Welcome to a day in my life. I can't guarantee that this will be an exciting read for anyone. My life is filled with all the mundane activities of a stay-at-home-mom just trying to raise her three sons to be the best men they can be.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

100 Day Project -

Day 9
I've had these photo collages sitting on my desk for a long time now.  I decided it was time to get them scrapped.  I love photo collages when I have a lot of photos for an event.

Day 10
I was pretty busy busy with a big event we were at with the store. We were the onsite vendor. So, I pulled out a Jillibean Card Kit and put some cards together for the next few days.

Day 11

Day 12
Day 13

Day 14
This picture totally doesn't give this layout any justice.  It's a really bad photo in bad lighting.  The background is white cardstock with a Heidi Swapp Screen Print on the background.  If I have some free time I will try and get a proper photo of it.


Monday, May 16, 2016

The 100 Day Project

I'm still going strong with this project.  It really feels good to be creating again!

Day 3
I worked on a layout kit for Scrapbook Nerd.

Day 4
I worked  on another layout for the same kit for Scrapbook Nerd
Day 5
I got out my Happy Planner and got caught up. For me, my planner isn't used as a traditional planner.  I use it as a documenter - doing jot dot notes of what I did that day, and adding in small photos of anything that I may have taken that day.
Day 6
I worked on another layout kit for the Scrapbook Nerd store

Day 7
This was yet another layout kit for the store.  Can you tell we were getting ready for some crops?

Day 8
On Day 8 I was so happy to get out my own pictures again, and actually do something for myself. I dug into some old photos for this.  The photos are of the first big trip that Spencer took without us. He went on a big band trip to Calgary. 

I think I will stop there. I will come back tomorrow to share more.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The 100 Day Project

It's a busy time of the year for me (or should I say us - Scrapbook Nerd).  We have a lot of events and retreats that we attend at this time of the year - either for our own development, or as the onsite vendor.  Last weekend we were away with the Scrappin' Cabin ladies. We had a blast - lots of laughs and very little sleep.  This weekend we are with the Scrap & Crop ladies for more of the same. Next weekend is the Dear Lizzy Fundraising crop and then the following weekend is a Nationial Scrapbook Day crop hosted by us. 

Busy time!

So, what did I do?  I went and signed up for this:

I'm excited about this project because it's going to get me back into doing something creative everyday.  I miss that!
So, we are supposed to choose our own project, and create a unique hashtag for it (for instagram) so I'm focusing on paper crafts - layouts mostly, but there may be some cards and planner pages in there as well. So, if you want to follow along with my progress, follow me on instagram - @scrapnerdbarb and the hashtag #100daysofgettingitonpaper.
So, today is day four and so far so good, LOL!
Day One:
I did this layout of Cameron and I on the Rhino Riders in St. Martin a couple of years ago.  I love going through all my older stash and just pulling together different products.  I've gotten out of the habit of doing that since opening the store - I've been using a lot of collections in the last three years.

Day Two

I dug through my old pictures for this one.  I have more fun working with older pictures than current ones.  Again, I pulled together different papers and embellishments.

I will be back later to share Day Three and Day Four.

Have you joined The 100 Day Project?  If so, I'd love to know where I can see your creative projects.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's time to dust this thing off!!

My poor blog.  It has been so neglected over the last three years.  It seems like I barely have time to do all the things that I love doing ... this blog being one of them.  I always have good intentions, but then I never seem to follow through.  I know, I know ... if you look back over the past few posts, you will see the same excuse every time.

I don't know why I don't take the time, truth be told.  I always loved doing it. So ... here I am again, making the same bold statement that this time it's going to be different and I'm going to make it a priority.  I really do want to make it a priority.

Now that my boys have all grown up and are young men now, I guess I don't have as much fun stuff to blog about.  That's OK.  My focus will have to change. I still would like to continue this blog as a catch-all ... a place to blog about trips, as well as my creative endeavors and family things.  I know my readership has died off, too, and that's also OK because in the end, this blog is a journal of my life of sorts.  I love to look back and see how things have changed.  In the end, the blog is mostly for me. 

In the next few posts I will update on life, and family, as well as share some of my scrapbook layouts.  I think spreading it out a little will help keep the posts shorter and make it easier to get back into the swing of things.

Last weekend we hosted an online crop at Scrapbook Nerd.  There were challenges and games, and some prizes.

One of our new DT members, Cathy, challenged us to create a project with a title that used symbols or letters in place of words.  This is what I came up with:

These pictures always make me laugh ... and I always find new ones just like them on my phone. Cameron loves to grab my phone when I leave it laying around, and leave me a little surprise next time I look at the camera roll! What better way to get back at him then sharing the photos online!

I used mostly Crate Paper Boys Rule for this layout and added a few things from my stash.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Day 6 - Athens

If you're wondering what happened to Day 4 and 5 - you didn't miss anything.  I haven't included them because the first two days on the cruise were both sea days and we didn't do much except lay by the pool, eat, and catch up on much-need sleep.

Our first cruise stop was in Athens, Greece.  We were all very excited about this stop.
We didn't have an excursion booked as we had read that we could just grab a taxi into Athens and then walk to everything that we wanted to see.

We found a taxi as soon as we got off the ship, and all 5 of us crammed into 4 seats - something we would never dream of doing normally!!

Our driver was great and told us where to go and what we needed to see. He acted as tour-guide on the drive to the Acropolis.  He dropped us off at the Acropolis where we spent two or three hours wandering around in awe. It was great having a walking encyclopedia along with us!  Matt was able to feed us lots of information about the acropolis along the way. He was totally in his element.  He was immersed in everything he saw ... so much so that we had to keep finding him.

Once we finished there, we started weaving our way through the streets to find more of the ancient ruins (which were everywhere, by the way!). We stopped at a Greek family restaurant along the way. We paid a lump sum and then they brought about 20 different dished to the table and we were able to choose 12 of them.  We had the best time trying different foods, sitting next to the street, and watching Greek Life pass us by.  It was very relaxing.  The food was great and we left feeling very full.

After lunch we made our way to the ruins of the Roman Forum.  There wasn't a lot left standing, so it was hard to see what we were looking at.

From there we made our way to the Ancient Agora.  This place was very cool.  We wandered around the Stoa of Attalos, which has been rebuilt and houses a lot of artifacts.  Once again, we lost sight of Matt as he was soaking it all in. 

In the Agora, there was also a well-preserved temple which was amazing to see.

As a side-note - it seems that Spencer would easily pass as a Roman.  We were always seeing him in statue form every time we turned around!

Our last stop for the day was the Temple of Olympian Zeus.  Again, it was amazing to see, but we were all tired by that point and, after seeing so many ruins, we didn't really appreciate it as fully as we should have.

Our taxi driver picked us up there and we all crammed back into the car and he took us back to the port where we limped, still in awe of what we had seen, back onto the ship.

Monday, June 01, 2015

The Hostel

Have you ever stayed in a hostel before?  I hadn't!  I had lots of pre-conceived notions about what a hostel would be like - filled with young people sleeping in dorm style rooms, shared bathrooms, and no real community spaces.  When we were looking for a place to stay in Venice, we left it rather late (three weeks before our trip) and so we had little choices.  We could either stay outside of Venice, or pay $1000 and up a night to stay right in Venice.  Neither of these were a great option for us. 

During my searches, the Generator Hostel kept coming up.  Out of desperation, I started looking at it.  I saw that they had a family room that would accommodate all of us - and for a very reasonable rate. Since the location was great, we decided to book it.

Well, both John and I were very pleasantly surprised by the Generator when we got there! There were a lot of younger people, but there were also some who were a little older (although I'm pretty sure we were the old people!)

The hostel has a very young, and hip vibe to it.  Here's an excerpt from their website:

Gen Venice is a beautiful converted grain house sitting on the waterfront of the Giudecca. The property exudes true Venetian charm and a twist of modernity; with pristine Fantini mosaic flooring, elegant Rubelli textile curtains, a Murano glass clown chandelier hanging gallantly from the ceiling and a homey stone fireplace reminiscent of 16th century Palladio craftsmanship. You’re just 5 minutes away from Piazza San Marco- bask in a hub of ancient history at the drawing room of Europe. Go rustic with a stylish attic room or go for a shared room with views of the sea.

The location, for us, was perfect!  It sits right across the river from San Marco.  The water bus stop was a 30 second walk from the front door, and 5 minutes later we were right in Venice. It was so easy to just pop back to our room to change clothes or to drop things off.

I didn't get great pics of the inside of the communal areas, so I've grabbed some pics from the Generator Website.

 Our room consisted of two bunk beds and then a single.  We had our own shower and bathroom. The ceilings were very high which gave it the feeling of being in a loft.

The best part?  The view from our window!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Day 2 and 3 - Venice

One thing that I really wanted to do, while I was in Venice, was to go over to Murano, and check out all the glass. Our plan for that day was to just wander Venice for a while and then hop on the water bus and go over and see what if we could find a glass factory. When we got off the water bus in Venice, we started to talk to a guy who offered us a free taxi ride over to Murano. The catch was that we would have to go to a certain glass factory and see what they had.  That was great for us, since that's what we wanted to do anyway.  We jumped at the offer.

One of the bonuses of this was that we got to ride through some of the canals that the water busses don't go.  It was beautiful!

We had a private tour of the glass factory and were able to watch the artists at work.

Of course, at the end of the tour, we were able to purchase some of the beautiful pieces.  I know that was the whole purpose of getting us over there, but I was more than happy to oblige.

After the tour, we wandered around Murano for a bit.  It was such a pretty place. We were serenaded by one of the locals.

We spent the rest of the day exploring Venice. We had to cross over this bridge several times during our time there, and each time it made me laugh - it was a Venician traffic jam!

Venice is a very cool place.  I loved every second that we spent there.  It's so amazing to see all the canals and waterways, and how everyone gets around by water. We had a waterbus pass and so we spent the time hoping on and off as needed.  I look forward to going back one day and spending more time there.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Day 1 - Arriving in Venice

Matthew and I left yesterday morning, to catch our flight to Venice.

We were meeting up with John, Spencer and Cameron who were already there.  They got a head start on our vacation by leaving on Saturday.  Matt and I couldn't leave until Monday as Matt had to work on the weekend, and I had a retreat that I needed to be at.

We had a flight out of Toronto at 11:40 a.m. which meant that Matt had barely enough time to get home from work, change, and organize a few things before we had to leave for the airport.

We had a connecting flight out of Philadelphia, which meant that we had a 5 hour layover.  It was ok, for the most part, as it meant that we could get a good lunch and relax a bit before the second flight.  By the time we had to board, though, Matt was exhausted! Poor guy!

Our second flight was straight to Venice. 8 hours in the air! Matt was able to get about three or four hours of sleep, but I was only able to nap here and there.

Once we got to Venice, it was fairly easy to get to out hotel. by bus and then water bus.  The hotel is actually a hostel.  It's a very cool place and is across the canal from St. Marks Square. The hostel has family rooms, which is where we are staying - so we have our own bathroom and shower right in the room.  It's quite a hip spot, filled with a lot of younger people, and a handful of older ones.  I love the whole atmosphere of this place.

After we dumped our bags, we jumped back on the water bus to go over to San Marco to do a little exploring.  I immediately fell in love with Venice and all the canals!

We walked around for a little while.  John, Cameron, and Spencer showed us a few places that they had already discovered. 

Then we jumped back on the water bus to head up the canal to get some lunch. It was a huge mistake to stop for lunch, because once we did that, both Matt and I hit a wall of exhaustion.  We were spent. We ate quickly and then he and I went back to the hostel to get some much needed sleep while the other boys stayed out to look around some more.

I woke up in time for supper, but we couldn't drag Matt out of bed, so the rest of us went out for something to eat and then came back and crashed again.

It was a very long day from start to finish!