Vacation 2013: Leaving Missouri

I had so much fun sharing my Star Trek album with you that I thought I’d share my vacation album as it evolves. This was an odd vacation year for us. We had thought it would be our last family vacation with the youngest kiddo, but she moved out a bit earlier than we had anticipated. So we thought it would just be the two of us, our first vacation as empty nesters. Then we were talking to the eldest kiddo and as it turned out, the week we were going was the week between summer classes and fall classes (she’s starting her last year in dental hygienist school), so we asked her to go and, to our delight, she said she would love to. So, we decided to head north for our favorite vacation destination – Michigan. Aunt C asked if she could go along, too, and plans were finalized. As you know, I am finding my way along this new path . . . and learning to let go and go with the flow is huge for me. I want to plan every detail. This trip wasn’t planned like that – it was all about relaxation, and just enjoying life.

Leaving Missouri

Leaving Missouri

Jo & Aunt C met at our house at an ungodly hour, and we set off (after getting coffee – me without coffee in the morning is not a pretty sight). This photo was our first woo-hoo moment, as we crossed the Mississippi River and left Missouri in the rear view mirror. I don’t usually do one photo layouts, but I thought this one turned out OK. And it works well as the first page in my album.

This page was a fun challenge for me. I ran across a brand new challenge blog called 1 2 3 Get Scrappy. It’s a neat idea – they post a tic-tac-toe board and you pick three things in a row to include in your layout. This month’s challenge offered something that caught my eye: red, free, and Thickers. I have some Subway Thickers and I wanted to use the wavy lines to represent the Mississippi River. After that, it was easy to put this layout together, using some papers from my stash (from a paper stack by Brenda Walton that I’ve had for at least a couple of years). In particular, I like the way the photo matting turned out. It was fun to do a challenge – I think I’ll have to try more in the future!

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!