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Revisiting A Favorite Project: Punch Collage

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Some of you may remember a Martha-inspired butterfly punch project using the classic butterfly punch I did two years ago (February 08).


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I decided to revisit the project again, this time using a heart punch


I punched all the hearts from a variety of different patterns and laid them out on a piece of cardstock to figure out where I wanted each one placed. Once I had them all organized I adhered each heart using a foam square.


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This time I also added a couple little accents: tiny pearls and some acrylic hearts (from an older Fancy Pants acrylic sheet) attached with mini-fasteners from Tim Holtz. Pattern papers came from my scraps. I wanted papers that included primarily yellow, orange, a bit of pink and a bit of gray - thinking a cross between Valentine's and spring.


EDITED : About the frame and mat, I have had this one for years (7+). Most likely I purchased it at either Target or Fred Meyer. The size of the opening is 8x10. A nice thing to look for when selecting a frame for this project is the double mat with the second mat lifted up off the first - it makes room for the dimension of the punches (that comes from the foam squares). I used a piece of swiss dot cardstock for the background.


Simple. Fun. Easy. I love punches.


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  1. Stephanie Howell says…
    02/08/2010

    love this, ali. i've been wanting to make one of these using all sheet music and/or text paper.
    beautiful!

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  2. Steph H says…
    02/08/2010

    I can't believe the butterfly piece was TWO years ago! Love the hearts and the little personal touches!

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  3. dawn says…
    02/08/2010

    I love this idea, I can use my scraps that are color related to my living room and hang it up in there. I love love this idea. I wanted something to do this year but didn't want the typical red, pink, white theme. This will really work. Thanks Ali.

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  4. stephanie says…
    02/08/2010

    Very nice! Love the mix of patterns and colors

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  5. Susan says…
    02/08/2010

    really sweet!

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  6. Jessica Herling says…
    02/08/2010

    That is a fabulous project! I was looking for a couple more decorations to add to our Valentine home decor and this is perfect! Thank you

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  7. Melissa says…
    02/08/2010

    Ali, this is a great gift idea for any holiday/celebration, with a little adaptation!
    For Christmas 2008 I made 5x7 versions of these using Christmas-themed SB paper. I used the negatives of some butterflies, the positives of others, and even put one on the OUTSIDE of the glass. It was a HIT and many family members now set it out as part of their Christmas decor! :)

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  8. Michelle L says…
    02/08/2010

    I loved that butterfly one so much when you posted it I bought the punch and have had it in the back of my head...you just brought it forward again and I plan on doing both now one for me and one for my dd. Where do you get those great double mat frames from?

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  9. Kelly Jo says…
    02/08/2010

    I agree! I never tire of seeing these all over cards either. Different papers just freshen it up so!

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  10. Steph says…
    02/08/2010

    Great timing! I just bought a new butterfly and heart punch this weekend. :) Thanks!

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  11. Jen K. says…
    02/08/2010

    I remember the butterfly idea, I tagged it and STILL want to do one myself. I love the heart collage as well--great for the mantle.

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  12. DAnett says…
    02/08/2010

    Ohhh,such a good idea. I love it. Thanks for it! I am going to buy a butterfly punch...:)

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  13. Nancy says…
    02/08/2010

    I've never forgotten the butterfly piece, either; it's simple yet brilliant; and I can also blame, I mean credit, you for starting my growing paper punch collection.

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  14. christen says…
    02/08/2010

    this turned out so pretty!

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  15. Heather Innusa says…
    02/08/2010

    I love this as well! So simple, but so pretty. I think I'm going to give the butterfly a try. You are so inspiring! Have a great day!!

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  16. Vee says…
    02/08/2010

    Very creative idea. I would love to make something like this using all the scraps of cardstock I have. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Tappin' Tamara says…
    02/08/2010

    That is a great idea! Great way to use up all those tiny scraps of paper we just cannot bare to throw out. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at it's best!

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  18. Phyllis says…
    02/08/2010

    I loved the butterfly project, but couldn't find a butterfly punch I liked two years ago. I've got a heart one up in my house, my teenage daughter has one, and we made one for a gift. We punched hearts out of patterned papers and used old magazines - we personalized with the punches from the magazines, both words and pictures. It's a great project, and something that your older children can help make.

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  19. Barb M. says…
    02/08/2010

    Love it, such a creative simple idea. Sometimes it is fun to just play with paper without making a layout. Thanks for revisiting.

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  20. Sarah says…
    02/08/2010

    What a marvelous idea!!! Simple. Creative. LOVE IT!

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  21. Jonnelle says…
    02/08/2010

    I'm so glad that you revisited this. I just moved and that butterfly one will be great for my living room, thanks!
    I love the heart one, especially the "4" and the "E" - perfect!
    Where did you get your frames?

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  22. Lynette says…
    02/08/2010

    Love both of them...will be perfect for my scrap room:)

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  23. Mary Rogers says…
    02/08/2010

    so gorgeous ali! Loved the butterfly one, but the this heart one is so me...
    question - what size heart punch did you use?

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  24. Linda @ A La Carte says…
    02/08/2010

    Love this! I don't have a butterfly punch but I do have a heart punch....hmmmm I think I have a new project!

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  25. Jen Day~sugaredsongbird says…
    02/08/2010

    I see gift ideas coming on...

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