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Cruising the Open Seas

January 29, 2009   

The Top Achiever’s Club has returned from an incredible trip to the Western Caribbean where they enjoyed the cool sea breeze and exotic sights.

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They visited the amazing places of Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel where they got to walk the decorative streets and experience attractive cultures. The food was delicious with great selections every dinner and new food each night.

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And each day was filled with fun and relaxing events that allowed each passenger to enjoy every part of the trip and make new friends. A FlowRider Session was scheduled one morning so everyone could participate in the exciting surfing sport. And one morning was filled with a fun snorkeling excursion and swimming with the stingrays.

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There were other great events such as rock climbing and the formal nights.

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But no one will forget the HM costume party in which everyone dressed as famous people/couples. Costume awards were given out and everyone wore their costumes to dinner.

At the HM reception the members had the chance to win prizes for filling out their HM activity cards. In order to receive points on their cards they had to get signatures for doing things like wearing Heritage Maker Logo Wear, participating in some of the group activities, or sitting at an HM Staff/Leader table at dinner. Lisa Farina won the digital camera.

\This was an amazing trip. It was relaxing, exciting, amusing, and just plain wonderful. Everyone had a great time getting to know each other and exploring the foreign ports of the beautiful Western Caribbean.

Take a look at all the fun the TAC group enjoyed. Check out the amazing photos and get pumped up for next year’s trip to Mexico.

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Share the Love

January 23, 2009   

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and do you know what that means? Time to think of the best way to show the ones you love how much they really mean to you. Picking the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is no easy task…in fact, it can feel a bit daunting.

We all enjoy the flowers and chocolates, but Heritage Makers can help you forever preserve your love in a beautiful 7×5 storybook, a personally crafted greeting card, a thoughtful poster or a fun deck of playing cards. Plus, Heritage Makers has got a fanstastic Valentine’s Day deal going on right now.

You can get:

  • a 7×5 storybook credit
  • an 18×24 poster credit
  • a deck of cards credit
  • a 5×7 greeting card credit
  • and 1 month of Studio Premier (renewing)

All of this for only $69.95! Visit www.heritagemakers.com to learn more.

This Valentine’s Day give the gift that will last a lifetime. You can get started with a template and choose from one of our brand new, gorgeous Valentine’s Day specialities.

Sailing Away

January 16, 2009   

The Heritage Makers Top Achiever’s Club has been enjoying a fantastic luxury cruise to the Western Caribbean this past week. They’ve enjoyed lush beaches, warm temperatures, and a relaxing time with friends.

Check out some of the fun they’ve been having!

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Each year, Heritage Makers Top Achiever’s Club travels to an exotic destination combining business and pleasure. And the best part…many earn the vacation all-expenses paid.

Learn how you too can become part of the Heritage Makers magic.

No More Guilt

January 12, 2009   

Submitted by Chris Crandall

It’s here-the New Year!

Usually this means making goals and resolutions that I have made time and time again that gain new vigor and hope in the coming of the New Year.

January 1 brings hope, excitement and energy.

January 12-yep, just a week later-brings…GUILT!

If I haven’t already “cheated” on some of my resolutions and “best intentions,” I feel OVERWHELMED by the rest.

But not anymore!

Several of the “to do’s” on my New Year lists have been:

  • Scrapbook Ellie’s birth story
  • Preserve and document the photos and stories that my mother-in-law has shared with me about her ancestors and family
  • Get a Family Yearbook done
  • Preserve my grandmother’s life story

Heritage Studio has come to the rescue!

With focus on a few projects, I have gathered the photos and uploaded them into my Heritage Studio account into labeled photo albums (love those!).

Now, to the really fun part…I simply choose which project I want to create first and get started!

  • Ellie’s birth story

Wow! The hardest part was choosing from so many wonderful templates! I found one that didn’t need too much detail for facts and firsts-since she is six years old now. I know, “Bad Mommy!” I am way too late on this but better late than never and now I can finally get it done because of the templates!

I did a “Baby” search in the Template Gallery and over 60 templates came up that had to do with creating Baby projects! Incredible! When the template I chose was in my account, I opened it to create my own project.

I just added Ellie’s photos and story and now I can’t wait to give it to her.

“I like Heritage Makers books more than my other books because they are about me and I know the people in them!”

– Ellie Crandall

  • Preserve and document the photos and stories that I have received from my mother-in-law

My great mother-in-law has collected stories and copies of photos of her ancestors and has given them to each of her children over the years. She compiled them into a three-ring binder and gave each family one. Of course, I have always wanted to put these into a hardbound book and turn them into favorite bedtime stories for my kids.

With Heritage Studio, I used the Family Tree genealogy chart graphic (in the Basic Art) and used “fill that in” for the first page. Then, I chronologically typed in the stories and added the images. I used several of the original typed and hand-written pages as faded backgrounds for the pages in the hardbound book that I created in Studio. The end result? We read a story about our heritage every night-fairytales have been replaced by family tales. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Get a Family Yearbook done

Candy May, who wrote the original Storybook, did a Family Yearbook years ago and I always thought it was such a great idea! (In fact, check out Candy’s great blog entry about this very thing.) No need to scrapbook or storybook each month, but rather upload the photos and journal the stories as you go throughout the year-and you can even complete the book month by month-a couple of pages each month. But, if you are like me and didn’t plan that back in January of 2008, you can still go through your photos now and put them into an incredible hardbound book that will archive and showcase your favorite memories of the past year. It’s a great way to actually show and share all of those photos from your Memory Cards and the stories that go with them. You can even have kids share their favorite memories too!

Are you a blogger? Family Yearbooks are a fantastic way to take the virtual memories of your blog and put them into a hardbound book that everyone can enjoy for years to come!

  • Preserve my grandmother’s life story

My grandmother passed away five years ago and I have always regretted not preserving her life story while she was on this earth. Each year since, I have regretted not doing a Storybook about her life. That is, until now.

The incredible Story Maps on the “My Studio” page of your Heritage Studio account take the fear and hesitation from writing a life story, or a love story, or a baby’s story. They are wonderful tools that you can download, print, and fill in the answers either with an interview or your own thoughts or research. As you fill in the answers to the questions, your story is written. The answers are the story and you simply add them to the pages of your Storybook project.

With your own design or one of the beautiful templates, your story and images are preserved and they will be enjoyed-and learned from-for generations to come.

All of those “to do’s” that have been on my Resolution List year after year…done! All of the guilt for not finishing them before…gone!

With Heritage Studio, life just got a whole lot easier and it truly is going to be a HAPPY New Year!

Top Ten List & My Family Album

January 12, 2009   

Submitted by: Candace May

I love David Letterman’s “Top Ten” lists. I think they are clever and fun! And I have adopted his “Top Ten” concept into a book. Every year in December/January I create and complete a book about my family’s adventures. At the very end of the book I place the “May Family Top Ten List.” This special list is where all my family brainstorm the top events of the year.

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This yearly album is always an 11.5 x 8.5 size book. I create it easily by using a template in our wonderful template gallery. My favorite one to use is called “Simple Simon,” created by Catherine Schulthies. For this template you just need the basic account.

2008 was a wonderful year for me and my family. We have many wonderful photos of the kids enjoying every season. I love placing all my favorite photos and memories together in one simple yearbook. I envision sending my kids off to college someday with a box full of these photojournalistic-style books-they will always have their family’s special memories and events at their finger tips. Like this page of my son leaving for his first day of kindergarten.

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I love that not only is there a great place for these priceless photographs, but I can also write my feelings and know my children will always have them.

Heritage Makers not only makes it easy, but they offer me peace of mind. I can store my family albums in my “completed projects” file for years to come. And I can order copies whenever I want!

This publishing system is wonderful! At Heritage Makers we cherish heritage but we also give you the best of what technology has to offer!

Here is a photo of the family albums I have created through the years.

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If you are new to Heritage Makers, you can start your own family album by:

  • uploading your favorite photos of 2008 (I usually have about 70-100).
  • going to “template gallery” and using the “Simple Simon” template for the 11.5 x 8.5 size storybook.
  • dragging and dropping in your photos and adding text.
  • using the page manager to change the order and look of each page.
  • contacting your Heritage Makers consultant or attending a free online class if you need any help

Note: I always add additional pages. You can create up to 99.

At the end of your family album you can use David Letterman’s “Top Ten” list idea. It is a fun way to recap the year and see all that has happened at a glance.

A New Year Heritage Makers Style

January 7, 2009   

Submitted by Brenda Kruse, Heritage Makers Consultant

With the New Year, most of us think of New Year’s Resolutions…some with great promise, others with dread.

If you’re one of the countless motivated individuals who started out January 2009 with a quest to improve yourself, we at Heritage Makers would like to salute you for your ambitiousness and offer to help you in whatever ways we can.

Here are the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions…HM style!

1) Lose weight

This is a popular annual choice for many people that often leads to an increase in gym memberships and attendance for about 4-6 weeks. To lose weight with the help of Heritage Makers, turn all those piles, boxes and photo albums of old photographs/prints into digital files safely uploaded to our “virtual vault” on our servers, and also backed up on CDs, DVDs, or external hard drives for ultimate protection.

Be sure to archive your digital photo files too because unfortunately, computers crash and can destroy your priceless memories without remorse. Don’t regret that you never did this when your PC suddenly gets a virus or dies, leaving you to cry to the computer store technician about all the great photos of your babies, wedding, vacation, etc. that are gone for good.

Heritage Makers consultants can help you scan all your pre-digital photographs with high-speed, high-quality Kodak scanning equipment. In some cases, scanning can even be done in your own home or at your consultant’s place. Either way, your precious photos are never shipped out of the country as they are with a leading scanning service.

For as low as 19 cents per scan, you can cross that huge “to-do” off your list. This is ideal for people who have inherited family heirloom photos from past generations and who have siblings and extended family members begging for copies of the photos.

This is also a wise choice for those traditional scrapbook albums that represent so much time and money and effort. If something were to happen to them, such as a natural disaster (flood, fire, tornado, hurricane, or the like), you’d be very upset. Did you know your Heritage Makers consultant can actually arrange to have your albums scanned/digitized into JPG images that can be safely archived? These JPGs of your layouts can also be turned into pages of a hardbound storybook album if you’d like. Then you can leave out the thinner, less-expensive storybook on your coffee table for your family to enjoy reading, and put the large, thick, costly traditional scrapbook away in storage.

Heritage Makers consultants can also assist you in uploading all your precious digital photos to a personal Heritage Studio account. Basic accounts can store up to 2GB worth of JPGs, while upgraded Premier accounts come with unlimited photo storage. Best of all, you can always download your high-resolution originals from your account at any time to put on any computer that can connect to the internet.

2) Get organized
Experts tell us clutter stifles creativity, causes stress and loses us valuable time. Yet, except for maybe a few professional organizers, we all have our weak moments and problem spots. While Heritage Makers can’t help you with your kitchen cupboards or clothes closets, we can help you organize several items that may be clutter concerns in your home or office.

Do you have digital photos crowding out your computer’s memory? Do you have multiple memory cards just waiting to be downloaded from your camera? Do you have shoeboxes of printed photographs from the pre-digital days? Do you have piles of school paperwork and artwork from your children? Do you have special documents and mementos you’ve been saving but haven’t found a way to preserve?

These are just a few clutter challenges that your Heritage Makers consultant can creatively help you resolve.  We know that many of these projects get put on the “someday” list—only that day never, ever comes. And for some people, the heart-breaking tragedy of having something happen to them BEFORE they do something makes regret a lot harder to swallow than a resolution.

So don’t delay another day, week, month or year. Start today by contacting your Heritage Makers consultant for personal assistance in organizing your digital memories, plus printing photographs, scrapbook albums, kids artwork/schoolwork, and other important documents, letters, or diaries that you treasure.

3) Send out timely greeting cards all year long
Every January, how many of us vow to be better at mailing out greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and more? We diligently mark them down in our new calendars or day planners only to frantically run to the nearest Hallmark store at the last minute to find a card, quickly sign it, stamp it, and mail it in hopes of getting it there before it becomes a “belated” one.

Heritage Makers consultants can help you with this New Year’s mission too! With our beautiful, high-quality 5×7 greeting cards, postcards and invitations, you can quickly and creatively design a truly custom and personalized card to send to loved ones instead of off-the-shelf store-bought versions.

Add photos of the birthday recipient and yourself…include whatever sentiments you want…sign it digitally and have it direct-shipped to the person without making a trip to the card store or the post office. All of it can be done from the comfort and convenience of your home computer! And in most cases, a Heritage Makers greeting card can even be cheaper than a Hallmark-typed one!

With the impressive diversity of the Template Gallery, you’ll find more than 150 versions, all searchable by keyword, such as Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, wedding, new baby, etc. You can quickly fill and personalize a card template in a matter of minutes. Or you can modify any and all elements and embellishments in a template design to truly make it your own. If you’d rather, you can also start from scratch and be your own designer with a blank slate and 30,000-plus pieces of digital artwork at your fingertips!

Simply fill in your Address Book entries and you can “click to ship” special greetings to family and friends with minimal effort and minimal expense. Ask your Heritage Makers consultant how to get started this month! And by the time next year’s holiday greetings roll around, you’ll be ready to do your own one-of-a-kind creation to wow everyone on your Christmas card list!