2020 ALBUM

10 Apr

With the release of the 21×30 pages and album this year, I have decided that the best use of the MDF album is as a snapshot of events in 2020. The aim is that everyone in the family should be shown as well as major family events, so in years to come we can see the album as a snapshot of the family at this time. The start of the album was shown at a Retreat we held back at the start of March at Brookfield.

I began the year with the usual family events, but wanted the album to show those photos that we think are just ‘capturing the moment’. Here’s the cover and the first few pages.

These pages were created using the 21×30 stencil Loire designed especially for these albums.

The page I have just added, shown below, uses the 30×30 stencil Zurich. This means only part of the stencil was selected but you can really use any stencil on any size page by choosing specific elements to highlight. Unfortunately this page was added to explain the lack of photos from our planned trip to Europe which had to be cancelled. In the coming weeks I will add pages to show how the family copes with home schooling and other facets of isolation.

With an inability to conduct classes, anyone wishing to learn more about AZZA Scrapbooking will need to book in for an online class. We may as well use our time productively and get more of our photos archived.

While catching up on my own scrapping, I have added this page to our 2019 trip album again using the Zurich stencil. This is the first page on a delightful little village in western Italy where we stayed in a B&B in the grounds of an old chapel that is many hundreds of years old. We have certainly stayed in some interesting places. This was on the way to a farmstay where they make Parmesano Reggiano cheese, but that is another story!

Stay safe, stay healthy and keep scrapping those memories. Before you know it we will be out of isolation and that means less time to scrap.


More recent layouts

10 Apr

As promised in my last post, here are a few layouts recently completed. Many of my pages are recording recent travels, and what better way to showcase a place than with a multi-page layout. These can be difficult to show well in photos, so please bear with me.

To begin with, let’s go back to September and the release of the Bali stencil duo. There were also pre-cut pages released at the same time. The first page below is a single page using Bali, followed by a multi-page using the Bali Pre-cut pages Those photos, as are evident, are from London.

Back page + 2 pre-cut Bali leaves, closed.
First leaf open


Second leaf open.
The Back page.

Well, this wasn’t published after it was written, so best do it now before I do the next post!


Still scrapping in Maleny

18 Nov

With the annual AZZA Consultants Conference taking up most of my time recently, it is now back to scrapping. In preparation for the conference I have completed a few pages using the new Promenade AZZA Scrap kit. This is a very versatile stencil and the kit gives you what you need to get started on great layouts.

The first one used one of the new Christmas die, Christmas Branches. The ribbon is our linen tape that adds texture without imposing on the photos. The stamp is ‘Christmas Ambiance’. Photos are a vineyard in St Emilion, France.

The next layout features a decoration we were shown at our annual AZZA Conference. Our instructor was Christine Houbrechts, from the AZZA Creative Team in Belgium. This lady has talent! Photos are from Florence, Italy.

At our conference we had a challenge to create a layout using the Promenade stencil and squirrel photos that were supplied. Here’s my version. The decoration is a stamp from the Promenade PLUS Kit, coloured and embossed.

This week I have a class where we will create a special gift for someone special at Christmas or as a memento of the year past. This was devised by Lyn Holmes and my version of it is below.

The finished size and shape can vary but this one is 19cm x 12cm. It uses regular 10x15cm photos. It is able to stand open on a shelf for display. It can be held closed with a magnet or tie.

This version uses 7 photos. You add add extra pages if you wish.

Construction of this page is not difficult, especially when you see a completed one in front of you. We always inspire each other with ideas so if you are interested in joining a class, contact me, 0416 091 108.

In my next post I have more recent pages that I have scanned. More of those later.


Caloundra Craft Alive Show to become a regular event.

21 Apr

The first Craft Alive Show on the Sunshine Coast was a very enjoyable experience, held at the Caloundra Indoor Sports stadium. There was a good vibe from all who attended and who appreciated the calm attitude and friendliness, so different from a big city show. Thankfully it will now be a regular on the Craft Alive circuit so plan to be there next year – the weekend before Easter (which will be a week earlier next year). Even if you don’t make it up to Maleny for a class, you can check out what’s new and pick up the latest stencils at this event in Caloundra!

We made a lot of new friends and many have chosen to come to classes up in beautiful Maleny. More information on these later. Here’s a photo of our stand, with Dawn grabbing the opportunity to scrap before everyone arrived for the day.

The next show on the calendar for AZZA Pacific is the Scrapbook and Papercraft Convention in Brisbane at the Convention Centre, Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June, 2019. We have our stand in its usual position next to the coffee shop! Make sure you come and see Rachel and the team.

As I will be travelling overseas from the end of this week, all my classes will resume from mid-June (my house-sitter doesn’t scrap!). The first class on Saturday 15th June will be for those with some experience in the AZZA techniques as it is a large project requiring you to know the basics. Bring along a large selection of photos on a theme for this one so you have just the ones you need. The sample shown here uses 9 photos (2 portrait, 4 landscape and the other 3 can be either as they are cropped). Booking is essential for all my classes – email me on anitas.azzaworld@gmail.com.

I had a lot of fun working with the Verlaine stencil duo and can show you only the first page of the multiple pages I did in this sequence. I happened to have this photo on my phone but the actual pages have been packed up and send down for the display at the Brisbane show in June, hence I cannot send you the photos just now. You will have to wait and see them when you come for a class, or you can see them at the show in Brisbane in June!

The decoration on the page is created using a texture stencil and two shades of ink. What I really want to show you is on the following pages, where I used the stamp set CASTLES, then coloured and embossed to create some figures I love. They will be in the next blog!

As well as the ‘advanced’ class on Saturday 15th June mentioned above, I also have classes programmed for Wednesday 19th June (almost full) and Saturday 22nd June (also almost full) that would suit people new to the European style of scrapping. Other classes will be organised to suit the other ladies from Craft Alive who wanted to book in and these dates will be arranged to suit the times that suit us both.

This blog features just the pages that I have completed so if you want to see more of this unique style, go to our website at azzaworld.com.au and check out the gallery.


Christmas Pages

20 Mar

As promised, here are the pages I finished from Christmas 2018 – and wasn’t it a blast!  I planned out the pages early so they were all ready to go, but it took ages to collect all the photos and get them printed.  Always excuses!  Remember that this layout features two double pages in ‘Blue Jeans’, cut using the ‘Celestial’ stencil.  Here’s the left-hand double page closed, followed by open.



The musical notes on the front star and the paper inside the inner star are printed using the Silent Night stamp set.  The musical notes are from the Silent Night Die set but are also on the silhouette figures sheet.  For a casual effect, the journalling meanders across the pages.

The right-hand double page is next, followed by that page open.  Notice that the star is cut out to create a window so you see the person in the photo below (would you believe that piano accordion is 56 years old, has not been out of the box in 40 or so years and is still in perfect, new condition?).



The back of the right-hand double page has the end of the story – a fun afternoon in the pool with the new pool slide.  While it is a totally different look to the page, this is also the ‘Celestial’ stencil.  The unicorn float is the stamp and die set of the same name – grandson #3 is mad keen on unicorns.


There’s lots of happy memories on those pages!

I am just putting the finishing touches on my Verlaine pages set and that will be shown to you soon.

Craft Alive is coming to Caloundra next month, 12th – 14th April, so make sure you come and check out these pages in the fresh.  They always look better in the real world rather than in pictures.  This is the first Craft Alive on the Sunshine Coast so it is very exciting.  You can see the products up close, buy what you need (and don’t need but would dearly love) and book in for a class in beautiful Maleny!

See  you then!


Have you seen the Clearance sale?

16 Jan

Hi Everyone,

The AZZA Pacific Newsletter will have informed everyone about the Clearance Sale on until 31st January.   If you haven’t had a look at it yet, you definitely should!  My favourite product has to be the Fragrances of the South boxed kit.   The theme is Provence, but as with all the stencils, you can use it for any subject.  The kit includes a ring-binder album, but the stencil is unique – not sold separately. I know the kit has been out for a while and many of you will have it already, but the remaining stocks need to be cleared, so what was good value at $142 is now $69.  The inspiration book is beautiful.  What a great gift for a scrapping friend!  Of course, there’s a lot of other products available in the clearance, at 30%, 40% and 50% discount.

Besides the clearance sale, the other reason for this post is to reminder everyone about the 10th Birthday retreats being held in various venues across Australia.  They will be held in Victoria, Tasmania, near Perth and in Queensland, where we have 2 venues, Townsville and Bribie Island.  If you can possibly make it to Bribie Island from 22 – 24 February 2019, we have a couple of vacancies still available.  Contact your consultant or me at anita.azza@me.com for more information and a booking form.

Some of the ladies in my classes have been doing some truly remarkable pages so check back in next week to see some of them.

Happy scrapping


Getting ready for Christmas

4 Dec

Hi All,

The new AZZA Stencil CELESTIAL has inspired many with pages for Christmas.  Remember that it can also be used for other subjects and this is one of my travel pages. 

The papers have been decorated with ink and the Silent Night texture stencil.

Making Christmas decorations with the grandchildren is always a fun (but messy) activity and I have a ‘tree’ ready for them to decorate.  In fact this is a stick from a fallen branch, painted in house paint.  The deer and stockings are the MDF ones in the Christmas catalogue.  Check it out on our website   http://azzaworld.com.au .


The stamp kit I_TAM 1026 Oh Deer was used for the stockings.  I used the stamp plate (without the sponge insert spacer) for the stockings as I did multiple stampings to get the intensity of ink I wanted.  For the deer I used silver ink (brushed on), printed paper and some glitter tape around the neck, but the stamp looks good on the deer as well.  You may just notice dark shading on the back of the neck and legs, plus the black pen for the hooves, nose and eyes.  These make all the difference and bring the deer to life.

As I had some spare time last week (a noteworthy event) I decided to get my pages ready for the Christmas Photos.  I decided on the blue and silver theme this year and prepped 2 facing double pages (in Blue Jean) for a large fold-out.  I also played with the Silent Night dies.  The round decorations are the snowflakes punched and placed on circles decorated with the Silent Night texture stencil.  The decorations are just attached to the ‘holed’ section of the page with removable tape for safe keeping until they are used.

Enjoy the Christmas break.  My next class in Maleny is Saturday 12th January 2019 and I hope to see you there! (please book in, anitas.azzaworld@gmail.com).