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My StoryBook Lady is dedicated to helping you and your family discover, preserve and celebrate your family stories and heritage. Here you will find helpful posts about digital scrapbooking and digital storybooking that will save you time and money.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Is Your Storybook Ending?

Everyone that knows me knows that I love my job. It's the only business with a storybook ending!  Recently, a friend asked me, "Why do you love it so much?" I replied, "How much time do you have?" 

Heritage Makers has changed my life. The minute I held these books in my hands I knew that I had a story to tell. At first, I had no intention of selling anything or starting a business, but I quickly fell in love with the product and the idea of being my own boss! I simply do what I'm passionate about and share it with the world! The products sell themselves because everyone living and breathing has pictures and stories. I cash paychecks in the bank as well as paychecks of the heart. You can too. Here is your opportunity...I invite you to join my team.

What is YOUR storybook ending?
*Pay off credit card debt *Take a dream vacation *Send a child to college *Buy a new car *Have a fulfilling career *Earn extra spending cash *Own a business and be your own boss *Purchase a second home *Save for retirement *Preserve your stories *Make new friends...whatever it may be that YOU are passionate about...I would love to hear about it.  Perhaps, you are inspired to become a Consultant*.  Or perhaps it is not for you, but maybe it is for someone you know like your mom, dad, sister, friend, photographer, graphic artist or a non-profit.  More info can be found at http://MyStoryBookLady.com or contact me at 404.729.0388 or Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com  And if you can find me on the video below I'll give you a special gift :)

*Sign up with a Business Kit before 1/31/2010 and receive a 12x12 storybook credit from me ($80 value) and a FREE ticket to a February or March Regionals meeting near you ($50 value) in addition to everything listed here: http://hm.myvoffice.com/pdf/en/businessKitList.pdf

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hobby #6: Just Wanted To Say...

One hobby that will keep you going is card making. There is always a reason for making and sending cards, whether it is saying “happy birthday,” “thank you,” “get well,” or “thinking of you.” Try out these fun templates as you add card making to your list.
*Have a wedding coming up? Make sure your guests save the date by sending them a “save the date” card. Save the Date designed by Anne Degreef (Template ID: 19077) is a perfect example of a fun, inviting card for wedding guests.

*Valentine’s Day is coming up. You still have time to get your Valentine’s cards made and ordered to get them in time. Plus, Valentine’s is not the only reason to tell someone you love them. Say, “I love you,” with XOXO designed by Kelly Barquin (Template ID: 5592).

Thanks to You designed by Michelle Bell (Template ID: 19747) is a cute card that will make the recipient feel special. 

*And don’t forget about the precious occasions. Baby Girl Announcement designed by Autumn Moses (Template ID: 19039) is the perfect way to announce the birth of your baby.

There are so many fun activities and crafts you can add to your hobby list this year. All it takes is imagination, which you have plenty of, and a Studio account. Log into your "My Studio" at http://MyStoryBookLady.com and begin creating today.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, January 25, 2010

Valentine's Day Cards

These cards are just too darn cute! Just published this deck of cards for my son to give to his friends for Valentines. Want some for your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc.? Just send me your photos and I'll drop them in this template for you :)

Hobby #5: Fun for Everyone

You can do more than decorate and make storybooks. One of the perks of Studio is you can do whatever your imagination thinks of. And that includes making games.

You’ll want to make sure you add making games to your hobby list this year. And we don’t have just card games, but board games, as well, in our Template Gallery. Take a look at what kind of games you can make:
*You’ll love the Shiver Me Timbers Template designed by Wenda Top (Template ID 5757). Personalizing your cards with your family’s photos and a fun themes always makes the game that much better.

*You’re kids will love the sports themed playing cards. HM Football Trading Cards designed by Roxanne Buchholz (Template ID: 19928) is perfect for showing off your football star.

*Make a fun photo checker board game with A Checkered Past designed by Darcie Toom (Template ID: 16663). The whole family will have hours of fun with this game.

*You’ll love the How My Day Will Be! Spinner designed by Shara and David Darke (Template ID: 20353). All the directions for putting it together are right there. 
And, of course, there are so many other templates you can choose from in the Template Gallery at http://MyStoryBookLady.com. Just search “game” and you will find personalized templates for the games you love to play.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hobby #4: [Your name]’s Home Décor

One of the most fun hobbies is decorating your home. Maybe it’s buying a new chair, crocheting a new rug, putting in a fireplace, or making heritage projects.

When thinking of hobbies this year, you can’t forget to put canvases, posters, and other Heritage Makers projects on your lists. With a Studio account, you can find many ideas to add to your home décor. Just take a look at these ideas:
*A canvas is perfect for your wedding pictures. Try a design like Wedding Canvas designed by Bianca Szyperski (Template ID: 2043).

*A family photo canvas above your fireplace would give the finishing touch on your livingroom. Try Fall Family Canvas designed by Darcie Toom (Template ID: 20612).

*You can use more than canvases and posters to decorate your home. Try the Block Photo Holder designed by Lynda Angelastro (Template ID: 21682). You can put this photo holder anywhere—on your mantel, your TV, your kitchen counter, your window seal…

*Personalize your tumblers with Heidi’s Winter Wonder Tumbler Template designed by Heidi Jackson (Template ID: 20705). Such a design will add a little extra personalization to your dishes.

*And don’t forget about the clock. You can give that final touch to any room with the Beach Themed Clock designed by Lisa Delange (Template ID: 17526). Keep this design or change it to fit your style.

*You’re sports kids will love a personalized sports poster. The HM Soccer Poster 24×18 designed by Roxanne Buchholz (Template ID: 20876) is the perfect piece for your soccer star’s room.
From blog.heritagemakers.com
Start your own projects today! Sign up for a free account at http://MyStoryBookLady.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

10 for 2010 - Heritage Making New Year’s Resolutions - #10

By: Brenda Kruse

While it’s easy to think of creating a storybook about the big events and monumental moments like special vacations/trips, weddings, holidays and milestones/tributes, we can’t forget our every-day existence either. A fellow HM consultant (Amy Angeli) created a “30 Days Hath September” storybook that chronicled the more-mundane moments of life at home, work, family, friends, favorites, and more. It’s a classic snapshot of her life at this point in time — now safely and creatively preserved for good. I would be willing to bet that all of us would enjoy reading a “day in the life” journal of when our parents and grandparents were younger.

Others have done a 24-hour review of a typical day as told through the “voice” of various family members. I just discovered a “Project 365″ template from Darci Toom in the Gallery. With a single daily photo & brief caption, this storybook will result in an annual album showcasing your whole year in pictures. These are both brilliant ideas that inspire me!

That’s my Top 10 for 2010 — heritage-making resolutions for the new year! I look forward to 365 days from now when I can review my  photos, scans, journaled memories, greeting cards, games and storybooks that were created and preserved this year! What will YOU do this year?
Template Gallery http://MyStoryBookLady.com
From blog.heritagemakers.com

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hobby #3: Dinner Dates

It’s time to cook it up with the family, with a date, with… all the people you love to be with. I’m sure you have some great recipes you would like to organize for just such events. But, ugh. Organize…

Maybe it’s not the most fun word in the English dictionary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun. Make organizing your recipes a fun hobby by putting them in a book or on recipe cards. Plus, you get to decorate your recipes just the way you want. Take a look at these fun ideas:
*Compile your recipes in the book that’s perfect for recipes: the wire-bound book. You can include photos, recipes, and fun stories in this book that lays flat to make your cooking that much better. Take a look at Family Favorites designed by Sharon Asher (Template ID: 19600) for fun design ideas.

*The playing cards make great recipe cards for your own recipe box or to give away as a present. Recipes designed by Sara Boster (Template ID: 6592) is a great example of how you can design these cards for any recipe.

*Don’t forget the swatch book. It’s perfect for recipes on the go. Maybe you need to take a bunch of recipes to grandma’s house for thanksgiving. Or maybe your daughter would like to take something small and tote-able with her to college. Holiday Recipes designed by Michelle Wolfley (Template ID: 20591) doesn’t have to be used just for the holidays, but can be changed to fit your personal style. Take a look.

From blog.heritagemakers.com
Template Gallery http://MyStoryBookLady.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10 for 2010 - Heritage Making New Year’s Resolutions - #8 and #9

By: Brenda Kruse

While it depends on the age of your children, it’s hard to beat the family fun from playing together. Scheduling an official weekly time to play is probably a better way to make sure it happens regularly. In days past, your only choice was board games that came from a store and card games, typically variations from a standard deck of cards.
I’ve decided it’s even more family-focused to tie together the family memories AND the family game-playing. So I’ve been making many HM games from the cute templates in the gallery. This Christmas, I made us the Go Fish/Memory deck of playing cards. And our own version of CandyLand.
Last year, I made a 2008 BINGO game and plan to create an edition each year. Instead of using family faces for it, I made it into a ‘yearbook’ of sorts. With the 52 cards, I was able to use feature about 4 photos per month to highlight our fondest, most fun memories of the year. In one game, we can re-live our whole year of excitement and experiences, complete with entertainment! There are so many fun game ideas in the Template Gallery that take very little time to customize and complete.

A year before O Magazine’s Editor At Large Gayle King raved about this concept on Good Morning America, I’d been talking about it and meaning to do my own version. Well, it’s time to truly put it into print…literally! Now that I’ve found most of my childhood photos and have scanned many of them, I want to explore those memories and share my “former” life with children. I know they’ll be fascinated by much of what I reveal, and the “looking back” process is sure to be somewhat therapeutic (not to mention lots of fun) for me!
Every mom would appreciate knowing what their moms were like before getting that special lifelong title of “Mom.” If your mom and/or grandmothers are still alive, wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience to work together to create their special storybook of “Before I Was Your Mother?” Of course, this is just as important for the dad/father/grandfather side as well. Stop talking and start writing! Pick a template and play with it!
Browse the Template Gallery: http://MyStoryBookLady.com
From blog.heritagemakers.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

10 for 2010 - Heritage Making New Year’s Resolutions - #7

By: Brenda Kruse

Despite my best efforts to spend time each month figuring out what cards need to be created and mailed to loved ones, I know that things will come up at the last minute and it would be nice to have a card on hand. Because of the week or two lead-time needed to create, publish and mail a Heritage Makers greeting card, that doesn’t always work in a pinch.
So if I simply create a batch of more-generic but still more-custom cards for thank yous, birthdays, sympathy, just because, thinking of you, congrats, and such — I’ll be prepared for whatever comes up along the way. I can keep my own mini inventory of cards ready to hand out or mail out on a minute’s notice. Then I won’t have to pay for over-priced store cards and I won’t be sending special but belated ones either.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, January 18, 2010

10 for 2010 - Heritage Making New Year’s Resolutions - #5 and #6

By: Brenda Kruse

I know this is a lot like #4 but it’s more current and the problem is compounded by my children’s creative efforts at this age. I love that they want to color, draw, paint, write and such both in and out of school but the volume of paper is overwhelming me. I plan to schedule a monthly “Scan Saturday Session” where I will choose the best to scan, take a picture of them holding the larger or non-scannable ones, and digitize them right away.
After I label the folder on my computer and upload them into my HM Studio albums, I’ll know that these are preserved pieces of their childhood that they (and I) will treasure more in years to come. Best of all, I can pitch the originals with NO guilt! Sure, I’ll still keep a pizza-box worth of special papers for nostalgic reasons but I won’t be as heartbroken if something happens to those pieces of art, writings, and the like.

While I’ve waffled on my views of both writing and date stamps on photos, the sheer point is…it’s nice to know who, what, when, where, why and how for photos. You think you’ll remember but you don’t. And it doesn’t take long to forget the details either. I need to find a consistent way to capture those stories that are part of the pictures and put them into a format I can easily find, use and keep safe. I tend to have too many places and processes for recording those…some of the stories are written on photo captions and descriptions in my online photo albums. Others are journaled on email, Facebook or my blog. Some are scribbled notes on the calendar or in the kids’ quotes journal I keep.
I need to be more on top of preserving the priceless reasons behind the photos…not just the pictures themselves. Although the famous quote says a photo is worth 1000 words, that doesn’t ring true when you are facing a pile of old photos from your heritage that you can’t identify and the people who could tell you those stories are no longer here or able to share them with you. In the end, I’d like to have at least 100 words for every photo so those snippets could help me piece together “the rest of the story” as famed radio personality Paul Harvey often said on air.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hobby #2: Child Size

Child-size your storybooks. You can add making storybooks just for you little ones to cuddle with to your list. A board book is the answer for your toddlers. And the swatch book is the perfect storybook companion for your diaper bag. And we have some great designs you can modify to fit your style right in the Template Gallery. Take a look at what fun child-size books you can put together.

Make your child a super hero and the main character in their own book. Super Joe designed by Melissa Navratil (Template ID: 21102) shows just what you can do with great photos and a little art.

We all know how much kids love animals, especially pictures of animals. If you have a pet, or even just animal pictures, make a fun pictures book for your child. Dogs are Special designed by Margaret Barrett (Template ID: 20845) has a fun design your kids will love looking at over and over.

Make your child’s storybooking fun a time for learning. You can make an alphabet book like the ABC Kids Board Book designed by Kim Terry (Template ID: 21674).

Make a board book superhero book. You’re child can be the star of their own comic. A Boy Called Super Jake designed by Jennifer Stratton (Template ID: 22065) would make every child feel special.

From blog.heritagemakers.com
For other ideas contact me, Betty Miller "My StoryBook Lady" or view the Template Gallery at http://MyStoryBookLady.com

Saturday, January 16, 2010

10 For 2010 - Heritage Making New Year's Resolution #4

By: Brenda Kruse from blog.heritagemakers.com


I have no excuse because I personally own the high-speed photo-safe scanner that amazingly whizzes through paper photographs and turns them into JPGs in just minutes. While I’ve scanned a large portion of my pre-digital pics already, I still haven’t dug out ALL of them and scanned them quite yet. And I really don’t have a great excuse because it doesn’t take a ton of time. It doesn’t cost me a lot of money.

What AM I waiting for? A natural disaster to destroy them? Mice to eat them up? A water leak to ruin the whole lot? Age to slowly fade and ruin these treasures? I’ve heard clients tell me the sad tales of when they waited too long and now it truly IS too late as their photos have been destroyed and are gone for good. I have to practice what I preach. Pronto!

Ask me how I can help you scan your photos and docs. Our high speed scanner scans 30 photos per minute and you can rest assured that your photos will be safe with me as your Consultant. Some scan services send your photos overseas to be scanned. Yikes!

Your Personal StoryBook Coach,
Betty Miller

Friday, January 15, 2010

Time For A Drawing! Win Up To $100 In FREE Products!

The first 5 people that order Club Premier this month will be placed in a drawing! 
*1st name drawn gets $100 in FREE HM products. 
*2nd name drawn gets $50 in FREE HM products. 
*3rd name drawn will get their choice of Board Book, 8x8 storybook, Keepsake Bracelet, 11x16 Calendar or a Deck of Cards for only $10. 
*4th and 5th will get any product credit at 1/2 price!

What are the benefits of Club Premier?
o unlimited photo storage
o unlimited project creation and storage
o new art monthly
o free online master classes
o 40,000+ pieces of digital art
o 1,500 templates
o it's all online
o project upgrades, like black end sheets

This will be the LOWEST price all year on Premier. Join Club Premier today! Call me to order 404.729.0388 
Your StoryBook Coach,

Betty Miller

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Valentine's Day Cards

Check out these Valentine's Day cards that I made for my son to hand out! Thanks to my friend Jen for the template, it only took me a few minutes to make these cards. Interested in some of these cards for your kids? Let me know...it is my pleasure to help :)

Hobby #1: Storybooking Fun and More Ideas

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.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Basic Tips for All Projects

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.

Hope these tips help you!

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, January 11, 2010

We're Home Alone Til Saturday January 16th! Shhh, don't tell....

Our most popular storybooks are on SALE this week! Remember, these are "credits" and your books do not have to be done this week to take advantage of this promotion.  You are simply locking in on the sale price.  Contact me to order today! ~ Betty

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Project 365

From blog.heritagemakers.com...We’ve got a new goal here at Heritage Makers and we want you to join in all the fun. And the best part, all it takes is a camera and a computer. And… the reward at the end of the projects will be worth all the effort.

Here’s the scoop. We are starting our own Project 365. What is a project 365, you ask? It’s capturing the moments, the memories, the little events. It’s exactly what Peter Cary with Digital Photography School describes it to be. The idea is to take a picture ever day for 365 days… a whole year.

Peter says the goal is to “make photography an every day event, with hopes of improving the art.” But we’re going to change our goal to something a little more helpful for preserving, not just the image of the memory, but the entire picture.

So, here’s how to begin:
  • Start a blog with a free blog site such as Blogspot or WordPress.
  • Start Project 365 by taking at least one picture with you camera everyday. You can take pictures of your kids, your pets, nature, your home, anything.
  • Upload your photos to your computer and post one photo everyday on your blog.
  • Write a caption or story to go with it.
(See examples of Project 365 on Peter Cary’s article at Digital Photography School.)
Now, how does this help you in the long run? Sometimes making your heritage storybooks can be frustrating. Maybe you get to the end of the year and wish you had more pictures. Maybe you have some really good photos but you don’t remember the significance. Maybe you wish you had remembered to take that picture of your son falling asleep in his dinner.
As you continue with Project 365, you will develop a habit of preserving your memories that will make storybooking that much easier.
But, there’s another part to Project 365 that we want you to participate in. Send us your pictures and every week we will post the top photo for that week. Plus, we want to see your blog and how you are preserving memories. We’ll put your blog link on our blogroll. Send blogs and photos to sholman@heritagemakers.com or jringger@heritagemakers.com. Also on the blogroll, you’ll find links to home office staff blogs that are also participating in Project 365.
And don’t forget to share your photos on Twitter (use the hashtag #hm365 when posting), Facebook (post on the HM fan page), and flickr (join HM Project 365 group). You can take a look at our flickr photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/heritagemakers.
Now is the time to make a great new year’s resolution and preserve your memories everyday.

Betty Miller "My StoryBook Lady"

Tic Tac Toe

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 (found in the Template Gallery http://MyStoryBookLady.com
  • 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.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Saturday, January 9, 2010

National Hobby Month

January is National Hobby Month and do we have some great hobbies for you. With the new year comes time for planning and new goals. It’s time to finish decorating that room, compile your recipes, save for a great vacation, make a Heritage Makers book…

You can make great goals for your new year by adding Heritage Makers fun hobby ideas to your list. And each month, each week, each day, you can contribute to your new hobbies by spending just an hour or more making decorative canvases, treasured stories, fun playing cards, and more.

So, here’s this month’s blog project. I will post some great hobby ideas for specific Heritage Makers projects. All you have to do is check out the blog and the projects, and then start your own. Ready, set…GO!!!

MONTHLY BIRTHDAY CARD MAILING MISSION by Brenda Kruse and blog.heritagemakers.com.  I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like to get a card in the mail. Especially as we’ve moved to an easy-out email society, the snail mail card is in danger of distinction. And yet store-bought cards just don’t have that truly personal touch either, even if I hand write a note inside. What does accomplish both the personal touch of getting a card in the mail AND having it be custom, creative and personal is a greeting card sent from Heritage Studio. I create and design it with love (using a quick template in favor of time or going all out with a truly custom design). I can even put the recipient’s photo on it and then it’s not likely to just be thrown in the trash a few days later. In fact, it may become something for their keepsake box. Isn’t that worth doing? I know I sure enjoy receiving HM greeting cards in MY mailbox…hint, hint!
More to come!

Betty Miller "My StoryBook Lady"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hey Guys! Win Your Lady's Heart This Valentine's Day!

"Real love stories never have endings." ~ Richard Bach
But they can be told over and over. Give your love story a place to live so you can experience each memory again and again. Guys, I'm offering my help in designing a special storybook for the special lady in your life. Deadline for publishing in time for Valentine's Day is January 28th. Contact me at 404.729.0388 or Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com to order today!
Your StoryBook Coach,
Betty Miller

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Recipe For A Happy New Year

~Author Unknown~

Take twelve whole months, Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts, but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of courage, and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play, and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile, and serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a happy new year.

Betty Miller

Friday, January 1, 2010

My Challenge To You for 2010...

Happy New Year!  I challenge everyone to join me in Project 365! Take a picture everyday to capture 2010 in a special way. This template allows you to showcase each day & tell what your favorite pic of the week was. Don't just think big events & kids...think about the little things that make you smile & shape your life. Anyone can use this template with our free account & you can share it next year with, or without, printing it. Check it out! http://MyStoryBookLady.com

Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!

Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!
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Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!

Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!
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Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!

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