Thursday, December 6, 2012

Treat Bag Topper

Merry Christmas! This time of the month is about to get busier.  I love sharing a treat with family friends and neighbors. My children like to as well.  Having my toppers ready ahead of time means one less thing to do when things start to get crazier later this month.  I purchased a fun graphics kit called candy cane cuties.  Then I pulled the graphics into Heritage Collector and I was ready to design these toppers in Storybook.  These treat bag toppers were a cinch to make.  I want to share them with you.  These are roughly 4x4 printed out. All you have to do is right click save and print.  Enjoy and don't forget to visit the Heritage Collector site.  They have some great Christmas ideas!  No to mention Heritage Collector makes a great gift.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chipboard Tree Ornaments

 December is fast approaching and I have had a project that I started back in October that I finally finished and am excited to share with you!  Christmas chipboard frames.   I love the new curvy wood frames that you can paint and display your favorite photos in.  I wanted to purchase some 4x4 sizes for my Christmas tree this year, but almost choked at the price tag.  At $8 a piece and I would need 15.  Well you do the math.   So I began thinking of another alternative that would give my Christmas tree the personal family appeal I wanted this year.  Chipboard came to mind.  There are several things you can do with this versatile heavy duty paper.  You can purchase some sheets at your local craft store and free hand a design you like.  Or you can purchase some already in the shape and cutout you want.  I chose to purchase some already cut out and ready to paint from Etsy.  I picked up some tubes of craft paint in green, cream, brown, and red with some craft ribbon and some extra glue sticks.  When I was ready to begin I painted my chipboard.  While it was drying I headed downstairs to my computer and opened up Storybook and chose the pictures I wanted to use.  The size of the opening of my frame was 3x3 so I sized my pictures down to scale and printed them from home on my printer.  Of course I was able to enhance them any way I chose in Heritage collector so they would look the way I wanted when I printed them out.  Once the frames were dry I hot glued the ribbon to the back of my frame attached my pictures and viola my very own Christmas chip board frame at a fraction of the price! I love all of the many projects I can do with my photos using Heritage collector.  This would also be a fun way to display your family Christmas cards over the years or highlight some of those special people in your life this Christmas.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Costume Contest Awards

Halloween is fast approaching!  I had the assignment to put together some bright and colorful Halloween costume awards.  I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do so I looked at some ideas and layouts.  Once I had a good idea of what I wanted to create I hopped on over to Designs by Krista and downloaded some of her darling Halloween graphic kits.  Of course I couldn't have put these together without Heritage collector storybook.  It was really easy to do with the right program.  Can I tell you how simple it was to create this project?  I can't wait to hand these out at the party!

Award number one.

Award number two.

Award number three.

Award number four.

Now you you have an idea of how easy this is to do, you are now ready to create your own spooky invites or awards for your little ghouls!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Printable Quote

I just love hanging on my wall inspiring quotes by others.  I also like to do this for holidays and birthdays.  It is even more fun for me when I can design the color and size and really personalize my framed work of art for the room it will be displayed in.  Well you can too!  I pulled these quotes into the Heritage Collector storybook program and then designed an 8x10 print that I can now display in my home.  It was really quick and easy to do.  Once I finish the layout I can quickly send it to my favorite printing place, or use my own personal printer to print it out.  This page was complete in 20 minutes.  I love how easy Heritage Collector is to use.  My daughter is having a birthday party this week and I also was able to quickly and easily design and print her party invites.  There are so many fun things that you can  do using this program!  I needed some order in my families busy life and so I also designed a dry erase calendar to use as well.  Can you see all of the fun possibilities here?  I love that I can use all of the tutorials and free online classes to help get started.

Here is the finished printed quote. This would make a great framed gift!  The graphics for this were generously shared by designs by Krista. 

Here is a dry erasable calendar.  I have made several of these as gift for under $6 laminated

Here is the print framed with glass.  Dry erase markers work great!

This is a birthday card I recently designed for my daughters birthday party.  They were super fun and easy to put together!

There are some fantastic free classes coming up to teach you step by step how to create some of the projects you see here.  You can visit Heritage Collector or the Storybook blog to sign up!

Friday, July 6, 2012

DIY print for a table display!

I am excited to share this post with you!  I have had a bare tabletop for quite some time and I really wanted to create a fun arrangement.  I am a thrifty gal and I love finding bargains and decorating with items I can create myself.  I received a sewing machine for Christmas this last year and I was looking for a simple project I could create in an hour or less.  So I came across a sheet set on clearance that was in the colors of my kitchen and I created a table runner out of the fabric.  Later I was browsing pottery barn and came across some fun lanterns.  So I headed to my local Hobby Lobby and found some for 50% off.  I loved adding the little battery powered tea lights to the top of each candle.  The berry wreaths were some my sister had left over that matched the decor.  The 11x14 print was created by my talented sister in Heritage Collector Storybook.  She sold and displayed this print at our summer boutiques and I just had to have a copy to complete my table display.  The graphics to design the page were from Designs by Krista.  I was happy with how this project turned out, and I didn't break the bank.

I just fell in love with this print!  You too can create your own in Heritage Collector Storybook!  I hope you are enjoying your summer!  Check back for some great gift ideas that you can create using Storybook!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Making Cards

I am super excited to share what I have been doing lately.  It took me awhile but I figured out how to make and design a digital card.  Heritage collector storybook makes this so easy!  I love that I can choose the custom size of a page that I want.  I chose a 6 X 8 inch card that I could fold in half. The finished card should fit in a 4x6 inch envelope.  Starting this card helped me to see how easy this can be.  It also opened up  a world of possibilities for me.  Mothers day, Fathers day, Birthdays, Christmas.  Really any occasion that I want to make a card for.  I also made a treat bag topper.  I was even able to customize my facebook timeline!  Can you see all of the possibilities here?

Here is the card 

Here is the treat topper

A book mark example

So many fun things that you can create with the storybook program!  Check back for more fun ideas!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Scrapbooking With Storybook

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  So many great ideas for the month of love.  No matter your situation whether you are single, married, young or old.  February is the month to express your love to family and friends.  You can design or send a thoughtful card or message designed by you.  Why not create a fun collage of photo's to save and cherish for many years to come.  I usually toss the cards that are given to me unless there is a message or photograph that is meaningful to me.  I don't think Grandma is going to toss out a photo card that is personalized just for her.  Or a photo scrapbook page that is created just for mom  a husband or friend.  It really doesn't have to take a lot of time to give something that will be enjoyed and saved with those other precious photo's on display or tucked safely away to enjoy later.

Graphics kit I used "Cherie"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Heritage Collector

I haven't posted in a while.  Now that the holidays are behind me I am ready to begin again.  It's that time again to make a fresh start of a new year.  One of the things that I want to do better this year is to scan my old photos onto my computer.  I have so many fun memories of my childhood, teenage years, wedding and early years of my marriage.  Most of these photo's I am ashamed to say are still in a tupper ware bucket in the bottom of my sons closet.  Now to redeem myself I have scanned some of those photos.  I think the best way for me to begin this task is to start small.  If  I plan to scan a few photo's a day and then a few more I will soon have this task behind me and then I can begin the fun part of the process.  I saw a darling 3 generation photo of a mother her daughter and grand daughter side by side in a nice frame. That would be so fun to make for Mothers Day this year.

Heritage Collector has some fantastic ideas on how to begin the process of scanning.  It is well worth your time to read about the great tips that are offered on the Heritage Collector website.  By following the suggestions there you will easily scan your photo's in the highest resolution and in  step by step easy to follow instructions.

The latest project of mine was to put together a digital invite for a friend here it is.  It was super easy to create using Heritage Collector Storybook.

I also put together a scrapbook page of my sons activities and highlights of the past year.  It was super easy to design this page I found a template and added text and my photo's.

I thought I would  design a menu planner.  I thought this page would be fun to laminate or frame.  You could then rewrite meal plans each week with a dry erase marker.  I created this scrapbook page using Storybook and then I  printed it at Costco.  I am planning to laminate this attach a magnet and place it on my fridge. 

Enjoy putting together your digital photo memories and scrapbook projects.  I have a lot of fun putting together pages and sharing with family and friends. Don't forget to check out the helpful tips on scanning in those photo's. Here is the link.