I recently traveled to Greece and was looking for some comforts of home: Cheetos. I found them, but they were not at all the choices I have back home in the U.S.
Bringing back a bag or two sounds like a unique gift, but they aren't going to last long :)
I thought it might be neat to make a wall map of all the Cheetos I encounter in my travels. Of course I don't travel as frequently as I used to, so Google image search is going to fill in some blanks.
These techniques can be re-purposed for other uses than unique food items; for instance: maybe Marathon's you've completed around the world.
Microsoft Visio or something that can open/edit VSD files
The map layer is from here...
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Step 1: Adding Images
With the Visio Map open in Microsoft Visio, you can easily copy and paste images onto the map.
The two Cheeto bags from Greece are pictures I took on my phone (after their delicious contents were consumed). The other Cheeto bag images I obtained by searching the internet:
- and Google Image search https://www.google.com/search?q=Cheetos+India
Occasionally I use Microsoft Paint to crop an image, or https://lunapic.com to make a transparent background.
Insert the images via copy/paste. After pasting the image you can resize it as desired. Move them so they aren't blocking the country.
Step 2: Link Image to the Country
Draw a line connector between the image and the related country. Short-Cut is "Ctrl-6".
If you're having trouble locating a country on the map, you can locate it using the "external data" view. Double click the country name, and it will be selected in the map view.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
I added the Cheetos logo to the center as well. The logo is from http://teehead.ee/images/cheetos_new.jpg but I had to upload it to LunaPic.com to make the background transparent before copy/paste into the Visio file.
In LunaPic select "Edit" and than "Transparent Background". Save as PNG.
Resize and place it in the center.
Step 4: Printing
In Visio, under the Design menu...
Select Orientation and choose Landscape.
Select Size and choose the desired paper size: 8 1/2"x11", 8 1/2"x14", 11"x17", etc.
My office printer supports 8 1/2"x11" (letter), 8 1/2"x14" (legal), and 11"x17" (Ledger/Tabloid).
Now press the following keys together: "Ctrl-A". This will select all the objects on the screen.
You can now move and resize to fit the entire map on to a single sheet of the desired paper size.
Print. Frame? Hang. Show the world (or your office) your love of Cheetos.
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