Monthly Archives: May 2012

Express Scan with 4ever Photos

Like my family, do you have albums full of old hard copy photos? Or perhaps it’s photo boxes or drawers or bags filled with family memories?

Are they deteriorating? crumbling? yellowing? fading?

Are there invitations, documents and other paper memorabilia you would love to have in digital format?

Do you live in southwestern Ontario (London/Windsor/Sarnia/Toronto) area?

Then, check out EXPRESS SCAN!

It fast, easy, excellent quality and super affordable! The best part is that you never have to leave the comfort of your own home – I come to you!

Visit the SCAN EXPRESS page here on my blog for more specific information then visit and LIKE my FB page at

Hope to hear from you soon!


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Studio Tip and Tricks #3: Aligning

This simple project was easily made using the alignment tools on the LAYOUT menu. It’s a quick and easy way to perfectly centre objects on the page or with each other; to line up objects with each other; to evenly space out objects.

READ ON to find out just how easy it is and how they work.

TAKE THE POLL AT THE END and tell me what you think of this post.

The align and distribute tools are found at the bottom of the LAYOUT TOOLS menu. We will be focusing on the 6 align buttons and the 3 “TO” buttons that you find underneath. We’ll start by describing what each of these 9 buttons does and then go through how I used them to create the project featured above.


STEP ONE: Decide TO what you would like the programs to align the objects you choose.

ALIGN TO GROUP: This will line up all the objects you select to one another.

ALIGN TO FIRST ITEM: This will line up all the objects you select to the position of the very first object you chose.

ALIGN TO PAGE: This will line up all the objects you select in relation to the page as a whole.

STEP TWO: Decide what kind of alignment you would like to happen.

ALIGN LEFT: Will shift objects you select so that the left edges are perfectly lined up.

ALIGN CENTRE VERTICALLY: Will shift objects you select so that they are centered with each other vertically.

ALIGN RIGHT:  Will shift objects you select so that the right edges are perfectly lined up.

ALIGN TOP: Will shift objects you select so that the top edges are perfectly lined up.

ALIGN CENTRE HORIZONTALLY: Will shift objects you select so that they are centered with each other horizontally.

ALIGN BOTTOM: Will shift objects you select so that the bottom edges are perfectly lined up.


STEP ONE: Centering the second background on top of the first.

We’ve placed the main background on our page and we would like the second smaller square perfectly centered on top.

First we select align TO PAGE

Then we select our smaller background and choose ALIGN CENTRE VERTICALLY.

Next we select ALIGN CENTRE HORIZONTALLY. The result is a perfectly centred page

STEP TWO: Creating a perfect grid of smaller squares for the photos and quotes.

I started by positioning one of the squares where I wanted it to be on the larger background using the ruler grid (VIEW – RULER- SHOW RULER). I used the position of this square to help me position the other 3.

I used the ALIGN TO FIRST ITEM to make this happen.

First I aligned the bottom edges of the bottom two squares. KEY ACTION: the key here is to select the object that is in the correct position first, then hold down the shift key and select all other object you want to align to the first one. Here I selected the bottom left square first, then the bottom right one.

Next choose the ALIGN BOTTOM button and the right square is shifted to line up perfectly with the left square along the bottom edge.

Next we will line up the two right squares along their right edges. Again we’ll select the bottom square first and then the top square so that they are being aligned according to the position of the bottom square.

Next choose the ALIGN RIGHT button to shift the top square to the right to perfectly line up with the bottom square.

Now I aligned the two left squares – again selecting the bottom square first and then the top one.

Then I chose the align left button which shifted the top square a little to the right so they were perfectly lined up.

Next I am going to align the top two boxes horizontally to each other which means I am going to choose ALIGN TO GROUP.

This time it doesn’t matter which box I select first and they are being aligned to each other

As you can see the program has shifted both boxes so that they are now lined up together around their centre axis. My boxes are now all perfectly lined up in a grid.

I continued to use the alignment tools to centre my photos on the smaller stripped boxes, selecting the stripped backgrounds first and then my photo – ALIGN TO FIRST TIME/ALIGN VERTICAL/ALIGN HORIZONTAL.

I also used the alignment tools to line up my letter for Bob and Dorothy – make sure they were all perfectly aligned along their bottom edges. I places my B and my D where I wanted them first and then selected all my letters, ALIGN TO FIRST ITEM, ALIGN BOTTOM.

I highly recommend just playing around with these tools until they become very familiar to you. Once you get the hang of them they are SUPER handy when creating pages from scratch or when you’ve modified a template and need to realign objects.


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“Our Love Story – He said….She said”

It’s finally complete and I can share it with the world! The storybook about my parents’ love story – how they met, fell in love, the proposal, the wedding – which I made for their 44th anniversary this month is finally able to be made public. I wanted to wait until I’d given it to them, which happened last week-end. They LOVED it! Brought back lots of memories. Lot’s of great stories…and some really funny ones… to commemorate the beginning of our family. TAKE A LOOK at the whole book:


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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in My stories


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“Oh the places you will go….” – GRADUATION 2012

GRADUATION – Hard to believe that time of year if quickly approaching once again. Where do the days, months and years go?!? A pivotal moment in the life of any young adult is the day they graduate from high school. The future for them is full of endless possibilities. Life could take him or her anywhere. Celebrate this momentous day in the life of a young person in your life with these FABULOUS announcements, keepsakes and gifts for any grad – 100% customizable and super easy to put together with Heritage Makers.

Let me help you get started and make this graduation an extra special one!


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Tips and Tricks #2: Cropping photos

CROPPING –  one of the essential skills for any scrapbooker. But, unlike paper scrapbooking where you get ONE try at cropping your photo (once you’ve cut there’s not going back), with digital publishing you can try a million and one different configurations until you find the right one.

So, how do you crop a photo in Heritage Makers STUDIO? There are essentially 2 ways:

A. . CROPPING AN UNLOCKED PHOTO: You know a photo is unlocked when the border around the photo is green when you click on it.

1. Click on the photo and then go to the TOOLS tab on the toolbox menu. 

2. Choose CROP and a blue border will appear on your photo:

3. Drag the blue border lines to wherever you would like to crop your photo. What is inside the blue box is what you will keep. When you’re satisfied choose DONE and see your photo cropped.

4. Need to make a change? Simply use the ADJUST button in the TOOLS menu of the toolbox (only shows up if the photo has already been cropped). To get rid of the crop and go back to the original menu choose REMOVE.

B.CROPPING A LOCKED PHOTO: When a photo is locked you cannot change the overall shape of the photo, but you can zoom in or out, rotate and adjust the how the photo is centered in the frame. You will know the photo is locked when it has a thick red border around the outside like the one below:

1. Select the photo you want to crop and choose the TOOLS menu in the toolbox – same as step 1 above.

2. Choose ADJUST.

3. To zoom in and out use the SCALE slider controls.  To rotate the photo use the ROTATIONS slider controls. For more precise control use the up and down arrows.

4. Click on the photo, hold the mouse down and drag the photo around to change how the photo is centered in its frame.

5. Choose DONE on the TOOLS menu and see your finished crop. If you are not satisfied simply go back into the TOOLS menu and make so more adjustments.


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Weekly Tips and Tricks – Post #1: Copy formatting

Here’s the plan – every week on Sunday I hope to post another tips and/or trick to using Heritage Maker’s STUDIO program. These tips and tricks are key to using the program efficiently and having it do the work for you…reducing the time you spend creating projects.

Today’s Tip: How to copy formatting (colour, rounded corners, sepia/black and white, drop box, border) to multiple elements on a page (or several pages)

1. Select one element on your page and put all the formatting on it that you wish it to have from the toolbox menu:

2. Copy the element – right click and copy;

use the button at the top right hand corner of the editing page;

or use EDIT and COPY.


3. Select all the other elements on the page that you wish to share this same formatting by holding down the SHIFT key while selecting them. This will group the obejcts together and place a border around them all – green (if items are all unlocked) or red (if items are locked).

4. Go to EDIT – PASTE SPECIAL – PASTE FORMAT. This will copy all formatting from the first element onto all other objects you’ve selected.

Stay tuned next week for POST #2 next week.

Happy publishing!!


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Unique Techniques….playing around on HM!

This weekend’s Club HM challenge is SO cool!! Create a project highlighting a unique photo effect technique and explain how to create it. So…. I’ve been playing. 🙂  Challenge doesn’t end until Monday so I can’t wait to see what other techniques get submitted and to play around with them too.


My experiments with some of the unique techniques from other people’s entries:





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