Saturday, October 1, 2011

Getting Around Town - DIY Map

Last night, Lee and I were able to pick up the remaining silk flowers I need to make the bouquets!  Since I'm in Portland for the weekend, I couldn't finish the bouquets just yet.  Instead, I decided to try my hand at designing a map of Grand Forks to include with our invitations.  It's nice to have Lee around to provide feedback on what looks good.  :)  But I would like to have your feedback too!  Is there anything else needed on the map below?

The red route shows the easiest route (with the fewest turns) to take from the church to the reception.  As you can see, there are many ways to get to the reception, though!  Also, this route takes everyone past the three hotels we have made group reservations at.  That way, anyone who needs to stop at the hotel between the ceremony and the reception will be able to.

It was quite simple to make the map.  I Google-Mapped Grand Forks and took a screen shot of the area I wanted to feature.  I then took a screen shot of the map, pasted the shot in to Microsoft Paint, cropped the image, and saved it as a jpeg.  I then opened the image in Microsoft Word.  I drew lines over the major roads and landmarks in the appropriate colors and labelled them with text boxes, clip art, and images from online. 

To finish it all off, I deleted the original Google Maps image from the background. I then took another screen shot of the Word Document, cropped the image again Paint, and saved the image you see above as a jpeg.  I love computers.

I'm not sure what will be next on the DIY agenda.  I feel like I have been going full speed ahead on these projects and may need to slow it down for a little bit.  I don't want to run out of projects to do!  :)

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