It took me at least half an hour to find the source of the picture, because no one seemed to know who took it. I didn’t want to print them out and distribute them if the photographer hadn’t released the rights, and I really wanted to give credit where it was due. Especially for this amazing picture of President Thomas S. Monson. It’s beautiful, right? What an amazing man he is! I was excited when I finally found the photographer who took it was Brian Tibbets.
I emailed Brian and asked about this photograph, and he replied saying, “When I posted the picture, I put no restrictions on it. I am happy to have you use it however you please. Thank you for asking. This same picture is available on wikipedia, and licensing info is there too.”
So YAY! Now I can share how I used it and maybe help some of you with your gift giving for LDS neighbors or family. I love it so much I’ll be printing off 8x10’s for family as well.
And just a disclaimer here—I agree with Cheri when she talked HERE about how she recognizes that not all the people share the same faith as her, but that she hopes no one will choose to be offended. I am LDS, and I live in Utah where there are a lot of LDS people around me. I have other gifts I will give to those who do not believe as I do, as I realize they would probably not want a picture of President Monson.
So here’s what I did with the picture for inexpensive neighbor gifts. I printed 4"x6" pictures, added a photo gift tag to the envelope, and along with the picture inside, added this quote by President Monson about Christmas: "Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the "spirit of Christmas," we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the "Spirit of Christ."
HERE is a sheet you can download that I typed up with the quote and credit to the photographer and where they can print off a larger picture if they want to.
Easy, inexpensive, and hopefully something a little different and special.
If you ever want to lift your spirits and get in the Christmas mood, watch THIS. It makes me cry every. single. time I watch it. But in a happy way. ;).
Tomorrow I’m going to show you how to make the Photo Gift Tags using Picnik. Happy Monday!