Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Map of Where We've Been

J and I love to travel and love to reminisce about our travels.  We both did some traveling separately before we met and we've done even more since we've been together.

I really wanted to find a way to document all our travels in one place that we could easily look at.  One day when browsing Amazon, I came across this cool vintage map.

I paid a total of $6 for it including shipping.  It's currently even cheaper than that.

I decided I wanted to frame the map and then put map pins on it to document everywhere we have traveled.

I bought a huge foam board, cut it down to size, and then dry matted the map with some permanent scrapbooking tape.  Looking back, this was not the best way to do it because the map is starting to bubble.  I know Hobby Lobby will dry mat the poster to the foam board for you, but not sure about the cost.

I found the frame at Hobby Lobby on sale for 50% off.  I paid a total of $24 for it.  It was an open stock frame, so it didn't come with glass, a backing, or any hangers.  If you buy a frame at Hobby Lobby, they will insert the picture for you for free and also attach hangers for $1.  Great deal!

So, all we did was actually attach the map to the foam board and then Hobby Lobby did the rest.

Here's the finished project:

The green map pins are J's, the yellow map pins are mine, and the red map pins are for the places we've traveled together (J chose red because he said it stands for love.  Aww!)

In the end, it was a relatively inexpensive project and I love the way it turned out.

Here's the cost breakdown:

Map: $6
Frame: $24
Foam board: $4
Map pins: $2
Hanger: $1

Total: $37

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