I have been having a blast with my nature journal. I am investigating all of the plants and creatures in my yard and documenting what I find out. I'm also adding some fun pop-up elements.
I will link to the YouTube videos I made of each mechanism. That way, if you want to try it yourself, you have the instructions, You can always ask me any questions, too.
Sunflower with Butterfly Pop-Up Mechanism
This pretty sunflower spread has a secret. If you pull down the leaf . . .
a butterfly pops up from behind the sunflower.
Here's a close up. There are two videos. The first shows how to make the dimensional sunflower and pages. The second shows how I did the pop-up. You can find the first video here: Sunflower With Butterfly Pop-Up Video
This hummingbird and flowers tableau pops up when you open the page.
Here's a close up. You can find the instructions here: Hummingbird Pop-Up Video
Monarch Pop-Up and Life Cycle Wheel
This pretty junk journal page has two interactive elements. The monarch pops up when you open the page AND there is circle of life wheel.
The pop-up is the same mechanism as the hummingbird pop-up.
And the circle-of-life wheel shows the stages of development as you turn it.
You can find the monarch pop-up video here : Monarch Pop-Up Video
And you can find the circle of life video here: Circle of Life Video
Pop-Up Bird's Nest
This pretty page has a nest in a tree and some journaling cards that tell all about the nest I found.
It also has some hungry babies that pop up when I slide the mechanism up.
This is the simplest mechanism I've tried and would be a great one to start with. You could make anything you want pop up.
Here's a video of the pop-up birds nest mechanism: Pop-Up Bird's Nest Video
Let me know if you have any quesions!