Croptoberfest: Prep for the Holidays with Heritage Makers

Posted: September 26, 2017 | By: Lisa E

Every year it is the same. Once the kids are back to school I think I have all the time in the world.

It is not true.

Every year September lulls me into a feeling of security when really, as a mom of four, I need to be preparing for battle. Yes, the holidays! Just walk into any store if you want a reality check, Halloween and holiday decor is everywhere! Though I think I have time, Halloween will be here before you know it and then it’s Thanksgiving and then BAM it’s what’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year!

Who makes these beloved holidays happy? We do! With decor and music, food and lights. We make it magical with thoughtful, treasured homemade gifts and holiday cards!

It’s a lot of pressure sometimes, let’s be honest.

So this brings me to how happy I am for our YGY Photo corporate staff along with our amazing memory ambassadors who gave us Croptoberfest!


It’s genius!

So I ask myself, could this be the year I don’t feel like the out-of-shape kid lagging half a mile behind in the race?

It’s Christmas already? I should have started my holiday projects at Croptoberfest!!!


Could I get some holiday stuff crossed off my holiday list in SEPTEMBER?

Because of Croptoberfest I can! I will!

I will make some holiday gifts, use my wonderful stash of Heritage Makers publishing points and create darling, wonderful gifts and greeting cards that will bring a tear of joy to grandpa’s eye or let my sister know how very much we love her. Yes, this year I will be ready––bring it!

So today I’m going to show you a few templates I have my eye on to make it easy FOR YOU. Then you can get back to enjoying the fall season without the all the worry and stress.


Family Games – Faces

TEMPLATE: 145111 By Brooke Mehr
Playing Card Deck
This 3-in-1 game collection includes directions for Go Fish, Old Maid, and Memory. Perfect for children and family time! Personalize with your kid’s cute faces.​


Give Thanks – Placemat​

TEMPLATE: 145070 By Brooke Mehr
11 x 14 Print
Add a little spice to your Thanksgiving table decor with these fun place setting templates. Look for other coordinating templates like napkin rings, name cards and placemats for the kids (see below)! You can get these UV coated when you checkout.

​Here are a few of the coordinated items:


Kid’s Thanksgiving Placemat

TEMPLATE: 145074 By Brooke Mehr
11 x 14 Print
Personalize this simple and fun activity placemat to keep your kids busy this Thanksgiving.

​Make sure you add UV coating as a free option. ​These are so cute and can be used year after year or sent home with guests as a little gift.


Silly English Love Mugs

TEMPLATE: 145019 By Brooke Mehr
Love Mug
​Here is a fun idea for that person who loves grammar. I love how in Heritage Makers you can take a funny quote you see on Facebook and make it into a mug!

These fun and quirky mugs are the perfect gift for the teacher or grammatical person in your life.

Here is one I designed myself to give to my sister. You have to picture it on the side of a mug.

Frosty Fun Christmas Card

TEMPLATE: 138444 By Brooke Mehr
5 x 7 Invitation
Send a little holiday cheer with this fun template.

It’s never too soon to be thinking about your holiday card. If you pick the Heritage Makers template you like best you can take a photo to fit in the space. I like this one. Note, you can exact color-match the text to an article of clothing (like the pink coat in the photo was used as the color for the words, I just love Heritage Makers design studio and new fonts too.).


Merry Christmas Pop-out Card

TEMPLATE: 130505 By Anna Gehmlich Bates
5 x 7 Circle Pop-out Card [ pkg of 12 ]
A decorated Merry Christmas greeting on a circular pop-out card.

What about this holiday card that BECOMES AN ORNAMENT??!! CHECK IT OUT!! Cute for new baby, newlyweds, kids or pets. Confession: I often create multiple holiday cards and order one to have on hand to put on gifts and the other to direct ship to my friends and family. If you don’t use direct ship with Heritage Makers you are missing out! I love direct ship. It is the greatest! Talk about hassle free. I have all my addresses in Heritage Makers and I just click next to the name and Heritage Makers addresses the cards for me and sends them out! It’s like having a personal assistant! Heaven!!! (Note: this only is available for select sizes, think “rectangle” when you want this option.)


​Merry and Bright Ornament

TEMPLATE: 125127 By Brooke Mehr
Full Circle Ornament
Commemorate your family’s merry and bright holiday with this fun template.

This product is something that I do every year for each of my four children. I pick something they did special in the year and make them ​a personalized ornament. Like first time riding a bike, horse, water skiing, etc. With Heritage Makers you can create traditions and capture memories at the same time. How fun will it be to give your grown up child their special ornaments when they leave home someday? I love the price too! (under $20)

Here is one I did a couple years ago:


​​Oh my, these are just a FEW of the ideas I wanted to share, there are so many more. Go “shopping” in the template gallery. You will love what you see and just think what you can create before October 1st this year at our Croptoberfest!!

Okay, just one more idea. I like to make 12×12 canvases as holiday decorations to celebrate old Halloween or Christmas photos. Here is the canvas I created of my husband’s favorite Christmas morning when he was a wee lad. I surprised him and gave it to him as a gift one year and also one to his parents. There may have been a few tears shed. #iloveheritagemakers


So have fun, forget about the pressure of the holidays and sit back and let your photos do the talking. You will find wonderful projects that will bring you and yours much joy and happiness. Happy Croptoberfest (and remember it is still September) you rock!

––Candy May
Mother of 4 (& 2 pups)
5 Star YGY Executive
Co-founder of Heritage Makers

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