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?


  • Melissa says:

    What an adorable idea!! Love it..thanks for sharing!

  • Judy B says:

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!! Another great place to get maps – Rest Stops. I always grab them when we stop, because you never know when you will need them for a craft…now I know what craft I will use them on.

  • Annette Allen says:

    what a fun idea…thanks for sharing..

  • {leah} says:

    LOVE this idea, Aimee! What a great no-photo layout! ^_^

  • eva says:

    wow, that’s a lot of traveling! and such a cute way to document your visits. oh, and way to get the most out of that AAA membership!

  • jessica says:

    What a great project!!!!

  • Lucianna says:

    I love that, such a great way to document all the places you have gone with that adorable heart 🙂

  • Catherine says:

    What a fun idea! I have a roadtrip coming up and will definitely incorporate this idea in my minibook! TFS!!!

  • wendi R says:

    ohhhh that is super clever and cute!!! LOVE THAT!!!

  • Andrea says:

    Great idea! I travel a lot for work so this would be a neat way to keep track. The majority of my projects lately have been inspired by color combos or sketches that I’ve pinned. I really enjoy Pinterest!!

  • Billie A says:

    I love this idea. It is an awesome idea keeping track of your travels and the heart is a great idea of something you love to do. The banners with the towns and such is a great idea too. Fun project.

  • rachel mutchler says:

    What great Inspiration for us all! Thank you so much for sharing 😀

  • Loz ♥ says:

    this is such a great idea!

  • Amy O says:

    Saw this pin and loved it – kudos to you for following through!

  • Penny Busch says:

    Brilliant idea and a great way to preserve the memories of tour travelling

  • Carly W says:

    wow this is sensational! what a fabulous and meaningful idea

    xoxo Carly

  • Angie Ha says:

    I have this on my pin boards as well! I love how you added the little banner names to yours.

  • Stephanie-Emma says:

    Oooh i love pinterest… it’s quite addictive!! I’m travelling round a few places for my honeymoon so love this idea… i may have to copy and punch hearts out of maps where we’ve been each day on our journey! xxx

  • Izzy Anderson says:

    This is awesome. Love everything about it!

  • Arabella says:

    Happy Birthday Kristy!

    Great idea Aimee! Thanks for sharing!


  • Liz O says:

    Love this idea!!! thank you for sharing!
    Have a lovely day!

  • Calypso says:

    Love your idea…I had something similar going when I lived overseas.
    I had pins in S. America and Asia…but once I got home and settled into Motherhood the pins slowed down.

  • Laura says:

    We did a similar project but instead of hearts we made t-shirts from the maps.

  • Jennyfer L says:

    TY for a great project!

  • Lani says:

    That is super cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Debby Ehrenberg says:

    Love this idea! Enjoy and keep traveling!

  • Annette says:

    Fantastic idea Aimee, very clever way to document your travels, shall have to borrow this idea lol! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of our travels, take careX:)

  • Lizzie O says:

    So cute!

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