Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"I regret making that storybook," said no one ever.

We all get to choose what we do with our time.  Sometimes we're smart with our time, and sometimes we're dumb with it, but we all get to choose.  Right now my regrets include scrolling too long on Facebook or not exercising when I told myself I would.  Do you have similar regrets? 

One of the most impactful and meaningful uses of time is preserving our photos and stories.  I think it's one of the most {noble ways to use our time}.
When I talk about preserving photos, I don't necessarily mean scrapbooking.  So if you're not a scrapbooker, stay with me here because it doesn't matter.  Preserving your experiences through photos and memories can happen any number of ways.

One of my favorite ways is a Heritage Makers storybook.  A storybook is like a digital scrapbook of sorts, but you can keep it really basic (not such a scrapbook-y look) or use a template that's pre-designed but still fully editable so you can make it fit your pictures and your story.

And I'll tell you what!  Spending time to create a storybook has NO REGRETS!

I really love the family yearbooks--a whole year's worth of photos in one book.  There are lots of templates already designed, so it's really just a matter of putting photos where they already go!  See the additional months in the thumbnails below the January page I have highlighted?

(You can see the whole book page by page {right here} if you like.)

If you haven't already seen what makes Heritage Makers storybooks stand out from "photo books," be sure you check out the top ten reasons in the "What Makes Heritage Makers Different" tab at the top of this page.

Creating storybooks or scrap pages is one way to spend your time that really makes a difference!  {Studies have even shown} that memory-keeping increases happiness, raises self-esteem, lowers stress, engenders a sense of belonging and purpose, and even makes kids more resilient!  From family yearbooks to {adoption} {stories} and {love stories}, what you create can make a lasting difference.

Do yourself a favor and start enjoying all those memory-keeping benefits RIGHT NOW.  If you struggle to find time, visit the "need TIME?" tab at the top of this page, and always remember that you can actually {make memory-keeping into a family activity}, not just something on YOUR to-do list!

A Heritage Makers storybook is a beautiful, high-quality, meaningful way to preserve your life experiences through photos and stories, and it's a meaningful way to spend your time that you'll never regret.

The five steps to get started are laid out {here} for you! 

And this video tutorial can help, too!

 #noregrets #dontletyourbabiesgrowuptobejpegs

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

how to support small business without spending a cent

Chances are you know a small business owner or network marketer.  Chances are you know several.  How do you, as their friend, support them?  Here are some ways you can be one of their strongest supporters and cheerleaders without spending a cent or even stepping out of your house!

And don't forget:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Heritage Makers Studio 201 - a video tutorial (beyond beginners)

Heritage Makers digital personal publishing is a powerful tool for memory-keeping, creating high-quality family yearbooks, digital scrapbooking, giving unforgettable gifts, and even creating your own business products!  The program you use is called Studio.  It's similar to other drag-n-drop programs like Photoshop, Canva, or Publisher, only with many more tools and included (free) digital art.

In September, I created a tutorial video called Heritage Makers Studio 101.  It's for anyone who has never used Heritage Makers before (or anyone who needs a little refresher).  It goes over logging in, uploading photos, how to place photos and text in your project, etc.  If you missed that video, you can find a link {here}.

Today, I'm sharing the follow-up tutorial video with you!  This one will show you several time-saving tricks, and some additional features (such as making a photo into a circle or oval) not covered in the more basic tutorial.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

family-themed gift ideas

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  I've got some great family-themed gift ideas for you this year!  I spent a lot of time searching high and low to find some fantastic gift ideas for you that will encourage family connections and foster engagement.  Many are interactive, but all are meant to strengthen relationships and family ties.

You'll have quite a few different ideas to choose from at each of these links:
And Happy Christmas to all.