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Find your way to better vacation souvenirs

I love maps, but they make me sick. As my husband will confirm, I am as likely to cry out “I can’t look at this anymore!” as I am to say “Take Exit 32” when asked to help navigate during family road trips. I have tossed more than a few maps on the floor of the car in a fit of nausea, and even, I’ll admit, considered whether I could fashion one into a makeshift barf bag if necessary. (Now that’s crafty!) But back on firm ground, I’ve been using maps for home decor and accessory projects. They’re also an easy way to save money on souvenirs from your summer vacation by making your own.

Here’s an article I wrote for The Associated Press about crafting with maps. Click on the article link to see more photos, and a how-to on making Scrabble tile pendants.

5 comments to Find your way to better vacation souvenirs

  • hi holly – glad you like the diy piggy bank! i have a thing for maps (we have a huge one wallpapered in our den ( the index card journals are simply printed from my computer (though you could use rubber stamps of course). i made a half dozen and love having them in the random pockets of my purses to jot dot things.

    i’m looking forward to scrolling through all your tutorials. thanks for contacting me!

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  • Caroline

    Unfortunately the link you provided for the Associated Press article is not longer working. I’m assuming they’ve restructured their website since the date this blog post was published and the link is dead.

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