ESAD blog hop sneak peek


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Thanks for dropping in from Donna’s amazing blog.

Of course when it comes to a new catalogue I like nothing more than seeing all the new scrapbooking items. What is your favourite section of a new catalogue? Today I’m focussing on the Moments Like These Project Life kit, Moment Like These accessory kit and the Moments Like these stamp set. Trust me you’ll love these.

I appologise for the photos. I tried on numerous occasions to get photos of these layouts without the glare but I just couldn’t manage it. Hopefully you can read some of the journaling. That’s the most important thing to me. The journaling.

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A bit of subtle tone on tone.

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So here’s a tip for you. Don’t get caught up in whether or not you have enough photos to fill the entire spread. I work out of order when I scrapbook. If you don’t have enough photos to make an entire page just leave them blank until you get to the next month and you can slip those photos in. Leave them blank and if you don’t have photos to go in there just add some filler cards. Your album can be a work in progress. Don’t forget it’s about getting the memories recorded. It doesn’t have to be perfect or complete.

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There is very little in the way of embellishments on these pages. I just added a few stamps and some of the stickers from the accessories kit. Simple and easy and allows you to get it done.


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These following photos were taken on my iPhone. They are very bad quality but I just had to include them in my album as they were taken when I took the kids to visit my Dad and step-Mum. We don’t often see them so it was important for me to include these photos in our family album.

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Don’t you just love that little wood veneer bow? It is from the accessories kit and is soooo cute.

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Just some subtle detail by adding in a die cut from the butterfly dies.

I have a video of the whole kit if you’re interested just check out my YouTube channel. It really is a versatile kit.


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So now onto the next blog post which will take you back to the start.

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1. Rachael Lewsley – Cotton Paper Assortment

2. Andrea Buckland

3. Kelly Kent – Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set

4. Nicole Wilson 

5. Libby Dyson – Gift Bag Punch Board

6.Cherie Davies-

7. Narelle Fasulo

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Bernice Collins – Neutrals DSP

10. Monique Fielder

11. Courtenay Heuston

12. Donna Chapman

13. Amity Knight that’s me

Retirement list Blog Hop

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A group of amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and members of ESAD decided to showcase a heap of retiring product for you. Want to see what we love?

I created this album for my mother-in-law for her 70th birthday. It was so easy to do with the Project Life products we sell. Don’t worry. Project Life isn’t leaving our range we are just retiring all but one kit and bringing in a heap of new kits. That’s awesome right? Currently the Project Life kits are half price. That’s even better.

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A video showing the whole album will be uploaded to YouTube and posted here tomorrow so make sure you pop back and check it out.

So easy. Just add a few stamped images in co-ordinating colours and you’re done.

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I had guests, including my children, write on a card to include in the album. It was so easy to put together because they, the guests, had done most of the hard work for me. All I had to do was trim the photos and pop them in. Embellishments were optional.

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I left a few blank journaling cards so my mother-in-law could include some of her own journaling of the day. One of my favourite stamps to be retiring is this camera stamp. I use it all the time in my scrapbooking and in my project life. It’s called Snapshot and I just love it.

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This stampset Sketched Birthday is another favourite of mine for both scrapbooking and card making. It just looks so good when you fussy cut the little balloons out.

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This butterfly is from Butterflies thinlits and is just the baking paper I used to make it easier to pop out the cardstock from the die. this is a beautiful die and I’m so glad it will be in the new catalogue.

Tomorrow I will be uploading my Youtube video of this album so make sure you check back in.

Thanks for stopping by. Next you’ll be visiting Narelle. If you get lost please see the bottom of my post for a full list of blog hop participants.


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1. Kelly

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit

2. Rachael Lewsley
Alphabet Press TIEF, Label Love, Playground PL card kit, Calypso Coral & Crushed Curry embossing powders, Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon.

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Rebecca O’Gorman

Designer Rosette XL Bigz die and Blue Ribbon stamp set

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Leonie Schroder

Park Lane DSP and Bloom with Hope (hostess set)

7. Donna Chapman

8. Cherie Davies – Blog:

9. Amity Knight – You are here.

10. Narelle Fasulo

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

Card in a box class

These cards were created last year, for a class I ran last year. Laziness has prevented me from posting these pictures but here they finally are. This wasn’t quite a stamp-a-stack class. Participants made 10 cards, two of each card (although the 5th card is missing because I’ve already sent it).

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This is such a simple card. I love, love, love stampsets with matching punches or dies. Petitie petal stamp and punch and the wonderous wreath stampset and dies made this card so easy to create.

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I think this is one of my favourite cards in a long time. It is so simple and so stunning. Again the matching stampset and punch make this card so effective. Three flower stamp sets and three matching punches, flower shop,

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Just an interesting way to use the Wetlands stampset.

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Embellished events is the perfect stamp set for any occasion. It has a sentiment and image for every occasion.

Here is the video of how to make this simple but elegant card. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

ESAD bloghop- project life


Welcome to the ESAD blog hop. We have amazingly talented demonstrators in Australia and New Zealand. Make sure you leave some love as you hop around. Rachael sent you this way. Isn’t she amazing?

As most of you know I’m obsessed with Project Life. That’s why when they were available for free as a sale-a-bration item I just had to get them. Having 5 kids Project Life is the perfect way to easily document their stories. This is part of Hannah’s album. I found a packet of photos which was labelled HGK Feb 2014! Well sorry, poor neglected middle child but at least it is done now thanks to these freebies from sale-a-bration.

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This was a really simple layout. There was quite a bit of story to tell. There wasn’t much need for decoration or embellishment. What was needed was to show the photos and tell the story.

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For me, Project Life and scrapbooking is all about the stories that’s why I’ve included close ups of the stories. I LOVE reading other people’s stories. I love the insight into other’s worlds. Imagine the thrill my grandchildren or my great great nephew will get at seeing my hand writing in years to come.

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This was another really simple layout. Just a bit of stamping to add some detail and some letter stickers from the Love Story Project Life accessory kit.

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Here I stamped with StazOn on the page protector. That’s a bit of fun. I was inspired by my mini album I made and am show casing on my blog tomorrow.

I’ve also added some stamping “good times” down the side of the journaling card just to add a bit of detail. The letter stickers are again from “Love Story” Project Life accessory kit and the stamping “love” is from the occasions catalogue.

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I have mentioned before using Photosheet which is a free program to make photo collages. I frequently use this program when I print of phone photos or I have multiples of the same event but I can’t decide which picture to print. It is a really easy program to use. It is a drag and drop program and very useful for Project Life.

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There aren’t any embellishments of this page except the banner on the top photo. This is what I love about Project Life- the cards are decorated enough that you don’t need to add embellishments if you don’t want to. Just the stories and you don’t even have to write as much as me. If you haven’t tried Project Life I implore you to give it a go. Use this mini kit which is a freebie with your $90 purchase during sale-a-bration. You can’t go wrong.

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You’ll notice the last two pages have had close ups of me. This is because I would have loved to have more photos of my Mum. She was always the one taking photos and was so rarely in the photographs unless my older brother took them.  Make sure you take photos of yourself and include them in your album. Trust me, you’ll look back and think, ‘Wasn’t I young then,’ or ‘Gosh, I was so pretty then.’ Let yourself be part of the memories of your family.

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Here is the Let’s Get Away Project Life kit and accessory kit on my YouTube channel. It’s perfect for all your travel pages.


Thank you for reading my stories. I hope I have inspired you to give Project Life a go. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop and be sure to leave some comments as you go around. Why not subscribe to the blogs as you visit them. We all love new subscribers.


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What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

 Libby Dyson

 Bernice Collins

 Narelle Hoggard

 Leonie Schroder

 Jenny Hayward

 Tamsin Adams

Helen Williams

Pauline Bennetts

Monique Fielder

 Nicole Wilson

Keryn Campbell

 Clare Mcilhatton

Ria Kaire

 Kathryn Ruddick

 Sally Williams

Tricia Raineri

Nerida Carter

Mel Pagano

Rachael Lewsley

Amity Knight

Kelly Kent

Norelle Targato

Boys will be Boys

Ever get stuck for masculine cards? Need a boy card?

Here is a super quick card using the Boys will be boys set.

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Super quick to whip up but quite effective.

If you have any questions regarding this card please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time,

happy crafting.

Scrapbooking layout 21 months

This is a very special layout for me. It is about our dog who went missing for 21 months.

I have created a process video for this layout. Please have a look and subscribe to me on YouTube. I have posted still photos of the layout below.



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Some detail shots

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I hope you enjoyed the video. Please don’t forget to follow me on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for your positive and encouraging words.

Until next time,

Happy crafting.

Wednesday Weekly Deals

It’s my birthday today. Oh I love the heart punch and it’s been on my wish list for a long time. I think I should buy it for myself as a birthday present.
There are some amazing punch deals this week. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Sale-a-bration deal too. For every $90 you spend you choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. With these great punch deals it won’t be hard to earn a free product.
The January hostess code to enter is NC9TAQRD if you would like to go in the running for my monthly prize. Enter the code at the bottom of your shopping cart. If you forget to add the code contact me ASAP and I can have it added for you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any more information.
Until next time.
Happy crafting.