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, November 4, 2011

Heritage Makers Celebrates National Digital Scrapbooking Day



While we began our company by pioneering the concept of “storybooking,” we realize that because our Studio is online and our products are digitally designed, we are also part of the growing “digital scrapbooking” movement.
As more people move away from the traditional “scissors and stickers” scrapbook albums, the digital side is enjoying significant growth. And it makes good sense.
First of all, the photos we take today are already digital. No need to pay a developer to print out a pile of pictures anymore. Secondly, almost everyone has access to a computer that can get on the internet for instant availability to digital artwork and design inspiration. Third, we live in an increasingly time-strapped society where the ability to get something finished faster is definitely a draw. Digital scrapbooking seems to offer a speed advantage over traditional.
Digital scrapbooking and storybooking with Heritage Makers offers those advantages — simplicity, speed, security, easy and economical. That’s why we want to honor National Digital Scrapbook Day on Saturday, November 5, 2011.
Whether you are already addicted to digital scrapbooking, considering the switch from traditional paper to digital or thinking of trying the easiest digital option on the market, your Heritage Makers Personal Publishing Consultant can help you decide if Studio is right for you.
We thought it might be helpful to compare Heritage Makers online Studio publishing system with traditional paper scrapbooking and with general digital scrapbooking. We hope you’ll discover the significant advantages of Studio and begin to preserve your memories with ease.

Traditional Scrapbooking vs Heritage Makers Studio
Must buy & store supplies
albums, page protectors, papers, stickers
tools, adhesives, pens, scissors, etc

Everything is built on the site & stored on our servers
Takes up a lot of space to keep/
organize supplies
All you need is a computer connected to the web
All artwork/tools are built into Studio
All artwork & templates are easy to find (searchable)
Requires a dedicated space or time
to set-up/take-down for a work session

Be designing in seconds online with a small laptop.
Walk away or get interrupted, your work is saved.
Making multiple copies of a special project
involves a major investment in supplies,
time & effort

Simply click to order multiple copies easily. Or
slightly customize each one without redoing the
whole project every time.
Working with anyone else on a layout
or album is difficult unless both live
nearby

Conveniently collaborate across the
miles with others to work on a project
in one account
Can’t be portable without lugging a lot
of supplies, photos, tools, etc. & then
you need a lot of table space to set up
& spread out for working.
Very portable! If you have a laptop, you can log in to Studio & work from anywhere, even without a table.











Saturday, October 22, 2011

Holiday Hits Is Back!

Holiday Hits was such a HUGE hit last year that we brought it back again! Double your dollars with the Heritage Makers Holiday Hits publishing program! Here's how to get the BIGGEST discount on your holiday cards, gifts, etc...

1.Simply join my publishing club, Club HM. Sign up for Club HM Bronze (save 25%), Silver (save 30%), or Gold (save 35%). You can sign up right from my website: www.MyStoryBookLady.com.

2. Then follow the publishing plan on the right and you will receive even deeper discounts on your holiday publishing! For example, publish your holiday cards in November and receive an additional 20% off! Check the flyer below for weekly discounts in November. Publish during the week that your favorite product is on sale and get an additional 10% off!

3. Tell your friends! When you refer them and they join Club HM, I will transfer 10 publishing points ($10 value) to YOU to thank you for your referral :)
To sign up for Club HM and get started go to www.MyStoryBookLady.com today! ~ Betty
Questions? Email me at betty@mystorybooklady.com or call me at 404.729.0388

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Learn about Heritage Makers greeting cards!

On the first night of FREE Premier Weekend, Creative Team member Michelle Wolfley conducted a webinar highlighting holiday cards. The timing was great for this topic considering the season and the upcoming November 20% discount on greeting cards. Michelle showed off holiday card options, including available sizes, and took viewers through a demonstration of how to make a card in Studio. Finally she talked about how you can save money with Club HM.
This recording is now available here.

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

It’s wonderful to be a Heritage Maker at any time of the year, but the holiday season offers so many opportunities to really show how much we cherish our friends and family. A personalized keepsake from Heritage Makers demonstrates how we feel like few things can. Please note the following holiday schedule so you can take best advantage of your Studio account during this special time of year.

U.S.
Dec 7 Ground/Priority
Dec 12 2-Day delivery
Dec 14 Next Day delivery
Dec 16 Direct Ship (cards)

Canada*
Nov 30 First Class
Nov 30 Direct Ship (cards)
Dec 5 UPS Standard
Dec 9 International Express

Re-ship Deadlines
To receive your projects in time to re-ship them we suggest you publish by Nov 30th.

*Suggested deadlines. Heritage Makers cannot guarantee holiday shipping to Canada due to possible unforseen delays at customs.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How To Import A Page

We are very proud of the new "magic button"! Amy Dickerson has recorded a video tutorial to demonstrate the new import a page feature in Studio. You can view it here. ~ Betty

View the New HM Idea Book (Catalog) Onlne Now!

See our beautiful new Fall & Winter Idea Book showcasing the best of Heritage Makers projects and get inspired! ~ Betty

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Heritage Makers Partners with ZenPrint

PROVO, UTAH, September 7, 2011 – Heritage Makers, a pioneer in the memory preservation and personal publishing industry, today announced that it has partnered with ZenPrint, a Salt Lake based digital printing and fulfillment firm, to broaden its production capabilities and resources.

“We are excited about the possibilities that this new opportunity brings,” says Heritage Makers president Patti Gardner. “As a result of this merger we will have access to many new product and technology options that will allow us to continue to improve our operational quality and level of service.”

In order to maintain current brand equity and service existing customers ZenPrint will retain its name, but equipment and personnel will be moved to the Heritage Makers production facility. Justin Biggs will become the General Manager of the new company.

All Heritage Makers and ZenPrint products will be produced at the current Home Office location under the continued direction of Justin Biggs and the existing production staff. “This new alliance will allow me to focus my efforts on technology and overall operations; while at the same time helping develop new products to enhance the Heritage Makers line,” says Justin.

Patti Gardner will remain as President of Heritage Makers along with Brytt Cloward as VP of Sales and Marketing. Their respective teams will continue to direct Heritage Makers sales, marketing, customer services, Studio development, and all other support activities.

“This is a great opportunity for Heritage Makers,” says Patti. “It gives our staff and consultants the opportunity to really focus on the core business of Heritage Makers while having a trusted partner continue to help us maintain and grow our extraordinary product line. It’s been an amazing year and this change allows us to bring on new sales and marketing staff to provide our consultants with the tools and marketing materials that will help them be successful. We couldn’t be more excited!”

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Heritage Makers Quality Note

We recently introduced an 8 x 8 soft-bound book. Here is some important information about our production process:

Heritage Makers is using a new method of perfect binding called “PUR” which is a hot melt adhesive manufactured with polyurethene reactive material. After the adhesive is applied, a natural chemical reaction occurs as it is exposed to moisture in the air. This reaction creates a superior bond within the fibers of the paper giving the product greater pull and flex strength. It also doesn’t allow the adhesive to get brittle and crack (allowing pages to fall out) like traditional perfect binding components.

We are one of only a few PUR perfect binders in the U.S. and wanting this new technology was one of the reasons we waited to bring soft-bound books on as a product offering.

Check out the new 8x8 soft-bound book today at MyStoryBookLady.com ~ Betty

from blog.heritagemakers.com 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wrapped Canvas Prices to Increase Sept 1st

If you are publishing canvases...now's the time... Due to increased production costs, prices for canvas prints will increase on September 1st as shown below. These prices already appear on the new “Idea Book” catalog. As you can see, the Heritage Makers pricing still easily beats the competition with Club HM discounts. ~ Betty

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check Out These New Products!



5 x 5 Greeting Cards
Square cards are everywhere this holiday season and Heritage Makers has them! Perfect for celebrations of any kind these cards will add an entire new dimension to our card offerings.

4 x 8 and 8 x 4 One-sided Photo Cards
Want to send cards to everyone you know this holiday season. One of our newest cards is a super sleek design and an exceptional value that will cost Club members around 50 cents.

11.5 x 8.5 Tri-fold Brochure
This heavy-duty business offering comes in pack of 20 and makes the perfect Christmas letter, team roster or standing menu.

6 x 9 Booklet
If you like our 8.5 x 11 booklet, you’ll love its smaller cousin the 6 x 9 booklet. The standard 16 pages are just the right size for a program, neighborhood recipe book or child’s art book. The booklet is expandable to 32 pages in four-page increments.

8 x 8 Soft-bound Book
A fabulous and inexpensive book for those kid or school stories, this 21-page, soft-cover book is perfect bound and expandable to 50 pages.

12 x 12 Wrapped Canvas
Possibly the most applauded new product, the 12 x 12 canvas is the perfect size for wall groupings or photos of every family member.

Pearl Paper
New for Reunion, choose pearl paper at check out for an extra dash of style on cards or 12 x 12 scrap pages. With its glittery, pearlescent finish, this upgrade will be a winner for baby announcements, holiday cards and wedding invitations.

Get started today at MyStoryBookLady.com ~ Betty

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Here's Something Fun! You Might Be A Heritage Maker If...


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Photographs

Watch this thought provoking video.
This is why photos are important. But listen to the lyrics at the 3:00 minute mark. Heritage Makers understands that you shouldn’t make people “read between the lines.” ~ Betty

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

Got kids? Going on a vacation or road trip?

Avoid “are we there yet?” by making them this fun Travel Journal so they can capture their OWN memories in a keepsake booklet. Template designed by Brenda Kruse.
See the project here. Available in the Template Gallery at MyStoryBookLady.com. ~ Betty

Friday, August 5, 2011

Motorhome Guestbook & Journal

Do you know someone that owns a RV? Here’s a great vacation template submitted by Deborah MacCalum for recording your RV adventures. See the project here. ~ Betty

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Studio Tips


1) Use the right size book for the right size photos. Multiple 4×6 or 5×7 photos at full size do not usually fit inside an 8×8 book.

2) When using buttons, fit to appropriate size. Coat buttons are 1 inch across. Shirt buttons are a half inch and baby buttons are a quarter of an inch. Check element size in the LAYOUT tab and a ruler.

3) Turn rulers on to check alignment, equal size borders etc. Turn them off for an overall design feel.

4) Alphabets are easier to find if you place only one number, one lower case, one upper case in your MY FAVORITES folder.

5) We see the finished book in spreads. Go to the VIEW/PRINT PREVIEW. Faster easier, more reliable.

6) A well designed page should work upside down or sideways. Flip things, and change them up to make a spread.

7) Change the size of elements that drop on the page at equal size. In nature, little is identical in size or rotation.

8) Overlap elements to make natural design groupings but make sure enough of each element shows to preserve its identity.

Go to MyStoryBookLady.com and have fun in your Studio today! ~ Betty

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Refer A Friend, Get 1/2 Off!


Want to earn a coupon that will get you a 50% discount on any HM project you choose? Just refer a friend to your consultant (that would be me! :). When that referral signs up for Club HM, you’ll receive the coupon. Hurry, this offer is only good through August 18th! ~ Betty

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Today is BLITZ day!

I'm BLITZING today! Inviting all my friends/clients to invite them to join Club HM and giving them 15 FREE publishing points ($15) when they join Club HM by the end of today. I ♥ Christmas in July! Start saving your publishing points NOW so you're ready for the holidays (3 months til Oct!) With this head start, you can be the gal or guy with the most meaningful gifts under the tree, the neighbor with the yummiest giveaways and the co-worker with the coolest office gifts--all while letting your Club HM membership pay the bill :)

Log in to your account at MyStoryBookLady.com, then click "my account" to join Club HM! Here's a link to a short video to find out more about Club HM then check out the flyer below. Let me know...Are you feeling Holly, Jolly or Holly Jolly? ~ Betty

Monday, July 4, 2011

How to Make Coasters with My StoryBook Lady

Happy 235th birthday America! To celebrate, I made some coasters :) This is a super easy project that ANYONE can do...seriously, if I can do it then you can do it too. Here's how:

Step 1: Go to MyStoryBookLady.com and log in.
Step 2: Go to the Template Gallery and find these adorable 12x12 scrap page templates. (If you are unable to locate them, just email me and I will transfer them to your account.)
Step 3: Open in Studio, customize if you wish (I didn't) and hit publish!
















What you'll need when your scrap pages arrive from HM:
4x4 tiles, scissors, Tacky Spray to attach the paper to the tile, and a high-gloss finishing spray to really make them POP!



































                                                             Let DRY :)











Waaa Laaa...sooo cute! These are perfect to take to 4th of July parties and give to the hostess! You can also customize other scrap pages at MyStoryBookLady.com and create some for Back To School, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, End of the year teacher gifts, etc...! ~ Betty

Friday, July 1, 2011

HO-HO-HOT News! Christmas In July Is Here!

Visit MyStoryBookLady.com today!

Are you feeling Holly, Jolly or Holly AND Jolly? July is the time to join Club HM and start collecting all the publishing points that you will need to create meaningful keepsake gifts for the loved ones on your nice list. By the time the first snow falls you'll be sipping hot cocoa by the fire instead of fighting the holiday crowds!


Check out the ultimate (and most CREATIVE) layaway plan ever! Make a list...holiday cards, calendars, canvases, etc. and then choose the monthly points plan that works best for your needs. It's that easy! Questions? Need help? Call me @ 404.729.0388 or email me. It is my pleasure to assist you during the most wonderful time of the year! ~ Betty





















Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Christmas in June?! Is she nuts???

Nope. I'm not crazy nor has the heat wave fried my brain. Just looking ahead to helping my friends, family and clients have the happiest of holidays this year! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Club HM?

Club HM is a publishing club that allows you to save each month as you make projects OR you can bank publishing points to save them for special occasions like the holidays (think of it as a layaway plan for publishing points.) 1 publishing point = $1 retail value, but can be purchased as low as .50 cents each.

* get points monthly at wholesale (25-34% off)
* FREE Premier account ($20 monthly value)
* 4000+ pre-designed templates
* 50,000+ pieces of digital art
* unlimited photo storage
* FREE project upgrades
* signup special of 100 additional points for only $50
* monthly additional publishing discounts
* online idea classes and club community
* fun contests, great prizes and more!
* plus ME, as your consultant :)
There is a minimum 3-month commitment. Point plans renew on the 5th or 20th of the following month. You can cancel renewal anytime online.

Getting started:
~ Go to my website, MyStoryBookLady.com, create your FREE account or log into your existing account.
~ Click on the "My Account" tab and Sign Up for CLUB HM. You decide which monthly points plan works best for you:
40 points + FREE Premier for $30 (save $30)
70 points + FREE Premier for $50 (save $40)
150 points + FREE Premier for $100 (save $70)

If you shoot me an email or call me 404.729.0388, I can give you the Club HM Sign Up Special of 100 points for only $50!!!  This sign up special is NOT available online, so you must contact me! 

Coupon for You: Sign up for Club HM before June 30th and I will add an extra 30 points ($30 value) into your account!

I look forward to helping you make your holidays
AFFORDABLE and ADORABLE!
Your Personal Publishing Coach,
Betty Miller
  Heritage Makers Star Consultant
404.729.0388
Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com
MyStoryBookLady.com

 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Special

 
MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL! Starts today and ends Monday at midnight! Join Club HM and I'll pay for your 1st month! Sign up for Bronze Club HM, I'll put 30 points ($30 value) in your account! Over 3 months, you'll get 120 points for just $60! CAN'T BEAT THAT!

From my website www.MyStoryBookLady.com, create your FREE account. Sign up for Club HM from your account or give me a call! Need to know more about Club HM? Use this link to watch a quick video! ~ Betty

Sneak Peek: New Art for June

Here is a sneak peek of the art that will be added to HM Studio for June. Be sure to join Club HM so you will have access to all of it including the templates! ~ Betty







Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank You, Oprah!



Today marks the final broadcast of the beloved Oprah Winfrey Show. After the countdown of special guests, show surprises and fanfare, the grand finale is here. Today we can all watch the final chapter of a 25-year media phenomenon.

Heritage Makers would like to take this opportunity to salute the enormous contributions of Ms. Winfrey and the legacy of inspiration, compassion, empowerment, and understanding she has established and encouraged. It may have started out as just another television talk show, but it soon became so much more. Millions have been impacted in positive ways, and as heritage makers, we count ourselves as part of that group because Oprah helped us introduce countless readers to the magic of storybooking.

In December 2008 she listed Heritage Makers storybooks as one of her “Top Ten All-Time Favorite Gifts” in her O, The Oprah Magazine holiday gift guide issue! Shortly thereafter, her best friend and magazine editor-in-chief Gayle King talked glowingly about HM products to Robin Roberts on a Good Morning America holiday gift segment. It was wonderful exposure for a young and growing company based in Utah.
How did Oprah Winfrey know about Heritage Makers? The answer lies in the inventiveness and moxie of a single mother of two from Waterloo, Iowa. In 2007, Brenda Ebel Kruse read an editorial by Oprah describing her grief over the accidental death of her dog, Gracie. Brenda was not a “dog person” but resonated with the life lessons Oprah was able to glean from the tragic experience.

Using the editorial content and photos from the article, Brenda created a simple tribute to Gracie in the form of a 5 x 5 storybook. Brenda was certain Oprah would appreciate the gesture, but how to deliver the finished project?  She first tried sending it to the celebrity’s dog trainer thinking she would see that it reached the intended recipient. After several months of no response, Brenda decided to send it directly to Harpo Studios in Chicago with the hope that the right person would put it into Oprah’s hands.

On May 28, 2008 at 5:46 p.m., Brenda was unpacking groceries in the kitchen when the phone rang. She picked up the receiver, but hearing no voice, set it down and returned to the groceries. A minute later the phone beeped with a voice mail notification and Brenda got the surprise of her life as she listened to a message from Oprah Winfrey herself! The rest of the story is best told in Brenda’s own words:

I listened to that famous voice say how thankful she was for the ‘lovely, lovely book’ and how it was “such a treasure. She talked about how she had gotten the book just in time to honor the one-year anniversary of Gracie’s death and said she’d read it on that day as a memorial to Gracie.

Oprah went on to say that she loves the idea of everyone having a story and even quoted the tag line on the book sleeve: “‘every story deserves a book of its own,’ you know I believe in that!”

After hearing her minute-long message, I was scared to death that I was going to hit the wrong button and delete the proof that she really did call me, so I carefully hit the save button and then screamed, jumped up and down, and called my family and friends with the unbelievable news.

At first I was disappointed I didn’t get to talk to her but then realized that I probably would have either been speechless or just rambled on nonstop. Plus, I wouldn’t have been able to remember exactly what she said. Now that I have her voicemail recorded forever, I can’t ever forget this memorable thank-you!”
Brenda’s thoughtful gesture will forever be part of the lore of Heritage Makers. To this day, one of the first things you’ll hear from a consultant is that “We are one of Oprah’s favorite things!” This is both a tribute to an epic communicator and opinion leader AND the power of story.
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See a preview of Brenda’s storybook and hear the actual recording of Oprah’s thank you message here.

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, May 23, 2011

Heritage Makers Introduces New Line of Business Supplies

Print on demand options will help small businesses increase market exposure and cut costs.

May 19, 2011 – Provo, Utah – Heritage Makers today announced a new addition to its successful line of custom printed hardbound books and photo keepsakes. The company debuted a new line of business products, including business cards, flyers, booklets, and wire-bound books. The business product line is aimed at helping the small business owner create personalized business tools while reducing inventory expenses.

“We’re thrilled to introduce business supplies to our product line,” states Justin Biggs, Heritage Makers General Manager. “We have seen a need in the market for affordable, high-quality business products that will help small business owners succeed.”

Now, in addition to personalized hardbound books, greeting cards, and canvas prints, customers can custom print single and double-sided business cards, 8.5 x 11 flyers, 8.5 x 11 magazines/booklets, address labels, and 8.5 x 11 wire-bound books. The new collection features traditional, as well as unique print formats that will serve to increase visibility of businesses in all markets. The 8.5 x 11 magazine-style booklet is especially attractive as a promotional tool for realtors, photographers, retailers, travel agents, and other entrepreneurs. “We have developed these products with the small business owner in mind, however many of the items are completely adaptable to personal and family projects,” states Biggs.
 
Every entrepreneur is striving to compete and survive in their specific industry and each is looking for the same thing—to stand out; to be faster, cheaper and better than their competitor. Heritage Makers is now able to partner with small businesses by printing company ID and promotional tools on demand and in small quantities. This allows them to grow and adapt to the market and reduce the waste associated with outdated inventory.

All Heritage Makers business supplies are easy to personalize using the company’s online design software. Customers can start from a blank page or access an existing template and simply add their own photos and text. Personal publishing consultants are readily available to any customers needing assistance. For more information on the Heritage Makers business products line, visit MyStoryBookLady.com.
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About the Company:
Heritage Makers helps consumers showcase their favorite photos and experiences through custom-published books and other printed keepsakes. The Heritage Makers publishing platform is easy to use—anyone with photos and a story to tell will enjoy the process. With Heritage Makers’ unique online publishing tools, including a searchable database of over 52,000 digital art pieces and 5,200 pre-designed templates, photos and memories can be shared with family and friends preserved forever. In addition, Heritage Makers offers a unique income opportunity fueled by a strong sense of mission that resonates with consumers.

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Connecting People with Their Pictures After the Tornado

I got this note from a fellow consultant on my team and wanted to share...

"I also wanted to share a remarkable story I heard from a contact I met at the Time Out For Women in Atlanta in October.  She called me out of the blue last week and I have been sharing her story every since. Her story truly touched my heart and I want to share it with EVERYONE.

My contact lives in Alabama and she was only 20 minutes from her dear friends who lost EVERYTHING in the tornadoes and 60 min away from the HUGE devastation we are all seeing and hearing about on the news. She said her friends 20 min away jumped in their car and outran the tornado, only to come back to there home completely gone. Everything including their photos, photo books, etc. She said people are finding photos 150 miles from their owners and reconnecting them on FACEBOOK. This is what pushed her over the edge to start Heritage Makers. She said she knew, if she used Heritage Makers she would never have to worry about having to find her babies photos in the ditches or woods of Alabama (which you would never recover them if they were in there). With Heritage Makers she would just have to go in, publish another book, and that would be that. All her books, projects and photos would be preserved for a lifetime!!!

I had tears in my eyes hearing this story. I told her that is why I am Heritage Makers consultant. I wanted to help others to not have to worry about their story not being told or their photos lost. I offered to bring my scanner to Alabama and help others get their pictures preserved. I'm going to remain in contact with her and see what else we might be able to do as a family.

So I just wanted to share this story with you. I thought it might make a difference in your life too and maybe you might decide today is the BEST time to start telling your story and preserve your photos. We really don't know what tomorrow will bring!"

~If you would like to start saving your pictures and memories or better yet help others do so, head to my website: MyStoryBookLady.com to get started!  Click Here to watch a quick video about Heritage Makers.
~ I live outside of the Atlanta area and have access to a high speed scanner (30 pic per minute) and can help anyone that was affected, by scanning in their remaining pictures.
~ We are looking for consultants to help us spread the word about our mission to preserving photos and memories!  If you would like to help us, please call me: 404.729.0388 or send me an email to Betty@MyStoryBookLady.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Products for Businesses

Heritage Makers has introduced a new line of products that are perfect for promoting your business as well as creating personalized family projects. When you click on the “shop” button in the HM web site you’ll notice the product categories have been slightly reorganized. “Business supplies” has been added as a new category and links to specific information on the new items which include business cards (single and double-sided), an 8.5 x 11 flyer, an 8.5 x 11 booklet (saddle-stitched), and an 8.5 x 11 wire-bound book.
All of these products offer unique applications for home or office, but the 8.5 x 11 booklets are especially exciting! If you are a real estate agent, travel agent, retailer, photographer, etc. imagine how you could use this format to build your business. On the home front, imagine how this product could be adapted to showcase a sports team, school activities, or a family vacation. Father’s Day is coming up. Can you think of a better way to pay tribute than a 16-page, full color magazine? ~ Betty

Monday, May 16, 2011

Show Your Patriotism!

Just 2 weeks until Memorial Day! Can you think of a veteran or someone currently serving in the military you’d like to thank on this patriotic holiday? Take 10 minutes to customize a greeting card template and direct ship it to them or their loved ones. Let them know you support them for supporting our country’s freedoms! Search the template gallery for “military,” “USA,” or “patriotic.” ~ Betty

Gifts & Greetings for Father's Day

Need ideas for ways to show Dad how special he is? Watch the recorded webinar presented by Studio Product Manager Lynda Angelastro here. Check out many one-of-a-kind gifts and greetings, including d├ęcor for his man cave at MyStoryBookLady.com!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wedding Projects

Know any brides-to-be this summer? Did you know Heritage Makers has 255 pre-designed projects under the “wedding” category in the template gallery? Invitations & save the dates, thank-you cards, guest sign-in books, canvas prints, love storybooks, change of address card decks, shower gifts & much more! Give a gift that’s more meaningful than any off the couple’s registry! Either make it for them or give them a gift certificate to create their own! ~ Betty

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, May 9, 2011

Studio Tips

Here are a couple of helpful tips from Heritage Makers Studio Product Manager Lynda Angelastro:


Friday, April 29, 2011

Sneak Peek of HM Studio Art for May

Stay tuned to MyStoryBookLady.com for more art to be released.



School, Teacher Gift and Graduation Project Ideas

For more ideas browse the Template Gallery at MyStoryBookLady.com



Cool “Share" to Facebook Feature!

Now you can share a preview of any Heritage Makers project directly to Facebook. What a great way to keep friends and family members in the loop about your latest photos and HM projects! Just click the “share” button in the project view:

Then you’ll see this screen:

Then type a personal message and send it off. It also gives you the option to post to the Club HM page as well.

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Products! - Canvas Frames, 4 x 6 Greeting Cards, 4 x 6 Invitations


Canvas Frames
Now you can give your custom canvas a great finishing touch by adding a beautiful frame. The new frames are available for most canvas sizes and provide a flush, contemporary accent to deep canvases, and a unique shadowbox look for regular canvases. Crafted from natural wood with a black satin finish, the frames are available as an upgrade option at check out when you purchase a new canvas. Go here for more information.

4 x 6 Cards and Invitations are back!
Create personalized greeting cards and invitations in this popular format. Competitively priced and perfect for all sorts of special occasions, you’ll love what you can do with Studio software and the amazing collection of Heritage Makers digital art and templates. And make sure you get the biggest discount by signing up for Club HM! Ask your consultant (that would be me! :) for details. ~ Betty

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Board Books To Be Discontinued

It's sad, but true... (remember...don't "shoot the messenger")!

Due to ongoing difficulties and associated costs with manufacturing the board book, we will be discontinuing this product. To ensure that clients have the opportunity to publish a board book project they may have been planning, we have established the following schedule:

1) Users will be able to download board book templates and start new projects until April 30, 2011.

2) Board books can be ordered through June 30, 2011. Projects completed on or before June 30th will be available for viewing indefinitely to allow users to recreate their projects in a different book format.

Please let me know if you need any help at all getting your projects published ~ Betty

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Booking Blitz Today! Special April Host Rewards Just Announced

Ah Spring...the snow is disappearing, flowers are popping up and our Brand New Story is in full bloom! In fact, Heritage Makers is so excited for spring, we've decided to put a little spring into your April by offering a special hosting and sponsoring spree.

Host a workshop (can be in person and/or virtual workshops) in April and you can choose a host gift of 25 FREE publishing points ($150 workshop minimum). Combine this with our fabulous free publishing and 1/2 price points rewards and you are likely to find a new spring in your step! Just look at all the free publishing you can receive.

$150 Sales => 25 publishing points
$200 Sales => 75 publishing points for $10
$300 Sales => 95 points for $10
$400 Sales => 140 points for $20



Remember that in addition to the host rewards all attendees can receive a FREE 5 x 7 greeting card.
Hosts will also receive an extra gift for booking during the blitz...a limited edition HM Keepsake Photo Bracelet!















...but that's not all...

As part of our Spring Spree we're adding 25 publishing points to the new consultant signup kit in April. That's our oustanding consultant opportunity, 10% off all publishing all of the time, 25 FREE publishing points, and of course our incredible income opportunity for only $50! Wow!

For those new consultants who want to boost their success by purchasing a Business Add-on Kit, we're also adding the option to get the first month of the 150 Club HM point plan for free*. Add that to the 25 free publishing points in their signup kit and they receive 175 free publishing points for only $150, plus the benefits of owning a HM business! Wow again!

Spring has sprung and we have a story to tell! Use these great tools to make your Spring spectacular! Ready to book a workshop? Questions? Ready to work with me helping others preserve their photos and stories? Call me @ 404.729.0388 or email me today. ~ Betty

* Club HM point plan is a 3 month minimum commitment. Consultants can choose to downgrade their point plan after initial 3 months.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Studio Tip of the Day

When designing paper, photo and embellishment-intensive projects, be sure to remove all left over items from the pasteboard (the white space surrounding the live print area). Occasionally, projects with element-intensive pages and cluttered pasteboard areas do not print correctly. Removing left over design components from the pasteboard lowers overall file size and helps your product print more quickly and dependably.

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, March 28, 2011

Look Who's Talking Now!

First Oprah, then INC 500, now a great article in Women's Day magazine! Look whose talking about Heritage Makers now!


HERITAGE MAKERS FEATURED IN WOMAN’S DAY MAGAZINE

Provo, Utah – March 23, 2011 – Heritage Makers, the leader in personal publishing for hardbound storybooks, was recently featured in the nationally acclaimed Woman’s Day magazine. The article, written by financial guru Mary Hunt, praises the home-party network as a profitable business opportunity for women who wish to contribute to the family income without working outside of the home. Heritage Makers was one of three companies highlighted in the article. The magazine is now on newsstands.

“It’s a special honor to be recognized as an industry leader by Woman’s Day,” states Justin Biggs, General Manager at Heritage Makers. “We know that consumers face many challenges in today’s economy, so we feel especially pleased that our company is helping women to succeed—personally and financially. Our network of consultants across the United States and Canada is making a difference in the lives of families by helping them share the power of story. Earning a significant income every month is just an added bonus. Our consultants love what they do.”

Amie Austin, a Heritage Makers consultant in Southern California, was chosen to represent the company for this article.  “I love what I do!” says Amie, “Heritage Makers has empowered me to build a solid business, while still being able to take care of my growing family.” She continues, “There’s simply no other company around that offers a product and a business opportunity as unique and rewarding as Heritage Makers.”

Heritage Makers has grown at a rapid pace since its founding in 2004 and is now the nation’s leading storybooking company, offering a wide range of digitally-created and professionally-designed products including books, cards, scrapbook pages, canvas prints, and much more.

Anyone can become a Heritage Makers consultant. The start up consultant kit starts at $50.00. To learn more about becoming a consultant and joining this unique direct selling company, visit MyStoryBookLady.com.
  
About the Company

Heritage Makers is a company and a community that believes in the power of strengthening family relationships through storybooks and other customized keepsakes. The Heritage Makers publishing platform is easy to use—anyone with photos and a story to tell will enjoy the process. With Heritage Makers’ unique online publishing tools, these stories can be preserved forever in custom hardbound books and related projects. In addition, Heritage Makers offers a unique income opportunity fueled by a strong sense of mission that resonates with consumers.

from blog.heritagemakers.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

Token of Appreciation for My Club HM Members

Club HM began in January and is growing by leaps and bounds! No doubt it is the hottest club to be in! To celebrate, my founding members who have hit their 3 month mark of membership with me will receive these cute key chains. Hope they like them! :) Want to find out more about Club HM or sign up? Visit MyStoryBookLady.com today! ~ Betty

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!
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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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