These pins were my inspiration:
And this was my final product:
I started by finding a map of Virginia in an atlas and tearing it out. Then I printed off a map of Virginia from the computer, cut it out, and used it as a template to cut out Virginia from the map. I made sure that Blacksburg was in a relatively accurate place on the map.
Next I found a picture of a map of England, one that had a similar look to the atlas map. Then I printed it off and cut it out. It wasn't until then that I realized I should have done that for Virginia too. It would have been proportionate and would have saved a step of cutting. Oh well, you live and learn!
I laid the two maps out on a piece of card stock, and then I started looking for a quote I wanted to use. I found the one I used on Pinterest, and then I practiced writing it several different ways until I came up with an arrangement I liked. I wrote it in pencil first and then went over it in Sharpie.
The final step was drawing red hearts around the cities of Blacksburg and Birmingham, and then connecting the two with a dotted line that formed a heart.