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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Week 6 #ProjectLife finished finally



Just basic pages for this week. I started them before our February School vacation week, but just now got them done and am ready to move on to documenting our vacation week. So, not much to report about techniques here. I love the tapes and staples to attach the instagram photos I included -- they are from my digital stash.

Products Used This Week:

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

From DesignerDigitals.com
Naturally Krafty No 7 Paper pack by Katie Pertiet
Rob and Bob Studio Pop Dots Black and White Alpha (can't find them at DD anymore)
Damask Tonals Sunshine Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet
Cathy Zielske 3 x 4 phrase cards No. 1
Cathy Zielske Check cards No. 1

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)

Gina Miller Designs: Simple Journalers No.1  (a lil story journal card)

Fonts:
CK Ali Edward's official font
AL Modern Type
DJB Heather E




Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ten Years Ago Today... Black Valentines Day

I hesitate to post this because I don't want to ruin anyone's Valentine's Day. I know for most of you it's a lovely day filled with romance, flowers, chocolates and celebration. Unfortunately our family calls it Black Valentine's Day because it's the day our son Sam was stillborn less than a week before his due date. We try to honor his memory in some way every year with flowers in church, or by giving money in his memory. This year marks the tenth anniversary of his passing and I decided it was time to take a look again at the few things we saved in a memory box. I re-read the homily from his Memorial Service and remembered how wonderful and how comforting it was, so I am sharing it here. All of us have lost someone and can be comforted by these words. I hope they help all of you in some way too, and I hope that the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor will not mind my sharing it.

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Homily by the Rev. G. Porter Taylor (now Bishop of Western North Carolina) given at the Memorial Service for Samuel Robert Holmes on February 22, 2002 at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia.
We live in a fragile world
                Things break.
                Plans don’t work out
                Life has too many unexpected turns
Then there is the fact that we simply live in time
                Things are over before we’ve started.
                Time runs out—and we are in the next chapter before we’ve even dealt with this one.

To be human is to be in time in a fragile world.
As a result, to be human is to deal with radical incompleteness.
As I thought about today, I thought of some words from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:

For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part: then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

We are gathered here to mourn all that could have been. We mourn that we will never know about Samuel Holmes. All the days and years taken away. Death is always a thief, but sometimes the theft comes much too soon.

This is one of those times.

So we do what Christians have  always done—
Gather as the people of God—in all of our incompleteness—
to see some reassurance that there is a realm where all is complete—
and there are at least moments when that complete realm touches this incomplete world.

We are here to hold hands with Jim and Beth—
                and to weep the common tears of grief over the incompleteness of Samuel’s life
                                and of all our lives.
For on this side of Paradise we all see in a mirror dimly.

We gather as people of God have always gathered—
                To feel God’s compassion—
And to lay our bewilderment and frustration and anger and sorrow in God’s hands.
                To take all our whys and what ifs and place them at God’s feet.

But as Paul also says in his letter—We do not lose heart.
Because we know…. we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

We gather here today to sing Alleluia—because one day the incomplete will end.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.
We sing Alleluia because in God all comes to its complete and rightful end.
In Paradise—all those questions get answered—

                What would have happened if I had taken that road instead of this one?
                What if we had the time we lost?
                What if….What if…..What if.

We will not get an answer as to why Samuel Holmes is not here.
                We will not get an answer on this side of Paradise to all our what ifs

All we get is the promise—
                One day our incompleteness will come to an end
                One day we will be with our Lord in Paradise
                On that day there will be time—
And on that day we will see all those whom we have lost.
On that day we will see our Lord and Samuel Holmes face to face.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Took me all week but I finally finished Week 5 #ProjectLife #digiscrap

Another fun week of doing Project Life. I got started early in the week, but somehow didn't get back to it until today. So excited that I have still having so much fun with this, and that by doing it digitally I can also use lots of other stuff from my digital stash really easily.



Products Used This Week:

From JessicaSprague.com
Project Life Template Design A (regular and flipped 90 degrees)

From DesignerDigitals.com
Ali Edwards:
Yesterday and Today Week 12 elements from Big Picture Classes class (journaling outline with word Notes)
Free download from Ali's blog (One Little Week work art)

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)

Fonts:
CK Ali Edward's official font
AL Modern Type


Friday, February 3, 2012

#ProjectLife Week 4 and still having lots of fun with this!


I experimented with a different template again this week. I like having options, but I still love the ease of the original template A. One benefit of doing this digitally is that I can use whatever template I like and don't have to use it again for the flip side the next week. I tried using a different color cardstock for the background, but decided I liked the neutral grey color better so I stuck with that one for now. I stole Cathy Zielske's idea of taking an iPhone screen capture photo with the weeks weather. For the big vertical journaling card on the left hand page I used one of the bigger horizontal cards turned on it's side -- some of them worked this way and others really have to be horizontal. For one of the small horizontal spaces I used Clementine paper and sized it way down so the clock was the right size. I am trying to remember to write notes in my iPhone app Momento when I think of things I want to include. Momento already collects my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts so it's very easy to jog my memory when it's time to put together my pages for the week -- especially the journaling. I often use exact quotes of Facebook statuses for my journaling.

Products Used This Week:

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

From DesignerDigitals.com
Naturally Krafty No 7 Paper pack by Katie Pertiet
Instamatic Frames No. 4 by Katie Pertiet
Rob and Bob Studio Pop Dots Black and White Alpha (can't find them at DD anymore)
Damask Tonals Sunshine Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet
Ali Edwards Travel Memory Sets: Title & Journal Photo Overlays

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)

Fonts:
CK Ali Edward's official font
AL Modern Type
DJB Heather E