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 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.


Have a great weekend!

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  1. Valerie says…

    This is such a cute project. I may try to do this with my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Poopsy says…

    Genius people with their genius ideas. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right? Consider yourself flattered.

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  3. Elizabeth Swan says…

    I'm sure my sister, Catherine Swan of www.paperbutterfly.com.au, would be flattered, too. I'll forward this site to her so she can see some of these butterfly creations inspired by her work. It's wonderful! Elizabeth Swan, Melbourne, Australia

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  4. lexi says…

    i just had to pop over and say thank you for passing on this inspiration--i found it through another inspired blogger last week and had to follow suit for mother's day. i loved making them and they were a huge hit!

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  5. O says…

    I finally got around to putting my version of this challenge together. lol
    http://im-up-for-the-challenge.blogspot.com/2008/09/weekend-creative.html I really like the way it turned out. It has found a home in my front room. :)

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  6. Brittany says…

    Hi! This is lovely and I want to make one! Did you use a shadow box? Where did you get your frame?

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  7. Tammy says…

    I am going to have to try this with my new Creative Memories Heart punch thank you for the awesome idea.

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  8. Tania says…

    Your wonderful collage inspired me to make one for myself :-) Thankyou!

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  9. Heather says…

    So pretty! I love this idea!

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  10. Caley says…

    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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  11. Busby SEO Test says…

    thanks, im happy to your post, love it , so sweet collage

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  12. Christina Hill says…

    It's gorgeous. Great idea.

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  13. Catarina Coelho says…

    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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  14. Nancy Ward says…

    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.
    Would you let me know if that's OK?
    Nancy Ward

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  15. Cherie says…

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

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  16. Karen says…

    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.

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  18. Mette says…

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

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  23. Diane says…

    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! :)

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  24. Saskia says…

    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!

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  25. Michael Parker says…

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

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