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CLASS: Pop-up Assemblage Album (Download the Handout)

I had such a great time teaching the Spring Pop-up Assemblage Album at Scrapp'n Savvy yesterday. Thanks to all my great students and the wonderful owners and staff.

There were technical issues with my printer and I couldn't get the handout and templates printed, so I am including them at the end of this post for download. 

For many years, I would design classes for Lance to teach with Rusty Pickle products. In my storage room I had a plethora of RP shaped chipboard and acrylic albums from days of yore. However, I rarely am able to teach with ringed albums because pop-ups need a solid (not slushy) binding.

When my students requested a mini-album class incorporating the Pop-up Ball die and the Hearts-a-Plenty die, I realized that I could use those ringed albums and just incorporate solid bindings for the two pop-ups.

I mixed up the pages to create an Assemblage Album and came up with this:

01 AA Front
I knew that creating two pop-ups was an ambitious undertaking, so I kept the rest of the album very simple, with just paper and a few embellishments. Some of the students stayed after to further embellish their albums with amazing results. (Yes, Leslie, I'm looking at you! Post pictures on your blog, please!) Another regular feature of my classes is that I don't normally grunge or ink them. I always encourage my "inky" students to bring their inks and use them to their heart's content.

02 AA Interior1
The first interior spread had room for photos and journaling. The papers in this album are Kaiser Craft "Miss Nelly" collection and feature a lot of beautiful colors, from pinks, to greens to teals and navy. The theme is generic, with bright Spring colors, so I used Easter photos on mine. I haven't completed the journaling yet.

Turn to the second spread and you'll see a clear tag on the left page that is being held down by a turning oval closure:

03 AA Interior2

Turn the clear oval to release the tag for opening, and as you open the tag, you'll see that the layered flower embellishment is interesting - the heart is attached to the tag, but the flower is attached to the pop-up inside the card. Opening the card creates some fun movement:

04 AA Interior3
Once the card is open, the Hearts-a-Plenty pop-up is revealed:

05 AA Interior4
The flower is attached to the back of the pop-up so it will also pop-up:

06 AA Interior5
Close the card, spin the oval to secure it, and turn the page to reveal the final spread in the album:

07 AA Interior6
The circle chipboard page has an envelope closure with flaps that are secured with twine. Unwrap the twine to release the flaps and the ball will pop up:

08 AA Interior7
The ball is attached to the page with a brad, allowing it to spin for viewing all twelve pictures:

09 AA Interior8

Here are the video instructions for the Hearts-a-Plenty Die:


For the Ball die, I never filmed an "official" set of video instructions, although some might be out there from shows, etc. Here is a link to a blog post that has some good picture instructions: Picture Instructions for the Ball Die.


Here is a downloadable set of instructions including templates for creating the Heart and Circle pages, plus the envelope template and the sides of the ball. You'll want to make sure that page scaling is set to "none" or "100%" when you print the PDF so your templates won't shrink. The chipboard circle will be 8" top-to-bottom if it has printed correctly.

Another option for making this type of album is to purchase a Basically Bare mixed-media album and then modify the project to fit the album. 

Download Assemblage Instructions copy

Next up for Scrapp'n Savvy is a Layout Class on April 7, 2012. We will make two one-page pop-up layouts and you will receive instructions and a shopping list to create the second half of each spread, as an optional add-on. One layout will be the right side of the For the Record class and the other hasn't been designed yet, although I picked up some beautiful new Prima papers at the store yesterday and they're calling to me!

Hope to see you there!