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Altered Art Technique - Creating a Pop Up

Using an altered art technique and a template and from the provided link to create an embellishment that will literally pop up when your page or book is opened.


A pop up must be placed on alternating pages of a two page layout. For a pop up to work you will need to slice through the plastic page protectors when putting them in an album so they can open and close. I usually just cut around where the cut out is and then use a small glue dot on the cut edge so it will stay in place.

There are loads of fun pop-ups to try. I made a pyramid pop-up on an Egyptian themed layout and a bunny pop-up on an Easter page. The ones shown are in an altered book.

Start by printing your template :

The pop-up template can be re-sized to make something larger like a 12x12 layout or smaller to make a card. I would recommend doing this on a copier so everything remains proportional. For a smaller image you can use this template as is on a 12x12 layout.

Start by cutting out the template sheet and trace it onto cardstock that coordinates with your layout, then cut out. Score on the dotted lines to fold and crease. Chose your image to mount as a pop-up, if it is flimsy I recommend mounting the image on cardstock also. Be sure your image is no so large that it will go beyond your page when it is mounted. You can test this by holding the image up to the base and positioning it where you plan to place it on the page. You will need to score your image mounted on the larger part of the template down the center so it will fold easily.


Mount the pop-up base (smaller part of template) to your layout with glue or other adhesive. Attach the image now mounted to the larger part of the template to the base already attached to your page. You have now created a pop-up!

Find more altered art techniques here.

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