Monday, March 7, 2016

Our Travel Adventures | Home Decor DIY

Lately, I have found so many cute home decor ideas involving MAPS, and I have fallen in love with the idea of "mapping" our family's travel adventures in a way that we can use in our decor!

I found a small 6" globe (from Target) for my sweet baby sister, and purchased personalized vinyl lettering to say "Adventures of Megan" on the (ocean) side of the globe...then I marked with self-adhesive gemstones (from Hobby Lobby), all of the places she has been.  I almost wanted to keep it for myself!  It turned out beautifully!!  (But I'm horrible and forgot to take a picture, so I'll have to add that later when she can send me one).

Well, apparently my love for that idea was evident enough that my sweet hubby found a "Scratch Map" and surprised it with me for Valentine's Day!  If you don't know what a Scratch Map is, let me tell you (because I had never heard of it, either!) -- it's a large map of the US (or World) that is covered in a gold scratch coating, so each state that you visit, you can "scratch off" the gold part to reveal of beautiful colored map underneath.  Obviously, our goal is to scratch off the entire US...and then, on to the "World".

I was thrilled with my map!  My only problem was trying to decide how to display it.  It was a "non-normal" shape/size, so either it was going to look strange in a misfitted poster frame, OR I was going to be out $100+ for a custom sized frame...and I didn't care for either idea!  So, I kept looking...until one day, I found it!  Exactly what I needed!

Hobby Lobby had clearanced out these LARGE, beautifully framed cork boards...and it was perfect for our map!  It was just big enough to where we can add family pictures of our "adventures" all around our travel adventures map!  Now, it's hanging beautifully, awaiting my pictures (which I've finally ordered)!  And I couldn't be happier.

Now, on to more adventures...only a couple of months, and we'll be scratching off our first "new" adventure for 2016 to Wisconsin! :-)