X Mark’s the Spot

Dream Team Member, Kim Watson

Have you heard that the July/August 2013 digital edition of Creating Keepsakes magazine is out? And it is awesome!

When reading through it the other day, one of the articles really caught my eye: X marks the Spot. Discover mapping Possibilities.


I love maps, whomever came up with the idea needs a medal!


Being super trendy these days, I love how maps are being crafted into all areas of life, from the craft room, to art, to functional furniture and much more.

Have you heard of the artist Claire Brewster or Matthew Cusik, Oliver Jeffers? Three artists who incorporate maps into their art…prepare to be blown away!

Image courtesy of clairebrewster.co.uk

Image courtesy of thisiscolossal.com

Image courtesy of oliverjeffers.com

I find them so inspiring!

We might not be able to create amazing art like they did but there are some fabulous other ideas incorporating maps into our everyday life.


Image courtesy of dosfamily.com

Functional craftiness

Image courtesy of sfgate.com


Map camera

Image from jennifercollier.co.uk

Functional purse & map flower

Image from etsy.com


Image from etsy.com


Image courtesy of papermash.co.uk


Image courtesy of etsy.com

This is a page I made for the X Marks the Spot article, using maps in the form of a big world stamp from Cocoa Daisy kits, and itty bitty paper aeroplane accents made from map paper.

Destinations by Kim Watson, as seen in the July/August 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

And for some more fun from the internet which might spark a new craft project, or be used in a current one.

A ‘geobat’ TTF font downloadable for free from DaFont

Image courtesy of dafont.com

How about some map wall art from Fontmap. The great thing is they have maps of all continents or states from all over the world.

Image courtesy of fontmap.co.uk

Or a map cut file from our friends at Two Peas in a Bucket

Image courtesy of twopeasinabucket.com

Map stamp like the one I used from Cocoa Daisy kits

Image courtesy of cocoadaisy.com

Lastly do you want a change to win this AMAZING hamper of Travel Inspired products?

Sponsored by: 7gypsies, Carta Bella Paper, Close To My Heart, Docrafts, Fancy Pants Designs, Farmhouse Paper Company, Hero Arts, Kaisercraft, Little Yellow Bicycle, SEI, Stampin’ Up!, Studio Calico, and Teresa Collins Designs.

This is what you have to do:

NOTE: You have until the August 31, 2013 to get your entry in.

I hope these examples, links and fun extras inspire you to try the Map trend in your home, scrapbook and crafty projects.

Thanks for stopping by.


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20 Responses to X Mark’s the Spot

  1. Linda Leonard says:

    I am a long term subscriber to your magazine (since 2006). I have been very disappointed by the last two issues including July/August. The magazines are so thin and lacking in content that they are almost useless. Unless the quantity and quality of content improves fast, I will not be renewing my subscription. What is going on with your team?


  2. Mandy s. says:

    <3 to travel, awesome giveaway!

  3. andrea says:

    Love the ideas Kim! Love maps — picked up some new ideas on how to use them.

  4. Danielle Clifford says:

    These ideas are great! Thanks!

  5. Katie Smith says:

    Oooh, I love love love maps.

  6. Kathi H says:

    I won a subscription last year and haven’t received my first issue. That is after I printed out certificate, filled out and mailed in September or October.

  7. Julie A. Shearer says:

    Love all of the map projects . TFS .

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