My love of maps began in the sixth grade. My mom allowed my sister and I to get our own magazine subscriptions. Sis opted for Rolling Stone and I giggled with delight as I signed up for National Geographic. Whatever this implies about our differing personalities, well, it still holds true to this day. I guess you can sum it up by saying sis has a lot more fun. She may, but I have more maps.
When I left for college in 1995, I packed all my maps into a Florida orange box, taped it up with packing tape, and threw it in the back of the 4-runner for our road-trip from California to Minnesota. That box has moved everywhere I have for the past 17 years.
Well, I finally opened it this past week after being inspired by all the map related crafts on Pinterest. My maps were in great shape, all so crisp, perfectly dated by their yellowing edges and 80’s graphics. It was like opening a treasure chest. I’ve since been gleefully slicing them up, marring them with ink and glue, and loving every minute of it.
I’ve made a few cards, but there has definitely been a learning curve when working with the maps, so these first few examples are pretty rough. I have big plans though; perhaps a Bon Voyage pennant banner, maybe a card set of state cutouts, the wheels are turning and my raw materials are plentiful.
Here are the rough drafts. Maps really do make things more beautiful.
Keep pressing on,