July 11, 2016

Pop-up Book and Graphic 45!

So my latest project has me going in a new direction.  Bookmaking, mini albums and pop-up books! I was searching for alternative methods for journal making and stumbled across the world of mini albums. I have never been a scrapbooker so this is all new to me. And let me tell you there is some creative stuff happening in this whole scrapbooking/mini album/paper crafting world!

What first pulled me in was this creation from Anne Rostad of Anne's Paper Creations. I was amazed and captivated. And I made a book using her technique - including a simple pop-up. Then I moved on to other videos by Anne. I made a card and tried another album format. There are a ton of videos. She is so generous with all of her tutorials.

But Anne also introduced me to a paper company called Graphic 45. Now you may be well aware of this company, but this was my first time. Never have I seen paper designs like this. I saw the "Beneath the Sea" paper and I was smitten!

Then the Graphic 45 blog led me to this tutorial by Einat Kessler for a small pop-up book. And it was at that point that I knew what I wanted to do with this mermaid-inspired paper line! Thank you Einat.

So I started working on the book you see in these photos. Three pages. I added some of my own embellishments including some hand painted flowers.

This is such fun paper with the steampunk/mermaid theme. I am still putting the finishing touches on the book.

The Cover

But being inspired again by another tutorial by Anne.  I am also in the midst of making a little chipboard house (box) to hold the book.

Still a good bit to do on the house. The roof comes off to allow access to the book. I'm using some of my hand painted/gelli printed papers for the windows.

Are you familiar with Graphic 45 and mini albums? Or is this all new to you too?

I hope you are having a creative week! I'd love to see what you have been up to.


Linking up with Paint Party Friday.


  1. What a wonderful idea! I just love your pop-up books.

  2. All I can say is WOW! This is a wonderful project

  3. Oh my goodness! This is amazing and beautiful, it definitely is new to me.

  4. Not new to me but I never totally got into it. However, I can see and feel your passion for this in your post and beautiful art-well done! Happy PPF!

    1. Thank you Linda! Yeah - this really pulled me in.

  5. Looks like so much fun!happy ppf! Isn't great to find a new art idea to explore!

    1. Thanks Fallingladies! Yes this was so much fun to explore.

  6. Absolutely enchanting journey to the wonderful paperdesigne world.
    Love your beautiful bookcover and the whole project. Want to see more...
    Have a happy weekend xx

  7. Wow an incredible project! I hear your passion for this project!! Always fun to find new paths!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. Amazing! Love your pop up book. I love Graphic 45 papers and just purchased about 10 sheets for a project. Now I think I should have purchased the tablet of it. Their designs are so unique compared to most scrapbook papers. I've always wanted to create a pop up book so maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That is fantastic, I love G45 and make journals etc but this may be beyond my skills....Love it so much, it's amazing!


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