A recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research suggests that most moms aren’t necessarily hoping for “the perfect gift” on Mother’s Day this year. As many as 85 percent said they would prefer a personalized gift made by their loved ones.
Sure, other studies suggest some moms might have a specific gift in mind. And others reveal that moms are equally divided between spending quality time with their family or having some time to themselves. But the majority, when given the choice, would prefer something unique, a family keepsake made by the people who love her.
There are dozens of inspirations that support the general idea, ranging from engraved smart phones to stay better connected to handmade crafts like silhouette pendants. But in searching dozens of ideas that carry the sentiment of a family keepsake, only a variation on an idea seems to capture the spirit of Mother’s Day.
How To Make A Family Photo Triptych.
A triptych is a work of art that is folded into three panels, with the middle panel being the largest. Traditional triptychs are often hinged together so they can be folded shut. They originally arose out of Christian art and became popular during the Middle Ages.
To create a family photo triptych, there is plenty of room for embellishment. You can look for a triptych photo frame (one with three panels). You can find one larger photo frame and two smaller complementing frames (creating a set similar to a triptych). Or you can make your own with three pieces of Davey Binder’s Board (or other acid-free mat board that can stand upright).
If you make your own, you can fasten the three panels together with little hinges, a yarn stitch, or a strong adhesive tape that complements the board. You can also mount decorations, fabric, or ribbons between the photos once you’ve chosen them.
The focal point of the family photo triptych are the photos you choose to include. The possibilities are endless, but the general theme is the same. As a Mother’s Day gift, the subject matter of the photos ought to be mom. Here are three different ideas as starters:
• Three Generations Triptych. The photos would include one of her being held by her parents as an infant, one of her holding you as an infant, and then you holding any grandchildren. The theme represents the past, present, and future.
• Three Family Members Triptych. The photos would include one of one child as an infant, one of mom (or mom and dad or a family photo), and one of the other child as an infant. The theme represents her as the center and her children as extensions.
• Three Dreams Triptych. The photos would include one large photo of mom on her favorite vacation, complemented by two locations that are meaningful to her or two destinations that she has always wanted to visit.
Naturally, all moms and all families are different. But using these starters as something you can work from could create a family keepsake that she will remember forever.
From everyone here at Celebrating Legacy, we wish you a happy Mother’s Day. We look forward to helping you record and preserve these memories in the very near future.