My Icon Story Review: Personalised Wall Art to Capture Cruise Memories

My Icon Story cruise icons - personalised wall art for cruise memories

How do you capture cruise memories? Souvenirs picked up in port? Photo albums? Or maybe even a few extra inches around your middle? It happens to us all! How about a piece of personalised wall art that picks out some of your fondest holiday moments? We were contacted by My Icon Story who wanted to share this stylish concept with us.

How does My Icon Story work?

My Icon Story was set up by former advertising bod Laura Robinson to picture special events in people’s lives using bespoke sets of icons. She doesn’t just capture holidays but also personal achievements, friendships, careers and gap years. The possibilities are endless! Laura has a whole gallery of icons to choose from and if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for she’ll design it for free.

It really is the opportunity to design something that is as original and unique as your life experiences.

My Icon Story personalised wall art of cruise memories

Design steps

You can design your wall art using the My Icon Story website or get in touch with Laura who will take the brief straight from you.

Step one: select how many icons you’d like in your design and whether it’s going to be landscape or portrait. You can have up to 12 icons on your design – just about right for all the ports of call in a two week cruise!!

Step two: select a background colour. I love the royal blue but there’s also black, white, red, green, pink and a darker blue.

Step three: search for and add your icons using an interactive map.

Icons - personalised wall art for cruise memories

Step four: once you have picked all your icons you drag them onto your background in the order that you like. There’s a toggle button that you can use to add or take away the icon description. If you like you can also choose different colours for the icons. I think white on blue looks classy so stuck with that.

Step five: the finishing touches are choosing whether or not you’d like the print mounted and what colour frame you’d like. You can just order the print on its own if you don’t need a frame.

And that’s it: a super simple design process that takes minutes and a chic holiday memory to keep forever!

My Icon Story – our first family cruise

When Laura first asked if we’d like to give her service a go I was suddenly overwhelmed with all the fabulous memories I might be able to capture. After a lot of thinking I decided that it would be wonderful to capture a very special memory: our first family cruise. The first icon represents Carnival Vista and the others are our ports of call. Once I’d made my decision and placed the order it look less than a week to arrive. And that was after a Bank Holiday weekend!

My Icon Story personalised print - cruise memories

My final verdict? I love our My Icon Story personalised print. It’s a fabulous idea and our wall art will take pride of place in our home for years to come… Where as, I have no idea where some of the little trinkets we bought in Florence, Pisa or Sicily have ended up! I’m sure I’ll find them one day under the kids’ beds!

My framed wall art would have cost £75 or £39 without the frame.

Win your own My Icon Story personalised wall art – CLOSED

Laura at My Icon Story has very kindly offered to design a personalised print for one of our Cruising with Kids readers. Hurrah! The giveaway prize is one unframed print with up to a maximum of 12 icons and the winner will be put in touch with Laura to place their order. The closing date for this giveaway is midnight (23.59pm) on Wednesday 11 July, 2018. Please read the terms and conditions below, and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget to enter. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & conditions

  • UK entrants aged 18 or over only.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • The prize is non-transferable.
  • The closing date for this competition is midnight (23.59pm) on Wednesday 11 July, 2018.
  • The winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter and will be notified as soon as possible after the draw.
  • The winner will be notified by email. If they do not reply within seven days another winner will be chosen.
  • Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond my control, and accordingly I may vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to me.
  • English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
  • By submitting an entry through Rafflecopter, all entrants are acknowledging and accept the terms and conditions for the giveaway.
  • The winning entry will be validated and if the instructions for entry have not been followed for that Rafflecopter entry a new winner will be chosen.
  • Each Rafflecopter entry is a single entry into the giveaway and stands alone as such. Any incorrect entries from the winner only make these entry methods invalid, not all the winner’s entries. The winning entry method from them will still be valid as long as it complies with our other terms and conditions.
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Disclosure: we are running this competition in partnership with My Icon Story and received our personalised wall art in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Claire Hall

Claire has always had a strong connection to the sea and grew up on the south coast of England, within half an hour of the cruise port of Southampton. Her own cruising adventures began when she was 14 with a school trip around the Eastern Mediterranean. Since then she’s played taxi driver to her parents as they’ve embarked on numerous cruises around the world.

Now with two young children of her own she’s reacquainting herself with family cruising and is loving every minute. Her first family cruise was onboard Carnival Vista in 2016. Claire also writes, Tin Box Traveller, sharing holidays ranging from camping trips to spa breaks with kids, as well as outdoor fun, family days out and travel tips.

Claire now lives in Devon with her husband, two children and sea dog.

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  1. Solange
    Jun 15, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    My wedding day.

  2. Ruth Harwood
    Jun 16, 2018 / 6:38 am

    really would love to capture my eldest’s 21st!

  3. Kim Styles
    Jun 16, 2018 / 7:53 am

    My life really, it can be documented in icons !

  4. Katie Kingsbury
    Jun 16, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Would love to capture our wedding cruise around The Baltics. Married on board the ship, just off the coast of Denmark.

  5. iain maciver
    Jun 16, 2018 / 9:00 am

    wedding day maybe

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    Jun 16, 2018 / 10:11 am

    My neices wedding day

  7. Laura Pritchard
    Jun 16, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I’d use it to show all the countries I’ve travelled to!

  8. Angela Treadway
    Jun 16, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    a christmas family picture x

  9. Sheila Pearce
    Jun 16, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Such a wonderful idea to keep memories of places I have visited around the world.

  10. Jessica G
    Jun 16, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    My upcoming trip to Paris for my 21st birthday!

  11. Rebecca Brown
    Jun 16, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    I’d love one to capture all the places we plan to visit for our honeymoon 🙂

  12. Jules Eley
    Jun 16, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I would love to capture my daughters birthday!

  13. cheryl hadfield
    Jun 16, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    family memories of our holidays over the years

  14. laura stewart
    Jun 16, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    my daughter first picture x

  15. Tee Simpson
    Jun 16, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Would have to be my mums birthdays

  16. Laura Banks
    Jun 17, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    my wedding day in las vegas

  17. Kim Neville
    Jun 17, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Places we have visited on our family holidays – Cyprus, Disneyland Paris, Mauritius, Crete and Rhodes

  18. Michelle Ferguson
    Jun 17, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    My wedding in Dominican Republic

  19. Chris Andrews
    Jun 17, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    What event, relationship or holiday would you capture with My Icon Story? We’d love to know! Leave a comment on the blog post

    our first holiday abroad, three generations in Spain

  20. nicola rupawala
    Jun 17, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    The places we have visited over the years

  21. Michelle Smith
    Jun 18, 2018 / 9:58 am

    My wedding anniversary

  22. amanda w
    Jun 18, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    id use it to show me and my husband meeting, getting married and the arrival of our 2 monkeys!!

  23. Karen Barrett
    Jun 18, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Family holiday to The Great Barrier Reef

  24. Lorna Ledger
    Jun 18, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Me and my Partner, we have been to Paris, he’s from Portsmouth, and I’m from Notts

  25. Sadiyya Maryam
    Jun 18, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    We were blessed with our daughter after multiple miscarriages and years of fertility treatments, she is such a little globetrotting madam like her daddy so icons of her favourite places she’s visited would be so special.

  26. Sarah-Jane Carter
    Jun 18, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    My relationship with my partner I would love to have that in pictures x

  27. Jun 19, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    So many cruises and fabulous holidays to immortalise… Love the look of yours!

  28. adrian price
    Jun 22, 2018 / 8:15 am

    would love to capture visting my sister in gorleston great yarmouth

  29. Sarah Hurrell
    Jun 22, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Would treat myself to a reminder of all the places I visited before I became a mum. Memories I can share with them.

  30. Lynn Neal
    Jun 22, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    My Honeymoon!

  31. Jun 23, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    This is stunning is either do our first family cruise or all the capitals our little one has visited

  32. Susan B
    Jun 23, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    A scene from my young backpacking days would be wonderful.

  33. Emma C
    Jun 24, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    My engagement in Paris

  34. Pam Francis Gregory
    Jun 24, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    My Wedding

  35. Kelly Hirst
    Jun 25, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    I would love to capture all the holidays we have been on as a family over the years

  36. Kay Sherman
    Jun 25, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I’ve recently got married after 14 years so definitely the wedding

  37. Abigail
    Jun 25, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Places I would like to visit in the future.

  38. Rachel Frances
    Jun 26, 2018 / 4:55 am

    On my wedding day please

  39. Rachael Sexey
    Jun 26, 2018 / 5:35 am

    The story of when our family began 😊

  40. john prendergast
    Jun 26, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    The places i have visited with my wife on holidays

  41. Jun 28, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    The places we’ve lived abroad when we were expats

  42. gemma hendry
    Jun 28, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    the story of how we became a family

  43. Mark Mccaffery
    Jun 29, 2018 / 3:51 am

    Two of Scotland’s cities.

  44. Alice Colling
    Jun 29, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    My first holiday in cornwall

  45. Jul 1, 2018 / 11:08 am

    I think I would make one of places we have been as a family

  46. Hollie-Anne Harvey
    Jul 1, 2018 / 11:12 am

    I’d love to capture my graduation day! Which is upcoming this month

  47. Sarah Mccaffery
    Jul 2, 2018 / 5:45 am

    Probably the births of all my children.

  48. kimberley ryan
    Jul 2, 2018 / 9:38 am

    would have to be our family holiday to Disney Paris

  49. Craig Havery
    Jul 3, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    next year my 50th birthday holiday to mauritius

  50. Michelle Stewart
    Jul 5, 2018 / 8:45 am

    our family travels

  51. Elzbieta Znyk
    Jul 5, 2018 / 9:38 am

    Places which I visited.

  52. Eve Edwards-Jones
    Jul 5, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I would love to capture my relationship with my husband, Our first holiday was to Paris, he proposed on the great wall of china, we got married in a french chateau in Poitiers we then put our roots down in Wales and we honeymooned in Santorini (and so many other amazing locations that we would love to document)

  53. Rebecca Howells (@Regrash7)
    Jul 6, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Our engagement and wedding abroad

    Jul 7, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Camping breaks with my son and his family in their pirate tent

    Jul 8, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    It has to be our first family holiday to America

  56. Astrid C
    Jul 9, 2018 / 5:19 am

    my travels xx

  57. Marie Rungapadiachy
    Jul 9, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I would love to capture my wedding day.

  58. sarah fielding
    Jul 9, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Mine and my boyfriends first holiday together!

  59. Jul 9, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I’d love to be able to have something to celebrate my daughter’s birthday – such a special and exciting day.

  60. Victoria Worthington
    Jul 9, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    My son just graduated from nursery and goes to school this time. I’d love for him to see his journey so far, and what is to come.

  61. ruth lee
    Jul 10, 2018 / 9:35 am

    our trip to lapland

  62. catherine lett
    Jul 10, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    a family holiday!

  63. Rebecca Powell
    Jul 10, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    The places myself and my husband have visited over the years

  64. Natalie Jones
    Jul 10, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I worked overseas for years, I’d love to add all those countries to it

  65. Monica Gilbert
    Jul 10, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    I’d love to capture the relationship with my husband, particularly the places we’ve visited or lived in. It’s quite a range.

  66. Anneka
    Jul 11, 2018 / 5:17 am

    I’d like to capture the new start for my daughter and I and the amazing adventures we will have together – almost a road map of places we can go to together in the future!

  67. Lucy Robinson
    Jul 11, 2018 / 6:02 am

    The memories we make over the summer.

  68. Ashley Whitbread
    Jul 11, 2018 / 7:27 am

    I’d capture our engagement and having our son as the top two 😊

  69. Stevie
    Jul 11, 2018 / 8:17 am

    I would say new friends.

  70. Cassandra D
    Jul 11, 2018 / 8:55 am

    With My Icon Story, I would capture the Christmas parties.

  71. Jo White
    Jul 11, 2018 / 9:42 am

    We road tripped around the uk, just for a a little over a week but had a different night in each place working our way home, it had so many memories for us, and we still talk about the fun we had!

  72. Maria Jane Knight
    Jul 11, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Our first ever family holiday abroad which was to Venice in 2015. We remember it like it was yesterday and we would love a long lasting memory for our son!

  73. Adrian Bold
    Jul 11, 2018 / 11:03 am

    My 50th birthday party

  74. Simone Griffin
    Jul 11, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    I’d love our honeymoon put into one of these x

  75. becci cleary
    Jul 11, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    My daughters 1St Holy Communion

  76. Rachell Lynch
    Jul 11, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Me and my Mr. We are in a distance relationship it would be great to have our Icon Story

  77. Dave Weston
    Jul 11, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    My trip to Madeira which was my first holiday abroad

  78. Jul 11, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Our first camping holiday! The kids have been desperate to go camping for so long we have finally plucked up the courage to got his summer and spend some good quality family time together!

  79. Gillian Mcclelland
    Jul 11, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I would love to capture our travels as a family

  80. Kyomi Johnson
    Jul 11, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    My journey through chemotherapy treatment with the help of my very loving family

  81. debbie patching
    Jul 11, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Completing the london marathon

  82. Maria P
    Jul 11, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    We love wondering around in the Uk, so we would probably choose something highlighting these trips

  83. natalie crossan
    Jul 11, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    I’d capture my daughters birthday party xxx

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