Thursday, September 27, 2018

Think Outside the Scrapbooking Box

Pictures and memories are some of the most precious things we have.  Unfortunately, many people think that preserving them requires "scrapbooking."  Our modern-day definition of scrapbooking entails a lot of supplies, a lot of space, and a lot of time.

But think about it--it doesn't make a lot of sense that something EVERYONE needs is something doable (or enjoyable) by a very few.  

There are actually a lot of reasons that we need our pictures and memories.  They include:
  • lower stress
  • lower depression and anxiety (especially among teenagers)
  • healing benefits (as from grief)
  • coping benefits 
  • increased happiness
  • increased self-esteem (especially among kids)
  • increased sense of belonging
  • increased perspective
  • increased sense of gratitude
  • increased connections among family members
So let's think outside the scrapbooking box!!

There are lots of other ways to preserve photos and memories!!  Nobody should ever feel like they can't do anything with their photos and memories because they aren't a "scrapbooker."

Today I bring you FOUR articles I've written showing four different approaches and styles to preserving photos and memories and telling your own story.  Each of these articles includes a list called "you might like this option if..."  So explore each one at the links below until you find a solution that works for you.  There are easy, simple, creative, digital, and paper options.  There's really something for everyone.  Which one will be YOUR solution for your memory-keeping?
  • {Digital Scrap Pages} (my personal favorite--it's what I use, so this post actually includes a video tutorial so you'll see how fast digital scrap pages can be)
  • {Easy Paper Scrapbooking Kits} (this is totally what I would do if I didn't love digital so much and I already had pictures printed)
  • {Digital Storybooking} (Combine this post with my Family Yearbook video tutorial and plan, and you've got a really simple way to easily preserve your pictures.)
  • {Traditional Paper Scrapbooking}  (Even if you're not a paper scrapbooker, this fun post gives some very interesting information about the history of scrapbooking!  It's a lot older than you probably think.  If you ARE a paper scrapbooker, you'll enjoy seeing some fun new tools!)

You can learn more about {options for memory-keeping at this link}.  It's so important to find something you will love doing (and, therefore, DO)!

As a bonus, I'll share one more article with you:  {What Your Pictures Have to do with Self-Care}.  It may help motivate you to turn your good intentions into something you can hold!  There's no time like right now.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Personalized Photo Journals and Photo Notebooks by Snap2Finish

I'm so excited to share with you a fun option in journals and notebooks!  These would make amazing gifts, but they're also fun ways to personalize our own daily thoughts, gratitude journals, goal tracking, and more.  {Snap2Finish}, Heritage Maker's new sister company, is now offering journals and notebooks in several fun templates, and you can choose to add photos to them as well!

Let me first tell you a little about the journals and the notebooks, and then you can actually watch me personalize and order a notebook in about 5 minutes!

The Snap2Finish Notebooks have a white wire binding and measure 6.25"x8.25".  They contain 40 lined, double-sided pages (so, 80).  Design is on the front cover only.  Notebooks are $18 here at {Snap2Finish}.
Personalize with a photo, text (not shown), or choose a template to personalize (or leave as-is).

These are about 1/3 of the available templates, and they're editable, too.

The Snap2Finish Journals are hardbound and measure 6.25"x8.25".  They contain 80 lined, double-sided pages (so, 160).  Design is on the front cover, spine, and back cover.  Journals are $24 {here at Snap2Finish}.
There are several templates for journals, too (many that are the same as the notebooks).

You can order as-is with a lovely quote, or swap your pictures for the templates that include photos, OR you can even add your own photos to a template that doesn't have photos!  Let me show you exactly what I'm talking about.  Watch me actually personalize and order a notebook in about 5 minutes!

If you know a journaler or someone celebrating a special occasion, a journal or notebook from Snap2Finish is an easy, personal gift they'll cherish!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Three Easy Halloween and Fall Decor Ideas

Sometimes it's fun to take on a creative DIY project to create fun home decor, but sometimes it's just as fun not to.  Today I'll show you three easy Halloween (and fall) home decor ideas that take little to no effort to create.

The first is a cute little magnetic countdown to Halloween.  I made this from a Heritage Makers scrap page, then cut it in pieces, attached magnets on the back, and mounted the main scrap page on a cookie sheet.  It's got a ribbon attached for hanging on a wall, pantry door, etc.

I've made these as fun group Make & Takes before (before Pinterest Nights were cool!), so although I could give you directions and a tutorial on making this, we're talking about EASY today!  I've sold these over at my {Crafts with Heritage Makers} Facebook page, and there is ONE LEFT.  If you'd like me to get this in the mail for you, it's $8 plus shipping.  Just {contact me} to snap it up.

See?  How's that for ZERO effort to create?!

This is one of my very favorite projects for DIY home decor because it's adorable AND ridiculously simple!  Plus, {this one set} gives you three seasons' worth of decor--Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter, all on one set of blocks!  The blocks are small enough to not take up a lot of space but just give the right little seasonally-decorative touch.

Bonus!  Not just for Halloween!

Here's the creative genius behind these fun Canvas Exchange Blocks, Lisa Bearnson, showing how the "exchange" part works.  Watch this!!

Isn't that so much FUN?!

All you do is order the block set and the canvas exchange set #4.  Order them both {right here} by clicking "products" then "Anthology DIY."  From there, scroll down in the "Kits" section (I know--there's a lot there!) until you find Canvas Exchange Set #4.  It will look like this (without the blocks):

Once that's in your shopping cart, find the Wood Block Kit (also under "Kits")  It will look like this, and includes everything you see here:

(Remember--only order ONE set of wood blocks.  You can exchange the various canvas pieces using the same block set, just like Lisa showed you in the video.)

Once you receive the wood blocks and the canvas exchange pieces in the mail, all you need to do is paint the blocks (sanding them a little if needed).  Then you're done!  Exchange the pieces out during each part of the fall season going into winter.  Adorable!

Halloween isn't a gory, scary thing at our house.  It's all about the candy.  So I made this cute hanging print for our Halloween decor.  It's obviously a tame, kid-friendly Halloween decoration!  :)

Like the magnetic Halloween countdown, I've made these in Make & Take groups and sold them over at my {Crafts with Heritage Makers} Facebook page.  I also wrote up a step-by-step tutorial about how to take a print (a Heritage Makers scrap page) and make it into a wall hanging, which you can {see right here}--there are so many possibilities beyond Halloween!

I have just ONE "It's All About the Candy" hanging prints left.  This is only $8 plus shipping, so {contact me} to grab it.  I'll get it in the mail to you right away!

Easiest home decor ever, right?  It's already made for you!

All three of these options are simple and fun ways to dress up your house for Halloween and fall!  Get the countdown and the candy print before they're gone, but be sure to share those adorable Canvas Exchange Blocks with a friend!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

#friyay -- What Heritage Makers Can Do For Your Family

Does it feel like fall where you are?  The first Friday of the month at LifeTalesBooks is #friyay where hear from Heritage Makers users.  So welcome to our first fall #friyay!

First, we hear from my dear friend Cary, who has been using Heritage Makers as long as I have!  Cary truly embraces the idea of telling your story because she knows how powerful it is.  From items to encourage her children and their talents to storybooks with photos and much more, Cary knows what a Heritage MAKER is!

Get started filling your own home with family photos and memories at the "how to get started" tab at the upper right.

Next, we hear from another TRUE Heritage MAKER, Sandy.  I met Sandy about six or seven years ago, and I am always amazed with the next brilliant idea she has for publishing with Heritage Makers.  Everything she does is from the heart, and she uses her personal publishing to really make a difference.  Sandy first made cookbooks for her family, passing down time-honored, cherished family recipes and has gone on to make countless, PRICELESS gifts using Heritage Makers.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

What a Digi-Crop Can Do for Your Pictures

Do you have lots of pictures you've been meaning to do something with?  A digi-crop can help you turn your good intentions into something real!  If you're struggling to find time to do something with your pictures, try a digi-crop!

So what IS a digi-crop and how exactly does it help?

I've been holding online digi-crops for several years now, and I love how it allows me to help people no matter where they live.  The only catch is this:  you have to know what on earth a digi-crop is and how to participate.  So in this video I sit down and chat with you to explain what it is and how it works, plus answer questions I've gotten, too.  (spoiler:  Digi-Crops are free!)

Digi-Crops are my way of gifting you TIME!

So please join me at my next digi-crop from the comfort of your own pajamas!  Take advantage of this opportunity to put "work on my pictures and albums" on your calendar and then follow through to make something meaningful!  Memory-keeping can honestly change your life.