Freebie : LDS Priesthood Preview Invitation

It’s been a year since I first posted my original design for a Priesthood Preview invitation. Since then, it’s become the biggest contributor to new views and likes on Facebook, Pinterest, and here on the blog.

For it’s one year anniversary, I decided to give it a bit of a face lift as well as converting the design to multiple editable formats. That means if you don’t have Photoshop, no worries. Just download the PDF version and edit the information for your ward in Adobe Reader.

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Choose your download: 

PDF file for Adobe Reader

PSD file for Photoshop

What do you think? Do you prefer the original design or this new version better?

This invite is free for personal use. If you do use this invitation for your ward, we’d love to hear how it worked for you. Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

 


 

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An Orthodox Easter + Freebie Easter Printable

This past weekend we celebrated Easter with our Greek Orthodox hosts. (The Greek Orthodox Church calculates its feast days by the old Julian calendar, a calendar that was replaced by our now standard Gregorian calendar that saw the addition of leap days. Because of this, Orthodox celebrations typically fall on different dates than the rest of the Christian world.)

In the States, the celebration of Easter seems rather low-key compared to how the Greeks observe it. Weeks of fasting, daily services, a national day of mourning, and hours-long feasts are just some of the differences.

For 5 days, the region of nearly 4 million seemed practically deserted as Athenians traveled to their family’s villages.

For Jeff and I, that meant it was a great time to see some more of the neighborhoods and coastline without the usual crowds. (More to come on that, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek photo.)

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It was also a great to spend time with our lovely hosts and to take part in their celebrations. Cookies were made and hard-boiled eggs were dyed red, symbolizing the Atonement.

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The Easter Sunday lunch was very traditional with roasted lamb with garlic and lemon, potatoes, cabbage and carrot salad, and the hard-boiled eggs and cookies.

It was very delicious and a wonderful way to spend the Sabbath. To show our gratitude, we got chocolate covered almonds and I made this hand-lettered card.

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I realize it’s now after the Easter season, but luckily celebrating Christ’s sacrifice and Resurrection can be done year round, so I thought I would share this free printable with all of you. Mail it to a loved one, take it with you on your Visiting Teaching outings, or just save it for next year. Enjoy!

Printable Freebies:

He Is Risen 4.25 x 5.5 Cards

He Is Risen 5 x 7 Print

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Freebie: Christmas Card Printable

I recently told my sister of my utter disdain for the font, Papyrus, and then basically threatened her to never, never, ever use it. She emailed me today about an invitation she needed to make for a church Christmas activity and was afraid she might succumb to using Papyrus, so would I be interested in helping. Since I obviously feel very strongly about typography and ridding the world of ugly, overused, terrible fonts, I agreed.

(For font recommendations and links to download, check out the handsome font collections I put together here.) 

I liked the design I made for her so much that I decided to turn it into a Christmas card printable for you to use this season (but only if you promise never to use atrocious fonts). It’s perfectly sized for a 5 x 7 card. Click here to download the file. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas

 

Words to Live By: Stars

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This quote is often incorrectly attributed to Galileo. It was, in fact, written by English poet, Sarah Williams in the mid-nineteenth century as a part of her most famous work “The Old Astronomer.”

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

Ever since I was little, I remember my father continually instilling in me awe, wonder, and curiosity about the universe. He would tell me about the times when he would skip school in order to watch the shuttle launches on TV, and I did the same in the 8th grade when John Glenn made his return to space. Some of my favorite memories with him are of watching movies and documentaries about the space race, moon landings, and early astronomers.

In recent days, Jeff and I have been watching the series, Cosmos, and I have been surprised that with the upbringing I did, how little I really understood about galaxies, super novas, nebulae, and so many other things too old or gigantic to fully comprehend.

But instead of feeling overwhelmed by it all, it just increases my curiosity and desire to learn more. We’ve made special trips to star gaze near a mountain lake, see the recent Blood Moons, and spent hours waiting for a rare glimpse of the aurora borealis that never showed quite this far south.

I made this design as a gift for my father and thought I would share it with you as well. Feel free to save it for use as a desktop background. Enjoy!

Official Launch + Giveaway & Freebie!

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Hey everyone, it’s finally time for the official launch of Wander the Wild. Even though Jeff and I have been writing on this blog since January (which basically means you have a lot of catch-up reading to do), we figured it was time to share it with all of our family, friends, and the general populous.

To kick it off, we have an awesome giveaway for one lucky reader and a freebie download for everyone.

First up, the giveaway.  To be eligible to win, just:

  •  Like us on Facebook and
  • Follow the blog by entering your email into the subscribe field in the sidebar to the right 

A winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, November 15th at midnight. Enter to win today!

This giveaway is perfect for Autumn. Midi rings and a handsome herringbone scarf would be a nice addition to any fall outfit. A craft sketchbook from Amy Tangerine would fit perfectly in your favorite clutch.  Wooden snowflakes, laser cut and hand painted by Nordic craftsmen, would be charming as a banner or as tree ornaments.  And my favorite, how lovely it would be to send a friend a greeting card with custom calligraphy (lettered by yours truly).

autumn essentialsNext up is the freebie. This desktop background features one of my favorite quotes and a photo from one of my recent trips up the canyon. This quote is from Marcus Tullius Cicero who was born in 106 B.C. Of all the great inventions and contributions that the Romans gave, I wonder how different the world would look if this one truth had been inscribed in the hearts of Cicero’s contemporaries.

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As part of this launch, check back in the coming weeks for more freebies, downloads, and giveaways. In the meantime, you’ve got all that catch-up reading to do. Better get on it.

Words to Live By: The Love of God

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I happened upon this hymn the other day while browsing through my Tumblr called The Love of God by Frederick Lehman (although there are other authors who contributed to it). The first of these authors, Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a Rabbi from Germany penned this beautiful verse in Aramaic as a part of his poem, Hadamut, near the end of the 11th century.

Many centuries later, Lehman was seeking inspiration for the third stanza of his hymn and remembered a poem someone had given him. As he read the words, he knew this was exactly what he had been searching for. He then noticed this writing on the bottom of the card:

“These words were found written on a cell wall in a prison some 200 years ago. It is not known why the prisoner was incarcerated; neither is it known if the words were original or if he had heard them somewhere and had decided to put them in a place where he could be reminded of the greatness of God’s love – whatever the circumstances, he wrote them on the wall of his prison cell. In due time, he died and the men who had the job of repainting his cell were impressed by the words. Before their paint brushes had obliterated them, one of the men jotted them down and thus they were preserved.”

As I read these accounts, it reminded me of some of my favorite scriptures I came to love in high school,

Romans 8:31, 35-39
If God be for us, who can be against us?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

This image is free for you to use for a desktop background or it would make a lovely gift as a card or fridge magnet. If you use it, I’d love to hear about it, so leave me a note in the comments section. Enjoy!