focus | butterflies

What to do today? I looked at the schedule, and spotting the darling as today’s sponsor decided to take inspiration directly from her. Today, I focus on butterflies. First, here are some of my favorite butterfly products:

I find punches and stamps to be my most used – love the added layer and detail. Lately I’m really into the new Martha Stewart Stitched Collection – and it is full of great summer colors and butterflies too. In fact, here is a layout that I created with that line (and my tiny Jenni Bowlin butterfly punch pictured above)

I can’t even begin to tell you how much FUN this layout was to make. I love how the butterflies make such great finishing touches.

Supplies used on above layout:

 Here are my  5 favorite ways/reasons to use butterflies:

  1. In conjunction with buttons and other retro accents
  2. Because I am scrapbooking my beautiful little girls and they love butterflies
  3. On thank-you cards
  4. With flowers and/or leaves
  5. On spring themed projects

Of course, you don’t really need a reason! Like flowers, buttons, or stars you can just kind of incorporate sweet little butterflies into just about any project. From babies to weddings, parties to summer, and anything in between they are such a happy lovely thing to add. If your project is about flying, soaring, starting over, and other symbolic things you can use them easily there too!

Think butterflies aren’t grungy enough for you? I beg to differ! You can mix it up with all kinds of paints, inks, and other mediums especially if working with stamps. You can make a distressed aged rusty butterfly if you really want. I figure, if Tim Holtz can release butterfly stamps and dies, it’s well and truly an image that anyone can make use of.

Or you can do like I did, and fully embrace the girliest of pinks…

Here is a tag in progress. I’m using an old Tattered Angels stencil on a tag that i painted pink.


I’ve covered it with molding paste for texture, and while the stencil is still down I misted with dylusions ink spray in pink. Note the blue and green specks of color around the butterfly? That is because I had a dirty stencil (and I did so intentionally).

Once dry, I felt like the pink was too vivid so I dabbed white acrylic paint lightly over it to tone things down. I love the look I have now –

I am not going to further embellish it, as I intend to use it as a birthday package tag. OOH! Birthdays. There is another great place to utilize a butterfly accent.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at butterflies in my crafting, and I hope you’re inspired to focus on something and craft inspired by that (whether it is butterflies or something else entirely) this weekend.

today’s post is sponsored by

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23 thoughts on “focus | butterflies”

  1. Your page looks so summery and happy. And that tag! Love the modeling paste effect and love the pink

  2. I love the idea with the molding paste and the stencil! I have to try that technique!
    Thanks for the continued inspiration, May!

  3. Your use of color inspires me SOOOO much. I’m going to make a bright bold statement today, somehow, some way!

  4. Love your layout. I have a hard time passing up butterflies & birds. I just got some Maya Road canvas butterflies from Bluemoon the other day that I’m anxious to use.

  5. Love the layout and I really love your tag! For some reason butterflies are the one item that I have trouble using, I just need to get over that fear!

  6. Very fun LO! I agree that butterflies are simply wonderful as imagery! They mean rebirth, reinvention, beauty, delight, freedom, so many fabulous things! All things we hope for as our daughters grow. Thanks for sharing your great tag idea, too! Very cool!

  7. I have never loved butterflies but all of a sudden I am really enjoying using them in lots of different places!!! Thanks for all your ideas!!

  8. I love your l/o and the tag, so cute they are!! Just bought a butterfly stamp today and love it, so happy that’s what the project is for today. Have always loved butterflies, all kinds and sizes!!

  9. It’s been so long, I’d forgotten why I had modeling paste in the first place. Thanks for the reminder.
    Love those butterflies, tho I do have troubles placing them on my boys’ pages. Sometimes I just ‘DO IT’.
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  10. Love Shimelle and really love your happy layout. I’m into butterflies at the moment as well.

  11. I love, love putting butterflies on my projects. They are beautiful or whimsical, and they can even be steam punked . In nature they are so delicate but yet so strong. They make me happy!

  12. I too, love love love Butterflies! That tag is awesome! What is moulding paste? thanks for sharing.
    Loly Borda

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