Weekend Creative : February #2 : punch collage

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This weekend's project is inspired by Margaret's heart collage (just right for Valentine's Day) and Australian artist Catherine Swan's beautiful paper butterflies (read more of her story + see the size of her art here). I originally discovered Catherine's work through Oh Joy.


Repetition is one of my most favorite principles in design and punches are one of my favorite products. I use punches to create repetition all the time when creating scrapbook layouts + minibooks (especially using that square Giga punch ). This new little collage will be replacing my holiday collage that has been above my sink since November (will be storing the collage with my holiday stuff + will pull it out and stick it back in the frame for next year).


This collage was created using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch and a variety of different scraps of paper: junk mail, scrapbook paper, pages from old books, etc. My white sheet of background cardstock was cut to 10x8 to fit into the mat of the black frame. I used tiny foam dots as adhesive. There's no real method to choosing which papers to use - I tend to go for a balance between text, lines, dots, etc.


The basic prompt: create a collage (or a scrapbook page) using two things (1) a punch of some sort and (2) the principle of repetition to bring it all together. Here's some additional punch shapes if you are looking for something to add to your collection: heart, star, postage stamp.


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Have a great weekend!

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  1. Heather

    2008-12-31 11:11:34 -0600

    So pretty! I love this idea!

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  2. Caley

    2009-01-05 05:53:00 -0600

    Great idea and really pretty. I'm thinking maybe I need one of these punches to make a card-stock mobile too. Little butterflies floating in a girl's room...

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    2009-01-17 02:30:11 -0600

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  4. Christina Hill

    2009-02-03 01:27:02 -0600

    It's gorgeous. Great idea.

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  5. Catarina Coelho

    2009-02-12 20:48:19 -0600

    FANTASTIC! Just ADOOOOOOOORE it! Very inspring! :) Thank you so much
    I was looking for ideas with butterflies, to make things for a wedding in MARCH, 21st. The bride loves butterflies and this Martha Stewart butterfly punch is JUST WHAT I NEED!
    However, since I am in Portugal I can't find it here and I can't find on the web to buy either! can you help me??? Do you have a Link you can share with me??
    Thank YOU

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  6. Nancy Ward

    2009-02-18 09:24:26 -0600

    Hi!
    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.
    Would you let me know if that's OK?
    Thanks,
    Nancy Ward
    http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com

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  7. Cherie

    2009-02-23 09:56:11 -0600

    Wow! Just came across this. It is truly awesome! Guess I'll be getting this punch. Thanks for sharing.

    * edited 08/11/14 09:56AM
  8. Karen

    2009-03-01 04:52:35 -0600

    I came by your page and am so impressed with your pages, and your organization. I have been doing scrapbooking off and on. My big concern is having a billion albums that are just pictures...but you inspire me with your rehashing of your albums.
    I intended to show you some origami quilting that would make nice additions to scrapbooking...it would be great to see what you come up with. Take a look.
    http://www.squidoo.com/origami-quilting

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    2009-03-22 20:01:01 -0500

    wow... great butterflyes

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  10. Mette

    2009-03-24 20:49:37 -0500

    I love it! I want such a punch too, but it seems to me sold out. Too bad...

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  15. Diane

    2009-08-02 09:59:52 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I really love this idea! And so does my sister! I made one frame for her, and the other day made another smaller one for me. They are so fun to make and I love going through all my old magazines looking for fun colors and designs. I've gotten quite a few compliments, and have of course referred everyone to your site as the source. I wanted to ask you if you would mind if I made more of these to sell? Since this is your idea I don't want to steal it, but they are so fun to make, and unfortunately I don't think I could get away with hanging these all over my house. ;) I want to ask for your permission, and if you would rather that I didn't sell them I totally understand. Just thought I'd check. Thanks for all the great ideas and tips! I love your site! :)
    Thanks,
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  16. Saskia

    2009-08-28 22:04:12 -0500

    These butterflies have been going through my mind for months now! I've ordered the MS punch (YES, they even sell them here in The Netherlands!!!) and now I am trying to find a frame! Could you tell me where you bought yours?
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    xoxox

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  17. Michael Parker

    2009-11-08 08:27:13 -0600

    Butterflies!!! I will have to try this one.

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    2010-01-19 03:02:09 -0600

    good day! i am 52, mother of 4 grown up kids, from Manila, Philippines. I admire your talent and your creativity. How I wish that i could also post all the things that i do but unfortunately i don't know how to blog. your layouts in your magazine serves as an inspiration'

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  19. LG

    2010-02-04 19:19:45 -0600

    i like it i want you to send it at my email so that i will know

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  20. Dallas

    2010-02-11 12:15:25 -0600

    I know you created and posted this ages ago but in searching for butterfly collages, I just found it and have to say "It's gorgeous!!"
    Now I KNOW I have to give this idea a try :o)

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  21. [email protected]

    2010-02-28 12:55:40 -0600

    Thanks for the inspiration. I ran out and bought the punch, but didn't realize that it was so small. So, I set to work to make a much bigger version, each one hand cut.
    I used Amy Butler scrap book paper and it turned out lovely. You can see it here... http://junkinjunky.blogspot.com/2010/02/knock-off-art-paper-butterflies.html

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  22. Melissa

    2010-03-16 08:31:17 -0500

    Public service announcement, although I'm commenting over two years late:
    I looked everywhere for a frame that would work for this. It needs to be deep enough so the butterflies won't be pressed up against the glass, because that spoils the look a little bit.
    I finally found what I was looking for at Michaels. They have a bunch of frames that are double-matted like the one in Ali's example, with lots of space between the glass and the display.

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    2010-08-17 05:07:17 -0500

    i realize this is a very old post, but i just came across it and i absolutely love this project. i'm working on one now for a gift but i'm thinking i might make some to sell. would that be ok with you?!

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  24. Heather

    2011-12-19 21:53:52 -0600

    Super cute & simple! Love it!

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  25. Jamie B

    2012-08-17 20:10:33 -0500

    These butterflies are gorgeous.. this is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing this. I hope that it's okay, I just finished a paper crafts hub and couldn't help but feature your pretty framed butterflies. You can see it here:
    http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/20-DIY-Home-Decor-Ideas-using-Decorative-Paper#

    Thank you so much for sharing :)

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