Momma Told Me: Memories are fleeting without history to record them.
It seems like, as soon as Christmas and New Years wrap, I begin preparing and brainstorming for Valentine's Day. This is one holiday, in particular, I prefer to spend more hands on time, over money and materials. Not only did everyone already receive the bulk of their personal 'wish list' during the holidays, but there is simply something much more meaningful in a personalized, hand-made gift. Momma taught me that there is never a reason someone should go unrecognized, even amidst a personal funds shortage. I made and gave gifts to all of my extended family for each and every holiday of note, right through my teenage years. I don't have a chance to craft as much these days, but I do like to make something for those closest to me, at least once a year. One of the biggest connections we humans posses in modern times is the constant stream of media creating a virtual timeline of our lives. Now, more than ever, we can truly preserve memories with visual cues; also more vulnerable to disappearance than ever before. That is to say we take thousands of pictures each year, and it seems so few exist in a tangible capacity. What if your SD card were to break, or a hard drive to crash? Having a physical record of these photos and mementos can be a valuable record of one's life or relationship.
When January rolled around this year I knew instantly that I wanted to create some sort of physical record of my relationship to give to Jeremy for Valentine's Day. Printing photos and photo gifts is always convenient and affordable, for me, at Walgreens; but I'd yet to experience the picture printing function of their new Mobile APP. Free for both of my primary digital devices, an Android phone and Apple iPad2, I already relied on the Walgreens App to keep track of my Balance Rewards and request prescription refills. Convenient one-stop shops such as Walgreens offer vital services such as an extended hour pharmacy and in house photo lab so I can shop while my prescriptions are filled and photos printed. But it's much more than a convenience, Balance Rewards add the extra element of loyalty rewards through discounts and cash back on purchases I had to make anyway keeping me #HappyHealthy and on time. Why wouldn't I save time and money while at Walgreens? While in the car waiting to pick Sabrina up from school the other day I had a chance to pull photos from my Facebook, Instagram, and iPad, and send them directly to the Walgreens photo department for prints.
Because my Walgreens App already has my rewards card linked to it, and my preferred (local) Walgreens on hand, placing the order was as easy as tapping my photos and choosing print sizes. I also had the option to order canvas or poster sized prints; though the extensive catalog of Walgreens photo gifts is primarily available online at this time. In fact, Walgreens.com shoppers can take advantage of The 14 Gifts of Valentine's Promotion, which features a different photo gift deal each day. At the time of this post the promotion was Buy One Get One Photo Mugs, though you'll need to log on each day to learn the next amazing deal. Ordering photo cards and prints through the Walgreens app will allow for in-store pick up as soon as within an hour, while online photo gifts can be picked up in store often within 3-4 days. This means an inspired photo gift can be put together, thanks to Walgreens, as soon as the day of, and before, Valentine's Day- don't let a time constraint crush your creativity!
To decorate my Keepsake Box I copied some of my favorite images, old concert stubs, a few Facebook screenshots, and photo strips, and cut them out. I then took these pieces and arranged them around the various panels, using a simple glue stick to fix them. Next I took some acrylic paint and outlined them with bold black borders, and personalized the top with our favorite quote and names. There truly is no limit to the amount of detail that can be added to this concept- but I kept things fairly clean and 'non-frilly,' since I was gifting this to a man, rather than my mother or girlfriend. While I was waiting for things to dry it was time to take my Walgreens prints and personalize the memories. On each of the photos I inscribed the occasion/memory, and date; adding a special note or thought as inspired. While so many people broadcast their lives on social media outlets, having a physical record that will withstand the internet and data capabilities is something I have found invaluable in every relationship.
What Daughter Says: Don't let those memories float helplessly in cyberspace, chronicle cherished moments with loved ones through printed photos.
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