I’m in Las Vegas, Nevada….sleeping not gambling.

Since May 13th I have been on the road for my day job. My husband, Joe, a friend of ours, Jim, and I have been moving trucks from Tracy, California to Las Vegas, Nevada where they will be sold at auction.

We have moved 45 trucks and six trailers.


We took five trucks at a time. I drove one truck and pulled a trailer.


We finished the job on Monday. What kept me going all the days of 100 degree temps was the day I would spend in a scrapbook store in Las Vegas. Just before our last trip I read on the store’s website they were closing. Total bummer!

Yesterday I walked the aisles, already nearly bare, in search of things I could not live without. I set a budget of $150 – Joe figured I would bust my budget and we would have to rent a U-Haul. I went under budget and spent $112.

Paper was one thing I did not purchase. I have a big enough stash of paper already at home that barely gets used.

Are you ready for my “Haul”? Here we go.

A Tim Holtz die that I have been wanting for a long time. $16.09 – original price $22.99.


An absolutely cute Sizzix Die (well used) that will be used for creations for my grandchildren. $1.


At home, months ago, I went looking for a punch to use with my Zutter or Cinch to add paper pieces to the binding. Couldn’t find one. I did this time and put it in my basket. $11.89 – original price $16.99.


I’ve been wanting a heat tool that doesn’t sound like a jet engine in my hands. My heat tool at home is LOUD! I’ve seen, and heard, the Heat It Tool from Ranger and have wanted one for several years. $18.89 – original price $26.99.


Okay, the next items I didn’t even know were on the market. Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I was ruthless. I took three of the five remaining. The other two were duplicates. $5.59 each – original price $$7.99 each.



The Ranger Distress Stains had been picked clean. I found three colors I don’t already have. $3.84 each – originally $5.49.


I have heard a lot of good things about these next items. Pearl Pens. Once again, not much left to choose from. I got one “Ice” and one “Gold”. $3.70 each – originally $5.29 each.


One of my daughters is getting married next February. I found a sheet of journaling stickers by Bella Blvd. This is the only “paper” I bought. $3.00 – originally $4.29.


Of course, no layout would be complete without a bridal dress and cake embellishments. Jolee’s bride $3.70 – original $5.29. Wedding cake embellishments $3.07 – original $4.39.


The Ellison Die Cutting machine was out of my price range at $325. The dies were priced according to size and started at $100 for the giant dies then $50 to $15 for the smaller sizes. I settled for some cardboard mini album cutouts at $1.60 each and I bought two of them.



I also found three chipboard mini album bases at $1.20 each.




These nibs from Ranger I’ve never seen before. Probably because I don’t own a single Distress Marker. I thought I could use them with the Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam stuff. $3.84 – original $5.49.


A small roll of Washi Tape to add to my small collection. This was the only roll of Washi Tape in the entire store. $2.


In a large tub, stuffed under a piece of furniture was a stash of Grab Bags. What the heck. Might as well get three of them. I might be surprised. And I was.


Baby themed items were in two of the bags. Woo Hoo! I have a daughter just about to deliver twins in the next few weeks. Two Grab Bags at $2.50 each.




The last item in my Haul is a $5.00 Grab Bag. Clear epoxy letter squares, Ranger square pendents, and some Bind-It-All mini book covers. Bonus items for the new family!



So, there you have it. My haul from Las Vegas. I still won’t be home to play with this stuff for another couple weeks. Boo Hoo :/. We are slated to take three trucks out of Fontana, California going to Grand Island, Nebraska. We will get home before the end of this month – I HOPE!

Hope you are enjoying your bright summer Wednesday.



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 12:22:32

    UNDER BUDGET!!! Doing the happy dance for you! Are you going to be home around July 14-17th? Cause Shannon has a basketball camp at Oklahoma Christian and we ll be in a hotel in Oklahoma City, so I would love to see your craft room IN PERSON!


  2. Carissa Vallejo
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 14:38:53

    Obnoxious grandma..lol!! That is funny!!! Sorry to keep her from you Maureen. I know she would have looooved to show off her room. 😉
    Great job at coming in under budget Mom. Did Dad think you were telling stories about being under budget? Lol. Glad you finally got a chance to go through the store!!
    I love you & I can’t wait to see you soon!!


    • Message In A Fold
      Jun 11, 2014 @ 14:46:50

      Dad was funny. He said “You going to show me what you bought?” I’ve totally corrupted and ruined the poor guy. Bwahahahaha.

      I’m looking forward to holding those babies and snuggling with them. I’ll try not to ignore you….too much 😀

      Love you my Punkin.


  3. jesskawrites
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 00:06:08

    I can’t resist that kind of shop either 🙂 well done for staying under budget!


  4. gardenpinks
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 16:21:55

    You did get some amazing deals there Leslie. I’ve been hankering over those nibs for a long time, they are ‘supposed’ to be used with alcohol inks but I don’t have enough of those but would use them with other mediums. I like the look of the Tattered Angels paint and the pearl pens. I have a heat tool like that and it is so much better for embossing as it doesn’t blow the embossing powder off. It takes a little longer to get up to heat but is so much better imo 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxxx


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