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Capture those special places with a custom map from Different Maps who specializes in turning moments into lasting wooden treasures.

Every once in a while, you come across a company that has such a great product that you can’t wait to share it with everyone. That’s how it was for me when I worked with Different Maps (

My Experience with Different Maps

I received an email from Anna, the owner of Different Maps, asking if I would be interested in collaborating with her. I took some time to do a little research and after a couple of emails back and forth, decided I would at least like to see their work.

It’s not very often that I do a product, service, or company review. But after I received my customized map from Different Maps, I was just blown away.

The Process

First, my communications with Anna were always quick, informative, professional, and I just found her great to work with.

Step 1: Identify Location

So, Anna agreed to create me a custom map of any place on the earth. My husband’s family has been vacationing every summer on the French River in Ontario, Canada for 58 years. So, I selected an area of the French River that was special to our family.

Step 2: Provide GPS Coordinates

I put the location in Google Maps, copied the GPS location and identified those locations on the map that I wanted identified, including a cute pin for each location.

Here’s an example of the information I provided for my French River map:

  • Camping Spot – 46.023374, -80.540340 – J5
  • Loon’s Landing – 46.042911, -80.582369 – pin
  • Hass Live Bait – 46.042921, -80.582420 – J7
  • Canoe Pass – 46.033915, -80.553911 – B7

There were 12 or 13 locations on the map that I identified. And there were so many icons to choose from. In fact, you can choose from resin filled shapes, text labels or engraved icons. You can see in the below images the pins I had to choose from and a sample of the resin filled shapes.

Video Tutorial

If you need a little help learning how to find GPS coordinates, I have put together a quick little YouTube video that will show you how to do exactly that using Google Maps.

YouTube video on how to find GPS coordinates using Google Maps

Step 3: Approve Mockup/Visualization

Once I provided Anna with the information, she very quickly (the very next day) sent me a mockup or a visualization of the map to review. I honestly couldn’t believe how much I really liked the map. I was very impressed with seeing just the mockup image. Below is the mockup Different Maps provided me to review.

I had a few changes and additions to make to the map and I forwarded those to Anna via email.

She sent me a final mockup to review and I loved it!

Step 4: My Map is Shipped!

Once I gave my final approval of the visualization Anna provided, she began production. And a week later my customized French River, Ontario map was delivered.

Shipment Received!

My map was delivered to me within a week of the order being finalized. Which, considering where I live (a remote area of northern Michigan), was surprisingly fast!

But, besides being a quick delivery, the packaging of my map was incredible. Different Maps (aka Anna) really took the time to properly package the map in such a way that it was super protected. I mean, I was impressed with the packaging!

Then I opened the box. OH. MY. GOODNESS! The frame, the glass, the backing, the mounting, the craftsmanship were all just amazing. To say I was blown away is an understatement.

And then I shared the map with my husband. He was literally speechless at first. Followed by, “Wow!” It truly is an amazing piece of custom art. I absolutely could not be more pleased with the custom map or the process.

There was even an inscription on the back that you can have customized. I chose to let Anna choose our inscription. Stunning!!

I highly, highly, highly recommend Different Maps.

framed map of French River, Ontario by Different Maps

Why Choose Different Maps?

Besides the fact that their craftsmanship is just impeccable and that they provide outstanding customer service, it’s just a really great way to capture those special moments that you can treasure for a lifetime.

I’m already thinking about additional maps for my family like San Diego where our daughter was first stationed in the Navy. Or maybe Germany where our son was stationed in the Army. And, oh yeah, the Grand Canyon! Or maybe to commemorate all those spring breaks our family spent in Gatlinburg, TN.

You will not be sorry if you choose Different Maps to capture your special place!

If you have questions about Different Maps, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll be glad to answer them to the best of my ability.

Save with My Discount Code

Different Maps has provided me with a discount code where you can save 10% off your purchase!! Just CLICK HERE to use the discount or enter THEBIRCHCOTTAGE during the checkout to save 10%!

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