This is how the concept of Personal stamps came about in Canada.
Started with the 1994 two-part Greetings scroll-shaped self-adhesive strange new idea stamps in 1994 and finally coming to the stamps we use today with the personal picture actually printed as part of the stamp itself. All one piece. No more two-part stamps.
I think, on the 1994 stamps, having CANADA (pride of homeland) emblazoned across the stamp in a scroll-like fashion (classic shape) certainly helped in the adoption of these by the public.
Self-adhesives were just coming into vogue at the time, started a few years before with the Quick-Sticks of large-sized Flag over scenes.
Today's personalized stamp's designs are a mixture of the classic, the silver ribbon framing and the more modern, with a slightly larger area for a picture, in the photo album frame.
But the subject matter is, of course, important. From eBay.
These stamps are personal in another way also. They grab your emotions, if they are of a subject matter close to you, and if you are going to lay out the extra bit of cash it takes to make these, the subject matter is usually close to you.
They are not usually celebrating large country-wide topics or themes but smaller personal themes and are thus an important part of our country and heritage. People cared about them.
Labels, some may think, and I must admit, I have this shivery feeling on the back of my neck whenever I go through the motions of making one of these stamps. Am I not being respectful to the grand heritage of Canada stamps? But, I am being respectful. I care about people and what they care about.
Of course I am not a master artist of any shape or form. It takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to become a master at something according to studies. But, I have to start somewhere.
The longest journey begins with a single step and all that. And, it's fun. Can't beat that. From eBay, oh, I want this one so bad too.