As our thoughts are with everyone in Melbourne under such strict lockdown – AZZA picked the perfect time to name a stencil after the beautiful City. One of our Consultants asked if the Stencil had to go into quarantine before they could use it!!
It is a lovely stencil and easy to work with.
I created the page above using the Cutting die that matches the stencil, the Classic Essential papers, one of the Figures, the Ruby stamp, Resin dots and a little strip of the AZZA linen ribbon. The Silhouette figures are only available in this month’s basket:
The Decoration theme this month is MATERIALS AND TEXTURE. These are all great products as they can be used on the page with any theme.
The two Ruby stamps are so versatile, if you belong to the Mail Out Club you will be receiving the one below, with a lesson on the many ways it can be used. I chose this one as it is not quite as bold as the second one, so can be used to create a background.
The Ruby stamp above is a little darker on the page. Below you can see it used on a layout created with the AZZA Neptune stencil.
Here is the video with Dominique showcasing the new products. It is in French, but do watch it, I always pick up something new from her videos.
A lovely layout with a single photo.
This is one of my favourite. Christelle has used the Cutting die, the Embossing folder and the Patterned papers.
The above layout is on one of the pre-cut sheets. These shapes are such fun and can be folded in so many ways to incorporate more photos on the page.
The focus book shows you the many ways the stencil and the pre-cut pages can be used. Deb Byrne has created the lovely page below with one of the pre-cut sheets which she has folded to reveal more photos on the page below.
Another layout I liked was the one above, quite different on the page. The AZZA self-adhesive Linen is beautiful when used with these products.
This page was created using the AZZA Hula Hoop stencil and decorated with the new products.
Below a layout by Jill Attrill in Victoria. Jill has used the Texture stencil to decorate her paper. She has used a strip of the Universe patterned paper, Glitter tape and a little cord. The small triangle has been embossed with the Sand Dunes Embossing folder I have highlighted before.
Sue also used the texture stencil on her page above, she used a stamp on top of the inked image and finished off the page with Resin dots.
There are so many pages to show you, but I will leave you with these for now.
With winter not too far behind us, we are all looking forward to a little sunshine. Hopefully, we will be out camping soon and can scrap our photos with the new products that are just perfect.
Hilary has been busy having received her Scrap & Moi No 55 and seen the lovely layouts by our very own (we do claim her as an honorary AZZA Australian) Christine Houbrechts. Christine showed how the same sketch idea could be used by turning it 90 degrees.
If you are struggling for inspiration the Scrap & Moi magazine is great. The next one to be sent out is Special Edition #05. If you would like to have a look at one, you can order them individually and a Special Edition would be a good one to get. They are slightly more expensive as they have about 20 more pages than the regular magazine. This Special edition covers a range of layouts from Orion, Bali, Aqua, Neptune, New York to name a few. There are also a few card and Mini Album ideas. If you are wanting to make a few Mini Albums as Christmas presents, now is the time to get started. Thinking of Christmas gifts, a Scrap & Moi subscription would also be a great gift (maybe even to yourself!). There are two subscriptions available, one with 4 Regular editions and the Golden subscription which included the 2 Special editions in the year.
Hilary used the photos of Christine on her visit to Australia this time last year. She has used the Australian Gumnuts embossing folder and two of the newly released stamp and die sets. Note how three little branches have been used instead of just the one with the Koala.
On this page Hilary has used the Australian Kangaroo embossing folder and complimented it with the older Kangaroo ‘Postage stamp’ stamp and the newer Kangaroo stamp and die set.
Hilary coloured her images with alcohol pens. Remember if you are using alcohol pens they do ‘bleed’ through the page, so it is better to use them on a cut-out image that will be placed on your page, and not directly onto the page. Hilary has kept the second stamped image fairly plain as it is almost a background. Below you can see how Christine coloured her image when using it on her page. This shows how you can make your stamped images suit your page.
Speaking of making your image suit your page, this month the Mail Out was all about using the AZZA Decoration stencils. Many people do not use their Decoration stencils as much as they could because they have not been shown how to bring the images to life. If you would like a lesson on Decoration stencils, please contact your Consultant.
Hilary has shown below how a few images can be used together to create a little scene for decoration. You will also see how she has brought her ‘Scout’ to life. She has kept the decoration in shades of brown in keeping with the theme on the page.
Some of the European AZZA Ladies have great fun with the Decoration stencils. They create both decorations on the page and cards.
This is a perfect example of using your image to highlight the theme on the page. She has created the image then placed it onto the page. If you use 3D Foam it gives the page texture. Note how she has used pens and different tones to bring the images to life.
These stencils never date, so do keep them close to hand when you are scrapping. I keep mine in photograph albums, I do have to trim them a little to fit into the 10 x 15 sleeves.
AZZA also have pockets you can purchase to place in an AZZA album to keep them together.
I have used the Nautical decoration stencil on my page above. I created the anchors on a separate piece of card and cut them out, threaded the cord through them then placed them onto the page with 3D foam. I used a second image as part of my heading.
On the decoration below, the stencil has been used to turn plain paper into patterned paper.
The Decoration stencils are also used together with the Figures. When AZZA brings out a Decoration theme, there are generally matching Decoration stencils and figures. In the decoration below by Christine Houbrechts, note how she has only used part of the Decoration stencil and combined it with a Silhouette figure for her page.
Christine has used the image on the Decoration stencil above, but used only the trees and not the cottage in the foreground. She has then used the Hiker from the sheet of Figures below.
In the decoration above I have used the Decoration stencil below in the background and two Fruit figures in the foreground.
Some people don’t realise that some of the images do have extra detail on the stencil beside it, as above. The extra dots to be used with the lemon image and on the back stencil, the detail for the leaf and the pineapple. You can see I have used the pineapple with the detail, not just the outline.
Look at this lovely card created with the Decoration stencil above, using both the outline and detail next to it. She has used the matching Texture stencil for the background.
The decoration on the image above was created using the Provence Decoration stencil. Again the image has been created by using two of the images on the stencil, the bold outline image, then the image to create more detail.
To finish layouts I would like to share with you.
I liked this layout above created with the AZZA New York stencil and the Wrought Iron Dies. The inking on the patterned paper is lovely too. I thought it was a nice clean layout.
The page above using the AZZA Boston stencil is quite striking. I love the tag, stamped with the dots, the camera from the AZZA Photography theme, finished off with a little cord, glitter tape and a few Resin dots. I do like how the inking on the yellow paper extends the 5mm gap above and below the photo and the inking on the page combines both colours.
The page above by Audrey using the AZZA Neptune stencil and Universe paper. She has used the stamps from the Nature themed products. I don’t use buttons on my pages, but think this page is beautiful, the buttons are ever so cute.
The stamp is only available in this kit as it is an older one. This kit is great value and there is only ONE left in stock.
For $40.00 you will get the Booklet with lots of decoration ideas, a Large stamp set, a Decoration duo and a sheet of figures.
I do like the decoration on the right-hand side of the page above, it’s a little different but it works. Lovely page using the AZZA Noisette stencil. Below, the Floral dies and Sand Dunes embossing folder have been used with the same stencil. The embossing stencil is fun and has three different designs on separate folders.
This is a lovely page using the AZZA Orlando stencil. I do like the decoration using the Ruby stamp sets: I LOVE YOU and COUNTRY WEDDING. I use them both quite often, although the one is called Country wedding it can be used with so many themes on the page. The patterned paper used on the page is from the Art and Crafts themed products.
Johanna has used the AZZA Nairobi stencil to create her page, and she has used the Loire Decoration stencil below. What is so good about this Decoration stencil is that you have both a Texture and Decoration stencil in the set.
The page above was created with the AZZA Verlaine stencil and the decoration stencil shown above. They have used the Decoration stencil to emboss the darker paper and with ink to create the lovely gentle effect on the lighter paper. A lovely page.
This lovely page above by Mimouscrap was created with the AZZA Hula Hoop stencil.
A lovely, simple page using AZZA Orlando stencil. Isabelle has used AZZA Dies and the circle has been stamped with an image from the Universe Large stamp set. A sticker circle frames the image.
One of AZZA’s most popular stencils.
Ros has created the page above with the AZZA Nairobi stencil. She has used the Sand Dunes embossing folder I showed you earlier, the Road trip die and a lovely little Lighthouse figurine.
Don’t forget your LOCKDOWN LAYOUTS for the AZZA Competition. Entries have to be in by Wednesday, next week, get your photos printed so you can work on your page over the weekend. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes for both Consultants and Clients, send your scanned or photographed pages to firstname.lastname@example.org or to your Consultant to be forwarded. All products used must be AZZA products that are currently available in the online shop, this gives you a very wide range of products to work with.
Hopefully everyone finds something in the blog above to inspire them today.
Just before we leave winter behind we have a range of Winter Wonderland specials in the AZZA online shop whilst The Great Australian Craft Show is running. It opened yesterday and finishes on Sunday.
The Winter Wonderland Special Baskets contain the lovely set of Winter activity stamps and 3 corresponding dies. The Second, larger set includes a pack of paper, a Decoration and Texture Deo and a Sketch sheet. A perfect collection to scrap your winter photos.
Texture stencil shown later, also on sale at the moment.
Deb has also used two of the stamps on her page above, note how she has created a reflection in the decoration at the top of the page, this she did with the AZZA Silicon Mixed Media plate. AZZA now has TWO sizes, the new A5 has just been released. Note how Christine has used the same stamp as Deb, but has not inked the whole stamp, remember to think a little outside the box, use the part of the stamp that works for you.
The Snowflake Basket is all about the snow. It includes one of my favourite Snowflake stamp/die set, this little image is so easy to use on your pages and Christmas cards. I have used it as decoration on my page below. I created the page with the AZZA Stockholm stencil.
Don’t feel you have to keep your Snowflakes to traditional colours, they are fun on the page.
The Texture stencil is lovely on the page:
The second design on the Texture stencil is all about music, seen here used to emboss the paper on the page.
The stamps are used on the above page, the snowflakes can be used to create patterned paper.
The Alpine basket contains an AZZA A4 Sketch sheet, a lovely pack of paper and the large stamp set seen above.
A summer page showcasing the parachute stamp as decoration.
This page shows the use of the papers, a photo off the A4 Sketch sheet, the AZZA Alpine Window Die and the Ski poles off the Figurine sheet. Do visit AZZAWORLD.COM.AU online shop to see all the Winter products on sale during the show.
The Alpine window has been used on the page below together with an Accordion sheet. It creates a little window to see the photo behind.
This AZZA Window die is also used with the AZZA Lantern.
Another good little stamp that is on sale is the one above. It is lovely to use on the page as the hat, skies, boots can be coloured to suit the photos on the page.
Winter Pleasures is a Theme kit on sale. Excellent value for money as the kit contains a large Texture stencil, a large set of stamps and a large sheet of Snowflake figures. It is on sale for $30.00. The Theme kit also comes with a booklet to give you ideas on how to use the product in the kit.
The Texture stencil can be used in any season, I used it on the page above with Summer fun! Pearls, Resin dots or the AZZA Pearl Maker pens can be used to highlight the centre of the decoration.
This Texture stencil is a great one to have as you have a heavier, or lighter option of design on your page. I used the Texture stencil and the Alpine Window die on the page below created with the AZZA Orion stencil and a pre-cut page.
Although Spring is here, it is still a little chilly. Many of you are heading off on a camping trip after being locked down for a while so this month’s products will be perfect to scrap those photos on your return. Camping and toasting marshmallows! Those of you staying home may be doing a little more cooking and baking for the family, or with the family, so do take a look at the Cooking themed products too.
Below is a page created by Deb Byrne in Tassie, the link below is to the AZZA September catalogue.
I have fallen in love with the Die set – the tent is beautiful on the page. At the top of the page above I have used it on my paper shape. The tent shape is large enough for you to place a title within it, journal or as I have done, place a little part of the the brochure from the place visited.
Susan Salvair created the page below using the same idea. The Flag and the ‘No 1’ are the AZZA Sport die set, Susan cut them out of the paper shape so the lighter page colour would show through and highlight the shapes. Susan used the Fiji stencil for her layout.
Having grown up camping in Africa I had to include this page. I have used the Punta Cana stencil for both my layouts. The majestic Elephant stamp and die set are still available.
Here I have used the AZZA mid-green paper and notice how I have placed the tent behind one elephant but in front of the other. This can be done with trees or any other shapes that can be used with the theme on your page. I have used the new SAGE Alphabet die and have cut the letters out of part of a photograph I had left over. The Alphabet dies make for a quick heading on the page.
I used the new Heritage texture stencil for the shading on my paper at the top of the page. It is called ‘Heritage’ as can be used on Family Tree pages too. Deb also used this Texture stencil on her page in the first layout of the blog to create a lovely pattern over her chalked shapes. Note how she also used the Marshmallow stamps to create patterned paper.
I did like the page above, created with the Punta Cana stencil, where almost the whole stencil has been used. Note how the branch alongside the top photo lines up with the tree line on the horizon.
Hilary has used the Camping decoration stencil for her decoration above. She has done a great job matching it to her photos. Note how she has used an image from both stencils to create the scene.
If you or your children are involved with Scouts, this is the perfect Decoration stencil for your pages.
With the Decoration stencils you need to bring your photos to life with your inks, chalks and pens. Hilary has done a great job above matching her choices with the theme on the page.
With this in mind, the Mail Out club will receive a Decoration stencil duo this month and a lesson on how best to use them.
Hilary also created a page using the Cutting dies. She built up her fire with the cut-out shapes backed with 3D foam and also placed a little square of 3D foam behind the marshmallows on the sticks. Hilary used the Punta Cana stencil to create the page.
Deb created a lovely page using the Loire stencil and Camping stamp set for the fire. She has used one of the AZZA Australian phrases and has used the frame, cut off the phrase, in conjunction with her decoration on the other side of the page. She has finished off her page with a Resin pellet to highlight a small round photo and a little AZZA Cord.
Deb has created this stunning page above using the Punta Cana stencil, AZZA self-adhesive Linen, AZZA cord, Pearls, Glitter tape and the new Cooking products. The semi-circles have been cut from the new paper released this month, highlighted later on in the blog.
Isolation baking on the page above – don’t you love it!! The Embossing folder is stunning on the page. The Chef can be coloured in to suit your page.
A Card stencil Duo GEOMETRIC was released this month. Both stencils are fun to work with.
The Card stencils can be used on your page as you can see by the following samples. It takes a little planning but it is worth it. Anita has used the new Cooking stamps and die set on her page below.
Jennie has shared two pages with us, created with the two Card stencils.
When working with these triangles remember to use your Dots tape, it is perfect to get right to the points. If you have the stamping block, do this on the foam backing of the stamp block as the dots that do not go onto the paper will not stick to it. Remember if you do have any extra on your page, just rub them off with your finger (making sure your finger is clean first!!)
I have used the Card stencil below with some of the NEW Australiana products released this month. Take a look at the full AUSTRALIANA collection on the link below the card.
You can also use the piece of card you cut the shape out of for the inside of your card.
Hilary has used the new paper block highlighted later in the blog for her card above.
If you took photos yesterday on Father’s Day – AZZA has a wonderful Father’s Day stamp. This stamp can be used on a page or on a card. I made the card below using one of the new Geometric Card stencils.
A few more new products still to highlight:
Deb has found some delightful Australian animals cut out of Tasmanian timber to add to our Australiana collection.
She created some beautiful pages to show us using the new figures. These figures are cut from actual Tassie timber (we’re not just saying) so are genuine Tassie Timber Animals.
A block of A4 Patterned papers for use with Cards or on your scrapping page are also new to AZZA this month. The sheets are double sided, A4 – 180grams. There are 10 different patterns as seen on the cover. There are 20 pages, 4 double sided pages of each of the 5 patters shown on the cover.
Have fun looking through the new products.
The next Great Australian Online Craft show is next week, 10th – 13th September. We will be showcasing our WINTER products and will have specials running (or skiing) during the show.
Also a reminder to send in your entries for the COVID CONNECTION Competition running until the end of October. Send your entries in to email@example.com.
I do hope you have found time to put some of your ‘Travel’ pages together with the products released this month.
The Punta Cana stencil has produced some lovely pages, don’t be drawn to always using the 2 ovals on the page and remember if you do use the oval shapes you can always use part of the oval for something a little different.
A lovely page by Sylvie above, have a look at the Washi tape Postman, still available online.
Below is the AZZA video – A page created by Dominique using the Punta Cana stencil:
Sue Talbot created a beautiful page for the Scrap & Moi competition using the Cancun stencil. Sue has used some of the older AZZA products for her decoration: She embossed her paper with the AZZA Texture stencil shown below and used an older silhouette figure (Both still available).
The Signpost die is also lovely on the page, it goes with quite a few of the older AZZA stamps and silhouette figures.
Sue Talbot has used it on her page below:
Note how Sue has used the lovely little Transparent Resin dots on the binoculars. Sue was inspired to create the page after watching Dominique Spirlet’s video on the Savannah stencil. I have posted a lot of the AZZA videos in Pinterest under the stencils themselves or in the ‘Video’ folder. Do go back over some of them if you are looking for inspiration. Challenge yourself to use your older stencils from time to time.
Here is the video showcasing the Savannah stencil:
Domonique has released a second video showing her creating a page with the Cancun stencil and creating her own patterned paper.
You will note she uses a Texture stencil, these are perfect for creating your own patterned papers. The Mail Out Ladies received an A5 Texture stencil last month, these are great as you can work on a larger surface without having to move the stencil.
While on the Universe/Neptune theme, we now have the Foil Stamp/Die back in stock. Some of you did not realise this is both a stamp and a cutting die.
As you can see from the above image, the Foil Stamp/die can be used as a cutting die, or can be stamped first with a colour then used as a cutting die.
Another product that is now back in stock is the Micro stamp: Mosaic. This was a very popular little stamp.
The last product I would like to let you know is back in stock is one of my favourite: Art and Creation cutting die
The AZZA Magic themed products are lovely both on the page and on cards:
A card I made this week combining the new products with the older COAST Cutting dies.
AZZA Australia is running a COVID CONNECTION COMPETITION.
Your 30 x 30 LOCKDOWN LAYOUTS need to have a COVID CONNECTION. All products used need to be AZZA products and need to be currently available in our online shop. The theme can be: cooking, baking, teaching the kids, sewing, gardening ….. it cannot be just a page you created during lockdown. A sneak peak of a page I have created with new products so can only show you the full page next week:
There will be two categories, one for Consultants and one for AZZA Clients. Both categories will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes on offer. Send your entries in to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your Consultant. Please let us know who your Consultant is, if you have one. Entries close on 30th October, 2020 and the Winners will be announced in the AZZA November newsletter. If you have any queries please contact your Consultant.
The next Great Australian Craft Show will be held from 10th-13th September so do make a note of the dates. There will be AZZA specials once again. The last Online Craft show will be held in October 19th – 25th, this will be the Christmas special.
PUNTA CANA is the AZZA stencil released this month and above you can see the August basket. The A4 Sketch sheet will only be available in the Studio kit. The new colours are beautiful shades: Petroleum and Blue-Grey. As with most AZZA colour releases there are pages, inks, Classic patterned papers and Seasonal patterned papers. The Seasonal patterned papers are the ‘Road Trip’ theme below.
The Texture stencil duo matches the papers:
I have used both of the Texture stencils on my page below using the new Punta Cana stencil.
I have used the Texture stencil to emboss my paper in the bottom left-hand corner. This gives your paper texture but does not take away from the photos.
To emboss your paper with an embossing stencil you need a Rubber Embossing mat to use with your Cuttlebug or Big Shot. The softer rubber mat allows the paper to be pressed through the Decoration stencil. You also need to decide which texture you would like, the pattern raised or not. This will depend on which side of the Decoration Stencil you place your paper.
I have used the new Alphabet Die SAGE on the page to show you the font. I had a lot of ‘sky’ in one the the photos that I had cut down on my page so decided to use the photo for the letters instead of paper. This way the colours are all the same tone on the page.
I also used the new Cutting die “WORLD” in my layout. Once again I have cut out a smaller image from a photo to use instead of paper.
This is a lovely die as you can use an image from a photo as I have done or either of the 2 dies that come in the set. Use your ‘E-Z Dots’ tape for this, makes it much easier.
Speaking of travel, don’t forget to get your entries in to Scrap & Moi by the 15th of this month for the competition. Send them direct to Scrap & Moi (email@example.com) or you can send your entries to me and I will forward them. Do let them know you are from Australia!
Congratulations go to our very own WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANT – Ros McQueen who won the last competition: Ros with her winning page.
The latest Scrap & Moi magazine No 56 has just been sent out with lots of ideas on page layouts, cards and a Mini Album project. There is a detailed article by Isabelle Thunus on using the Zutter Bind-It-All and the many ways to bind a Mini Album. Just in time for you to perfect your album ideas for Christmas gifts.
If you have never seen a magazine and would like to purchase one to have a look, we have three of the Special editions on SALE at the moment as part of the Great Australian Online Craft show running at the moment.
There is a selection of Stamp dies, Pearl Makers and Izink spray inks on sale for the duration of the show.
These pages by Ros show how lovely the Pearl Makers are on your page. If you use them do remember to leave your page on your work bench overnight for the ‘ink’ to dry.
Christine has used the Foil both on her page and on the ribbon used on the page.
A few more pages created by our Australian Consultants with the Punta Cana stencil below.
Anita has used the Linen adhesive sheet on her page above.
Please note with the above stamp/die set, it will only be available towards the end of the month. With the present climate AZZA, like everyone else, has been affected. Some products have had to go on backorder as they are unavailable in Belgium at the moment. Shipping dates have also been a little unpredictable so please bear with us.
Note how Jennie has used an oval Resin pellet on her page to highlight the smaller photo in the centre of the page. A lovely page showcasing the ‘Road Trip’ themed products. If you would like a mixed pack of Resin pellets get hold of your Consultant as she can organise this for you.
Lovely page above by Sue Talbot using the Micro stamp SPAIN. I love the double image of the Ladies and the way Sue has highlighted the frills on their dresses.
On the page above Deb has used the Embossing stencil and stamp from the newly released MAGIC themed products. She has also used the COAST set of cutting dies. If you don’t have them, do pop along to the shop and take a look as they are so versatile and can be used with many themes. There is no stamp to go with them, you colour them on with pens, inks and chalks. The seaweed dies can be used on any floral page too.
I love the transparent Resin dots on the page – perfect with any water theme. Deb has created her own patterned paper with the AZZA inks.
I too had a play with the PUNTA CANA stencil and a single photo. I have also used two stamps from the large stamp set. The MAGIC papers are beautiful colours. I have also used the new Petroleum page.
There is an August basket that has the MAGIC stamps, dies and papers.
For the stars on my page I used the AZZA Citrine paper but felt it was a little too bright for the page. If this is the case I often tone the colour down by just using an ink pad directly over the decoration or paper, so in this case, I just used my white stamp pad lightly over the stamped image. The little star is off the Christmas Large stamp set I highlighted in my last blog. So as I said, not only to be used at Christmas!
I have also used the new Numbers cutting dies: SAGE.
The AZZA Embossed papers go beautifully with the MAGIC themed papers. I used Violet on my page.
We have previously released Copper and Cherry Circular stickers. This month five (5) more colours became available. They are on smaller sheets and have loads of different sized circles – such fun to play with.
Hilary Hamilton created this amazing card with the new products:
Hilary has used the AZZA Glitter which is very fine, as well as Glitter tape, stamps and dies.
My husband and I also managed a short trip down to Margaret River last month as lockdown eased. We enjoyed a few days of Cheese and Wine which fitted in well with the July release of products. I created a double page using the Nairobi stencil:
I have used the large set of stamps and the figures:
On the inside spread I also used the Decoration stencil:
I would like to share with you the lovely Accordion album that our AZZA Consultant in Beaconsfield – Victoria, Mary Iviglia, created with the product she received for the Mail Out last month. It really is beautiful and I love the idea of the F A M I L Y too.
Mary used Resin dots, the AZZA Children’s Games stamps, inks and papers as decoration.
I was browsing Pinterest and came across Laurence’s amazing Nairobi multi-page layout which I would like to show you. I thought it was beautiful. She ‘Opened the windows into her garden’ for us…using Powder Pink and Apple AZZA pages.
Laurence has used some of the older AZZA dies for her branches and window.
Note how she has combined a die cut out and a stamped image.
Above, she has ‘hung’ a little figurine from the branch. Below she has created a beautiful scene for the page – looking through to the page behind. I love the idea of the embossed paper as the ‘brickwork’ around the window.
A layout using the Bali stencil also caught my eye. Sadly I don’t know who created it but it is from AZZA Europe. I like the use of the Glitter tape following the shape of the stencil. AZZA Bali stencil has been used to create this page.
The Home Sweet Home stamp has been used on the page. Note how she has used the one stamp and cut the little plants into individual pots to use on the page. She has placed 3D foam behind them to create texture on the page.
In one of my classes, Susan Salvair created these lovely pages with the ‘Travel’ theme in mind.
Susan has used the Fiji stencil to create this page. She has combined the use of a stamp and cut out the ‘sign’ from a photo. She completed her page with the two texture stamps.
The pages below show the importance of decoration. Susan has used the Mauritius stencil to create this page.
On the pages above Susan used chalking as a background for her stamped image, she inked a decoration stencil and used a small piece of patterned paper. This is an older stamp but still available in the online shop. It is a great stamp for travel photos and fits in well with the Road Trip theme.
Do pop along to the shop and look at the specials available. Those advertised for the Online show will only be available until Sunday night when the will be show closed.
We have also placed some dies in the shop at greatly reduced prices. These are dies that were used together with some of the older AZZA large stamp sets. Some of these stamp sets are now no longer available on their own (some are still available in a set together with the dies). You may have the stamp set already so now would be the time to pick up a bargain and get the cutting dies to match.
Happy shopping and happy scrappin’
Beautiful layout by Isabelle using the PUNTA CANA stencil, ribbon, die cuts, stamps and transparent Resin dots.
Yes, it is winter in Australia – not too much swimming going on but still many beautiful places to visit as things begin to open up after the initial lockdown. Sorry, Victoria – I think you may be headed back to lockdown, but look on the bright side – more time at home to do some scrapping!!
This was my Christmas in July. Brought back so many happy memories of our last Christmas in Sydney. I created the page with the Nairobi stencil released this month but used two of the AZZA Large stamp sets that are so versatile; Christmas Star and Silent Night. A lot of the stamps on both sets can be used throughout the year, so don’t discount them to ‘just another product’. The Mail Out Ladies also got a little ‘Christmas in July’ this month and received one of the sets of stamps I have used on my pages.
The AZZA Nairobi Duo is a 30 x 60 stencil which means it is designed to have a continuous design across both pages, that is, a double page. Obviously they can also still be used on single pages just as well. As you can see on the stencils below, one side is a lot narrower than normal. Those two sides are used to sit beside each other.
There is not a Studio kit with this stencil, but it does come with a booklet showing the many ways it can be used to create a page or set of pages.
I used a double page, the front page I cut vertically along the curve of the stencil and then folded it back upon itself.
Above you can see the page with the front flap open, I managed to get 4 photos onto this page. The stamp I used was:
This stamp is under our ‘Christmas Star’ selection in the online shop. The circle can be used throughout the year to highlight a title or a smaller photo. I have used the Bauble and the Trees on my page. I dusted the Trees with a little snow using one of the stamps from the Silhouette selection released last month. Don’t ever tell anyone you had to buy a stamp to put dots on a page, if they are not a Crafter, they will never understand!!
The ‘bauble’ and ‘star’ are great as you can use one or more, depending on the space you need to fill. They can hang from a horizontal line as I have done on my page, or a vertical line as Jennie has done on her page below.
Jennie has turned the central star shape on her page into patterned paper using the second large stamp set I wanted to highlight. The star used on her page is from this set: Silent Night
This is my centre spread and you can see how the stencil translates onto the page. I have used the larger music stamp both on paper and straight onto my page. If you want your whole piece of paper covered in the music you can stamp it a couple of times or combine the small and large stamp as I have done on the right-hand page. I also used one of the stamps to include the date on the page.
Always remember to bring your stamped images to life with inks, chalks or pens. A few pearls add a little texture to the image. If you have any AZZA Pearl Maker pens, these can also be used on your decorations – remember to leave them overnight to dry. We do have a few left in stock.
Hilary Hamilton created these beautiful pages below using the ‘Little Beasts’ themed products also released this month.
My favourite use of these decorations is by Christine Ronsin, I do love her work. Christine has used the AZZA Cancun stencil (No 1) to create her page but just look how she has used the ‘Little Beasts’ products for her decoration ……..
She mentioned she modelled her page on a layout she had seen in the new Scrap & Moi magazine. If you are struggling with inspiration, why not sign up for a year to the magazine, you can get either a Gold or Regular subscription (4 = regular or + the 2 Bonus editions = Gold). We do have single magazines on sale in the shop if you would like to purchase one and see what you think. The magazines do not only cover the new AZZA products – in the latest No 55, one section covered ”Treasures” which had layouts of Aqua, AZZA Scrap kit Nature (Reve) and Orlando.
A competition is also run in the magazine and the winning layouts are always posted. Many of these feature older stencils. The Bonus editions have more pages and generally include ‘Special’ projects.
A beautiful double page by Jennie, our Consultant in the north of Queensland. I love the way Jennie has used the Silhouette die with the Nairobi stencil and she hashes photos through her die instead of paper. This always looks so good on the page as the tones are perfect.
AZZA butterfly die used with a photograph instead of paper. A stunning little decoration on the AZZA linen sheet.
Rachel in Queensland created the page above, striking page with just the one colour tone on black and white photos. Rachel has used the texture stencil around both sides of her photos, both on the page and on her paper. She has matched the colours on the page with the AZZA Ribbon behind her small photo. Never forget the little flight path of your flying ‘Little Beasts’.
Below, a few layouts by Sue Talbot in New South Wales.
Sue has used the Nairobi stencil, the silhouette papers released last month and the Butterflies from the Silhouette stamp set shown earlier.
I love this double page created by Sue. She has used one of the new colour pages released last month, perfect for her photos. She has used both the Floral and Winter Song dies and the stamp is from our ‘Nature’ set – this was a lovely release now available only in a kit form currently on sale. Do pop along and look at the kits on SALE as they are great value for the current price.
Deb, down in Tassie, created the page above using the Stockholm stencil, the Silhouette stamp I have shown you earlier and the beautiful little Dragonflies in the ‘Little Beasts’ products. Note how beautiful both the dots and the writing are to turn plain paper into patterned paper, but still not take the focus off the photos. The page below shows stamps from the same set, but this time used directly onto the page. This page was created with the AZZA Cancun stencil. These decorations are so gentle on the eye.
Our Consultants have been busy this month, a layout by Anita Day also up in Queensland.
The small frame Anita has used will be released in Australia next month.
Here is a link to Domonique Spirlet creating a page with the AZZA Nairobi stencil. She is just so talented, you will always learn something new when watching her create. You will notice some of these decoration products are not for sale in Australia. The beautiful embossing folder we have on order with Belgium, we are awaiting their arrival so will place them in the shop hopefully next month.
Lastly, don’t let this delicate set of dies slip by without taking a look at them.
Not only do I not know where June went, but where did the first 6 months of the year go? It may have something to do with the state of lockdown across the globe…but here we are at the end of June already.
During lockdown some ladies got a lot busier and some ladies were able to catch up on various scrapping projects.
The beautiful AZZA Cancun stencil and Silhouette range were released in Australia in June and what lovely pages have been created. The pre-cut pages take some planning, but well worth it in the end.
This double page was created by Barbara Rae, AZZA Consultant in Western Australia. I love her use of the Deer Die/stamp set. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this set can only be used at Christmas:
Barb has used the lovely papers and stamp set released this month.
This stamp is so versatile, it can be used on the page with any theme. The writing can be used as a background for any decoration and the little ‘dots’ splash comes in so handy. I have just used it as snow – but will show you that layout later in the week.
Jill, AZZA Consultant in Portland in Victoria has created the wedding page above. Beautiful in its simplicity.
Sue Talbot, Consultant in Sydney, created the following page using the papers released last Christmas. These have to be some of my favourite – released in blues and browns.
Many of you will have the AZZA Scrap Kit: Promenade. This was used at all our Masterclasses with Christine. Sue has used the decoration theme in this kit for her lower decorations, so if you have it, do give it a try.
Speaking of Christine, Deb Byrne AZZA Consultant in Hobart, Tasmania created this lovely page below of her time with us.
Deb has used the die released (below) with the Cancun stencil that follows the curve of the stencil. She has not just used this as the ‘whole’ cut out, but also on either side of her photo. Note how she has used the writing on the large stamp set as a background for her lower decoration. Deb has sourced the lovely little Australian animals seen on the page locally. They are made from Tasmanian wood. Look out for them in our ‘new release’ Australian products later in the year.
This beautiful page above was used on the front page of our June catalogue and created by Heather, up in Queensland. Heather has used the ‘writing’ stamp together with a few of the other stamps in the set to create a background for her title. I love how she has used pieces of the die around the title block too. She has used the Silhouette texture stamp on her paper but taken it off to the end of the die.
Ros has created a lovely double page with the June products. I love the little bird stamp and thought I would have fun showing you just how many colours I could find using the stamp and just how different each one looks ………
I could go on, but that should give you enough to have fun with. Thank you to the ladies of Europe for sharing their creations with us. The last little bird comes all the way from Christine Houbrechts in Belgium.
Christine’s layouts show just how different pages created with CANCUN can be.
Thank you Christine for always sharing your beautiful creations with us.
A second page with CANCUN created by Jill Attrill.
Jill has used an AZZA Texture stencil to complete her decorations. The Mail Out subscription this month was around the AZZA Texture stencils. These stencils are great and so easy to use.
Like Jill has done on the above page, the decoration stencil can be used to complete your decorations on the page following the stencil outlines.
They can also be used to make your plain paper into patterned paper as Isabelle has done above. It doesn’t have to be used over the complete piece of paper as shown below. I show you the layout below to remind you that they can also be used on darker paper using white inks, or white inks first then a colour to suit your page. Using the white ink first allows for your colour to look the correct tone on the page. The A5 Texture stencils allow for greater areas to be decorated without having to move the stencil.
The decoration on this amazing page by Sophie in Belgium has been created using the Decoration stencil and one of the little birds off the Silhouette Figure sheet. Take a closer look at how Sophie has brought her little birds to life with pens. She has also used the new AZZA Stickers released this month, providing quick and easy decoration onto your page.
These stickers work beautifully with all the Silhouette products and are so quick and easy to get onto the page. They also add a little interest to the decoration. A beautiful page below by Mary Iviglia, AZZA Consultant in Beaconsfield Upper in Victoria using these stickers and the Decoration stencil shown above.
To finish, a beautiful page by Anne-Nathalie using the CANCUN stencil, the Silhouette texture stencil and the new AZZA stickers. I love the way she has used the stickers ………
Thank you to all the ladies who have contributed to this blog with their layouts.
I am sorry to only show you our beautiful collection on the last day of the month, so if you want to order a basket you need to go straight to our online shop as our July products and baskets will be uploaded in a few hours.
A link to Dominique Spirlet’s video on the CANCUN stencil. You will always learn something from her videos …….
We have another Great Australian Online Craft Show coming up this week, 2nd July to 5th July. Do pop into the AZZA stand and see what we have on special for you in July! Sorry I can’t give you any hints.
Good evening Ladies, I thought I would pop a quick message into your inbox to let you know that AZZA Australia has a quick, four day sale beginning tomorrow on all the AZZA Dies. During these difficult times we thought we would follow AZZA Europe’s lead with a monthly sale of specific AZZA products.
Do pop along to the shop tomorrow and see what you can add to your collection. You may have already bought a set of stamps and can now pick up the AZZA Die to match as a bargain.
One of my favourite AZZA products are the smaller Stamp and Die sets. These are very reasonably priced in the first place, so will be a definite bargain during the sale.
One of my favourite has to be the Weather Frog! Here is a lovely page using this stamp and die set by Barb in Western Australia.
Barb has used the little stamp twice on the page – love the way she has placed it into the circle created by the cut paper shapes. Barb has used the AZZA Galapagos stencil which is still available.
With Christmas in mind, there are two beautiful sets that are perfect for Christmas cards:
Some of the older stamp and die sets are still among the ones I use often on my pages:
For both cards and pages:
Dies that go with any theme:
Cutting dies that go with a stencil:
Lastly, a few ‘Off the page’ dies. If you have the Lantern do look out for the Lantern window dies:
And the Bow die:
The Bow die above has been used together with the AZZA Card stencil: Let’s party.
That should be enough to whet your appetite …… far too many to cover them all but a brief look into some of my favourites.
With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend I thought I would remind you that AZZA has a lovely stamp in their range for a card to give to Mum or to use on a page you create with photos from the special day.
The AZZA Accordion albums are a perfect gift for Mum, here is one Hilary created last year.
Hilary has used the AZZA Berlin Trio stencil:
The Berlin Trio is available both with a book showing you the many ways in which it can be used or as the stencil trio on its own.
A window can be cut in these accordion sheets which looks lovely when it is displayed. Hilary has done this on the page below.
Again, you can see how Hilary has used the stencil on the page.
It is always good to begin with getting your photos onto the page, then fill in the gaps with decoration.
Decorations can be paper, chalks, inks or stamped images. Remember, not to decorate too much, the photos must remain the focus of the album
This was a perfect example to showcase for this month, as a NEW AZZA TRIO was released this month – Ibiza!
AZZA Ibiza Trio can be purchased with the book showing you how it can be used or it can be purchased on its own. You can purchase Accordion page sets in the AZZA shop, pop along and see the many colours available.
If you have subscribed to Mail Out, hold on a week or two and you will receive product with instructions on how to create an Album and also the many ways the Accordion sheet can be used on the 30 x 30 scrapping page. If you would like to subscribe to Mail Out at any time, please contact me.
Hilary has used the AZZA Ibiza Trio on the page below:
Another beautiful sample of the Ibiza Trio and Celebration themed products used on a page by RJ2S in Europe.
There will be a AZZA magnet behind this decoration to keep the Accordion sheet closed.
This page I created with the AZZA Ibiza Trio using the Accordion sheet cut in half. This way it give me the opportunity to use it in two places on the page opening like a card. It allows me to add a few more photos to my page. I have kept the ‘cards’ closed with the AZZA Flipetts which can be purchased online. They come in two sizes.
The Celebration themed products released this month are beautiful on the page – the larger die set below.
A stunning double page by our special friend Christine who has been ‘fighting on the front line’ of the Covid war in the medical field but still manages to create the most beautiful pages. Thank you Christine for always sharing your work with Australia.
Note how Christine has threaded the Copper circle through the words of the die. She has also added a little character to the die with inking around the edges and pen work.
You could put almost anything in as journalling with the cloche stamp/die image.
Below is the AZZA Accordion album I created for our Mail out Ladies. They will receive all they need to make an album this month. I used the new Ibiza Trio and the Celebration themed products.
On the page above you can see the “Biere” die cut, I would like to show you that you can change that into English very easily. The letters pop out of the shape so you can re-arrange them into English “Beer” as seen on the samples below.
Now for a few ideas for your cover:
The cover above has been made using the new Linen adhesive sheets, Seasonal patterned paper and Stamp available this month.
Sandra also used the Ibiza Trio stencil on a 30 x 30 page below, what a lovely page. Sandra has used decoration products from the Loire theme released last month.
Jennie Banks in Queensland created the following pages using the new products released this month, the second incorporating part of an Accordion album.
AZZA Australia has joined with Agfest in the Cloud, an online Agricultural show, as our Tassie Consultants would have normally been part of the show on the ground. This show started yesterday and AZZA has put up further ‘Sale’ bundles for our Agricultural Clients. Do pop along to the show, or directly to our online shop to check them out.
On the pages below Hilary has highlighted the AZZA Cogs and Mechanisms themed products. These products are perfect for any of your ‘Boys and their toys’ pages.
Below is a lovely double page by Hilary using the AZZA 4 x 4 style, no stencil, just keeping your photos square or rectangle but all 5mm apart. A lovely layout and easy to put together.
Not forgetting our Ladies on the land, we have added products from our Sewing and Country Wedding themes. During lockdown quite a few of our Clients have found time for some of their hobbies they have not done for quite some time so these could also be used to scrap wedding photos you may not have got around to doing yet or scrapping pages of your achievements during isolation!
A beautiful set of pages by Christine using the AZZA Boston stencil.
Now a few very different pages using the AZZA Zurich stencil.
A lovely page by Ros, AZZA Consultant in Esperance.
Note how Ros has added two candles to the cup cake die as this was a 3rd Birthday. Love the use of the AZZA Resin dots on the cup cake!
There is a booklet you can purchase to show you the many ways these Celebration products can be used on the page:
Lastly a few lovely cards with AZZA products.
A selection of cards by Hilary Hamilton using the Floral and Country wedding stamps:
These two cards I created with the new Birthday embossing folder – my new favourite!!
A lovely card by Sue Talbot in Sydney using the AZZA Floral themed products, new and old.
Check out the online shop for the AZZA Flower stamps on SALE – perfect for cards.
The backgrounds on the two cards above can be created with the AZZA Silicone stamp.
Get scrapping whilst you still have time, before we know it, life will be back to busy, busy, busy and our craft will take a back seat once again.
For a little ‘Off the Page’ project the AZZA Lantern is lovely for any occasion. Anita created a Birthday lantern with the new products: