I got some cool stuff to play with, including some "Podgeable Shapes," which are plastic medallions you can turn into just about anything.
I knew right away what I wanted to do with them, but I didn't want to pay full price for an atlas (sheesh, have you priced an atlas lately? I was not paying that just to cut it to shreds, and I have a LOT of projects that need an atlas that I can cut to shreds.)
That last paragraph took me about a dozen takes. I apparently can not type the word "atlas" without automatically hitting shift and typing, "Atlanta." Every time. Even just there. I have to stop (which is crazy, because I type about 100 words per minute, and I am not joking), focus on the keyboard, and specifically type a-t-l-a-s.
When we were in Maine last week we found -- naturally -- a treasure hunt store, and had to check it out. And I found not just one, but TWO atlases!
So, what do you think?!
These are the Podgeable shapes mod-podged with atlas cut-outs of places that are special to us.
Here's what I did/you can do:
- First, wait about a month until you find an atlas at Goodwill. ;)
- Trace each shape around the part of the map you want to highlight.
- Then, cut out the map part -- try to go just a hair smaller than what you traced, if you can.
- Apply some ModPodge to the map (I used high-gloss, but it really doesn't matter), and stick the map to the medallion.
- Smooth the map to the medallion to eliminate any bubbles or wrinkles, and let them dry overnight (map side up).
- If you didn't trim the shapes quite as nicely as you meant to, do what I did: the next day, I went around the outside of each shape with an x-acto knife just to make sure there wasn't any overhang (you can see in the top left one that I took this photo before I did that).
We turned them into, as CAM calls them, mag-nuts. I like them because they are so personal to us. I'm sure the collection will continue to grow, too!
I especially like this project because they don't look like "oh, a kitschy Mod-Podge project," which so many things end up turning into.