I recently got some new tables for my living room, and began the painstaking process of trying to find new coffee table books to sit on them. While browsing my go-to source for things like that, Pinterest, I suddenly had a thought : why couldn’t I turn all my Pinterest boards into a book? A Pinterest book made of all the images, pins and re-pins that I like and would make a beautiful and unique book I’d actually want to flip through?
There had to be a company that could do this for me… Right? Nope. No, Amanda, there most definitely is not. Challenge accepted! Just in case there is anyone else out there even remotely like me, obsessed with the beauty of their own Pinterest boards, I figured I will share with you exactly how I went about doing it.
Pinterest Book Step One : Decide your Content
I have 82 public boards, 9.1k pins and over 500 likes (!) on my Pinterest profile. Some of them are things like Pinterest projects I want to try, gardening tips and gift ideas that are more practical than pretty. I decided to pick out just the boards that were full of the most visually appealing images – boards like my dream spaces board or my board of all things pink. I narrowed it down to about 50 of the boards that I wanted to capture in my Pinterest Book.
Pinterest Book Step Two : Turn your boards to PDF Files
There is more than one way to do this… You can just go into a Pinterest board and control-p the page to save to PDF, but I didn’t want to have any of the white space around the images or really have any of the descriptive text that went along with them. So I discovered a service called ClipZine – where you can (somewhat) easily convert boards to image files. Here’s how:
ClipZine Step 1 : Join and Install Clip Button
Join ClipZine, it’s free! Once you have an account, install their +ClipIt Button.
ClipZine Step 2 : Navigate to your Pinterest page
Head over to your Pinterest homepage and open up a board you have decided you want in your book. When you are on the board, scroll down as far as you can (to load as many images as possible), then click the ClipZine button, the little checkered box next to your address bar (I use Safari, so this may look different on your page). This will bring up the ClipZine sidebar.
ClipZine Step 3 : Select Images
Once you are in the sidebar, click “ALL”. This will force ClipZine to identify all images it can find on the page. If you want to have all the images that it’s identified on the page in your book, click “CLIP ALL IMAGES”. Alternatively, you can sort through and just click the “CLIP” next to each individual item to select images one by one.
You’ll see a little pop-up that the when you select an image (or all images) and a count of the number of pins you’ve selected. When you’re done, click “SEND” to send the images to ClipZine’s servers.
ClipZine Step 4 : Create Zine
Now that you’ve got the images selected, ClipZine needs to know what you would like to do with them. It will prompt you to decide. As it’s your first attempt, click “CREATE A NEW ZINE” and fill in your title and description. As you can see below, I made extremely generic titles for mine as this is not intended for anyone’s use other than me to turn them into PDFs in the very near future. Then select a template for how you want the images to look on the page. Click “CREATE ZINE” when you’re done.
Once you’ve done this once, go back to step 2 and repeat with all the boards you want to have in your book. When you get back to Step 4, just click “SELECT ZINE” and add your new images to your existing file. You can also select different templates each time you upload images, so feel free to mix and match styles to create a unique book!
ClipZine Step 5 : Export Zine to PDF
Now that you’ve got all your images clipped in a Zine on ClipZine, navigate back to the webpage, and open it up. Take this time to scroll through all the pages and make sure the layout is good. Use this time to mark down the page number of any pages that look strange (not enough images can leave weird empty spaces) and if you need to make any changes, to layout or to delete a page, click on “EDIT”.
When you are ready, click the disk icon and export to PDF, saving to your computer. You can also save JPG files of any of your gorgeous curated pages – like this one, one of my favourite pages in my whole book.
A cool feature is that you can share your book directly from Clipzine if you’re happy with it as is – or embed it in your own webpage. Here’s my a sample of a page from my Pinterest book.
Pinterest Book Step Three : Print Your PDF
If you’re looking to do this on the cheap, my friends, you can just print your PDF pages on your colour printer and take them to your local store to be bound, use them as a collage or in a frame – or bind them yourself. There are loads of DIY ways to do this yourself. I wanted a more professional look and feel to my book, so I did some investigating and came upon Blurb, a website that inexpensively allows you to create your own books and have them professionally printed.
Blurb Step One : Preparing to Load – Edit your File Sizes
I found this to be quite aggravating. Blurb requires that you have your PDF files in the exact size that they require them. Do they not have the ability to do this for us? Anyway… I wanted my book to be larger than a normal paperback, so I elected for the 8 x 10 inch size hardcover book. The file you exported from ClipZine is 11.375 ” by 13.292″, so you’ll need to resize it to Blurb’s specifications, ideally 8.125″ by 10.250″. Also, your number of pages must be divisible by 4, or the site will automatically add blank pages to the end of the file.
Blurb Step Two : Preparing to Load – Select a Cover Image
If you want to do as I did and have a hardcover book, you’ll need a cover image. The size of the image needs to be 16.722″ x 10.250″ for the 8×10 book, and will need to be a PDF image. It’s really easy to complete this step – you can even create your own image through a site like PicMonkey, and then save it as PDF. I used a rights-free image from Fotolia in the colour scheme of the coffee table books I wanted. And yes, I’m this exciting in real life. #AllGreyErryDay
Blurb Step Three : Upload your Files
You are so close! Upload your files to the Blurb system to get a preview of your final book. The upload process was quite slow for me, so give it some time and have some patience. Might I suggest a celebratory drink as you wait? Here is a preview from Blurb of some of the pages in my book…
Pinterest Book Step Four : Order and Enjoy
Your book will be on its way to you shortly, ready for you to enjoy. Hooray! Wasn’t so hard, was it?
I love my Pinterest Book. It’s like a customized version of a coffee table book that is exclusively images that appeal to me. There’s not a single thing in the book that I look at and shake my head, or wonder about. It’s exactly what I was looking for and I’ve gotten numerous compliments on it, including one friend who asked if I would make one for her.
*Disclaimer – The images pinned on your Pinterest boards are not owned by you, the copyright remains with the photographer and this is therefore one of the main reasons that I caution you in the fact that these books are to be used for personal use ONLY without further contacting a legal professional. In other words, don’t sell them, no matter how pretty they may be. There is a minimal level of protection offered in the fact that the book will contain the link from where the image was from, and not purport that it belongs to you, but I am not a legal professional to advise you that that will sufficiently cover you under possible copyright infringement laws. *