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Se7en Create Pop-Up Travel Guides… and Another Crafty GiveAway…

April 18th, 2013 · 47 Comments

You know how we love traveling… virtual traveling or real traveling… we cannot let a voyage go past us without exploring just a little bit!!! So we have been making folding travel guides…


Of course we were inspired and this is possibly one of the most adorable GiveAways we have ever had… when these little fold our books arrived, from PanMacmillan South Africa, to review it was instant love… and I knew it as a project that we couldn’t resist…

These little fold-up city guides form part of the most stunning set of travel guides published by Walker Books. The series have two illustrators Nina Cosford and Sarah McMenemy. You can take a closer peep inside them…





These books bring new meaning to pop up guides, they are delightful. A mixture of beautiful illustrations packed with interesting details and little snippets to read. These books are ageless, the whole family has been browsing through them… places we have been are brought back to life and a whole lot of places have been added to the list of trips we “need to take”… These books will make you want to crack open a guide book and explore a whole lot further… We were so inspired by them that we hauled out our collection of Sasek travel Guides and set to making our own travel guides… city by city. We began by drawing a couple of landmarks in black drawing pen…

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As soon as we had a heap of little illustrations we began to construct our books…


Then we glued all the pictures onto coloured card…


And fold, fold, fold, trim, trim, trim…


And our travel guides were good to go…


I see many more travel guides on our horizons… a very easy bit of craftiness, with lots of fun learning as we read about places we would like to visit…





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And we have an adventure ready to begin…


The Gallery

I loved all the little details that popped up in the drawings… here is a zoomed gallery… if you click on the image you will be able to see them close up:

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I was astonished at how much we learnt, while making these easy-peasy fold-out travel-guuides… yes we could have included writing and yes we could have put some top travel tips on the other side of our fold-out books… but honestly this was enough… learnt a heap and had a whole lot of fun while we did it. Really the best traveling fun we could conjure up on a very wet rainy afternoon…

The GiveAway


So We have a copy of these books to GiveAway to a lucky reader… Leave a comment and tell us about your favourite destination… It doesn’t matter if you have been there or if it is on your wish list…

This GiveAway works in the usual way, just leave a quick comment and you have until the close of play on the Sunday 28 April 2013, to enter. We will draw and publish the winner next week and I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. All our GiveAways are World-Wide – so no excuse – leave a comment and enter away!!!

We want to thank PanMacMillan South Africa for the book that they sent us for review. And we would like to declare that we were not paid to do our reviews, just provided with book. All the opinions and artwork are entirely our own!!!

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Tags: Book Crafts · Brilliant Books · Geography · GiveAways · Homeschooling · Paper Crafts

47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 April Campbell // Apr 18, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Ooh! These are great! We love traveling as a family and have taken lots of road trips over the last decade. Our best was when we moved from east coast USA to west coast USA. A trip we will never forget.

  • 2 Tracy Jacobs // Apr 18, 2013 at 6:24 am

    We would love to do Route 66 in the States as a family (one day) 🙂

  • 3 Kirsty // Apr 18, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Looks fantastic. We want to visit London again with the children to see all the museums and galleries.

  • 4 Rachel // Apr 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Your children are so talented. I have been reading you blog for years and love every post. We would love to go to Australia someday.

  • 5 Nita // Apr 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Oh, we love travelling !!!

  • 6 Ellen // Apr 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Such a clever idea ! I would like to go back to Montelimar (for the nougat) and to see the salt cathedral in Poland.

  • 7 Heide Goodman // Apr 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Costa Rica for me ……… and then the rest of central America

  • 8 aunty muffin // Apr 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

    They look lovely! Venice!

  • 9 Katherine Aitken // Apr 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Your guides are brilliant, I would love to go the USA with the children.

  • 10 Phyllis at All Things Beautiful // Apr 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

    We would love to travel across the USA, stopping at all the wonderful sights along the way. I love these pop-up guides idea! It is wonderfully brilliant!
    Phyllis at All Things Beautiful´s last blog post ..History and Geography Meme #70:Playing History and Geography Games

  • 11 @soynuriaperez // Apr 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    These are so, so cool! Will keep this idea in mind for when my girls are a bit older!! My dream is to take them to a safari in Africa…:)

  • 12 Claire // Apr 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    hi there,
    i LOVE your blog – thanks for sharing.
    Edinburgh is one of my fave cities and i’d love to take my kids there …

  • 13 Jessica Brammer // Apr 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    After reading so much on your blog about cape town, that sounds like a great destination.

  • 14 Kelly A // Apr 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    London and New York

  • 15 Beth_N // Apr 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    These are great, love travelling would love to use this idea.

  • 16 Karen // Apr 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Have always had an unfathomable desire to see what outer mongolia is really like!

  • 17 Kelly Pardee // Apr 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Great Idea! thank you.
    I want to go to the moon : )

  • 18 Linda B. // Apr 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I would love to go to San Francisco. Oh, and Karen’s comment about outer Mongolia cracked me up!

  • 19 Reina // Apr 18, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    South Africa 🙂

  • 20 Shimone // Apr 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Cool Idear, my boys would love making their own little books! We have never gone on holiday but are lucky enough to live in beautiful Cape Town. The boys have voted and Egypt and London will be their dream destination tonight as they drift off into lala land. Thanks for all your wonderful blogs

  • 21 Jodie G // Apr 19, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Hmmm… would love to take my kids to Paris one day and Costa Rica runs a close second!

  • 22 Kerry // Apr 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    These are amazing! I think it would be fun to stay in a cabin in the Alps, a la Heidi. 🙂

  • 23 Granny Ant // Apr 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Love the pop ups. Would love to go back to Geneva again.

  • 24 Elisa // Apr 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    These are lovely! I would like to go to london with my family!

  • 25 Sue // Apr 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    London! London!London! And then the rest of the UK!!

  • 26 Jaime // Apr 20, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I would love to go to London! But I am so thankful to live in the beautiful United States. My children and my first grade students adore M. Sasek. I found a lot of inspiration in this post! Thanks!

  • 27 Paige // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Lovely! I would so like to visit Israel!

  • 28 Corli // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Wow, awesome! Favourite holiday spot? South Peninsula, we love you!
    Great excitement in our house today – our Where’s Wally give-away has arrived. Hurray, what a nice surprise! Thank you for it!
    Love from us all.

  • 29 Cara Kapp // Apr 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Please count us in! I loved Hong Kong

  • 30 shells // Apr 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Katmandu…on wish list 🙂

  • 31 Lande // Apr 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Such a great craft! Would love to go to Egypt!

  • 32 Wendy Meijer // Apr 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    London would be great!
    Wendy Meijer´s last blog post ..Five Minute Friday: Jump

  • 33 Mamalion // Apr 23, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Favorite destination- I’ll have to go generically with another country/culture. We have travelled quite a bit in Europe and loved it, also Canada and of course, the US, but I’d love to travel further afield now that the kids are older.

    I also have to mention Wally arrived to a great kerfuffle that he’d come that far! Thanks so much!

  • 34 Melanie Grant // Apr 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Definitely Israel – a place so rich in culture and history, and of course China 🙂
    Melanie Grant´s last blog post ..Homeschooling Books for Sale

  • 35 Mariah // Apr 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I love that you made your own! They are amazing 🙂

  • 36 Wendy // Apr 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    We are off to Australia in January and are so excited for our first trip there! I love these foldables and the books are wonderful. Thank you for providing this giveaway.

  • 37 Lidia // Apr 25, 2013 at 4:10 am

    London and San Francisco!

  • 38 creativejewishmom/sara // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Love this one! You are truly such an amazing inspiration, may you always have the time and energy to devote to creativity with your kids (and eventually grandkids, since you’re gonna have a ton!) and the ability to continue sharing this special gift with the world!
    creativejewishmom/sara´s last blog post ..Water Color Paintings For Lag B’Omer

  • 39 Love and Lollipops // Apr 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Oh WOW! These guides you made are amazing!!! We are inspired!

    My dream destination…Paris…maybe one day 🙂
    Love and Lollipops´s last blog post ..Little World Play: The Aquarium

  • 40 Lauren // Apr 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! These are so neat! Just found out that my 13 YO wants to go to Greece just like her mom, since that isn’t in the budget, this would be the next best thing!

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  • 42 Katja // May 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I am so inspired! Great!

  • 43 se7en // May 20, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Glad you liked them Katja!!! Happy travels!!!

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