November 20

November 20, 2013

Birthday Candles Pop-up
Birthday Candle Pop-Up

Four year birthday for my blog!

It’s been quiet here lately… I’ve missed being here, as posting is one of the things I like most about my life.  Three months ago I had knee-replacement surgery, and it’s been quite a journey. Feels like I’ve been in a cocoon as the healing has been happening. Good days and bad days. Every day things feel just a little bit better, and that’s a good thing.

I made the pop-up pictured here as a sample for a class that I taught maybe 15 years ago at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, a real gem of a museum. It’s an appropriate image for me to show right now, not only because it has four lit candles , but also because I am thinking about a couple of  posts that I want to do on making  pop-ups.  Generally, when I do pop-ups I am doing them with young children, so it’s important to keep things simple while still making them interesting.  I have to say that  I am always impressed, with what a big impression creating these structures makes on children.  I know that, in the book and paper arts world, that pop-ups are well covered, but we all have our styles, tricks, and fascinations. I look forward to sharing mine here.

Thanks for coming to the party.

Box · November 20

Three Years and a Day

November 20, 2012: Happy Birthday to Bookzoompa, my web log.

Big colors

Yesterday marked the end of the third year that this blog has been up and running.  143,674 visits, as of yesterday. To celebrate I made some big splashes of color with Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Blank Box Template
Adobe Blank Box Template

Tucked away inside of the Templates of Adobe I found this pattern for a traditional Japanese envelope/box.  I like just making big pages of color with Adobe, but I also like doing something with the designs.

colored boxes templates
Patterned Templates for Traditional Money Envelopes

I added the colors to the templates, folded the curved lines, and glued the long edge. Then I filled the boxes with teas bags that were filled with  herbal tea harvested from my garden.

Birthday Boxes

Thank you for visiting my Happy Birthday Blog post.  Make yourself a box from me, as my thanks to you for stopping by and honoring me with your attention.