Here’s my DIY version, complete with places Ben and I have traveled. I LOVE this idea. It’s always changing, too. I just need a map with Alaska to update the trip we took last year.
I bought a cheapo frame (I still need to paint it) and removed the glass. I had a roll of cork from Michael’s, so I cut a piece to size. Then I put the map in the mat and put the cork behind and put the back on again. I had some simple sewing pins, too, and I liked the way the colors looked with the map. Voila!
Here’s a close up of our map:
Going along with the travel theme, I also created similar vacation jars.
I have a vacation shelf in my office complete with vacation jars and books. I try to buy a book from all of our vacation spots, just to show some photos to people and remember where we were. Some of the items I have from our vacations are too big for the jars (like a map from Savannah and a booklet from our Alaskan boat tour) so those are to the side.
I simply put all the items in a smooth-sided jar and made a label on my label maker.
I like to get sand from everyplace we visit. I feel like I have a little piece of oceanfront property. I used different, smaller jars for the sand, but used the same labels.
YHL collects postcards from vacations. I have a slightly more juvenile collection. Squished pennies. Rather than sitting in my drawer, I put them in a pretty flower shaped bowl for display on my bookshelf.
I try to buy a souvenir spoon from each place, too. Excuse the spoon rack, I need to make a more modern, less cluttered one. I see these every time I go into our kitchen and it’s a nice little reminder of where we’ve been!