ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Make Your Own Met-Married-Live Maps

Updated on June 16, 2013

A trend I've seen in home d├ęcor is the "Met Married Live" heart map frame. It generally consists of three heart shaped maps that frame out where a couple met, where they got married, and where they live.

Since my husband and I met, got married, and live in the same small town, creating one of this isn't as exciting as those who have maps from exotic locations and big cities, but with a little help from Paint Shop Pro and Webdings, I made it happen.

Even if your maps are small, you can create your own Met-Married-Live display with a few photo tricks.

First, find your frames

The displays I've seen are one long photo frame with three heart-shaped maps inside. When I walked into a local discount store and found these wooden frames for just $2 each, I knew they were perfect for my project.

Heart Shaped Frames

Don't let the shapes deter you! You can still use heart-shaped frames with rectangular holes or square frames with heart-shaped holes to create a masterpiece. If you're having a hard time finding frames, consider three silver ones mounted on a black routed board.

Rectangular Frames

Use a long photo frame to create a horizontal or vertical display with heart-shaped maps and plain black text. You can print it all right on your computer! Or, use foam tape behind the map hearts to make them stand out.

Find your Locations on the Map

I've seen some Met-Married-Live maps from far away places. An especially awesome one featured a military couple who met in Turkey, got married in Germany, and live in NYC. They were able to use maps that were zoomed way out, showing lots of roads and towns around the areas where they fell in love.

My maps aren't that interesting. We're from different sides of the US but managed to meet, marry, and live within about a 2 mile radius. I used Google Maps to zoom in to our town and mark our spots, and am already considering finding new maps with more stuff to see. They look a bit remedial, but they've done the trick and my husband loves them.

Add a "We Were Here" Pin

Since our maps were zoomed in so far, I used simple Webding characters to mark our spots with relevant icons. This is really easy to do in a paint program that allows you to add text. Set the font to Webdings and use the map below to select a character.

If you aren't using digital maps, try a tiny red sticker or even a map pin to mark your spots. I've also seen maps that were left blank, with no spots, such as from large cities.

Webdings Character Map

I used Webdings font, a standard in desktop publishing, for the icons on the map. Here are a few icons you may find come in handy for your own map.

Add Words to your Frames

If you have rectangular frames, you can print the heart shaped maps and words on one piece of paper. Print two copies, cut out the heart on one, and mount it with foam tape over the top of the original for a 3D effect.

If you're adding your words to an existing frame, you can use markers, paint, Cricut cut outs, or stickers. I used stickers for mine.

To center words, cut out each individual letter. Use a Post-It note to create a straight line, and arrange your stickers as you want them to appear. Apply the first and last stickers of your word or phrase, then add each additional letter in between. This will keep your phrase centered exactly where you want it.

Insert your maps, and you're done!

Insert your maps, and you're done!
Insert your maps, and you're done!

It still needs something...

When we moved to our new house, the off-white frames were hung perfectly on an off-white wall, but something is missing. I'm still deciding how best to fix it, but I think some paint and ribbon is in order.

Upload your craft to your blog or Flickr account and post the link here so we can see your creation. Enjoy!

Share your photos!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)