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The Butterfly Effect

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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!


This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “use your favorite tool” – and for my interpretation I used a bunch of my favorite tools, because let’s face it…….. no one can have just ONE favorite tool!!! LOL!!!!
I used a couple of dies because I really like how die cutting pieces add so much texture and interest to a project, then I also used a lot of distress paint and paper pads and other tools to distress and blend.

I created this mini art journal book using a 12×12 piece of manila paper. I cut it in half and folded both pieces in half.
With the We R Memory Keepers Envelope punch I created a little tab at the bottom of the last page.

I covered the entire manila paper with some strips of old book pages and then I lightly gessoed them.

I glued the two pieces together.


The design is similar to every page. I used distress paint to add some color and to achieve this soft look, I simply watered down the paint a LOT and removed a bit of color also with some baby wipes (another of my favorite tools!).

I added a Manila Tag to add some interest to the page since I didn’t want to put ANY photo or images except the script and some stamps.

I cut pieces of Tim Holtz Paper Pad and glued them to the page. I made sure every strips was different size and I also distressed the edge of the strips with the Prima Marketing Distressing Tool.

With two Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and some distress inks,  I added some more textures, I used it lightly so that it was a subtle texture.


When the background was done to every page, I used Distress Ink Ground Espresso all around the edges to give it a vintage feel. Then I figured out it was too dark and decided to add some white paint to bring back some light into the art journal.

Once everything was dry I used Distress Paint Antiqued Bronze to add some more brightness and sprinkled a bit of perfect pearls.

The last two steps where to add the wording and the stitches all around the pages.

The poem is from Lang Leav and it is from the Book “The Universe of Us” — what can I say? I am a hopeless romantic… 🙂

If you are interested to know what the words say, you can read it in this image.

For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp is also on Instagram! If you would like you can also share your projects there, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #sssmchallange

And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • barbarayaya

    Sono contenta che tu sia tornata e sei tornata con un lavoro favoloso! la farfalla mi ha davvero steso! Continuo a dirtelo…. qualche lezioncina?????? BArbara

    February 20, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply
  • smouwen

    Good to have you back, Zoey! And wow, what a gorgeous piece! Love the Joint tape you’ve used! It looks absolutely stunning! Hugs, Sandra

    February 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply
  • Emma

    Wow…wow…wow! This is absolutely stunning Zoey and it’s so good to see you back ~ I’ve missed you and your beautiful work! <3

    February 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    So good to see you back in the rotation, Zoey! I always look forward to seeing what you’ve done. This piece is fantastic and I really love the stitching and the lovely layers of dots. The colors are dreamy, too, and the whole thing came together perfectly!

    February 17, 2017 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Macarena

    This is fabulous! What a perfect mix of colors and textures. Love the black stitching all around and the irregular shapes and sizes of the pages. It’s a piece of art. As always… And I am happy you are back with us! Take care! Hugs, Marzena

    February 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm Reply
  • Simply Paper Crafts

    It’s so great to see your gorgeous work again, Zoey. This is such a fabulous mini art journal with so many wonderful details. I also love the fantastic color scheme! 🙂

    February 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Linda K

    gorgeous mini journal -love the whole look of patina!

    February 14, 2017 at 2:17 am Reply
  • steph203

    Absolutely stunning, Zoey! I love the little detail touches you make that really pack that PUNCH!! 🙂

    Simon Says Stamp!

    February 13, 2017 at 11:00 pm Reply
  • Paper Profusion

    Not sure if last comment is lost. Just in case … Zoey your journal is sooo inventive to make out of a 12×12 sheet and looks absolutely brilliant. Fabulous texture, diecuts and layers makes it look wonderfully tactile too. Fantastic make! Have a lovely week and take care wandering into the storm lol! Nicola x

    February 13, 2017 at 10:40 pm Reply
  • Paper Profusion

    This is so so inventive from a 12 x 12 sheet Zoey !! Wonderful textures and layering effects – it looks absolutely brilliant!! Have a lovely week and take good care wandering into the storm!! Nicola x

    February 13, 2017 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • kath

    wow Zoey you are back with a bang….I adore this project and the butterfly is out of this world stunning…hugs kath xxx

    February 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Maureen Reiss

    Love it!!!! Soooo Beautiful!!! What is the punchanella paper you used on it? I’ve been looking for some. TFS

    February 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm Reply
      • Maureen Reiss

        Thanks!! I am in the USA, Haven’t seen one like this yet but will keep looking!!

        February 15, 2017 at 2:25 am Reply
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    February 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply
  • Maura

    Love this Zoey, and so happy you are back with us!! This is one wonderful interactive mini book! Love your awesome textures, layering, stitching, and your words keep making me think about the butterfly effect. Awesome piece from the cover to the inside! hugs, Maura

    February 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    Yippee, hooray, Zoey’s back!! I’ve missed you and your amazing talent. Each week I rush to see what you’ve created. Your work is not only inspiring but soul catching and I look so forward to it every week. This one is a beauty! Gosh, your textures and backgrounds are always so gorgeous and the way you put your heart into each creation is always a treat.

    Cathie ♥

    February 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

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