scrapbook paper us map tutorial

Hello everyone!
I am CRAZY excited to be here today at Lolly Jane!
But first, I must remember my manners & thank Kelli and Kristi for inviting me. It’s truly an honor to be here with all of your fabulous readers 🙂

I’m Laura Beth from A Step in the Journey, but my friends call me LB. It’s great to meet you!  Today I’m sharing a project I entitled

Oh the Places We’ll Go
(Sound vaguely familiar?)

As many of you know, the 1st anniversary gift is suppose to be paper…

I thought through several ideas, from magazines to tickets to a coupon book… even thought about making a monopoly board featuring all the placed we’d been (a friend did this & it turned out great!).

In the end, however, I kept coming back to a map; III loves maps, so I knew it would be perfect.

With inspiration from My Life and Kids and Thirty Handmade Days,

I came up with this:

It’s a gift that will keep on giving, as we expand out vacationing destinations through the next 60+ years of marriage.

The buttons mark all of the places we have been together… I’d considered a world map but we’ve only been to Mexico as a twosome & so I thought most of the map would look pretty boring 🙂

Here is the breakdown!

After cutting apart a US map, I traced all of the individual states on different scraps of patterned paper.
Make sure & write the name of the state on the back of each piece (in a way that shows which side is the top) as this will make putting the puzzle back together a little bit easier! I also laid it out as I cut, to make sure the pieces were fitting.

On a 16×20 canvas I outlined a border with painters tape & mixed some white & brown to give me a soft taupe. Then I whitewashed it a little. Paint. Remove tape.

Using ModPodge I adhered the states to the canvas. I started with the middle states (Texas & up) to try & center the map on the canvas.

Finally, I covered the final map in another layer of ModPodge, painted the wooden letters & attached them with tacky glue. The same for the buttons…
And that is all she wrote!
Frame or not to frame, that is the question…
Come on over to A Step in the Journey and let me know what you think! White you are there, you should sign up for our photography challenge…. (maybe I’ll become a mast of one trade by the end of it.)
I’ll look forward to seeing you!
And thanks again to the girls of Lolly Jane for having me. It’s truly been a pleasure!
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  1. This is beautiful and such a cute idea! My husband and I will be celebrating our first year of marriage next week and I know what I'll be gifting! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  2. Such a cute idea! My daughter has a puzzle of the states that would help in tracing the shapes!

  3. This is just DARLING- great idea! Definitely going to copy copy copy… thanks for sharing 🙂 Stopping over to Laura Beth's blog now!

  4. This is too cute! And just a great idea! Pinning it immediately. 🙂

  5. This is so stinking cute! I'll bet my sister would love something like this for Christmas!

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