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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. cindy mandernach says…
    02/08/2008

    love these butterflies...they look great framed. sometimes it is the simplest design idea that makes the greatest art...
    cindy

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  2. Joan says…
    02/08/2008

    Ali...that is gorgeous!! You have definitely inspired me. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog.

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  3. Jeanette says…
    02/08/2008

    Oh my, am I inspired. I hope I get some time this weekend to give this a try. :)

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  4. Sarah L. says…
    02/08/2008

    Simplistic, yet beautiful! Very inspiring!

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  5. Rachel says…
    02/08/2008

    Wow! I am so inspired! I have been looking for artwork to hang in my 2 year old's room and I think I have just found what I want.
    Thank you for such a great idea

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  6. Penny says…
    02/08/2008

    oh fun fun. must must do. lovely lovely collage. notice the repetition? hahaha. I've already gotten started. (although every word is true). can't wait to attempt it this weekend. Thanks for a fantastic prompt.

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  7. Terri Paulson-Sasaki says…
    02/08/2008

    Oh so very cool, I am so glad that I have a 3 day weekend.

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  8. sharyn (torm) says…
    02/08/2008

    well done! I love that!

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  9. kd says…
    02/08/2008

    SO SIMPLE, BEAUTIFUL AND JOYFUL, thanks for WEEKEND CREATIVE. I LOVE this! Kim D

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  10. Maria says…
    02/08/2008

    Very cool Ali! I love the little Journal Revolution butterfly! Perfect touch of color and words on the collage! Just LOVE it! :D

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  11. Sharon says…
    02/08/2008

    I love this idea, I will put this on the long list of projects I would like to do.

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  12. Heather says…
    02/08/2008

    WOW...that is great!! Lot's of ideas swirling around now! Thanks!

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  13. Steph says…
    02/08/2008

    Ali, I don't know how you do it, but you are so full of inspiration!!!
    This is gorgeous!!!!!

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  14. Christine Campbell says…
    02/08/2008

    I love that, I'm going to have to try that one!!

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  15. Jill says…
    02/08/2008

    Cool! I really like this! I added this project to my lists and will do it when I can. Thanks for your wonderful inspiration!

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  16. jennifer says…
    02/08/2008

    this is soooo adorable. hope your boys are better!

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  17. Heather says…
    02/08/2008

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. I love it!

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  18. Kelly Libby says…
    02/08/2008

    Have you ever been on ancestry.com? So cool. You should totally check it out. I've been addicted to it the past week since I first found it. I'm working in on finding out my family's story and then going to scrap it. Have a great weekend.

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  19. suetreiber says…
    02/08/2008

    wow that's cool. Who knew!

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  20. Lisa says…
    02/08/2008

    Great prompty, Ali-- should be fun, and pretty quick, too!

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  21. mary says…
    02/08/2008

    I made the MSL advent box calendar and loved it- this is defintely next. It is utterly simple and beautiful. It would look beautiful in my girls' room. Thanks for the terrific idea!

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  22. mary says…
    02/08/2008

    ps- did you eyeball it, or did you really measure out your page to line up your butterflies perfectly?

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  23. laura says…
    02/08/2008

    I absolutely LOVE this!!! Going out this weekend to find that punch!!!! =D

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  24. Kerry says…
    02/08/2008

    So fantastic! I know what I may be doing this weekend! Thank you for all the cool link & inspiration!

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  25. Jill says…
    02/08/2008

    You don't even know! I LOOOOOVE this! I'm soooo inspired and I can't wait to do it this weekend. I know I will because tonight I am alone...all three kids and husband are gone! For the first time in 13 years I will go to sleep and wake up in an empty house!

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