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May 15, 2011

Father's Day Pop Up Photo Album Card

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I previously made a prototype of this card using all rectangular photos. This variation has a mix of square and rectangular photos.

I made this card for publication in the May Paper and Pixels, which came out today!

paper and pixels May cover

How to make a photo album pop up card

Cut out pieces

--base card: 12” x 6”, folded in half so each side is 6” square

--backing pieces for center pop up pictures: 2 rectangles, 2.25” x 3.5” and 2 squares, 2.25”.

photo album pop up card

--4 pop up strips: ½” wide, 3.75” long

--4 pop up strips: ½” wide, 2.5” long

On each 3.75” strip measure and mark .75” from one end of the strip. Score across the strip at the mark and crease the strip. Mark a tiny x at the cut end of the long segment of the strip.

On each 2.5” strip measure and mark .75” and 1.5” from one end of the strip. Score and crease at both these marks. Mark a tiny x at the cut end of the longest segment, which is 1” long, of the strip.

photo album pop up card

Attach strips to photo bases

If there is a right and a wrong side to your cardstock, flip the cards so the wrong side is showing.

Draw guidelines on the wrong sides.

On the squares, measure down from the top edge and draw horizontal lines at 7/8” and 1 3/8”.

With the rectangles in portrait orientation, measure down from the top edge and draw horizontal lines at 1.5” and 2”.

photo album pop up card

On each square, place a 3.75” strip horizontally across the center of square, lined up with the guidelines. Line up the cut end (with the x) with the right hand edge of the square and glue.

On each rectangle, glue a long strip horizontally across the rectangle with the x-mark lined up with the left hand edge of the rectangle.

photo album pop up card

On each square, apply glue to only the 1” (x-end) segment of a 2.5” strip. Glue it right under the longer strip, aligning the x-end with the left edge of the square.

On each rectangle, apply glue to only the 1” segment of a short strip and adhere it along the top edge with the x-end aligned with the right hand side of the rectangle.

photo album pop up card

Fold the short strips on the squares toward the left.

photo album pop up card

Fold the short strips on the rectangles toward the right.

photo album pop up card

Glue pop ups into card

Place the photo bases on the card as shown.

Note that the strips almost meet the center line of the card. There is a small space between the top and bottom of the card and the pop ups. There is a small space between the pop ups.

photo album pop up card

Fold back each strip section at the crease nearest the card center and spread glue on the back of just that section. Straighten out each strip and glue to card.

photo album pop up card

Allow to dry completely.

Flip the photo bases into position, one pair at a time. You will have to twist the rectangles to get them to bypass the squares and lie in the proper position.

photo album pop up card

photo album pop up card

photo album pop up card

photo album pop up card

photo album pop up card

photo album pop up card

Now you will glue the remaining loose ends of the short strips.

Partially close the card, collapsing all of the photo bases to one side. Check that the strip ends are folded down, toward the center of the card.

Spread glue on the strip, but only between the end of the strip and the first crease. Still holding the card partially open, check that the card bases and strips aren’t crooked. Close the card.

photo album pop up card

Flip the card over, partially open it and glue the other two strips.

photo album pop up card

Close the card and weigh it down until it dries.

photo album pop up card

Glue your photos to the card and to the pop up pieces. Finish the front as desired.

photo album pop up card

I got the idea for the mosaic front from this book.

There are lots of free mosaic page layouts here, designed by Tami Potter.

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