Thursday, January 12, 2012

Paper Craft: Home is Where the Heart Is


I made this easy project for my sister for her birthday.  Even though she lives in Chicago, she is definitely a Michigan girl at heart!

First, I used Google to search for a Michigan image.  I searched for "Michigan map outline" and then clicked on 'images" and had lots of options to choose from.  After I found an image I liked, I printed out a few different sizes until I found one that worked.  Once I had the right size, I printed out the image on card stock.


Then, I cut out the image, careful to cut out all of the black lines..

I used tape adhesive to attach my image to a piece of card stock.


Then I cut out a heart and attached.



I made this little banner on my computer:


I attached the banner to the mat and framed it up.  Pretty easy project, right?



My sister loved it.  In fact, it may have even brought a tear to her eye.

In completely unrelated news, I have one week at my new job under my belt!  So far, it's really been great.  Here is a portion of our interiors library:

I hope you are having a great week!

34 comments:

Inga´s Haven said...

really cute !!

Meghan Goheen said...

Very cute. I love this.
I need to get crafty this year.
Congrats on the new job too. Very cool.
Stop by my blog
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Danielle said...

I love this idea! I may need to steal it ;)

Kara said...

SO sweet! I wish there was a link to Pinterest for it!

B. Jarosz said...

Clever idea!

Tashia said...

Really cute Alissa! I'm going to "pin" it!

Aarthi said...

nice idea


Aarthi
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Tricia said...

I love your sister's gift! Very cute idea! I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying your new job. It's always scary to start a new one.

natasha {schue love} said...

So so cute!! I should make this for my grandma!

Samantha said...

Super cute project! Glad your new job is going well :)

The Single Nester said...

What a great gift. Homemade gifts have extra special meaning.

Keeley McGuire said...

Love this idea, Alissa! :)
I have an obsession with maps and map decor... this is adorable.

I didn't know you had left "where you were" ~ Shoot me an email and let me know where you're at now! BEST OF LUCK!! Always enjoyed working with you. :)

Amy @ FWD said...

Love it!

Blaise Adkison Interior Design said...

Congrats again on the new job! What a super organized materials library. I do miss the days of working in an Architecture firm...I can't wait to hear about the cool projects you will be working on! Also love the paper craft idea, very sweet.

m @ random musings said...

what a great quick project!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Great idea Alissa! As for your new job, glad to hear it is going well. And OMG! the library! I would die....

Kristen {a little ditty} said...

Eh, I thought this was a so-so gift, didn't really care for it much... JK! I LOVED this Beege, thanks for making it for me!! Always gotta have a little piece of Michigan in Chi town. Can't wait to rearrange my shelves and find the perfect spot for this in the living room!

Lisa Scibilia said...

So glad you are liking your new job so far, Alissa!
And very cute idea for a gift - you are so creative!

Girlie Blogger said...

Nice DIY.

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qqqqq said...

thanks!

loveletters and snippets said...

That is an adorable present! No wonder your sister loved it!

xxxx

Missy Ann Rinfret said...

oh my gosh, this is so cute. i might have to make a similiar (ny version) for my friend moving away next week {tear}. thanks for this!

Meg {henninglove} said...

what a great sister you are for making that great gift! i love your design for the project. have a wonderful weekend alissa!

Rustique Gal said...

Oh, I want to work there!!!
Loving your Map project. Very sweet idea. Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Sherry

dietingfashions said...

What a lovely gift! And simple to do!

Danielle said...

I wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post -stop by and see! Grab a button too if you want.

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Heather @girlichef.com said...

Being a Michigan girl at heart, I am totally in love with this! So fun, I'm definitely going to save this and HOPE that I actually make it ;)

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Just pinned this Alissa. I love it. What a great gift for Valentine's Day too.
Dana

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

This is so cute. Especially for someone who is far from home. Please, if you get around to it, come and link this to my Pinterest Favorites party tomorrow. This is awesome!

jane said...

Love the state cut out! and OK, woah. where do you work? that looks awesome!

Nicole Rene said...

I love this tutorial! It's such a cute easy gift idea for someone!! :)

http://nicolerenedesign.blogspot.com

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

I LOVE this!!! I am a Michigan girl myself so I am def going to have to steal this idea. I would move my heart down just a wee bit lower though (St. Joe). Where are you guys from (you have probably stated this several times, but I have never caught it).

Friends In Finland said...

Cute thing to do! :) / friendsinfinland.blogspot.com

 

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