| Written by Ronnie |
When Rick and I were dating, I used to pack him lunches for work and I would slip in little love notes (written on cute-looking Asian stationery, no less) as part of the care package. Then in the early years of our marriage, Rick would surprise me with love notes every now and again - usually before he left for a few nights away but sometimes it would be completely out of the blue. They were always sweet to read, and I would constantly be reminded of how awesome it was to be married to someone who wasn't afraid to express himself. Since then, I have gathered and compiled all those love notes into our scrapbooks and I love pulling them out to read every now and again.
Nowadays, we spend most of our days together juggling four boys between the two of us, and unsurprisingly, I hardly think to write romantic notes to my husband anymore. So when Laura from Artifact Uprising wrote to me about their Everyday Cards, I knew almost immediately how I could put their cool new product to good use.
To keep things simple, I decided to create my first batch of cards with photos from our spur-of-the-moment family getaway to Sutton Forest earlier this year. Using photos from the same trip meant that the cards would be more cohesive and congruent as a collection. I chose a combination of different shots - interiors, landscapes, still life, portraits - but made sure there were repeating colours and tones throughout the set to help tie them all together. I ended up using all of my favourite shots from our trip - every single one of them evocative of a particular memory that I have from our time away together, thus making the cards extra special.
I debated whether or not to put white text on the images themselves, but ultimately decided against it because I felt that the images were best left bare. Plus, we would be filling up the inside with our own words anyway, and it felt a bit too cheesy to add generic phrases like 'love always' or 'forever yours' onto the cards.
One of the cool things about Artifact's Everyday Cards is that you get to choose an assortment of different sizes if that's what you prefer. I, however, simply chose 7x5 for every single card as I wanted the maximum real estate for writing and I much prefer the landscape orientation. Also, I figure that the larger the cards are, the more substantial they'll feel and the less likely they'll get along the way as we move around in the future. I want to hang onto these forever, after all!
Rick, bless his heart, wasted no time in writing his little love note for me - I'm almost ashamed to admit that I'm the one who kept procrastinating with mine. The plan is to write one to each other every month, so that over time, it becomes a way for us to document our feelings and to preserve, with words, how we're going in our marriage.
And as cliched as it sounds, I have visions of us when we are old - grey-haired, wrinkled, smiling, sitting by a fireplace, and reading our cards out loud to each other...
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Best of luck, everyone!
Update: Congratulations to Ari for being the winner of our giveaway! We will be in touch with more details very shortly. Thank you to everyone for entering.