Home Town Love {Anniversary Gift}

My hubby and I celebrated 8 years of marriage on Monday. It’s actually pretty hard to believe it’s been 8 years already. Hard to believe until I think of all that has happened in those 8 years. We’ve had two children, moved 5 times, and lived in a couple different states. I decided I wanted to make my sweetheart a little something to celebrate.
I’m originally from Orange County, California and my hubby is from a small town in Illinois. As you can see we come from two different worlds. Somehow we work so well together!!! I decided to make a little DIY artwork for our home that would represent our hometowns.
Wanna make one for yourself? Here’s what you need:
– Picture frame (I used an 8×10)
-Cardstock (at least two colors)
-Hearts and Plus sign
I simply googled maps of California and Illinois. I printed the maps on regular computer paper and cut them out. I then traced around the cut out maps onto some white cardstock. Once again I cut out the maps on the white cardstock. I cut out two red hearts and a black plus sign on my Cricut. Each heart is strategically placed to represent my hubby and I’s hometowns. I attached both of the white states to some blue cardstock and framed it all up.
I love how it turned out and so does my hubby! It’s such a sweet way to show where we came from, especially in this crazy military life that moves us all around!
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  1. I think that’s a really cute idea! Maybe I’ll make one for my hubby and myself – except ours would be the US and Germany. 🙂

  2. Such a cute idea! I love this! I did a similar craft for my sister for her bday I believe. But I took the places that they had lives and cute hearts out of the map and put it in a frame and said “Home is where our heart is” they are in the military so it was perfect and sweet for them!

    I would love for you to link this up at our naturally-nifty party this week:

  3. That is SO cute! I love the color combination too! And I’m also originally from Orange County 🙂

  4. aw, my hubby is from IL and I am from CA. I might have to steal this from you. Too cute.

  5. This is adorable! What does hubby think? What a wonderful way to celebrate so many years of marriage. Congrats!!

  6. This is so sweet. Love the way it turned out!

  7. This is a sweet idea, and being a former military wife…my husband retired after 22 years and 13 moves…I know how special those kind of remembrances are. You might check out something I did to remember our crazy military life with little wooden houses marked with each location. It’s here: http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-mantle.html
    God bless you…we loved the military life…such great opportunities, meeting so many people, living all over the United States and in Germany. God bless you on our journey.

  8. I had to read your post since I’m from Chicago and my husband is from a small town in California. Very cute!

  9. I love this idea! It turned out so nicely! Might have to whip one of these up for myself! Thanks for sharing.

  10. That is such a great idea.. especially in it’s simplicity.
    I love it!

  11. This is so cute! I would love for you to share this at my link party

  12. I love this! It is such a beautiful idea!

  13. That is SUCH a cool idea!! Very cute gift. 🙂


  14. This is an old post now, but I just found your blog and loved this idea! Look forward to spending far too much of my day reading the rest of your lovely blog!!
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