January 4, 2012

The Map to Your Heart Challenge

Hello my moxie fab friends! I can't tell you how excited I am to introduce you to our first challenge of the new year, straight from the January/February Moxie Fabs column which is all about the hot, hot trend of paper crafting with maps!

Whether you're repurposing an outdated atlas, borrowing from an heirloom collection, or utilizing a brand new piece of patterned paper, using maps in your paper crafting is nothing short of all the rage.

Check out these inspiring uses of maps in the wide, wide world:














Oh my endless possibilities! There are sooooo many things that you can do with maps! Are your creative wheels spinning, friends? I'd be willing to bet that you've got a dozen map ideas buzzing through your minds as we speak! And because maps are typically made of paper--ohmyohmyohmy!--just think of all the things you could do!

To jump-start your creativity even further, here are three examples of how designers approached this trend in the column:

 Lost Without You Card by Jessica Witty, p. 30

Moxie Fab Alert: Not only is this a gorgeous card that uses a real map, but its sentiment is a perfect example of how a play on words can enhance the meaning of a card.

Floral Map Thank You Card by Julia Stainton, p. 30

Moxie Fab Alert: While maps lend themselves quite well to clever and punny sentiments, they also can be used to create focal point design elements for any and all occasions.

Best is Yet to Be Card by Kim Kesti, p. 28

Moxie Fab Alert: One of my all-time favorite cards EVER, I just love the way Kim has played on maps and the direction they take us, "looking" into the future, and adding additional trends such as sunglasses and wood grain.

Whaddayasay? Are you ready to try your hand at incorporating maps into your paper crafted projects? If so, here are the details you'll need to get your project on the map:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a map/s in an innovative way.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Map to Your Heart Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight EDT on Monday, January 23.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, February 1 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a truly moxie fab prize.
Ready? Set! Let's get mappy!

Putting this challenge on the map,

~Cath

82 comments:

Pam said...

What fun! My wheels are turning!

Donna Bowman said...

I'm in! I just got a world map in the mail. Now I know what to do with it!

jan said...

Love, love Kim's card!! So original and clever!!!

jan said...

Love, love Kim's card!! So original and clever!!!

Jean said...

Amazign!! Love what you can do with maps!

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

Loving all the map ideas you found out on the web ... I think I could do without the stockings though. lol.

Die Cut Lady said...
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Die Cut Lady said...

Love the Globe lights so fun. These are great pictures, so many creative people out there.

marymac said...

Love, Love, Love all the great map inspiration. Great pics, really love those stockings.

Becky Green said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!LOVE those HANGING GLOBES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those are SOOOO COOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Atticelf said...

LOVE it! I am a map hoarder. What amazing finds!

Amanda said...

I love maps! It is amazing how many of those photos I already had on my Pinterest boards! I save all of the free maps that come in the mail just to craft with!

me35 said...

Beautiful cards and great inspiration ! I hope it's ok to enter an old card - this is my first ever Moxie attempt !!

Margaret C

Jessica Taylor said...

I love the lamps made out of a globe! What a fun challenge. Time to dig out some old maps!

Marlena M. said...

Awesome inspiration! I love the furniture and lights..very cool. ;)

Linda said...

wowza-these map pictures are incredible-what creativity!! Hope to get time to get something in...

Marybeth said...

Love all the maps and paper cant wait to give it a try!

Noreen said...

I used Mod Podge to cover a shoe box with some pages from an old atlas for a permanent gift box that can be used over and over. You can use any color of ribbon, twine, or string to tie it. Love all the map ideas!

B. Poteraj said...

I guess I'm not the only person who loves maps...

sharon g said...

Not sure which I love most---so many cool things. Maybe the chair? Thanks for showing us cool stuff.

Renee said...

Those lamp shades are awesome! The stockings, not so much! LOL But they are interesting ;)

Val Hilchey said...

ALWAYS inspiration here. There are so many ideas I know I would never explore or be exposed to without this site.Thanks!!!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the fun challenge! I love all things related to travel.

Sue Lelli said...

I've never used a map before but am looking forward to it after seeing the Moxie Fab examples in your post!

Gwen said...

Lovin' this trend! So many "catchy" ways to use the map theme!!

Hannah said...

Oooh this was my fave section in this month's issue! So much fun!

Lynda said...

I love the idea of repurposing maps in such creative ways! Can't wait to try some...

Stephanie J said...

Great minds must think alike - I had already decided to use pieces of a map on my dad's birthday card (he's a pilot, so I thought it fit), and then discovered you had this challenge happening. Yay for great timing! (lol)

nicoleqmullen said...

Fantastic challenge, love the inspiration projects!!

Mandee said...

I've used maps before so trying to come up with an innovative idea was tough...I think my puffed map hearts fit the bill. Thanks for the challenge!

Susan said...

My first try at your challenges!! Hope you like it :)

Katy said...

I think I am gonna use maps more often! This was a lot of fun!!

Jean said...

HEre is a card I made for a friend. Gotta love the map of Michigan!

Laura {aka scrapaddict} said...

Wow, these pics and card examples are rockin'! Thanks for the inspiration....I'm all linked up!

Glenda J said...

Love maps so had to play along! Thanks!

~amy~ said...

thanks for the inspiration...it helped me put together a masculine gift...masculine stuf is always a challenge for me!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is was such a fun challenge!

Jo said...

Love the map cards and inspiration!

sentsue said...

Maps are so much fun to work with. I would love to make the hanging lamp out of a globe I saw on Pinterest.

Miriam Prantner said...

This was much fun to create. Thanks!

Chris D. said...

Cath, this is the first time I've participated in the Moxie Fab World's challenges! Gotta say, it was super fun, and I'll be joining more!

Kathi said...

I love and hoard map paper, so this challenge was wonderful for me!

osirisandloki said...

love all the cards they r great!

Amy said...

I work in the travel biz, so this challenge was a great way to think about my mounting paperwork in a different light!! Dangerous! Great work everyone, so inspiring.

Cindy Holshouser said...

This was a super fun one! For my son's birthday last summer I made a bunch of decorations from real maps from target! They are great for making paper medallions.

carefree creations said...

I love maps! This was a great challenge!

Emily Keaton said...

LOVED this challenge, Cath! I have a few more ideas I'm hoping to try. :)

Amanda said...

What a fun excuse to use some of the free maps I have been saving for "something special"!

cheiron said...

What a fun challenge Cath. I have so many map ideas, I may have to make more than one.

Carol L said...

What a FUN challenge, and with so much wonderful inspiration! I just love those sails!!

Elena said...

With my degree in geography, this was one challenge I couldn't pass up. Thanks for sharing the inspiring map pretties!

Jingle said...

This challenge led to me creating one of my favorite cards EVER! Thank you!!!!

VanessaB said...

hope i won't need that map. lol! such a fun challenge. i wouldn't have thought to use a map on my card. :)

Erin K said...

I make so much with my vintage atlas collection. This challenge is perfect.

Dawn Braun said...

such a fun challenge, maps ROCKS, especially the printed paper ones, haha! :)

anya said...

What fun. I love maps - the lampshade did me in... I had to recreate it.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Great challenge, Cath:) I really enjoyed making my card--which by the way WILL BE posted on my blog and linked to this challenge on Tuesday next week (after the challenge ends). I couldn't let my friend see her card before she gets it in the mail!!! THANKS for the challenge:)

Renee said...

What a fun challenge!

Jen W. said...

In before the deadline! Whoo hoo!

Chriss Blagrave said...

This was a really fun challenge Cath.

susanne said...

I love all of the cards .. so much inspiration here!

Cynthia Rose said...

I had no idea maps were so decorative. These photos give me a whole new set of decorating ideas.

Maggie Armstrong said...

Done! Phew! Thanks for the great challenge.

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Wow!! All of these projects are so incredibly inspiring!! Who knew maps could be so fun in papercrafting?! Another fabulous challenge, Cath - thanks so much for always keeping us on our toes! ;-)

Heather Maria said...

Cath, I loved seeing maps used in so many different ways - what wonderful inspiration! Thanks for the fun challenge:)

suzARTe said...

I really loved this challenge and so happy that I got to play along at the very last minute, have also enjoyed viewing all the beautiful entries, such variety

samantha's cards said...

I really enjoyed this challenge. I was thinking about all those maps my hubby through away when he cleaned out my dad's car.... i knew i should have kept a few.

Renee said...

I enjoyed this challenge so much I had to make another entry!

Geri said...

I was amazed at what I found when I googled making crafts with maps! All the rage is bang on! A fun challenge that took me in a 'new direction'.

photochic said...

What a fun challenge! Thanks~~ :)

One4Joy said...

What a way to kick off 2012! Loved the inspiration pieces...especially those tights.

Trinh said...

Who knew maps could be so fun?! Thanks for another great challenge!

Emily K said...

Great challenge and inspiration as always, thanks.

Christina said...

What fun! I'll be on the lookout for those free maps when traveling to save up for some crafty projects!

Shemaine Smith said...

I knew the perfect stamp set to use for this challenge!

Lisa S. said...

I couldn't resist this challenge because I love maps and collect globes. Thanks for the opportunity to have so much fun and inspiring us as always.

Alicia said...

I had the PERFECT papers for this. An old atlas! Such fun, thank you. :)

Angela said...

What a fun challenge! I am so excited I got to play along for this one!

Robyn said...

What a great challenge! After seeing it, I was so inspired to start a project that I've been procrastinating!

FrancineB said...

Thanks for an awesome challenge.

Barb King said...

I love old maps! I used my airplane stamp with some patterned paper in a map design.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Just got word that my card was received!!! Here is the original post (not my gallery)---http://www.savannahland2.blogspot.com/2012/01/sparkle-creations-rubber-stamps_24.html

THANK YOU for this wonderful challenge:) LOVE LOVE LOVED all the submissions! Great ways to use maps!