by Lynda Angelastro, Studio Product Manager
Getting the Perfect Color
Creating the perfect color palette in Studio is easy. Follow our tips and you’ll be transforming photos and stories into meaningful and beautifully colored keepsakes in a snap.
Your Friend the Color Picker
Search for “png” in the Studio art search and you’ll find a wealth of black or grey elements that were designed to be easily changed to a different color. While you can change the color of anything, these flat, one-color items work best as you’ll lose texture and shading in a complex art piece. Choose your color with the eye-dropper-looking “Color Picker” by going to fill color, clicking on the small square with the arrow in it and selecting a color from the pop-up palette, as we did when changing Jill Means’ 7 x 5 invitation, template, 69833
, from warm pink to lavender.
Pick Color from Anywhere Pick your color from the palette, from any Studio artwork or from the photo you’re using.
Upload an Image Just for Color
You can even grab a dress, paint chip or other image from the web, upload it to your photo folders and use that as the basis for your color scheme. Here we’ve uploaded a paint chip from the Valspar Paint website.
Have a color you like but want it in several shades? Just “Color Pick” from the original color and change the percentage of transparency using your “Transparency” slider bar.
When Transparency Won’t Work for You
If you don’t want transparent color, change the transparency of a color sample and then “color pick” off the transparent color. You’ll have color that you can’t see through in the various shades you want.
Color on the Personalized Press
With so many products to choose from, what kind of color should you expect from a personalized press? Will a particular color print the same on a mug, a canvas, a metal print and a book? The answer is “not typically.” When you think about the creamy color of canvas, it’s no surprise it prints in slightly more muted tones than on ultra-bright white book paper. And consider metal prints. Part of their high-end appeal is the translucency that allows metal to shine through. The same color on a metal print is going to look a little different on a card or book. Look at the book and mug in the photo shown above. The color on the mug, which is printed on a different printer and has a creamy china base, looks a little peachier than it would printed on a book page or cover. Another tip is to check your project in progress on a couple of different computer screens. Each screen is calibrated differently and it’s good to know if your display is a little red, a little green, or pretty darn close to your printed products.
Always Easy, Always Yours
If you’d never thought of downloading paint chips or using transparency to broaden your color palette, it’s nice to know you have almost unlimited color potential inside Studio. Make friends with your Color Picker. Create projects that are uniquely yours with Studio’s simple-to-use color capabilities. Follow our easy directions and get started tonight!
Good character... it’s something all moms want their children to have. But how do you teach it? Just click on the article link Good Character for Kids to find out. I created a Scrap Page in Studio that I will frame and hang in our home as a reminder both to children and adults.
I don't know about you but an extra $500-$1000 a month for my family would make a difference. Heritage Makers is a perfect home based business, and I want to help you or someone you know get ahead financially. But, Heritage Makers is more than just making money, it's about friendship, community building, and it's purpose is to strengthen home and family relationships. Join my team!
"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
—Edwin Way Teale
Welcome to the May issue of Club Connections
. I'm happy to bring you project inspiration and ideas that will help you get the most from your Heritage Makers account! Inside you’ll find fresh new art collections and templates, priceless projects for babies and dads, and many projects featuring our popular 7 x 5 storybooks, flip books and swatch books. These size books make perfect gifts and are a great way to let Dad know how much he’s loved this Father’s Day! Plus, they will be even more economical during the month of May as they are an additional 10% off your already low Club HM prices!
If you aren't already a Club HM or Premier member, I have exciting news for you! MAY 3 — 6 you can try Premier free during our FREE PREMIER WEEKEND! Unleash your creativity and enjoy access to the world's largest digital art collection. More details about this great offer are inside the newsletter, so be sure to check it out.
If you’d like to get the absolute best discounts on the keepsakes you’re planning to make, talk to me about joining my team as a Heritage Makers consultant. It’s a financially rewarding business opportunity that saves you money on the projects you love while lifting the lives of others. Contact me today and I can tell you all about the rewards of bringing more meaningful HM moments to your family and friends.
I would be glad to also host a workshop in your home or online to help you get free publishing points. I'm here to help, be sure to add my email to your safe list so you don't miss any important messages.
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Premier is normally available only by subscription or Club HM membership—but for a limited time, we’re giving it to you FREE!
Enjoy access to over 100,000 pieces of digital art and 10, 000 pre-designed templates. Create one-of-a-kind scrap pages, cards, photo gifts and more…the possibilities are endless with Premier!
To participate, simply sign in to your Heritage Makers account and click on the “unlock Premier” button. This button will be available Friday, May 3 @ 7 p.m. MDT through Monday, May 6 @ noon.
Projects started during Free Premier Weekend can be completed even after the promotion ends. Whatever your story, whatever your style—Premier has the art for you!
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It’s Earth Day! Are you craving green today? This is the perfect time for all of us to stop and think about our impact on the environment. What changes can we make in our everyday lives to help protect the Earth? Recycled grocery bags? Riding a bike to work? Planting a tree? Remember, it’s the little things every day that really add up.
At Heritage Makers, they are also doing their part to lessen our environmental footprint.
Did you know:
- On-demand publishing is better for the environment than traditional scrap-booking? Why? They don’t print until you’re ready…no wasted scraps.
- They don’t require consultants to inventory goods. Again, no wasted printing.
- Digital scrap-booking allows you to get rid of those boxes and boxes of paper and embellishments that are going to waste.
With Heritage Makers, you get a tangible memory your entire family can enjoy…with the least environmental footprint.
So go ahead–save a tree, go digital!
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is our favorite way to capture meaningful events and memories—so they’ll last a lifetime. But it can also be so much more! Here are some of the lessons online scrapbooking has taught us along the way. Take Time to Reflect
One of the most wonderful aspects of online scrapbooking is the time it gives us to reminisce. We look closely at our photos. We remember the events. We write down memories. And most importantly, we reflect on our feelings about the people in the photos smiling back at us.
Life is often so busy we rush from one event to the next without a moment’s pause. Taking time to reflect can make life more enjoyable and let’s us focus on small pleasures. Reflection also offers us a chance to see things afresh that we’ve been taking for granted (usually people). Take Time to be Creative
When we’re working on our scrapbooks, we’re creatively focused. We give attention to and enjoy even the smallest details of our projects. We take pleasure in choosing and combining colors, patterns, words and embellishments in just the right way to celebrate our photos and memories.
As adults we often don’t give ourselves time to discover or recharge our own creativity. But the simple act of participating in a creative hobby can bring great rewards, including elevated moods and a heightened sense of fulfillment. Take Time to Share
The best thing about online scrapbooking is sharing the keepsakes we’ve created with the people we love. We show our family and friends just how important they are when we show them their very own scrapbooked stories. It’s so rewarding to turn photos and memories into beautiful keepsakes that can be enjoyed and shared for years to come!
The month of April is blowing in on spring winds and the world is greening up again! This fresh season brings us high school and college graduations—milestones worth celebrating and commemorating. We also look forward to Mother’s Day, when we take time to express our love and thanks to the women who have nurtured us and shaped our lives.
You’ll find plenty of templates for both these meaningful springtime occasions in this issue of Club Connections. You’ll also see a bundle of fabulous new art collections and brand new templates ready for all kinds of wonderful projects to celebrate your photos and stories!
I’d love to personally show you the latest and greatest Heritage Makers has to offer, and reward you with extra publishing points and discounts for your spring projects! Our host gifts are better than ever, and spring is a great time to gather a few friends for a fresh and fun Heritage Makers party! Just give me a call or shoot me an email if you’re interested in hosting this month.
As always, I hope you enjoy your Club Connections newsletter!
“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.”
A couple of years after Kay Rytting’s husband died, some of her children began to worry that she was starting to feel that she had not been a great mother. When Laura Rytting, Kay’s daughter-in-law, heard about this concern, she knew just what to do—after all, she is a Heritage Maker! What Kay needed was a meaningful Mother’s Day gift, a storybook, filled with heart-felt thoughts and memories from her grown children.
“My husband is one of 12 siblings,” says Laura, “and they aren’t a verbally gushing type of family. But I knew if I gave them a chance to express their feelings of appreciation toward their mother, they would all jump on board.”
As it turned out, Laura was right! All 12 children replied almost immediately, and were eager to be a part of this special gift.
“The most difficult part was getting a recent picture of everyone individually with their mom. Fortunately, one of our nieces got married, and at the reception I was able to get a picture of everyone and then a group picture of everyone. I was hoping she wouldn’t guess why we were so persistent in getting those pictures!”
New Heritage Makers clients are always advised to begin work on their “Cornerstone” projects. These are the storybooks focusing on your parents, you, your children, and your family. Laura’s Mother’s Day project gave everyone in the family an opportunity to reminisce, tell family stories, and express their love.
“It was interesting to read about stories I had never heard, and to see many of the same stories or memories repeated,” says Laura. “With so many witnesses of her wonderful life and attributes, you know it must be true.”
Kay Rytting cried when she received the gift. Who wouldn’t? And if she ever starts to doubt the impact she’s had on 12 lives, all she has to do is open a beautiful book that says “For Our Wonderful Mother” on the cover!