Windmill Pop-Up Scrapbook Page
By day, Eric Erickson of Atlanta, Ga., works for the IRS, but by night, he spends his time preserving his photos in unique and everlasting scrapbooks, including a pop-up book to capture his trip to Amsterdam.
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Project by Eric Erickson from Atlanta, Ga.
Materials and Tools:
K & Company 12" x 12" clouds paper
12" x 12" card stock: brown, blue-green, white, red, light gray, black, dark green
black plastic mesh
clear packing tape
lots of photos
white gel pen
Xyron X-Sticker Maker
Note: The first step in assembling the page is to create the actual pop-up. I use watercolor paper for most of my pop-ups because it is thinner and stiffer, so it stands up on its own (using cardboard or similar material would make the page much too thick).
1. To create the pop up, fold a piece of watercolor paper in half. Cut a strip out of the bottom half; now the bottom half is divided into two flaps flipped towards you. Fold the top in half backwards. Attach this to your two pages; the two flaps in front get folded up and attached to each of the two pages. Note: For this design, I had to make the left side much wider than the right side to give the illusion of an actual building.
2. Now you have the backing of the pop-up ready to go. Next I cut the actual shape of the pop-up, which in this case is the shape of the house, and attach it to the pop-up backing.
3. I decided to decorate the house with siding — just like the actual building we visited. To do that, I simply cut several long pieces of brown card stock and started from the bottom, taping them one on top of the other to create actual miniature paper siding on my pop-up house.
4. I finished off the house with a strip of green card stock to create the roof/gutter and a small green door. The window was created by using silver paper with small white strips attached over it to create windowpanes.
5. For the windmill: The bottom part is simply drawn to look like the actual windmill, cut out on light gray paper and attached to watercolor paper. For the top, I cut an X from very stiff cardboard. I then cut four exact-size long rectangles out of the black plastic mesh (just like the actual windmill). I attached them to the cardboard using Glue Dots (double-sided tape in this instance would not work as well).
6. Attach small white and red rectangles to the mesh to match the actual windmill. Stick a brad through the center of the X and then through the bottom part of the windmill. Cut out a couple small circles from black card stock and attach them over the brad. Use packing tape to reinforce the back of the windmill.
7. Now that the pop-up is complete, lay out the flat pages. I drew a country side with windmills and trees and cut it out like a die-cut, for the bottom of the page where the page title (stickers) and my journaling go.
8. In this layout I had dozens of pictures and wanted to use most of them but didn’t want to take up more than two pages. So I cut green strips that ran up the sides of the pages and cut several small pieces of my pictures to fit in these strips.
9. The cloud paper I used on the background was perfect for this layout. I also cut out a couple clouds and taped them behind the windmill to bring the clouds throughout the entire design.
10. Finishing the layout simply entails deciding where to put all the photos.
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