Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rare beauty

Hello again and hope you all have fantastic weekend :)
I got a story to tell you. On late 2011, me and my husband moved to a new place. It's a totally different place from where we used to live. We moved from crowded-hectic-busy capital city with lots of shopping malls, skyscrapers, and traffic jams onto a quite remote village surrounded by lake and forest. And one day, me, hubby, and our teammates exploring a forest. It was a tough journey. We have to climb hills, step out of mud, stumbled on rocks, even one of us saw a phyton (glad it wasn't me who saw that snake). We were looking for a species: Papilio blumei. It is a rare butterfly endemic to Celebes. The famous Alfred Russell Wallace wrote it on his phenomenal book: The Malay Archipelago.

"One of these, Papilio blumei, of which I obtained a few specimens only, is among the most magnificent I have ever seen....," wrote Mr. Wallace.

Many people said they live in the lake side between jungles. So we took our chance. After about two hours walking, we finally FOUND ONE! She's very beautiful. With blue-green large stripe on her black wings and swallow tail, she looks amazing.

So here's my layout, dedicated to the rare beauty creature
She is beautiful, isn't she?
I use KaiserCraft Bonjour Collections as base paper. And the same series for the cutting-upper layer. And here's some details

Butterflies everywhere. I cut them from foil paper. And the little silver butterfly, I bought from a national bookstore while I had trip to Macassar. It's very cheap by the way :)

Chipboard without finishing as my photo borders.

Ribbon!! Yey!! A challenge held by Lasting Memories give me an ispiration to use ribbon :)

This time I'm not using Prima nor my hand made flowers. I bought this flowers long time ago, but never find a page that fits to it. And now I'm finally using them. It's a local-made flowers with a "reasonable" price :) And the leaves on second picture, I bought from a boutique near my home. Made from stone I guess so it is quite heavy but thanks to glue gun that makes it easy peasy to adhere :)

Again, I'm using pearls to sweeten my page :)

My journaling says: When famous British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, found this butterfly, Papilio blumei, in 1857, he stand in awe. Blumei was already rare that time. I've seen the rare beauty.

The title: Rare beauty.

See you on my next story. Have a great day :)

I would like to play on Lasting Memories challenge #76 ribbon


  1. WOW... that is one gorgeous layout and GORGEOUS ribbon! We are so glad you joined us again! You are talented!!
    Thanks for playing with us at Lasting Memories this week!

  2. Okay... I just read your store about that rare butterfly! Oh my gosh that is just so cool! What a memory!!

  3. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Layout! As a retired teacher, I really appreciated the Butterfly story. I used to teach units on butterflies and we tagged Monarch's. One of the things I like about blogging is being able to see the world from different points of view. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a new follower too:) Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

    Elizabeth LMDT

  4. Wow this is amazing and stunning. I loved all the details and that you gave us photos of them so see better. Great story.
    Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories this week

  5. amazing story!! that is a beautiful butterfly and your page is perfect for it
    thanks for sharing and joining us this week - Kimberly LMDT

  6. This is gorgeous! I love the butterflies everywhere and all of your super pretty details! Your ribbon is beautiful too! Thank you for playing along with LM! I'm a new follower I love your work!

    1. Oh my goodness what beautiful photographs!! Thanks for taking part in our challenge at Lasting Memories!
      Stacia - LMDT

  7. Wow, what a stunning layout and amazing story too - this is just gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories and I really hope you'll join us again with another exciting story!!

  8. Amazing story and beautiful photos to go along with a stunning Layout. Thanks for joining us at lasting memories

  9. This is such an awesome LO! Thanks for sharing it at Lasting Memories.


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