How long has it been since I’ve done one of these??

The girls at ESAD are so excited for today’s Blog Hop as we are featuring our new Idea Book & Catalogue and not only is it a wonderful catalogue full of lots of new products and stamp sets but its a great Idea book as well with over 300 samples and ideas and now you will have 20 or so more demonstrators giving you yet more ideas through this Blog Hop.  Its an awesome purchase at just $12.95!  Now if you dont have your new Idea Book & Catalogue yet then please make sure you contact your Demonstrator today or feel free to contact me to organise your copy.

Now I know youre wondering …. What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed. So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please fee free to contact me to join our wonderful group on Facebook.

Now my first project today is a Scrapbook Layout … and yes you read that right!!  I know I dont do many of them but I’m hoping to do more in the future as I want to make some more pages to put in the Album I made for Mum & Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary for Dad to reminisce over.

Vintage Beau Chateau - Mum, Aged 2 1/2

This photo of Mum has been one of my favourites for many years and she gave it to me quite a while back. It was taken in 1935 and I’ve kept the original and had copies made for this project.

Here is a close up of the tag up the top. I wanted to show you the detail and the ribbons and antique brad – they are just divine together!

You can also see the background paper which is simply a sheet of Very Vanilla with the leafy motif stamp from Creative Elements stamped randomly in Pink Pirouette and then to give it a vintage feel I’ve just sponged in Soft Suede.

The two tags on the layout were made using pieces from the On Board Merry Medley Chipboard pack.  How neatly does the decorative label punch fit in the top one?  I simply used the tags as a template and traced around them in pencil onto the Beau Chateau DSP cut it out and stuck it on the chipboard and then just sanded around the edges to get off all the bits that went over the edge – mind you by the end of this procedure I could have done with a mini Dust Buster to clean up my desk!

I am sorry for the darkness of these photo’s as I find it really hard to get a good photo with the rainy day we had yesterday … I will try and get a better photo later today when its sunny. If anyone has tips on how to take a good photo of a scrapbook layout please feel free to contact me … as long as it doesnt involve spending a gazillion dollars on a new camera!

My Second Project for today is one I’ve been wanting to do for some time and now that I finally have that Milk Carton Die its become so much easier!!  Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for the birthday bonus they now give to Demonstrators as I managed to get this die at an extra 15% off!



How sweet is this little Birdhouse??  Its just way too cute – well it must be as it got a ‘High Squeal Factor’ rating from Caitie!

I love this little Milk Carton Die and I am sure you are going to see many many more projects made using this!

Hey did you notice in the New Idea Book & Catalogue that we’ve had a price reduction on the Big Shot and many of its Dies & Folders??  Now thats also something to squeal about!

The Stamp set I used to decorate the box is called Best of Everything and it is seriously one very cute stamp set! I’ve been making samples this week for my Launch and I’m lovin everything I make with it – that little bird is just way too cute!!

Here’s a side view of the Birdhouse which shows the flowers growing all around it!

Did you notice the colours I’ve used?? They are all the new In Colours!! The Birdhouse itself is done in Pool Party, the flowers are in Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder and Island Indigo, the Tree on the front is in Lucky Limeade. Its all held together with a couple of strips of Sticky Strip and the little Library Clip at the top so the recipient can check the contents on the little birdhouse without have to rip it apart.

I was going to share a couple of the cards I’ve made this week but dont want to spoil the surprise for my Launch next Saturday however I might throw through a couple of spoilers during the week … so stay tuned!

Now you should have arrived here from the Blog of Debbie Lamb however if you didnt thats OK you can just keep going until you get to Debbie’s blog.

As a special thank you for all our beautiful visitors we have Blog Candy!!  We will have two prizes – one for a New Zealand visitor and one for an Australian visitor.  What you need to do to be eligible to win is to visit and comment on every blog in the hop – yes all 23 of them. Then you need to email Sharlene and advise her that you’ve completed the Blog Hop and give her your name, email and location.

Now the next blog you need to hop over to is none other than the very talented Tanya Bell … Tanya is such a lovely lady and uber-creative and I was blessed to sit with her at the Awards Night Dinner at Convention in May.

Now if you happen to get lost along the way or one of the links doesnt work here’s a list of all 23 Participants …

I hope you enjoy viewing all the gorgeous creations and if you have any questions or would like to book a workshop with me please feel free to contact me!



  1. I just love the scrapbook page and how you described how you made the tags. Definitely, one to try. It’s a wonderful memory. Love the little milk carton too. Thanks for hopping with us

  2. G’day Leonie, I am not into scrapbooking at all (only cardmaking), but I think that page you made is gorgeous. The papers, lace, saying and photo all are made for each other. Terrific job.

  3. Leonie!!! Awesome projects! Your mum looked like Shirley Temple!!!! How adorable she was with those little dimples. The page is perfect for the vintage look of the photo and the little Milk Carton bird house is precious!!!!!

  4. I love the stamp set you chose for the milk carton – so cute!! The scrap page is just beautiful as well, can’t wait to see other layouts for that album!

  5. *blush* onie you are too kind. I just absolutely adore that scrapbook layout …. I am soooooo going to CASE that one! Haven’t got that little bird stamp set yet … guess what it now on my new ‘Wish List’ thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Leonie that scrap book page is great, and the sentiment fits so well, what a great photo of your mum, and a lovely way to display such a meaningful pic of her. TFS

  7. Leonie, your scrapbook page of your mum is divine! No wonder that photo is one of your favourites…..she is gorgeous! Im sure your dad will love it 🙂 tfs xxx

  8. Love your scrapbook page, the photo is so sweet and complemented beautifully with the DSP – and that milk carton is awesome!

  9. Leonie your layout of your Mum is just gorgeous. All those pretty vintage elements. Love it all.

    I agree with Caitie – this birdie is squeal worthy – there’s been heard at my house when I look at or stamp this little bird. LOL. Great idea to use him/her on the milk carton. V Cute indeed!

  10. I so love the page Leonie and I know ur dad will cherish it. It has such a warm and rich vintage flair!! For some odd reason “antique and Old Lace” comes to mind!! The wee bird house is v v cute. Was wondering when we were gunna see it!! I am off for a wee hop. ooxx

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