These days, I can’t fathom not being able to reach for a camera and capture a moment or a feeling. Which is crazy because three years ago I didn’t even own a camera. Shortly before my father in law passed away he purchased a DSLR, began taking photography classes and rediscovered a passion he had many years back. In the handful of years I was lucky enough to have him around he made a huge impact upon my life. Several months later I inherited that camera and felt a serious need to have it do what I think he would have done with it. Capture amazing moments with his family and in particular his grandchildren.
I’d like to think that today he would be proud. Not only have photos become a huge part of my life and a major passion, they have also become a large part of my career. Which is why it’s a DAMN SHAME that I am such a slacker when it comes to actually printing all of these photos I am obsessed with taking.
Between my blog and my Instagram feed there are thousands of special moments. Yet there are no more than about 15 printed photos in my home and most of them are from when Kayla was an infant or earlier. Yeah. Life got busy. Then it never slowed down. So when I heard about timeshel – a photo story centric printing service for Instagram photos I was pretty excited. Because if we are being honest, the reality is that left to my own devices I’ll probably never print most of the photos I take. Pun intended.
Basically, you download the timeshel app on your phone and each month you select your favorite photos from Instagram to print. It’s very user friendly and you just check off the photos you want to print. There are two levels of service which start at a very reasonable $5.95 per month. I spend that much on a container of organic blueberries so to actually have tangible evidence of my passion project seems like a no brainer… One thing I realized when I received my timeshel was that DUH since I don’t really let Kayla play with my phone and last I checked she’s not out surfing the web she has barely seen many of these photos. She spent a good hour poring over the high quality prints I received.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know I’ve been in the midst of an office makeover. It’s no secret that between my marketing job and my blog I frequently work 60 hour weeks that start early in the morning and then continue after the kids go to bed. I was super excited to be able to add my photo prints to my new desk setup so I could treasure those family moments while working away.
I decided to string them on a photo wire so I can easily swap them out as the months go on. Once I had my timeshel prints strung I realized I needed one more piece of decor to feel like my desk was complete. naturally this led to me crafting up something easy. I had some plain white gift tags that I spray painted gold and added them to a black paper honeycomb heart.
In the midst of this Kayla came wandering into my office clearly in need of an activity. For the second time in a week she asked if she could “please PLEASE have that cool white case?” and this time I said okay. As I went to set her up with an impromptu art project (my mom specialty) I realized the case my photos came in made a fabulous little crayon case.
And so with some crayons, crepe paper and a party horn I had a content child. We girls got to work. I edited photos while she drew party decorations. When she grows up she wants to be either Elsa or an artist or someone who “makes party things like you, mom.” Ahem. Year made. And it’s only March… Curious about my office makeover? Full post coming soon!
If you need some help getting your precious moments printed then timeshel’s subscription service is available for iOs in the Apple Store. You can choose between 10 prints per month which come in a nice little envelope for $5.95 or 30 prints a month that come in the case we turned into a crayon case for $14.95/month. For more info you can check out timeshel on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest