Tutorial- Putting maps on your layouts using Aperture (or iPhoto)

Just Around the Bend by Mandy King Map made with Books in Aperture

This layout is super simple. I wanted the map to be the focal point. It shows all the places Little Man traveled during this summer. From California to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm, then our summer trip, with stops in Richmond, Washington D.C., Morgantown, West Virginia, back to D.C., then back down, passing through Charlotte, North Carolina. Then at the end of the summer he went to Gainesville and Atlanta with the gp’s before ending up in his new home in North Dakota. He is one well travelled kid!

I made the map using the iBooks feature in Aperture (you can do the same thing in iPhoto as well).

Here’s a quick tutorial on getting these kinds of maps onto your scrapbook pages.

  1. Open a new book and choose the Journal theme.
  2. Scroll through until you find the page with the map. (I’m sure there’s a way to just add the map, but I’m not sure how)
  3. You can decide to keep or delete the small photo spot in the corner. I got rid of it on mine.
  4. Double-click on the map to bring up the Map Options menu.
  5. Click the plus sign at the bottom and start adding places. (If you want to add lines later, make sure you add the places in order that you travelled so the arrows will point correctly).
  6. You can change up the look of your map by clicking the gear icon at the bottom of the Map Options menu. This gives you options for lines and arrows, plus an option to return to your starting point, for round trips.
  7. At the top of the Map Options menu, you can adjust the size of your map by adjusting the zoom slider.
  8. Once you have your map the way you want, go to File and Print Book.
  9. In the Pages drop down menu, select Single and type in the page of your map.
  10. At the bottom of the Print screen, click on PDF and Save as PDF. You can then open your saved PDF in Photoshop and add it to your layout by dragging it into your canvas.

Layout Credits-
Just Around the Bend by Mandy King

I hope this can help anyone who’s looking to add maps to their pages! If you have other ways to add different maps to layouts, I’d love to hear them!

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