You guys. I did a craft. And it worked! Well, sort of a craft. If we can expand our definition of "craft" to include "making things on a computer". Which I seriously think we should. There are things hanging on my wall that wouldn't exist if I hadn't made them. So I think, despite the total lack of hot glue, I get crafting credit.
It is, of course, based on something I saw on Pinterest.
You can find the instructions for how to make this version here on the Dating Divas site.
While I loved the idea, this particular version didn't work for me for a couple of reasons. First, we don't do hearts around here. Second, and more importantly, we obviously can't limit ourselves to the continental United States.
So I needed a world map image. I looked around for quite a while, trying to find one I liked. Then I discovered the National Geographic Education Map Maker, where I could customize a map and then download it. I saved mine into iPhoto and then used the Antique effect and tweaked the coloring until I was satisfied.
Then I inserted it into a Google Docs document, adjusted the size to the whole page, and printed it. I could have tried to figure out how to insert the text into it, but that seemed like a lot of work. So I just typed it on another page and then put my map back through the printer so the words printed on top of it. I went with a mappy looking aqua for the font color and picked a couple of fonts I liked together. I also changed the wording a little since we said this in our vows.
Then I stuck it in a cheap silver document frame I bought at the Exchange. I picked it to coordinate with another cheap Exchange frame that I bought and then didn't use for something else. In that frame, I put the second part of my computer craft project. This one involved even less creativity and effort on my part.
Again on Pinterest, I found a link to Stamen, where you can make maps for any location and then use the Toner, Terrain, and Watercolor effects to change the look. I used the watercolor effect on maps of DC, Pensacola, and Okinawa, the places we've lived together so far. Then I just printed them and stuck them in the frame, like so.
I discovered a silver frame I didn't know we owned in the pile o' unhung pictures still sitting in our office, so I put a wedding photo in it and added it to the collage. It's convenient how the pashmina Raj bought me coordinates so well with maps.
Except to say that if you're interested in this project and want to be even lazier than me, let me know and I'll send you the link to my Google Docs for the world map and text.