Real Life Pin Tutorial by Aimee

Hi everyone! Aimee here!

It all started awhile back when I “pinned” this image. 

Recently I bought a motor home and have been traveling with Kevin {my boyfriend} and my parents. My parents have a racecar you can find out more about that here, and here. Since April 16th I have driven {been the passenger} over 10thousand miles, across the country. I am currently on the last trip of the race season.

As I was traveling across country I’m sure I was on one of my many mobile devices, trying to stay connected to the rest of the world.

I found the above image and loved it. I knew it would be a great way to document my travels.

In July I got the assignment from Simple Scrapper, to scrap a layout using a map. I was so excited for this layout to be created. 1. I love maps, 2. I have traveled so much this year it would be super easy, 3. I immediately knew I had pinned this image, and wanted to try it. And that is why I am calling this my real life pin.

I pinned & I recreated the pin!
And now for my tutorial.

I thought about how I would recreate this for a while, and the first attempt worked {so thankful for that, not all my ideas work! lol}

I went to AAA and got a map of the United States. Now I wasn’t sure if this would work, so the girl gave me 3 maps to fuss with. {I am a member and with a membership you get free maps} I was afraid that the cities/towns wouldn’t be the right size with the punch, or I might end up cutting through a town that I needed to punch, blah, blah, blah.

I wrote out a list of states/towns we slept in. It ended up we almost stayed in every state we drove through.

I didn’t have a large heart punch so I went out and bought 3. I didn’t know what size would be good, and you can always use a heart punch, so I got all 3 and ended up using the largest one I found.

I located the towns/cities/states and started punching. Some of the states we stayed in multiple places. I decided to make little flags with the town/cities on them.

I found a font I liked and typed all the info out. I cut them up into flags as small as I could.

After I punched the hearts from the map I ironed the hearts to get the creases from the folds out. I just used the iron on a low setting. 

I wanted the hearts to have a bit of dimension, so I punched some more hearts from cardstock and glued the map hearts to the cardstock hearts to give them stability.

I went to lay the hearts out on a 12×12 piece of card stock, and I realized I had to many hearts for 1 piece of cardstock. With my left over map, I knew there were other places I would be traveling through out 2012 so I punched those places too.

I then attached my little flags with my tiny attacher {little tiny staples for little tiny flags}

With the all of the places on my traveling agenda punched, I laid out all my hearts and I was able to fit in a title for a 2-page layout. I was only required to have one pager, and I needed it finished by a certain date. I finished the left side of the page. And this is what it looks like. When my travels are done this year I will finish the right side, it’s all ready to go {I just didn’t want to finish it incase our agenda changed, I wanted the places to be correct}

I hope this inspires you to use all those ideas that you pin! What creations have you made that were inspired by a pin?



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