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This morning we’re putting the last few things in our suitcase before we jet off to Brazil so I thought this was an appropriate post to take a break on. The people at Project Wedding asked me if I could come up with some projects for the home–stuff for newlyweds to do and this was one of my first ideas. In this project I show how to mount a $12 map to foamcore. Go here to see more photos and directions. I love the idea of keeping track of all your travels or letting your friends mark their travels when they come over and even marking the places you want to travel. It can become such a family tradition. Also, Map Center has the coolest map tacks–some of the flags and tacks you can write dates and names on. {Some of you may remember I’ve blogged about my friend Michelle’s map before.}



  1. Ashley

    June 30, 2009

    I LOVE this idea!!!

  2. Kaila

    June 30, 2009

    My husband and I do this and love it. It's a great conversation piece, it teaches our children geography, and it keeps us thinking about our future travels.

  3. Kimberly Julie

    June 30, 2009

    I have a map like this in my office. Granted it is only of the U.S., but I love looking at where I've been and putting new pins in after a trip!

  4. Jenny

    June 30, 2009

    Absolutely love this idea. I might do this for my hubby as a surprise. Have you ever tried to frame it?

  5. melanie

    June 30, 2009

    looks very cool!

  6. Girlfrog

    June 30, 2009

    We've done this since we were married 13 years ago and it's so fun to see where we have been! We put one color pin for our travels that we make as a couple and a different colored pin for the travels we do as a family!

  7. Brittany

    June 30, 2009

    We have a huge map that hangs in my sons room. It was my husbands grandparents. They have it marked for all of the places they have gone and all the place they have gone seperate. It is so cool to look at and see all of the cool place they have been. It really is a great idea if you travel a lot.

  8. Rebecca (Dog-Eared)

    June 30, 2009

    i've been looking for a good map for this exact project– thanks for the resources :)

  9. Magchunk

    June 30, 2009

    I love this idea because my boyfriend and I both long to travel. Having a big empty map would be great motivation!

  10. Avian

    June 30, 2009

    We already do this! Who knew it was such a great idea! LOL! =)

  11. jomama

    June 30, 2009

    my roommates and i did this in college one year. it was so much fun! we had our good friends come over and put pins in for where they were from or where they had been on their missions. by the end of the year we had tons of pins in every continent (except antarctica!)

  12. m e l

    June 30, 2009

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!! Maybe I can still do it even though we are no longer considered newlyweds.

  13. jen jafarzadeh

    June 30, 2009

    love this idea! I'm a big fan of maps in any form.

  14. Kristen Sara

    June 30, 2009

    Awesome idea… and have fun in Brazil!

  15. Joanna Goddard

    June 30, 2009

    you're so good at this stuff, jordan!!

  16. made sweet

    June 30, 2009

    oh i've been wanting to do this lately!!! thanks for the extra motivation. :)

  17. Pittsy

    July 1, 2009

    Many thanks for the tutorial. After a great roadtrip in May I realized we need to add a visual to all the places our family has ventured. Thanks so much for kick starting this project for me. This tutorial is much better than what I had brewing on my own.
    Safe travels.

  18. project simple life

    July 1, 2009

    I love this idea Jordan. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Marina Guimarães

    July 1, 2009

    in response to the other post:
    In São Paulo go to the Pinacoteca do Estado. it's a great museum, located in the city center, in front of Luz train station. Its XIX century building was restored and adapted by a important brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha. it's one of my favorite places in SP, and beside it has a nice garden, called Jardim da Luz, where you can drink a coffe after getting tired of walking through the museum.
    Don't go to 25 de março street, it's too crowded, and you can only find cheap stuff from china.
    Hope you have a nice time in brazil.

  20. The Lil Bee

    July 1, 2009

    This is a great idea. I miss traveling so much but right now we are on such a tight budget. My best friend is on her honeymoon and would love something like this. I am going to try to make one as a gift for her when she returns. Thanks:)

  21. paperhill

    July 2, 2009

    i love this idea! we haven't done much traveling since we had our kids, maybe someday! i've thought of making one of these to track sales from my Etsy shop!

  22. Posey

    July 2, 2009

    Pllleaaasseee even out your nails. Short is cute. Jagged, not so much.

  23. Starr

    July 2, 2009

    I needed this idea. My husband, three kids, & I moved from the States to England 11 months ago. Travel has been a priority that's been shoved aside for other things. Soon that map will be on our wall & we'll see our history and plan our future.

    Thank you!

  24. Aria

    July 2, 2009

    Those map pins are amazing! Now that I know where to find terrific map pins, I may get off my butt and hang the giant map I've always dreamed of. Thanks Jordan!

  25. Jacqui

    July 3, 2009

    I wall-papered my son's last room with vintage USGS maps from the chair rail down. The colors were amazing but we had to move and I still mourn those maps.

  26. Liz

    July 4, 2009

    I love this! I'm a big fan of things couples can make/do together and then keep as beautiful mementos…

  27. wedding chicks

    July 6, 2009

    such a great idea!!!! thanks for the inspiration!

  28. KINHA

    July 7, 2009

    Hi!
    I'm glad to visit a great blog. Smart posts and beautiful photos. I like to contact people, all over the world, by his blogs.Would you follow me,because I'm afraid to lost your blog?I'm waiting your visit. Thank's

  29. ashley maureen

    July 7, 2009

    very cute. you are so full of lovely ideas. stop by my blog– i referenced your embroidery post + tried my hand at it…

    http://www.thechicline.blogspot.com

    ashley

  30. JennyMac

    July 8, 2009

    Great idea and really great photos.

  31. Melissa

    July 8, 2009

    You always amaze me! :)

  32. amoramor

    July 8, 2009

    i love the ideaaa

  33. Jodi

    July 8, 2009

    Have a great trip. BTW thank you for your surprise package post on June 3. I just did one for my mom. http://jodiphinney.blogspot.com/2009/07/surprises.html she loved it.

  34. Anna

    July 9, 2009

    Congratulations for this great project!

    Hope you're enjoying Brazil. I live here and this country has some fantastic places.

    Which cities are you visiting?

  35. Kate

    July 9, 2009

    your blog is FANTASTIC! x – kate
    http://lapetitechoue.blogspot.com/

  36. Jungle Mama

    July 10, 2009

    How would you frame this? I LOVE the idea but would want something a little more finished on the sides.

  37. Erryn

    July 12, 2009

    very cool!!!! i'm going overseas for the first time in Dec, i'll definitely be doing that!!!!

    http://hardtosaywhatitis.blogspot.com/

  38. Helloilmare

    July 13, 2009

    woww such an inspiration 😉

  39. Amy

    July 16, 2009

    Thanks for posting this! I love this idea and am going to make one :)

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