I sure am dragging but it was so worth it. Friday & Saturday at the Scrapbook Expo were really great! I shopped for a couple hours on Friday. Since I went last year I based my "plan" on what I was impressed by for that show. Melissa Frances was huge last year with so many $1 specials. The lines ran the length of the building with her big mini albums at $1 each people had their baskets & arms filled.... No vintage looking tin buckets & bins this year for a buck either... oh well. This year there were a few good deals & her paper is beautiful $ priced 10 sheets for $5. I couldn't pass up this set of stamps for $5 & a couple of the dollar finds...
More Dollar Finds at another booth....
Another must stop was Heidi Swapp. So many of her embellishments last year were 3 for $2.49 (love her brads). No brads this year but I got some ghost shaped flowers & letters, felt flowers, masks, chipboard letter packs were $0.99 each & this great bag filled with goodies for $29.00 - I called it the bag in the bag in the bag & more (Big bag, camera bag - could double for a purse easily, small tabletop tool tote, Heidi Clock & Clock Overlay, Heidi Months of the Year Stamp Set, chipboard shapes, HUGE pack of Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters, etc) so I think I did well at her booth. Great bags don't you think?
I found the new Collage Press sweets line of paper - it was retail price but one we can't find locally so I couldn't resist...
And you know me & diecut paper.... Super cute & can be used for my sons layouts
I Picked up a few more Copics at $4 each to add to my beginning collection. Who could pass up Thickers for $1.99 a pack - sure not me. The Quickutz dies were very inexpensive. The small ones were $1 each - I had to get the file folder one for that price.
One booth stocked quite a good selection of Tim Holtz & Basic Grey. I purchased the Tim Holtz ruler with the holes for stitching (LOVE IT) and a pack of his tiny paperclips.
There was a huge selection of Unity Stamps covering a wall - I finally got to see the stamping blocks & now I see why everyone raves about them. That's next on my list to purchase from Unity.
I stocked up on some of my vintage ribbon & twine from Grossgrain Annie.
My favorite LSS - EMI Scrapbooking shared the booth with them. On Saturday I helped out in the booth doing the card make & take, stocking, & checking people out. That was so much fun to hang out with Susan, Jen & Michelle. Susan (the owner) gave me 2 free tickets to get in both days & bought me these 2 packages of Tattered Angels Bingo Cards for helping out!
So sweet - I loved hanging out with them & helping any way I could. She'll be posting photos today or tomorrow on the store blog here I left the house Saturday without my camera or should I say I left it behind on purpose because it's acting up the photos of the show I took on Friday were all blurry. I changed memory cards & batteries so the ones I took at home look much better even though they are inside with the weird light in my scrap room.
Don't forget to watch Noell Hyman & Nancy Nally today talking about all the current Scrapbooking industry news. The show starts at 1 pm eastern time. Check out Paperclipping here. Then visit the Paperclipping Newsbreak link.
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Have a wonderful Monday! I'm off to catch up on all the housework that didn't get done last week while I was playing..... 2 weeks until CHA wow I'm super excited - the countdown begins!