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. donnalugue@yahoo.com says…

    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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  2. LG says…

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

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  3. Dallas says…

    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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  4. flyingfishlips@gmail.com says…

    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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  5. Melissa says…

    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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  6. a little lovely says…

    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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  7. Heather says…

    Super cute & simple! Love it!

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  8. Jamie B says…

    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:

    Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  9. Rjcollings says…

    "Creativity belongs to interest" i have love to create paper craft. They are not only look pleasant to the eyes but also help to make the design better. I have attached few of the paper flowers on my http://small-fridge.net/ge-gmr04gaebb-small-fridge/ which looks stunning now."Stands out from the crowd"

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  10. silversand says…

    Butterflies are a great theme to choose, as there are so many colors to pick from. I am sure if you let your creativity on the loose you can come up with some gorgeous designs. http://www.spilleautomatergratis.org/

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