Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Art

Watch for new art later this month as a bumper set of collections is released in conjunction with the Heritage Makers consultant conference “Reunion.” Art goes live the 19th of August and contains collections for both August and September. This two-month offering stays at the top of the art collections through the 1st of October. Don’t miss it. It’ll be huge! For a handy reference this month, take a look at these hot-topic art suggestions. Broken down by category, these are our best picks for subjects we know you’re often working on.

Life Stories
Many Heritage Makers start their Studio experience by documenting the lives of a loved one. If you’re working on a family history, making a tribute to Mom or telling Grandpa’s story; check out these collections. "My Life and Story: An Autobiography Kit" by Jady Day Studio from ScrapMatters is a wonderful way to tell any family or female story. "Retrospect" from Design by Dani of Sweet Shoppe Designs has word art that marks the decades, camera elements to highlight photos and papers in neutral colors made just for the men in your life. "Family Ties" by Kristin Cronin-Barrow of Sweet Shoppe Designs features a page-size family tree embellishment, all kinds of family-related word art you and papers to pull it all together.

For those with new family members in your midst, Studio is packed with perfect collections. "Basic Hush Little Baby" by Bellisae of Digital-Crea is full of the softest papers and elements for the tiniest boys and girls. "Sweet Little Girl" by Dydge of Digital-Crea is pink, pretty and perfect for newborn to toddler girls, while "Mister Blue" by Ange of Little Dreamer Designs works beautifully for bundles of joy wrapped in blue. Two other baby favorites, not shown here include "Sweet Safari" by LilyAnne Rae Taylor of Imaginary Crackers and "Baby Basics" by Jill Means of Legacy Design. Check them all out.

If there’s a wedding on the horizon; check out "Platinum Dreams" by Krystal Hartley of Sweet Shoppe Designs, "Blessed" by Sahlin Studio and "Love Story" by Jill Means of Legacy Design. Each is packed with papers, word art and embellishments easily customized for invitations before or albums after the wedding.

Throwing a birthday party? You’ll want invitations and thank you cards. Use our "Here 4 the Party" collection by Kristin Cronin-Barrow of Sweet Shoppe Designs, "Cake & Ice Cream" by Amanda Dykan or “Celebration" by Jill Means of Legacy Design. Each has its own take on how to celebrate.

Girl with Attitude Collections
If you have a much-adored monkey living at your house, a girl who loves anything ladybug or a rock and roll wannabe, we’ve got collections to fit her personality. Check out "Monkeying Around Add-On" by Traci Reed of Sweet Shoppe Designs, "July Sampler: Ladybug, Ladybug" by Jen Yurko of Inspiration Lane or "The Heart of Rock & Roll" by Julie Billingsley also of Sweet Shoppe Designs. She’ll love your just-for-her creations.

Busy Boy Collections
If it’s a young man you’re designing for, make a note of these boy-friendly offerings. If he’s a need-for-speed or brmm, brmm kind of boy, check into "Motor Mania" by Britt-ish Designs. Raptors what he’s raving about? He’ll probably dig "Dinosaur Safari" by Misty Cato of Sweet Shoppe Designs. And if Lego® is what he loves these days, make him something special from our "Build a Dream" collection, also fromTraci Reed of Sweet Shoppe Designs.

SportsSon or daughter make the team or like to kick a ball around? Get your creative game on with these recommendations pulled from our many sports offerings. "Boys of Summer" by Britt-ish Designs, "Out with Dad" by Cala Lily Design and "Got Spirit" by Heather Roselli of Sweet Shoppe Designs all offer loads of sports design possibilities. Check out the “Got Spirit Add-On” too. We asked for faces with more diversity to complement the “Got Spirit” cheerleading collection and designer Heather Roselli went all out to meet our request.

Sending a small one off to kindergarten or storybooking those high school years? We’ve got collections for her beginning ABCs, his first bus ride and their high school friends and activities. Collections to use for these subjects include “Alphabet Soup” by Wimpychompers, “Kindergarten Kid” by GG Digital Designs and “High School Never Ends” by Britt-ish Designs and the Golden Girls.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool, off to the shore or going to visit a famous mouse; you’ll find a wealth of art in Studio to help you keep the memories alive. “Beach Kids Cool Down" by lliella Designs of Sweet Shoppe Designs with its sunglasses and ice creams will capture the cool kid factor, while "Relax on the Beach" by Starlight Designs from Digital-Crea will help record starfish, seagulls, sun and surf sort of holidays. And if you’re documenting memories of Mickey Mouse or Magic Mountain, you’ll find "Leave the World Behind" by Britt-ish Designs the perfect collection to use.

International Travel
If your travels take you farther afield, Studio is packed with collections for international travel. "Around the World" by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio is a great one to start with, as is "Globe Trotting" by Mandabean and Heather Roselli of Sweet Shoppe Designs. "Taste of Great Britain" also by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio is part of a series of “Taste of” collections that includes countries all over the world.

Great Outdoors
Whether gardening, fishing, hunting, camping or photography is your passion; we’ve got lots of collections to show off your outdoor pastime. Try "Elements of Nature" by Jill Means of Legacy Design for a modern take on nature’s four seasons; "Cedar Creek" by Raspberry Road if you’re looking for hunting, fishing or camping collections; and "Very Berry" by Elj Dorado from Digital-Crea if you’re creating pages or projects about your summer gardening.

So Much in Studio
Did you know that by mid-August, there will be over 900 art collections in Studio? Many of these collections can be purchased elsewhere for $5-$10, a few are available for a little less and some are custom made for Heritage Makers and cannot be bought anywhere at any price. Conservative estimates place the cost to buy the entire Studio Art Collection in the many thousands of dollars. What does that mean for you? Well, if you’re a Club HM member, you’re banking points to pay for product every month, but the art is FREE for your use. You don’t need an extra high-capacity hard drive to store your art on and you don’t need an expensive and sophisticated application to tag and organize it. Here at Heritage Makers, we think it might also mean you’re a pretty smart cookie!

Rebecca Brooks
Heritage Makers
Personal Publishing Consultant

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