I love the whole idea of mobile printing. When it dawned on my that I could use it as a creative parenting tool, I was giddy! One particular idea was sparked by only a few simple words. I distinctly remember the day I bought the small book of encouraging messages for my daughter. She was not yet a tween but I was so smitten by the American Girl postcards and their poignant and powerful words, I knew she had to have it. I knew I had to have it for her. And just as I hoped she would, she pored over each card, wholeheartedly taking in each phrase as if it had been written just for her, carefully tearing each one out and choosing the right place in her room to display each one.
Fast forward 8 years later and she still has those cards; warped, frayed, taped and tattered. Over the years she’s even passed a few on to her sister who is a tween herself now. It makes me swell with mama pride.
My then little girl is now a teenager; bright, beautiful, bold and brave. She’s wise beyond her years—far smarter than I—and has the biggest, kindest, most-earnest heart of anyone I have ever met. Even still, the teenage years can be challenging, and I know that despite her remarkable resilience, she still needs reassurance from messages like the ones printed on those postcards. She needs reminders of her beauty and of her power. Of her potential and of her enoughness. Of her courage and her creativity. She, like all of us needs to be encouraged as she continues to walk her path and so, a new set of cards was imagined. Especially for her, with love from me.
My plan all along has been to make my own but I didn’t have a clear vision of how to do them until it dawned on me that if I wanted them to feel like a personal gift from me to she that I would need to use photographs for the background; images of her, snippets of home and travel, the landscapes of our life. And then I found the perfect photo creative app from Rhonna Designs, with the most wonderful messages and unique designs that it was the perfect combination. Add the HP mobile printer and I was on my way to creating the cards of my dreams that I could share with my daughter.
Here’s a play by play of how it all came to be.
Part mobile magic, part hands on crafting and all heart and soul! This was one of the most enjoyable and meaningful projects I have worked on in a while and now that I’ve found my rhythm, you can’t stop me. Next set of cards will be for my tween. I can’t wait to get started!
For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.
For the story about how she and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
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