Trend Watch – Where in the World Are you? Globes and Maps

For many of us, this is a very busy but satisfying time of year.  It is worth checking in with yourself and loved ones to find out how everyone is doing and even where they are.  So I thought it would be fun to show you some of the cards that use maps and globes and sometimes both to check in.  Maps and globes can make great miss you cards, gifts and home decor reping your state, country or town, and also make great masculine cards.

So join me in taking a look at the talented folks that show this trend off so well.

First up is an awesome take on a super fun birthday card.  It has so many elements I love.   The colors and shading make it perfect for a gender neutral or male card and there is a shaker involved.  And if you look closely on the shaker portion of the card you can see an awesome encouragement sentiment “Now go change the world” so there is also a pun factor involved too!  Love this card.


card by Melissa photo courtesy of Crazy Paper Freak

Check out the gorgeous shading in this card.  It is  perfect for the men in your life.  The double map and globe combination works well with this design too.


card by Lynn Weiss photo courtesy of LW Designs

Kathy’s card is bright and clever as well.  I love the airplane clip and the heart on her globe.  Combined with the map cordinate indicators (what are those called?) and the sentiment “Go Go Go” it is just adorable.  It could make a great I can’t wait to see you or safe travels card.


card by Kathy Martin photo courtesy of Card Blanc

The world looks so striking in black and white.  I just love the treatment Mandy uses in this card.  I feel like the hearts in the background is a love wish for us all.  Great card and much needed in the world now.

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card by Mandy Starner photo courtesy of Maya Road Blog

As a California girl myself, I was drawn to this card.  In addition to it being lovely and colorful and well put together, it gives a shout out to one of my favorite states.

Cali love

card by Maile Belles photo courtesy of Simply Stamped

Another great way to rep your state is to include it as a background to the globe.  This is a great way to create a customized card for a loved one.  There are usually regionally representative papers in smaller craft stores in your area.


card by Lisa Addessa photo courtesy of I’m in Haven

The dimension in Kelly’s card is great.  Again, super clever to include a map in making the globe die image.

dimensional globe

card by Kelly Courtney photo courtesy of Back to the Drawing Board

I just love how the roads and highways have double meaning in Jen’s card.  It is simple and so meaningful at the same time.


card by Jennifer Rzasa photo courtesy of Our Change of Art

Another take on heart and home is great card by Carol.  She includes her map of her city right inside her heart and adds another heart.  The addition of tickets and maybe personal memories from times there is such a good idea too.

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card by Carol photo courtesy of Our Little Inspiration

Off of the page, you can use maps in the shape of states that have meaning to you and create personalized art for your home.  How cute is this idea?  It would also make a great gift for newlyweds or college students getting their first job.

maps pic

picture by Kayla Danelle photo courtesy of Kayla Danelle

I love how Allison turned her whole card into the shape of the world.  This is such a cute miss you card.


card by Allison Okamitsu photo courtesy of Nice People Stamp

I love that wherever you are you can bring a big of the local into your paper projects.  You may even have a few maps from trips you have taken somewhere in your stash now you can use.  If not, I have found a few things blelow that might inspire you in your creativity.  So go ahead… make something pretty.


Metal die from Reverse Confetti


Tim Holtz Sizzix metal die from


PaperHouse Productions Road Trip paper collection from


Scrapbook Customs France paper collection from

globe stamp

Rubber stamp by Deep Red Rubberstamps from


6 replies on “Trend Watch – Where in the World Are you? Globes and Maps”

  1. Loved the theme of today’s Trend Watch…lots of delightful inspiration. Thanks for posting all these wonderful cards!

  2. Interesting…I made a birthday card for my grandson (14) in early November using the magnetic globe die from Tim Holtz and some sponging. Looks a lot like the first couple cards you showed and I hadn’t even seem them. Fun.

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