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Bristol is where I met my wife to be, and is where we now have our home. I thought I would make something to record that!

You can make this for yourself or you can make it as a present.

It cost me just over £6 to make.

Dont forget to vote for me in the valentines competition. Thanks. 

Date Made: Feb 2013
Approx Cost: £6
Approx Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy/Medium
 
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Step 1: Things You Need

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1. A deep picture frame - I used an ikea ribba frame. £4.25
2. Double sided sticky foam pads - I used 5mmx5mmx2mm (ebay £1.44 for 400no) 
3. Scissors/Knife
4. A ruler for getting straight cuts (if using a knife)
5. Printer/Computer
6. A piece of cardboard
7. Pritstick or Spray glue

Step 2: Measure Your Frame

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If you are using the same ikea frame as me, the dims are
250mm x 250mm = Frame Outside
230mm x 230mm = Background Picture (size of usual picture the frame takes)
215mm x 215mm = Mid Stepped Cut Pictures (to fit inside the void former box)
120mm x 120mm = Mat Board opening (the size of the hole in the frame border)

You need to measure these so that your prints and templates are all the right size.

Step 3: Get A Picure Of Your Map

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Go to google maps or other website and find the area that you live/met/etc. (I used Google maps, but I think OS maps would look much better. Thats what I will use next time).

Cut and paste this image in to a program that you are familiar with (word, paint, whatever)

In this program, scale the picture to the size of your frame background. (Make sure you keep the correct ascpect ratio).

It doesnt matter if it doesnt fill the whole page as you wont see the outside 50mm of it.

Print out 6 copies, all the same scale/size. (I found it easier to get it in to pdf format first so that I could control the print size easily)

Alternatively you could do this by photocopying a map, but make sure all 6 copies are the same.
slayer_barosh made it!10 months ago

Made it! I added some RGB-LEDs with a remote controll

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Mr_o_uk (author)  slayer_barosh10 months ago
Wow, the lights are awesome.

Thanks!

You should see them in slow colour-changing mode. Or with only the red lights on.

I also added pins to special locations where we had special moments together.

katvanlew1 year ago
I really like this project! well done.
Blechmen1 year ago
I printed off the heart template and it doesnt fit my matte board, I have the same frame as you
Mr_o_uk (author)  Blechmen1 year ago
Make sure you print it at 1:1 on A3.
oh i don't have A3 :(
Mr_o_uk (author)  Blechmen1 year ago
You could print it centrally on A4, (but you still need to print it at 100% original A3 size. Depending on your printer you'll either have to set it to 1:1, or 100% or "original" or take of "fit to paper" or something like that - you might have to play around a bit).

You can check it has printed to the right scale by measuring the print and checking it ties up with numbers printed on the template.

You will lose some of the picture though as A4 is only 210x297 and the frame is bigger than that - smallest cut pictures should be 215x215. I guess you won't see the upside 50mm so it won't matter except that you will somehow have to fix them all in position so that it doesn't move around in the frame.

Or you could use 2 pieces of A4?
Mr_o_uk (author)  Mr_o_uk1 year ago
That should say "outside" 50mm. Because you can't see that outside 50mm, you won't see that the paper is slightly smaller. If you cut your cardboard to size by hand and stick everything (centrally) to that still, it should work exactly the same.

If you are struggling to get it to print on A4, let me know and I will do an A4 PDF for you.
Well i think i got it but others may have the same issue so if its not much work maybe making one for A4 would be a good idea
Hahaha Yesss thanks so much it helped alot
Blechmen1 year ago
This is sooo cool, amazing job and it looks fantastic, I voted for you
Mr_o_uk (author)  Blechmen1 year ago
Thanks. Much appreciated.
Mr_o_uk (author) 1 year ago
I guess this doesn't have to be a map. It could be a photo, or a drawing or something.

If anyone uses something other than a map, I'd like to see it.
shootr1 year ago
YEAH! Something I can actually do for my Valentine! Great description and idea, thanks!
Mr_o_uk (author)  shootr1 year ago
Let me know how it goes!

Remember to get hold of bigger sticky pads if you can.

Another couple of tips I forgot to mention are:

1. Cut the smaller hearts first. That way, if you mess it up, then you can cut a bigger one out of the same 'set up' instead of wasting a template and map.

2. I used the 'void former' box from the frame as a guide when stacking the cut maps together. If they are the same size you can drop them on top of each other inside of the box.
Kiteman1 year ago
I like this - no matter who does it, it will always be personal.