Hello Roadies! It's Laura here, right off the boat (well actually a plane) from Italy! I think last time I blogged on here I was about to leave for Italy. Well, let me tell you... I had an AMAZING time there for almost a month and one of those weeks was spent with 23 awesome people during my 2nd Annual Creative Retreat on Lake Como! I can't tell you how rewarding it is to bring together a group of CREATIVE people from all over the world to share in a week of inspiring classes, beautiful excursions and wonderful food! FYI, my 3rd Annual Creative Retreat in Italy has a few more spots still open and I know of a certain Maya Road lady who is teaching next year... just saying.
So as you can imagine, I want to remember those moments as much as I can. Since Italy has my heart, I thought I would come up with something I could put on my fridge and look at all the time. So here's my "heart" Italy magnet.
It was super easy to make and a fun little memento that you can make to remind you of your resent summer vacation.
To start off, I wanted the Maya Road metal heart to have an aged look so I took some brown alcohol ink and inked the entire heart. I think it softens up the look and gives it a more "Italian" feel. Once that was dry, I found a map of Italy and cut out the shape of a heart to fit inside. Since the heart is scalloped and I'm not the best at cutting intricate shapes, I decided to use some yellow twine to hide the edges.
One of the things I like to do when I travel is to take a little bit of that place home with me. So I scooped up some sand from the lake and saved it in a baggy. I decided to put some of this sand in one of Maya Roads little glass bottles and put that on my metal heart. I love how it looks and if the heart was a bit bigger I'd also add a little piece of pottery I found on the beach as well. But that will have to go on another project...
Then I just added a couple other embellishments and the bottle with some liquid glue. Lastly, I added some Maya Road trim around the outside edge. Now I just need to put the magnet on the back and it's going on my fridge! How cute is that?!
I hope you liked this simple project that you can make to remind you of that special trip or memory.
Have a GREAT day,