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June 11, 2014

The Family Travels map

About a month or two before my husband and my's wedding anniversary I came across this post from Cut, Craft, Create where she shared her Personalized Photo Map

I thought it was such a good idea and couldn't wait to put my own spin on it.  My family loves to travel.  I often put our trips into little printed books and we always get magnets from where we've been.  My husband loves to look back at all the places we've been and discuss it. I knew this gift would be right up his alley.

So here's what hubby got from me this year to celebrate 9 years of bliss!


Want to make your own?

Here's how:

STEP ONE:  Gather up these supplies.

I got my map from Amazon here
I picked up a simple 24 x 36 frame from Michaels.
I printed out all 4 x 6 photos from Sams club.

STEP TWO:  Lightly trace each state out on your tracing paper.  

STEP THREE: Roughly cut each traced state out.  Place each traced state onto your photo and cut out together.  

For the larger states, I just used multiple pictures until that state was covered.  Another idea would be to print out the larger sizes for your photos to cover an entire state.  Texas would take an 8 x 10.

STEP FOUR:  After your state is cut out, place as many pieces of foam tapes as you need to hold your picture in place.  Place your photo in place.  

Repeat with all other states.

All done!

This made a really fun gift!  
My husband really loved it and all the kids love to look at it and talk about where we've been and more importantly, where we need to go next!

I had a friend ask me if when I went to Hawaii, if I was going to cut out little pictures of each of the kid's heads for the different islands-- sounds like a plan to me, ha, ha.


SGS said...

I love this idea! My kids would think this was awesome, and it might be a fun way to actually travel more. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! --Summer at www.outsidekid.com

Heather said...

Thanks for the great idea! I'll have to try it sometime with all of my families travels!!