Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges- Break out your Maps!

Initially, I took this challenge quite literally. When I saw the maps shown in the sample patterns for Scrapbook Challenges latest pattern challenge, I immediately thought that I just had to have patterned paper with a map of the world on it. I do have some. I just had no clue which piece to use or what story I wanted to tell. Confused, I set about exploring my kit bag of travel products. There was sure to be more map related pieces in there.

I did find a few other map related pieces of paper and embellishments. I have maps of bus routes. Maps of cities. Even chipboard pieces with partial maps adorning them. There was no need to use a paper that encompassed the whole globe on one sheet. I could take things down to street level. I remembered that I wanted to document how we traveled around the city of San Juan when we visited Puerto Rico a few years back. Maps of  the street variety were perfect.

Getting Around Puerto Rico by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup, My Little Showbox; Letters: Basic Grey, My Little Showbox; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Stickers: Making Memories, Jillibean Soup; Felt, Pearl Dots: Freckled Fawn; Flowers: Hero Arts, Sassafrass;based on Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #417

This map print isn't highly detailed, but it is just enough to add to the overall theme of the layout. Arrows and geotags are great motifs to use throughout the page. Consider motifs or colors that will accent the topic. I associate Puerto Rico with bright colors and beautiful flowers. I chose to use both on my layout.

Other Ideas for Map Pages:

-Map pages are often used to tell tales of travel. You could also use one to document how someone means the world to you. Or perhaps you have dreams of traveling to specific places.
-Document your neighborhood using a map. Have your child draw a map of your town or neighborhood.You can even print maps from Google Maps to use directly on your layout. Print a map for your PL pages and draw lines to indicate commonly used routes. ( note- a page like this may contain a lot of detail about where you currently live. You may not wish to post something like this online for safety purposes.)
-Create a treasure map for your children and go on a treasure hunt together. Your kids will have a blast, you will get some great photos and you will have a ready made map to use on your page.
- Use maps from zoo outings, museums or other fun trips directly on your page.
- Use a map to document your goals for the future.
- Document your current vehicle using map themed products.

Yesterday, I posted about playing Calvinball at Get It Scrapped. It just so happens that someone( not me) added a bonus point for any layout featuring a map. If you make a project with a map, make sure to post it over at Scrapbook Challenges for a chance to win the monthly prize and at Get It Scrapped to claim your Calvinball points.

1 comment:

  1. GREAT job at mixing photo orientations -- I always struggle with that, so this is an inspiring page!