A Black and White World Map (and an office tour)

UPDATE: I’ve had so many people email me asking about the file for this print. If you’d like to buy a copy, you can send me $8 via PayPal ( and I’ll send the file right over!

A while ago, I saw this globe on Pinterest and, because I love maps, I wanted to do it myself.

But. . . I didn’t really need a globe.

What I DID need was something to go on the giant empty wall in my office.

Plus, my cheapskate self has been DYING to try a engineering print for ages, after I found out you could print a 24×36 inch print for $3.

(I tossed around the idea of doing an ENORMOUS one for the high cost of $7, but then when I went Michael’s and asked about a custom frame and they quoted me $400, so. . . . I bagged that idea).

I went to the source of all font wisdom (that would be Kayla) and then wept a little when she told me she was fairly certain the font wasn’t actually a font, but hand lettering.

That got her off the hook for about two weeks, until I came back and said, “How about you find me some similar fonts?”

And because she’s a good friend, she did.

After working through about ten variations of the text on this map file from Vector Templates (all of which I made Kayla look at and tell me what she thought), I settled on one I was happy with, uploaded it to the Staples website, and an hour later had an email telling me it was printed and ready to pick up.

I paid my $3 (plus another $3 for a bag of jelly beans because Ani was STARVING in the backseat and making her displeasure loudly known), and was on my merry way.

I picked up a gold Sharpie paint marker at Michael’s and traced over the letters, which I found surprisingly enjoyable.

I was a little worried that the paint marker (they were out of the regular metallic gold Sharpies) would bleed through or be a gold I didn’t like (too green, too orange), but it was perfect. I want to do a thousand projects using it now.

I stuck it in the frame, and (after making Bart hang it), was delighted by how awesome it looked. I’ll be sad to leave it for the summer.

And, because I’ve never shared any photos of my office/guest room, I snapped a few of the room.

This room is pretty enormous (it’s the same size as our master bedroom), and it easily fits a big bookshelf, a queen size bed, and my desk. Plus, having a giant bed right behind my desk makes a great place to lay out all sorts of paperwork.

I love having my office upstairs so I’m near the girls while they nap/do quiet time, and there is room in here for them to play (I keep a little basket of toys next to my desk to keep them occupied).





Also, there is this teeny room off the office, which Bart uses as his office, so we can both sit in our offices and still talk back and forth.

It’s definitely a big step up from my living room corner desk in Texas.



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  • Reply Jennifer Lee May 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Look awesome–it makes me want to make one for our office!

  • Reply RA May 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Super-smart shortcut to trace the letters rather than writing them yourself. I mean, I'm sure SOME people can do that, but I certainly can't.

    But my big takeaway is: are you back on the Mac train?

  • Reply Kelty May 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    What a fabulous idea! 2 questions: 1. Where does one get an engineering print for $3? and 2. I'd love to hear more about how you do work with your children awake and in the room with you! (I guess that was more of a statement. 🙂 I have 2 little buddies about the age of your girls and I run a small design shop. I have not been successful in working while they are awake, but gosh, I'd really like to. Tips, please! 🙂

    • Reply Rachel May 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Staples!! I use them to blow up old b&w family photos /)

    • Reply Kelty May 3, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Ah yes. I'm a dummy. I should have read a little better. Thanks Rachel for filling me in!

    • Reply Janssen May 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Sadly, the answer is that I do VERY little work when the girls are awake. The toys are just a stop-gap for when I have something quick to do that I can't put off until naptime.

  • Reply bethany May 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Would you be willing to share the finished project as a download? I'd love to print one of these for our new house! Love it!

  • Reply Brynn May 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, Janssen, I LOVE your office. So bright and clean! I can imagine that you get a lot of great work done in there 🙂 I also think that project you completed is fantastic. My husband and I are moving soon, and I've been thinking of ways to decorate our new place on a budget (we have not really decorated our apartments since we got married almost 4 years ago, and it's time, haha). I think an project like this will work wonderfully!!!

  • Reply Lauro May 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    i love that map and i love your office!!

  • Reply Kimberly May 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I am DYING over that map. Any chance of you sharing a copy so we can print our own???

  • Reply Ash May 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I really love this… and your office is gorgeous! No wonder you always have such great content; your atmosphere is lovely and creative. =)

  • Reply Jenae May 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    And….. what would it take to get a copy of your map file? Just sayin.

  • Reply Samantha Seufert May 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I too would love a copy of that map file. hubby and I are moving to DC soon for him to do a PhD and I'll have a new apartment that's going to need some décor…

  • Reply Rachel May 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I love this. I really wanted to recreate that globe, but this is so perfect! Will you be sharing the file at all? That font really is perfect

  • Reply blaine and michelle May 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Love the calendar on your cork board! Where did you get it? I tried zooming in unsuccessfully.

  • Reply Tara M. May 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Please do share your map file! I have been searching for a way to create a large visually-appealing map to use as an art piece in my guest bedroom.

  • Reply Feisty Harriet May 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I love everything about this!!!


  • Reply Cami May 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    This is amazing! I absolutely love it! Any chance you are going to be sharing the map file?

  • Reply Alyssa May 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    This is amazing!

  • Reply Norby family May 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Would you be willing to share the file for this? I would love one in our office/playroom!

  • Reply Lisa C May 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    It looks great! We once put a huge map on our wall, but instead of framing it, we bought moulding at home depot and made a "frame" that we double-side taped to the wall. There was no glass, but it still looked pretty decent, especially with a laminated map.

  • Reply Jodi May 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I love that!
    Also, never go to Michaels for framing-its so expensive! When I went to get Taylors 3 diplomas framed (with 2 mats each and archival glass) they wanted over $400- and that was after the 60% off deal. Psh. I got it done for less than $200 at a little frame shop.

  • Reply Katie May 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I LOVE everything about your office. The map is beautiful. Great job!! Where is that calendar from?! And the cute key stickers on your keyboard?! Every detail about this room makes me happy!

  • Reply Annastacia May 5, 2014 at 4:00 am

    It looks amazing! Would you be willing to share the map file?

  • Reply Courtney Dickinson May 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Loving the white office shelves you have, Janssen! Do you mind sharing where you got them? I've been (unsuccessfully) looking for something just like this for too long now – these would be perfect! Thanks!!
    Courtney —

  • Reply Laurie May 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Did you by chance post a PDF of this for the other people who commented and asked above? Or at the least, where did you find that map?

  • Reply Alexis Middleton May 15, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Oh wow! I love that map so much!! And I am so happy to have found your blog. If you had a second, would you please come share it with us over at The Makers link party on my blog? 🙂

  • Reply Annie May 19, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Love it! Could you perhaps share where you got the original map file without the font?

  • Reply Elena Marroquin January 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I LOVE this idea, I'm going to try it and decorate my sad wall in my apartment. Also where did you end up finding a frame that big and cheap?

    • Reply Janssen January 21, 2015 at 1:56 am

      I bought it at Michaels when they were on sale and then I had a 25% off coupon.

  • Reply Mrs. Ganze March 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I LOOOOOVE the typeface! Could you share the name of the font?

    • Reply Janssen March 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      You bet! It's Voluptate_demo.

  • Reply Megan Willis July 23, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Do you have an account we can purchase the black and gold map?

  • Reply Megan Willis July 23, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Do you have a page to purchase the black and gold map?!

    • Reply Janssen July 23, 2015 at 6:44 am

      I don't, but you can send me $8 via PayPal and I'll email you over the file! (janssen.everyday at gmail dot com)

    • Reply Amber Anderson December 25, 2015 at 7:28 am

      are you still doing this? I would love to have the file too

    • Reply Janssen December 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Yep! Just send over your $8 and I'll email you the file.

  • Reply Tatiana Petrie July 25, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Is there anyway you can share the link of your world map with the font on it??? I absolutely LOVE it!!!

  • Reply Alexandria Barrios December 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    That map is really cute!
    So I really like your keyboard stickers. Just got a new laptop and I think it would be cute to spiff it up a little.. but I hate when whole keyboards are covered with stickers. Something simple like you have would be cute.
    Where can I get something like that?

  • Reply Susana Martínez arroyo July 30, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Is there a other way to pay for the file? I do not have a pay pla account and I don't really want to open one.

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    The file of the map with the letters is no longer available! 🙁 so sad, how can I buy it!?

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