So full disclaimer, I did not come up with the idea for this design. I saw something similar at an art fair this summer and instantly thought “that’s so cool!” If you are not graphic design savvy and want to purchase something similar, you have many options available on Etsy.
This year is my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, and I wanted to give them a personalized keepsake for this special occasion. Since my parents have been married, they have moved 10 times. I thought a map marked with all of the places they have lived would be a wonderful reminder of their lives together.
I found a free map of the US in eps format on the US Air Force website. I used Adobe Illustrator to create the layout. The traditional gift for the 40th anniversary is the ruby, so I used a vivid red for the background.
This is a really simple idea that makes a great gift! Honestly, I spent more time deciding on which shade of red to use then I did on the layout.