Personalised stamp for a good mood
As well as special occasions, personalised stamps can be used to mark ideas such as a lifelong journey to good self-esteem. The story of this personalised stamp is a great reminder for everyone: Respect yourself and show it.
“It’s a long story but I was photographed for a personalised stamp in January 2004. When I was a child, it was not customary to support a child’s self-esteem, which is why I didn’t have any as an adult. I attended several self-awareness courses and similar. I happened to hear about phototherapy or some such thing, and I mentioned that there are no ‘decent’ photos of me since I was a child. The confirmation picture was never taken, I didn’t take the matriculation exam and I am not married, so there are no pictures of these events either.
“I happened to mention this to a group of people, who encouraged me to have my photo taken. I spent some of the money I was given at Christmas on a hairdresser and make-up before going to the photo studio. I knew the owner from yoga classes and she immortalised me. The idea was for me to go and have my photo taken nearer to my 50th birthday, but I was encouraged to act right away so that my enthusiasm would not wane.
“I sent lots of postcards at the time and decided to use the personalised stamp right away to send cards to my friends. I first sent a card to my friend Riitta and waited for a comment on the stamp. I asked her about it but she had thrown the envelope into the bin without looking at it so the stamp had gone unnoticed. She suggested that I write a note on the cards for people to also have a look at the stamp. Most people were unfamiliar with the idea and many of them got in touch with me, so I ordered more personalised stamps. Things got a bit out of hand when a few friends gave me a birthday present and I spent the money on an enlarged image of the stamp and frames for the stamp and the image. When I moved to Tampere in 2013, I found it in my crafts box, where I had put it and forgotten all about it. I took it out and took a photo of it. I also found two unused personalised stamps.”