Welcome To My Storybook Lady's Blog!

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.

Join Us for a Digi Crop In Person or Online!

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, March 26, 2010

Early Publishing Special

Are you ready for an incredible publishing special? We've got a wonderful opportunity for you to save HUGE on your Mother's and Father's Day projects at http://MyStoryBookLady.com.

From April 1 - April 15 you can get 20% off shipping on any item your publish!* Any item, 20% off your shipping! That's an incredible offer! Get your Mother's Day projects finished, graduation gifts, or any other project you've been waiting to publish done now and take advantage of the savings.

*Sale doesn't apply to direct ship greeting cards.

Your Publishing Consultant,
Betty Miller

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mother's Day & Father's Day Publishing Deadlines

Order your HM gifts at MyStoryBookLady.com by the date below by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time in order to receive items by Mother's or Father's Day. That's 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Central, and 7:00 p.m. Eastern times.

Mother's Day
April 22 (USPS/Ground)
April 26 (Two Day)
April 28 (Next Day)

Father's Day
June 3 (USPS/Ground)
June 7 (Two Day)
June 9 (Next Day)

If you have questions about shipping times, check out this link here.
Need further help? Contact your storybook coach,
Betty Miller

Friday, March 19, 2010

All Day Digi Crop

Spring has definitely sprung at MyStoryBookLady.com! With new products, new templates, and a new catalog, I'm excited to invite you to my 1st ever ALL DAY Digi Crop!

Saturday March 20th
10am - 5pm - Come and go as you need throughout the day
Dodge Communications Board Room (our proud sponsor!)
Roswell, GA 30075

Food, fun, friends, goodie bags
Studio classes available 3 times during the day:
11am - Studio Basics and Using A Template
1pm - Studio Basics and Starting With a Blank Project
3pm - Studio Basics and Advanced Design/Layout Tips
Plus, FREE product drawings 4 times during the day! 10am - Noon - 2pm - 4pm

Bring your boxes of photos to get scanned on our high speed scanner!
Bring your traditional scrapbooks to get scanned on our 12x18 scanner! Turn your old scrapbooks into digital scrapbooks and make extra copies...

What to Bring?
1. A Friend!
2. A wi-fi capable laptop and your cord
3. A flash drive to take home any photos you have scanned
4. Any completed HM projects that you want to share with our group
5. Create your free basic account at MyStoryBookLady.com and upload photos before you come. This will really help keep the internet speed fast during our crop. Uploading photos tends to bog down the connection.

RSVP so I can reserve your spot!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Blessing and Gift For You from My StoryBook Lady

Happy St. Paddy's Day! Even if you are not Irish you still get an Irish Blessing to hold on to for the year:

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

And to celebrate good fortune, place any order with My StoryBook Lady.com on March 17th and receive a free swatch book credit!  Remember, Club Premier members receive 25% off retail! Click here to see the current specials and Pick of The Month.
Love the idea but is short on spending money? In March, I'm introducing 45-minute 'Premier Demos'. It's 'YOU AND TWO'.

  • No Cleaning
  • No Food
  • No Drinks
  • Just me, YOU and TWO
  • I do a 45 minute demo and show a few books
  • They get set up on Premier and YOU earn free HM product
  • Like a workshop, but with less people and less hassle.
  • Morning and Evenings available. (Virtual ones available too!)
Your StoryBook Coach,
Betty Miller "My StoryBook Lady"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Impossibly Easy Spinach-Parmesan Pie

Submitted by Debbi Heaps, HR/Executive Admin.

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 58 min
6 servings

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
4 medium green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
½ cup small curd creamed cottage cheese
½ cup Bisquick® mix
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 eggs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Melt butter in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic in butter 2 – 3 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in spinach; spread mixture in pie plate. Spread with cottage cheese.

Stir Bisquick® mix, milk, lemon juice, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour into pie plate; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and nutmeg.

Bake about 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Magnet Board or Dream Board

A canvas doesn’t have to be just a canvas. You can easily turn it into another creation—a bulletin board or a magnet board.  Or, even a dream board!

Instructions for a bulletin board and magnet board are virtually the same. For our purposes (and because I like the idea of a magnet board better—no holes through the canvas), we are going to focus on a magnet board.

Items needed:
A Canvas print
A magnetic metal sheet 1 1/2 inches smaller than the canvas on all sides
Heavy-duty staple gun

  1. Create a canvas, any size (I suggest the bigger sizes—not the 8×8 or the 8×20) at http://MyStoryBookLady.com. Put any design and any photographs you want. Then publish and order it. Once your canvas arrives, you continue with the next steps.
  2. Place the metal sheet behind the canvas. (You can get a metal sheet from a home improvement store—you may have to cut it down to size—or from a metal supply shop.)
  3. Staple the metal sheet into the canvas frame as you would a picture in a picture frame. You’ll want make sure the staples are close enough to the canvas to secure the metal sheet in place, but far enough away so you don’t puncture the canvas.
  4. Optional: instead of stapling the metal sheet into the frame, you can use a strong tape (such as duct or gorilla) to attach the metal to the back of the canvas, as shown below.
Once you’re finished, place the new magnet board on your wall. You now have a decorative and useful addition to your home.
 From blog.heritagemakers.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tips For Managing Your Photos

One of the best parts about My Studio is the photo storage system. And to help you make the most of your storage and use of photos, we’ve got a few tips from the home office.

Before Uploading Pictures
By Bryndi Cloward, Leadership Services

Because of the digital age and because camera memory is not an issue, we can take 100 pictures of some small-hour events. Many times we will take the same shot five to seven times just to make sure we get a good shot. But for a book, we don’t need all seven shots of Billy Joe eating his corn on the cob.
Before uploading to Heritage Makers, go through your pictures and clean them out.  Pick your one or two best sunset pictures. Don’t clutter your HM folder with 15 pictures of the same sunset. Choose the ones that are most vibrant to you. By doing this, not only will you clean up space on your hard drive, but you will make creating your book that much easier.

Manage Your Photos First
By Debbi Heaps, HR/Exec. Admin

Take the time to manage your photos before you take them off your camera. Doing so will help eliminate some of the overwhelming frustration of having to search through all your photos later. It’s that ole “take time to sharpen the saw” wisdom.

If Problems Occur
By Marshyl Cloward, Director of Client Services

When uploading your photos, if you get a 2038 error, or only a couple of images load while others don’t or get stuck loading, go to the original file on your computer and open it using an image view program. Resave the image as a JPG and re-upload the image to Heritage Makers.

Rotate Photos
By Lynda Angelastro, Project Manager

Before you upload photos to Heritage Makers, rotate images so they are set at the right angle. You can rotate inside Studio (not within your photos folder); however, when you submit a project as a template with photos that have been rotated inside Studio, new photos—if in the correct rotation before—will no longer be rotated correctly. Making sure your photos are rotated correctly before hand will help your design and other designs flow mush easier.

For Basic Account Members
By Megan Vernon, Client Services Rep.

With a Basic account, you have limited photo storage space (1 GB), compared to the unlimited space Premier members have. To help save space, only upload the photos you know you are going to use in the project.

To get started uploading your photos go to http://MyStoryBookLady.com and create a free HM account today!

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

You And Two

Ready to get started solving your photo problem and create heritage into your home?  Love the idea, but short on spending money? In March, I'm introducing 45-minute 'Premier Demos'. It's 'YOU AND TWO'...

  • No Cleaning
  • No Food
  • No Drinks
  • Just me, YOU and TWO
  • I do a 45 minute demo and show a few books
  • They get set up on Premier and YOU earn free HM product + a free photo bracelet in March :)
  • Like a workshop, but with less people and less hassle.
  • Morning and Evenings available. (Virtual ones available too!)
  • CALL ME 404.729.0388 to set up a 45 minute Premier demo! 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Better Pancakes Recipe

Make that breakfast favorite just a little bit healthier. Still not exactly healthy, but an improvement. Mix in some berries to add a little something more. You can use other fruits as a topping, with whipped cream or syrup if you need that sweet taste.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon common granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
additional oil for frying

Oil a frying pan. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in one bowl. In another bowl, scramble the egg, then add the milk and the 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together, well enough to eliminate dry spots, but no more.

Heat the frying pan to medium temperature. Pour a pancake. The pancake will bubble. When the bubbling settles down and the edges are slightly dry, flip the pancake. When the pancake looks done, remove it and start another one.

It is my favorite with a little bit of natural peanut butter and sugar free syrup! Yum, yum!

Make a recipe book with a swatch book. Try a template at http://MyStoryBookLady.com like Holiday Recipes designed by Michelle Wolfley (Template ID: 20591). This one is holiday based, but you can adapt it to work for any season.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Friday, March 5, 2010

National Nutrition Month: Fun Recipes

March brings a fun celebration: National Nutrition Month. And that means recipes!

This month, we’ll be posting some more nutritional recipes right here. Go ahead and try them out! (They all look so yummy!) And if you want to include them in a cookbook or make recipe cards with them, I assure you I don’t have any objections.

Today’s recipe:
"Healthified" Impossibly Easy Chicken n Broccoli Pie
Submitted by Debbi Heaps, HR/Executive Admin.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed, drained (from 12-oz bag)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken breast
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup Bisquick mix (I use the HeartSmart Bisquick) 
1 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs or 1/3 cup fat-free egg product

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. Layer broccoli, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the chicken, and onion in pie plate.
In medium bowl, stir Bisquick® mix, milk, salt, pepper, and eggs with wire whisk or fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 3 – 4 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes.

Make a cookbook at http://MyStoryBookLady.com with a template: Cherry Family Cookbook designed by Shelley Pettis. Template ID: 28545.

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Awesome News About Club Premier!

Awesome news for my Club Premier members who joined in January...you can get 25% off retail on publishing credits this month!  Missed Club Premier in January? No worries. Club Premier is back for March Madness!

Call me at 404.729.0388 to become a Club Premier member today! Start solving your photo problem and bringing heritage into your home :)
Betty Miller "My Storybook Lady"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Art for March

It’s March. And that means new art. You’ll love the new and featured collections for this month. It’s time to make that long awaited March scrap page, a St. Patrick’s Day card, a spring canvas…  As always, the possibilities are endless. Click here to see all these new collections. It's like having the entire scrapbook store at your disposal and you haven't even left your house! :)

New Art
By Chance - A Mini Kit
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Lucky Charms

Carson Park
Ladies Tee Box
Spring-a-Ling Add On
Brace Face

Already Existing Art- Featured for March
A New Leaf Collection
Eggstraspecial Embellishments
Spring Fresh Kit Collection
Sunshine in My Soul

From blog.heritagemakers.com

Your Publishing Consultant,
Betty Miller "My Storybook Lady"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Six Ready-Made Canvas Templates

Winter is fading away and spring is on our doorstep. In fact, you can almost smell spring in the air at the Heritage Makers home office. Which got us thinking here, “What are some fun bust-the-winter-blues, spring-time projects?” Here’s the perfect thing for you…ready-made, gallery-wrapped canvas. All you have to do is select the canvas print you want, order it through HM Studio, and hang on your wall! Voila! You’ve got an instant update to your home décor. And you can have the gallery-wrapped canvas ready to be shipped in just a matter of seconds (seriously!). No shopping, no mess, no crowds at the store. Simple, beautiful, gallery-wrapped canvases ready to adorn the walls of your home.

Take a look at six simple canvas prints from the Template Gallery.

  1. Animal’s ABCs. This bright and cheery 8×20 canvas will look great in any child’s bedroom. Look for other coordinating pieces in the template gallery to make an entire alphabet set! Template ID #: 27610

  1. Shadow Flower. Here’s an 8×20 canvas that will add instant charm and romance to your home. The sunset in the background with the flower taking center stage brings a sense of calm and peace. Template ID #: 27188

  1. Watching Leaves Turn. This 20×20 canvas is neutral enough to fit into any home décor. You’ll also love the inspiring quote that accompanies the picture here. Template ID #: 19968

  1. All Life’s Blessings. Another gorgeous 20×20 canvas in neutral colors. Pair this canvas up with Watching Leaves Turn and your home will soon look like an art gallery! Template ID#: 18921

  1. Family That Plays Together. This 20×8 canvas will look great hanging above any door. Remind your family of what matters most as they come and go from your home every day. Template ID#: 27195

  1. M is for Monkey. Another super fun way to spice up your kid’s room. This 8×8 canvas is fun for a boy or a girl. Template ID: 27614

Heritage Makers offers so many great canvas options! If you’re a little more creative, try making your own from scratch, or use one of the already-designed templates with your family photos. The possibilities are simply endless! Check out the HM template gallery today to be inspired. From blog.heritagemakers.com
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