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February 8, 2008

Weekend Creative : February #2 : punch collage


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 10×8 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.


Have a great weekend!


  • 1.

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

  • 2.
    Joan said…

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

  • 3.
    Jeanette said…

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

  • 4.
    Sarah L. said…

    Simplistic, yet beautiful! Very inspiring!

  • 5.
    Rachel said…

    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

  • 6.
    Penny said…

    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.

  • 7.
    Terri Paulson-Sasaki said…

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

  • 8.
    sharyn (torm) said…

    well done! I love that!

  • 9.
    kd said…


  • 10.
    Maria said…

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

  • 11.
    Sharon said…

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

  • 12.
    Heather said…

    WOW…that is great!! Lot’s of ideas swirling around now! Thanks!

  • 13.
    Steph said…

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

  • 14.
    Christine Campbell said…

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

  • 15.
    Jill said…

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

  • 16.
    jennifer said…

    this is soooo adorable. hope your boys are better!

  • 17.
    Heather said…

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. I love it!

  • 18.
    Kelly Libby said…

    Have you ever been on 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.

  • 19.
    suetreiber said…

    wow that’s cool. Who knew!

  • 20.
    Lisa said…

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

  • 21.
    mary said…

    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!

  • 22.
    mary said…

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

  • 23.
    laura said…

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

  • 24.
    Kerry said…

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

  • 25.
    Jill said…

    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!

  • 26.
    lovely cee said…

    you are cool, Ali! thanks for the links. i finally bookmarked “oh Joy” and rock paper and scissors. thanks for being so generous with your endless ideas and resources.

  • 27.
    christine said…

    LUSCIOUS! p.s. my favorite punches are from Stampin’ Up….check them out :)

  • 28.
    Elizabeth said…

    This is gorgeous! I’ve been collecting ideas for my Handmade Holiday this year, and I know some folks who would love this kind of thing.

  • 29.
    Kristine said…

    That is gorgeous!!! You are amazing.

  • 30.
    alexandra said…

    Love this idea – especially loving the butterflies – they remind me of someone who was amazing!
    Thanks, Ali. Happy Friday!

  • 31.
    Katharina Pradel said…

    Oh, Ali – this is sooo gorgeous!
    I love repetition as well, which is graphic in a way and as a graphic-designer it’s just perfect!

  • 32.
    Lisa said…

    I normally don’t like those little punches…but my mind has changed! I’m going to do this project! Thank you..and by the way yours is beautiful!

  • 33.
    Mary Rogers said…

    super cute Ali!
    so inspiring!!

  • 34.
    Wisley said…

    This is stunning! I really love how something as simple as a punched element can create something really beautiful when repeated several times. Great work!

  • 35.
    Jackie Hughes said…

    I love the look of the collage–very clean and just nice!!! ~~Jackie

  • 36.
    cindy b said…

    love it!!!!!

  • 37.
    MelissaL said…

    How cool! I just love it!!!! Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 38.
    Chris said…

    I love this!!!!!!!
    I have a scrappy day planned for tomorrow, I am thinking that this just got put on the list of things to complete. It just make me so happy looking at it.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • 39.
    Corey said…

    ok, really cute! and looks so easy. I might actually have to do this one!
    Thanks Ali! :)

  • 40.
    kaylea said…

    Oh ali
    What a fab idea.
    I needed a splash of color for my new office space at the church.
    My creative wheels are turning because this would accomplish it, and fill my need for simplicity.

  • 41.
    amy j. said…

    Ali…I will so do this for my girls playroom. But please tell us how you got them lined up so perfectly. Please!

  • 42.
    kaylea said…

    Oh ali
    What a fab idea.
    I needed a splash of color for my new office space at the church.
    My creative wheels are turning because this would accomplish it, and fill my need for simplicity.

  • 43.
    Crazy Daisy said…

    very nice! I’m looking forward to trying this!

  • 44.
    vee said…

    awesome Ali, I will be doing this over the weekend, thank you for the continued inspiration :)

  • 45.
    Kristen said…

    what kind of frame did you use?

  • 46.
    Jenn said…

    My little Charlotte Rose & I can’t wait to drop my boys off at school, so we can hit the Scrapbook Garden, to hunt for a butterfly punch! Hey, I just had an idea, maybe I could use my Mickey Mouse punch to make one for her room! GREAT idea & quote, as usual! Ciao, bella!

  • 47.
    Lynn Herrick said…

    Love this. I have the perfect frame waiting upstairs with nothing in it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 48.
    anna tremblay said…

    COOL! I love the your butterflies. I can’t believe how much creativity your own creativity sparks based on pics from the flicker group…. It only takes a spark to get a fire going….:) I’ll have fun looking for my 1st puncher outter…. Thanks for your amazing ideas!

  • 49.
    young c-m said…

    This is such a great idea – I love it!

  • 50.
    Michelle said…

    That is so cool! I’m still working on my list from last week :-)

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