Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hand cut map art


***ANOTHER UPDATE: she LOVED it! :D check her blog out at Lizzie Jane's Sketchbook its pretty awesome...go look :)

***UPDATE: dont use cardstock if you're going to frame the map....it is the reason my finger is killing me, use a flimsy paper lol***


hand cut map


Well, my baking job was postponed a week and a half so i made my friend's birthday gift early so i'd have something share with you.

Background about one of my best friends liz: She's my travel buddy. we met in 2005 while we were both studying abroad in France. We became fast friends during our european adventures. We both promised each other that once we graduated, we'd both find internships in london as our last great adventure before entering the real world. we both came through and shared a flat in London summer of 2007. Together we've seen many countries and a man even offered me 10 camels for her in Egypt, lol. I decided to keep her even though owning 10 camels would've been pretty awesome.

London was the best time ever for us and that trip in particular holds a special place in both of our hearts. As a result i decided to make a hand cut map of our London neighborhood for her birthday. Here's how i did it.



First, assemble your supplies. For this project you'll need a cutting surface, an x-acto blade, a metal ruler, a map, a sheet of plain cardstock, a backing color paper and a frame




place your cutting mat under your cardstock and map and begin cutting




keep on cutting

a little more




almost there now




3.5 (ok maybe it was 4 hours) and 1 swollen finger later, it's ready to be framed!




i added a little heart to our flat location. Here's how it came out...i hope she loves it :)




Let me know what you think!!



This project was featured over at Embellishing Life :) thanks!

featured again over at flamingo toes




featured topsy turvy tuesdays


58 comments:

  1. What a cool and personal gift! Hope she loves it.

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  2. what a job !
    and it looks good !

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  3. NO WAY! I have NEVER seen this done before the it is fabulous!!! She is gonna LOVE IT!!! jules

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  4. Of course I meant AND it is fabulous ... not "the" ... I swear I get dumber by the day. I need a grammar check implanted in my head.... jules

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  5. i love this idea!! i kinda want to do one now of the neighborhoods where alex and i have lived lol

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  6. That's pretty cool!
    We've awarded you the versatile blogger award. Check out our site to see what that means.

    <3 Misty and Eve
    bumblebliss.blogspot.com

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  7. That is amazing you have so much patience. SO cool!~

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  8. This is so neat! What a sweet story - that's an awesome gift.

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  9. Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.
    Jen
    http://shimistore.blogspot.com/

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  10. That's an awesome idea! Love it!
    By the way, I'm your newest follower on GFC!

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  11. That's awesome! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I am a new follower. Chris

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  12. I've seen some of these on etsy. Yours looks incredible. I don't think I have the patience for that. I'm a new blog follower.

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  13. A kindred spirit in crazy complex projects! Love your blog.
    Lisa
    the enchanted oven

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  14. Oh this is so cool! What a creative and sentimental gift for your freind! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love yours.

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  15. My son (5) loves maps! He would think a cutout like this was the best. I guess I'd better get busy, but first I need a new x-acto knife! :) I am your newest follower. Come over to Greetings From the Asylum and follow me too!

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  16. This is amazing! What a great and innovative project!! Thanks for stopping by Three Pixie Lane! Your newest follower! Christie

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  17. Very nice. I love anything with maps. :)

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  18. That's a cute idea.
    Following you from the blog hop. I'd love for you to follow back!
    Tiffany
    http://tiffspixiedust.blogspot.com

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  19. What a unique idea! I'm a new GFC follower from Monday Mingle. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

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  20. FABULOUS idea! Love this and am very inspired by it. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I love this! It's so unique and turned out so beautifully. I love that it's so complex and simple at the same time.

    http://laurathoughts81.blogspot.com/

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  22. I think it turned out lovely; so personal and creative. I am a new visitor and follower via Monday Hop..on Tuesday.

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  23. Hi! Following you from the blog hop! Hope you visit my Cajun blog and return the follow!
    - Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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  24. Hi!! I'm stopping by and following from Follow Me Back Tuesday. I hope you'll check out my blog Frazzled Mama at http://frazzled-mama.com and follow me back.

    Hope you have a great week.

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  25. Aww...what a cute gift idea! I love it! So special and so meaningful...I'm sure the swollen finger was worth it. Great job!

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  26. This is great! I hope you'll stop by and link up:
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/05/inspire-me-monday-thanks-for-stopping.html

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  27. Wow! You've got an eye for detail (for sure), it's beautiful!

    Following from the hop. Feelf ree to stop by my new blog: www.justsayitoldyouso.com

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  28. That is amazingly awesome!!! I'm sure she'll be beside herself! Great job!!

    Thanks for joining the Train!!

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  29. an absolutely fabulous idea. Very unique! Following from the train

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  30. Beautiful...I am your newest follower. I’m stopping by from “Follow me Back Tuesday.” Looking forward to your follow back.
    Cheers,
    Shanae

    My Blog

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  31. Thank-you! And that map art is so cool.

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  32. Oh my goodness what a FANTASTIC idea! I can think of all sorts of ways to utilize this, from your neighborhood to your city to your favorite trip to your hometown. Great job!

    Emily
    Deviantly Domesticated Team

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  33. That is really neat. I love it! Wish our place was closer to somewhere so it would look as neat. Visiting from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday.
    ~Kimberlee
    {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

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  34. Wow, what a cool idea! Love it!

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  35. Hi,visiting from the Thrifty Thursday blog hop. I'm now following your blog. I would love if you could return the favor.
    http://interestingplace1.blogspot.com

    Thank you.

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  36. This is adorable. I would love it if you could stop by Heck Fridays tomorrow (Thursday) and post it on our first link party!

    http://www.heckfridays.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you soon!!!

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  37. That is intense! Very cool. I'm a new follower and I'd love it if you'd check out my blog too!
    http://asterriskjewelry.blogspot.com/

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  38. Hi,visiting from the Thrifty Thursday blog hop. I'm now following your blog. I would love if you could return the favor.
    http://freerecipehealthbeauty.blogspot.com

    Thank you.

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  39. Love this idea!

    Hope your finger is feeling betteer :)

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  40. Personal, inexpensive, awesome looking-it's a fabulous gift! Although I am not sure if I would have the patience for it myself. . .

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  41. Coolest idea I've seen in a loooong time! Thanks for sharing! This year is my 10th anniversary and I might just try this as a gift for my hubby! I love it! BTW: I found ya through the Thursday hop. Hope you'll come visit me and follow me back at:

    http://mommychosis@blogspot.com

    Happy Thursday,

    Kim

    p.s. Your cakes are super fantastico!

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  42. OM goodness, this is fabulous and amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I absolutely love this! What a great idea- this would be so fun to do for meaningful places and trips! Beautiful.

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  44. I think this is just amazing!!! I love the idea - what a great gift! Thanks so much for linking it up to Think Pink Sundays - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/05/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-7/

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  45. Amazing! Great job!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  46. That is crazy-cool!!!
    WOW!
    Love it!
    And thanks for linking up!
    ~Bec :-)

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  47. this is awesome--I've spent some time with an x-acto knife, so I know your finger is killing you! the end result is worth it though--she will love it. thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment! Glad to discover your blog today!

    vanessa

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  48. Wow! This is so neat. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  49. oh my totally love it! Now I want to make it for all the houses we've owned. It's just AMAZING! I can't believe you did this all by hand. I'm featuring this tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

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  50. i LOVE this! What a great idea! I had fun taking a look around your blog! I am your newest follower and I hope you will take a look at my blog and follow me too!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  51. such a neat idea. bet she loved it!

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  52. What an excellent way to remember treasured moments.

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  53. "Let me know what you think!!"

    This is a very thoughtful gift for a friend, eh. Creative and crafty too. Great gift!

    Cheers,
    Cathy@uniform discount

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  54. Hi, Congrats for your blog! I've posted a Spanish version of your tutorial on mine, and I've posted your ohoto with a link to this page. Hope is not a problem. In case let me know!

    Many thanks!

    Gerardo

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let me know what you think :)