Saturday, October 30, 2010

My first pop-up book

This is my first attempt at making a pop-up book. I didn't attempt any amazing pop-up structures; I just attached my trees to little pop-up squares made with two cuts on the fold.

I've submitted this book as part of a BEST challenge so you can vote for it if you like it! Or vote for whichever you like best - by visiting the BEST blog. There are some really great entries in the challenge this year.


So, this is a Time for Patience. A handmade pop-up book to celebrate the procrastination innate in leaf raking. No sense starting until every leaf has fallen.

It is a 2-page pop up. So the first pop-up spread is a tree, barren of leaves, except for one at the top.


The second spread is a wider scene of that same tree and a couple others, with the rake and the raker and the fallen leaves, all waiting patiently for that last leaf to fall.


I also collected a few leaves and made some rubbings which are used on the covers of the book. Leather spine.

18 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Rhonda,

I can't believe this is your first pop-up book. You did a great job with it. I love the fall theme, and the way you portrayed waiting for that last leaf to fall before raking is wonderful. Great job.

Linda E.

Niko said...

I love it! Aren't pop-ups fun?

Rhonda Miller said...

Thanks Linda and Niko. Yes, it was a lot of fun! So much potential with pop-ups, and I could start to see how amazingly complicated they could become.

PrairiePeasant said...

I find it hard to believe this is your first pop-up too! You may have used a simple structure, but it's very elegant in its execution.

richard norman said...

Brilliant first attempt.

The theme of waiting for the last leaf to fall has great appeal.

Very good design.

10/10

Lizzie said...

Love this little book! It's so cute and made me smile. I do like your choice of theme - DH was moaning about how the leaves wouldn't all fall at once, so he could get them collected up. He's been dying to get out and play with his clever leaf-sucker machine thingy...
I like how the tree branches are not contained by the pages, but peek out from the edges; also how you have stuck lots of leaves to the page, to look like a real leafy garden. And I love the bright orange pages, leaf-print cover paper and the leather quarter-binding.
It's just a great little book altogether!

Ashley- OffTheHooks said...

wow i love it! can't believe its your first one either!
images of trees rank among my most favorite things.
nice work.

Dolores said...

This is wonderful.

Randy J. Arnold said...

Very nice!

Studio B (UberArt) said...

What an awesome job you did! It looks great!

Becca Burgon said...

Hi! This is my first time visiting your blog and I am so impressed! I have only been in the bookbinding world for about a year but I love it! I was wondering how you made the rub-ons of the leaves. They are beautiful! Do you share? Thanks!

Rhonda Miller said...

thanks Becca Burgon, welcome to my blog! I didn't rub on anything. The leaves were all individually cut from some of my hand marbled paper and some red handmade paper. Then I pasted them on there one at a time! No big secret to share there :)

and thanks for all the kind words, uberart, Randy, Dolores, ashley, richard, laura, and Lizzie!!

Moi said...

Fabulous! Love the concept and the execution.

Rhonda Miller said...

thank you, Moi!

Jeff McRitchie said...

That looks great! It's very impressive that you tried making a pop-up book. Good job!

Rhonda Miller said...

thanks Jeff :)

detta_oh said...

Hi! I was just wondering how did you bind your book?

Rhonda Miller said...

hi detta_oh.
This book is just two folded sheets, pasted together, then pasted into the book. So it was all about paste. No sewing.