June 29, 2012

Scrap Paper Map {we were here}

I have been wanting to make a map out of scrapbook paper forever (like months) to show where we've been and when I got a box of Plaid Mod Podge goodies, it was just the kick I needed to get it done... and I'm here to give you a quick tutorial on how I did it....

I have a Silhouette Cameo and you can buy shapes in their store for $1 - they have a US Map shape and you can "ungroup" it so it's all the states free floating.  I used that to cut all the states out of scrapbook paper.  I wish I would have actually planned the color layout instead of doing it randomly, but oh well.  

After you have all your states cut, prep a piece of wood or foam board or whatever you want to use.  I Mod Podged on brown craft paper (you can buy it near shipping supplies) - I tore the paper, mod podged it down, then mod podged over the whole thing.  This is a great project for kids - you can't mess up Plaid Mod Podge!!

Alright, let that dry.  Mine was left over night.  Next up, stick the states on the same way.  And then another coat over the top, just like before:

Now, let's make the place markers that say "We Were Here" - - we are using our map to track all the places our family has been.  

See these awesome shapes - podgables!  They're made for creating fun things with Mod Podge!

I just printed on a piece of colored paper the words I wanted "we were here" then used the podgables to trace out a shape:

Then you use mod podge to attach the paper to the acrylic circle - - easy - the kids did it!
And they look like this:

I used these nifty little foam sticker circle things to give my markers dimension:
You can kind of see here how it stands off of the paper a bit:

And now our map hangs (in a very poor-lit area - so bad pictures!) ready to be enjoyed and added to - - we love it!!

Go out and make yourself a family map today - - get the kids involved - it's all the more fun!!

 I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

17 Fabulous Comments:

This is a great idea, love it!

What a great family project. (And a way to learn the States.)

Very fun! I love how you involved the kids and I love the different colors and papers you used!

Great idea your kids look like they enjoyed the project too! They should all get an A+ in geography.

This is SOOOO cute! I'd love to do this when my daughter gets older and we start taking her places!! Now all I need is a Cameo... haha.

Way cool! I should do that except I'm thinking maybe put family names down because we have family everywhere.

What a brillant idea! Love the scrapbook paper choices!!!

What a brillant idea! Love the scrapbook paper choices!!!

This is so fun! I've always loved marking off places I've been!!! I even have a states I've been to map on the blog! LOVE this idea!

I very much want to do this Mandy. Can I come borrow your sillouette?

OMG, I love this! So cool, and love it that your kids got to help!

This is great! I pinned it so I can do it as soon as I figure out how to get the state shapes. I don't have a Silhouette, but I do have a Cricut...

I am obsessed with maps and I LOVE this!!! Love those mini "we were here" bubbles, too. my question is, do I fill it with places I've been, my hubby and I, or just places our entire family has been together?

Great idea! I love the way you involved your children.

i love love love this idea!! i just pinned it. :)

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