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!



Paper Blossoms at CPAC Luncheon in S.F.

Posted by Ray Marshall on April 22, 2013 in Events, Paper Blossoms, Pop-Up Books |
Paper Blossoms For Lunch

Paper Blossoms For Lunch















I was honored to attend a luncheon yesterday hosted by the San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Committee to celebrate the work of the local teachers and care givers of children up to 5 years old. The reason for my being there was because CPAC as they’re known, choose Paper Blossoms as a centerpiece for all their dining tables.  I know of people that have used Paper Blossoms as a centerpiece for a single table dinner party but I never expected it to be used for an entire ballroom full of tables!!  This surely must be a first?!  Needless to say I felt very honored and spent a lot time chatting with the guests about the valuable work they do and answering questions about my weird profession!

For San Francisco residents interested in learning more about early child care and education here is the link to their website:  SFCPAC



Paper Blossoms Notecards Out Soon!!

Posted by Ray Marshall on March 12, 2013 in Paper Blossoms, Pop-Up Cards, Pop-Ups |

The problem with paper engineering is that it seems to take forever before your products see the light of day!  Such is the case with the Paper Blossoms Pop-Up Notecards.  It seems like an eternity ago that I designed these cards!  Well, wait no longer Ray because they are about to be released on March 19th!  These cards are based round the ever popular gerbera daisy and come boxed in six different color combinations, making it very hard to part with any of them!  For more details click here to visit the Chronicle Books webpage.

Paper Blossoms Note Card Box

Look For Paper Blossoms Notecards Out March 19th!

Paper Blossoms Note Cards

Six Different Color Options In One Box!

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Latest Updates

Posted by Ray Marshall on March 9, 2013 in Paper Engineering |

I’ve had my head down lately, bashing away at reducing the complexity (i.e. production cost) of my follow-up to Paper Blossoms.  The goal here was not to reduce the cost by diluting the spreads, but to find more efficient ways of producing the book.  This meant redesigning some of the spreads by combining separate pieces into one, and reducing the number of glue points.  Having done that the next task was to draw the laborious dielines!  This just seems to take forever because it is so boring!!  Thank heavens for BBC and NPR (National Public Radio) podcasts!

Now I have that out of the way I can focus on other more interesting things!

Yuletide Carolers Pop-Up Advent Calendar

Cover for Yuletide Carolers Pop-Up Advent Calendar by Junzo Tarada











Yesterday I reviewed the latest printer mock-up of this year’s Chronicle Books advent calendar.  This features the great artwork of Japanese artist Junzo Terada.  I wish I could draw in the wonderful stylish way he does.  If you’re not familiar with his artwork take a look here.  I don’t have any photos of the finished pop-up to share at the moment, but within the week I hoping.  The calendar will be available in August of this year.  More details are available at calendar page on the Chronicle Books website.

I have a couple of other projects that I’m evolving at the moment, but those are for another day.


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