“Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds” Is Released!

Posted by Ray Marshall on September 17, 2014 in Making Pop-ups |

I’m very excited that “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds,” the successor to the original “Paper Blossoms” is finally out!  A big thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy and patiently waited!

Available now from Chronicle Books!

The Hummingbird Spread From "Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds"

The Hummingbird Spread From “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds”


Report From Shanghai

Posted by Ray Marshall on July 23, 2014 in Making Pop-ups, Pop-Up Book Events |
One of the Metro exhibit posters.

One of the Metro exhibition posters.


For five great days I got to experience a small part of China in Shanghai.

Myself, David Carter, and Colette Fu, were asked to present and talk about our work.  This was part of an exhibition of pop-up books in the Réel Department Store on West Nanjing Road, an interactive exhibit were people could explore pop-up books by actually opening and closing them and using the pull tabs.  What a great concept!

David, Colette, and I, also got to show some of the hundreds of people that passed through the exhibit how to make simple pop-ups and then take them a step further by adding their own design features.  Jason, the exhibit organizer had a large area for people to display their work and gave out prizes for the best ones.

Click here for my Shanghai slideshow.

Exhibit Visitors Explore David Carter's Book

Exhibit visitors explore one of David Carter’s books.


















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Advance Copies of “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds” Arrive!

Posted by Ray Marshall on July 22, 2014 in Making Pop-ups, Paper Blossoms, Pop-Up Books |
Cover of "Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds"

Cover of “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds”




















Much excitement the day before I left for China day over the arrival of the advance copies of “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds.”  They arrived just in time for me to pop them in my suitcase to take with me.  The visitors to the pop-up exhibition were the first to see the new book!  Pictures coming soon!

Pre-order “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds” through Chronicle Books.
Release date is September 16, 2014.



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Ray Invited To Speak At Pop-Up Exhibit In Shanghai

Posted by Ray Marshall on July 12, 2014 in Making Pop-ups |

I feel honored to be one of the paper engineers invited to speak and demonstrate our craft at an upcoming pop-up exhibit in Shanghai!

The exhibit will be running at the Reel Department Store, West Nanjing Road NO.1601, between July 11th and August 22nd.  I’ll be there on July 19th and 20th.

The exhibition will display many kinds of pop-up books, feature interactive programs, presentations, and demonstrations.

If you’re reading this in Shanghai please stop by and take a look!


Ray’s New Book Is Getting Closer!

Posted by Ray Marshall on March 12, 2014 in Making Pop-ups, Pop-Up Books, Pop-Ups |

Time for an overdue update!  I’ve been occupied in many directions lately.  I’ve been finishing up a non pop-up paper project, exploring several other creative ideas, working on my house, and the completion of my next pop-up book!

With much excitement the publishing team and I have sent the books color and artwork changes back to the printer and now eagerly await our new assembled proofs at the end of the month!  As soon as I’m allowed to post pictures and descriptions I will!  The book is due out this fall.

I’m also starting to think about another downloadable pop-up design to post here on my website, hopefully by end of March!  More soon.



Revised “POP-UPS YOU CAN MAKE” Page!

Posted by Ray Marshall on November 13, 2013 in Making Pop-ups |

I’ve been updating my website recently. Consequently there were times when the site wasn’t available as I experimented with my limited knowledge of web coding!  So apologies for that!

As you can see there is now better menu navigation at the top, it’s not perfect, but I’ll perfect it over time.  This will now give me the opportunity to add more articles and material to the site, and for it to be found!!  Not hidden away somewhere.

The big change which has taken a few days is a new “Pop-Ups You Can Make” page. I’ve made this more accessible with a page of images to click on. Now you can see all the pop-up choices without having to scroll down the whole page. I’ve also fixed a couple of broken links and even updated the “Flying Man” pdfs that accidentally still had scanned images left in them!

Check back from time to time to see what’s been added. I’ll also be Tweeting any changes @PopUpGuy.


Make This Fun ‘Window’ Invitation!

Posted by Ray Marshall on November 1, 2013 in Crafts, Make Your Own Pop-Ups, Pop-Up Cards, Pop-Ups |

This is a really useful pop-up that you can make and adapt for any use – whether it’s an invitation, a birthday or holiday card, or just a fun pop-up scene. The cut out window allows you to see through to the back of the folded pop-up inside.  Therefore you can have a ‘before and after’ design.

Once you have made this version make another where you change the shapes and their size. See how far away you can get from my design!  NOTE: There is no artwork on the print outs!  That’s for you to add!

Link to download page.

Window Invitation

Window Invitation


Make this 'window' pop-up invitation!

Make this ‘window’ pop-up invitation!


















Yuletide Carolers Pop-Up Advent Calendar Now Available!

Posted by Ray Marshall on September 3, 2013 in Advent Calendars, Pop-Ups |

Finally, pictures of Junzo Terada’s Yuletide Carolers Advent Calendar!

The calendar features a fun winter wonderland pop-up town with animal carolers that I created, and is now available from Chronicle Books.  Each day open one of the twenty five flaps to reveal a hidden ornament that can be added to the festivities in the build up to Christmas!

Yuletide Carolers Pop-Up Yuletide Carolers Pop-Up

Yuletide Carolers Yuletide Carolers Pop-Up Advent Calendar

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Overdue Update!

Posted by Ray Marshall on August 9, 2013 in Making Pop-ups, Pop-Ups |

I realize it’s been quite some time since I updated my blog!  This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy, far from it.

Apart from continuing to explore new paper projects (some of which are not pop-ups) I have just completed a fun business to business pop-up marketing piece for a well known American household product. Unfortunately the agreement with the client was that I’m not allowed to mention it or photograph it!  You’ll just have to take my word for it!  The great thing about that particular piece was that I was able to produce it locally, which not only sped the job up, but mean that I could go on several press checks to oversee the printing and assembly.

In late July I took time off for a family holiday in Hawai’i in July but before heading out I met with Chronicle Books to discuss the artwork for the follow-up to Paper Blossoms.  The paper engineering and costing for my new book has finally all been locked down so it’s now full steam ahead with the artwork!  We’re very excited about this book, we have some very elaborate spreads in it!

I have also just received advance printed copies of the new “Yuletide Carolers” advent calendar that I recently designed for Chronicle Books.  I will take some pictures of the pop-up for the next post.


Paper Blossoms At Lunch Again.

Posted by Ray Marshall on May 10, 2013 in Paper Blossoms, Pop-Up Book Events |
Sarah Anderson's Lunch Table

Sarah's Lunch Table













A trend is evolving!  A wonderful lady called Sarah contacted me to tell me that she has been using Paper Blossoms as a centerpiece for her various table settings since 2011!  She has a blog called Hyacinths For The Soul which has great posts about entertaining, gardening, and other topics related to the home, plus plenty of links to other blogs that she recommends. Go take a look!


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