I came up with a fun and easy little geography project. I'm kind of a map nerd, so I really love these. Hope you do too!
We'll be making little canvas mounted silhouettes of states or countries that you've lived in or visited. Scrapbook-turned-wall art (the closest I get to scrapbooking).
Some cheap canvas frames
a silhouette machine. You can use scissors, but it's going to require a little more brain power.
First do a google search for your state or country of choice. When the results pop up, click on "images", then click on "line drawing" on the left sidebar. This should give you a clear silhouette image of your desired location. You might have to alter your search terms to say "map of", or "silhouette of" if you don't get a good image the first time.
Next, transfer that image to your silhouette and trace it, or print it out if you're using scissors. Make sure the image size will fit nicely on your canvas. If you have a silhouette, iron one side of the fusible interfacing to your fabric and then cut out the image. If not, trace the image onto your fusible interfacing, then fuse it to your fabric and cut it out.
After that, you just have to peel the other side of the interfacing off and iron it onto the canvas. If you'd like, you can cut out a small dot or heart or star or whatever pleases your fancy to mark a specific city.
Then I used silhouette vinyl to cut out the name of my state and countries and stuck that on the bottom. Again, if you don't have a silhouette, you could cut this out of fabric or even just write it on with permanent marker.
If you have a lot of islands though, I highly suggest using your silhouette or becoming friends with someone who has one.
Then hang them all on the wall and admire the places you've been!
Now go plan a vacation so you can make some more :)
And be sure to check out the line-up of guest bloggers Mandy's having at Sugar Bee Crafts as part of her Blog Celebrity Week (if you're wondering how I made it in to "celebrity week", I snuck in the back door when nobody was looking.) There's some really great projects up right now.
ps: just in case any of you are super curious to know why two of my canvases are cities and one is a state, it's because I've lived in a few different places in Virginia and didn't want to make one for each. I stuck a heart in the place where we own real estate :)