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Monday, January 30, 2012

Completed Week 3 of #ProjectLife #DigiScrap

So week 3 is completed and I'm not behind yet and am still really enjoying doing this as a digital project. It's so much easier for me and I've stopped obsessing about collecting tons of bits and pieces of physical stuff to include, now I am just going to include the really meaningful physical stuff by either inserting it in a page protector or scanning and including it on the page. I kept it pretty simple this week, but played with a different template -- until now I have always used the traditional template/page protector A. I've also been using the iPhone App Momento to gather all my posts from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in one place and also to add my own notes. Looking at the entries for last month really jogged my memory about little things that made an impact such as feeling so happy listening to the Warblers while working. That's not something that would be in my regular calendar. Hope you enjoy.

Products Used This Week:

From JessicaSprague.com
Project Life Template Design A
Project Life Template Design F
Clementine Edition Full Collection

From DesignerDigitals.com
Naturally Krafty No 7 Paper pack by Katie Pertiet
Word Strip Labels No 2 by Katie Pertiet
So Totally Happy Brushes & Stamps by Ali Edwards
Winter Celebrations Element Pack by Ali Edwards (I can't find this on the site anymore though)

Designs By Lili Customizable Journaling Card No. 2

CK Ali Edward's official font
Mom's Typewriter
DJB Heather E

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pages from week 2 of Project Life: #projectlife #digiscrap

So here are my pages from week 2. I pretty much ignored most of the things I am supposed to be doing since Monday to work on these digital scrapbooking pages. It's just so much more fun to make scrapbook pages than it is to say -- balance the checkbook, tidy my office, go through the mail, etc.....

Without further ado here they are. (Click on the photos to see them larger) I am also going to add an 8.5 by 11 insert and print out the blog post below on our Trip to St. Ann's. Most of the products used are the same as those I used last week so I haven't repeated the credits, but you can see them in my week 1 post below. Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Amazing Grace -- Visiting St Ann's

I wanted to share the sermon from yesterday's church service at St. Ann's. Emma and I were there with a small group from our church here in Rhode Island, St. John's. We've had an ongoing relationship with St. Ann's for over 10 years now and one of the things we do is sponsor kids to attend the Episcopal Conference Center Summer camps. Members of St. John's host kids and pick them up and take them to this camp in beautiful rural northwest Rhode Island. Emma has been a camper there too for the past 3 years and loves it. One of the campers who attended from St. Ann's is hoping to be a counselor there this coming Summer. I went down last April and wrote a blog post about it which you can read here. I had the chance to see a couple of the elementary school aged girls I hung out with on my last visit, and to make some new friends. One of the other great things was getting to know the others from St. John's better too -- nothing like sharing meals, and sleeping on the floor together for bonding. One of the absolute best things was watching Emma come totally out of her shell with both the St. Ann's people and our group. She really is terrific with kids. She loved her visit and didn't want to leave on Sunday after church when we headed home. For me these trips are a great reminder of what is really important in life and of how blessed I am. So without furthur ado, here's the sermon:

Sermon by the Rev’d Dr. Martha Overall
Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 15, 2012
St. Ann’s Church, 295 St. Ann’s Ave., Bronx, NY

When Jesus spoke about angels ascending and descending, I don’t think that he foresaw that he might be talking about the stretch of Interstate 95 between Rhode Island and New York. But, you see, many of our young people, when they go to Rhode Island, come back thinking they have been to heaven.
            Some of our boys—excuse me, young men—have told me that they are different people when they are in Rhode Island. When they are free of the stresses and the peer pressure of the South Bronx, they reveal the better angels of their nature. And that can change their whole lives.
            One little girl was totally convinced that Rhode Island is heaven. One of the reasons that she was so sure was that when she went swimming in the waters there, the eczema that had plagued her, disappeared.
            As a priest who particularly cares about children, I was delighted to have our children experience Rhode Island. But what I did not anticipate was that so many of them would then want to move there. And some of them actually did. Have you ever heard of runaway sheep?
            Despite the fact that a haven is a refuge or a sanctuary, Mott Haven does not have a heavenly reputation. In fact, when the label “South Bronx” began to be used with all its unpleasant suggestions, this area is where they were referring to.
            Nobody wanted to be responsible for conditions in the South Bronx, so the politicians liked to pretend that we didn’t exist. People were discouraged from coming here. The Gospel says “Can anything good come out of Nazareth,” but it might have said “Can anything good come out of the South Bronx?”
            I actually had a supervisor in seminary who couldn’t understand why I wanted to come here. He thought I must want to buy drugs. It used to be that if you looked as though you didn’t belong here, they thought you were a teacher or a social worker. But these days, you could be a friend. Can anything good come out of the South Bronx; you bet it can.
            Before Jonathan Kozol wrote Amazing Grace, people used to hide conditions in the South Bronx. The denial of reality was so extreme that on the abandoned buildings that people could see from the Bruckner Expressway, the city actually posted stickers of flowerpots in the windows so that commuters wouldn’t find them so depressing. But conditions will never get better unless the truth is known.
            And so Amazing Grace was published and people learned that conditions are very challenging here, but they also learned that there are a lot of good people that come out of the South Bronx.
            In the Gospel, when Nathaniel heard that Jesus was from Nazareth, he reacted “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Scholars have observed that the closest thing we have to Nazareth is the South Bronx. Primarily they say that because so many people live in poverty. Mott Haven is still the poorest part of the poorest congressional district in the whole country. Most people in our neighborhood live in what’s called extreme poverty, which means that their family income is less than one-half the poverty rate. That is what conditions were like in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. Didanything good come out of Nazareth? Does anything good come out of the South Bronx?
            There are more ways in which Mott Haven is like Nazareth. There is a strong sense of community among the people of this neighborhood, just as there was among the people of Nazareth. There is also a feeling of powerlessness, because what power we have is not often used.
            But the way in which the South Bronx is most like Nazareth is the contrasting economic poverty and spiritualwealth. Because we live very close to the margins, most of us are extremely aware of how much we rely on God. As a result, there’s a church on just about every block in this neighborhood. So, how can anyone question whether anything good can come out of a place like this?
            My feeling is that it is more than likely that a lot of good will come out of places like this. You know the old saying: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and those that come out of Nazareth and Mott Haven are mighty strong.
            But in addition to strength, growing up here gives many young people compassion—they really can feel other people’s pain.
            It also gives them a closeness to God. Even gang members wear rosaries around their necks and if you listen to rap, you’ll hear a lot of God talk.
            If you want immediate proof that something good can come out of place like this, all you had to do was to look around here yesterday and today. You would see the results of angels ascending and descending along Interstate 95. The people of our two communities come together recognizing somehow that without each other we are not whole, that without each other we are not what God wants us to be.
            And so a lot of good continues to come out of the South Bronx— and out of Barrington. We have a relationship that was born in Amazing Grace and nurtured by God. Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder. Bringing communities together to reconcile this world to God was also the work of Martin Luther King, the work that we celebrate tomorrow. May we continue that work. Amen.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just finished my 2012 week 1 #ProjectLife pages #digiscrap

Well, I doubt I will be this on top of things all year, but I just finished my pages for week 1 of 2012. I am enjoying doing digital pages using Photoshop and the digital templates and versions of the cards. In some ways it's faster for me, but the temptation to keep tweaking/changing the pages (because I can easily do so) is there. I did the paper version in 2011 and am still working on weeks from last year as well. I am in "get it done" mode on these pages and use my handwriting on the journaling cards and pretty much stick photos in without adding anything to them other than maybe a tag or note. Earlier last year I was editing photos in photoshop and adding borders and things before printing but that was very time consuming. Still, I enjoy this project and also enjoy looking at everyone else's creations.

Products Used:

From JessicaSprague.com
Project Life Template Design A
Clementine Edition Full Collection

From DesignerDigitals.com
Naturally Krafty No 7 Paper pack by Katie Pertiet
Phrase Cards No. 1 by Cathy Zielske
Cut Ups Black and White by Katie Pertiet
Rob and Bob Studio Pop Dots Black and White Alpha

From the Lily Pad
Customizable Journaling Cards No. 2 by Designs by Lily (these are by the designer who created Clementine and go perfectly with the kit)

CK Ali Edward's official font
AL American Typewriter
DJB Heather E

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First all digital #ProjectLife scrapbook pages.

I've been experimenting with the digital version of Project Life available at jessicasprague.com.  It's not like the earlier digital version and not like making a book from a template at Shutterfly -- it's real digital scrapbooking where I have total control with Photoshop. I plan to print the pages out and integrate them in with my existing paper Project Life pages, but I am hoping that having this digital option will help me keep up with the project. I can still add in inserts for memorabilia etc... or I can scan bits and pieces to include. I do love having the paper option as well though. So, here's what I came up with:


I was also able to use some things from my digital stash to compliment the kit.

Products Used:

From JessicaSprague.com
Project Life Template Design A
Turquoise Edition Journaling Cards
Turquoise Edition Title and Filler Cards

From DesignerDigitals.com
Naturally Krafty No 7 Paper pack by Katie Pertiet
Word Strip Labels No 2 by Katie Pertiet

From Two Peas
BTuma Snow Kissed Christmas Alphabet

CK Ali Edward's official font
Mom's Typewriter
DJB Heather

Friday, January 6, 2012

Read in 2011: Yearly wrap up

Here's my list for 2011 starting with the last book I finished and going back in time to the first one I read in 2011.  The stars are my rating out of 5 on Goodreads. (For more info you can friend me on Goodreads.com.)  Books in bold I read for my book club. Interesting that there are only two 5 star books this year and both were non-fiction, both of which I was reluctant to read but ended up loving. Number 5 is the memoir of a woman who lost a child to full term stillbirth and it was cathartic for me to read, but also very funny -- I know that sounds odd. I could relate to SO much in this book and it was so comforting to know that my feelings were so similar to hers and so "normal" for that situation. I also read more books this year -- often I only get to the book club ones. This is partly because I started getting books on tape to listen to while driving Emma around or on my commute when I don't take the bus. I also read several fast reading mysteries which I love.  
  1. The Litigators John Grisham  ***
  2. Remembering Wholeness: A Personal Handbook for Thriving in the 21st Century Carol Tuttle  ***
  3. The Last Juror John Grisham **
  4. The Ghost Writer Robert Harris  ***
  5. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination Elizabeth McCracken  *****
  6. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengetsu  ****
  7. The Private Patient P.D. James ***
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez  **
  9. A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan  **
  10. This Body of Death Elizabeth George ****
  11. The Murder Room P.D. James  ****
  12. Ender's Game Scott Orson Card  ***
  13. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford  ****
  14. Death of a Witch M.C. Beaton  ***
  15. In the Woods Tana French  ****
  16. Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile Carol Tuttle  ****
  17. Magic Seeds V.S. Naipaul  ***
  18. Faithful Place Tana French  ****
  19. Show of Hands Anthony McCarten ***
  20. Girl in Translation Jean Kwok  ****
  21. Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kidd  ****
  22. The Gargoyle Andrew Davidson  ***
  23. People of the Book Geraldine Brooks  ****
  24. Wallpaper City Guide: Montreal Wallpaper Magazine  ***
  25. Gilead Marilynne Robinson  ***
  26. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot  *****
  27. Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald  **
  28. Portobello Ruth Rendell  ***

What have you all been reading and recommend? I am almost finished The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. It's the book and ended up with at our December book club Yankee swap. I need to finish it up quick to get the January book club book read by mid-month.