February in Australia and ‘The Australian Open’ begins.
To celebrate a month of Tennis in Australia all orders over $100.00 placed in the online shop during the month of February will go into a draw to win one of five Tennis stencils. (This means you have FIVE chances of winning) These are not available for purchase, they are a special edition.
These lovely layouts created with the Tennis stencil from the Ladies in Europe.
The second competition is advertised in the Scrap & Moi No 58 on page 67. The next layout competition has the theme: Texture stencils.
This competition, in keeping with the AZZA 20th Anniversary celebrations, has the prize of 150E instead of the normal 50E and every one who enters will receive a Texture stencil. Your entry needs to be sent to Azza Belgium by the 15th of February.
Please ensure you let them know you are from Australia and whether you are a Consultant or a Client. Do let your Consultant know if you send in an entry. When you scan and save your page please put your name/Australia on the scan (name/Australia.jpeg) as this makes it so much easier for the Ladies in Belgium to keep a track of which layout belongs to you!
All entries are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get out your Texture stencils and have a go. Here are a few beautiful pages to give you some ideas:
This is one of my favourite pages I created with the Loire (A4) template. I have used the Texture stencil on both paper and my page contrasting the inks I used to the paper/page colours.
For the decorations on the Dallas layout above two different Texture stencils have been used.
Another beautiful Dallas layout with the Feathers Texture stencil from Europe, I do apologise as I could not find who created this lovely set of pages.
A lovely page created by Christine Houbrechts using the AZZA Melbourne stencil and the Material and Texture Texture stencil.
The page above created by Johanna using the AZZA Cancun stencil and the Texture stencil Silhouette that was released at the same time. Below AZZA Zurich stencil using the Snowflake Texture stencil in the centre behind the decoration.
An older layout of mine using the AZZA London Special edition template and a Texture stencil. This shows how you can either use your Texture stencil along the lines of your photos on the page or pull your layout to the corner of your page by using the Texture stencil and ink or chalk in your penned corner.
Deb Byrne has done the same in her layout below using the AZZA Neptune template for the layout.
In the page above created with the AZZA Nairobi stencil Christine shows how the Texture stencil can be used with ink and can also be used to emboss the paper, keeping the decorations on the page similar but different. I have highlighted how to do this in an earlier blog.
Another lovely sample of a Texture stencil used on paper on a page created with the AZZA Nairobi stencil. If you have the AZZA Rosette stencil, the page below will give you some inspiration. The texture stencil used is beautiful – this Texture stencil is still available.
Now for a few close-up looks at the Texture stencil used on the page:
Once again a close up of using the Texture stencil to emboss paper on your page. Christine has highlighted a single feather in each section beautifully.
In the decoration above I have used the Texture stencil to emboss my paper and below Jennie Banks shows how you can use just part of your Texture stencil for decoration.
A Texture stencil has been used to create a background for this lovely decoration.
A layout with an older template Noisette, I have always liked:
Mosaic Texture stencil duo still available.
As seen in the layout above using the AZZA Scrap kit Promenade, you can lift your Texture stencil decoration with the AZZA Resin dots, now available in the normal shine or matt.
The Weather Texture stencil is still available.
Jill has used the Secret Garden Texture stencil below, I know I have shown you before but this page deserves a second showing. I love it and this stencil remains one of my favourite. Jill used the Dallas template to create the page.
To finish, a more recent layout I created using the AZZA Scrap kit Vacation and the Scrap Plus kit’s Texture stencil and stamp. I finished off the layout with the ‘Thongs’ die which can be found in the AZZA Australiana section. I used the Texture stencil to create a background for my decoration.
Christine has also used the AZZA Scrap Kit Vacation for her layout above. Note how she has highlighted the little birds she has inked onto the paper with the same Texture stencil I used on the page above (Obviously the other image)
Bring your Texture decorations to life with a little pen work.
I haven’t had time to create my own page for the competition yet, so hopefully in the next blog I will be able to show you my page plus plenty more that have been sent in.
The AZZA 20th Celebration stencil CHARLESTON has been well received and the layouts are beautiful.
I have had time to play and have created a double page:
This is the front page and the small ‘cats eye’ in the centre has been cut out to show the photo on the page inside. I have found that the patterned paper takes inking very well and the shade can be changed quite easily if your photos do not match the pink. I used the new AZZA brushes and gently applied ink, Cherry in this case, and it looks beautiful. I used one stamp from the Large stamp set and one from Diamond stamps.
Jennie Banks in Far North Queensland has also created a beautiful set of pages:
Hilary created another beautiful layout with her fashion photos.
The layouts are so different, I did like this one by Christine Ronsin in Europe. Lovely snow whilst we are having temps high in the 30’s in Australia.
And of course Christine’s exceptional work:
Note how Christine has combined two stamps into the one image and brought them to life with some pen work.
In this decoration Christine has placed her sentiment on a piece of torn paper placed on top of a stamped image.
As we know, the AZZA stencils can be used with any theme. I had to share these two striking images with you, created by AZZA Consultants in Europe.
Carole has used the AZZA spray inks on her plain paper, two colours of the Resin dots, the stickers and stamps. She has also inked her patterned paper.
The Dallas stencil has also been popular as it is just so easy to use. I created a page to show you the use of the tool stencil.
You can see that by using the tool stencil I can get smooth inking without the lines of the stencil getting in the way.
I used the AZZA Simone Alphabet stencil, the new Matt black Resin dots and a stamp from both the Large Feathers stamp set and the Feathers Diamond stamp set.
The Blending brushes are now available as singles, both Medium and Large in the AZZA online shop.
The AZZA Blending Brush set is also now available:
As you can see, the set comes with both a stand and a cleaning tool.
Two Dallas pages by Deb Byrne melted my heart:
Deb has used the AZZA Spray inks on her plain paper, Resin dots, Glitter tape and the AZZA Heritage frame dies on the page above. On the page below she has stamped her plain paper with the Material and Texture stamp and the old Box camera is from our Vintage themed products.
I found this lovely little decoration using the frames, figures and transparent Resin dots.
This stamp is on sale at the moment.
If you haven’t had a chance to look at the AZZA Sale yet, do pop in to our online shop, the sale is on until Sunday 31st January.
A vast selection of Patterned paper has been marked down by 20%.
Various Studio kits have been marked down by 15%.
Texture stencils have been marked down by 25%.
And if you like quick and easy decoration, the AZZA A4 Sketch sheets are also on sale.
This beautiful Accordion album was created in class by Susan Salvair using the kit above. A lovely momento to have in your home or to give a family member as a gift.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, don’t forget the AZZA products you could use for a card, tag or your pages of the day.
For this tag I have used the AZZA Twigs stamp and the NEW AZZA Mini words stamp.
Hilary has used these ‘Mini Words’ on the cards below. She has also used the Heritage frame dies on the 60th card.
I made a few tags for a friend:
The mini words fit perfectly on the new AZZA Feather stamp, I just need to add some cord. The AZZA Glitter is so fine it looks great on a tag. Hilary used it on the 60th card above.
Don’t forget the AZZA ‘I love you’ products:
One of my favourite as it can be used all year round.
This paper is on sale at the moment.
A page I created using the products above and the AZZA Loire (A4) stencil.
Lastly a few creations using the new AZZA cutting dies: Rings
These Rings have been cut out of the Vinyl sheets available online as seen below in Apple Green and Black.
A very pleasing page below created by Sophie using the AZZA Punta Cana stencil plus the Ring dies, Resin Dots, a Resin Pellet and a little Spray ink for decoration. The dies have been used on the Christmas paper released last year.
To end, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Australia Day tomorrow. Hope you are able to celebrate in some form or another wherever you are.
Happy New Year to you all, I am not quite sure where the last month went, but here we are half way into January!
2021 kicked off with great pomp and ceremony – the release of the AZZA 20th Anniversary Box Sets. AZZA has promised a year full of competitions and special releases to mark this major milestone.
As per previous celebration years, this Box Set is a limited release so once sold they will no longer be available. AZZA Australia has very limited numbers so if you like the look of it, do place your order without delay.
Box Set A is the basic Box Set without the products that you need a machine to use. The Box consists of a Golden stencil CHARLESTON, a linen 30 x 30 album, Large and Diamond stamp set, A4 Sketch sheet, Sheet of Figures and stickers, set of papers and a beautiful book of illustrations. The voucher in the photo is not valid in Australia.
Box Set B consists of Box Set A plus: Embossing folder, Cutting die/stamp and a beautiful set of timeless cutting dies.
Note that the Stamp/die can be used with Foil, as a cutting die and as a stamp with inks.
Hilary created this elegant page below using only products from Box Set A. I know we don’t normally use stickers, but these do look beautiful on the page.
Unfortunately, AZZA Australia were supposed to send these boxes out this week but with the hard lockdown in Brisbane they will only be sent out next week.
Anita created the lovely pages below, also with the products from Box Set A. AZZA Australia has had an issue with our delivery of the ‘Extra’ products that go into Box B and these have not yet arrived ‘down under’. They are now on their way so will follow the basic box set across Australia as soon as they arrive.
It is lovely to see how different the layouts can be, created with the same stencil.
The layouts above have been created by Deb, using the lovely AZZA Australiana products in the one and showcasing the Diamond stamp in the other.
Lastly a Heritage page by Lyn using the Stickers, the A4 Sketch sheet, the paper and a stamp from both the Large and Diamond set.
The DALLAS stencil and Feather themed products were also released in January in Australia – I thought this quote from Emily Dickinson was perfect to begin the year.
Our Consultants have been very busy and produced some beautiful layouts with the Dallas stencil. This set consists of a ‘Tool’ stencil, which is designed to give you beautiful clean inking, chalking or pen lines on your pages. If you do not know how to use the Tool stencil do get in touch with your Consultant and ask for a lesson. The page below shows the Tool stencil being used for the inking.
Sue has also used some of the lovely AZZA Australiana products on her ‘blue’ page and she has used the Feathers texture stencil on the paper in her second layout.
This is a gorgeous Texture stencil, also used by Heather and Jill in the layouts below.
Heather has been really busy with Dallas and the ‘Feather’ themed products. Both beautiful pages.
Note on the page above how the feathers have been brought to life with a little colour. On the first page, Heather has overlaid a stamped image with a stamped/3D’s image to give it texture on the page.
Rachel has brought her feathers to life with inks and pens, then overlaid them with a small feather figure.
Ruth has used the figures on her page above and created a beautiful shadow effect for them to sit upon. If you cut the figure out carefully, you can use the shape left on the sheet to ink or to chalk the same shape.
I love Carole’s decoration above using AZZA Resin dots, Glitter tape, Ribbon and a Circle sticker.
Christine has used the Feather products on her page below, created with the AZZA Stockholm stencil.
The AZZA numbers and alphabet can be such fun on a page as seen above. We all have birthday’s throughout the year, so would be using them constantly – not to mention the birthday cards too.
I used the alphabet stencil together with one of the smaller AZZA Alphabet dies on my page above. I also used the AZZA Sewing Ribbon die which again looks lovely on both cards and on the scrapping page.
This lovely page by Sophie shows the second die used on the page with the Dallas stencil and below the die used on a card by Brigitte.
Sophie has also created beautiful pages using the new AZZA Ring dies. There are two sets of these dies in different sizes:
Note the lovely ‘line’ work on the border.
The background stamp is from the set below:
Carole has created this page using the AZZA A4 stencil San Francisco, also using the Ring and Alphabet cutting dies.
Another sample from our European Ladies shows the dies being used as a Title page in an album.
And a few lovely cards by Christine Ronsin in Europe. Christine has incorporated AZZA Figures, Cutting dies, Resin dots and Glitter tape on her cards.
The new cutting dies have a matt finish and are in such soft tones. I love the page below created by Jill Attrill using these new Resin dots:
Jill has used the Secret Garden A5 Texture stencil, Floral and Little Beasts stamp, new Matt Resin dots and Glitter tape and AZZA Cord.
To end, a few more ideas with the Dallas stencil and a video from Dominique:
I like both these pages using the Dallas stencil, they are so unique. On the page above Corine has used an AZZA large circle stencil together with her Dallas stencil. This once again shows how your Tool stencil can give you smooth lines for your border.
On the page above you can see the Feathers Embossing folder used on the page together with the Texture stencil and Figures.
The Dallas stencil has perfect shapes to use together with the AZZA Cascading card die.
Thanks to Sophie for all the samples she has shared with us in this blog.
A gift for all occasions: An AZZA page in a frame as seen below. This page was created with the Dallas stencil, AZZA cutting dies, papers and stamps.
Don’t forget the Annual AZZA Sale from Monday 18th January – Sunday 31st January.
With Christmas cards done, hopefully you are well into getting the gifts sorted.
As you know, I LOVE Mini albums, they are great gifts and a good size to pop in the post. I have always requested photos, or have downloaded them from Facebook (quietly) so the album is a surprise, but Carole Pereira posted a great idea on Facebook – making an album without photos so the recipient can add their own!!
Carole’s pages can be seen below. She has used the new AZZA Noel paper block, AZZA linen self adhesive paper, AZZA Figurines, Resin dots, Ribbon and Glitter tape.
I decided to make up two Albums, one for Adults and one for kids. I was very happy with the results:
I used the AZZA Autumn leaves die, they are beautiful on the page.
The leaves cut beautifully out of patterned paper and can be cut with 3D Foam behind the paper to give texture on the page. Where the leaf is a little high, above left, I stuck one to the page and stuck a second on top, but only stuck the bottom half down so a photo can slide in between them. This will allow the one leaf to be on top of the photo.
The easy way to use the 3D Foam with these dies: Cut the paper to the size you need, then stick the 3D foam behind it and run it through the Big Shot or Cuttlebug. I used orange 3D foam to match the colours in the paper. This is great to do with the leaves with veins. As you can see in the second sample below, they look great with the AZZA Cork too.
Or cut both in different colours and place one on top of the other.
A video of Laurence’s page created with the AZZA Melbourne stencil and using the AZZA Autumn Leaves die for decoration.
My second Mini album I created using the AZZA Magic themed products and the Coast Die set.
You will have seen a lot of pages out of Europe using speckled paper, created with the AZZA Izink dyes. AZZA Australia have a few colours left in stock, these are concentrated colours, without the spray nozzle. These bottles will last you for ages, as you can decant the dye into a smaller spray bottles (dilute if you feel necessary) and as a Consultant, sell the smaller bottles to your clients OR friends can each buy a bottle and share the colours amongst yourselves. I sprayed this page with two different inks. The pattern you will get depends on how far away you hold your spray bottle and how hard you press the nozzle. Do have a few practise goes before you spray your mini album.
Again, on these two sheets I placed 3D Foam on only half the Unicorn. On the sheet to the left, I only placed it on the bottom half, so a photo can be slipped behind the image and on the right, only on the top half of the unicorn.
I also had fun with a few name place cards for a friend:
I got the idea above from Val Scrap, Europe. Do take a look at the ‘Cutting Die’ section in the shop. I used the products from the AZZA Cooking theme for the cards above.
Don’t forget the two Azza Express kits which also make great gifts, both to give or to make up for a gift.
We hope you have enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas Sale, two days still to go. Many of you have placed orders, remember you can request your orders to be held and sent as one parcel at the end of the sale. You will only be charged postage for the one parcel, excess postage paid will be refunded. You can also place your orders through your Consultant.
All online orders for AZZA need to be in by Wednesday 16th December, they will be packed and sent out on the 17th December. The shop will re-open on Monday 11th January. Although the shop will be closed, you can still get in touch with AZZA via the email@example.com or through your Consultant.
The end of the year is nigh and I am sure many of us cannot wait to see what 2021 brings. Sadly, there is still so much uncertainty in our lives, but hey, we still need to live each day to its fullest.
December always brings that feeling of excitement and ‘bling’ to bring the year to an end. Most of you will have started on your Christmas cards, those going far afield will certainly need to be on their way by now if they are to get there by Christmas, but you still have time to make those for the folks closer to home.
Cathy at Eclectic Images has created 2 more images for AZZA Australia and they are in our shop today.
This beautiful Wreath can be used for Christmas and throughout the year. Many of us have friends and family overseas, so ‘Greetings from Australia’ will come in handy. The Wreath can be used both on cards and on your scrapping page.
We couldn’t resist having the Flying Aussie Sleigh in our collection too!
The set of Tiny words above are a collection of words that we felt would cover card making throughout the year.
Hilary has created the following collection of AZZA cards:
Hilary also made the cards above from AZZA Christmas products still available. She has featured the Die/Stamp sets: Silent night and the Deer Head.
Hilary also used them on little Gift boxes.
Being the 1st of December and the first day of all the Advent calendars I just had to share this beautiful Advent Calendar created by Christine Caparros in Europe using AZZA products.
These small gift boxes are perfect for your Advent Calendar.
AZZA has Square, Rectangle, Cushion and Carry Bag box dies. They can also be used on your Christmas table with a few chocolates to finish off your festive meal. Hilary has been very busy with this year’s Christmas products to show you.
Anita has also been busy, she has used the Nutcracker Suite stamps/dies and the Cushion die for her little gift boxes:
I had my first Christmas celebration over the weekend and made these little gift boxes for the table. I used the Carry bag die above and the new Cushion die. All the decoration dies are available in the shop.
The Heritage die released last month is lovely, you can cut either a frame or a solid shape from the dies and even use the piece of paper you have used for the die too, as seen below.
If you are wanting the thin frame all you do is cut both the frames together as in the image above.
These can be used on Cards, Gift boxes, Name tags and on your Scrapping page.
The dies can be used on the AZZA Self-adhesive Linen sheets too.
I have used them on my page above, using both the plaque and the frame. I used a Pom Pom with Copper ink to colour the inside of my frame to make it look like a label.
I have also been using the NEW AZZA brushes used for inking. This does not mean you need to throw away your daubers, sponges and brushes. They all give a different effect on your page – but for beautiful, smooth, easy inking over a small or large area the brushes are amazing.
At the moment we have a local set of brushes available but will be ordering in the AZZA Brush set in the new year. With the COVID complications AZZA Europe had a backorder of 4000 brushes to cope with! We will also have single brushes available in the online shop shortly.
The Ladies who receive the AZZA Mail Out will be receiving a selection of brushes this month together with a lesson on how to best use them.
The one thing you will need to remember is that you need either two strips of re-positional tape to work off, or you can ensure the back side of the tape is onto your Reference mat. The brushes are worked in a circular motion, off the tape onto the page collecting the ink dabbed onto the tape, this is why you need a greater area to work off.
As you can see, the brushes give you a very smooth finish and a nice crisp edge.
The smaller brushes are good for adding a second colour, Alphabet stencil or smaller spaces.
A tip for inking Titles, place a strip of re-pos tape onto the page instead of marking your page with a pencil line you will have to rub out later, you could smudge your inking!
Once I had inked the title I used a larger brush with very little ink in light, circular movements with the Materials and Texture stencil to create a background for my Title to sit upon.
I used the small brush again for the smaller decoration either side of the numbers.
A second page using the smaller brush for the Title of the page and a very light hand inking the background.
I like to use this Azza stencil when I need a larger Title to fill a decent size space.
The brushes also give you a smooth finish when using your texture stencils with AZZA inks. The amount of ink you place on your brush and the pressure you apply will give you different results. It will pay to spend a bit of time learning the feel of the brushes in a practise session before you begin to work on a page. Contact your Consultant if you would like to attend a class to try out the new brushes.
Even used directly off the stencil, the brushes still give a nice crisp finish.
With Christmas around the corner and School holidays coming up – a few ‘Off the page’ fun ideas:
Celine has decorated her Advent candles with various AZZA dies and figures. She has used the new AZZA Number dies now available. The Alphabet dies are also available but only on Special order so do get hold of your Consultant if you are interested.
They can also be used for and Advent Calendar boxes and of course, Birthday cards.
With the Festive season upon us this is a lovely idea to dress up the ‘Gift’ you may be taking along to a party. Patricia has used the AZZA Autumn products, but the Christmas products will look just as classy! Make sure you didn’t miss this set of Autumn Leaves die released last month.
They are beautiful on the Scrapping page too. Beautiful samples from pages by our AZZA Ladies in Europe.
I loved these little table Place settings made with the AZZA Christmas Magic Theme kit, the Crown die and the new Christmas papers made by one of the very creative Ladies in Europe.
This would be a fun project to do with the family.
Lastly, a beautiful AZZA card created by Sylvie, inspired by Lavina stamps.
Plenty more to show you but I leave you with this for now,
This kit is called the NO WASTE Christmas card kit. You will receive everything in your kit to make 12 cards and 6 labels with nothing left over. There is an instruction booklet to follow on how to cut your papers so everything is used.
Cards made with our 2020 Christmas papers and the AZZA Christmas Star large stamp from a few years ago. If you receive Mail Out you should have this stamp already.
The papers are beautiful. These products can easily be combined with your AZZA 2019 product as those were in the same colours.
I used the papers to make this gorgeous little card, combining it with the little AZZA Koala stamp/die set. The instructions for this card and others are in the Christmas card kit: The Nutcracker Suite
These papers are in the traditional Christmas green and red and the stamp/die set is lovely on the cards. I have fallen in love with the Sewing Ribbon cutting die set; you can see it used on the cards below and the one above. It can also be used with papers on your scrapping page.
This is a card made from the Nutcracker Suite also using the Sewing Ribbon dies. It is a lovely little card and can be adapted for cards throughout the year. You can replace the Fairy with any stamped image.
Another card made from the kit can be seen below. Again the decoration on the card can be changed to any image. One card is made with this year’s product and Susan Salvair made the second card with product from Christmas past.
Hilary created the lovely card above with the same products. All the products in the kit can be purchased separately or as a Basket if you do not want to purchase the Card Kit.
Hilary also created this beautiful card with all the AZZA Australian products. The instructions for this card can be found in the Scrap & Moi Special edition #05.
Before we leave our Christmas products, we have two lovely larger sets of figurines for Christmas this year. These are used in the AZZA Tunnel cards. The Tunnel Card set can be purchased on Special Order. Please do get in touch with your Consultant if you are interested.
These sheets are A4 size and can be used for cards and on your scrapping page as seen in these samples by Hilary below.
Last month we had our annual Consultant get-together but sadly, had to do this online this year. We had 31 Consultants gathered around their computers with all their scrapping supplies around them.
Training was concentrated on the new Azza Scrap Kit – Vacation.
Fun was had by all and some beautiful layouts were produced. The Consultants were given the same set of photos and asked to create a page. Here are some of the results:
Anita’s page above shows how the stencil can be used on the AZZA A4 pages too.
The Azza Scrap Kit PLUS was used to complement the Scrap kit. These two products are available in a Basket this month:
If you are looking for Christmas presents this year, don’t forget that AZZA does have Gift Vouchers. We have set amounts but if you would like a particular amount we do not have, please get in contact with your Consultant or any of the Directors.
Another perfect gift idea, to create a gift or give as a gift, is the AZZA Calendar.
Remember the calendar does not have to begin in January, it can begin any month of the year. Print-outs are supplied in English.
Two other great gift ideas are the Accordion Album and the A4 Album.
As you know, I love to make these albums. This one has all you need in the Kit and the instructions are easy to follow. They are in French, but as I always say, the pictures are in English. Quick and easy, so great to make as a gift or to give as a gift.
The second EXPRESS Kit is all about the A4 Stencil San Francisco, and has all the product and instructions to create an A4 album.
If you get Mail Out, you will be receiving the San Francisco stencil this month and a lesson on the many ways it can be used on both A4 pages and the normal 30 x 30 scrapping page.
Deb has created this beautiful double page with San Francisco and the Floral papers that were released with it.
Herewith Dominique’s video on how she created a page with San Francisco.
Another newly released die I have loved working with both on and off the page:
I created a page using the Azza Scrap Kit Vacation and incorporated the Cascading die onto the page to add 9 more photos to my story.
This is my double page created with the Melbourne stencil and one set of the pre-cut pages.
I cut out the centre gap on the right-hand side so the photo on the back page would show through. The darker green shape is also showing through from the back page. I have used the bottom right double page below but with the darker green extra sheet in the image above.
Note how I have used the Ruby stamp to create a background for my title on the right. For my title I used the AZZA cutting die below.
I have also used the decoration stencil in the corners:
On this page I have also used one of the stamps from the Materials and Texture Large stamp set over inking, and two small paper pieces with the embossing folder. In the image below, you can see the left-hand page with the darker green sheet open – note how many more photos I can add to the page. I have also added a small part of the shape I cut with the die that has been released that corresponds with the stencil.
These can be purchased separately too.
The Materials and Texture decoration themed products are perfect to add to your AZZA collection as they can be used with any theme on the page. They are very versatile.
Below is a beautiful page by Christine Houbrechts, Belgium. She has also used one of the stamps from the Large stamp set and incorporated a few AZZA sticker circles and Resin dots.
Another layout I rather liked used the AZZA linen self-adhesive sheets. Note how the linen sheet has been inked and the Materials and Texture decoration stencil used.
Hilary has used the same darker green pre-cut sheet on her front page.
Flip the pre-cut page, again more photos on the inside.
Hilary’s double, inside layout. She has used the Texture stencil over her patterned paper to compliment the photos.
Another lovely layout using the Melbourne stencil, pre-cut pages and the Texture stencil above by Lauren in Europe. Her pages are always beautiful. Note the fold on the right-hand side.
I love her use of the AZZA Sewn Squares for the two smaller photos on the right-hand page.
AZZA Australia ran a competition over the last 6 weeks and the Winners have been announced. The competition was judged by Christine Houbrechts in Belgium.
Victoria scooped first and second place in both categories.
The first prize in the Consultant category went to Mary Iviglia in Beaconsfield Upper in Victoria. Congratulations Mary, a lovely page. Mary used the AZZA Punta Cana stencil for her page and the great little Chef and apron from our Cooking themed products.
Rosie Critchley also from Victoria won the AZZA Client category with her lovely page using the New York stencil.
Second prize went to Ruth Lawrence, AZZA Consultant in Bendigo and Jenny Gold of Victoria in the AZZA Client category. Note Ruth’s journalling, many Ladies say they don’t often see journalling on AZZA pages.
Third Prize in the Consultant category went to Heather Fields, AZZA Consultant in Mudjimba, Queensland and in the AZZA Client category, Jill Gready once again to Victoria,
Note how Heather has cut three gaps in the middle of her front page to let the orchid photos on the back page show through.
Jill also submitted a double page using AZZA sand. The sand added great texture to the page. Jill used the AZZA Bali stencil for her page above and the AZZA Objective stencil for her double page below.
Well done Ladies your vouchers will be on their way to you and a surprise product package for our two 1st place winners.
The Great Australian Online Craft show is running once again, this time for a week. It is a CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA so do pop in to our stand and see our specials.
We also have Gift Vouchers in the shop, a great idea for a Christmas gift!
We have Vouchers for $120, $80 and $40.00.
We have also put all the Halloween products on sale. Just in time to make up some Lantens or cards, and then you can use the same product to scrap your pages.
These products don’t only have to be for Halloween, Hilary and Deb have used them on their pages below:
Lastly, a Lovely little sheet of decorations to give you a little inspiration using the Materials and Texture themed products by Pascale in Europe.
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.