Mapped Out!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

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I’ve gone a little map crazy at the moment. I am truly obsessed with decorating with vintage maps and globes but have found that they are incredibly expensive. There is an alternative though. What do you do with the old travel maps that helped you find your way in a new city? Mine just get stuffed in a box that eventually goes in the loft only to be opened when I have lost my passport and can’t think of anywhere else to look. It’s such a shame because they hold those memories of discovering a new place: that little bistro you found when wondering off the beaten track, the endless arguments of left and right and the thrill of realising that you are going in the right direction for once! Why not display them as art and relive those memories every time you walk past them?

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Why not create a map memory board?

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Create a map scrapbook?

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Or cover your Geography/travel scrapbooks with old road maps?

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Or create this little keepsake with your maps, subways stubs photos etc?

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Or display them and other objects in a shadow box?

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Or how about just creating a simple collage?

All ideas/images via Martha Stewart (aka my hero)

21 comments

  1. Hey Meghan,
    Thanks so much for stopping by, I actually wrote that line then deleted it out of the post (I wanna be like DVF when I grow up! LOL!)...

    Really loved this post as it gave me a huge flashback to 2003 when my BFF and I went travelling for 365 days around the world - best thing i've ever done in my life. Saw so many countries, states, cultures... did so many crazy things, hiking on a glacier??!!! Skydiving, bungee jumping, black water rafting, running into Mick Jagger in a temple in Cambodia!!! Crazy!

    I did a compilation like you'rs with maps, photos and something like 15 photo albums of postcards, ticket stubs etc!
    x.o.x.o

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  2. Aren't those little map birds adorable?! Vintage maps are the best for using as feature wallpaper :-)

    Emily
    emilysummers-designer.blogspot.com

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  3. i've never seen map - what a cool idea.

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  4. WOW great ideas! really georgeous!
    I ♥♥♥ the idea for the memory board!!!

    xoxo
    http://miss-philo.blogspot.com/

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  5. Funny, I've seen that top photo many times and this is the first time I notice the maps on the wall. How is that even possible?!!

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  6. Lovely ideas! I like the bedroom in the first image with the mapped walls and striped bed linen.
    Ada

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  7. How wonderful! I'm loving the map wallpaper! Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

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  8. Haha, great minds think alike. Love the first image you found! Terrific ideas I love the idea of using an old travel map as a scrapbook, so creative.

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  9. I liked the post and the blog! I pass by your blog a lot!
    I invite you to come in mine and follow me please!
    a kiss!; claire.
    c.o.c.o
    http://lookingforthestyle.blogspot.com/

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  10. I have a map obsession! I would love a whole wallpapered wall of maps for sure!!

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  11. I LOVE maps so I really like all of these finds! My favorites are the HOME letters in maps, and then the shadow boxes.

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  12. These are all wonderful ideas! The top five images are my favorites. Good post, Meghan.

    Thanks for entering my giveaway. Good luck!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  13. Love this idea it's your own travels, memories an experiences mapped out in your own home.
    My bf loves vintage maps, so some lovely images on how to display them.
    Particularly loving the 1st image.

    Abigail x

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  14. Love seeing new ways to use old maps. Cool post.

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  15. I really like the idea of the shadow box display because you always pick up a small token or two along the way. Pinning that first picture!

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  16. I love maps...our daughter's nursery is a travel theme...so we have lots of cool maps! :)
    xo
    Alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  17. Some great ideas here, I am honestly thinking now whether I have any maps I can dig up, I love the book cover idea for maybe a travel photo album or something!

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  18. Love the pictures! Amazing!! I love using maps on walls.

    xx
    Heel in Mint

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  19. What great ideas here! I love those little birds - so sweet. I have a small collection of globes that I want for my son's room but yes, they are very expensive at markets so I keep searching!

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  20. I'm crazy over maps. Thanks for this inspiration!

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  21. i minored in geography so you know i downloaded a bunch of these photos into my "dream home" folder

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