I love it when family and kids come to stay.  Recently I taught a mini album class in Inverell so my son and his partner, Anna Browning came to visit.  Anna came with me to Inverell and Joe and the girls stayed here in Tenterfield and enjoyed a winter’s week end (lots of things to do with the Winter Warmers Festival in Stanthorpe – ice skating and yummy winter food).   Tony was already here for school holidays with his son, Xavier, timing was perfect.  When Anna and I arrived home on Sunday afternoon the cousins were in full swing.  They’d not seen each other like forever but in true kids fashion time became irrelevant and they were enjoying each other.  They had also not yet met Tony’s partner’s daughter, Vivian.  During the melee that was Saturday and Sunday these two pics were snapped.  I think that the pics truly capture the shenanigans that went on and delight on the kids faces says it all really.  Our house is not really geared for children anymore, but who needs toys and stuff when Poppy’s mechanics crawler makes a perfect group buggy.  The Best things in life really are not things…….


I thought that the Delightful Daisy DSP perfectly captured the color and mood of these photos.  Bright.  Happy.  Sunny.  You can almost hear the children’s voices and laughter.

Recipe for Success:

There are a couple of discontinued stamp sets there but they just seemed perfect.

DSP:      Delightful Daisy

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White

Inks:  Crumb Cake and Basic Black Archival.

Until next time, stay happy!


Jacqui  xo


We’ve just had our grandson, Xavier, staying with us for a week of the school holidays.  He’s an absolute delight to have and we love him to bits.  It’s always a busy time when he comes and the week goes by so quickly.  Beach.  Camping out. Bike riding.  Park playing.  He loves his time in Tenterfield.  So in there somewhere we managed a lunch date with our littlest man.  He loves to go out for lunch/hot chocolate/cake/food in general actually.  So Coffee Break DSP seemed the natural choice for making a layout of these two young men.fullsizeoutput_1fff

I love this paper and it was such fun to use and this pic brings back lots of happy thoughts and memories and keeps me going until his next visit.  Roll on Christmas holidays.

This layout was inspired by Trinitypaperarts.com.

Recipe for Success:

DSP – Coffee Break

Cardstock – Early Espresso, Whisper White, Vellum

Inks – Early Espresso

Stamps and dies – Coffee Cafe and layering circles

Until next time, stay happy


Jacqui xo

Thankful for Painted Harvest

It’s been a sad 24 hours at the Crouch house.  Yesterday morning we had to make the dreadful decision to let our wee Gillian girl go to wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge.  Poor Gillian.  She was a rescue for us when we needed her the most.  We can account for approximately 18 years of her life, the last 12 with us, so her life was full and happy.  However due to her age her organs were failing and she began to take some little fits.   I know she would hate not to be in control of everything and everyone so made the dreadful decision, that had to be made.  Gillian was feisty, courageous, gutsy, little bit bossy, demanding, endearing, loving, cuddly, joyful, thankful and many more things to us.  Above all she hated storms and this pic shows her in her fave place during a storm.  Under my desk jammed between the desk support and my footstool.  IMG_0096

Fly high little girl.  You will be sadly missed.

So.  Here in the South Pacific we celebrate Father’s Day tomorrow.  Both our boys are beautiful Dads  who ‘father’ very well.  Scrapping is always fabulous therapy for me.  At a time like today when I’m entitled to be a bit sad I decided to look to what I’m thankful for.  I’d be scrapping forever if I was to scrap everything.  But flicking through some photos I came across this gorgeous, gorgeous pic.  I love it.  Look at the joy on the children’s faces and the pride in the face of our #2 son, Tony.  His son, Xavier and the wee girl he fathers, Vivian.  They both love him and show that they are thankful for him in their lives.  Of course he loves them both also and whilst being a father and fathering is not easy in today’s times, I know that he’s thankful also.  I’m fiercely proud of both our sons and how they father and also honor their own father.  I have much to be thankful for.

What better products to use to celebrate my thankfulness than Stampin’ Up’s new stamp set Painted Harvest and DSP Painted Autumn.  It’s just beautiful.  Just what I needed to be doing today.

fullsizeoutput_1fa3Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you love this page as much as I loved putting it together.  The layout was inspired from a page I saw on acherryontop.com.

Recipe for success:

Card stock – Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Inks – Smokey Slate, Archival Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze

Stamp Sets – Painted Harvest, Touches of Texture, Timeless Textures

Until next time,  stay happy!


Jacqui xo

As soon as I saw the Birthday Memories DSP in the Stampin’Up! catalogue I KNEW I wanted to make a mini album for my grandson, Xavier.  He’s five now and loves to look at himself in the scrap albums that I’ve created for him.  He especially loves my mini albums and sits looking at photos of himself and his Dad, in each one.  I have you love this album I had so much fun creating it.

Recipe for Success:

DSP – Birthday Memories

Ribbons – Daffodil Delight double stitched, Pacific Point stitched edge,

Cardstock – Basic Black

Frame lits – Birthday Friends

Until next time, stay happy,




As you can probably guess from the title of my blog, my family love dogs.  Each and every dog that we have ever owned had enormous amounts of personality and were showered with love and affection from everyone.

This particular young man, found in the centre of a busy intersection at 5.30pm one winter afternoon lost and confused, was no exception.  Named after Monty Roberts the horse whisperer, Monty stole our hearts and gave us so much love and affection.  He was loyal right to the end when Lymphoma took him from us.  He was a bossy little bugger but so so adorable.  One of his favorite peeps in the world was our younger son Tony.  He loved to lay with Tony on the couch and watch the cricket.  Exactly what they are doing here.



Recipe for Success:

DSP – Naturally Eclectic

Cardstock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Berry Burst

Stamp set – Wild About Flowers

Until next time,

Stay Happy,



It’s been a fairly rough week for me.  Woke this morning and was so grateful that I didn’t really have anything on my plate that needed my attention.  One glimpse outside the window revealed a cold, bleak, windy day.  *sigh*  Perfect weather to hibernate in my studio and record some memories.  This photo was taken of our grand daughter and her netball team when she was about 10 years old.  Next week she turns 18.  Doesn’t matter how I do the math it comes to the fact that I’m running 8 years behind in my scrapping.

Within 30 minutes of gathering my supplies I’d completely relaxed and the creating was happening.  I’m so blessed to have a hobby/craft and the space in which to create to chase away the doldrums.

I saw this layout somewhere and saved it, but when I came to CASE it noticed that there was no watermark on it.  Shame, because it’s a fabulous layout and I intend to use it over and over with different card stock colors, DSPs and Textures for entirely different looks.


Recipe for Success:

DSP – Pick a Pattern

Card stock – Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Whisper White

Scalloped Tag Topper punch

Camera and toadstool images are fussy cut from the DSP.

Thanks for visiting me, until next time, stay happy!

Love and cheers,

Jacqui. xo

By popular demand!!! I’ve photographed the creating of the hinge (which is the most important part) of my mini album.   I’ve put the ‘basic’ measurements of the pieces to form the pages, but not all of them.  It’s really up to you how you want your pages and flip/flaps just measure the gaps and allow 1/2″ to score and fold under to form a hinge for each flap.

Page One.

Each page measures 8″ x 6″.  So for six pages cut six pieces of card stock to these dimensions.


The LHS of this page is not shown in the directions. (It is simply a pice of card stock glued to the LHS edge of the cover and a magnet in the underside to hold it closed.

From top Left to right:  Piece 1: 8″ x 5″.  Piece 2: 9″ x 4″ (each end of the longest side is scored at 1/2″)  Piece 3:  5″ x 51/2″ (score this piece on three sides at 1/2″) and clip out the corners as shown in the photo)

The pieces used to create the RHS page are shown below.


Page Two





Page Three



Creating the hinge.

Using an A4 sheet of card stock and cut to the depth of your pages (minus 1/16″ approx), place into the score board and score as per the photo below.


Trim the hinge at the last 1″ score mark. and glue each 1/2″ mountain together to form what looks like the hinge below.  (so you should have 1″, then 1/4″ then 2 x 1/2″ which are glued together in a mountain/valley formation.



To cut your spine place your completed hinge onto the chipboard and allow approx 1/2″ all around the hinge and cut the chipboard.


Take your 2 x 12″x12″ pieces of yardstick and place strong double sided tape on two sides of the card stock.


Turn one sheet over so that it just overlaps the other and you will ‘feel’ the two edges of tape butting up against each other.  Gently pull one end of the tape to the outside ensuring that you try and keep the sheets aligned and square.  (Yes!  I know it’s really not easy).  Gently pull the complete strip of tape out and turn over and repeat.  You should now have your 2  12 x 12 sheets glued together ready to complete the cover.


Place your two pieces of chipboard on the covers.  These two pieces should measure approx. 1/2″ wider and longer than your pages.  (with experience you will work out how much bigger you will want your covers.  i.e.  if you have pull out photo blocks that have tabs you will want to consider those tabs and whether you want them ‘enclosed’ in the covers or you want them to protrude).


When you are happy with the ‘placement of your chipboard pieces (leave approx 1/4″ between the covers and the spine.  Run your bone folder around the complete perimeter of the album and in between the spine and page covers.  This will permit the card stock to fold up and over the covers without cracking.  Glue securely.  (I completely cover the pies in Tombow glue.  Trim the corners of the chipboard across each corner leaving just a small amount of card stock this will allow the corners to be covered when completed.


Gently ‘coax’ the corners pieces of the card stock over the corners of the chip board.


You should now have something like this.  Now gently take your bone folder and run it up/down the gaps between the covers and the spine, whilst gently lifting each cover up and down until they are completely able to stand at a 90 degree angle.


Measure and cover the inside of your album cover.  Do the first one and again run your bone folder up and down the gap between the spine and cover.  Bring it up again to the 90 degree angle.  You need to be quite patient with this procedure to permit the second piece to be glue in and cover the inside.  Now measure and glue in the second piece to cover the ‘gap’.  Don’t worry too much if the two pieces don’t want to marry up as this surface will be covered anyway by DSP.


Place your hinge into the gap of the spine to gauge where you wish to glue it.   (So the inside of your album should now look like this).  When  you are happy with the placement glue the spine into the album using adequate glue.  Remember it will be carrying quite a bit of weight.  At this stage I like to leave the hinge to dry completely (overnight is good).


Have a test run of your pages to ensure that they will ‘slide’ easily over the hinge.  If it won’t just trim the hinge ends slightly from the top to the base in an angle.  Place a line of glue along each side of the hinge, and slide your page over the hinge and hold it securely for some minutes on both sides, to ensure a good bond.


Like this!!


Continue gluing in your pages until the pages are all adhered to the hinge.


Best of luck creating your own album.  Please let me know how  you go and if you have any questions at all please contact me.

Until next time, stay happy!



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