Each summer our family heads to Ocean City, NJ, for a week long family vacation.
This year we are taking a break from our beach week - Mr. C went on a week long mission trip with our youngest last week and this week he and his four brothers are heading to New England on their motorcycles for their annual "Wild Hogs" trip!!! Imagine the movie with five middle aged brothers!!! They always have a great time together!
My vacation this year is the Haven Conference - just three weeks away!!! I'm sooo excited!
I'm hoping that we can coordinate our schedules as a family for a weekend at the beach in late August or early September. I'm really missing the soothing sound of the waves, the squishy sand between my toes, and the whole relaxing atmosphere at the beach.
I think my missing the beach may have something to do with the nautical touches I added in the living room this summer . . . One of the main things I did was cover some ordinary books with maps to give them a nautical look.
When's the last time you made a book cover? I know for me it goes back to the early elementary years of my older boys - now in their 20's! So today, I'm going to show you how to make a book cover with a map.
First - choose your map. Mr. C had an old atlas map book in the garage that he let me take apart to use for this project. I tried to find pages with water areas - making the finished book covers look more coastal.
Find a book that fits your map - at least one inch longer in height than your book and four inches longer in width than your open book. This is my book on the map page I used.
Fold the bottom edge of your map and line your book bottom up with the folded edge.
Next, fold the top edge of the map to meet the top of your book. Use your fingers to make a crease with the book edge and then make a straight fold. Now your map should be the same height as your book.
Open the front cover of your book and fold the map over the left edge, leaving about 1 - 1 1/2 inches of map. See the side slits from the top and bottom folds - just guide the hard cover of your book into those slits until you reach the fold line you made.
This is what it will look like from the inside. Now onto the other side.
Close the front cover and see how much map you have left on the back side. You should have about 1 - 1 1/2 inches as shown.
Fold the remaining map to make a crease and insert the back cover into the side slits the same way you did for the front.
And, there you have it - your finished book cover! They look great stacked and add a nice nautical or coastal touch to your decor!
If you'd like to make your own nautical rope knot like the one above, click HERE.
Or, if you want to make a nautical/coastal photo collage using dollar store frames and rope, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by on this HOT summer day! If you think of it, say a prayer for the "Wild Hogs" that they will have a safe, fun motorcycle adventure!
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