How to use butterflies in your scrapbooking? Butterflies are a popular shape to use as an embellishment on scrapbook pages. They instantly add joy and lightness to a layout and they tend to add color wherever they go. In fact, it is quite challenging to put only one of these insects on your page. You can’t help yourself in wanted to add as many as you can and in every color of the rainbow! Butterflies are just that awesome!
This blog post features many awesome, gorgeous, funny and exciting examples of how our fellow scrapbookers have incorporated this iconic shape in their memory keeping.
This first layout features a lot of butterflies, but in a very subtle way. Different sizes and colors of butterflies have been added and they are centered around a beautiful cluster of flowers. One larger butterfly is part of a design triangle with the gold lettered title (gorgeous!) and the flower cluster. The featured black and white photo is a part of this floral cluster and has the butterflies flying all around it. The words on the background paper help to add more structure and depth to the page.
There’s no problem spotting the butterfly on this page! The gorgeous cut-out butterfly is filled with pastel colored paper. Notice that not áll the cut-out have been filled, some have been left empty and have the background paper peep through. I love the idea of adding those buttons to the body of the butterfly. It adds structure and some interest. Also notice the design triangle formed by the three clusters of smaller cut-out butterflies that add balance to the page.
I love the grungy feeling of this layout. It just goes to show grunge and butterflies do mix! Lots of butterflies have been cut out from different kinds of patterned paper. I particularly love that deep blue-purple patterned paper. The butterflies have been arranged in a cluster that has a lot of movement and seems to fly around the photo. The rest of the layout has been kept largely white. The yellow background paper adds a contrasting pop of color.
This layout features lots of cut-outs: the butterflies (of course), but also the title and leaf cluster cut-out. I love the 3D effect of the butterflies. It really is like they have just landed on the watercolors of the background paper. Those background colors are repeated in some of the butterfly colors. I love the idea of creating your own background using watercolor paint. The possibilities are endless and you can pick the colors you want to highlight. The little glittery silver sprig of leaves adds a little texture and a cute pop of color.
This layout, again, shows a butterfly cluster that moves around the photo. The style of this cluster is completely different though. The cluster is built up out of different kinds of leaves and flowers and has a couple of very colorful color popping butterflies on top. I love the little black twig sticking out and pointing towards the photo. And I also love those cut-out title letters!
This layout screams butterflies and color. It is absolutely gorgeous. The cut-out butterflies all have different colors, but still match together because they are all the same style. I love the stitching on their little bodies. The butterflies are arranged in such a way that it seems the girl in the photo is looking at them and seeing where they are flying off to. The colors of the butterflies are repeated in the “messy” paint splattered and dotted (love those handmade giant-sized polka dots!) background.
Another very colorful butterfly layout! A gigantic cut-out butterfly is symmetrically fill with sweet pastel colored paper. These colors are echoed in the small butterflies that are scattered all over the page and in the pastel-tinted watercolor background. Notice that the small butterflies are primarily arranged around the big butterfly and the photo. This way, some precious white space is still available on this busy scrapbook layout.
This layout also contains butterflies, but has a completely different vibe to it. I love to see how even with similiar embellishments (in this case the butterflies) you can achieve a multitude of looks in your memory keeping. The star of the show is the 2×2 grid of gorgeous flower photos. They are matted on top of green sprigs popping out from every side and corner of the photo grid. Very thin strips of colorful paper have been arranged vertically on the background. The butterflies (love those different sizes and colors) have been added, togehter with some dark swirls, as the perfect finishing touches.
On this layout, a wreath of 3D butterflies is arranged around the central photo and word art cluster. Many different kinds of butterflies have been used, as well as flower die-cuts, hearts, stars, flowers, sequins, leaf cut-out
On this layout, more stitching is used: this time around different sizes of white cut-out flowers. Color is added to the butterflies by pink, green and yellow watercolor paint “blobs” around the cut-out shapes. What a wonderfully original idea! This way, the page still has a restful feeling to it, even though it is filled up with big shapes. My personal favorite finishing touches on this page are the little bow ties added to some of the butterflies.
This page shows lots and lots of layered 3D butterflies. The butterflies themselves are mostly black and white with a hit of color in each of them. The color pop is added in the layers beneath the individual butterflies. The combination of the black and white butterflies and the colorful layers creates at the same time a cohesive look with lots of variety. The vertical arrangement of butterflies pulls the two color halves of the page together. This is aided by the tiny white butterflies on the pink colored background paper on the left side of the page.
I love the grid structure and symmetry of this butterfly-filled page. A literal rainbow of butterflies has been created around the cute featured photo. Notice that the butterflies have a slight 3D-effect on them. This adds some dynamics to the layout and fits the 3D cut-out of the photo frame and the felt title lettering. Notice the journaling under the different colors of the butterfly rainbow rays! What a wonderfully subtle way to add your story without “disturbing” the creative design of your scrapbook page.
This layout shows another kind of butterfly rainbow. I love how the many mány cut-out butterflies have been arranged in a dynamic shape and not “just” on a line or circle. The red color of the butterfly rainbow is echoed in the big ampersand of the title. I love how white space gives this page a minimalistic look, despite the multitude of little butterfly embellishments that were added. If you have a butterfly paper punch (or preferably two different sizes) and a lot of patience, this look is certainly worth going for!
Another layout with lots of butterflies and yet still a lot of white space. I love the cut-out upper and lower border of the page, filled with that gorgeous teal-blue color. This blue is echoed in the glitter blue title and some of the butterflies. Smaller and bigger butterflies are arranged in a vertical column, completely surrounding the featured black and white photo. The colors used for the butterflies are very happy and bright and thereby perfectly supporting the theme of the layout!
I love how every butterfly in this butterfly-filled wreath has a hand-painted look. The butterflies are circling the featured black and white photo and are seem to be flying towards the big grungy-colored title. Notice how depth and texture have been added by layering the 3D butterflies on top of flat lying cut-out flowers, paint splatters and stitching. Arranging the butterflies with hearts, flowers, leaves and enamel dots in the wreath adds playfulness and movement.
The creator of this layout had opted for a color scheme with a retro vibe. I love the dark reds, yellows, greens and oranges. The black and white featured photo fits this color palette perfectly. I also love the simplicity of this page: the butterflies have been cut out from the same paper that is used as embellishing strips across the page. This instantly creates unity.
I also love the subject of the layout. What a great idea to round off your year and use the question “What has this year brought me?” as a journal prompt to document the year’s highs and lows.
Such a cute layout with such a cute photo! I love the bright pop of white that the butterflies bring to this page. The butterflies have been arranged in a sort of rainbow color order that is easy on the eyes. Choosing such a dark brown as the background really makes the photo ánd the butterflies pop! A little extra bling is added to the page with the little rhinestones (or sequins, it is hard to say) and the shiny finish on the word “color” in the title.
Not only is the little girl in the photo lovely, this whole layout is! The white space, black and white photo, white-outlined title and the almost explosive colorburst from all those butterflies are beautifully balanced on this page. Adding some brightly colored ink or watercolors to the background where the butterflies fly brings extra dimension and exuberance to the layout. I absolutely adore those intensely bright and happy colors of the butterflies!
The perfect place to fly a kite…. ór, to let loose a rainbow of butterflies! I love the grid structure of the page with the three featured photos matted by vertical rainbow colored patterned paper strips. The effect of the butterflies almost literally escaping from those vertical strips is so cool! The added rhinestones (or enamel dots?) to the body of the butterflies are the perfect finishing touches. This layout is a suiting tribute to a very happy and sunny day.
Another rainbow themed layout, although this one is a little bit more subdued. The butterflies add to the rainbow effect created by the title (love those different fonts and textures of the letters!) and the pockets filled with colorful buttons. Extra color is added with some paint splatters.. I love that button pocket idea! What a fun addition to your pages! The rather plain colored beige background is embellished by the decorated scalloped edge.
I love scrapbook layouts with lots of embroidery or stitching on them. In fact, I have written a whole blog post about how you can add more cross-stitching to your pages. Take a look at that article over HERE!
The embroidery on this page is not made by cross-stitching. It is a fairly straightforward embroidery stitch that everybody is able to master.
The title of this layout is “Angelic” and with her bright blue eyes and blond curls, this little girl (on this ever so slightly overexposed photo) truly looks angelic. This ethereal theme is emphasized by the use of a very soft pastel color palette and by adding those most angelic of all the insects: butterflies!
I love the way the stacked paper cut-outs of the butterflies are tied together with a little bit of bakers twine, adding both texture and dimension to the page. This is a very sweet layout that really lives up to its title!
The vibe of this layout is quite different from the former angelic one, even though they have the addition of butterflies in common. This vibrant, almost grungy page is filled with movement and joy. I love that the butterflies are cut out from all different kinds of patterned paper. This is a great way to use up those little scraps! And notice how all the butterflies have been stitched to the page! The
This layout consists of a colorful cluster of page elements, leaving lots of white space. The photo of the cute girl is not exactly black and white and not exactly full color, but it fits the overall color scheme of the page beautifully. The photo is placed on top of a whole stack of different patterned paper strips, oriented both vertically and horizontally in 90 degree angles. The butterflies and paint splatters add playfulness to the page.
Notice that the free flying butterflies are the same as the butterfiies on one of the patterned paper strips. Cutting out printed shapes (in this case, the butterflies) from paper you already have, can save you some money on embellishments!
Those hot pink butterflies really pop off the page! Apart from the grungy blue stamped background and the photo the page is kept very white. I love those big white title letters that are really only visible very well because of the background. The color combination of the hot pink with the teal blue is really a winner! Extra paint splatters, little hearts and additional words add some grungy whimsy to this stunning page.
“Beautiful”, what a fitting title for this layout and the cute little girl it documents! The chosen color palette has a vintage vibe with its old pink. I love the grid structure of the page. The spaces that have not been filled by the three cute photos are filled all different, but matching, patterned papers. Gorgeous pink butterflies have been added, amongst many other embellishing elements. I love the pearl-beaded bodies of these butterflies. It lends such an air of sophistication and class to the page.
This is a very sophisticated looking scrapbook page! Again, the little butterflies are escaping from the vertical ombre-toned patterned paper strips. The ombre coloring adds a lot of interest to the page. The two black and white photos with their rounded corners and thin black outline are clustered on top of the ombre paper strips, together with some gorgeous flowers, title and journaling.
And now, from the former layout with a lot of tiny butterflies to this one with one huge butterfly! I lvoe the choice of dark red and black coloring of the butterfly and the photo mat. These papers have a lovely vintage vibe to them. The background looks to be stamped with some sort of dotted grid, adding some grungy playfulness to the page. I love this idea of using one massive embellishment to fill the your layout!
A whole swarm of very brightly colored butterflies is swirling around this layout! What a happy looking page! The yellow color really pops off the page and is inspired by the cute little dress of the girl in the photo. This whole layout oozes happiness and joy. Fly high, sweet butterflies!
This is such a gorgous page! I love the pastel rainbow color palette with the stitched on 3D butterflies. The title is “Don’t grow up”, a sentiment most parents can seem to identify with at some times. I love that double, sometimes even triple stitching of those butterfly columns. The loose hanging threads add playfulness to the page.
This layout features a hodgepodge of all sort of paper butterflies, cut/out tiles and hearts, and stamped and painted background colors. What a fun page! Isn´t is wonderful that we scrapbookers have soooo many awesome techniques at our disposal. It makes documenting memories such a fantastic creative journey, filled with endless possibilities!
Let´s celebrate with this lovely last layout in this blog post! The black and white photo the cute kid is embellished with a colorful explosion of butterflies. And one little bird! I love those polka dotted paper butterflies! They unite both sides of the page together beautifully. The pink and yellow butterflies add a lovely pop of color to the page.