I’ve had the phrase “I am seized by the power of a great affection,” continually running through my head lately. It’s supposedly a quote from Brennan Manning in “The Ragamuffin Gospel,” but I couldn’t find it scanning the pages myself & my research attributed it to simply being a generic saying from the South. At any rate, it’s a phenomenal illustration of what happens when you open your heart to Christ.
Seized. Captured. By love.
I don’t often get to sit down and design just for kicks, so this was a much needed break for me. I’ve created a desktop wallpaper which you can download for free, below! Please use it for your own personal use only and feel free to direct anyone you may want to share it with back here to FrayedParent.com. The .zip file includes several different sizes, including a background texture for iPad, iPhone 4 & 5, as well as a Twitter header and Facebook Cover. This was my first time exporting it out for so many different formats, so forgive me if I screwed something up.
I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think @FrayedParent on Twitter. Thanks!
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I like making stuff. Following my short venture in full-time youth ministry, I discovered one of the hardest parts of the job for me was I was never finished; you never got to the point where you looked at a person and thought, “My work here is done.” After the last few years in the design industry, I’ve really enjoyed that there comes a time with each project when you have to call it quits, ship the product and call it done.
The other day, I needed some sort of creative outlet—to make something just for my own sanity. So I broke out my camera, played around in Photoshop, and came up with this image. To get the shot, I set our WillowTree figures of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus on a table, placed my camera on a tripod, and used the cool Lensbaby lens my brother bought me. It has a star shaped aperture that turns any blurred lights into stars, so I set everything up in front of our Christmas tree.
As a gift to you this holiday season for taking the time to read Frayed Parent, I’ve turned this image into a Christmas wallpaper that’s free for you to download. (Please only use this for your own personal, computer-decorating purposes; don’t try to manipulate it, use it for your church/office newsletter, or resell it. I’d rather not have Willow Tree come after we with lawyers). Included in the download package are a couple of different screen resolutions, so hopefully you can find one that works for you and your computer.
And if you happen to think someone else might like it, don’t hesitate to tell them about this freebie. Thanks again for reading this year!
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When my wife and I first found out that we were going to have a baby, we had to tackle how we were going to tell our family—it had to be good! We wanted to surprise them with the exciting news in a memorable way. You’ll be able to read more on the story in an upcoming post, but essentially I came up with the idea of recreating an image in the style of iTunes ads. At the time it was an appropriate cultural reference, and I thought the image of a baby in the womb with ear buds was suggestive of the energy & excitement exhibited by the dancers in the ads. In my mind, this illustrated a perfect metaphor for the growing life that was just waiting to be set loose on the world. We weren’t going to find out the gender of the child either, so the silhouette seemed to really encompass that there was so many unknowns ahead of us. To finish the announcement, we took the typical Apple product branding strategy for names, and came up with “iComing” as the title, with the month & year of our first child’s due date.
We printed the image, found a couple of picture frames, and gave the images to our parents as a gift—something they could hang-on to in anticipation of a real image of their grandchild that they could put in the frame someday. It was a success (I’ll try to post the video for the upcoming post as well).
I modified the original image to create some desktop wallpapers as a free gift to you guys. I’m not sure how relevant this type of thing still is, especially since I haven’t seen one of these style ads for a long while, but I figured I’d offer this one up for any of you out there who might be anxiously awaiting the arrival of a little one.
Click on the link below to download a zip file with the images in the appropriate screen sizes. This is a free download for personal use only—if you use it for anything else, I will not be held responsible for you getting sued by Apple. Enjoy!