how to get started

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if you have questions or need help!

Here are five simple steps to turn your good ideas into something you can hold!  (Even if you're a "skimmer," be sure you read every detail.  Then you'll have all the information you need.)

Remember the "contact me" tab at the top left of this page--I am happy to help with any questions!

STEP 1:  CHOOSE YOUR ACCOUNT TYPE AND OPEN YOUR ACCOUNT.  There are three types of accounts:  Retail, Preferred, and Distributor.  A Retail account is free, but you save the most with a Preferred account since you save 10% on everything.  A Distributor (Consultant) account allows you to share Heritage Makers and earn.  Decide the right type of account for you, then create it by going to and click "sign up" at the upper right to open your Heritage Makers account where your photos and projects will be privately and securely stored.  

You can see an overview of each account type in the graphic below, or you can watch the video for a detailed explanation.  For more details on the types of accounts, I've created this video for you.  Or see a summary in the 3 graphics below.

STEP 2:  EXPLORE PRODUCTS AND DECIDE WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO CREATE.  Click "products" to decide which kind of product you want (or contact me for ideas & helps).  You can see product specs as well as pricing options here.  It's good to get an idea of how much your project will cost (do you need multiple copies?) so that you will know how to get the best price for your needs.

STEP 3:  LEARN ABOUT THE BEST PRICES AND MOST PERKS.  If you're like most people, you want to get the best price.  Heritage Makers has a FREE program called Club HM (Photo Club) which gives you the wholesale price as well as access to Premier art and Premier templates for free.  Learn about HM Club at this link.

This is not your only opportunity to join Club HM--you can decide to do it later or never--but it IS the best time to learn about it.

It's an optional add-on to your account, but here's what you get if you choose Club HM.  I've been doing it each month for 8 years--I love all the perks I get. 

If you choose not to join HM Club, you'll have access to the smaller Basic Art Collection and Basic Templates.  You will probably want to check the "Basic" box in the template gallery, or the "hide Premier" box in the Art Collection tab in Studio (where you edit your project) so you won't have to sift through the many hundreds of Premier Art pieces and Templates.

Here's an overview comparison:

STEP 4:  LET THE FUN BEGIN!  Now it's time to create!  Using the Heritage Makers program, Studio, is a lot like working in Microsoft Publisher or Canva, but there are so many more little tools and extra possibilities that it can be quite helpful to have some tips.  Here are three YouTube videos I made for you that allow you to SEE how Studio works.  Remember--Heritage Makers is designed so that if you want something simple, you can do that, and if you want fancy-dancy, you can do that, too.

You can get right to it if you like, or watch the videos below to lead you along--just like we were sitting down together in front of your laptop.

UPDATE 2021:  Heritage Makers' software program, Studio, has run on Adobe Flash since it began over 17 years ago.  Anticipating Adobe's decision to discontinue Adobe Flash in 2020, and desiring to update the software program, Heritage Makers is working on a new software platform (which will be called YPhoto).  Due to a few bugs, YPhoto was not ready for release before Flash was discontinued, so Heritage Makers collaborated with Adobe and with Firefox (web browser) to provide a workaround.  We may continue to use Studio as normal this way.  Directions for the workaround are provided at upon login, but you may also request a written version by emailing  

Here's a basic introduction to Heritage Makers and to Studio.  The first 4 minutes are about what you can do with Heritage Makers and why it's the best out there.  The last 9 minutes are a screen share where I show you the basics, from uploading photos to using text boxes and embellishments.

If you need to know more and would like to know ALL the basics of Studio, Heritage Makers Studio 101 is for you:

If you're interested in The Works, you'll love Heritage Makers Studio 201 where you will learn some time-saving tricks like the "swap" feature, the manage/duplicate pages feature, {the import page feature}, and the "paste special" feature.

If you're using a template, you might be interested in this video:

STEP 5:  SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT FOR PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHING (or ask me to proofread/double-check your first project for free BEFORE you submit it for publishing, if you prefer).

And here's a little step-by-step guide through the process of ordering your completed custom Heritage Makers product if you need it:

I'm happy to proofread additional projects, if you like, too, and I can even create projects (or even part of a project) for you as well.  Pricing information is below.

initial consultation and learning about Heritage Makers:  free
questions along the way:  free
previewing your first project (if desired):  free
additional services such as previewing additional projects or creating projects for you:  $35/hour

Warning: The hardest part of this whole process is WAITING for the treasure you've created to be printed and come to your door.  :)