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Project

U.S. Map Scrapbook

Create this one-of-a-kind scrapbook page in the shape of a United States map.

Materials

  • United States map template
  • Martha Stewart Create 12-by-12-inch paper pads (For the background, we used the blue bordered paper from the "Elegant" paper pad.)
  • Printer
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • 18-by-24-inch frame

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Enlarge the template 200 percent and print two copies. Cut "The United States of America" from the top of each template and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    With the first copy, create a base on which to glue the cutouts of the states. Cut out the entire map about 1/8 inch within the outside lines.

  3. Step 3

    Tape the "West Coast" side of the second template over a piece of decorative paper and cut out the entire state of California along the solid lines with a craft knife. Continue to cut states from different designs of decorative paper, leaving about a 1/4-inch overlapping area where each state borders the previous one.

  4. Step 4

    Beginning with California, attach the state cutouts to the base template by tacking down just the middle of the cutout state over the printed state with a glue stick, and tucking the overlapping borders underneath the previous states.

  5. Step 5

    To create the background, arrange four pieces of the 12-by-12-inch bordered blue paper to fit on the chipboard backing of the frame, overlapping where necessary, with the decoratively bordered sides of the paper at the top and bottom. Tape the pieces together on the backside.

  6. Step 6

    Place the template for "The United States of America" at the top of the paper background, secure with tape, and cut out each letter using craft knife.

  7. Step 7

    Cut two 3-inch-wide strips from 12-by-12-inch gold paper. Secure these strips to the back of the blue background with tape, so the gold shows through the title letters.

  8. Step 8

    Use double-sided tape to attach the completed map to the background, and the background to the frame's chipboard backing. Place in frame.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008

Reviews (7)

  • 18 Jan, 2013

    U.S. Map Scrapbook
    Russell's Friday Family Activity
    Friendly and Fun!

  • 4 Jul, 2009

    Null: you print it out the way it is, then on your copier enlarge it. Most copiers will allow you to either reduce the image or enlarge it, and then by a certain percentage. Give that a try.

  • 4 Jul, 2009

    You could do this with fabric scraps as in a quilt. the irregular edges can be made straight - call it artistic licence. And hang it on the wall.

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    I have been searching for a good US map template. Thanks for putting it on the sight. My hope is to one day visit all fifty states. For my scrapbook, I plan to apply a color to each state as I visit it. I will use the cutout of each state as a background for the pages about that state, where I will attach my photos and memorabilia. From the project featured it looks like a two page spread, is there binding adjustmetns made for it, or just cut it in half with some state parts on each page?

  • 5 Nov, 2008

    Does anyone know if there is a picture of the scrapbook? I would love to get a better look. My Dvr isn't always reliable.

  • 4 Nov, 2008

    I love this project. I'm going to work on it with various scrapbook papers tonight while watching election returns. Then I'm going to frame it for my office as a reminder of what Barack Obama says... we are not just red states or blue states, we are the United States of America. Thanks for this wonderful idea that stresses our nation's patchwork of diversity. Thom in San Francisco

  • 4 Nov, 2008

    I love this project. I'm going to work on it with various scrapbook papers tonight while watching election returns. Then I'm going to frame it for my office as a reminder of what Barack Obama says... we are not just red states or blue states, we are the United States of America. Thanks for this wonderful idea that stresses our nation's patchwork of diversity. Thom in San Francisco