If you are not aware I am a massive Disney nerd and recently I found myself collecting Disney pins. Pin trading is a huge deal at the Walt Disney World Resort and it is fun regardless of your age. I have not been collecting pins for that long but I knew I wanted to do it right so I got on Amazon and bought a corkboard to showcase all my pins.
Well, I didn’t expect my collection to grow as quickly as it did and I had soon run out of room on my corkboard. Refusing to buy another corkboard, I hit the Internet and Pinterest in search for a new way to store my pins.
Needless to say, I was rather disappointed. Most people just buy more corkboards or shadow boxes to store all their pins. Others settle for an ugly zip-up binder with a few felt sheets. I knew that I had to come with another way to not only store my pins and keep them safe but organize them. So I came up with “Pinbooking.”
What Is Pinbooking?
Essentially, “pinbooking” is scrapbooking but with your Disney pins. When I first set out to do this I thought originally I was going to use foam sheets for the pages. However, not only are these foam sheets ugly but scrapbook sheets hold up just as well and are much prettier. This was the answer I was looking for! Not only can I have as many pages as I want I can organize my pins however I want to aid my growing collection.
How To Pinbook
Just like you would for scrapbooking, you are going to want to pick out the perfect book that suits your personality. After you pick your book you are going to need scrapbook paper and for me, this was the hardest part. I wanted something simple and not too busy. I wanted the pins to be the focal point and the paper to be a subtle addition. However, that was easier said than done. As it turns out most scrapbooking paper is super busy and bright. After much searching, I found the perfect paper in a scrapbooking paper book, that is typically used for weddings. The paper was mostly all white with repeating patterns, it was perfect!
I also used a paper cutter for straight edges (if you buy a book of scrapbooking paper, you will most likely have to cut the tops off in order to get them to fit in the protective sheets) and several protective sheets that typically come with the scrapbook.
Getting The Pins to Cooperate
Once you have all your supplies it’s time to get “pinbooking!” Like regular scrapbooking, you are going to want to lay out your pins exactly how you want them. This can be a little challenging since pins cannot lay flat. Once you have them where you want them, go ahead and poke them through the paper. If you mess up, no big deal just try again. However, don’t make the new hole too close to the old one or it could tear more easily.
The scrapbooking paper is incredibly durable and can hold a ton of pins. Plus with the added protection of the plastic sheet, your pins will be safe. Another challenging factor is getting the paper with the pins in it into the plastic sheet. In fact, I would not suggest trying to fit in more that one sheet into a protective plastic sheet.
One last tip: Find the center first! If you want your pins to be centered on the paper, find the center first and work your way out and around. This helps you keep everything centered and balanced.