Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Hi my name is Alecia and I love to travel.

A while back I saw an idea on one of the blogs I read, to get a map of the United Sates and use straight pins the mark all the places you have visited. So I decided to put together a map for everywhere that Richard and I travel together.

I ended up buying a vintage map I found on Etsy, a cork board and some pins. I put together my map and while I loved the idea, I did not love what I had put together. I originally thought I could paint the frame of the cork board but it turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated so I ended up doing nothing. The brown of the board was killing me so I needed to do something to fix it.
I saw an idea on pinterest where you take a map and mod podge it to multiple canvases. Which would work perfectly for my map, especially since the map I bought was already in two pieces so I decided to go with it. I bought two 9 by 12 inch canvases from Michaels for about $7. I knew that my map would be on the small side for that canvas so I would still be able to see some of the white around the edges of my map. I decided to paint the edges blue so that it would look more finished.
I then had to trim my map down about a half an inch so that it would fit on my canvas.
Then I used mod podge on my map and the canvas. This was my first time using mod podge so it was a bit of a learning experience. I used a foam brush and worked in small areas to make sure that my map was flat and did not bubble. I put glue both on the canvas (under the map) and on top of the map to make sure it was completely soaked. I then let them dry for about a day before I did anything else with them.
My plan was to hang them back in the same spot that I had before I did any changes. Then my wonderful husband bought me this picture for my birthday and I wanted to put it in a more visible spot so I decided to move the maps elsewhere. The heart is over the Minneapolis area, where we got married, and the date is our anniversary. Such a thoughtful guy.
It took me a while to decide where to put them, but I finally settled on a small wall we have right outside our kitchen. Now that they are hung, I am fully proud of my project. I really like how the mod podge gives the maps a weathered and glossy look. Now we just need to keep traveling so we can add more pins.
Some day we will have to get a world map for all of those travels. Especially since our upcoming Hawaii trip is not on our map (Boo). We have also made a goal to visit all 50 states some day. But so far I am loving the update and it looks far better than my original idea!

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  1. I did something like this for our house, too, only I decided to use a fabric version. Here's mine: http://www.therandomwritings.com/2012/10/fabric-map-of-usa.html
    I think it's a really fun bit of decor and a good record of where you've been!

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