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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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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Work With Me This Summer :)

Do you have a passion for taking photos and telling the stories behind the photos? Or, do you know someone that does? Think about taking that passion and working together to spread the mission of Heritage Makers, the first and fastest growing storybooking company in the world. There has never been a better time to get started than now...

Let HM fund your summer fun! Take your family on vacation, pay off a credit card or just have some extra spending money. Discover how you can earn a part-time or full-time income by helping people preserve their memories. And the best part? You can do all of this without changing your priorities at home.

So I invite you to work with me to inspire, instruct, and motivate others to strengthen family ties and celebrate their own unique heritage through the art of storybooking.

Questions? Call me! (Be sure to ask me how you can save $50 when you call before May 31 :)

Your StoryBook Coach,
Betty Miller

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Heidi's Heritage Home

Look how easy and fun it is to decorate your home with your own photos as Heidi takes us on a tour of her home :)

Make your home a "heritage home" at MyStoryBookLady.com

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chosen Mothers

Have you ever wondered how mothers of premature babies are chosen?

Have you ever wondered how mothers of premature babies are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth, selecting his instruments for propagation, with great care and deliberation.  As He observes, He instructs one of His angels to take notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth...give her a son.  Rutledge, Carrie, give her twins."  Finally He passes a name to the angel and says "Give her a preemie."   The angel is curious.  "Why this one, God?  She is so happy."  "Exactly", smiles God.  "Could I give a sick child to a mother who knows no laughter?  That would be cruel."

"But has she the patience?" asks the angel.  God replies, "I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair.  Once the shock and resentment withers away, she will handle it fine."

"I watched her today.  She has that feeling of self and independence that is so necessary for a mother.  See, the child I am going to give her will have his own world.  She will have to make him live in hers, and that is not going to be easy."

"But Lord, I'm not sure she truely believes in you."  God smiles "No matter.  I can fix that.  This one is perfect.  She has just enough selfishness." 

The angel gasps "Selfishness!  Is that a virtue?"  God nods, "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child that is less than perfect.  She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied.  She will never take for granted a single day.  She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says "Momma" for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and know it."

"She will never be alone.  I will be by her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as she is here by My side."

"And what about a Patron Saint for her Lord.  Whom shall it be?" asks the angel.  God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."

Author Unknown

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Just in Time for Father's Day

Give your MVP his own "Wall of Fame" with our gallery wrapped canvases! These are great gifts for husbands, dads, grandpas, uncles and brothers! Plus, you get a free greeting card with your canvas. Hurry, this offer ends May 27th, 2010 May 31st, 2010! Call me today to order at 404.729.0388 ~ Betty
For template ideas, go to MyStoryBookLady.com and type "Father's Day" in the search field.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fave of the Week

With Father's Day coming up, I thought I would post this super cute 8x8 storybook that I did for my hubby.  Click here to see a preview of the entire book.  There is still time to make one for the dad in your life and with our BOGO at a discount in May you can make one for dad and granddad :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Do You Remember...

Do You Remember? Love this song...who would have thought it would be in a Heritage Makers Video? Just look how hip my little storybook company has become! 


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Mother's Day Gift

My son gave me a Cinderella doll for Mother's Day. He said it is because I'm a princess...And because she has a heart in her tiara :) So cute!

I'm thinking that the bird bears a strong resemblance to the Twitter bird. Do you think this is Cinderella's way of tweeting?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Watch This! Amazing Story About an 80 Year Old Digital Diva!

Marge is an 80 year old Digital Diva! If Marge can make books then YOU can too! Just ask me how to get started :) Check out her amazing story here:

Breaking News! We Have Two New Products!

How exciting! We have two new products...Flip Books and 11x14 Prints!  Take a look:
Flip Books are the new way to cherish and preserve your everyday moments. The wire binding makes the flip book perfect to fit in a purse, give to kids, or take along with you everyday.

Turn an ordinary memory into an extraordinary piece of wall art with a custom made print! This is the perfect size for an office or child's bedroom.

Questions? Ready to get started? Call me today 404.729.0388
Your StoryBook Lady,
Betty Miller

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Project 365 Redo

I don’t know about you, but I have not been doing so well on my Project 365. So, I’ve decided I need to set some new goals to help me achieve this… and really, help me preserve the everyday moments.

I realized that when I made the goal to take a picture everyday, I didn’t think it through. I hadn’t decided what kind of pictures I wanted to take. Do I want to take pictures of my family? my dog? the everyday nature outside my house? I had no idea. And I also hadn’t thought about what I would do with the pictures once I had them. Did I really just want them to sit on a blog forever?

Originally, I took pictures of random objects—an apple on my desk, a small notepad of colored paper, a shelf on my wall. But these didn’t really make for the interesting stories I wanted to preserve. I didn’t want to follow a blog so uninteresting and I’m sure no one else wanted to either.

So, here I am… at the beginning. It’s not too late for me to start over. But this time I will do it right.

First, I need to decide what my ultimate goal is. Really, what I would like to do is create a coffee table book with the 13×11 Legacy storybook, displaying nature shots. I’m not the best photographer, but having such a goal will help me learn. After I have completed this goal, I can move on to other picture-taking goals that will help me preserve the moments.

Second, I already have a blog and a camera, now I need to make sure I set aside some time each day to take the photos and post them on my blog. I don’t have much time in the morning, but I could certainly find time after work.

Third, I need to be sure to record the story. I am a writer, as are you all, after all. With each post I could write a creative blub—whether it is an explanation, poem, quote, or made-up story.

Once I feel I have the photos I need I can easily design and create my book.

There you have it. I can still participate in Project 365 even if it is a little late and I missed quite a few days. And it helps to have a bigger purpose in this goal.

Summary of My New Project 365 Goal
Ultimate Purpose: Create an 13×11 Legacy storybook, featuring nature shots.
Execution: Everyday after work (except on weekends when I will have more time) I will take a few photos of the nature around my house or wherever I happen to be. I will then post some pictures on my blog along with a creative blurb. Once I have all the pictures I want, I will create my book.
Start Date: May 11, 2010

You can view my blog Light and Rain (also found in the sidebar). Go ahead and give me photo tips and make sure I keep on the ball.

Here are just a few templates at http://MyStoryBookLady.com you can use to generate some of your own Project 365 ideas. You can also view more in the Template Gallery.

Project 365 Revised designed by Darcie Toom
12×12 storybook, Template ID: 25695

Nature’s Bounty designed by Susan Chaney
13×11 Legacy storybook, Template ID: 2260
Jill Means’ Family Photo Album designed by Jill Means
12×12 storybook, Template ID: 29158

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Father's Day Is Coming...

And we have the gift that dad will not only display in his office or workspace, but the gift that may bring tears to this strong man’s eyes. Give dad a family canvas to display in his office, a scrap page or poster to hang up in his workshop, a swatch book he’ll show off to all his friends, or even a card that simply says, “I love you.”

Here are just a few template ideas at http://MyStoryBookLady.com:

Fishing, a card for a man! designed by Janet Knoblach
5x7 greeting card - Template ID: 29752

Just For Dad designed by Krishelle Leavitt
5x7 greeting card - Template ID: 32624

Dads Day Card designed by Janet Knoblach
5x7 greeting card - Template ID: 32058

Denim Father's Day card designed by Christie Thomas
5x7 greeting card - Template ID: 27600

Master Class Father's Day Card designed by Lynda Angelastro
5x7 Greeting Card - Template ID: 31658

Happy Dad Day designed by Michelle Bell
5x7 greeting card - Template ID: 21396

Daddy-O designed by Sandra Dovre
5x7 Greeting Card - Template ID: 29924

Heidi's Fathers Day 12x12 Page designed by Heidi Jackson
12x12 scrap page – Template ID: 12293

Fathers Day designed by Barbie Gordon-Carroll
12x12 scrap page- Template ID: 31492

Daddy & Me designed by Michelle Osterhus
8x20 gallery-wrapped canvas – Template ID: 32611

Heidi's Fathers Day Canvas designed by Heidi Jackson
20x16 gallery-wrapped canvas - Template ID: 31788

hunting cards designed by Jason Smith
playing cards - Template ID: 32789

Being a Dad designed by Melissa Huijbers
18x24 Portrait Poster - Template ID: 30516

Family Swatch Book designed by Nicole Rainosek
Swatch Book - Template ID: 23385

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Stories and More Features

Project of the Month: Make a Decorative Clock
Decorate any room with a Heritage Makers-designed clock. You can customize it with your family photos or use the art to create an elegant addition to your home d├ęcor.
For instructions, click here.

Tips and Tricks: Manage Pages in Studio
Once you know how to effectively manage your pages using the Manage Pages option, you’ll find that creating your multiple-paged projects is much quicker and easier.
For the tips, click here.

To get started on your own projects, create your very own free account at MyStoryBookLady.com
from blog.heritagemakers.com

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Science Project with Heritage Makers

A fellow Consultant writes...My 10 year old daughter was assigned a science project at school. The assignment was to create a book that consisted of parts of the body with each letter of the alphabet. She and her best friend asked if they could make the book with Heritage Makers. Of course, my response was yes!

For weeks they worked on compiling the information and pictures for their report. I was very impressed when they stated that they wanted to create this book “on their own from scratch.”

So they began working together to create the pages! They finished the book with very little help from me and now we are anxiously anticipating the arrival of the final project! It just goes to show that anyone, of any age, can create a successful book with Heritage Makers! I think it is an A+! I can’t wait to see what the teacher’s response is.

See the Science Project here.
With Heritage Makers, the possibilities for your own creations are endless. Start a project from scratch at MyStoryBookLady.com or pick from our Template Gallery

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, May 3, 2010

Fave of the Week

A square Swatch Book that I made for my mom for Mother's Day. She got it in the mail today so it's safe to post the preview :)

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

Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!
O Magazine, Dec 2008, page 94

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

Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!
Here's the full spread...

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

Heritage Makers is one of OPRAH'S ALL-TIME Favorite Things!
It's an honor to be listed on the same page as her favorite books...