Ya know what 21 million 24 thousand minutes amount to? 40 years!
Why do I know that fact?? Because my parents recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary (congrats Mom & Dad!) and I felt compelled to break down exactly how much time they’ve spent together in the gift I made for them:
This is the type of fun graphic design project I’ve been wanting to try for some time now (see: this pin). But, as usual – I tend to save my creativity for gift-giving.
Now, I can’t lie: I saw this heart-shaped anniversary idea on Etsy. But, true to form, I only started looking for gift ideas a week before their anniversary. Whaaatttttt?!? It’s not like I had plenty of notice or anything!! So, even though I’d love to support another designer out there – I didn’t have time for someone else to make a gift that: A. I could make and B. my parents would inevitably ask “Oooh, did you make this?”. So, I respectfully borrowed the idea & flexed my own Graphic Design muscle.
The benefit about making this gift was that
it was super fun., in addition to the wedding/anniversary details and the obligatory love-y dove-y words, I got to fill it with a lot of personal details.
I arranged it so that the top half is everything up until and including their wedding day. Below their names is a snapshot of 40 years of special memories together including their honeymoon, previous homes, pets, and family trips. I got it printed at Staples on textured resumé paper which really gave it a much richer look:
I’m happy to report that my parents loved it. They both got a little teary eyed on me too! But tears were not my intention! I just wanted to honor all of the time, effort and love that goes into 40 years of sharing your life with someone.