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Tutorial: Personalized Pop-Up Scrapbook with Origami Folds

Updated on February 9, 2015
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Make Your Own Diamond Pattern Pop-Up Scrapbook

With just a few simple origami folds, anyone can create this fun, original, easy-to-personalize "Pop-Up Scrapbook." Choose 2-3 patterns of scrapbook paper to create the effect you want - a Valentine's gift perhaps? I themed mine for spring since I'm looking forward to it on this winter day.

My favorite thing to do with this scrapbook is to personalize it for friends on Facebook. Since no one prints their pictures anymore, it's a great surprise to create a scrapbook with them in mind and fill it with pictures from their lives. It's a great gift for holidays, birthdays, or anytime!

Making Your Own Scrapbooks

Artful Journals: Making & Embellishing Memory Books, Garden Diaries & Travel Albums
Artful Journals: Making & Embellishing Memory Books, Garden Diaries & Travel Albums

I want this book! It's a beautiful book about making your own beautiful books. 128 pages, 21 projects, plus the inspiration to take old ideas and make them your own. Have fun! Create!!

 

Who would you make a Pop-Up Scrapbook for?

Who would you make a Pop-Up Scrapbook for?

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Pop-Up Scrapbook Materials

  1. 2 sheets patterned 12x12" scrapbook paper
  2. 2 sheets 12x12" heavy-weight paper - I like cardstock or two-sided paper since it tends to be sturdier. These will be your pages, so you want them strong.
  3. 6 sheets 12x12" cardstock in coordinating color - Cut these into 5x5" squares (12) and 4.5x4.5" squares (12). Cut the 4.5x4.5" squares again diagonally so you have 24 triangles.
  4. 2 squares of corrugated cardboard (6.5x6.5") - I use cardboard from my recycling pile. Just make sure there aren't any fold creases in the cardboard.
  5. Tombow permanent roller adhesive
  6. Bone folder
  7. Ruler
  8. Scissors

Tombow Mono Adhesive Roller Refill (62131)
Tombow Mono Adhesive Roller Refill (62131)

Make sure you have refills on hand. If you make more than one scrapbook in a sitting, you'll want to have extras to keep you crafting.

 

Folding the Pages

Folding the Pages
Folding the Pages | Source

1) Take one sheet of heavy-duty paper, and start with the wrong side up. Fold diagonally (one corner to opposite corner), make crease with bone folder, and open it again so it lays flat.

2) Turn the sheet over so the right side faces up. Fold once horizontally (edge to edge) and crease. Open flat and fold again horizontally (edge to edge) perpendicular to the previous fold. Open flat again.

3) To finish page, fold again on diagonal line, tucking the diagonals in instead of leaving them out.

4) Repeat these steps with each of the 6 heavy-duty paper sheets.

Folding the Pages Photo Tutorial

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1. Start with the page "wrong" side up.2. Fold the paper diagonally once (corner to corner).3. Open the fold and turn the paper over so it is "right" side up.4. Fold the paper horizontally (bottom edge to top edge).5. Open the fold again and turn the paper 180 degrees so the last fold you made is vertical.6. Fold the paper horizontally again (new bottom edge to new top edge).7. Open the fold again. With the 3 folds, you should have created 2 6x6-inch squares and 4 triangles.8. Bring the outer corners of the two squares together, tucking the triangles inside.9. This is the first page of the scrapbook. Repeat these steps for each of 6 pages.
1. Start with the page "wrong" side up.
1. Start with the page "wrong" side up. | Source
2. Fold the paper diagonally once (corner to corner).
2. Fold the paper diagonally once (corner to corner). | Source
3. Open the fold and turn the paper over so it is "right" side up.
3. Open the fold and turn the paper over so it is "right" side up. | Source
4. Fold the paper horizontally (bottom edge to top edge).
4. Fold the paper horizontally (bottom edge to top edge). | Source
5. Open the fold again and turn the paper 180 degrees so the last fold you made is vertical.
5. Open the fold again and turn the paper 180 degrees so the last fold you made is vertical. | Source
6. Fold the paper horizontally again (new bottom edge to new top edge).
6. Fold the paper horizontally again (new bottom edge to new top edge). | Source
7. Open the fold again. With the 3 folds, you should have created 2 6x6-inch squares and 4 triangles.
7. Open the fold again. With the 3 folds, you should have created 2 6x6-inch squares and 4 triangles. | Source
8. Bring the outer corners of the two squares together, tucking the triangles inside.
8. Bring the outer corners of the two squares together, tucking the triangles inside. | Source
9. This is the first page of the scrapbook. Repeat these steps for each of 6 pages.
9. This is the first page of the scrapbook. Repeat these steps for each of 6 pages. | Source

Framing the Pages

Framed Pages
Framed Pages
Fiskars scrapbooking paper trimmer with swing-out arm, 12 inches
Fiskars scrapbooking paper trimmer with swing-out arm, 12 inches

The swing out arm makes this tool compact and portable, while still being able to handle a full-size piece of scrapbook paper. It's measuring lines and the lift-up blade track make it quick and easy to use as it cuts perfect straight lines. This is a tool I use all the time!!

 

Decorative squares and triangles serve two purposes: adding contrasting color to give each page a "framed" look and adding sturdiness to each page.

1) For each pre-folded heavy-duty page, open flat and using the roller adhesive, paste contrasting 5-inch squares and 4.5-inch squares centered in their openings.

Note: I like to place the squares first. That way when placing the triangles, I line up the outer edge of the triangle with the outer edge of the square to keep things tidy.

Making the Scrapbook Covers

Making the Covers
Making the Covers | Source

1) For each of the front and back covers, snip one corner off about -inch in. This will allow space for the book to open at the corner.

Note: Do not cut too much off the corner or the pages won't fit correctly.

2) Place one sheet of patterned scrapbook paper wrong side up and center one piece of cardboard on it. Fold each corner of the paper toward the center of the cardboard. They will not meet exactly at the middle. Secure each corner to the cardboard using roller adhesive.

3) Next fold the leftover edges of the paper toward the center of the cardboard, making sure the paper of the previous folds don't pucker. Secure the paper so it lays flat to the cardboard using roller adhesive.

4) Repeat these steps for the other cover.

Scrapbook Covers Photo Tutorial

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1. Place the corrugated cardboard in the center of the "wrong" side of the cover paper.2. Fold the corners of the paper toward the center of the cardboard and paste down.3. Fold the corners created in step 2 toward the center of the cardboard and paste down, making sure the fold is as close to the cardboard's edge as possible.4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the second cover.
1. Place the corrugated cardboard in the center of the "wrong" side of the cover paper.
1. Place the corrugated cardboard in the center of the "wrong" side of the cover paper. | Source
2. Fold the corners of the paper toward the center of the cardboard and paste down.
2. Fold the corners of the paper toward the center of the cardboard and paste down. | Source
3. Fold the corners created in step 2 toward the center of the cardboard and paste down, making sure the fold is as close to the cardboard's edge as possible.
3. Fold the corners created in step 2 toward the center of the cardboard and paste down, making sure the fold is as close to the cardboard's edge as possible. | Source
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the second cover.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the second cover. | Source

What do you think of the project so far?

What do you think of the project so far?

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Outstanding Mini Albums: 50 Ideas For Creating Mini Scrapbooks
Outstanding Mini Albums: 50 Ideas For Creating Mini Scrapbooks

This book has four great sections: embellishing purchased mini-books, making your own "from scratch," upcycling to make your mini-books, and turning them into special gifts. I really enjoy collections of ideas like these because they always get my creative juices flowing!

 

Assembling the Pop-Up Scrapbook

Fully Assembled Scrapbook Open from the Back
Fully Assembled Scrapbook Open from the Back | Source

1) Using roller adhesive, secure the bottom of one scrapbook page to the top of the next, making sure that all pages open the same direction.

2) Then secure the front cover to the top, making certain that the snipped corner of the cover is even with the "spine" corner of the pages. Repeat this step for the back cover.

3) After making sure all glued areas are secure, fill your Pop-Up Scrapbook with photos, captions, and memorabilia as a personalized gift for your next special occasion.

Assembly Photo Tutorial

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1. Take one folded page and use roller adhesive on one side. Press it into place on the inside of one cover as shown.2. Continue to paste pages one on top one of another until you can paste the top cover in place.3. When it's complete, you should be able to lift the cover and the first page begins to open up.4. This shows what it looks like when a page is open.5. This is another view of the back (closed) corner of the scrapbook when it's completely assembled.
1. Take one folded page and use roller adhesive on one side. Press it into place on the inside of one cover as shown.
1. Take one folded page and use roller adhesive on one side. Press it into place on the inside of one cover as shown. | Source
2. Continue to paste pages one on top one of another until you can paste the top cover in place.
2. Continue to paste pages one on top one of another until you can paste the top cover in place. | Source
3. When it's complete, you should be able to lift the cover and the first page begins to open up.
3. When it's complete, you should be able to lift the cover and the first page begins to open up. | Source
4. This shows what it looks like when a page is open.
4. This shows what it looks like when a page is open. | Source
5. This is another view of the back (closed) corner of the scrapbook when it's completely assembled.
5. This is another view of the back (closed) corner of the scrapbook when it's completely assembled. | Source

Embellishing Your Pop-Up Scrapbook

I like to tie my scrapbooks closed with a ribbon in a coordinating color. You'll need about 1 yard of ribbon to tie a good bow around it.

Two-sided paper adds a special touch, though I also like simple cardstock so all of the focus is on the pictures and decorations I put in the pages.

Corner punches and border punches can add a lovely touch to the edges of your pages and should be used before adding framing to your pages.

A Sampling of Pop-Up Scrapbooks - Inside and Out

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Pop-Up Scrapbook for Baby BoyInside of Baby Boy ScrapbookPop-Up Scrapbook for a Road TripThis one is Harley-themed.Pop-Up Scrapbook for HimInside his scrapbookPop-Up Scrapbook to celebrate Back to SchoolI used writing paper themed scrapbook paper insidePop-Up Scrapbook for any occasionSimple inside to focus on the special event
Pop-Up Scrapbook for Baby Boy
Pop-Up Scrapbook for Baby Boy | Source
Inside of Baby Boy Scrapbook
Inside of Baby Boy Scrapbook | Source
Pop-Up Scrapbook for a Road Trip
Pop-Up Scrapbook for a Road Trip | Source
This one is Harley-themed.
This one is Harley-themed. | Source
Pop-Up Scrapbook for Him
Pop-Up Scrapbook for Him | Source
Inside his scrapbook
Inside his scrapbook | Source
Pop-Up Scrapbook to celebrate Back to School
Pop-Up Scrapbook to celebrate Back to School | Source
I used writing paper themed scrapbook paper inside
I used writing paper themed scrapbook paper inside | Source
Pop-Up Scrapbook for any occasion
Pop-Up Scrapbook for any occasion | Source
Simple inside to focus on the special event
Simple inside to focus on the special event | Source

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      chrins 

      4 years ago

      Wow! Excellent! Great lens!

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      Ibidii 

      5 years ago

      Awesome I cannot wait to make some! Cute cute cute!!!

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Your pop-up is delightful and you have done a great job of explaining it in this lens.

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