November 20 · pop-up · Uncategorized

Happy Blog Birthday #9

Cut Paper Doodles
Cut Paper Doodles

For it’s birthday, I’ve made this nine-year old blog  a  pop-up card, inspired by Arno Célérier, whose work I saw on David A. Carter’s facebook page. I generally don’t spend much time making pop-ups, but I do like cutting paper. Sometimes, while sitting having morning coffee with my husband, I cut silly little shapes from any paper that near me, just because I like the activity of cutting. Then I throw the shapes away. 

Seeing Arno Célérier’s work has made me think about assembling these little paper doodles into pop-up cards.



Paper Doodle Pop-up Card

The  assemblages above is to celebrate nine years of blogging.

On this same date, in 2014, four years ago, I started engaging on twitter, so it’s a four-year old birthday for @paulakrieg. Here’s my birthday card to my twitter handle.

Doodling in Dimensions
Doodling in Dimensions

A sweet little close up detail:

detail of paper play

I’m liking having been inspired to play in this way.

Happy Birthday to all!

November 20

Happy WebBlog Birthday, 7 years old!

Birthday Blog Girl
Birthday Blog Girl


Once again acknowledging the happiness that this blog gives me, for seven years now.

Blog map
Blog map from 10/22

It used to be that the USA and the United Kingdom were always where my blog was most viewed. While it still stands that the US is by far where most visitors originate from, I ‘ve noticed a changing trend in the #2 spot of most-views-from. Yesterday, Israel provided the second most views. In the past two weeks, after the US, top number of views have come from the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Russia, Germany, the Netherland and India. Occasionally I see views from unexpected places like Qatar, Lebanon, and Guam (which I think isn’t even shown on the wordpress map?). Yes, it’s satisfying to know that people are interested in what I’ve been publishing on this site.

The two most clicked images this year, and last, were these:

How to make an origami Pocket by Paula Krieg
Click to enlarge for reading or printing


How to make 2 basic Pop-ups
How to make 2 basic Pop-ups

Two of my favorite posts from this past year were the Ta-Dah! post which featured the collaboration of brave souls to create two beautifully diverse stars.

First Star


Second star


Steve Morris wrote a timely, prescient blog post  in which he used one of the images above. You can view it on his blog at

I have lots more favorite posts of this past year, but here’s another image from just one more:

texture from

I’ve had lots of fun this year responding to geometric and numeric sequence equations that Dan Anderson and Martin Holman have posted on twitter.

Also, this past year, Mike Lawler responded so enthusiastically to a post I wrote about a pentagon box  that I got inspired to make lots more boxes. Maybe I will write more about these at a later date.

Template for Puff Box
Template for Puff Box

Finally, I’ve been recently most enthralled by the Zhen Xian Bao, a structure that Sue Cole had introduced me to. To date, I’ve written seven posts on these, and most recently have been working on deciphering the secrets of creating my own version of this traditional piece of folk art. It turns out that all the attention I’ve given to geometry and math has been invaluable in sorting out ways to work the details of this Chinese folded structure! What a surprise…img_0513

Actually, as I look back on the year, I am seeing many more posts I want to highlight as a highlight….but I will stop here. It’s just that, OMG, I am just so grateful to have to place to share all of this with you.


November 20

November 20: Weblog Birthday, Six Years

Dolls by Angela
Dolls by Angela, age 6-ish

This blog became public six years ago today. I had been writing in secret for a while, trying to get the hang of WordPress, before first hitting the Publish Public setting. To celebrate, I’m posting photos of work done by each member of my little family, and pointing out my most visited pages.

Birthday Bird, by John
Birthday Bird, by my son John

The images on my blog that have gotten the most clicks are:

How to Make an Origami Pamphlet : 3750 clicks.  My number one favorite book to makes has the most clicks. This elegant little structure is known also know as a  zine, hot dog booklet, eight page pamphlet as well as by many other names.

Origami Pocket Tutorial:  3647 clicks.  This is slightly different from an origami cup because it is sized to hold a little book.

Modified Pamphlet Stitch Booklet:  3006 clicks.  A good structure to make when needle and thread seems too cumbersome.

How to Make a Six-Sided Snowflake from a Paper Napkin: 2859 clicks. I made this image quickly one evening after trying to explain how to do this on the phone to my good friend Cynthia in Minnesota. There are so many tutorials on how to make a snowflake that I never thought mine would rise to the towards the top of google search results, but it has!

Decorated Box by my husband
Box decorated by my husband

My most visited posts are:

‘Tis the Season to Make Paper Snowflakes    34,689 visitors. These views are mostly seasonal.

Elementary Nature Printing   17,198 visitors. I think it’s Pinterest that drives views to this page.

How to Make a Paper Spring  14,164 visitors. There’s not much competition on search engines for this structure. Even so, I think that the tutorial page on this post is one of my best and I doubt anyone will make one that’s better. Blush.

How to Make an Origami Pamphlet  13,674 visitors. This post, by the way, was published 10 days shy of six years ago. Nearly everyday this post is visited. Yesterday it got 16 views.

The remains on the inside of a Conch Shell, egg tempra, by me, today.
The remains on the inside of a Conch Shell, egg tempera, by me, today.

So, that’s it, my six-year wrap up. Next year maybe I will write about my own favorite posts. Thanks for visiting. It means the world to me to know you’ve stopped by.