In December the Fashionista graduated from college. I shared with you that the gift I gave her made her cry. You of course wanted to know what it was.
First off I need to tell you how this gift came about. Over two years ago, while at a garage sale, I found a really wonderful, large vintage atlas of the United States. I think I paid a quarter for the atlas and there it sat, in a closet, until last month.
Our girl told us that we had done so much for her already that she did not want a graduation gift. I know. God love her. But I could not let the day go completely unmarked.
I began by separating the atlas from it’s binding. Measured marks were made and ring holes were created with a crop a dile.
These two steps are time consuming but make the album easier to decorate and the finished pages turn more smoothly.
I have always told my children that their dreams, plans and goals are wonderful. Once you reach one, you strive for another.
Since my girl was a teenager she has had a dream of making a long summer road trip visiting our wonderful country with all its history and charm. As she completed college her thoughts turned to making this trip a reality and I wanted to show my support. So I transformed the atlas into something she can record her plans, and ultimately her adventures, in.
I included a few of her favorite literary and cinema classics such as “On The Road” and “Easy Rider”. No doubt she’ll eat in wonderful old diners with red checked tablecloths.
The album has tons of pages that are totally interactive with pockets, pull outs and PSA.
Happy travel song lyrics were also included. Come on, you know you know this one.
Because everyone should go to Walley World.
My dear friend Meri helped me so much. She is the graphics queen. I told her I needed vintage images. She went one better and created this darling page. The suitcase opens and you can store treasures inside.
While this page looks simple, it took hours of work.
I researched what kitsch each state had to offer and typed it up.
Each state has a corresponding picture. So now she knows that when she arrives in say…Kansas…that she must visit the World’s Largest Ball of Twine!
There are several empty pages that she can add in her own personal photos and I had everyone at her graduation party sign The People of America page. :)
Are you ready to see her favorite page?
It’s actually two pages at the very end. It tells her:
… to keep in mind…
…but the best part…
…is her fur babies cheering her on!
The large album was placed inside a pristine blue vintage suitcase. The inside pockets were filled with maps, gas cards, and other travel necessities. The handle was embellished with a giant white tulle bow. Attached was this tag. It’s really all anyone needs to know when traveling.
For my eagle eyed readers:
So tell her, what’s the best thing to eat, see or do in your neck of the woods?