For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a sucker for paper. I can still recall my earliest trips to the grocery store with my mom. While some kids traipsed down the toy aisle, I got lost in the office supplies.
What can I say? I’m nerdy that way.
Because of this paper obsession, I’ve found myself on the hunt for anything I can use in my paper crafting. From junk mail to catalogs to my newest obsession: maps.
Maps are a fabulous addition to your projects for three reasons:
- They’re cheap.
- They’re big enough that you can create multiple projects with just one.
- They’ve got a GREAT color palette. (And if you deepen them just a tad like I’ve done, you get some color that really pops!)
After I wrote my novel, I started to think about this fictitious town I’d created. In the book, four women are drawn together when one of their daughter’s finds their old scrapbook filled with stories of their childhood: stories of summers spent in a tiny beach town called Sweethaven. Like any curious woman, she follows the scrapbook to Sweethaven in search of her mother’s friends and answers about the father she never knew.
Like the women in A Sweethaven Summer, there are places that mean so much to me, but I rarely take the time to document them. Too busy with cute photos of my kids. But these places are so special, I don’t want to leave them out of my story.
Fort Collins, Colorado, is the first place my little family has lived outside of Illinois, and I knew I wanted to document my initial impressions of this very cool town.
The map was the perfect foundation to build this page on…and it would be an ideal background for any layout about your favorite town, state or vacation spot.
Speaking of which, I happen to think A Sweethaven Summer is a lovely little escape, something that might be nice to read on the beach…or at least make you feel like you’ve escaped to the beach!
Either way, I would love to give away a copy along with some of my favorite scrapbooking goodies to one lucky reader!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post answering this question: Is there a place where you can go where you instantly feel peaceful? You have until 9:00 am (MDT) on Monday, March 23, 2012, to enter. Sorry, we can only ship prizes to addresses in the United States. Winners will be posted here.
I hope you get a chance to scrap your special places…and maybe even incorporate a map or two into your next project!
Congratulations to our winner, Deborah! Watch for an email from us to claim your prize.
Question: Are maps acid-free? Or do you need to spray them with the archival-safe spray before you use them?
And to answer your question, Deborah:
Not all maps are acid-free. It’s best to test them with a PH testing pen before using them on your layout if you’re concerned about them damaging your photos.