Guest Post by Carmen Shirkey
You want your kids to have fun during the summer, but you don’t want all of their school learning to seep out of their ears in the meantime.
Why not combine fun with their creativity – without costing a fortune!
Heritage Makers to the rescue! The company is hosting a contest for budding young talent in their Young Authors Contest.
If you’ve never heard of Heritage Makers, they’ve made it their mission to help people tell their stories through photo storybooks (similar to digital scrapbooks.) You upload your digital photos (you know, the ones that sit on your computer) into the online tool, and you use templates and embellishments to create a story using those photos and the artwork. There are two kinds of art packages you can use to be creative with your photo storybook. There’s the basic package, which is workable, and just what it says – it’s “basic.” There’s the premiere art package, which has over 40,000 images to really do it up right.
Your kids can use photos they already have, or take new photos to use for their contest entry. The theme for the contest is “All About Me,” and they can focus on their family, their friends, their favorite foods, their pet – or all of the above. It’s all about telling a story – maybe they’ll be the next big author – who knows?
The kids use a 6 x 8.75 spiral-bound project in the Heritage Makers online studio to tell their story. Then, they’ll “publish” their story and submit it – along with a parental consent form – into the contest. There’s no purchase necessary to enter. However, if your child would like a physical representation of their life’s work, the cost of the book is $24.95 if the basic artwork package is used. If they’d like to order a hard copy of their book, I’ll throw in a free month of access to the premiere art package so they can embellish their story to their heart’s content. That cost gets them a bound copy of their life’s story to show to family and friends, and to keep on the bookshelf.
Entries are open until August 31, 2009, and winners will be announced September 15, 2009. Winners will be judged both on the quality of their story and the design of their storybook, and will win a copy of their entry project and credit for another book to continue their storytelling.
Full contest rules and entry instructions can be found on my Website, www.tinyurl.com/makeastorybook. My contact info is also found on my Website, and if you’d like to participate with a hard copy of the book, be sure to contact me directly for access to the free month of artwork.
Blog post by Carmen Shirkey
Heritage Makers Personal Publishing Consultant