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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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We will resume Digi Crops in the 2014. Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season! Enjoy making memories with family and friends!
Club HM Digi Crop TBA.

My StoryBook Lady is available by appointment for
workshops, digi crops and scanning services.
Contact me at Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com or 404-729-0388 to set up your appointment.

Friday, February 26, 2010

BIG Weekend Sale - Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Dear Most Valuable Clients:
To help you get started storybooking, My StoryBook Lady is offering a BIG Weekend Sale.  Here's your chance to stock up on credits and save money. Remember Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming up...

1. Browse the packages below to find the one that works for you. Tip: The Storybook Starter package and The Heritage Hobby package are the top sellers!  If you don't see what you are after please call me.

Save an extra 15%* on EVERYTHING (yes, I mean everything :) Or, spend $100 and save an extra 20%*

To save up to 20%, simply call me 404.729.0388 with your order and mention code BIGWKND

Questions? Ready to order? Contact me!
Your StoryBook Lady,
Betty Miller

*Just a couple small print items: Offer is available through http://MyStoryBookLady.com only. Offer is not valid with other coupons. Must be presented at time of order.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Weddings Month

I think every month must be weddings month. There are certainly enough of them listed in the newspaper. But, February is certainly a great time to have a wedding and celebrate a relationship.

However, I don’t think weddings month has to be all about having a wedding. It can be just about remembering your own wedding, which is easy to think about with cupids and hearts in the air.

Here’s a great idea to celebrate Weddings Month… Create a book all about your marriage. This can be a book showing off all your wedding pictures, if you haven’t already. It can be about your first year of marriage. You can document you and your spouse’s live together. Or, if you are not yet married and planning your wedding, you can create your wedding sign-in book, with pictures of  you and your fiancĂ©e.

Take a look at this template for project ideas:
Our First Year
Designed by Wendy Bailey
8×8 storybook
Template ID: 424

From blog.heritagemakers.com
Other templates are available in our Template Gallery: http://MyStoryBookLady.com 
Simply do a search for "Wedding"

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Please RSVP! 12 Studio Basic Classes This Week!

Dear Friends, Family and Clients,

For 6 straight days, our consultant team is opening up a "Creative University!" You have the photos and we have the knowledge and specialized teachers to show you how to turn your memories into spectacular keepsakes, gifts, and home decor.

Each class will teach you:
How to upload photos into your Heritage Makers account
How to create a project using a pre-made template
How to create a project from scratch.
How to publish and order your project.
How YOU can become a Heritage Makers Publishing Consultant!

Our online, studio class will be taught 2 times each day (11am and 8:30pm EST), throughout the last week of February. Pick from the class list: http://tinyurl.com/ylxwf79 and click on the link to get yourself registered!

The only textbook you will need is a computer and phone. BRING A FRIEND to class and receive a FREE Card Credit! We're taking attendance all week long and the person that "invites the most friends to online class" will receive a FREE 20x20 Canvas Credit! (Retail = $89.95!)

Contact me with any questions. See you in class!
Betty Miller
Heritage Makers Star Consultant

Friday, February 19, 2010

Keep Working Your HM Project 365

Let’s face it. HM Project 365 sounded so much fun in the beginning, but now we’re forgetting to take those pictures, getting busy with other things, and feeling bad for missing so many days of photo taking already.

However, we also want to take those pictures. Project 365 was started not to create busy work or become a distraction in our lives, but to help us capture the moments so we don’t later say, “I wish I had taken a picture.”

So, if you haven’t started yet, feel you don’t have time, or feel guilty for missing a few days, no worries. You can still find great opportunities to capture the moments. Here are just a few suggestions:

Use Your Phone: You most likely carry your phone with you everywhere. So if your phone has a camera, make use of it. HM Art Director Jeremy English has made great use of his phone’s camera. In fact, his entire HM Project 365 blog is full of pictures he has taken from his iPhone. Take a look here.

Carry a Camera with You Everywhere: If you keep a camera in you purse or your pocket (depending on the size), you won’t have any excuses for not taking that perfect photo opportunity.

Look for Special Opportunities: The opportunities to take a picture are everywhere. Take a picture of your pet eating, your kids playing, your home-cooked meal, the snow on your car, the first bud of spring… If you walk throughout your house with your camera, you’ll find great subjects for your photo shoot.

Get started today at http://MyStoryBookLady.com

From blog.heritagemakers.com
Betty Miller
Your Storybook Coach

Monday, February 15, 2010

7 Reasons to Digital Storybook/Scrapbook

You ask why in the world would I want to digital storybook/scrapbook?  Here are some reasons that you may have never thought of:

1. No mess!  Within minutes it's easy to cover an entire table with papers, embellishments, glue, pens, pictures, and still not have everything you need to complete the perfect page.  You can now sit on the couch with your laptop, while your kids watch a movie, and create all you want.

2.  Did you take the time to handwrite the story of all your scrapbook albums?  Probably not!  Publish with HM Studio and there's no need to go back through the years of scrapbook pages to fill in the story gaps you left because you ran out of time.  Journaling is just as fun as the rest of it now!

3.  No more trips to the photo store to resize, recolor, or reprint pictures.  You can do it all with the mouse.  What took 3-5 pages of scrapbooking can now fit into 1 or 2 page layouts!

4.  All-inclusive pricing.  The cost of a Premier account includes all the embellishments, alphabets, paper, etc. that I will ever need.  It's like the whole scrapbook store right at my fingertips!  No need to stock up on flowers, ribbon and the like.  A lot less waste.  And it's cheaper in the long run!

5.  You won't get bored.  It's easy to get bored quickly with a computer program that doesn't change, or that is so one dimensional that you can't learn anything new from.  You'll love the tutorials in Heritage Makers and the opportunities to learn new techniques and features.  It keeps you hooked and learning new things all the time!

6.  You can fill the gaps in a traditional scrapbook with digital pictures from Heritage Makers.  Drag and drop into a template those events that perhaps didn't warrant a little extra time to scrap.  You can do a page in 8 minutes with this and it looks fab!

7.  It warms your heart to make a book for a mother of her granddaughters.  And it brings satisfaction to know that your children will have a sense of history in a storybook that will last a lifetime.  Mother's Day is coming up.  Need some gift ideas?  Ask me or Browse the template gallery at http://mystorybooklady.com 

Do you already digital storybook or digital scrapbook?  What are your reasons for doing so?  I'd love to hear them Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine Goodie Bags

These are the Valentine goodie bags for my son to hand out to his classmates and teachers. They turned out super cute! The Valentines are a deck of cards that I made at http://MyStoryBookLady.com, punched a hole in the corner and tied to the bags. What kind of creative Valentines did you do for your kids this year?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Check Out My Latest Project

Take a look at this 20x8 canvas that I made to go in my kitchen :) Took me less than 2 minutes to make and will show up at my door gallery-wrapped, ready to hang!  Want one for your home?  It is my pleasure to create yours for you.  Email me at Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com with your order.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Arranging Elements in Studio

The bottom of the “Toolbox,” displays five icons that are visible no matter which tab you are viewing.

From here you can lock in place and arrange stack order of backgrounds, photos, embellishments and text boxes. When you arrange the stack order of an object you can send it to back (this will push the object behind all elements on the page), send backward (this will send it behind one element with each click), bring forward (this will bring the object closer to the front with each click), or bring to front (this will bring the object all the way to the front).

As you play with the arrangement of objects on your page, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
  1. This tool takes all elements on the page into consideration, not just elements that are stacked on top of each other. If you have many elements on your page and you want to bring something forward that was placed first, you will have to go hit the bring forward button several times. Instead, bring the object to front or send another object to back. If you think about the order objects were placed on your page, arranging them will be that much easier.
  2. Make sure an object is unlocked before arranging it’s stack order, otherwise it will not move. However, if you are moving another unlocked object in front or back, you do not need to unlock the locked object.
Also remember that the lock icon is a great tool. If you are arranging many elements on a page, lock the elements in place that you do not want to move. It’s easy to accidentally click an element and move it just a few inches from where you want it. 

Log in or create your own free account at http://MyStoryBookLady.com

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Creative Romance Month

February has a lot of great cultural celebrations, and one of them just happens to be Creative Romance Month. Of course, this is not surprising considering that the all-time-favorite love holiday of the year shares this month.

But to the point… why celebrate Creative Romance Month? Why not celebrate it? It gives us a great excuse to keep our creative juices flowing and to keep the romance going. There are so many things you can do to celebrate the month, but I’ve got a suggestion that will keep the romance more than just a memory in months to come.

Try preserving your romance, your love, your special relationship… on a canvas. All you need is a picture, a few simple words, and a canvas.

Picture – You can have a lot of fun with this. Take a picture of your wedding rings, on your hand or by themselves. Take a picture of your hands holding each other. Take a picture of your heads together, as you stare into each other’s eyes. Take a picture of your backs turned to the camera as one head lies on the other’s shoulder. There are so many stories you can tell with the right setting.

Words – You can use words such as these to display on your canvas: love, my forever, together forever, one, never ending, etc.

The canvas – The design options are endless, but here’s a great idea to start from:
The most Beautiful Day Designed by Shari McLaws 16×20 canvas Template ID: 309
Template Gallery: http://MyStoryBookLady.com

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February Pick of the Month - New Canvas Sizes!

Share the love this month with all-new canvas sizes! Introducing 20x8 and 8x8 gallery-wrapped canvases! Gallery-wrapped canvases from Heritage Makers offer a clean, elegant look that stands out against any wall. Turn your digital photos into works of art :)

Betty Miller "My StoryBook Lady"

Friday, February 5, 2010

Will You Host In February Or March?

I love my hosts! That's why my hosts average $100 in free rewards. At this time of year, when we celebrate love check out all the free stuff you can earn by simply sharing HM with your friends and family!  Ask me how you can host a workshop and not have to clean your house :) Contact me at 404.729.0388 or Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com to book your workshop today.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

All Aboard! This Train is Coming to a City Near You!

It's that time of year again as we travel the country (14 cities...look for yours) sharing the message of Heritage Makers, providing superior training and sharing some really exciting announcements!

You are invited to join me as my guest on Friday evening for the Kick Off and Business Showcase from 7pm - 9pm, local time. If you are a client of mine that has been wanting or needing to find out more about this business with a storybook ending...here is your chance!  You will receive a FREE Swatch Book credit from me just for attending!

Please RSVP today so I can get you registered. And if you are a new consultant who signed up with HM after December 22nd, 2009 you can attend Regionals for FREE!

Betty Miller "My StoryBook Lady"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Warm Fuzzy Moment...

Every week my son's preschool class has a "Letter of the Week."  And every week our homework assignment is to cut out pictures that correspond with the letter.  For example, for W we cut out a picture of a watermelon, for F we cut out a picture of a foot, etc...then the kids bring in the pictures to share.

The Letter of the Week for this week is X.  Now X is a particular hard letter to find pictures for -- even the teacher commented on this fact!  So Mommy came up with an idea.  Joey usually gets a free cookie from the bakery at Publix when we go grocery shopping.  His favorite baker is Xenia and he sure does have her wrapped around his little finger!  She's been known to give him two cookies because "he's special" to her :)

So we set off to Publix to see Xenia with camera in hand.  Joey went over to get his free cookie and told Xenia that we needed to ask her something.  We explained about the letter of the week being X and you should have seen the smile on her face when she realized that we came to visit her so we could get a picture.  She said, "All of my life I have hated my name! And now my name is doing something good!"  I told Joey that he made Miss Xenia's day :)  It was such a warm fuzzy moment that I had to share.  Of course she asked for a copy of this photo so I will make a thank you card on http://MyStoryBookLady.com to send to her.  What a sweet lady!

Monday, February 1, 2010


~ Author Unknown
I looked outside my window this morning and wondered what God would be doing this sunshiny day.

I wondered if He would be spending His extra moments: making a teenager happy, healing someones marriage, guiding a husband with a decision, counseling a neighbor on the death of her mother.

And then I thought--
No. Maybe God has bigger plans: Inspiring some scientist to discover a cure for a disease, getting union and management together to resolve a conflict, feeding the hungry babies of the world, helping the mentally ill to be less sad.

And then I thought some more--
God has so much to do today,  maybe I can help Him by: baking a cake for a teenager, listening to the feelings of a hurting marriage, suggesting a new direction for a husband, taking a bouquet of Peace Tea roses to a neighbor to put on her mother's grave.

God helps me every day. I think I'll surprise Him... and help Him out today. 

How will you help Him today?

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