Whilst I am away ….


Just a quick note to remind you that you can still order through me although I am away on holiday.  I will be in Europe this time, not Africa, so am quite sure I will have phone coverage wherever I am.  It is a pity I am not in France or Belgium or I would have contacted some of you lovely Ladies whose pages I have shared on my blog and come for a visit and a bit of scrapping!

If you have any queries or would like to place an order please just send me an e-mail to lynholmes@rocketmail.com.  I will be checking in regularly.

Many Ladies in the States and Canada have contacted AZZA on how to order having seen my blog.  Please e-mail me direct on lynholmes@rocketmail.com and I will help you with all your AZZA needs.  I am always happy to chat and Skype if you would prefer.

I have had a few ladies trying to order through the website.  For both international orders and local orders, these are placed through a Consultant.  The idea is that you will get good service from your Consultant and she will then be available to answer any queries you may have and help you out with using the product you have ordered.  If you are in the same area as a Consultant, do pop along to a class and see how easy it is to use the AZZA stencils, you will always learn something in class.

So, the idea is, you pop along to the Australian AZZA website:

Australian AZZA website

Here you can scroll through the pages at your leisure and then contact a Consultant and place your order.


There are 2 ways to look at the products.  You can either look at the ‘Flipping page’ catalogue or scroll through the products by name.

To go to the Catalogues – you will see Titles in BLUE above the red menu bar – the second one is Catalogues.  Click on this and you will find them.  The September Catalogue has just been uploaded, so if you only want to see the new product this is a quick method.


The other way to look for specific items or see the full range we have – you will click on AZZA products in the red menu bar.


Now, this is where you NEED TO IGNORE THE  ‘How to order AZZA products’.  A lot of Ladies have been trying to create an account, you cannot create an account.

So click on the AZZA Products and it will take you to the various categories:


Please NOTE that the AZZA Cutting dies and Embossing folders are under ‘Accessories and Tools’, quite a few of you could not find them.

So, once on this page you click on the box which has the items you are looking for:

For example, for the Cutting dies and Embossing folders you will click on “Accessories and Tools’, the next screen will look like this:


Click on this and you will see all the individual items.


So if you are looking for the “newest products” – click on the ‘NEW PRODUCTS’ box.


…. and the latest products will be shown.


Now all you have to do is make a note of the products you would like and then contact your Consultant with the list.  If you click on the individual product you will get more information.

If you are looking for a Consultant in your area, look in the red menu bar and you will see the second one is ‘Consultants’


from here follow ‘Find a Consultant’ or ‘View Consultants List’.



On the phone it is slightly different………….





This is what the AZZA page will look like on your phone.  You can see the ‘Navigate to’ bar – you have to tap on the down arrow and then in the bottom of your screen a list will appear.



As you can see in the grey section, all the different categories are listed.  Just scroll down to the one you want, here “AZZA products” then hit done and it will take you to the products to look through.

I do hope this helps those Ladies struggling to navigate our website!

I could not leave you without a few pages created with the new stencil ‘Objective’.


AZZA Objective Stencil

Herewith a lovely page with only one photo using the new ‘Globetrotter’ theme products too.


AZZA Europe

These products will be great for all the travel photos and can be used time and time again.

Below is a beautiful set of pages with the new stencil.



Sophie Minghelli, AZZA Europe


Sophie Minghelli, AZZA Europe

The stamped image used is from the older ‘Ethnic motifs’, no longer available but a great set of stamps that can be used with any theme.


Sophie Minghelli, AZZA Europe

A few lovely pages by Sophie Juvigne, AZZA Europe.




And a close up of her decorations from the new ‘Globetrotter’ theme:



Lastly a set of pages by one of my favourite Ladies, Filomena / Be Creativa:


Her front page of a double page layout.


Inside spread, note the ‘cut outs’ on the front flap.


Back page and below a close-up of her decoration.


Herewith a link to her website for more detail:

Be Creativa

Do pop along to the AZZA website and check out all the new products available this month.

Well, I am off to Europe for a fantastic break but do remember if you need to order anything or need any help with product you have ordered please do not hesitate to contact me on my e-mail:  lynholmes@rocketmail.com.  I will get back to you in-between flights/meals/tours and glasses of good wine!!

Happy Scrappin’


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A little inspiration before I go …….

This will be my last blog until November as I am away for the next two months.  I will try and share great creations I find to my Facebook page, but as I am travelling will not have access to a computer to do a full blog.

To begin with, a few creations with the Orion stencil.

Firstly, two pages by Rosalie with a single photo (and a little piece of string!).  Always great for a frame if you would like to create a gift for someone (Christmas is around the corner) or a Title page.




Rosalie has used the AZZA stamp and cutting die from the ‘Elegant flowers’ theme on the page above.


Large stamp set ‘Elegant Flowers’ – TAM 0034

Below Filomena, Be Creative has used the same stamp with the Orion stencil.  The embossing stencil is from the new AZZA theme ‘Nature’.


AZZA Embossing folder ‘Nature’ – EMB 025

This is a great example of using the full circle in the stencil even though your photo does not fill the shape.  Filomena has completed the circular shapes with the lavender paper.  She has decorated the paper beautifully, keeping the same tones so your eyes are not drawn away from the photos.  She has both stamped and embossed the paper sections, and dare I say, added a little piece of string!


The page below has been created using the Orion and Nature Cutting Dies.  Note how the ‘tree’ overlaps the photo and paper cut out.


AZZA, Europe

A few ideas on stamping.

When you stamp an image that is only the first step, you need to make the image come to life.  All it takes is a little direction and then practise.

The AZZA stamp set below is a lovely little set for the ‘outdoor’ pages.



TAM 3000- $13.50

Here is a link to Sabrina’s blog, she shows you how to bring your stamped image to life with pens:

Little Fisherman

Sabrina has also posted an AZZA Accordion Album which she has created.  I always like to remind everyone about these little albums at this time of year as they make a great Christmas gift.  Sabina has used the AZZA Lune Trio stencil and the decorations from the ‘Perfumes of the South’ kit and the Geometric theme.  She has only put one photo on each section, note the details in her decoration.

Accordion Album




Accortion Stencil Trio ‘LUNE’ – GAB 457



Perfumes of the South Kit – Limited Edition

Another example of bringing a stamped image to life – this time on a card, using the AZZA Orion Cutting dies and the AZZA stamp ‘Weekend in the Country’ which we saw last time using the Scarecrow.



AZZA ‘Weekend in the Country’ – TAM 0042

On the pages below Celine has used the same stamp set, this time using the ‘tree’ for decoration.  She has used the set of pre-cut pages for the Orion stencil and the Orion stencil to create the set of pages.





The embossing folder she has used is the AZZA Embossing Folder ‘Geometric’.  This is a great embossing folder as it can be used with any theme.


AZZA Embossing folder ‘Geometric’ – EMB 018

Below are some pages created by  two Australian Consultants using some of the older stencils.

A double page from Wendy Mongan, in Morwell, Victoria with our very cute Koalas.


Created by Wendy Mongan, Vic using AZZA Galapagos stencil

Wendy has used the Galapagos stencil for this layout and her decorations are from the new ‘Nature’ theme.



Created by Wendy Mongan, Vic using AZZA Galapagos stencil

The following pages are by Barbara Rae, our Western Australia Team Leader.  Barbara lives in Glen Iris, so if you are anywhere near there, do contact Barb for a class.

AU041 B Rae - Aqua - curtin

Created  by Barbara Rae, WA – using Aqua stencil.

Barbara has also used the beautiful AZZA cutting dies: Gum blossom and Gum nuts.  Note the detail Barbara has added to the shape of the gum leaves, nuts and blossom once they have been cut.

Gum Leaves

AZZA Cutting Die:  Gum leaves


AZZA Cutting Die:  Gum blossom

RAE AU041 - Macao - Camillia

Created by Barbara Rae, WA –  using Bibao-Macau stencil. 

Beautiful decoration on her paper cut-out.  Note how she has not stamped the whole shape but just the one side, gives a great visual.

RAE Barb - AU041 - 4WD

Created by Barbara Rae, WA using the the AZZA Bahamas stencil

Barbara has used the AZZA sand in the top right and bottom left of the page, this together with the embossing on the paper has added texture to the page.

RAE Barb - AU041 - Ecole - Tribal Indian+Mandela

Created by Barbara Rae, WA using the AZZA Eole stencil.

Barb has used the AZZA ‘Tribal Indian’ theme for her decorations above.


AZZA Decoration stencil ‘Tribal Indian’ – GAB 590

RAE Barb - AU041 - Mauritius - Lilly

Created by Barbara Rae, WA using AZZA Mauritius stencil.

Note how Barb has brought the colours of the photos into her decorations.  She has used pens, chalks and inks to bring her decorations to ‘life’.  A lot of you will have these older decoration stencils at home, do get them out again.


AZZA Europe

I loved this page I found on the net, created by AZZA Europe using Bilbao-Macau.  Note the inking on the page in red and matching inking on the paper cut-outs in black.  Very effective.

A few pages created using the ‘Perfumes of the South’ stencil:


AZZA Europe

How cute is this page using the little fisherman stamps I showed you earlier.


Page by So Scrap, Europe

Beautiful page by So Scrap above using our AZZA wooden circles and string to connect the decorations together.


AZZA Europe

The Orion cutting dies have been used on the page above and pages below as part of the decorations.


Page by Audrey Vast, Europe.


Rosalie has used the Cutting Die and embossing stencil from the ‘Nature’ theme on the page above.

And lastly a small decoration I found using the latest ‘Nature’ theme.


AZZA Europe

The ‘tree’ stamp has been used in the centre in 3D and in the corner of the decoration behind.  The AZZA Cutting die has been used on a photo – keeping the same colour tones throughout.  It is beautiful.

Two more examples of decoration – this time ‘sitting’ on a strip cut from one of the AZZA cutting dies.


AZZA  Cutting Die – Openwork Frieze

Simple decorations, but beautiful on the page.


AZZA Cutting Die – Baroque Frieze

Lastly a page using the AZZA 4 x 4 method – cutting the photos but not using a stencil.


I do like the decoration on the page.  The lines done with the pens using both the thicker nip for the initial line and then finishing it off with smaller lines and dots with a much thinner pen.  Very effective.  I also love the little vine around the lines, these can be done freehand or you can use one of the decoration stencils.

Hopefully this leaves you with enough to play with.  AZZA Australia has a new stencil coming out soon, so something to look forward to.

If you are stuck on a layout – do pop along to my PINTEREST page where I have a gallery for each stencil with lots and lots of layouts to give you ideas.  The link to the page is on the home page of this blog, look at the bottom, right-hand side.  There are also links to blogs of some of the AZZA ladies in Europe whose work is excellent.

Chat to you all again in November,

Happy Scrappin’


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As Spring approaches we get to use the Nature Theme …… and a little piece of string

The AZZA  ‘Nature’ theme has been released in Australia this month.  It is beautiful and so versatile – it can be used on so many different themed pages.

The stencil released this month was a Book Stencil – Nature.  These are great value for money at only $14.00


GAB 1503

As you can see, they are designed to be used with the 20 x 20 books AZZA produces but can be drawn out to a 30 x 30 page easily.


Bound album 20 x 20 – $19.00

These books can be found under ‘albums’ in the catalogue.

They also make great gifts – Album and stencil ($34.00)

A beautiful sample of an album made with the Nature stencil and decoration product can be seen on a web page – Qui a dit ‘scrapbooking’  –  Stavelot au debut du Printemps.  Her album shows the use of most of the products released in this new theme.


Decoration using the combination of the AZZA Large stamp set and cutting dies from the    NATURE Theme.


Large stamp set Nature – TAM 0044  –  $35.00


Cutting Dies ‘Nature’ –  DIE 088 –  $35.00


Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 2

Decorations using the Large stamp set and lace figurines

Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 4

Decorations using the AZZA nature cutting die.


Cutting dies ‘Tree and Leaves’ – Die 089  – $35.00

Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 5

Decoration once again using a combination of the AZZA Large stamp set and Cutting dies Nature and a little piece of string.

Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 6

Above and below –  decoration using the Decoration TEXTURE Duo stencil ‘Nature’


Decoration TEXTURE Duo Stencils ‘Nature’ – GAB270   –  $16.50


Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 7

Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 8

Decoration using the Embossing folder ‘Nature’


Embossing folder ‘Nature’ – EMB 025 – $12.00

Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 10

Here she has used the AZZA Cutting Die ‘Round lace mats’ – DIE 002 which are on sale at the moment for $21.00 (in Australia) and a tree stamp without the ‘trunk’ from the large stamp set and a little piece of string.



Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 11

This page has been decorated with the great little ‘Tree’ stamp.  This stamp will be well worth getting, you will use it time and again!


Micro stamp set ‘Tree Nature’ – TAM 755  –  $9.90

Graulich-Lorge Fabienne nature 13

Lastly she has used the Cutting dies shown above ‘Tree and Leaves’ – DIE 089 and a little piece of string.

The August basket ‘Nature’ comes with three stamp sets, two decoration duo stencils, lace figurine, papers and instruction booklet.  The products can also be bought on their own.


Herewith a few more Orion samples .  I love Sabine Lebrun’s work, her pages are always so beautiful.

Orion Sabine

The embossing folder she has used will be released in Australia soon – it is part of the next Theme kit.

Below Christine has created a beautiful page using the Orion stencil, the Orion cutting dies, lace figurine from the Nature theme and the gorgeous ‘Scarecrow’ from the AZZA Large stamp set “Weekend in the County.”



Large stamp set ‘Weekend in the Country’                 TAM 0042   –  $35.00


Orion 5

I love this little guy and thought I would show you how many ‘shades’ he can take on – it depends on the colours of YOUR page.

The set of pages below are by Christine Capel, Europe, using the pre-cut page set for the Orion stencil and the ‘scarecrow’ stamp.  I love her detail on the decoration.




A close-up on her decoration.  You can bring your stamped image to life!

Decoration scarecrow

Another sample by RJ2S, Europe, single tone but just a eye-catching also using the pre-cut pages for the Orion stencil.



And lastly a very colourful ‘Fella’ (as we would call him in Australia)


This lovely creation below is by Muriel Tiberghien, Europe using Orion stencil and the Micro stamp ‘Tree’ … and a little piece of string.




I love the ‘little piece of string’ and it adds texture and character to your page …….  so here are a few ideas ………. with a little piece of string ……….

decoration 3

Beautiful decoration on a page using the ‘Tribal Indian’ Large stamp set, the ‘little piece of string‘ brings texture to the page.

Page below created by Rosalie, Europe using the Orion stencil and ‘Nature’ and ‘Cogs’ theme for decoration.  Her ‘little piece of string’ is tied into a bow.


So Scrap below has connected her two decorations on the page by                                           ‘a little piece of string’


Again, Be Creative has joined two decorations together with ‘a little piece of string’


… and of course frames can always have ‘a little bit of string’ around them ……



…..  ‘a little piece of string‘ to hang things on.


Of course, two pieces of string may be even better than one.  Here Mimouscrap has created a beautiful page bringing both colours into the decoration:


She has used the ‘Around the world’ celebration stencil, sadly no longer available.


All of us have ‘little pieces of string’ in our craft boxes – get them out and find a way to use them on you next little work of art.

Whilst I was on Mimouscrap’s web page – her layouts are wonderful so I thought I would share a few more with you where she has used some of the older layouts.  Get yours out and give them a go again.

This layout is using Sydney-Madrid stencil.  Again she has used the ‘Round Lace Mats’ AZZA dies that are on sale at the moment in Australia.  If you have a single photo you want to frame or create as a gift – what a perfect layout.  Christmas is around the corner!!



Her second layout is using Mauritius Stencil and the same AZZA cutting dies.



Showing you don’t always have to emboss the whole piece of paper.

Thanks Mimouscrap for sharing these layouts with us.

I have 2 classes in August in Sydney but there will be no classes (or blogs) in September or October as I am overseas.  In November I have listed 3 classes to make up for the break incase there are Ladies wanting to finish projects for Christmas.  The Christmas class with be held on the 8th or the 15th depending which date suits most Ladies.

Can you believe we are talking about the end of the year already!!

Well I do hope I have managed to share with you some great inspiration from the AZZA Ladies around the world.

Happy Scrappin’


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Winter is here ……

I think I have finally got my computer sorted – had to buy a new one – so here’s hoping all my problems are solved!  Back to regular blogs, but no wait, I am off on holiday tomorrow for 3 weeks, so this will be ‘it’ until August.  In the northern hemisphere all my friends are off on ‘Summer holidays’ thank goodness the weather has been kind this year and here in the Southern Hemisphere, everyone is off skiing!  What does this mean – LOTS of beautiful photos to scrap in the next few months.

I am loving the new Orion stencil as I am sure you are too.  Some of my Ladies were a bit taken aback with the size of the Orion cutting dies, but I am sure once you have worked with them you will see they work out very nicely on the page.  They both have a 10cm circle within.  Do play with them on your older AZZA stencils too.

Scan 5

Orion stencil- Page by Lyn Holmes

I used them in this layout above:   pre-dinner cocktails on our Wedding anniversary hence the little picture in the centre!!  Here I only used ONE cut-out die of the Orion cutting die – the two pieces worked perfectly.  I needed to fill the little gap on the left-hand side of the small photo in the middle and used the rest of the circle to frame my ‘Title’.  I also decided to hide one end behind the photo and bring the other on top of the photo ending against a solid edge (the bottle).  I also used a colour to blend with the photos as the photos are quite ‘busy’.

A few more pages to show you the Orion Cutting Die:


AZZA Europe

What a lovely layout – the little leaves in the middle are from the AZZA Nature theme, only being released in Australia in September.  A beautiful range to look forward to.


Two beautiful cat pages by Catherine Clouvel in Europe.


Scan 7

Orion stencil – Page by Lyn Holmes

On the layout above I have used the Orion stencil and the Geometric stamps.  The alphabet stencil I have used is Leon.  Note the double chalking in the top right-hand corner, the initial chalking was in line with the photo so the second chalking just gives the layout another dimension so it is not exactly ‘square’.

Below is a lovely page by Scrap de Roz, using the Orion stencil with only one photo.


….. and a simple creation by Irene Volont below.


Last blog I also showed you the AZZA Hula Hoop stencil.  This is a 25 x 25cm stencil but can easily be used on the standard 30 x 30cm page.  Below I have created a page with the Hula Hoop stencil on the 30 x 30 page, as you can see it can be drawn out to a larger size easily.  These stencils are great and at only $14.00 a stencil, very reasonable.

Hula Hoop GAB729

AZZA Hula Hoop – $14.00 

Scan 6

Hula Hoop Stencil – Page by Lyn Holmes

For decoration I have used chalks, the AZZA Cutting die ‘Openwork frieze’ and the ‘Ethnic’ decoration duo.  I used the AZZA ‘Circles’ set for the chalking around the photo, it makes it so much easier.  The set is shown below, it does make decoration so much easier, both on the inside of your circles or the outside!


AZZA tools Stencils ‘Circles’ – $33.00


Sorry about the close-up of ‘me’!!

Herewith a few more samples of the AZZA Hula Hoop stencil I found on Pinterest. Sorry I couldn’t trace the original ‘Creator’ for all of them.


Isn’t this layout pretty – love the chalking on paper cut-outs.  The decoration on the page above and below are from the AZZA theme –  ‘Return of the swallows’.


Large stamp set – Return of the Swallows.


Embossing folder – Return of the Swallows EMB 023.  $12.00

The embossing stencil has been used on the layout below.  The AZZA figurines from the same them have also been used and coloured.  Aren’t they gorgeous!



And lastly, some older stencils  ….  for those of you that love a simple layout – just photos and no decoration, below I have used AZZA Mauritius stencil.


I have used 5 photos here, the top right-hand side is an enlargement.  What I LOVE about AZZA is that you can get rid of all ‘that space’ that is not needed on a photo!


….. and for those that like to add decoration to the page:

Scan 9

Page by Lyn Holmes – Mauritius Stencil

This did not take me long – I stamped the two anchors from the ‘Nautical’ stamp set in black, punched 2 little holes in the top and looped the ‘rope’ around and stuck it to the page.  Above the photos I used the ‘Nautical’ Decoration Duo stencil and white ink and a Title I cut off a postcard.  Too easy!!

I also came across this layout using AZZA Mauritius stencil, beautiful tones, again using the AZZA Nautical theme for decoration.


Another page I came across and loved and wanted to share with you:


A page by Megan Bielska in Europe using the Bilbao-Macau stencil and decorated using the AZZA ‘Birth’ stamps.  This stamp set is on sale at the moment:


AZZA stamp set Birth – $25.15

I love this stamp set, you can use it for so many themes with babies and kids.  I have used the little flowers and hearts on a lot of pages other than babies and kids too.

A page by idscrap using Essentials I just loved:


Lastly a few photos from some of the classes I have held.  The Ladies produced some wonderful creations:

A  beautiful page by Hazel, once again using the Mauritius stencil.


Page by Hazel Iveli, NSW

Front page of a double page layout by Sue using Caribbean.


Page by Sue Talbot, NSW

Inside double page using AZZA Mirage stencil.


Double page by Sue Talbot, NSW

From the wonderful Ladies in Penrith, thanks for sharing your pages …..



Page by Nikki, Penrith

A close-up of Nikki’s  page, created with the AZZA Maldives stencil.


Two beautiful pages (and Ladies) both using texture stencils over chalking for decoration.  On the left-hand side is Adriana using the Travel stencil and on the right Lizzy using the Perfumes of the South stencil.


Page by Nancy, Penrith

Nancy created a wonderful page using AZZA Toronto stencil.


Page by Laurene, Penrith

Lovely page by Laurene using AZZA Aqua stencil incorporating a postcard from the place she had visited.


Page by Jenny, Penrith

Beautiful double page by Jenny using the AZZA Brussels-Mexico stencil.  Love the amount of photos she managed to fit on the page together with the ‘tickets’ from the day in the top left-hand corner.


Page by Debbie, Penrith

And of course, Elephants may favourite.  Debbie did a double page layout with Eole stencil and little AZZA figurines as decoration.  Lovely chalking to finish the page.

Hopefully the Ladies have inspired you to get scrapping.  All these pages were created in a class, so you can see how diverse the end results are but all so beautiful!

Happy Scrappin’


Reading through – a lot of ‘loving’ going on BUT  –  I LOVE WHAT I DO!!

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Winter Downunder

Winter has arrived in Australia whilst I see it is a wonderful summer in the Northern Hemisphere!  In Australia, with the colder weather, we have a good excuse just to ‘rug-up’, stay indoors and scrap.  Further north, you are out and about enjoying the sunshine and taking lots of photos to scrap when your winter arrives.

A new stencil is about to hit our shores on 1st July – Orion.


The July Basket will consist of the Orion Studio Kit, the pre-cut pages and a book of ideas on ‘Window pages’.

The stencil can be purchased as part of the July Basket, Studio Kit or simply the stencil itself.

As you can see, this stencil comes with pre-cut pages, so a lot of extra ideas and fun.


An example from idscrap in Europe showing the use of the pre-cut pages.


An example from Les Scraps d’Yvette of the second stencil using the pre-cut pages.



You will see she has also used the delightful, new cutting die that has been brought out with Orion:  Orion Frames:


Cutting Dies: Orion Frames DIE 084   – $49.00


These Orion Frames will be so versatile as they can be used with so many of the AZZA Stencils.


Page by Les Scraps d’Yvette

Below Natalie has used it for her Title.

Nathalie Macioszek Orion 1

Nathalie Macioszek Orion 2


Above you can see the use of the new embossing stencil:

Embossing stencil emb019

Embossing Folder ‘Weekend in the Country’ – EMB019 $12.00

Floscrap of Europe has created a lovely title page and double page with the Orion stencil:




The Hula Hoop stencil was released in June.  It is a 25×25 stencil but can be used on the 30×30 pages as outside of the circles you can use 6×4 photos to increase the size of the layout created.

Hula Hoop GAB729

Hula Hoop – GAB729 – $14.00


Lovely page created with the Hula Hoop stencil.

The new Theme of stamps released in Australia is ‘Weekend in the Country’.  They are lovely and can be used with so many themes.


This is my favourite:

Microstempset Well

Micro stamp set ‘Well’ – $9.90

The larger stamp set:


Weekend in the Country – $35.00


Do note that the frames do not always have to be used as a complete circle.  They can be cut to various sizes to fit your layout.  Below is a page by Christine Houbrechts, Europe.


Above, Christine has used a punched circle to ‘carry’ one of the titles, below I have used it to carry my decoration for the page.  I have also punched a circle from the paper that I have used with the AZZA Cutting Die – to balance the page.

Scan 4

Lyn Holmes – Essentials stencil

A punched circle is an easy way to lift your decorations.  Below you can see a punched circle has been used in 3D on top of decorated paper and an AZZA die-cut strip to highlight the chillies and the oil.  The oil bottle is stamped and the chillies are lace figurines from the ‘Perfumes of the South’ range.


Below Celine has used both a scalloped circle and a plain, smaller circle which has been stamped.  Remember as with the above Orion Frames, circles do not always have to be whole, or cut in half, but can be cut to whatever size enhances your layout.



In the layout above by Marie, the semi-circle ‘carries’ the decoration above.


Bilbao-Macau stencil and Japanese theme stamps

I love the small holes punched in this ‘cut circle’ with the lines running through.  Lovely decorative lines.


Porto-Valparaiso stencil


Celebration Stencil


Celebration stencil

On the page above both semi-circles and full circles have been used.


Floscrap has used circles with the Essential stencil.  The higher circle has been embossed and coloured with inks and the lower one has been placed behind an AZZA wooden frame to highlight the decoration.  A lovely layout.

The AZZA Wooden frames are a great little addition to your products to pop on one of your pages where you want to highlight a photo or a decoration.  They are very reasonable at $13.00.  Found under decorating products in the catalogue.


Page by Lyn Holmes using Toronto stencil.

On the page above I have used a wooden circle as part of my decoration.  I have coloured it with inks.

In the lovely layout above, Natalie has cut her circle and threaded the stamped strip through it.  Just another idea when using your punched circle for your decoration.


Don’t forget the ‘reverse’ – punch your circle out of your paper cut-out.  May take a few goes to get it in the right place!   This is great as you don’t have to look for a matching colour, if you punch through your paper, the background colour ‘shines’ through.



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Page by Lyn Holmes using Mauritius stencil

Here I have used the figurines from the nautical theme with my cut-outs.


Page by Lyn Holmes using Essentials stencil

On the page above I have used the Essentials stencil and have used my AZZA Scalloped punch to punch out part of a circle in my paper cutout and my embossed circle.  I have then used stamps within/on these punched circles.

Lastly, use you circles with you inks and chalks.


Page by Lyn Holmes, Mauritius stencil

On the page above I have inked circles and then decorated within.  The inked circles create a ‘frame’ to hold the decoration.

chalked circle

I found this little decoration on Pinterest.  The circle in the stencil has been chalked and then the decoration has been created within the chalked circle.


Sabine Lebrun created this beautiful page with the same idea – you can hardly see the bottom circle is a decoration.  She has continued the lines of her photo through the decoration.


Lyn Holmes – Marshmallow Stencil

Lastly, I thought I would share my double page using the Marshmallow stencil.  I wanted  to show you that you do not have to use the ‘cloud’ shape of the stencil all the time, you can keep your photos larger.

Well, hope I have sent some inspiration your way.

Keep warm and keep scrapping.


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March – New Products in Australia


Above is the link to the March flyer – all the new products now available in Australia.


Perfumes of the South is the new Kit being released.  There are only a limited number of kits so do get your order in early.



A beautiful page created by Myriam Brisbois using the new ‘Perfumes of the South’ stencil and a decoration from the new ‘Winter White’ Theme.  I love her use of the Japanese cherry blossom stamp – turned into a wonderful winter decoration.  The AZZA embossing folder she has used is ‘Icicles’.

Another amazing page I came across was by Chantal Rapin using the AZZA Aqua stencil.


A beautiful Title Page using quite a few different AZZA decorations.  She has used the Scrolls Cutting Die, twine and lace figures.


Another page using the Aqua stencil, showing some of the new products available in the Geometric theme.

Some of the products are available in a ‘Kit’ form with a Studio booklet.  The booklet gives you lots of ideas, but they are also available individually.


Geometric Theme Kit


A decoration using the new AZZA Geometric Stamp Set.


Page by AZZA, Europe using the new Geometric Cutting Die, papers  and set of stamps.


Geometric Wide Frieze – DIE 074


Page above using a combination of the new products with the ‘Perfumes of the South’ stencil.


I came across a set of pages by Floscrap using some lovely decoration ideas.  She has used the AZZA Marshmallow stencil, the new ‘Openwork Frieze’ cutting die and the ‘Square Scroll Frames’ cutting die.


Cutting Die ‘Openwork Frieze’ – DIE 069


Note how she has used parts of the frame as decoration and then as a window – there is so much you can do with this cutting die – don’t just use it as a  frame.


Thanks for sharing this page with us ‘Floscrap’.

So, with all these amazing new products get hold of your Consultant and book into a class where you can try them out and have fun with like-minded Ladies.

In my class last week Liz Young created some beautiful pages using the Marshmallow stencil.


Here is her double page using AZZA papers and a stamp from the ‘Elegant Flowers’ set.


Page by Liz Young.  Australia

Once stamped, she brought the stamped image to life with her pens!



Page by Liz Young, Australia

Front page  above of a double page layout below.


Page by Liz Young, Australia

Liz used the ‘Small Dots’ embossing folder on her paper cut-outs.


Joy and Hazel ended up using one of the old favourites – Paris-Istanbul.


And Sue produced two great pages with older stencils too.


Page by Sue Talbot, Australia

Kit Respire above and Brussels-Mexico below.


Page by Sue Talbot, Australia

Don’t forget to get out your older stencils – they still produce great pages!

Happy Scrappin’









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Summer is almost over ….

Summer is almost over, 7 days to Autumn.  After the summer we have had in Australia I am sure everyone is looking forward to the cooler weather.

I love Autumn, the colours in the photos that are scrapped, no matter where in the world you are, are amazing.

With the holidays over,  I am sure many of you have fallen back into your scrapping routine.  I have been playing with the AQUA stencil and have fallen in LOVE  with the new release PERFUMES OF THE SOUTH.


Kit 2047 – AU$142.00

Remember this stencil is only available in KIT form, the stencil will not be available on its own.  It is also a limited edition, so do get in early with your order.

This is my first page using the PERFUMES OF THE SOUTH stencil.  I decided to do a double page as I had a lot of photos from this beautiful morning as we entered the Milford Sound off the coast of New Zealand.


Kit – Perfumes of the South and Leon Alphabet Stencil – Lyn Holmes

This is the front ‘flap’ on its own so you can see where it begins and ends. I cut it out using the stencil.


Leon Alphabet Stencil, Scrolls Cutting Die and Scrolls Embossing Folder – Lyn Holmes


With the flap open …


The Cutting Die ‘Scrolls’ shape fits perfectly with the flow of the photos.  I have also used the ‘Scrolls’ embossing folder on the paper cut-outs.


A lovely page by AZZA, Europe using the embossing folder ‘Chillis and Olives’ and one of the stamps that comes with the kit.


This nice ‘clean’ page by araviscrap.  She has used one of the stamps from the new AZZA Cruising Stamp set.  It is little anchors but can be used with any theme.  Love the use of the little bits of twine on the two circles, adds a bit of fun and texture to the page.  Twine and cord is now available in the AZZA range, a little more on that later.


This decoration can be used with any theme, lovely idea.


Beautiful page by Rosalie using the Lace Figurines and the Decoration stencil.  Again using twine with the lace figures gives the page a little more texture.


Lastly a page by Rosetta Girgenti.  Her colouring of the decorations is beautiful.  As you can see from the stamp set below, she has stamped, coloured and cut out out her decorations.  Beautiful.


TAM 0036 – Herbs of Provence  AU$35.00


Beautiful creation  by Sandrina Delvoye, Europe.

Sandrina has used the stamp and lace figures that come with the Kit.


A double page by AZZA, Europe.




Dominique Spirlet has released a video on the AZZA AQUA stencil.  This is great to watch especially for those Ladies new to AZZA.  You can follow her and see how to use the AZZA stencils and then the chalks and pens for the decoration.





AQUA stencil – Lyn Holmes

Above is a page I created using the AQUA stencil.  Decorations using inks, pens and the Pearl Makers.


I liked this page by Jannik Roosens using the AQUA stencil, keeping the photos large.


A double page by Estelle Segonds.  She has used the AZZA Die – ‘Arabesque’ on her page.


Cutting Dies ‘Arabesque Windows’ – DIE 012.  AU$27.00

Inside double spread below.


A beautiful layout by Sabine Lebrun, Europe using the new Mesh Texture embossing folder to be released in March in Australia.


Sabine Lebrun.

Page by Rachel Timms, AZZA Team Leader Queensland.  Rachel’s Blog

I love the use of the dark blue paper cut-out through the photos.


Rachel Timms – Qld, Australia



AZZA Europe

AZZA, Europe – the decorations on this page are great. Decorations from different themes have been used, one stamped onto the page the others stamped then cut out.  They  have have been placed upon a sheet cut with the AZZA Cutting Die  – ‘Baroque’ creating a 3D effect.


AZZA Cutting Die- ‘Baroque Frieze’ – DIE 064.  AU$35.00

I have used this Frieze a few times.  It is great as you can cut it to the size you require.

In the accordion album below I have used it twice, different lengths each time.


Accordion Album with Everest stencil – Lyn Holmes


Above, I incorporated it into a decoration.

Below I used it to cover the ‘blank space’ in the photo.



AZZA Mirage stencil – Lyn Holmes

Here I have used it on a page together with the AZZA Die – Cushion Frames and the Embossing Folder ‘Spinning Top’.  I thought the shapes went well together.


AZZA Cutting Dies ‘Cuhion Frames’ – DIE 067.   AU$35.00

Whilst on decoration I thought I would share with you a striking page I came across in my ‘internet’ travels.


This page is by Floscrap, using the Noisette stencil and one of the AZZA Cutting Dies.

Below I have used the AZZA Cutting Die ‘Round Lace Frames’.  These are a great set as there are three different sizes.  I have used the AZZA Essential stencil and the new Leon Alphabet stencil.


AZZA Essential stencil – Lyn Holmes

I also came across a set of lovely Marshmallow pages – a set of double pages by Christine Houbrechts.


AZZA stencil Marshmallow – Christine Houbrechts

Front page.


Double layout – open

Page with the flap open.  Beautiful decorations too.


A closer look at the top page with the flap dropped open.


Page by Les Scraps d’Yvette

… and a little bit of winter from Les scraps d’Yvette – using AZZA Marshmallow and Noisette stencils.


Page by Les Scraps d’Yvette

Another page created with the AZZA Noisette stencil that I loved by Yvette using a single photo and the new colours added to the AZZA range.


Page by Yvette Jouetre, Europe.

A little more winter with our AQUA stencil, the ‘Wood’ Texture stencil Duo and some AZZA twine.



‘Wood’ Texture stencil duo – GAB 1200

Audrey Vast has also used the Wood texture stencil in her layout using the Marshmallow stencil – I love the way she has coloured the stencil shapes – the two applications of the decoration stencil are both striking in their own way.



AZZA Australia now has a range of twine, cords and ribbons.  Do take a look in the catalogue.



The link to our online catalogue:  AZZA Ribbons, cords and twine

To end, I made a 4 x 4 page as shown in one of the AZZA books for those of you who have 3 photos you would like to keep to the full size.  A quick AZZA layout to copy.  I have used the AZZA cord/twine in this layout.



4 x 4 layout – Lyn Holmes

Begin with your 3 photos, cut your paper to size.


Punch your paper to get your ‘Frame’.


Cut your Title strips and punch 2 small holes for the twine to go through.


I used twine on the wooden frame to bring the page together.  The photo in the paper frame is punched from the new AZZA range of printed sheets.


In the catalogue you will find them under Decorating Products, Figures, Printed Picture A4 sheets.  The one below is from the Wood Texture theme.


Wood Texture

Hoping this has given you some new ideas to play with.

I have uploaded classes in Turramurra, Sydney to the calendar up to June.  Please take a look and remember to let me know if you would like to pop along.  You can also gather a group of Ladies together and I will come across to you for the class.

Thanks to all those Ladies whose pages I have shared, it is wonderful to see these beautiful creations that inspire us.  I do apologise if in some cases I do not have the name of the person who created the page but it is not always easy to find following the threads on the internet.

Happy Scrappin’




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