Monday, January 23, 2012

Map to your Heart Challenge ~

Hey there!  Have you seen the Map to your Heart challenge on the Moxie Fab blog?  I love maps!  I don’t know what it is about them, but I just love ‘em!  I’m posting a project that I made 8 and a half years ago.  I had hoped to re-vamp the project now that I know a bit more about craftiness; however, in my newbie tenacity, I used a hot glue gun to adhere everything down – including the pictures! lol

I was in my college roommate’s wedding in Bend, Oregon in 2003, so the {now} hubby and I decided to make a motorcycle trip of it!  We rode over 3500 miles on a Harley through sunshine, wind, driving rain, snow, sleet, you name it, we rode through it!  We rode up to Bend then continued out to the Pacific Coast and followed it on down to San Francisco having many an adventure along the way.  I used our road atlas to make a shadow box keeper of our trip.  {I apologize in advance for the uber bad pictures!  It’s hard to photograph a glass fronted frame without glare and equipment}

atlas shadowbox   This is an 11x14 shadow box that I got at a big box store with a 40% off coupon – always the bargain shopper!  I used a spray adhesive on the back piece and covered it with sand.  I wish I would have matted the pictures, but I didn’t have any craft stash at the time, including any paper.  This is even before a digital camera!  lol  There are shells, driftwood, sea glass and small rocks that we picked up along the way.  The starfish is not the one I’m holding in the bottom pic – that was a dead starfish we found and were going to try to dry out but it turned into a very smelly underground parking garage in San Fran and ended up in a trash bin!

atlas shadowbox upper

I highlighted our travel route on the map and then distressed it with hot tea and coffee, crushing it up to wrinkle it and give it more texture.  Unfortunately, the route was kind of lost in the process, but when I tried highlighting it again, it just looked too bold and fluorescent.  One of the funny things to note in this pic is the dimension of the photos.  Like I said, I didn’t have any crafty supplies at the time, so I used some broken bits of tile we had left over from tiling our kitchen and bathrooms to pop them up!  lol  So that upper portion is Oregon and here’s California

atlas shadowbox lower

Again, sorry for the crummy photos, I had to turn the flash off which turned into blur city!  This is a project that still hangs in our downstairs bathroom and gets a lot of comments.  It was so fun to make.  I’m totally intrigued to make a photo mat from some of our Europe vacation maps – I think that’s such a cool idea!  I also love those map lampshades – such a fun way to recycle the maps we get and have a little memento around the home.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a super day!  ;o) lyss 


Cath said...

Hey Alyssa! Thanks for linking this up to the Map to Your Heart challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you "mapped" out some time to play along! :)

Julie E said...

Very cool! This proves you were a creative crafter even before tools.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Wow! I am so impressed yet not really surprised at your awesomeness!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Wow! I am so impressed yet not really surprised at your awesomeness!

mani said...

I had never seen this level of creativity, things that are use to make are really unique.
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