For the past few years now, I have made up calendars for my mum and Olivia’s dad’s mum too. Rather than go with the standard calendar, I choose to create unique ones for both of Olivia’s nans using pictures we have taken over the year. I think it is a nice way of showcasing pictures, not only of Olivia but the rest family too, that maybe would never have been printed out.
I’m sure I’m not alone in taking a whole load of pictures, then confining them to the memory of my phone forever more. We all do it don’t we! But what makes some images and memories more special than others? Why do we focus on the big days and events rather than those simple, ordinary everyday moments?
Not every picture will be or even needs to be Instagram worthy but each picture is a memory, a snapshot of a moment in time for you cherish. But are we at risk of forgetting about the little moments by placing the emphasis on the big moments in life?
#MomentsThatMatter with Truprint
When Truprint got in touch to ask me if I would like to take part in their #MomentsThatMatter campaign this Christmas, I knew I wanted to get involved. Truprint has a great range of products you can add your images to from pictures for albums to flick through whenever you want or to emblazon on a mug for your morning cuppa. The choice is yours.
We are big fans of gifting personalised items and they always go down well as gifts every year for Christmas as well as birthdays too. I also knew that my yearly calendars would be a perfect fit for showing off the moments that matter from the past 12 months.
For my mum, the pictures for her calendar include everyone from the family in my some of my favourite shots. 2018 has been a fun year for us so I had plenty of moments to choose from. The calendar needs to incorporate us as family and I always try to include that one picture that makes everyone laugh “Oh, I remember that day!”
Because life isn’t all about the big moments. Maybe your hair didn’t look picture perfect or not all of the group was smiling but that doesn’t mean the memory isn’t worth as much. The feeling the image can invoke is much more powerful than how it looks. Whether it brings a smile or laughter or starts a conversation, every moment needs to be cherished no matter how small.
I chose this picture of Olivia and me for a small canvas for her bedroom. Neither of us is looking at the camera but she looks so happy and content. We snapped a quick selfie in Chester Zoo on one of our visits. She loves printing out pictures and has a string light of small pictures on a light up peg string around her bed. This canvas will be a lovely addition of the two of us for her to have.
What pictures would you pick for your #MomentsThatMatter?
*This post is in collaboration with Truprint*