I must start this post with the disclaimer that this project is completely, 100% inspired by a very, very similar project done by Amber Packer over on the My Mind's Eye Blog. You can check out her awesome project by clicking here. There are even some great directions linked up there. I only changed a few things.
My map is 12" x 12". I did this because I wanted to use a 12" x 12" piece of cork behind the paper as backing. We plan on sticking pins in it to show where Dad (my husband) is traveling for work (he travels a fair amount, and I think it will be fun for the kids to track him).
I also cut the large background US (seen here in white) with my Silhouette machine. It was also used to cut the state template pieces. However, I still cut the patterned paper states by hand.
The biggest difference is that I used My Mind's Eye's American Made paper. I think it's the perfect line for this patriotic project.