Vacation: Gas Stop (2)

Gas Stop (2) - Atlanta Illinois

Gas Stop (2) – Atlanta Illinois

This is the 2nd page of a 2-page “Gas Stop” layout about our stop at Atlanta, Illinois on our first day of vacation. Of course, I’ve always heard of Route 66 and we’ve driven on parts of Route 66 before, but actually standing on this little stretch of road – this piece of American history – was pretty cool. The murals in the town were amazing. The Palm Grills Cafe mural was one of my favorites. Oh – and see the smiley face on the sign above? Watch for a post about it and a picture of it in an upcoming post!

Vacation: Gas Stop

Route 66: Atlanta IL

Route 66: Atlanta IL

We stopped for gas in Atlanta, Illinois, and stumbled upon a Route 66 gold mine! What a picturesque little town! Loved the Route 66 park with all the beautiful painted highway signs. My favorite, though, was the bullet-riddled sign. Of course, everything on this stretch of road is “Route 66” – including a local mechanic!

Star Trek: Meeting Arleen Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel was the first celebrity I saw at the Star Trek convention in Chicago in May 2013. I passed her in the hotel lobby with a fairly large man accompanying her. She was so elegant, with her striking good looks, dark hair and large sunglasses. At first, I thought she was Joan Collins. She nodded to me and said, “Good morning.” I was agog – a celeb spoke to me! But who was she? Would Joan Collins actually make an appearance? I knew she had been a guest star, but nothing had been said in the emails from Creation about her. When I got in the vendors area, I spotted her and immediately noted the pictures on her table – she was Spock’s wife! It was Arlene Martel! If you don’t know anything about Arlene, please check out her website here. I made my way through the line and finally got up to her. I was trying to decide which photo to buy, and one photo was of her as Spock’s wife in Amok Time. She leaned over and said, “What the hell am I holding there?”

I laughed, looked closer and said, “I think it’s a ring.”

“Oh, yes!” she said as she settled back in her chair. “They had the most fabulous jewelry on that show!”

I leaned forward and whispered, “They didn’t let you keep it, did they?”

“Oh, no, we had no idea what we were making when we were making Star Trek. Like those ears in that photo,” she pointed to the picture of her with Spock, “Those ears hurt so bad and when shooting was over, I ripped them off and tossed them on the makeup table. Couldn’t wait to get rid of them. And someone told me they sold at auction for $35,000. And I threw them away!”

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

When I finally settled on the photo of her with Spock, we talked about the episode and had a hilarious conversation about Vulcans going seven years without sex. Arlene laughed and said, “Seven years – can you imagine? I couldn’t go seven days!”

Arlene was an absolute delight to meet. She actually spoke with me – not just at me. Asked my opinion about television and movies. I was so impressed with her. She and her husband have written a book about mental illness. She was such a delight, I can’t imagine her having any struggles. But after meeting her, I want to read more about her.

Star Trek: Meeting Sean Kenney

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Meeting Sean Kenney was exciting as all get out. He is the original Captain of the Starship Enterprise, after all! Captain Pike, all disfigured and scary, is an icon in the world of sci fi. But Sean was handsome and debonair, tall with beautiful hair. He was very nice, chatted easily, and had the most amazing eyes. I felt a little odd being so star struck, but he was really one of the most handsome men I’ve ever met. He definitely had that movie star quality about him. When I picked the photo I wanted him to sign, he pointed out that it was from Star Trek: The Original Series, the episode was The Arena. Just last weekend, my husband and I watched that episode on DVD. Every time Sean showed up on screen, I punched him and squealed, “I met him!” I don’t think my hubs was nearly impressed by that as I am. :o)

Oh, as you’ve probably figured out, this is another layout from my Star Trek album. Here’s another page. Note the bit I copied from Sean’s bookmark. He was also the Winston man. I always thought those guys were so sexy – of course, we’ve all heard of the Marlboro Man. But the Winston man had that rugged cowboy look, too.

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Scrapbooking Li…

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As I worked on my Star Trek album over the past week, I realized how long I spent on each page. This album is special, and I love the memories that come to mind as I work on it. Each page has been a process, with spray ink and distress ink and embellishments so that there is a continuity to the album. And that’s all fine and good, but it makes me wonder about the rest of my life. I want to scrapbook LIFE. Given my schedule, that means that not all of my pages are going to be works of art.

And that’s OK.

I’ve decided to start sharing more of my pages, even the ones that I didn’t spend a lot of time and money on, because the CONTENT of my albums is more important than the ARTSYNESS of my albums. I scrapbook because I want to document my life, share stories of my family, and leave a legacy for those who come after me. As an example, here is my first attempt at a cover for my DIY day planner. I’ve used Franklin Covey for years, then tried DayTimer (didn’t like them), D*I*Y planners, Outlook, but nothing fit the bill. So, I decided to create my own. I’m going to try doing small monthly spiral bound planners (bound with my Zutter Bind It All)which is the coolest tool ever – it hole punches, then you insert wire binding into the holes, then use the Bind It All to close the spiral binding). I’ve got a little more work on the guts of this before I share it, but in the meantime, here’s a peek at the cover.

Day Planner Cover

So – that’s why I scrap – to document my life. The good, the bad, the daily. If you scrapbook, why do you? If you don’t, why not? (and if you are a newbie to scrapping, feel free to ask questions – this is a safe place!)

Chase Masterson: Dabo Girl Extraordinaire

Chase Masterson as Leeta

Chase Masterson as Leeta

As Carol and I walked through the vendor area, she spotted a man putting together some type of game. It took a few minutes, but it hit both of us . . . and Carol shouted, “Dabo!” Although Chase wasn’t at the table, but we saw her on stage shortly thereafter. Max Grodenchik was on stage talking about his character, Rom, and talk of course turned to his love interest, Leeta. The curtains parted and out came Chase, dressed in a black sequined gown with jewels that sparkled with every move of her wrist. They sang a song together and then Max told how things were a bit awkward during the filming of Deep Space Nine, because he has his on-stage love, Leeta, and his real life love, mmmmm – her name escapes me at the moment – were sometimes together. His real life love was a writer (?) for Deep Space Nine. Everyone snickered at the uncomfortable position Max described, then the curtains parted and they were both on stage. It was a Rom sandwich! They sang a bad parody of I’ve Got Two Babes, which was a hoot.

Shortly after Chase’s time on stage, which was largely spent singing, we met her out in the vendor area and I got her autograph. Dabo was set up, but we didn’t play. Oh well – she still gave us an “I played Dabo with Chase” button pin!

Chase Masterson

Chase Masterson

These pages are part of my Star Trek mini-album, which is an 8 x 8 Maya Road binder album. The pages are both Simple Stories patterned paper over Kraft paper, which has been spritzed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in teal. The first page incorporates some Tim Holtz tissue tape. I used Stickles black diamond to highlight the black swirls at the bottom of the second page, used some Queen & Co. Trendy Tape (film strip on the first page, black w/ stars & swirls on the second).

Thanks for looking!

Meeting Rom: Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik as Rom from Deep Space Nine

Max Grodenchik as Rom from Deep Space Nine

Carol and I were in line early, PDF tickets in hand, waiting to get into the Star Trek convention. A perky young woman scanned our tickets and affixed wristbands to our arms. We were in!

It was a bit overwhelming. We spotted the theater where we would watch speakers throughout the day, scanned our schedules and headed off to check out the vendors. Almost immediately, I spotted a blank journal – a “Personal Log,” but I passed it up, determined to take it all in before purchasing anything. Tip: don’t pass something up that you really want. It wasn’t there when we went back. But I digress. We looked at various memorabilia and photos, then found a row of tables set up along the windows. A man was placing 8×10 photos in neat stacks on one of the tables.

Carol grabbed my arm and pointed, “Those are pictures of Rom! Rom is going to be here! I’ve seen him in every episode of Deep Space Nine! He was Quark’s brother. I wonder when he’ll get here.”

The man turned slightly and leaned towards Carol, then whispered, “I’m Rom.”

Carol and I blinked. She said, “You’re Rom?”

The woman behind the table grinned and confirmed, “Yes, he’s Rom!”

Carol said, “I can see the resemblance!”

“My dear,” he said with a grin, “I don’t think that’s a compliment!”

Max went on to ask us where we’re from, and was quite helpful when we told him it was our first conference. He asked our names, then excused himself so he could finish setting up. When we returned to his table later to get his autograph, he remembered us! This is a photo that makes me smile every time I see it.

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik

As you can tell, this is from my Star Trek Scrapbook. Here’s another page I did. Both pages use Kraft paper as a base, misted with Color Shine in Teal (by Heidi Swapp), and embellished with Simple Stories Destinations line. The edges are inked using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Soot. The journaling is from my stash – Jenni Bowlin, I think. This is an 8×8 album, so there’s not a lot of room for journaling. Using hidden journaling like this tag that slips behind your photo is a great way to include personal details without taking up a lot of space. It also comes in handy when the journaling is really more for you than the folks you’ll share your album with.

Hidden Journalling

Hidden Journaling

Thanks for looking!

Star Trek Chicago: The Westin

Westin O'HareAs I mentioned before, going to a Star Trek convention was a dream come true. As soon as I decided to go, I made reservations at the Westin because that was the host hotel. Although it was expensive, I think it was worth staying, largely because it was easy. We got to the hotel and that was our home base – we didn’t have to worry about getting here or there, plus there was the added bonus of running into folks in the hallways. The night we arrived, we saw several other Trekkies, all spotable because of their sci fi themed shirts.

The morning the conference opened, I saw Jeffrey Combs walking through the lobby. He is my favorite alien, on my favorite series – Shran, the Andorian captain. I smiled shyly at him and he nodded, probably thinking, oh, dear God, please don’t let that fan-girl bug me. And was probably hoping I wasn’t a stalker. Later that morning, I passed an elegant woman in the lobby with a large man escorting her. She was gorgeous, in that old movie star way. I thought she was Jackie Collins, perhaps, hiding behind large sunglasses. As we passed, I smiled and she said, “Good morning.” Watch for an upcoming post to find out who she was.

The layout above is part of my Star Trek album. It’s done using Kraft paper from my stash, misted with Glimmer Mist in roll top desk, and Core Crackle Paper. I inked the edges of everything with Soot Distress Ink, and attached the wristband with a Fastenater Staple. The final touch were some stickers from the Simple Stories Destinations collection.

Lincoln’s Tomb

JR & Lori rubbing Lincoln's nose for luck.

JR & Lori rubbing Lincoln’s nose for luck.

We’ve been to Lincoln’s Tomb twice now. Each time has been a moving experience. The sense of powerful greatness and respect is overwhelming. It is truly an awe-inspiring experience. If you happen to be going through Springfield, Illinois, plan to stop by Lincoln’s Tomb. It’s easy to find, and won’t take you very long.

If you go, here are some tips:

  • Stop on the way in and see the burial site of Roy Bertelli, also know as Mr. Accordion. Check out more info at Roadside America.
  • Silence your cell phone before you go in. It’s about respect.
  • Rub Lincoln’s nose for luck.
  • Look for the hidden horse inside the building where the tomb is. Hint: it is much like looking for animals in clouds.
  • Depending on the direction you’re going, consider checking out other Route 66 spots.

 

Family, Surprises and Growing Older

Eula's 90th Birthday

Eula’s 90th Birthday

I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person, but I write, scrapbook and papercraft. Though I usually share writing, I thought I’d share a layout with you today.

This is a layout about my great-aunt Eula. This was when my mom and her brother (Joe, in the photo with Eula) surprised Eula with a cake for her 90th birthday. When she walked into the room, her face registered disbelief, surprise and happiness. It was a fun weekend, and I was glad we got to help her celebrate her birthday.

This year, I turned 45. It has been a tumultuous year so far. After I turned 45, we had the whirlwind of my daughter’s senior year, culminating with Prom and Graduation. Then she moved out, which has been a struggle for me. But as I look at this photo of Eula, I realize that this year is but a blip. It is the way of life – we raise our children, then they leave. That’s the way it should be. And now that she has moved out, it is my turn. I can explore my creative pursuits and get to know me again.

What have you let take a back seat over the past few years? Are you ready to explore?