Thursday, March 28, 2013

Vintage Pop-Up Mini Book Tutorial

Hello! Today I am sharing a step-by-step Sizzix tutorial for a mini book with lots of pop-ups from Karen Burniston. Pop-ups are such a fun interactive element to use in a mini book, and also make it possible to use more photos, and to hide little surprises here and there.

For the base I used Tim Holtz new Cameo Frame die. I love this shape with the two straight and the two curved edges (I used it on this altered notebook too). This is a very long post, the album got thicker than I planned and pop-ups often need more than one photo to show what they look like. I must have used more dies than ever before in this mini book, they are all listed in the supply list. I wanted to show different examples by using different dies. Adapt it to work with the dies that you own. If you have only one pop-up die, use it throughout your album.

Die cut two covers from cream mat board. Since this die both cuts and makes a debossed score line around the frame, it works better if you use a crease pad when you cut it out, especially with thicker materials, otherwise the score line might cut through.

Stamp the covers with a Tim Holtz walllpaper stamp. I used Versafine Vintage Sepia, but most inks will work. Mat board takes ink very well.

Stamp the inside covers with two background stamps.

Ink the covers with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs. I like how the inking emphasises the debossed line, since that one doesn't get inked.

I knew I wanted to use Tim's new Picture Wheel on the front cover, and it fits perfectly together with the Cameo Frame. Die cut it from teal kraft-core cardstock, sand to reveal the kraft and ink.

I had printed all the photos in different sizes and the smallest ones were perfect for the Picture Wheel. I picked 12 photos, cut them out and placed them in chronological order. Using the Circle Framelits, I die cut a circle from a larger photo and placed it in the middle. The title of the album was stamped around the centre ('Photos of mom').

I used the gorgeous Graphic 45 Old Curiosity Shoppe for the album. The 8x8 pad was the perfect size and the papers are double-sided which was just what I needed. The patterns also worked real well together with my mom's childhood photos. Die cut a bunch of pages from patterned paper and some from kraft cardstock (I think I die cut two from kraft).

Time to make some pop-ups. Cut a piece of patterned paper about 15x20 cm. Place the Square Ornate 3-D  Frame right in the middle of the paper. You want the fold line on the die to be in the middle of the paper. Carefully turn around, place in your base tray and die cut.

Fold your pop-up and place on the Cameo Frame die, making sure that the pop-up is in the middle of the Cameo Frame (that the distance to the edges is the same). Place the fold line just below the cutting line on the die.

Here's a close-up where you can see better how the folded paper is placed just below the cutting line. Then the die will not cut your paper where you want it to remain folded. Run it through your Big Shot or Vagabond.

And like magic you end up with a folded Cameo Frame pop-up page.

Do the same with the Star and Poinsettia Flower pop-ups. The Poinsettia die might seem to be a Christmas die, but the flower shape can be lots of other flowers, so it works for projects all through the year.

I didn't want every page to be patterned paper, so I also die cut some folded pages from kraft cardstock.

Cut another patterned paper about 15x20 cm and die cut with the 3-D Label pop-up.  

Fold as before, and die cut with the Cameo Frame.

This pop up needs a backing paper, so cut another folded page from kraft paper. You need to trim the pop-up a bit around the edges, otherwise some edges will show.

Die cut the Circle Label from another patterned paper. This time I didn't cut it with the Cameo Frame, but instead made it narrow enough to fit inside a kraft Cameo Frame page.

Die cut the Love 3-D Phrase pop-up from patterned paper and cut it narrow enough to fit inside a folded Cameo Frame page. Die cut the coordinating word using the Love Set

Stamp all the kraft folded and single pages back and front. I used different stamps that fit my project.

Stamp the other side of the pages too, some I ended up covering almost completely. Ink all the edges of the pages in the book.

The front of the album with the Picture Wheel, Vintage Lace and butterflies. I wanted to keep the pages quite flat so that the album wouldn't be too bulky, since it is quite chunky anyway. Most of the embellishments were die cut from kraft-core Core'dinations cardstock and from scraps of the patterned paper used for the pages. I liked the combination of the patterns and the kraft-core. Let's have a look at most (not all) of the pages.

When all the pages were decorated, I punched holes and bound them with large rings.

I cut out a small photo of my mom and placed her sitting on the shelf in the Curiosities Shoppe. I used either the Thinlits Borders or a Vintage Lace at the bottom of most pages. The photos are scanned from a photo album my mom made as a child, and I used her journaling on some of the pages. I will add more journaling and dates.

When you make an album like this one, make sure that you decorate the pages with the right side up, since they flip up, the back of each page needs to be 'upside down'. The flower is cut with the Sweet Treats for You die.

Love this sweet heart from Eileen Hull's Heart & Label. All the Vintage Lace die cuts were smeared with a bit of Rock Candy Stickles. This is a pop-up page:

The Love Phrase is one of my favourite word pop-ups. I used a Vintage Camera since my grandfather was an amateur photographer and developed his own photos at home in his darkroom. Love the look of sanded black Kraft-Core.

The pop-up from the top. The photo is taken at the Copenhagen Zoo.

A little pine tree with a tiny heart on top.

The Stampendous Snow Bird was coloured with coloured pencils.
Love the sweet little banner. This is also a pop-up page:

I used a favourite sentiment stamp from Stamper's Anonymous Classics #1 here and a quote about butterflies and happiness. It is a lot of fun turning the pages in the mini book and coming up on the pop-ups.

My mom, her brother and two friends.

The Thinlits Banner fit perfectly at the top of this birthday party photo.

I love this photo, from another birthday party. The children were coloured with pencils. This is a pop-up:

My mom and a friend. A Vintage Clock was placed on top of a number portion of the paper and I also used a pretty Thinlits butterfly. The photo was die cut with the label from the Love Set.

The little bird comes from the Card Phrase #2 set.

Another pop-up page. I like to leave these pages without placing them inside another one, so that you can see the pop-up from the front. If you remember my pop-up Christmas album, I did the same thing there. I chopped off a bit too much of my mom's friend's head when die cutting the photo.

When you open these pages, you glance the page underneath through the negative pop-up shape.

The inside, it opens real well when bound with the rings, but was easier to photograph on its own.

I placed a photo underneath the second negative cut out. 

To hide the back of the photo underneath the pop-up, I die cut a large photo with the Cameo Frame.

This photo was die cut with the Mini Baroque die and I placed a piece of mica behind the windows of the car.

The doily was die cut from kraft-core, sanded and inked. The sentiment comes from Card Phrases #2.

A very busy patterned paper, so I didn't add much, just a border, banner and some butterflies.

You get a lot of Vintage Lace from one just cutting the die once.

The Mini Silhouette fits perfectly inside the Fancy Frame, both die cut from kraft-core.

This photo was die cut with the Mini Cabinet Card die, to add some interest.

The Poinsettia Flower pop-up. I used the pop-up die to die cut a photo that fits perfectly on top of the flower.

When you open it, it looks like this. I die cut two flowers with the Noel Set die and layered on top.

I placed another photo underneath the negative space, which then also looks like a flower. The back of this page was covered with a large photo.

There aren't as many photos of my grandfather, since he was the one holding the camera. I used the Star pop-up to die cut this photo and glued it on top of the star.

When you open the last pop-up you find this. The dragonfly was cut from the patterned paper and the bird die cut from kraft-core. 

Again, a photo was placed underneath the negative star die cut and covered with a large photo at the back. The end!

Thank you for looking at this very long post!

Have a lovely Easter!


Dies: Sizzix: Cameo Frame, Picture Wheel, Poinsettia 3-D Flower, Star 3-DSquare Ornate 3-D Frame, Love 3-D Phrase, Circle Label 3-D3-D Label,Vintage Lace, Tattered Banners, Party Set #2Noel Set, Love Set, Heart & Wing, Borders Thinlits, Doily & Doily Border Thinlits, Butterflies & Flower Vine, Lovely Labels Set, Heart & Label, Hearts & More, Sweet Treats for You Set, Lace Medallion Doily, Circles Framelits, Mini Bird & Cage, Card Phrases Set #2, Vintage Alarm Clock & Camera, Mini Filmstrip & Mini TicketsMini Pine Tree, Mini SnowflakesMini Labels, Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds Thinlits, Mini Gears, Fancy Labels, Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow, Fancy Frame, Mini Baroque, Mini Cabinet Card, Mini Silhouettes, Cargo Stencil Numbers      
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles 6x13 cream mat board; Tim Holtz Core'dinations kraft-core cardstock; Graphic 45 Old Curiosity Shoppe 8x8 pad
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Wallpaper & Wood, Classics #1, Steampunk, Hero Arts: A Village S5432, Serenade Birds & Flowers CG478, Number Pattern CG516, Dots and Flowers S5213, Lucille Delicate Flower CG476, Tiny Flower Background, Friend Collage AC022, Antique Flower Background S5264, Printer's Lowercase, Stampendous: Snow Bird, Kids on Wheels
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen; Versafine Vintage Sepia
Stickles: Distress Stickles Rock Candy
Pencils: Derwent
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology ChitChat stickers, Seasonal ChitChat stickers, Filmstrip Ribbon;


  1. I do not have enough adjectives to tell you how utterly amazing this is! I am BLOWN AWAY!!!!!

  2. Anna-Karin, it is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! I am stunned by your artistry! Cutting the PNC's into the shape of your album with a 2-step die cutting process is absolutely brilliant and I will definitely be CASING that idea! Wow!

  3. I'm speechless. This is absolutely incredible! You have such a unique way of combining dies. Absolutely inspiring! Like Karen, I will be borrowing that PNC shape idea! :)

  4. How absolutely beautiful, and clever!

  5. Holy cow! What a cool idea- you are amazing!

  6. A M A Z I N G!!!! what fabulous techniques!

  7. Absolutely stunning! You are truly inspiring .... off to do some creating :)

  8. This is simply one of the most unique pieces of art I've seen! Each time I look at the pages I see something I missed earlier. Just amazing! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the rest of us.

  9. The colors and styles you chose to surround the awesome vintage photos in this project really enhance them and make the book have a real depth and warmth - really really great job!

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous! I can't think of any adjectives that can really do it justice.

  11. What a phenomenal creation - and another of your amazing tutorial step-by-steps... your attention to detail is second to none - beautiful! Happy Easter (again!)!
    Alison xx

  12. What a spectacular creation! Precious.

  13. words will suffice to describe how much I liked this project..I kept seeing the pages again n again..I loved the creative use of pop-up too !

  14. Oh my, this isn't just a mini's a beautiful tribute to your mother, an amazing keepsake and a work of art! You have sooo much talent.
    Thank you for sharing this sweet treasure! :)

  15. Anna Karin, this is super super beautiful!!

  16. This is beyond amazing!!!! <3

  17. Absolutely Gorgeous!
    Curios what all the words mean and what language.
    Lovely project!

  18. I just can't believe how beautiful this is. I love the pop ups.

  19. Yet another work of art from your brilliant mind. You are truly gifted. Thanks for sharing such a personal tribute to your mother.

  20. WOW! this is fabulous - I wish I had your collection of dies!
    Thanks for the inspiration

  21. Wow! I am scrap lifting this for sure!!!

  22. This is an amazing work of art. What a glorious tribute to your family!

  23. Wow! I wish I had such imagination and creativity! Absolutely awesome!

  24. WOW! WOW! WOW! I am totally speechless! What an amazing creation! Such great techniques! I can't even begin to say how spectacular your mini-book is. I just don't have enough superlative adjectives in my vocabulary!

    On a side note ... your Mom is absolutely beautiful! She sure was a cute, adorable kid!

    She'll absolutely love this book.

  25. Love this amazing mini! Love all the old photos and the pop ups and the pics in the negative spaces. Super cool! Thanks for sharing this fabulous project!

  26. You couldn't have done a better job!! So FABULOUS! Can I come over to your place and borrow your tools??!!! I want one of these!!!

  27. This little album is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! Very creative and beautiful. I just looooove vintage photos! How lucky to have so many of them at your disposal. This is such a great way to preserve them. Nice work! Well done!

  28. Hi, Anna! Just stopped by to tell you that your Mini Book is featured on our Facebook Page today!
    Chana, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  29. This is truly extraordinary! I'd love to buy the tutorial!


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