Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Places I've Been" Map

Back in the spring when I started following blogs I came across this great map that Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. created where she marked the places she has been.  Filed the thought away and decided that I wanted to do something similar.

Decided this weekend I would tackle it.  I had not lucked upon the cork board she used so I went with canvas, scrapbook paper and mod podge.  Hit my scrapbook paper stash and just happened to have some travel paper that I am sure I bought with the great intention of scrapbooking a trip we'd been on.....years ago. 



I wanted to cut each state out and remembered that I had a magnetic US State puzzle that was about the size I wanted.  Now, if I had actually gone back and read Jaime's blog I would have discovered that there is a template you can print.  Oh well, hard = fun, right?


I then worked from left to right cutting the paper around the state magnet and laying them out over to the right so that I could keep up with the color pattern.  I also wrote the state on the back.  Yes, some things are obvious but I am not the neatest crafter and things tend to get mixed up....... 


When I was finished cutting them out I mod-podged Texas on my 16x20 canvas and worked from there.  There were a few little bumps along the way but for the most part I was able to correct.  I also realized I was going to have to freehand Alaska and Hawaii.

 

I let it dry and then placed pins for the places that I have been.  I have it hanging in my office and love it! 


Here are a few shots of the pins:



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33 comments:

  1. it looks great - to maximise the use you get out of it - you should consider printing out the photo of the finished product, then cut the map out, and stick it on a treasure box where you can keep all the memorabilia of the trips you've made or want to make! x

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  2. Very Cool. We have a big map that we pin too.

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  3. This is way cute! I like the paper you used! I'm a big nerd in that I like to stop at the visitors center at the place we visit...I wonder how this would look using brochures from them! Thanks for the inspiration...I might have to try this out!
    ~*Jessica Lauren @ Copy-Cat-Crafter*~

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  4. Great inspiration! I know this has been so much fun!!

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  5. what an awesome idea! love how it turned out!

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  6. i really love this idea. We love traveling and this seems like a great way to keep track of all the cool places we've been. I'm a new follower!

    http://sisterswhat.blogspot.com

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  7. This is just great! We travel a lot and this would be such a perfect project to do with the little one! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  8. What an awesome project! We are big into road trips and this is perfect! I would absolutely love it if you would link this project up to our "impossibility" party. Here's the link:

    http://thistlewoodfarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-journey-of-1000-steps/

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  9. thanks for the post. My granddaughter is studying the states and their capitals this year and this would be great!! Thanks again. Linda

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  10. Very cool! I've been wanting to make one myself.

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  11. What a fun idea! I love it. Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  12. LOVE this!!! came over from naptime crafters...

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  13. What a gorgeous idea!! I love that you used the puzzle as your template. So smart! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  14. Hi! I am your next door neighbour at the Think Pink Sunday party, so I wanted to come by and take a peek. Funnily enough, I just started pinning map projects for a family room redo so I will be adding yours! Sounds like a ton of work, but it looks fab:) Glad I found you, your newest follower!
    Nicole @ scrapmebaby.wordpress.com

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  15. This is a great idea. I love it.

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  16. I love it!! Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?


    XO, Aimee

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  17. So creative! Thanks for linking up at Drab to Fab! Love your ideas!

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  18. Very creative,thanks again for joining us on Creative Mondays:)

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  19. Thank you for sharing this cute idea at Potpourri Friday!

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  20. So clever!!! Great job..Thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  21. What a neat idea! Being in the Air Force we have been to and lived in so many different places. This would be a great way to document that!

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  22. I'm a US map junky. I actually have the big magnetic one but I have a hard time finding the right magnets in some states. I will be adding Arizona this weekend. I've been to a lot of states, not all, and I haven't collected all the magnets for the states I've been to. I do have some magnets of states I haven't been to though. Still, creating your own map is a brilliant idea. Yours is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Congrats! This was last week's most viewed link! http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/linky-28-will-craft-for-free-patterns.html

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  24. What a great idea! looks fabulous!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  25. Very cute!! I really love this! I think this would be a great project to do with kids as well (maybe if they are not well traveled, scale it down to a section of the U.S.).

    Thanks for linking this up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop! I've loved seeing your ideas! I'm pinning this!

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  26. ohhhhh how cool!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE this so so much! THank you so much for sharing your great project I am inspired!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  27. Love this! I have often wanted to do this but haven't yet... Love doing it on canvas, yours looks great!

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  28. How cool!! I saw that post too and have been wanting to make one. I LOVE that you used canvas. I really need to do this! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  29. What a fun way to track your travels! :) Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursdays @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com You've been featured! Stop on by and grab an I was featured button! :) Hope to see you again this week.

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  30. This is such a fun idea and the whole family could get involved! Thanks so much for joining us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope to see you back next Saturday with more great ideas! -The Sisters

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  31. Such a cute idea. I like that it is something that will always stay current as you add more to it.

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  32. what a great touch to your work space! and personalized too! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday last week!

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