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Pop-Up Mail Art Cards

April 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, April 9, 2-5pm

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About this Workshop:

Create a moment of unexpected joy for someone you love by mailing them this pop-up card brimming with paper flowers. In this class you will be shown how to create the dynamic mechanism that makes a bunch of flowers “bloom” when this card is opened. Perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or any other special occasion. 

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary!

Registration closes March 30, 2022 to allow students time to gather/purchase materials.  Registration includes a small fee for supplies provided in class, including card stock, mail-themed collage materials, washi tape, and waxed thread. A list of additional items students will need to gather/purchase will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample project images by Bel Mills


Registration includes a $2 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including: card stock, mail-themed collage materials, washi tape, and waxed thread. In addition, students will need to gather/purchase the following items for class:

  • 7 windowless security envelopes, preferably with 2 or more patterns
    •  OR 4 pages of photocopied letters
    • OR 4 old book pages
  • 1 roll, double-sided tape
  • Glue stick
  • Circle Punch 1″ OR 1/2″ – example (instructor will have a few extras to share)
  • (optional) Collage materials from your personal stash


Bel Mills is a collage artist and book designer inspired by second-hand, vintage, and commonplace paper. In her Northern Virginia studio, Scrap Paper Circus, she uses old books, cardboard boxes, envelopes, and office supplies to create one-of-a-kind journals and collaged artist books. For Bel, repurposing old paper is not just a method, but also a muse. She believes second-hand paper frees an artist from worrying about mistakes and allows experimentation without the agony of “ruining” precious materials. This outlook infuses her books with a feeling of possibility, whimsy and delight. Students leave her classes with clever, personalized journals that are fun to make and a joy to use.  You can find more of Bel’s work at scrappapercircus.com, as well as on Facebook @scrappapercircus, and Instagram @scrap_paper_circus.

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