Pretty Map Art DIY (with Photoshop Elements)

Today I'm sharing a personalized map DIY using Adobe Photoshop Elements! I first saw the idea for this project on Pinterest (not sure which was the original!) so I can't take credit for that. But I knew it'd be the perfect project to showcase one of Elements' awesome tools: The Cookie Cutter tool! I don't know about you, but I'm horrible at drawing a perfect heart. Elements makes it so that the perfect shape only takes one click. Cutting it out on the other hand... well, I'm trying! 

I've been wanting to make this artwork for a while myself so it was a perfect combination. I decided to go with "Where we met, Where we were engaged, and Where we live" for right now, at least until we get married in October. Then I can add that to it, too! You could do places you've traveled, lived or even the places where people you love reside. I really think this would make a super special wedding gift or anniversary present for someone in your life. It's super sentimental and personal, but still so easy to do.

Below are the step-by-step instructions! They're seriously so simple, but if you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below and I'll get back to you ASAP! (By the way, I just took screenshots on Google Maps for my images! That way they all look the same + you can get as specific as you'd like!)
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Now I'm off to Indiana! Have a great Monday, friends!

32 comments:

  1. Can you please start making these? And selling them somewhere? I don't have a printer and even with your tutorial I suck at photoshop!

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    1. You can always email me if you'd like to snag one! I'll be out of town this week but can get back to you this weekend :)

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  2. This is such a lovely idea. I might just try this. I want some kind of way of displaying a map in a pretty way in my room... how amazing is Pinterest for finding this kinda inspiration though!?

    Dayner x my blog - mozzypop.com

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  3. Cute DIY! I really like it and hope to make it soon, too :)

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  4. aww, this is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this DIY! :)

    http://thesmallnoble.blogspot.de/

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  5. Fantastic tutorial!! :-) I'm planning to travel at the end of next year so this would be great for my place - something stylish but a lovely little $$$ motivator too.

    I also have a question in regards to ps elements - I am a trained designer so I know how to use the full photoshop but would you recommend getting elements for my laptop to use for blog designs? (Headings, product/clothing collages etc) Photoshop is a little out of my price range and it's a big fuss to locate "other" types of copies. Thanks Kaelah! x

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    1. Definitely! It's such a reasonable price and I'm constantly surprised at how much PSElements can do honestly! I think that'd be a great way to juggle multiple computers, etc :)

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  6. I did this with some vintage maps and just cut them out and framed them as one of my best friend's wedding shower gifts! It was a huge hit! :)

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  7. you should check out the Earth House Collective! I lived in Indianapolis for a year before moving to portland & Earth House was my favorite...its the cutest little cafe in an old church. They often times have a band playing & some of the best local & organic treats around.
    One more suggestion would be the City Market, it's an indoor marketplace that is really close to the Circle Center. Inside city market is Natural Born Juicers and the husband/wife duo that run the stand are darling.

    Have fun darling!

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  8. you should check out the Earth House Collective! I lived in Indianapolis for a year before moving to portland & Earth House was my favorite...its the cutest little cafe in an old church. They often times have a band playing & some of the best local & organic treats around.
    One more suggestion would be the City Market, it's an indoor marketplace that is really close to the Circle Center. Inside city market is Natural Born Juicers and the husband/wife duo that run the stand are darling.

    Have fun darling!

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  9. I´m a begginer, so I don´t know how to place the map once I´ve created the new file... can you help me?

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  10. Ahhhh! Love this! Thanks for sharing, pretty lady!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  11. This is such a cute idea, even if it isn't yours :) I've got some time this week, I'll have to try it out xo

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  12. Wow, this is too awesome for normal words. Thank you so much for the step-by-step guides, I can never get programs like photoshop, but your tutorial was super helpful. I want to make my own now! Definitely bookmarking this.

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  13. SO AWESOME! anything map related I LOVE!!

    www.oncewhispered.com

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  14. That's so cool! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    xoxo Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  15. I don't have photoshop so I'd have to do this the old fashioned way, but I love the final product! Such a personal and sweet piece of art!

    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com/

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  16. Great tutorial will try this out, but I will just use regular photoshop since I have that! :P

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  17. This is a great idea - thanks so much for sharing!! I love pinterest, always come away with some amazing idea. Now I know what I will be doing this weekend :)
    Lianne x
    rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  18. aww! thanks for sharing, it looks great (:
    xo, cheyenne

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  19. Aw, I love this project! My guy and I are long distance and from seperate ends of the country so this would be fun for us. Love it!

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  20. I have this pinned! Someday I will get around to making it! I love how yours came out

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  21. is Photoshop Elements something that a non-photographer, non-designer would be able to use with a little practice? I've been searching for forever trying to find a good program that has a good range of editing tools but that I can actually figure out! I do a lot of random crafty things and invitation/thank you card type stuff. I would also love to be able to edit photos for the etsy shop that I'm dreaming of :)
    Thanks! Rebekah

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    1. Hello,
      I realise that your original message was a little while ago now, but I would wholeheartedly recommend Elements, it is definitely NOT a dumbed down version of Photoshop - I am just about to switch to Elements after using Photoshop for about 5 years since I realised that I just wasn't using even 75% of what was in the full version.
      Elements also has some ingenious filters in it that can produce some fun and good looking results.
      Have fun-why not buy a basic digital camera and learn a bit of photography as well.

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  22. is Photoshop Elements something that a non-photographer, non-designer would be able to use with a little practice? I've been searching for forever trying to find a good program that has a good range of editing tools but that I can actually figure out! I do a lot of random crafty things and invitation/thank you card type stuff. I would also love to be able to edit photos for the etsy shop that I'm dreaming of :)
    Thanks! Rebekah

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  23. You rock! I just adore those simple ideas that makes a house just looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    http://leslistesdolive.blogspot.ca

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  24. Such a BEAUTIFUL IDEA. I am doing this.

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  25. Cool idea! I have a few old school geography books which i can cut up, it won't show streets but it'll show countries. Thanks for the inspiration. xo
    Laura

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB