Travel Wall with Shutterfly

This is a Sponsored Post on behalf of Shutterfly and Mom it Forward. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Guest Bedroom Update - with magnet frames and Wood Travel Map { }

I find so much joy in decorating my home. I don’t need it to be filled with the nicest things (shoot, I have 4 – almost 5 – kids, which means having nice things is nearly impossible any way). More than anything, I love making my house a home and have loved learning how to decorate and create things on my own since I’ve been married to make it more of a place I like to be. Recently, we’ve been working on the guest bedroom. We decided to make it a bit of a “travel room” and have decorated it with pictures from some of our travels. We still had a few blank walls to work with, so when I was asked to decorate with Shutterfly Home Decor products, I was very excited to create even more and fill some of the bare walls.

One of the things I have always wanted was a map that showed where the hubby and I (and our family) have gone. I decided to create just that by ordering a Wood Wall Art with a Chalkboard Map I created. I added the words: Dream. Explore. Discover. using text on Shutterfly’s site. I LOVE how the project turned out. It is the perfect addition and focal point for the wall between the closet doors. White represents where I’ve been in the U.S., black shows where my husband has been and the yellow represents where we have been together. We obviously have quite a few states to hit, but I’m excited to replace some of those Black and White pins for the yellow ones in the coming years. πŸ˜‰

Guest Bedroom Update - with magnet frames and Wood Travel Map { }

Travel Map Art Piece


Eek! I just LOVE it!!

I’m seriously in love with the Wood Wall Art pieces from Shutterfly. They are such great quality and can be used in so many ways. I’m already thinking about the next piece I want to order. πŸ˜‰

If you’d like to use the map I made for yourself go HERE for the download.

I also decided to order some Glass Magnets for the room.

To use them I decided to paint some square metal roof tiles I bought from the home improvement store. I began by spray painting them white and then adding pieces of painters tape to make stripes. I then peeled off every other piece and spray painted gold. I let that dry and then peeled off the tape so you could see the white and gold striped. I topped it off with a layer of Spray Polyurethane and let that dry. I then placed them in some frames and put them below my Wood Map piece.




I thought these would be a fun place to hang pictures or notes with the new magnets I got. On the magnets are pictures of some of our favorite places – the beach, Disneyland, and Paris. They’re perfect for my new striped magnet frames. πŸ™‚

I also ordered a few plaques to display on the dresser. These polka dot ones were destined to be a part of the room since the guest bedroom colors are white, black and gold. I may have a few stripes and polka dots through out the room as well, so they are perfect!


I finished off the room with a few new PILLOWS for the bed.

Yes, I’m an Arizona girl and forever will be so I thought it would be fitting to show (on a pillow) exactly where my heart is. πŸ˜‰ I figure about 99% of the company we receive is from Arizona too, so it just seemed perfect. Although AZ is home, I also wanted to show that HOME is where the heart is, so that’s what I did for the other pillow. LOVE the two new additions to the bed. πŸ˜‰


Guest Bedroom Update - with magnet frames and Wood Travel Map { }

Guest Bedroom Update - with magnet frames and Wood Travel Map { }

More than anything, I love that all these great Home Decor pieces add some beautiful touches to the guest bedroom.

I also love that these custom products were SO EASY to make. Most are a matter of just selecting the product and uploading the images you want on them. They also make it very easy to customize and add text to, which is great! (I’m ALL about basic and simple!) πŸ˜‰


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  1. I would love to create the Wood Wall Art for my family that would be displayed in our living room, showing all of us including our newest addition who was born just 6 weeks ago. Love it!

  2. I would love to try the wood wall art. I have always wanted to display a map of the US and show where our family has traveled to as well.

  3. It is really hard to choose one product because they all look so cool! I’m gonna have to go with the wall decals. Our family does Polynesian dancing as a side business and I would LOVE to put up a life size Samoan fireknife dancer on my boyz’ bedroom wall. They would be ecstatic.

  4. I love the pillows, and the white pictures, in different shapes and sizes. I have been looking for more white frames, having a hard time finding anything larger than a 4×6. I used to find them in Target, but not recently. You are very creative.

  5. There are so many things! I love blankets so a blanket would be fun, love ornaments and I have always wanted to do a travel map and love how yours turned out! Oh and their phone cases are the best! Seriously I highly recommend their phone cases. They are super cute, I always get compliments and it does a great job protecting my phone. I have never had any damage and I drop it all the time.

  6. I would love to try the acrylic paints for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party with the frozen inspired pictures we are taking. I think it would be the perfect touch for our arendelle castle setting inside the house. I would also like to try the pillows!

  7. if i won, i would probably go for fleece photo blanket, specifically the classic florals one. it looks really cute πŸ™‚

  8. I am in love with big, canvas prints, the photo blankets, and of course, all those gorgeous pillows!! I had no idea they had such a selection now. Thanks for this chance to enter. πŸ™‚

  9. I would love to try the wood art. I absolutely love shutterfly. I would love a canvas print, wood art, pillow, blanket, photo book. I just love their stuff.

  10. Kristyn, how have neither of you been to the pacific northwest before? Someday we will have to take you on a tour up there, it’s gorgeous. πŸ™‚ I love the idea of a travel map, that’s really fun. I should make one for my flight attendant sister for her and her new husband to mark all the places they go on trips together.

  11. I first saw the christmas stockings and instantly fell in love but it wasn’t under home decor so my next would be the fleece blanket for winter coming up

  12. Love love your wall!!! And I would absolutely love to have one of the wood wall arts and you can’t go wrong with canvases!!!

  13. Absolutely love your idea for the map on the wood wall art- redoing my boys room and something like that would be a perfect addition! Those pillows are pretty great too. Thanks for the contest and the inspiration πŸ™‚

  14. I heart Shutterfly! I would like to try the Wood Wall Art, Plaques, Throw, and the Pillows. This would be AWESOME!I already have a project that that I am working on in the bedroom that this would totally be a big help in completing! I always enjoy purchasing items that are from the heart and family oriented. These kind of gift are cherished forever. Thanks for the opportunity! πŸ™‚

      1. I had SO much fun making each item, and I cannot wait to receive my bright orange box with my goodies inside! Thank you again! These gifts will be part of our family for a long time! πŸ™‚

  15. Ok seriously… How cute are you!? I absolutely love this!! Inspires me to do my spare bedroom!!! LOVE the picture wall. And the colors are fabulous.

  16. I love it all! I would probably use the giftcard to do some sort of wood wall art as well or canvas prints.:)

  17. Oooo! I’ve really been wanting to do something cool with our new family photos that include our newest addition. I like the canvas, because it seems classic, but I really like metal prints too!!

  18. I would love to try the dimensional wall art and the photo blanket. Love gifts and memories all wrapped up in one. Makes the days that go by to fast into lasting memories.

  19. I would love to have lots of pictures of my kids and stuff with sayings around them. A map would be awesome!

  20. The wood wall art with a map would be great to show where our military family has traveled. I would use some of the $200 towards photo books of our kids that I do every year and send to family for Christmas, since we live far away and they don’t get to see the kids very often.

  21. I LOVE the wood wall art that you made! It turned out so great! I’d love using the credit on something like that, magnets, and pillows. They have so many amazing tools and products for making our houses feel more like Home. Love it!

  22. I’d love to try the wood wall art. I think it would look great with all the original dark wood trim in our really old house!

  23. I’d go simple with the canvas art or framed canvas art. It would be perfect for this 4-generation photo project I’m working on.

  24. Omg! I love love love the Christmas stockings! Not to mention i am so far behind on Scrapbooking. So the photo books would be perfect! Thanks for this awesome opportunity! Crossing my fingers!

  25. I love the “Everyday Adventures” canvas print. We just bought a house and we don’t have much at all on the walls yet. And of course I’d love to use the gift code towards Christmas cards!

  26. I’ve been dying to get some canvas prints on my wall! I have a 10 month old and only have one small picture of him out.

  27. I want to try one if everything! The photo quilts and pillows are a must, but I would LOVE to get a bunch of Christmas tree ornaments with our favorite family photos.

  28. I would love the “love you to the moon and back” canvas print! Looking for ways to decorate the master bedroom πŸ™‚

  29. I really like the wood wall art. I want to make a travel wall like you, and put our next destinations in the frames whee you put your notes!

  30. I love the map! We also love to travel and are always trying to keep track of where we have been and which states we have taken our kids to as well. This map is a perfect way to accomplish that.

  31. I love Shutterfly. I have a couple books in the making that I really need to get finished. Vi’s Baby book being one of them. My kids love to look through photo books and have been on my tail about getting caught up on them. So that’s probably where I’d spend most of it. I also really need to do Christmas cards this year. Didn’t get them done last year. They have some pretty cool stuff on there now that is new, so fun.

    BTW, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your states board. I need one of those. We have lived so many places and I have always wanted something to hang that isn’t tacky that represents our moves and I think that’s it! I just need to get it made. Wow, I just wrote a novel…sorry!

  32. All their new home products are so exciting!! I guess the pillows, or a table runner. It is SO hard to decide!!

  33. I use shutterfly ALL the time and I love them! I would say I would but a canvas if I won!! We just got family pictures and they would be beautiful on canvas πŸ™‚ fingers crossed!!!

  34. Your guest room looks awesome! I would like to check out their framed canvas prints, wood, and metal prints. Thanks!

  35. Since we need new throw pillows anyways, I think those would be AMAZING! Thanks for the chance to win! They have the best stuff! Love the wood art too!

  36. Ooooooh! I LOVE the decorative pillows!!! A few of those would be such an awesome addition to the living room couches!!

  37. I love the map as we have fit a bunch of states ourselves. I also enjoy the table runners and think it would interesting to make custom ones for our wedding!

  38. How do you choose? I don’t really have any of these products, so anything would be awesome. I definitely need a canvas print of our family of 5. The wood wall art and plaques are so great too. Love it all!

  39. I would have to try the metal prints for something new. I have 4 little boys so it’s not hard to fill my walls with their pictures..

  40. Would love to try the wood wall art. I have a blank wall in my living room and i’d love to personalize it. πŸ™‚

  41. Gallery monogram fleece photo blanket!
    The blanket we currently have on our couch is old…I got it for my 16th birthday, it’s got a hole and is so dingy looking! A new blanket for the living room is definitely needed LOL

  42. i would love to try the wood wall art. I love Shutterfly’s ornaments too. Last year I had some made with our vacation photos and had the name of the destination and year printed on them. Your guest bedroom is amazing!

  43. So much to love at Shutterly Home Decor! Hard to decide between the the pillows, glass prints, wall decals, acrylic photo blocks…I could go on and on…

  44. I wood love to try the Gallery Panoramic Wood Wall Art. I have some great pictures I took at Fort Davis national Historic site out in West TX that I think would look great on the wood. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. i love the wall art. I want that all around my house. We just moved into our new house and I have no decorations up, all this will be perfect.

  46. I LOVE the wood wall art. I’m in the middle of re-doing an office in a small kitchen nook and I think this would complete the look! πŸ™‚

  47. I have been seeing all the new things Shutterfly has been doing but I didn’t realize! I would love to tryout their pillows. I’m going to go play around right now.

  48. There are so many products that I would LOVE to try out. I think the photo quilt would be at the top of my list though. =)

  49. I would love to try the woodwork art as well as the pillows!!! Even if I don’t win thanks in advanced for the great ideas!

  50. I love the metal prints… I think they would be a wonderful addition to either the living room or the bedroom.

    -Heather N.

  51. I would love to try the wood wall art! We got engaged and just bought a new house. This would look awesome with our decor!

  52. Wood wall art with new photos of my kids! Would be a great way to do something a little different and update our living room decor!

  53. I would love to make the same map you made! I’ve been wanting to DIY a US map for our study, and your design would be perfect for us!

  54. Whether I win or not, I’m getting your map wood wall art! I love it, & we were planning a similar project. It’s just perfect!

    1. Thank you!! It’s the perfect addition to our room and I LOVE that it shows where we’ve been and where we still need to go. πŸ™‚

  55. Omigosh I’d love to make a table runner! I’ve never seen something like that personalized! Love it!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  56. I love all the Shutterfly home decor, but especially the “home is where the heart is” pillow and would love to do my vacation pictures like the travel collage on canvas. Fun stuff!

  57. I love the post! I was interested in making the wood map. Did you just use the Jpeg you posted? In the post it looks gold. But in the jpeg it looks white. Also, what size wood did yo use?

    And how did you make your state pillow? I love it!

    Thanks for your time,

    1. I did a 16×20 size. As for the map It’s actually a wood color. Whatever is white in the picture will be wood in the print. πŸ˜‰