December 13, 2011

It is Time to Organize Your Photos & Heritage Makers CLUB HM & Premier

The very idea of of organizing years and years of family photos, pictures, children's art work, mementos and recollecting all the memories that accompany all that which we hold dear to our heritage, our life, can be so very overwhelming, to say the least. I have been at it for a life time, but as and when life interrupts even our best laid plans, we get side tracked with the just plain LIVING of LIFE and life's interruptions. As we are nearing the end of 2011, we all begin to reflect on the activities of the past year, especially those who we love so dearly and have passed on. Those friends and family members who are no longer with us here on earth, but left us with a life time of wonderful memories, stories, joy and laughter. They are those foot prints in the sands of time. Our Loved ones.

For the past three years I have been hitting it pretty hard and heavy, getting PHOTOS ORGANIZED. It is not perfect by any means ~but at least it is better than where it has or had been! And I do have a ways to go ..... The Point is.... It is one Pile or subject or year at a time. Good grief, I figure it is Years and years and years of Photos and I just do not want them sitting in the back closet or top of the book shelf collecting dust or subject to unforeseen destruction. Some of us are just the Heritage Keepers, the Keepers of Life's Stuff! The Keepers of Legacies to be passed on ...........

I have been gathering, collecting, cleaning and scanning old photos from well over 50 plus years. Going thru and collecting & gathering together photos dating back to my great Grand Parents, Grand Parents, my family, my children, friends AND all those photos taken that were sitting in old magnetic photos albums and photo boxes.

It gets to be A LOT of photos! But, loving pictures like I do it has been so fun & enjoyable going back and remembering! OH but ~ then let's add in the 100's of Thousands of photos that I have taken or that have been taken since Digital Camera's first came out!!! Uffda!! I have always loved photography and with the invention of the point and shoot digital camera, it allowed me to really go to town taking and snapping pictures as long as I had batteries! I have never run out of object or subjects to take pictures of!

Digital Cameras have been out now for about 10 years, good grief how time has flown by!! I have not really even gotten started with taking pictures with my cell phone, as they just are not that good and clear anyway, since I still have a plain ole' easy to use "Grandma Phone" and have not up graded to either the Droid or iPhone, heck my youngest daughter even takes pictures with her iPod! I have been just content with the old iPods that my kids have put along the wayside for the newer, bigger and better ones! Just gotta love Technology!

Through the years I have crashed computers, dropped external hard drives, run flash drives thru the washing machine and either cracked, scratched or warped CD's. Then I would upgrade or changed computer systems! Remember those little floppies? Izzsh! I have come a long way from working on an Apple IIe in 1984! Again, Just gotta love Technology!

If you’re like me, or how I used to be, the very idea of organizing and doing something with all my pictures and photos can be very overwhelming, and we tend to put it off ~ BECAUSE we just do not have TIME! or want to MAKE or TAKE the Time! But, then when you start, what and where do you begin to store all those pictures AND to STORE or Archive them SAFELY after all that work of organizing them, sure hate to loose them!! The need to store them AWAY from the possibility of either fire, flood or and in our case Tornados, where as in other parts of the country Hurricanes. We had a neighboring town of Wadena, Minnesota go thru the devastation of a F5 Tornado last year in June 2010. Watching it on Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel brought back such memories, I can only imagine how those in the Wadena Community felt. I also had a friend of mine, loose her entire house to the devastation of a fire, loosing nearly everything, horribly her Heirloom Family Photographs that will never be recovered. She got out safely for which we all are so very grateful and the surrounding community of family and friends helped her go thru the clean up.

I ran across Heritage Makers - or I think Heritage Makers ran into me! In the late fall of 2008. I have since, become a crazy Heritage Maker and I love it! I can not say enough about this company and all the awesome wonderful beautiful products that are offered, plus the unlimited creativity, training and service! There just is no other Company out there ....... Like Heritage Makers!

Oprah has said it too! "Every Picture has a Story and every Story deserves a book of it's Own"! Or I like to change it up a bit and say- "Every Picture deserves a Project of it's Own!" For the Third year in a row - Heritage Makers is on Oprah's List of best gifts to Give - go here to check it out.

Heritage Makers offers both a Basic and a Premier Membership which is a $20.0 per month value and FREE with CLUMHM. And.... what is Club HM & Premier Membership you say?? What is the difference?

Well with Premier Membership you’ll find hundreds of free community and professionally-designed templates, and thousands of pieces of digital art with more being added monthly. It’s like having free reign in a scrapbook store "A Scrapbook Store on Steroids!"

Here Is a Video that explains more about Premier - at the Heritage Makers YouTube Channel -

Premier membership gives:

unlimited photo storage

unlimited creative possibilities

• over 65,000 pieces of digital art (a collection valued at well over $5,000!)

• more than 7,200 beautiful templates

special pricing on Heritage Makers products

free product upgrades (matte finish, black end sheets)

AND ~~~ Did I mention??


Did you know that with a Heritage Makers premier membership you have the ability to store and organize all your pictures in a safe place. Here’s what you get:

unlimited photo storage

unlimited project creation and storage

• new art monthly

• free online master classes

• over 7,200 templates to choose from, updated daily and 100% editable

• the ability to pull your pictures back off your account in high resolution for free

• photo sharing abilities (email your pictures to a friend)

The best part is, CLUB HM Membership AND Premier Membership is FREE with a Club HM membership at either $30, $50, Or $100 per month and YOU decide your savings plan. 3 Month membership commitment is required.

Here is a short video on ClubHM with Heritage Makers


I also have a scanning service where I can take your shoeboxes OR photo boxes and and old albums of pictures and turn them into CD’s for you in a matter of hours. I can or will also load them onto your Heritage Makers account for free!

Scanning is available for as little as $.19/scan – call today to book your scanning appointment.

Please Remember how to contact me-

either by email - YourStoryBooksOnline (@)

or thru my website: - (send me a message)

or Please call - c:701-429-1501

or Home Office - 218-584-5510

I would love to help YOU get started Organizing Your Photos and Memories of a life time, or even just a special time. We have story Map to help you get started.

Have a Great Holiday Season Everyone! Most of all Enjoy your time with Family and Friends and TAKE Pictures!! Go through the Photos and find out the Family stories the Family Heritage, Start organizing today!

Have a great Holiday season and Merry Christmas

December 12, 2011

7 Reasons to Storybook/Scrapbook with Heritage Makers

  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. ALL THAT STUFF! 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 2.0 and there’s no need to go back through the years of scrapbook pages to fill in the story gaps you left because you. 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. Save GAS and Time! 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 Premier account includes all the embellishments, alphabets, paper, etc. that I will ever need. No need to stock up on flowers, ribbon and all that "stuff" that takes up all that space! 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 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 gaps in traditional scrapbook with your own digital pictures archived and saved in your account with 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 grand-daughters. And it brings satisfaction to know that your children will have a sense of history in a storybook that will last a lifetime.

December 10, 2011

How to Create a Swatchbook

Getting started -How to make a Swatch Book (Part 1)

How to make a Swatch Book (Part 2)

Go to to create your free account!
Becky Christensen~ PHD-
Heritage Makers Consultant # 361212

November 30, 2011

Heritage Makers Studio Tutorial

Follow this simple Tutorial to create your own High quality Books - Family Heritage - or Event - or even a Cookbook, Calendar, or Greeting Cards.

November 11, 2011

Love these Canvases!

Being a Mother of a United States Navy Soldier (16 yrs), I can not ever express enough how proud I am of my son's choice to serve his country. I recently created an 8x8 Canvas to gift him for his wall in his home and to also put on our Blue Star Wall in the home. The one below is the one I created for the family wall. I was able to make his a bit different, you see he is now a Husband and a Father, not just a Son and a Soldier anymore.

The second example is the one that I changed up a bit for him- do you see the differences??

September 11, 2011

Tune of the Silent Soldier

September 7, 2011

Big New announcement from Heritage Makers - from their blog: 

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!”

June 11, 2011

What is the Heartbeat of Heritage Makers?

Storybooking is the heartbeat of Heritage Makers. We Are the Storytellers. It is the storyteller in every age who are responsible..... to create the traditions of their society. Stories revisit the events of our past, recall their significance and meaning .... and create understanding for those who were not yet present. Photographs freeze moments of the present, before they slip forever into the past.... to hold their significance for future considerations and Generations. Storybooks combine the power of stories and the image of richness of ... photos, to bring maximum remembrance and understanding. The Goal --- To Share our stories, to capture, define, and transfer the legacies of out heritage. Heritage the moral compass of the individual, family, We are .... Storybooking.

June 5, 2011

Story Booking with Heritage Makers

Your Story Books Online with Heritage Makers is your very own online personal publishing company!
For anyone who loves the idea of preserving and sharing their photos, stories and family history for future generations but can't be bothered with paper scraps, scissors, glue & mess!

Just upload your photos, drag & drop into your chosen project, then click "publish"! In approximately 2 weeks your beautiful hard cover album designed by you arrives at your door!
These personalized memory keepers are finished in a fraction of the time and cost as any other method! Its as easy as that. :) Please Join me!

May 21, 2011

May the Month of Memoials

The Month of May to many means the end of winter and the start of Spring, Mothers Day, Graduation, and Memorial Day. These special holidays or events remind us to remember...... Remembering is to memorialize some event, place or someone. Be it your Mother, a son or daughter who is graduating from High School or College. Memorial Day is most importantly to remember those Men and Women who have died while in Serving in the Military or Armed Forces. Everyone of us has had or has a family member or friend who has or is in one branch of Service or another. They are our heroes, family or friends we honor and memorialize for their Service and Sacrifice to this Country. We of course often kick off Memorial Day activities by maybe going to a Memorial Day Service or Event which often includes placing decorations on the graves of Family Members or loved ones, paying special attention to those who died in while in Military Service, or Served at some point of time in their lives.......stepping back - and remembering.......silently saying a prayer of thanks to them for their service. What do you do? How do you remember those special Heroes in our lives?

Those Veterans who served or are still in service have a very special place in my heart. My Son, has been a United States Navy Sailor now for almost 16 years, he is our family Hero!! We humbly and quietly honor him, each in our own quiet way. We are all so very PROUD of his chosen career, and I must say, we know he is darn good at it too. Even tho he does not tell us much of anything. His wonderful wife, Tracy, is his confidant. I created this poster showing my son at various stages of his career. It is one of my many projects I create using Studio 3.0 at Heritage Makers, I used a template another consulant created and tweaked it to fit what I liked and the photos I have of my son. It took me less than 20 minutes to create it! I am still working on his Navy Career Storybook!

Who do you want to remember? What Soldier or Military Service member in your family, has a story you want to make sure family members will remember? Might it be a Grandfather, Uncle, or maybe your Dad, or your own son or daughter who is now serving in the Military. Everybody has a Story? What is theirs?

Go here to start your Memorial Book, I would love to help you get started.