One Sunday, a gal speaking in my church told the following story (this isn’t the exact story, I found this one online) about the butterfly, and talked about how the butterfly has since become a meaningful symbol to her in her life. It really touched me, and since then I have also become drawn to the butterfly as a symbol of life’s experiences forming us into the person we are meant to become.
The Lesson of the Butterfly
A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.
The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.
The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.
Noel Mignon’s latest kit is called the Social Butterfly kit and includes a large, chipboard butterfly. I knew it would be the perfect symbol to include on a page of my daughter receiving an English department award from her school last year.
Jensyn has always loved reading, writing, and anything to do with words. She is very smart and witty and is a talented debate artist because of all of this. I have no doubt that she will use her writing and/or speaking talent someday in an important way. 🙂
At first glance, the Social Butterfly kit is a very bright kit … but I was also able to use it in a softer, more feminine way by pulling out the yellow and aqua colors and pairing them with white.
I loved the way that the felt flower looked layered on top of the white chipboard butterfly … but I really wanted the butterfly to have more texture or pattern to it. I thought about stamping it, but then decided to try running it through my embossing machine with a polka dot embossing folder. It worked like a charm! I used my electric eBosser machine, so I didn’t have to flex my muscles too much trying to crankthe thicker material through a handled machine (like the Cuttlebug or Big Shot). I LOVE how it turned out!
To add some detail to my title, I placed one of the BasicGrey metal pieces in between the two words along with one of the large wood-framed gems by Jillibean Soup (both included in the kit). What a gorgeous combination of textures! I will definitely be purchasing more of the Jillibean pieces. SWOON! LOVE those things!
Thanks for letting me share my page with you today! I hope you enjoyed the story of the butterfly, if you haven’t heard of it before, and will now look at it as a symbol of hope as we go through life’s challenges.