I had so many questions on how I created this map layout from my Studio Calico Mind the Gap gallery...
So here is a little tutorial for you. This time I created a Thailand map and layout...
Start with a map, I use Google maps:
I usually do a screenshot then open it in Photoshop. Stretch it until the map is as big as you like and print TWO copies. I like the straight lines so I took a marker and drew my own borders onto the map. I wanted to mist the background behind my map so I cut out TWO copies of the map with a border around my marker lines:
Trim down the original map so that there is no longer the border. The second one will be your mask for misting later on. I wanted to use four patterned papers for my map, so I drew in borders (if you're doing a map with states you'll draw in the states) and numbered them. The numbers correspond to which paper the piece will be cut out of:
Cut out your numbered pieces. Hold the numbered piece up against your patterned paper and cut out the shape (I know that sounds simple but that's what I did. The shapes do not have to be exact and it goes really quickly this way!) I used the American Crafts Margarita line for my layout:
Now you've got piles of patterned paper that match your numbered pieces. Use your second map (we didn't number this one) as a mask on your background paper. I used Mister Huey's White and Bonnie Blue:
Now adhere your pieces onto the background. It might be a bit like trying to put a puzzle together, so be sure not to make pieces too small. I left a little bit of room in between my pieces (which is why they don't have to be cut perfectly) and you may have to trim them a bit:
Add in your photos and whatever other embellishments you'd like:
I also misted and added in Thickers for the title, along with the ADORABLE Amy Tangerine camera stamp:
San Juan, Merengue, Empanada, Rumba - American Crafts papers
Navy Macaw Glitter Thickers (love this font!)
Amy Tangerine Love Struck Stamps
Mister Huey's White and Bonnie Blue
I hope that helps you to create your own map layouts! I'd love to see them so be sure to link me up. I've got more scrappy projects to share this week and don't forget the Two Peas ship code.