Several of the address labels are templates which you can find in the Heritage Makers template gallery at --and you can copy them into your own Heritage Makers account which you can open at the same website.  Templates are fully editable, which means you can change ANYTHING (even all of it)!  But the planners are both my own creation and aren't found in the template gallery.  I LOVE SHARING, though, so if you want to use them yourself, JUST ASK and I can easily send them to your Heritage Makers account.  

Cha-ching.  :)

For more impressive, DIY business product ideas, see my Pinterest board, "business products":