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Maps, maps, maps

Hello, it’s Jo here with a range of projects I’ve made featuring maps from the fabulous DCVW World Maps 12 x 12″ paper stack. I was super impressed with the quality of the paper in this pad, it’s a really good thickness, not thin and flimsy. The papers are all double-sided and several feature gold foiling. There’s 18 different double-sided designs, twelve of which are foiled and there’s two sheets of each design. I really loved that the reverse side had a variety of designs from book print to spots and stripes, journaling lines and grids to cut apart cards. See the image below for a look at 12 of those double-sided designs. There’s also a City Maps paper stack too.

I love bunting and I had a mini envelope die in my stash that I was itching to use, so I thought that instead of making normal sized triangular flags or pennant bunting (my original plan) I’d die-cut lots of tiny envelopes.

I ran them through my sewing machine, stitching them about 1 1/2″ apart. Then I had the idea to use the bookprint papers from the pad and cut little letters to pop inside the envelopes. I used glue to hold them in place and this also covered the stitching. They are seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever made.

I made two scrapbook layouts featuring time spent in Northern Ireland this summer, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and another for one of my favourite places, the Giant’s Causeway.

I chose to use maps for my embellishments on this layout and used the b-sides for the main pages. I stuck one of the map papers to adhesive craft foam (from my stash) and die-cut letters from it to make my own 3D letters (‘thicker’s), I also die-cut some arrows and a heart from the leftovers. They are adhered to the page with Tombow 2 Way Liquid glue, my favourite glue for sticking all manner of embellishments from paper to acrylic embellishments. I used three mini envelopes (leftover from my mini bunting) to decorate the page and added some strips of Crate Paper ‘Here + There’ washi tape. The tag and letter stickers were from my stash.

This layout uses a foiled hexagonal map paper from the pad and was the obvious choice for a scrapbook layout about the Giant’s Causeway! I simply trimmed it down to 11″ square and stitched it to the centre of a 12 x 12″ piece of kraft cardstock.

I made this layout for a ‘Graphic’ challenge at the weekend over at GoGo Getaway Cybercrop which featured hexagons. I cut out a few hexagon clusters from the duplicated sheet in the paper pad and popped them up on matching hexagon on the background sheet of paper.

The embellishments and letter stickers I’ve used are older ones from my stash. However, the card is from the cut apart sheet in the DCWV World Map paper stack.

The idea of the little envelopes developed into making larger envelopes from the map pages and because the papers are double-sided they look fantastic on the inside too. I made some cards using the papers from the pad and the cut apart sheet, and just added some letter stickers from my stash and a doily. I even used another of the mini envelopes for a cute note card. (Similar black letter stickers by Elle’s Studio can be found here and pink here.

My final project was to recover a faded mini suitcase. I used two different designs of map paper for the outside of the suitcase, the sides and base required two sheets of paper which wasn’t a problem as the paper pad has two of each design.

Of course maps feature heavily in travel collections, so if you don’t want a whole paper pad, you can find travel collection papers here.

Hey Little Magpie have a range of different themed DCWV 12 x 12″ paper stacks, from florals and botanicals to fairytale and unicorns and everything in between. You can find them all here. (If any are out of stock, sign in and request a notification for when they come back into stock.)

Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my projects, I hope I’ve inspired you.

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