I used the paper collection " Zoo" from You Artists to make a 3 D Carousel Pop Up Album. Here is how the album looks when it is closed
I made a belly band with glitter foam and cardstock and added design motifs from the paper stack to bring it alive!
Added satin and faux leather tassels and a cute binoculars charm to a bronze ring on the closure . Decorate the band on all sides with matching papers.
In modern zoos most of the animals are not in cages but in enclosures and I tried to replicate that feel in my diorama style album. The first section is dedicated to the majestic tiger!
Each pop up diorama page has 3 layers which you can utilize to create a 3 dimensional effect and you can add photos right at the back or on the layers in front.
I didn't use any embellishments apart from motifs from the paper collection and its matching die cuts on each of the pages as it is best to have everything nice and flat for this type of pop up album. Isn't that sloth bear simply adorable !!!
I staggered the animals in different layers to add to the 3 D effect !
The section below has adorable zebras and a cute giraffe
I placed the zebras in such a way that you can see them clearly when you change your viewing angle!
Carousel Pop Up Mini Album Tutorial
The basic framework is pretty simple to make and is an adaptation of the popular "star album" you must have seen in the paper-crafting world. But this design uses less paper and so is easier to complete . I just added the pop up elements to make it more fun! You can keep it simple by just adding photos or go all out like I did here and create mini pop up diorama scenes for each section.
Pattern Paper/Card stock - You can make the basic framework using cardstock or if you have good quality, thick ,double sided paper this project is just perfect for it as in this design you can see and use both sides of your paper. The You Artists papers I used in this project are 250 g thick and double sided so perfect to use as the base.
You need 6 sheets cut down to 9 x 8 inches
This way you can use photos upto 4 inches wide on each half. Tweak the measurements to fit your needs.
Step 1 : Score at 4 inches on the 8 inch side
Step 2 : Fold in half along the score line
Step 3 : Fold back the upper free corners of your folded page to meet the center fold as shown above in Step 3
Step 4 :
Chop off the corner triangles along the fold lines [ as shown by black arrow]
Step 5 : You will have a "house" shape when you cut off the corner triangles from both the sides.
PS: The cut lines should fall along the black arrows in the photo...I had initially added a flap to my design thinking I will add magnets there but later abandoned that idea and chopped off that flap...so don"t get confused seeing that extra bit.
Cardstock to create the Pop Up frames :
six 8 x 5 inch and
six 7½ x 5 inch cardstock pieces
Tip : Don't use very thick cardstock as it can become too bulky.
Choose the colours according to each section
Step 6 :
Score the 8 x 5 inch pieces at 1/2 inch from either side and down in the middle along the long 8 inch side
Step 7 :Score the 7½ x 5 inch cardstock pieces at 1/2 inch from either side and down in the middle along the long 7½ inch side
To create the windows
To create the windows in your pop up frames you can simple fold the card pieces and cut out rectangles to create the apertures or use dies in your collection to create the windows
Tip : Take care not to make your frame borders too narrow as then you wont have room to add decorative and pp up elements.
Step 8 : I used a simple rectangle die to cut out the windows
Tip : Mark the center of your die and align this to the central scoreline on your cardstock to get perfectly centered windows
Step 9 : Cut out windows in all the frames
Step 10 : Valley fold along
the central scorelines and mountain fold along the scorelines at the ends as shown above
Step 11 : Apply glue to the 1/2 inch ends[which are gluing tabs] of the 8 x 5 inch frame as shown
Step 12 : Stick one 1/2 inch gluing tab to the edge of your base as shown
Step 13 : Fold over your frame with the other gluing tab folded and facing upwards as shown
Step 14 : Now fold over your base and the gluing tab of your frame will stick in place.
Do the same thing for the smaller size 7½ x 5 inch frames...the only difference is that these will stick over your 8 x 5 inch frames
Step 15 :
Fold a 5 x 1 inch strip of card stock length wise to create connecting tabs to join each of your pop up diorama sections
Step 16 : These will go on the back side of your diorama as shown above. Apply on one diorama and align and stick the next one [ red arrows]
Tip : A combination of adhesive tape and liquid glue is best for this step
You can see how the pop up frames help to create dimension and depth in this seal diorama.
This one below is my favorite .
You have the adorable sloth bear with the serious gorilla in the backdrop!
I fuzzy cut leaves from the paper in the background and added them to the frames
The sign and the fence are some of my favorites from the Zoo theme!
I kept the penguin diorama fairly simple using black and white frames to set a subdued tone to the busy backdrop!
And here is the back side of the diorama...where you can see the double sided nature of the papers and which you can use to add more photos and journalling
The carousel is held in place using hidden magnets