5 x 7 Colored Map PDF
5 x 7 Black & White Map PDF
My better half & I's 4 Year Anniversary was on the 1st of August & I made him a little something that I'd like to share with you! Ez at Creature Comforts posted about these darling Stitching Postcards that she found via Twig & Thistle, mentioning that she & her daughter would be making their own version when they moved from the West to the East Coast, she also linked to a great map. So thanks Uncommon Goods, Ez & Kathleen for these wonderful finds & inspiration!
When we first got together we took the Great American Road Trip from San Diego, California (where we were living for a few months) to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We had a total blast stopping & staying in different cities along the way, with friends, in motels, he had just gotten out of the Navy, we were free to take our time, no deadlines, nothing, it was really was incredible! So when I came across the above posts I was really excited to make & give him something tangible, something to document it besides our photos & souvenirs.
I used the map Ez linked to, doctored up a few the state lines & then used a few map-like colors to fill in the states. I used a free heart brush for Photoshop from Deviant Art (my go to place for free Photoshop goodies!) & plotted all the places we stayed along the way. If you aren't privy to Photoshop, you could download the B & W map & color in the states by hand, or print off the colored map & hand draw your dots in, use stickers or brads, which would work wonderfully I think because you wouldn't even have to stitch it, you could just wrapped the thread around each brad few times & move on to the next city.
Pop some cardstock into your printer, you can use a 8.5 x 11 sheet & cut the map out to fit in a 5 x 7 frame or you can set your printer, through Page Setup, to print onto a 5 x 7 sheet of cardstock, the thicker the better!
After you arrange your dots, stitch it! You could use thread, a few strands from some embroidery floss to make it a little thicker, which is what I did. I bought the stamp at Jo-Ann's on clearance for 50 cents & there you go, an inexpensive but heartfelt gift! You could even graph a memorable family vacation, or somewhere you & your loved one want to retire, pick up a small rubber stamp letter kit & stamp, "we'll make it there"(I scored again at Michael's months ago & found a set for a dollar!) -- or you could add whatever text you wish with photoshop or by hand, get creative!
Enjoy, he did! ;)