We have been in the pop-up business for over 20 years creating all sorts of paper products – books, brochures, invitations, cards and sculptures.  Our real specialisation is in paper engineering but we are often involved in the many other aspects such as conceptualising, design, editing and production.

Over the years we have established Papersmyths as one of the most innovative forces of paper engineering in the world of pop-ups and packaging.  We are proud to have created a number of unique paper mechanics and have patented a number of paper products. Our first real pop-up work was the pop-up Noah’s Ark, created for Portico Cards in 1991 and our first book, The Mystery of the Russian Ruby was published by Orchard Books in 1994. Since then we have gone on to work with many publishers in the UK and abroad, including Intervisual and White Heat in the United States.

The sequels to our first whodunnit book, The Eye of The Pharaoh and Pirate Plunder’s Treasure Hunt were also published by Orchard Books, and subsequently we were busy creating and producing the many books you can see on our portfolio.

We now also work in the corporate world – creating brochures and mailers, invitations and all kinds of novelty items that use the paper technology found in pop-up books. Our clients include Sky, Harrods, RedBull, Iggesund, Nespresso, Jimmy Choo, Advertising agencies from all over the world, Shorewood Packaging, and Television Production Companies.

Assembling the Ben and Jerry's pop-up bookHarrods crest pop-up card

We have gathered a team of creative professionals with whom we can pool ideas and resources.  We work alongside illustrators, designers and photographers and are always on the lookout for new talent. We also have an excellent network of printers, finishers and assemblers who we call upon.

With a wealth of experience in the world of novelty books and with lots of pop-up innovations of our own, we have created hundreds of pop-up books with many different paper engineering mechanics: Tip-ups, pull tabs; dials; changing pictures; pivots and rivets, etc.  We endeavour to make pop-ups integral to the story, not just an add-on.

We know card and paper, how it folds and what stress it is under when it is made to move in a particular way, we know where it needs to be creased, perforated, slotted or strengthened.  We know what will work and what won’t.

Paper engineering is a technical, exacting and highly skilled art form.  With 20 years under our belt, we like to think we have some paper engineering expertise and technical know-how to deliver the highest quality products.

We would love to hear about your project, email us the details and we can discuss your options and arrange a quotation. Click here to email us.