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Crafty, Scrappy, Happy: A Meaningful Map Project for the 4th of July

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Meaningful Map Project for the 4th of July

Hi blogging friends I just wanted to be sure and remind you to go and enter my giveaway here to win both a coffee sack and a chance to be featured on my blog with your clever creation!!!


This project is very meaningful to my husband and I am is also a wonderful way of saying thank you for the 4th of July!


~Without further ado here is my project for today~

**But with a bit of explanation.**

I have been feeling really patriotic lately.  Yes, its probably because the 4th of July is nearing, but it is also because my husband (Cal) just finished serving his last of eight years in the army.  I have been trying to think of a way to "commemorate" his time in the military in a meaningful way.  I came up with this re-vamp of a project I did a few months ago.   

This project is a little way for me to say THANK YOU to him for giving up so much to serve the country.

**Okay, so on to the "how I did it" part**

So, I know I have definitely mentioned that adore all things having to do with encyclopedia paper, so my project definitely utilizes my beloved encyclopedia---the Atlas and Index version!

We punched out stars from all of the meaningful places Cal had been throughout his military career.  It was such a special way for me to learn more about each training and "tour" overseas.

I then taped the stars to a piece of vellum I printed a meaningful quote on.
"Land of the Free, Because of the Brave"

Then I tried to pick the perfect background for my project...(encyclopedia paper is most definitely included in this line-up!).

But at the last minute my Cal asked me if I had any of the letters that he had sent me when he was overseas.  And OF COURSE I did.  The letter I ended up using was one of the most special, it was before we were even dating and it talked about the feeling Cal had for me.  Siighhhhh.  Love story for sure!

Sooo special to me.

And don't worry I have many MANY more love letters to save and treasure!

I sewed each star individually right down the middle because I knew I wanted to fold them up a bit when I was done.  And then I sewed the vellum to the letter.

Kind of a fun project and super meaningful to my husband and I.  

What do you think will you be making your own special version of this meaningful project?

I am linking up at some of these wonderful parties---be sure to check them out!


Blogger Annie said...

You're super sweet to do a giveaway! My vote is for the coffee bags. What fun! Cute July 4th craft, btw! I'm loving the encyclopedia paper!

June 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

What a wonderful project, I have tried to find coffee sacks around here (Northern Maine) and just can't, so I think that would be wonderful and I don't think people would ever get sick of giveaways it's fun to look forward too!

June 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Amy@One Artsy Mama said...

This is so beautiful, and such a special keepsake for you and your hubby. I just love it!

June 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been looking for coffee or feed sacs for a long time!!!

June 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What a Fabulous and meaningful project!!! (=

June 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Carmella said...

What a way to celebrate your husband...such special keepsake, and it sounds like he was able to have a lot of input on this one...he might just be a little crafty, scrappy, happy himself!

June 14, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

What a special idea. It is so sweet.

I love coffee sacks. I never find any.

June 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea! Just finished looking at the heart map project and thinking how that was so neat, then I find this one!! My husband served over twenty years in the Army as an Attack Helicopter Pilot and I have always been so proud of him!! This might be a way that I can show him how proud I am......thank you so much. I really am tickled that I found your blog, I'm loving it and am enjoying looking at all your older projects as well. Your creativity amazes me, thanks so much for sharing your talent. Take care, VBg

June 15, 2011 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger akhartma said...

This is wonderful! But tell me something...I've tried to do this "heart art" before and what I struggled with the most was lining up the hearts so they were evenly spaced on the page. Do you have a trick? It took me WAY longer than it should have to complete a shadow box I did using this style. Any short cuts would be great! :)

June 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

This is beautiful, made even more beautiful with the personal meaning. Thanks for sharing!

June 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger lisbonlioness said...

VELLUM! Why didn't I think of that? Oh wait, I know... because YOU arethe genius and I am the drooling admirer! :) Love your project, every last bit of it.
Being a German in England with half of my heart firmly lodged in Slovenia and the other in Scotland, there is not much patriotic crafting I can safely pull off. But I think with a map of Europe I could maybe discreetly show off the places I've been? hm... so many options! Thanks for the lovely idea!

June 16, 2011 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Jaime Lyn said...

Hi Akhartma- I just "eyeballed" my stars to get them all lined up, I did some moving around even after they were taped to the vellum and then when they were just right I sewed them into place....I was thinking though I bet you could put some kind of grid behind the vellum (since it is see through) and then line things us super evenly and perfectly! :o) Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet note!

June 16, 2011 at 5:15 AM  
Anonymous gypsy rose said...

I love this project, What wonderful memories to save in such a special way

June 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love this idea! I'll be sharing it next week. I have a post planned regarding maps. Too cool. Thanks for linking with Air Your Laundry Friday! xo Jami

June 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger April said...

I love how you used stuff that was significant to you! This is fabulous!

June 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! That was the epitome of "meaningful"! Just love it! I think I'm going to make this as a give for someone. Obviously I won't have the awesome love letter, but I'll try to find something else. Thanks for showing how you did this!

July 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

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