Interactive Pop Up Book School Project

Pop Up Book School Project
          Hi friends, my daughter came home last week and said she had to make a "chart" for an English poem! I was quite perplexed  I must admit!
          Education is rather progressive nowadays...her English teacher had assigned different poems to groups of children and each group had to creatively present the poem in class using  power point presentations,vocabulary quizzes  and pictorial charts. What a fun way to learn wont you agree...!!!
My daughter's group was assigned the poem " The Old Wife and the Ghost" by James Reeves.
Pop Up Book School Project
           The theme was just perfect to make an Interactive book and so I encouraged my daughter to make a  pop up book. Our plans were rather grand to start with but oooh it was pretty time consuming  involving brainstorming what elements to make , what scenes to draw, working out the paper engineering aspects, making rough templates etc etc..hehe I think you get the picture ! And at one point I nearly abandoned the idea!
             Well finally we decided that a few well made pages were better than a dozen sloppily made pages and we settled on  a cover page and 3 interactive pop up pages .
I  hope you get time to watch the video we put together and give my kiddo a thumbs up! Also  please  do forgive the barking dog in the background ...our neighbor  has just got a new dog and poor thing has not quite settled in!
All graphics and illustrations are by my 11 yr old. She used stamps and distress inks plus some freehand paper cutting to create the cover page
 Pop Up Book School Project
The first page has a  pop up house in the center with blades of grass  and shrubs popped up behind it.  The book is rather huge ..measuring 12 x 9 inches and I had to do quite a bit of maths to work out the dimensions of the pop up house....will not bore you with all the details but will share a few steps on how it came about.
Pop Up House
My daughter used the TCW Mini Bricks Stencil and Distress Inks  on Cream colored card stock to create the brick walls.
Pop Up House
We die cut windows and added glitter strips for window bars and pattern paper for the curtains.

Pop Up House
Fabric curtains were not a good idea as it could get entangled and affect the pop up mechanism on opening and closing.

Pop Up House

Pop Up House
The house has gluing tabs on 2 walls and is technically called a box type of pop up. Here is the link to a simpler Pop Up House Card Tutorial I have shared earlier.
Pop Up House
The roof is not glued on but rests snugly on a supporting piece which also acts as the chimney. I got this design idea from Robert Sabuda, the master of all great pop ups

Pop Up House roof
Though I had to help quite a bit in the paper engineering aspect of the book my daughter was the real artist, creating the sky and grass using distress inks  and drawing the ghost freehand . 
Pop Up Book School Project
I experimented with 2 hidden pop up slider mechanism  in this project and they helped to create a bit of drama by making the moon rise and ghost pop up on saying the right lines from the poem!
Pop Up Book School Project
 The Old wife had a very neat kitchen so this pop up scene inside the cottage was in contrast to the darkness of the first outdoor pop up . My daughter helped design the oven  and the kitchen cupboards which were easy pop up mechanism.
Pop Up Book -Kitchen
 Decorating the kitchen was real fun. My mom had come to spend Sunday with us and we even took her input on design of the wall paper and the flooring!
DIY Pop Up Book
Adorable Cottage Cutz dies were used to create the basket of fruits and the Creative Expressions kitchen utensils were painstakingly die cut by my daughter. Hehe I must say it was a Sunday spent very creatively!
Pop Up Kitchen Scene
We used silver and black card-stock to make the oven.

Pop Up Kitchen
And lo... above the window is the ghost peeping in!

Pop Up Book
The last scene depicts the ghost banging the pots and pans and being a naughty ghost!!! This pop up mechanism was the most challenging ...requiring several rough drafts and experimenting with different weights of paper before I got it perfect. But once I got the paper engineering part of it right my daughter had a gala time adding cups and saucers! She even thought of  the little details like adding broken cutlery on the floor!
Handmade Pop Up Book
And here is the proud little girl...[not so little any more] with her pop up book.
Pop Up Book School Project
 She took the Pop Up Book to school today and everyone including her English teacher were super impressed with it. Sigh...well worth all the effort I guess!!
And please do give a thumbs up on her video if you can spare a moment. It will mean so much to her!

Supplies : Dies : Grass : Dienamics [MFT ]Grassy Edges, Shrub : Spellbinders Ferns, Kitchen Utensils : Creative Expressions Necessities Apron Die. Fruits and Vegetables : Cottage Cutz Cornucopia, Basket : Cottage Cutz Spring Basket with Ducks, Flower Vase : Cottage Cutz Birdbath. Window : Sizzix Tim Holtz Window and Window Box,Cupboard : Couture Creations Victorian Square,Oven Burners : Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles,Cup : Elizabeth Craft Designs Teacup. Cup , Mugs , Kettle: Paper Smooches Coffee and Tea.
Linking to
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a die cut
DL Art February
Pixie's Snippets Playground - lots of snippets used on every page of this Pop up book!
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