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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