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Hobby #1: Storybooking Fun

January 7, 2010   

It’s always nice to cuddle up to a good story. But, as we know, the best stories are the ones of families—our own, personal families.

You can make a hobby out of recording and designing these stories. All it takes is a camera, an internet connection, and a Studio account. Once you have all these tools, you can easily go into your Studio editor and create fun, inviting, cuddle-friendly stories.

Here are just a few examples of stories you can add to your hobby list this year:

Create a baby book for your little ones or even for your older ones. Cherry Blossom Baby designed by Darcie Toom (Template ID: 19079) is a great example of cute design and photography for just such a story.

Make your child a superstar with Pocket Full of Sunshine designed by Jenita Varela (Template ID: 17447). You can combine photography and story in a story that fits right inside your purse.

Your child’s sports team always needs highlighting. We have some fun art and templates perfect for you child’s football, soccer, and baseball pics. HM Football Coach 8×8 designed by Roxanne Buchholz (Template ID: 20872) is a great example.

Don’t forget to storybook your trips. Ski book 1 designed by Holly Hunter (Template ID: 12132) is perfect for showing off vacation photos.

You can record a year’s worth of memories and include all the silly, fun, and precious moments. Take a look at Family Year-End Album designed by Lynda Angelastro (Template ID: 24019) to see what you can do with a yearbook.

Haven’t preserved your wedding memories yet? Create a Wedding album. The Template Gallery has many wedding templates to choose from and you can find the perfect art to fit your wedding theme in our art collections. Mallory Wedding designed by Mallory Beinborn (Template ID: 20216) is a beautiful example of a wedding album.

Have a bunch of photos of landscapes and nature? Put them in a book perfect for you coffee table. Classic Leather Bound Book designed by Bianca Szyperski (Template ID: 20526) is a perfect template for your ocean, mountains, flowers, and animal pictures.

Basic Tips for All Projects

January 7, 2010   

Leave 1/8” Margin Around Page – Many times, when we have a lot of content, we are tempted to put as much on the page as we can. And if we have a huge amount of text, we think getting the text as close to the edge of the page as possible will help preserve room for more pictures and such. And then we find ourselves putting our pictures as close to the edge as possible, too.


But, did you know that you need to leave a 1/8 margin between the edge of the page and anything you don’t want to get cut off? Yes, the gray box around the page shows you where your page should be cut off in production. But the page cutters can sometimes go slightly over that marked spot. To be safe, make sure you have a 1/8 inch margin around your entire page.


Use Ctrl Button for Swapping – I’m sure we have all had our amount of frustration trying to swap out a paper or photo. Just as we have been told, we keep the element locked in place, make sure it is highlighted, and drag the wanted element onto the page but that “drop art/photo here to swap” box does not appear. We drop it anyway in hope that it will magically work and… it doesn’t. We have a new element on the page with the old one still in the place we want it.


There is a solution. As you drag an element onto the page, hold down the ctrl key (or if you have a Mac hold down the Cmd. key). The element, then, should swap without any problems.

Tic Tac Toe

January 7, 2010   

Make something fun for the kids, or even yourself. Make a Tic-Tac-Toe board to go on your fridge. All the pieces are magnetic and big enough that they shouldn’t get lost. Plus, it’s a great décor piece for you kitchen. Just customize it to match your style.

Here’s what you need:

  • The Tic-Tac-Toe template, template ID: 24129.
  • Magnet sheets (found at an office supply store in the printer paper section)
  • Mounting tape (found at an office supply store)

Once you have all the supplies, or even before you have all the supplies, you can get started.

  1. Open the Tic-Tac-Toe template in Studio editor and modify it to fit your style.
    1. To replace papers and photos, keep the element you want to replace locked in place, click it so it is highlighted, and drag the replacement element over the “drop here to swap” window that will appear.
    2. You can replace the Xs and Os with pictures of your children to personalize it.
  2. Publish and order your project. Note, this project comes with an extra page, which will increase the price.
  3. Once you have all the needed supplies and your Heritage Makers project you can begin putting the project together.  Using mounting tape, attach the Tic-Tac-Toe board and game pieces on a magnet sheet.
  4. Cut out the board and the game pieces.
  5. Stick the board and game pieces on your fridge and begin playing.

And viola, you have a Tic-Tac-Toe game ready to play.