Map O’ Love – A Map Memory Journal

posted on February 2, 2012 by  |  posted under Father's Day, Romance, Valentine's Day  |  55 Comments

map memory journal

One look at this journal and you know there just has to be something good inside. map memory journal

Well, there is. {er,…well,…there is about to be.}map memory journal

It’s a “Map O’ Love”. What?! You don’t know what a “Map O’ Love” is?!  Okay, I just made that term up. It’s basically a Map Memory Journal.  I was inspired by two gorgeous map collages from by  Kayla Danelle and Minimoz. Here is my version:

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I started by listing all the places that meant a lot to my husband and memory journalmap memory journal

I cut each location out and distressed the memory journal

I found a map of each location where that memory took memory journal

I glued each map to one of the journal pages (and added a location heart).map memory journalmap memory journal

Each page holds a location where many memories were memory journalmap memory journalMap Memory JournalMap Memory Journal

On the back of each page I jotted down the address, and started making a list of memories there.Map Memory Journal

I plan on having my husband add to the list of memories after he receives his Valentines gift. These are things I want to remember. I want to cherish his memories too.Map Memory JournalThe best part of this gift is that we will continue to fill up the pages for years to come. I wonder what maps we will add? Oh the adventure… :)

To say that I am excited to give him this Valentine’s gift would be an understatement.Map Memory Journal

Do you think he will like it? If he doesn’t, oh well. I will. :) I love gifts that benefit both the giver and receiver. {Do you remember this post? Hee Hee}Map Memory JournalMap Memory Journal

Now WHERE IN THE WORLD did I get this journal?! I know you’re wondering.  I spotted it on Etsy, from Medieval Journey, andI fell in love. I truly love buying handmade items and when I saw this journal, I just had to have it.Map Memory Journal

Every last detail is perfect. I adore the vintage looking pages.Map Memory JournalMap Memory Journal

Take a peek at Medieval Journey. If you aren’t in the market for something like this right now, make sure to favorite {heart} her for the future. This is truly such a beautifully made product.

What are you doing for your man for Valentines Day? Remember that it isn’t about how much your gift costs, but it IS about how much it means.

Here are a few other sentimental ideas we’ve posted on recently: 2037 BC – Old School Poetry, Bed of Hearts, Secret Cupid, A Year of Reasons, Hide and Seek Notes, & Someday they’ll be old enough.

If that wasn’t enough for you, make sure the check out our whole Valentine’s Day category. We’ve got you covered.

Map Memory Journal

    1. February 2nd, 2012 at 7:28 am
      Alison says:
      Cute SHelley! Brad is lucky to have you:)
    2. February 2nd, 2012 at 7:37 am
      Laura says:
      Cute idea! What font did you use? I love the dingbats.
      • February 2nd, 2012 at 7:55 am
        Shelley says:
        For the main font, I used Pea Sarah Quick. For the doodles, I used a combo of several of the doodle fonts on Fonts for Peas. WE LOVE fonts for peas around here. :)
        • February 2nd, 2012 at 11:02 am
          Laura says:
          Thanks! I am going to try to whip one up for the hubby by the 14th. :)
    3. February 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 am
      Gina says:
      Awesome idea! I am off to buy the journal.... now, where did you get the maps? printed from internet or did you buy maps from different places?
      • February 2nd, 2012 at 9:05 am
        Shelley says:
        I printed all my maps from and used the reference physical map option. :)
        • February 2nd, 2012 at 9:40 am
          gina says:
    4. February 2nd, 2012 at 9:40 am
      Nicolette says:
      Super cute, Shelley! What a fun journal to show the kids too. I think it's so important that our kids see visual examples of their parents' love for each other. Love, love, love it!
    5. February 2nd, 2012 at 9:56 am
      sorina says:
      Extremely beautiful! The journal is an art piece and it is made by a very sensitive person! The way you put your memories on each page brought it to life and it seems that they have been there forever!
    6. February 2nd, 2012 at 10:33 am
      Penny says:
      Such a great idea! I'm sure it will be treasured forever. I hope it is big enough to hold your lifetime of adventures ;). He WILL love it!
    7. February 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 am
      Bezencilla says:
      Such a beautiful story and a wonderful handmade journal. Things made with love for those who care about love.
    8. February 2nd, 2012 at 11:42 am
      alysha says:
      I love these gift ideas that are going to be cherished FOREVER. My memory seriously stinks, so this is such an awesome idea. Your husband is going to LOVE it. (And that journal is seriously gorgeous!)
    9. February 2nd, 2012 at 12:34 pm
      Mindy says:
      aw great idea - I'd throw one picture from each memory on there too!
      • February 2nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm
        Shelley says:
        LOVE this idea. I'm on the hunt for pictures to put on the back pages before Valentines day. :) Thanks for the idea.
    10. February 2nd, 2012 at 12:44 pm
      Kate C says:
      I love this idea! I'm a huge fan of handmade books, and I make them myself!
      If anyone is interested in different types of books/journals, please check out my website ( and my etsy shop. I just opened last week, but I have years of experience and can make anything you want.

      It's so fun to have a place to put all those memories. Great idea and post, HDS!
    11. February 2nd, 2012 at 12:56 pm
      Missy says:
      Shelley. I love this. It will be cherished for sure. Thanks for the great idea!
    12. February 2nd, 2012 at 4:34 pm
      Lindsey says:
      Okay so I find myself wanting to copy everything you do! I will add this to the list!!!!
      • February 2nd, 2012 at 8:19 pm
        Shelley says:
        Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :) I'm so glad you love it. :)
    13. February 2nd, 2012 at 9:45 pm
      kayla Danelle says:
      Aw, thanks for the shout out! I love your version!! I may have to try something like this... except our version would be pretty boring since most of our story happened in the same town! hah :) oh well.
    14. February 3rd, 2012 at 4:24 am
      GawgusThings says:
      This is just wonderful!

      Such a great idea :) I'm sure hubby will absolutely love it!

    15. February 3rd, 2012 at 8:14 am
      Cristi Dame says:
      I am in love with this idea!! How exciting. I want to get a huge map and do something similar like this!! Great idea!
    16. February 6th, 2012 at 4:36 am
      Janette says:
      What a SUPER cute idea! So, what is in the frame that says "Brad & Shelley" at the top? A list of memories you have framed and hung? Please share!!! :)
      • February 7th, 2012 at 12:17 pm
        Shelley says:
        Janette, you noticed! ;) It was basically our story. "Boy, meets girl,.. etc. etc. etc. with a "to be continued" at the end." It was for our anniversary last year. :)
        • February 8th, 2012 at 1:08 pm
          Janette says:
          So, so creative! Love that idea!
          • April 1st, 2013 at 5:05 pm
            Kelli D says:
            Shelly, I was wondering the same exact thing (about the frame under the journal book in one of the pics); I noticed the frame and was more interested in making that framed gift instead of the journey book LOL :) - Any possibility that the framed gift will show up on HDS as a tutorial in the near future?

            Thanks for sharing and giving me inspiration!
    17. February 7th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
      RetiredPJ says:
      I received a leather journal from my honey this last Christmas and have hesitated putting anything in it. I wanted it to be special. Cautiously he mentioned including memorable accounts but added that scribbles or notes of any kind could clear up the collection of napkins notes.... Your “Map O’ Love” is perfect!! Thank you
    18. February 7th, 2012 at 5:45 pm
      Allison says:
      Oh my gosh! I absolutely loved this newsletter and all the ideas! I am so excited to create some of these memory keepsakes! You are some amazing women! Thanks for all you do!
      • February 7th, 2012 at 10:55 pm
        Shelley says:
        Alison, THANK YOU for taking the time to comment. We love little "love notes" like these. They make all of our hard work worth it. Thank you. :)
    19. February 7th, 2012 at 9:44 pm
      Debi Jenkins says:
      Wow I can not believe I open my mail, go to this post and their is the Leather Journal I have be looking for for over a year! Thank you thank you thank you. Great minds must think alike. I want 1 Blank page Journal to Document Mina and my husbands long distance love for a year I was in Eutis fl. and he was in Ligonier In. The other I want for my Jewelry Ideas. You really made my day.Now to save to get them . I am so excited. Again Thank you Debi
      • February 7th, 2012 at 10:55 pm
        Shelley says:
        Awww. That makes my heart leap right out of my chest. To know that it was something you were looking for, and that lil' ole me helped you find it, makes me so happy. It truly is a beautiful journal. It's worth saving up for. :)
    20. February 8th, 2012 at 1:14 am
      Kayla Danelle says:
      PS. Funny that you just gave me a shout out, because I just realized I just gave you one too - as I was putting together this post and I talked about your awesome playdough recipe! :)
    21. February 8th, 2012 at 10:24 am
      Kayla says:
      This is such a wonderful idea!! I pinned this, hoping to do something like this in the future. Our story is just starting, been together 5 years, and finally tying the knot this April!! :)
    22. February 8th, 2012 at 2:15 pm
      Monica says:
      Wow! I adore this!!! Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing and the journal is GORGEOUS
    23. February 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm
      Shelley Glass says:
      I love this idea Map O love! Best idea I have ever seen. Love, love, love it! Went on ESTY to order one and couldn't get the journal. Is there somewhere else that has something similar? Would love to do this for my Family!
      • February 8th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
        Shelley says:
        She keeps selling out!! :) It is truly such a beautiful journal. She has a current listing up for pre-orders: -hope that helps! :)
    24. February 11th, 2012 at 4:41 pm
      elaine harris says:
      This journal is spectacular and your idea for customizing it is so romantic! I love it.
    25. February 14th, 2012 at 10:57 pm
      mheanne ojeda says:
      I like the title MAP O'LOve! Why I didn't think of that coz I have a heart-shaped box I call I LOVE YOU MAP since my boyfriend's of almost 5 years is named Mark Alan Poff and MAP is his initial. Inside the I LOVE You MAP box are heart-shaped maps I got from airline magazines which shows where we have met and traveled together - from Manila to Paris to US. With your post, I improved it by putting hearts stickers on the place. Thanks
      • February 15th, 2012 at 11:24 am
        Shelley says:
        Aww. yay! Thanks for sharing!
    26. February 17th, 2012 at 12:39 pm
      Janette says:
      Ok, one more question :) What font did you use for your "Story of Us" in the frame? Looks like a fun font!!
    27. June 12th, 2012 at 7:34 pm
      {amy k.} says:
      i LOVE this idea! thanks for sharing, i'm going to pin it for future!
    28. January 22nd, 2013 at 12:20 pm
      Dori says:
      A wonderful way to use a beautiful journal! The maker of this journal has so many other beautiful pieces, and she really loves her craft so you can be sure that your memories are in a safe place :)
    29. January 23rd, 2013 at 9:46 am
      Tina S says:
      Oh. My. Goodness! I love and adore this idea! I will shamelessly copy it in the future. Gorgeous!!!!!
    30. January 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am
      Stacey says:
      Where did you find all the maps?
      • January 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm
        Shelley says:
        The link is in the post :)
    31. January 23rd, 2013 at 10:17 am
      Brittany says:
      That is really cute! I have been working on something similar to that; I am making canvas art with the places that mean the most to my husband and I, but I really like that you can keep adding to the journal! Quick question: where did you find your maps? I had a little trouble finding maps I liked, and yours are really sweet! Great post!
    32. January 23rd, 2013 at 10:24 am
      Julie says:
      Did you just use an old map that you cut out or print something from the internet? I've tried doing something like this in the past but could never find a map that would fit.
      • January 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm
        Shelley says:
        It was a map from the internet. :) The link is in the post. :)
    33. January 23rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm
      Chris C. says:
      The Lord works ALL things together...Romans 8:28. Wow. Last week I began jotting down dates and events in an old spiral notebook with just a few pages left. My husband and I have been married for thirty years and two years ago he was diagnosed with epilepsy. On top of that there is a history of Alzheimer disease in his family. He's beginning to struggle to recall the important dates in our lives. I knew I needed to write things down for him (and for our children to have someday) but I had no inspired idea as beautiful as this. Thank you so much for sharing with others. I may cry now. God bless you.
    34. January 23rd, 2013 at 7:24 pm
      Elizabeth says:
      Beautiful! How special. You have inspired me, once again. I have already ordered a beautiful, hand-made journal from Etsy. I cannot wait to make our own "Map O' Love." Thanks to all the "How Does She" ladies for your constant inspiration. BTW, I'm about to make my own laundry detergent, thanks to y'all! : )
    35. January 25th, 2013 at 11:14 am
      Cheryl says:
      First, I want to say that this is lovely. Great Job!

      I wanted to ask, did you use each state only once... like for example....we went to the Bahamas on our honeymoon and then again years later on our first cruise (with our children) both important and need to be included.

      Did you just pick one milestone to go on the map page and the rest on the back with the memories? I know there is more than one way to do this I was just curious as to what you did as yours looks awesome from what I can see!

    36. January 28th, 2013 at 6:46 pm
      Sarah says:
      Did you print the maps on normal printer paper? or did you use a specialty paper?
      • January 28th, 2013 at 8:19 pm
        Shelley says:
        Just normal paper :)
    37. May 12th, 2013 at 9:46 pm
      Erin says:
      Absolutely love this idea! My husband is a map maker by profession so I think he would get a kick out of his own personal map book filled with places that are special to us (we've moved 8 times in 8 years so have plenty to work off of). Guess what he's getting for Fathers Day this year? :) Thanks for the inspiration!

      Oh and just on a side note I had to giggle that two of your maps (where you met and your internship) match out locations just different years. Small world.
    38. May 13th, 2013 at 8:51 pm
      Jen says:
      Love this idea! Just a question. The OCD in me wants to know if two things happened in one state, did you make a second page for each event, with another map of the same state? Or what?
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