Sweet January

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Giveaway!, Sweet 16 | 30 comments


Hello all, finally! Despite my best efforts I could not post here on January 16th as promised, as a chain of events including the disappearance of this blog got in my way. However, persistence is my middle name and here we are!!!

This month I am offering a journal page, a card pattern and a project idea. I will also send my project to one of those of you who leave a comment and you get two chances if you share, another if you sign up for my newsletter which goes out a few times a year. I have been out of the loop for a while and intend to reconnect with as many of you as I can by blogging more often this year, and giving stuff away every 16th of the month, all year long.


This is a butterfly card, with a moveable bug or butterfly in the center. It is based on the work of Paul Johnson, a bookmaker and artist in the UK who inspires me greatly. His website is full of his fantastic artists books, workshop listings (take any one of them, get him to your guild, he is worth every penny). Buy all his books, they are each one worthwhile.

This project started out one morning at the beginning of this year when I spent a bit of time writing words with a brush, words that meant something positive, affirmations of sorts for what I want and expect for the next year. Strong. Endure. Persistence. Smiling, Hilarious. You get the idea. I want a GOOD year.


You can download this page and use it for paper to tear up and collage with, or you can use it for the cover of this project.

To Make the Butterfly Card

  1. Gather scissors, glue, decorative papers, imagery and marking pens.
  2. Download and print the instructions Butterfly Card pdf
  3. Download journal words page and print it on cover weight paper.
  4. Fold it in half and score 1/2″ from the middle on either side of the fold on the backside. IMG_0890
  5. Cut out a butterfly (or heart, or flower) out of tw0-sided paper.IMG_0893
  6. Score 1/2″ on the straight inside edge of the butterfly. Cut a tab out on one side, then the opposite tab on the other.IMG_0894
  7. Glue the tab to the opposite page on the upside of the mountain fold. See the pdf diagram if you are confused on this. The right wing glues to the mountain fold on the left side of the page, and vice versa. IMG_0896
  8. The two wings will meet in the center and should not overlap. IMG_0895
  9. I added paste paper to both sides and turned in the cover paper on the edges. This covers the tabs and adds stiffness if your paper is too light like mine was. Score the paper in the middle, just where the folds already are.IMG_0900
  10. Then I added a figurehead from an old ship, and the words “Thank you for helping me fly”. Bring back memories of the “Titanic”? We can all be Jack and help each other fly. Corny? Yes, I am in a corny mood.
  11. These words are for all of you who have supported me all year long with my “incident”IMG_6717
  12. Now send this card to a friend who has helped you fly. The wings will flap when they open it!

Leave a comment below and make sure you have an email for contact.

 I will pick a winner and send you this card personalized to you on February 1st.

Thank you for all your support this year, and for helping me once again to FLY!!!



  1. Love your tutorials Jill! Can’t wait to do this with my granddaughter. ~Hobby

  2. This is an awesome butterfly card. I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for the instructions.

  3. I love the movement of this and the figurehead. Lovely!

  4. Love the tutorial – and I love your script on the card 🙂

  5. thanks for sharing your talents, my email says photography but i9 retired 6 years ago and to lazy to change it lol

  6. Love your scripted word cover sheet and the butterfly insert! Keep up the tutorials. They’re great!

  7. Awesome card and great tutorial ! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I am still learning to fly with your help. Thanks

  10. Thanks, Jill … lovely lovely words … 🙂

  11. Thanks for posting this project. I’m looking forward to trying it.

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  12. Lovely card! Thank you so much for sharing with us. ☺️

  13. Beautiful card, sentiment, wonderfully interactive! I love the tutorial!

  14. Leaving a comment for Sue, who could not get this site to work. Sorry Sue!

  15. Love the butterflies!

  16. This is very cool. I’m glad you were able to work through the technical issues! Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. So glad to see you well and energetic again. Thanks for the post.

  18. This is a lovely way to share! You’ve inspired me to pay it forward and offer this myself, as a tribute to all you generous artists who give so freely of your time and talents!

    Shine on!

  19. hi = I just signed up for the newsletter. Beautiful card!

  20. Your version is so beautiful, and I can’t wit to discover what mine will look like. Thanks so much, Jill– again! You’ve taught me so much already!

  21. Love the card and tutorial.

  22. Love this Sweet 16 approach to the new year, Jill. I’ll be tuning in regularly xoxoxo

  23. Thanks for this cool card. Just what I need for a friend’s birthday.

  24. I am looking forward to the newsletter Jill. Love your Butterfly Card .

  25. Love the card, especially the paste paper part. We try it myself.

  26. It’s so great to see your name pop up in my inbox again! Love the butterfly card – concept, inspiration and project! We are planning a trip to Paris this summer and I am noodling over possible map-related art opportunities with great enthusiasm and joy. Here’s to a healthy and awesome 2016 ???? Jeanne D

  27. What a great way to reinvigorate the notion of Sweet Sixteen. I’ll be able to be a sweet 16 monthly! Whoop!

  28. great card. I will be looking up this artist.

  29. So glad to know that you are doing well! I think of you when I open my deconstructed journal from Art & Soul Va Beach 2012 – and when I wear my map shirt (can’t bear to part with it!). I look forward to your posts throughout the coming year.

  30. Very cool ideas. Thank you.

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