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Shabby Flowers Butterfly Book

What's on my desk....

I had a stack of craft paper scraps on my desk so I decided to make a little journal prompt book that showcases tinged edge shabby flowers with them.

Since the paper was for a book template and already folded and sized after making a wider spine score I began with Vintage Stamps – Butterflies and collaged the cover. The spine score wasn’t really necessary but originally I was going to paste the flower inside. I’ve been wanting to make a flower showcase book and that was my first idea to use up these scraps, change of plans once I decided to highlight the shabby flower like a specimen.


I then punched a hole and stamped the inside. I carefully aligned the hole punch out to paste on top of my journal prompt envelope and pasted the envelope to the inside. This is where I pasted my shabby flower after the book was almost fully constructed.

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I then added my journal prompt to the envelope underside and the book was nearly finished. A spine reinforcement made from coffee dyed tracing paper, a few little embellishments and it was finished.

While it is a little wider than a pocket it can still be easily clipped to a journal page and adding the little journal prompt was a nice addition for creating a hidden note. I love the vibrancy of these butterfly stamps and they gave me a unique color palette to to create with. 

Next time I think I’ll make a little notebook to attach to the inside and use the circle punch cut out as a top cover for the notebook, maybe even turn the book sideways and pop the flower right in the center of the book cover, that would make a beautiful little desk notebook, recycling the clutter on my desk and making it something beautiful and useful at the same time.

This paper craft made with:

6 pages beautiful vintage style stamps with light distressed antique butterfly images and French postal marks. Two stamps per style (approx. 2.25") and one roll smaller images. On vintage paper (no white edges when cutting) and white backgrounds. Full color and sepia.


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