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!




I was so excited when Kelly Kent decided to celebrate her 5 years with S.U. with a demonstrator’s blog hop.  I’m a virgin blog hopper.  So I’m a total novice at this blog hop thing. I’ve created a bit of a laugh getting this together I’m very technologically challenged and fairly high maintenance when it comes to computing type assistance.  lol.

I’ve chosen the Eastern Palace Suite to make this cute little Mini Scrap Album.  It’s such a happy little book.  I’ve loved making it for this special occasion.  There are lots of places to put photographs, pockets, flip-flaps, pull-outs and a water-fall.  I was a bit of a skeptic with this suite, but after using it for this mini album I’ve actually warmed to it enough that I’ll be purchasing more of this fabulous DSP and accessories.

I’m actually teaching this album at a class in July.  That class is booked out but if you are interested I can run another class on this album or any album that you may see on my blog or FB Business Page.  Contact me for details of venue and accommodation.  I can promise you a great couple of days, and you’ll go home with this (or another) adorable little album.

Eastern Palace Mini Album | Jacqui Crouch


























You can pop photos and journalling on any surface in this album that takes your fancy, really.  Just load it up with all your pics and memories.  Beautiful gift containing stunning memories of an event or friendship.

Thanks for visiting my blog now click on the ‘Next Blog’ button and visit Tina Gillespie to see what she has created to celebrate Kelly’s 5 years milestone.

Happy S.U. Birthday Kelly!!!  Mwah. Love you girlfriend. xo


List of Participants
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Billie Moan
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Kayla Renee MacAulay
  5. Jacqui Crouch
  6. Tina Gillespie
  7. Kathryn Ruddick
  8. Valerie Moody
  9. Jo Weedon
  10. Danielle Bennenk
  11. Nikki Spencer
  12. Sylvia Verhulst-Batenburg
  13. Richelle Fletcher
  14. Chloe Evans
  15. Rachael Lewsley
  16. Lou Kitzelman
  17. Courteney Heuston
  18. Denita Wright-Smee
  19. Christine Blain
  20. Martha Groeger
  21. Patrice Easton
  22. Sandra Collett
  23. Cheryl O’Bree

I’m really enjoying making these ever so cute albums that can house a group of photographs so differently.   So I decided to make one using the fabulous Succulent Garden DSP that is in the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  It’s with us until the 31st May so you’ve time to grab yourself a pack (or five!!!).

I loved making this and now cannot wait to paste my photos on the various pages and tags and then embellish them further with the ‘Oh So Succulent’ stamps and matching dies.  Thank you S.U. for making creating so easy and co ordinated.


Front of the closed album.  The pictures below show a variety of the pages.  Flaps closed and/or open.  Photos will go on any surface that takes my interest really.  Then the embellishments can begin!!!!

Recipe for Success:

Cardstock – Tip Top Taupe, Sweet Sugarplum

DSP – Succulent Garden

Ink – Crumb Cake

Ribbon – Tip Top Taupe striped grosgrain, Sweet Sugarplum from the Succulent Garden combo ribbon pack.

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


It’s been a while since I made a card and put on my blog.  I guess my scrapping pursuits have taken me in a different direction.  However, a couple of my beautiful S.U. team members have formed a card swap group and I thought well…….maybe I should join them it might get me back in the greeting card groove.

So I did join, and here is my first effort.

img_1195I loved this stamp set from the moment I saw it in the Occasion Catalogue.  I guess it reminded me a lot of growing up in the Ballina area ad doing lots of surfing at Ballina’s famous Lighthouse Beach.  I’m also totally in love with the verses from this stamp set they are so versatile and say those things that sometimes we don’t quite know how to pen ourselves.

Recipe for Success:

Stamp Set = High Tide

Inks = Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight

Thick Baker’s Twine – Night of Navy

Cardstock – Whisper White and Night of Navy

Coupled with S.U. sensationally gorgeous Whisper White Envelopes. (so beautiful to stamp on).

Until next time, stay happy!


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