Make Your Own Travel Memory Map

If you love jetting off on new adventures, or know someone who does, this Travel Memory Map DIY is for you! Travelling is a great way to learn about different cultures, taste amazing food, spend time with friends and family or to meet new people along the way. Many of us enjoy documenting our experiences so we can look back and reminisce. Let’s face it, with Facebook and Instagram at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to just check in at that hidden coffee shop in Paris or to take a quick snap of your favourite gelato in Florence. By the time you’ve arrived back home, you’ve taken a trillion photos and posted nearly all of them on social media. You may print a few and place them in a photo book that you will probably never look at again. But what if you had a creative and tangible way to document it all? That’s where the memory map comes in and since I’ve started one I’ve never looked back. Here in this one place, I have photos and postcards and little snippets of my travels. Hanging over my desk, it’s a joyful reminder of all the places I’ve seen and fun memories I have – perfect for perking up any Monday morning. What’s more, it’s super easy to create and personalise. So just follow the guide below to create your own travel memory map!

Materials & Steps

Your Map:

First things first, you need a map! You can opt for a traditional world map or, if your travels are focused in one area, a single country or continent map. For example, perhaps you aim to visit all the US states or want to plot out an Interrail trip in Europe.

Some people paste a world map poster onto foam-board or on a corkboard. If so, make sure the board is cut to the size of your map. Then lay your board down flat and spay with an adhesive spray and place your map on your board. Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and let dry.

Me I like canvas, so I have a world map canvas stretched over a wooden frame.

USA States Canvas Print

What To Add To Your Map:

Postcards & Photos
I love taking photos when travelling and have a few special ones that I print. To avoid cluttering my map with too many big photos, I often print them smaller or grouped together on a postcard with the ultimate saying or quote to sum up the trip. You can include postcards you’ve bought while on holiday – I even post a few back to myself with snippets of that day’s adventures scribbled on the back. Or buy some vintage travel postcards after you get home.

Vintage Travel Postcards

Labels & Stickers
With a pin, I add little labels to the cities or countries I’ve visited. Or to avoid using too many pins, simply print some stickers to stick on to all your locations. You could customise your stickers on Zazzle with the year of the trip or even a tiny photo of who joined you.

More Memorabililia
If you’re sentimental and hang on to little bits and pieces, pin those up too! For example, maybe you have business cards or receipts from favourite restaurants or tickets to a museum or attraction.

Yarn or Ribbon
If you want to mark a special journey like a road trip or round the world adventure, I’ve seen people stitch or mark out their route.

Future Trips
As well as past adventures, you can use your map to plan your next adventure. Perhaps pin a colour-coded label or sticker for all those places on your bucket list. Then you can replace it when you make it there.

The best part of all is that it’s never finished! You can continue to build your map and memories trip by trip for years to come. How would you make your own travel memory map – or do you record your travels in another creative way?

How To Throw Your Own Paddy Party
– St Patrick’s Day Ideas

Everyone’s favourite Irish holiday, St Patrick’s Day, is fast approaching. On the 17th March, people the world over come together and celebrate the emerald isle and Irish heritage. But who was this saint and why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day? The truth is, very little is known about him. What we do know suggests he was born in Britain in the late fourth century but at around the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped, sold and enslaved in Ireland for six years. After escaping, he went to France and joined a monastery. Twelve years later, with the pope’s blessing, he returned to Ireland, where he converted the Gaelic Irish to Christianity and travelled the country setting up monasteries and schools. His teachings were such a success that by the seventh century he had become a legendary figure. Indeed, there are many stories told about St Patrick, including one about driving all the snakes out of Ireland. Since his death on 17th March 461 AD, St Patrick has been commemorated on that day. After 1,500 years, it has become more of a secular holiday and a day when everyone is Irish! It’s all about good cheer, good food, music and partying. This year, instead of heading out, why not bust out the green and clover and throw your own Paddy Party? Follow our ultimate St Patrick’s Day party guide for tips and fun ideas for all the family!

St Patrick’s Day Sendables

Gather your guests with St Patrick’s Day invitations. On Zazzle, you’ll find fun designs with everything from clovers to leprechauns to St Pat’s hats. To glam up your invites, why not add some shiny green shamrock or gold confetti inside your envelopes!

Decorations

Go green but also white and gold with your St Patrick’s Day decorations. Then just add rainbows, shamrocks and leprechauns for fun features, especially for the kids. Bunting makes a great alternative to streamers and balloons – not only can it be hung on any surface from walls to doors to ceilings, it is less messy and fully reusable for next year’s party. At the door, why not welcome your guests with an Irish themed poster. Decorate your tables with themed tablecloths and lay with Patrick’s Day plates, cups and napkins, all available on Zazzle!

Food & Drinks

Make the food and drinks fun and green. There are some great novelty St Patrick’s Day recipes out there, from shamrock chips to leprechaun cake pops to lucky charm crispy cakes. Why not try our shamrock Rice Krispy treats recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 113 g butter
  • 200 g mini marshmallows (make sure they’re soft)
  • 250 g Rice Krispies
  • Green food colouring
  • Shamrock cookie cutter

Method:

  1. Melt the butter over a low heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add in the marshmallows and stir until they have also melted.
  3. Add the food colouring and stir until the entire mixture is green.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir until the cereal is coated.
  5. Place the Rice Krispy mixture in a buttered tray. Press down with a buttered spatula.
  6. Press the cookie cutter down on the mixture to cut out shamrock-shaped treats.
  7. Place the treats on baking paper and refrigerate until set.
  8. Eat and Enjoy!

Games

No party is complete without a game or two. For little kids, hide some gold chocolate coins around the house and garden and set clues for a scavenger hunt to find the pot of gold. Involve all the family and play ‘In the Leprechaun’.  Simply hang a poster and taking turns blindfolded, try and place a clover on the leprechaun. Love bingo? Have fun with a game of St Patrick’s Day bingo with the winner receiving a pot of  gold chocolate coins.

Costumes

Before the party starts, you need the right outfit. If you don’t have time for anything elaborate, just pull on a St Patrick’s Day t-shirt with a fun slogan or Irish saying. Make your guest green with envy and complete your outfit with matching themed leggings, hats and more accessories.

So, you’ve got your outfit, the food and décor, now it’s time for the party to begin. But before we go, we’ll leave you with a St Patrick’s Day wish:

“For each petal on the shamrock

This brings a wish your way

Good health, good luck and happiness

For today and every day.”

Winter Home Trends To Keep You Cosy

Plunging temperatures, blustery winds, darkness by 4.00 pm… Winter is most certainly here! Over the next few months, we’re going to be hibernating more and more inside. So it’s time to revamp our living spaces for those short cold days and longer nights. Create a cosy atmosphere with the this year’s trending colours, fabrics and prints to create a space that you’re happy to spend more time (and maybe a snow day!) in.

Bronze Age

Out are the golds and coppers and in with the warming hues of bronze that have fascinated mankind for centuries. Brass is the metallic of the moment, particularly for lighting. Team with natural and clean materials like marble for a cool industrial aesthetic.

Earth Tones

Nature-inspired, earth tones are everywhere this season. Try emeralds, forest greens or teals for a dramatic, luxurious look or lighter hues like sage green for something more serene. These colours look great on larger items like sofas, or introduce with scatter cushions or throws.

Pink

According interior gurus, pink is the new black and blush is the new grey. Somewhere in between is millennial pink, the must-have colour of the year. Often dubbed the ‘new neutral’ this hue goes with anything, even chic Scandinavian-style interiors where colour can often be lacking. It can give a warm touch to the more sultry interior tones of navy, black and grey.

Colour Blocking

If you can’t pick one, why not mix and match contrasting colours with the colour blocking trend, originally seen on the catwalk. This playful, graphic style will brighten up any cold winter day.

Vintage Explorer

Maps are an easy way to add a personal touch with wall art. Vintage maps of your hometown or favourite destination are not only beautiful but add real interest to your walls. Team with old botanical illustrations of plants and butterflies for an exploration look.

Illustrated globes are also making are also making a comeback to add that vintage vibe to living and reading spaces. Aged bronze and brass globes are particularly sought after this season.


Knits & Quilts

The winter woolies are not just for winter fashion but for soft furnishings too. This can be as easy as a knitted throw or knitted cushion covers on the sofa. Winter after all is all about cozy and warming luxurious textures. Another way to add texture and comfort to a room is with a classic quilt, and can also show off your personality and sense of fun. Choose from hundreds of custom fabrics on Zazzle to stitch your own a personalised quilt.

Plants

Plants are not just for summer! When the leaves outside have withered away, a bit of greenery inside always adds a touch of life and homeliness. Indoor plants are also natural air purifiers and boost your mood and immune system. You don’t even have to have a large space to introduce some plantlife. The photogenic favourite cacti are still trending this year and are easily maintained. They can grow in almost anything – you can use vintage tins or even coffee cups as planters.