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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!