About

Thanks for visiting my website! My name is Jessica Acs (pronounced “Otch” – it’s Hungarian). I was born and raised in beautiful Victoria BC, Canada.

I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. Most of my crafts and scrapbooking/mini albums (and tutorials) can be found over at my other two sites: Homeketeers & Outstanding Mini Albums

I took a brief hiatus from the scrapbooking world to attend the EATM program (Exotic Animal Training and Management) at Moorpark College in California. I started in Fall 2009 so I made the big move from BC to southern California and it was fabulous! Not only did I have the time of my life there, but I learned a ton, I got to work with some amazing animals and people, and I met the love of my life. The day before I graduated in May 2011, I married my sweetheart and we moved to Chicago to work at an animal facility here in June. The job was seasonal so when that ended, we decided to open our own business. We now do Animal Shows for schools, parties and events and we love it. We have over 70 animals right now so they keep us very busy. Also keeping us very busy is our young daughter, Ava, who was born in July 2012. She is the joy of our lives!

 

If you’d like to contact me, my email is: jess.acs (at) gmail.com

55 random facts about me:

  1. I was born on a beautiful island and lived there well into my 20?s. (Vancouver Island, BC)
  2. The first time I was admitted to a hospital was when I had my baby last summer.
  3. I’ve only truly been in love once, and I’m married to him now.
  4. I can saber the top off a champagne bottle (just like my dad can!)
  5. I lived in southern California for 2 years and had some of the best days of my life there.
  6. I miss living by the ocean.
  7. I prefer to drive standard cars (stick shift)
  8. My favorite car of all time was my Jeep YJ Wrangler
  9. My husband and I have our own small zoo of about 70 animals. We own an Animal Outreach company.
  10. I have degrees in Exotic Animal Training & Management, Wildlife Education and Animal Behavior Management.
  11. I have written a book, an article for a magazine and had my work published in 4 other books and magazines.
  12. I am an extremely shy person but my job consists of public speaking every day.
  13. I never tried avocado until I moved to California, and now it’s one of my favorite foods.
  14. I love raspberries but only if they’re fresh.
  15. My parents have always been the biggest role models in my life and they still are.
  16. I love being a mother more than I ever imagined possible.
  17. I now understand when people say they will do anything for their kids.
  18. I bite my nails. It’s an awful habit I know, it’s just so hard to stop.
  19. I have never smoked and I don’t really like alcohol.
  20. One of my favorite places is Hawaii and I can’t wait to take my husband and daughter there one day.
  21. I have one sister and we kind of look like each other. We look enough alike that when we are out together people ask us if we’re sisters. It’s pretty cool. We only live about 4 hours away from each other but I wish we lived closer.
  22. On that note, I wished my parents lived in the same city as us. I miss being able to drive to their house whenever I wanted to.
  23. My mom and I used to work for the same company for many years. We would even ride to work together sometimes!
  24. Large bridges freak me out. Especially ones like the Golden Gate in San Francisco. I think I held my breath the entire time we were on that bridge. Well maybe not but….
  25. The most daring thing I did was go on a zipline. That and some rock climbing and repelling. I’m not sure which was scarier.
  26. My favorite zoo animal that I trained was a hyena. He was super duper smart.
  27. The zoo animal that stole my heart was a Capuchin monkey named Bennie.
  28. I love amusement parks but rides that go upside down make me feel sick.
  29. I am Canadian. My husband is American. Our daughter has duel citizenship.
  30. I’ve moved 11 times in my life.
  31. I’ve been to 27 states.
  32. I love road trips.
  33. Ice cream is a huge weakness of mine.
  34. I love elephants.
  35. I love reading and I am a very fast reader. However I haven’t had time to read a book cover to cover in a long long time.
  36. My favorite color is blue. Specifically that dark bluish/purplish color
  37. I love Starbucks, and I love how our grocery store has one inside it.
  38. The only reality TV show I watch is the Bachelor/ Bachelorette. I’m addicted. Oh and I watch Dancing with the Stars sometimes too.
  39. I can watch the same shows over and over, and over. Such as Big Bang Theory and the Office.
  40. Both my husband and I need the TV in order to fall asleep. Then I usually turn it off sometime in the middle of the night.
  41. I can’t get into bed until I make sure all our dogs (all 3) are in our room and in bed first.
  42. I wish we could live somewhere that’s warm all year round.
  43. I really want to go to Africa.
  44. I love all types of games. We regularly have game nights with our friends and we also have a trivia group and attend weekly trivia nights at local restaurants.
  45. I went to a private all girls school for 3 years (jr high)
  46. I love camping, hiking and exploring.
  47. I love most types of candy, except for licorice
  48. I prefer homemade cake to store bought. It just tastes better. Especially angel food cake.
  49. I wish I could sew as beautifully as my mom can. In fact I wish I could sew, period. The only things I’ve really sewn are cloth wipes…
  50. I wish I could cook as well as my dad can. It amazes me how he can throw a few ingredients together and come out with a delicious meal!
  51. My favorite flowers are Calla Lilies and Dahlias. I also love Tulips and Daffodils.
  52. I wear contacts most of the time and rarely wear my glasses.
  53. I have a problem with losing/ breaking my sunglasses. So I only buy cheap ones.
  54. I love taking photos and already have thousands of my baby.
  55. I hate when people shorten words. I think it’s cray cray and totes ridic. There. Doesn’t that sound silly?

 

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  1. Carolyn
    Mar 02, 2007 @ 17:44:07

    Hi Jess,

    I love the new pictures of the pets. Gracie gets more and more like Phoebe every day.
    I am looking forward to seeing your fancy new machine. Too bad I’ve already completed M’s book. I’m sure you will be showing me new techniques I could have used in it.

    Looking forward to seeing you next week.

    M

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  2. jaz lee
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 16:41:15

    hi jess,im so excited when i saw that u need submissions on mini albums,bcox i luv making albums.i will be emailing u a copy of “LOVE” album,and im now halfway doin “Boy” album for my son and itz not ready yet.i’ve got some other albums in my blog.i hope u will drop by to see them…thx..blessed rgds,jaz

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  3. April Lim
    Oct 08, 2007 @ 20:22:39

    Hi jessica!

    I saw your call on the mini albums. I’m planning to make one for my youngest son and was wondering when’s your deadline for the call so I can make sure I’ll be able to submit in time for your deadline :)

    You can view some of my layouts at http://scrapnshop.blogspot.com

    Regards,
    April

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  4. Jessica Acs
    Oct 21, 2007 @ 12:48:03

    Hey! Finally I find you…..same name, I’ll send you a pic……nice to met you…theres another match in St Catherines, Ontario

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  5. Michele Ciola
    Nov 02, 2007 @ 13:17:43

    Hi there! I saw that you were giving away memberships but there isn’t a way to post a comment to that thread. I looked and looked and there isn’t a post a comment button or link at the end of your post.

    Could you help please? I came here to the about you page to leave one. Hope that is ok.

    Thanks so much!
    Michele

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  6. Diana Lowrie
    Nov 03, 2007 @ 14:26:10

    Hi Jess,
    My name is Diana and I saw your call on mini albums and I already have one made for a love theme. I will e-mail you the album.

    Diana

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  7. Rani
    Nov 18, 2007 @ 17:03:22

    Namaste Jessica!
    I read your call for mini albums. I’m in the process of making another one for my daughters for the love catagory. I will send you some pics of those I have already made. They have been up on my blog, but will give you an idea of my work! If ok with you, I plan on linking your blog to mine.
    Thanks!
    -rani

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  8. Kristin Hayne
    Nov 26, 2007 @ 22:19:48

    Yeah! Sent you 2 albums… hope you enjoy them. Good luck with the process!! Thansk for opening the call also!!

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  9. Paola
    Nov 28, 2007 @ 16:17:37

    Hi Jess, I sent you a couple of minis but I’m not sure if your email is working. Thank you!

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  10. Diana Lowrie
    Dec 09, 2007 @ 10:42:29

    Hey Jess,

    Just wondering if you have chosen the mini albums you were going to include in your mini book? Happy Sunday! Diana

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  11. brenda M
    May 27, 2008 @ 12:20:40

    what a wonderful site, love all the pictures. Keep on sharing and it is nice to see photos from Canada, my family is from there and I miss it.

    Reply

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