Where to begin ….

What a busy couple of months I have had, where to begin to tell you enough but not too much to bore you!

The Directors of AZZA Australia travelled to Belgium to meet with the Folk at AZZA Head Office in Nivelle, the wonderful team at the AZZA warehouse in Tournay then on to the AZZA Stage de Scrap at La Palmyre in France.

AZZA Head Office, Nivelle.  Belgium
Laurence showed us around Head Office and introduced us to the team.

Having spent the morning with Laurence, we travelled down to Tournay to visit the warehouse.  We were like children in a candy store.  The wonderful  Michelle below packs all our orders so we were very happy to finally meet her and all the ‘Behind the Scenes’ staff.

Our time was short and we were whipped back to Brussels where I enjoyed the only meal one should eat when in Belgium:

Mmmmmmm …..  wonderful – Moules-frites

From Belgium we travelled down to Bordeaux and on to La Palmyre where we attended the Stage de Scrap with 400 other Ladies from across Europe.  It was wonderful to meet so many Ladies (and a few gentlemen) – some Ladies I have been chatting to via the internet for years.  You have seen many of their pages which they have shared with Australia: So Scrap, Floscrap and Be Creativa (Below).  It was just so sad that as the schedule was very busy we did not get too much time to spend together just chatting!  (Maybe next time)

The team also met up with Christine Houbrechts who creates such beautiful pages, she managed to spend time with us scrapping, what a wonderful morning.

The products that were showcased at Stage de Scrap were on pre-release so I cannot reveal too much just yet.  They will only be released in Australia in the new year – AZZA Australia will be holding ‘AZZA Experience’ retreats to celebrate AZZA being in Australia for 10 years.  These retreats will be held towards the beginning of next year, if you are interested, please contact your Consultant.  If you do not have a Consultant, go along to our website:  


Here you can find a Consultant close to you,  contact the Team Leader in your area or send me an e-mail and I will get the details to you.

Having returned from Europe, we arrived in Brisbane to complete the preparations for the Annual Training Retreat for the Consultants in Australia.  We celebrated our 10th year in operation in Australia!

I will report more on our Retreat and all the little ‘gems’ of information I would like to pass on to you in my next blog, but today I would like to showcase the AZZA Christmas products that are now available in Australia.  With almost 6 weeks to go until Christmas …… we need to get creating.

This month AZZA Australia has 2 Baskets:

Silent Night Basket – $81.40

The Silent night basket consists of a Theme book with a lot of wonderful ideas to inspire your Christmas creations, the beautiful Christmas stamp set, Christmas texture stencil duo, A4 Sketch sheet and figurines.

Star Basket – $64.30

The Star basket includes the AZZA Christmas CARD stencil, the ‘Star’ AZZA Christmas stamp set, a Texture stencil, Christmas paper, A4 sketch sheet and gold and silver glitter tape.  All you need to create your Christmas cards this year.

AZZA has now included the Go Press and Foil sets into their range.  The Christmas dies are beautiful for both cards and pages.  AZZA Australia will not be bringing in the Go Press machine itself, but we have wonderful AZZA  Foil stamps:

AZZA Foil Metal Stamp:  Christmas Star  

The beautiful creations posted by Laurence Chabbey show how these stamps can be used on both cards and a Scrapping page.

The Stencil released for Christmas this year is Celestial.  This stencil is available both in the Studio Kit and as a stencil duo.

AZZA Studio Kit – Celestial

Although at first sight this stencil looks quite ‘busy’, remember you don’t need to use the whole stencil.  It is also not just a Christmas stencil, it can be used though-out the year with many different themes.

The first page I’d like to share with you is created by Christine Houbrechts, who we met in Europe.  It is such an elegant page …

Page by Christine Houbrechts, Europe

Christine Ronsin – AZZA Europe
Francoise Robin:  AZZA Europe

Valerie Martinussen:  AZZA Europe

Then on to pages that do not have a Christmas theme:  Any ‘Stars’ can be highlighted with this stencil.

Claudine Goossens:  AZZA Europe
Holiday Memories:  Sylviane Dournes

A beautiful little ‘Star’ puppy
A page of ‘Dancing Stars’:  Mimiscrap

Below is a page using a single photo with the Celestial stencil used for the decorations.  Lovely chalking to finish off the decorations.

Single photo of a ‘Star’ performing:  Vanessa Bronckart

So as you can see, the stencil is very versatile and can be used throughout the year.

Now to a few ideas for our Christmas card stencil and Christmas products.  These beautiful samples were given to us at AZZA Head Office.

AZZA has a wonderful Christmas Card Kit box set you can purchase to make your cards.  This is great as you get a booklet with samples to guide you too.

Special Order:  Christmas Cards Boxed kit
Ideas for cards that can be made with the Box Kit.

Card using the Go Press and Foil stamps together with other AZZA Christmas products
This card has been stamped our the AZZA Wood sheets
Christmas card using the AZZA Christmas Wreath released last year
Card created using the AZZA ‘Silent Night’ stamp and die set
AZZA Stamp and Cutting Die:  Deer Head

AZZA Stamp and Cutting Die:  Silent Night

AZZA Cutting Die:  Snowflakes

This is one of my favourite:  AZZA cutting die:  Winter Scenes

This Winter Scene when put together does fit into a Christmas Bauble as shown below.

Do get your orders in for Christmas as soon as possible.  New stock arrived from Belgium this week so hopefully Backorders will be fulfilled this week!

Christmas closure dates:

Friday, 14th December will be the last date to place orders for 2018.

Monday, 7th January will be the first day in 2019 that orders will be actioned.

Do get your orders in for products to create your Christmas cards, orders for ‘Christmas presents’ you can give away to your Scrapping friends and orders for product to scrap your Christmas photos.

As I have not blogged in a while, I have a lot to share with you but don’t want to make this too long …..  so that is all for now, more to come soon.

Happy Scrappin’


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2 Responses to Where to begin ….

  1. Jenny Carman says:

    Hi Lyn…..any update about you coming to NZ?

    On Wed, 14 Nov 2018 at 6:14 PM, Lets Create With Lyn Holmes – AZZA European Scrapbooking (Sydney – New South Wales) wrote:

    > lynholmes posted: ” What a busy couple of months I have had, where to > begin to tell you enough but not too much to bore you! The Directors of > AZZA Australia travelled to Belgium to meet with the Folk at AZZA Head > Office in Nivelle, the wonderful team at the AZZA warehous” >

    • lynholmes says:

      Hi Jenny
      I will definitely be coming on over in the new year. All happened so quickly, we decided to sell our house and move over to Perth!! It was going to be Feb next year but all fell into place and here we are in Perth looking for a house. We should be settled and in by February/March and I will then look at coming over to NZ at some stage to hold classes and possibly some training. Our Director in Tassie has also said she would look at coming on over too.
      Will keep you posted as we go,

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