Today is my third wedding anniversary and the gift theme is leather! Not wanting to be cliche about expensive and meaningless gifts I thought it would be fun to stay with the traditional wedding gift themes that were handmade or custom ordered. I’m sharing my year one gift with y’all! The traditional first anniversary gift theme is paper, I searched high and low for the best idea for a thoughtful gift to give to my husband that was’t too feminine or cheesy. I decided on maps cut into hearts of the places ‘We met, He proposed, & We Married.’ Travis and I met at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, he proposed to me in Riviera Maya, Mexico and we got married in Lucea, Jamaica! The ability to use three completely different maps is what really drew me to this project.
- 3 slot frame
- Burlap looking scrapbook paper
- Heart Shape
- Letters (I used my circuit to cut out the letters with vinyl)
I always go to Hallmark’s website to double check what the theme of the year is and I start brainstorming a couple of months out. First, I went to google and searched for maps of Denton, TX, Riviera Maya, Mexico, and Jamaica. Once I found the ones I liked I adjusted their size so they were about the same proportions and printed them onto cardstock. Then I took a wooden heart cut out I had and placed it on my map and outlined where I wanted to cut.
After cutting out the pieces of the map, I took the burlap scrapbook paper and cut it to size to fit neatly within each opening of my matting. I actually ended up taping them in place so I didn’t have to worry about them shifting.
Then I attached the hearts in the center of each hole. I made sure to measure to make sure they were they same distance in each hole.
Then after cutting the letters out with my Cricut, using my favorite font from the Storybook cartridge, I attached each word below each heart.
Once everything was attached I placed the entire thing into the frame and hung it up! It turned better than I expected and my husband loved it! I even considered have the places written out, but I like it without them because it’s a conversation starter for anyone that doesn’t know us.
My husband got this cute newspaper made for my gift, he named it and everything himself!
What would you do for you paper anniversary gift? Stay tuned for the other gifts I’ve done!