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Fun and Inspiration from My Creative Origami Table

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Origami is a fun, creative, instructive, and a challenging interest. Origami can be used in the celebration of many important events that mark the passage of time in our lives. As I have done in years past, I’d like to share with all of you, my fellow origami travelers, a time-lapse video with the projects on my origami table, my visual journal for 2014

A year’s worth of creative projects in just a few minutes!

I am always active at my origami work bench scribbling out ideas for videos or tutorials, learning new models from many of the tremendously talented paper folders in our community, and always looking forward to meeting more people through feedback and interaction online and at convention.

My table, like yours, evolves in time as different projects move across it during the course of a year. As you’ll see too, Lady Coco -our dear sweet assistant loves to spend time close at hand giving her purrrrfectly wonderful encouragement, and is prominently featured. She sends her regards to all.

I hope what I show here in this visual journal  helps to inspire your own creative work. I wish that in the coming year you find your life full of fun, that you are productive, healthy, and joyous. Having the ability and desire to learn, to express yourself through origami, at whatever level, or with any other art that suits you, is a great blessing. Lets all have a great folding year and add some beauty to the world. There can never be enough and it’s always needed.

Here are links to origami models highlighted in the video.


Rocking Horse
Easter Rabbit
Heart Messenger
Horse Bookmark

Frame with Hearts


Butterfly Box

Four-Season Trees
St. George and The Dragon


Swimming Fish

Cloe’s Star
Dog – Chihuahua



Hexagonal Flower / Snowflake

How to color paper for origam
Quickie Rose

Skull and accessories


Inflatable Heart

Easy Bird
Christmas Tree
Modular cube
Bottle Gift Wrap

Full List of Visual Journals:

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  • irmin January 21, 2015, 12:22 am

    Way to go, Leyla. Looking forward to learning more from your clear-instruction, nice-to-watch, wonderful-designs tutorial videos !

  • Gerardo January 13, 2015, 12:39 pm

    I so love your table… what a magical place!

  • Debbie J January 12, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Wow, what a great video review. You sure did accomplish a lot during the year.

  • Dawn Tucker January 11, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Thank you, Leyla! I look forward to this each year!

    This year I used my settings to slow the video to 25% of its normal speed, so I could absorb more of it. You had a busy 2014!

  • Elsa Lucia Cabrera January 11, 2015, 2:51 pm

    Dear Leyla,
    Thank you so much for a super recollection of your origami table during 2014. You are very artistic.
    You with Juan and Coco have been teaching me how to love origami.
    I wish you and your team a super 2015 full of love, happiness, music, food, laughter, many trips, flowers etc, etc.
    Elsa Lucia

    • Leyla Torres January 11, 2015, 3:08 pm

      Thank you Elsa Lucía. We send all our love to you too!

  • Andrew Hans January 10, 2015, 10:32 pm

    Hola Leyla:

    I enjoyed the video. Thanks for posting it. I liked a few of the books I saw scattered across your desk at times–On Paper. I enjoyed reading that. As well as the book by Pablo Neruda. I don’t know if this poem is in there, but my favorite by Neruda is Poem #20. The one that begins:

    Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.

    Escribir, por ejemplo: “La noche está estrellada,
    y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos”….

    Hauntingly beautiful writing.


    • Leyla Torres January 11, 2015, 3:07 pm

      Hi Andrew,

      I know which poem you are talking about, but I don’t think it is included in this book. This is dedicated to the “odes”… Ode to Age, Ode to the Apple, Ode to the Dog, Ode to the Cat, Ode to Salt…etc.
      I wish I could write an ode to Pablo Neruda!

  • Rita Teo January 10, 2015, 10:18 pm

    I feel encouraged to follow in your footstep and keep an Origami journal. Watching this video brought back pleasant memories of folding the origami models you recommended.
    Thank you and may 2015 brings the best yet from Origami Spirit!

  • Cynthia January 10, 2015, 5:22 pm

    I enjoyed watching this soooooo much!! Love seeing your year of creativity with origami. Loved seeing your cat. Reminds me of mine always trying to bud in on what ever I am doing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leyla Torres January 10, 2015, 8:04 pm

      You are welcome, Cynthia. Thank you for your warm words!

  • Rosemary Browne January 10, 2015, 4:22 pm

    Where do goosebumps come from? This past year has been another remarkable effort from you Leyla, to bring to us all, the most spectacular models always superbly taught. Behind and inside each tutorial is always a gentleness and, I feel, the essence of the true spirit of origami; and that indeed is love.

    ” I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

    Van Gogh

    Thank you as well to John and Coco who are quite obviously your inspiration and hard-working partners.

    Best wishes for another amazing year: 2015!


    • Leyla Torres January 10, 2015, 8:07 pm

      I remember reading “Letters to Theo”, the letters that Van Gogh wrote to his brother. It caused me a lasting impression. I loved it!

  • Edna Siu January 10, 2015, 4:21 pm

    Leyla, you have such a huge collection of origami treasure, each one of them is so unique and lovely.
    Looking forward there will be more and more tutorials, so all of us can learn and enjoy the love of paper (origami) can bring us despite everyday chores and chaos, that we can truly sit down and refresh a moment by entering in the origami world of entertainment and achievement while we enjoy your demonstration. Have a wonderful and joyful New Year.

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