I have historically attended the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Chantilly, Virginia. Bob and I always made a vacation of the trip, visiting historical sites along the way. This year GASC did not come to the area.
The nearest scrapbook convention was the Creating Keepsakes one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was a time Bob could not take off. My local scrapbook friend and I planned the trip, and when she had to cancel.......I ventured out alone. I met up the night before with a life long friend since first grade in nearby by Marietta. That was special.
The highlight of the expo was meeting these 2 talented ladies again. Jenni & Jared Bowlin are genuine and hard working. They travel from their Nashville home and even bring collectible memorabilia to sell. Carolee McMullin is a talented tole painter whose talents extend into the scrapbook and now fashion industry. Her four daughters are the Adornit girls, whose fashions are so fun. They do their own modeling and advertising. I laughed when a senior scrapbook customer was loving one of their purses and said, "I didn't come here for this". Carolee replied, "but you came here to have fun!" The lady bought the purse! Here I am in the fun top I got there.
Lancaster is a neat city, with plenty of beautiful country nearby. I made a few photo stops but mostly checked out places Bob and I could travel to together.