Over the years, we collect so many memories. We encounter so many new people, new ideas, new stories, and new things that make us laugh, and sometimes cry. In a lifetime, there are countless things that we will remember, and countless ways we will try to capture and share those memories with friends and loved ones. Sharing a memory with somebody you love is an incredibly intimate thing to do. We remember how we’ve grown, how we’ve fallen in love, and how we’ve changed in relationship with the people in our lives.
The last time I visited my parent’s house, I spent an entire day going through some boxes in the basement. I was amazed with what I found down there. So many old school art projects, letters, and cards I had written to friends and family over the years. I will say, I found several things that were incredibly embarrassing. As I unearthed what was in these boxes, I was flooded with so many feelings. I felt nostalgic for my childhood, sad that I no longer live so close to my parents, excited by the memories and stories I was finding, and so glad that I found so much stored up in our basement. It was an incredibly special moment, that I know I will remember for a long time.
While I was going through the boxes in my parents’ basement, I found what seemed like hundreds of handmade birthday cards. The recipients ranged from friends, family, even stuffed animals. In that moment, I discovered that I spent a lot of time, and evidently loved, making birthday cards and messages for the people I loved. As I reflected on this small, but important hobby of mine, I thought about the ways I give gifts now– how do I share memories and thanks with the people in my life whom I love? I was prompted to think of all the impersonal, convenient gifts we give to people: a store-bought birthday card, a generic gift, a gift card. To be clear, I don’t think there is anything wrong with gifting any of these things to friends or family, and I have done it more times than I can likely count. Yet, there is something special about gifts that are personal, more intimate. There is something that remains, that can be held on to long after the gift has lost its practical value. There is an important symbolic value attached to gifts that are more personal in nature.
So much of the way we share memories with others is through pictures. We love to share pictures of ourselves with our friends and family as a mark of connection, relationship, and love. Some of my favorite personalized gifts that I have received have been photo gifts. Recently, I have been thinking about more creative ways to share photos as gifts with the ones I love. The Photo-to-text canvas is the perfect gift to capture the personal. The Photo-to-text canvas is one of the most creative photo gifts I have seen, and I am excited about giving one as a gift to somebody special soon.
The Photo-to-text canvas shows a large photo, that is actually comprised of several, smaller pieces of text. From a distance, it appears as one, complete image. Walk closer to the canvas, and you will notice the many, smaller pieces of text, coming together to create one finished image. The canvas is a wonderful way to share a memory with photos and words.
To begin creating your own, personalized canvas, choose a photo. Because there are so many moments you’ll want to share, and so many people you’ll want to share them with, the options are truly endless, there is no limit. Next, you’ll choose the words and text that will comprise the photo. So many customers like to use their wedding vows, lyrics to their favorite song, or a short story. Again, because this is a personal, and perhaps intimate gift, the choices here are endless.
Our canvases are available to order in several sizes. The option to order in various sizes makes it possible, and easy, to select the appropriate size canvas for your photo and home. Every Photo-to-text canvas is printed on high-quality canvas, with high quality ink. You will receive your canvas ready to hang. If you prefer to order your Photo-to-text image digitally, you may do so. If you select this option, an image file will be sent directly to you.
There are so many ways to share memories with the ones you love. With the Photo-to-text canvas, you can create a personalized, unique gift for family and friends, that so carefully captures the experience and memory you want to share. As I think back on all those handmade birthday cards I found in my parents basement, I am reminded of the power that personalized gifts have. Make your next gift a personalized one.