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!


Someone Else’s Treasure Chest Pop-Up

a kagisippo design
a Kagisippo design

A friend from my Williamsburg Brooklyn days emailed me and asked me to make this treasure chest pop-up for his wife.  Although this is not something I would be attracted to do on my own, there was no way I was going to turn down this request from this very special person. In fact, his request came at a good time, as, rather than being in the middle of a project, what I am in the middle of is taming my workshop. I’ve been organizing my papers…

a “before” picture
After. Every corner of my work area is getting this kind of attention.


…and clearing my desk.


Yay! Cleared desk. First time I’ve seen this much desk in a while. The “before” picture is too scary to post

Having a little project that required absolutely no creativity from me was just the thing I needed right now. As it turns out this little treasure chest pop-up was an absolute delight to construct.

Little pocket inside
Little pocket inside

The paper engineering of this structure is quite wonderful. Actually really, really wonderful.  The tutorial video for it is here  and the printable templates can be found on this page.

I printed the template on card weight paper (about 67 lb),which worked great, and used mat board where it called for cardboard. Next time, though, I will use card weight (about 110 lb) for the cardboard. I think something got lost in translation: the board was really not the right thing to use.

This project requires the use of razor blades and precise folding and cutting.

Oh no. Now my desk is no longer clear…

…this is is how is begins….






Well, Well

Five years ago I bumped into a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while. Unbeknownst to me, he had been dealing with some health issues, but was now better. Having missed my chance to send him a get-well card, I designed him a got-well card. So that I wouldn’t misplace the template I created I stored it as a blog post then pretty much forgot about it.

This weekend I wanted to write a couple of cards, and went looking for that template.

PDF Template for a Got Well pop-up card click this link

I was just learning Adobe Illustrator back then (one of my best decisions) so I hadn’t figured out how to print designs on the well. Now I am feeling like it’s charming to sit and draw in the colors for the well.

Fancy Well

In the morning, sitting with my husband, sipping coffee, it’s pleasant to have something to color.

I assembled two of these this weekend: one as a get-well card, the other as a bit of fan mail, telling someone how much I’ve been enjoying their work.

Taking a page from my own play book, the lettering on the front was done by looking at a font that I’ve been using in a project that I’m doing with students.

I don’t know the name of this font, but it came from this awesome resource, found at which is worth looking at and downloading.

I didn’t trace the letters, instead I just looked at them, free-hand sketched then went over them with gel pens. The strip below the lettering is part of the mechanism that makes the well 3D when the card opens.

Now comes the hard part…getting them in the envelopes, addressing them and sending them off. If I do this right now I may be able to get them into the mailbox before the mailman comes. Outta here!

Oh, in case you missed it, here’s the link to the post that explains how to assemble the pieces of this card.

How-to · pop-up

The Simple Pop-up House, decorated

The Simple House Pop-Up
The Simple House Pop-Up

My last post (if you learn and teach only one pop-up, let it be this one!) provided a page on how to make this pop-up. The goal of this post  is to show off some of the ways that this cut-and-fold shape can be embellished. All the the work shown below is done by kindergarten students.  The card above is the one that I present to students before they get to work. After introducing the project we have a discussion about other ways to interpret the shape. There’s never any shortage of ideas.

Pop-up Bridge
Pop-up Bridge

Here’s the pop-up as a bridge, no doubt one of those great bridges going over the Hudson river.


Then there’s the Rocket Ship interpretation….


…as well as other ideas about flying.

Butterfly on a pop-up

This butterfly in the pop-up house is a bit hard to see, but I really love the writing that this kindergarten artist added to her work.

The pop-up as arm shields

Here are a couple of ingenious young Jedis who have realized that their pop-ups are completely functional arm shields.


Here’s the house as a crown. One thing that might be interesting (or annoying, depending on your mind-set) to note is that it’s likely you would be right if you tried to guess the gender of each of the children whose work I’m showcasing.

Michael's pop-up

Lot of energy here! This child is quite an active kid, and all that movement got focused into this card.


I’m not quite sure how the pop-up inspired this dinosaur drawing…though I do see that the scales on the dino’s back echo the cut shape. Whatever…it works for me.

pop=up house

Of course, many students make home sweet home, often with mom, dad, siblings and a cat. Then there are the barn and cows interpretations, sometimes the shape becomes a pencil or a dog house, a bee hive, or an ocean wave.

One thing to keep in mind when teaching students is that somewhere along the line in school they will be faced with learning about lines of symmetry. Pop-ups like this one are a great hands-on activity to teach the concept of lines of symmetry.

My last post featured the colored tutorial page for this structure. Here’ s the same page, uncolored:

Black and White Simple House Pop-up by Paula Beardell Krieg
Black and White Simple House Pop-up by Paula Beardell Krieg

Hopefully you’ll color this one in yourself.

If you are interested here are links to a couple more of my posts about pop-ups:

A Nod to Making Pop-Ups   Giving you the World