Pinning It Down Vol. 3: Capturing Christmas Cards

Sarah is hosting this week.

I knew getting my pin done this week was going to be a challenge. In fact as I rode out of town with my Mom and kids for our three day trip to Orlando this weekend, I told her that I needed to think of an easy pin to do because I wouldn’t have much time when I returned. Then it hit me.

We were driving to the land of Ikea.

I knew then that not only did I need to make my first trip to that superstore, but I also needed to pick up a couple of those spice racks to make into bookshelves. I had pinned the idea months ago and either you can’t order them online or I have simply been too lazy to do so (can’t remember). We were on a quest.

And now I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea. The good: the play place for the kids, the selection of cool items, the prices. The bad: many of the employees’ attitudes were less than stellar, the layout of the store (When we were done shopping I could see where the kids were playing, but to pick them up I had to go up an elevator, walk around to another elevator, and go back down to the floor I was just on to get to the back of the area to pick them up –oy.), and the fact that the spice racks I wanted were on three week back order. So despite dragging my sainted mother to two different kitchen areas of the store on two different floors (don’t ask), I still had nothing for my pin. I came home empty handed.

Until I was getting out of the van in my driveway. When Mom said, “Oh these are for you,” and handed me three huge jump rings. “I got them for the Christmas card book from Pinterest. I made mine and these are for you.” Mothers. Are. Awesome.

Here is the link to the original idea, and here is mine.

Those are some BIG jump rings, so I am thinking that next year I will just use another card as a divider and add on. I can probably get three years at least on the same rings before I move on to another set.
I love this idea. I have never kept these before because I didn’t know what to do with them, but now I wish I had. It will be fun over the years to watch all of the kids grow up in our card books. And hopefully this will inspire me to get some of our own sent out next year (every once and a while I miss a year).
Head on over to Sarah’s to see what everyone else is pinning and doing this week.



  • Sarah says:

    I really like Ikea in “theory” but I’ve only been to the store once and I think I left with acute ADHD and a sense of bubbling hysteria. Couldn’t quite handle it. 🙂

    Love the card books- I saw those on Pinterest! Great idea to combine years onto one set of rings- that makes me like the idea even better.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Mom and I were commenting on that Saturday. You really need to know what you are going after and have a project in mind when you get there. They had so many great picture frames, which I need, but I was stymied by indecision!!

  • Mary Jo says:

    I do love this! Currently, mine are in a pretty basket because we take them out (when we REMEMBER) and pray for that family at dinnertime. Great idea. (And thank you for stopping by my blog today.)

  • Dawn says:

    I love this idea. I do not like to throw away the cards with friend’s pictures, but I never know what to do with them after Christmas, except put them in a box. I have the same love/hate thing going on with Ikea, for the same reaons. 😉

  • Amy says:

    I’ve always wanted to do those spice rack bookshelves. Just an FYI you can go to the ikea website and see if each item is probably available at your local store before you head back again. I’m glad your mom was able to save the day with the jump rings!

  • Laurie says:

    I did that project too! I love mine. I was able to put together three year’s worth in one evening. Sadly, in past years, I often threw away cards and only kept pictures in the interest of room. With this method, I was even able to hole punch some Christmas letters to save in the rings too. My only warning- I hole punched one wrong, so that card is upside down. 🙁

  • Jeannine says:

    Awesome mom you have. I love this idea, and I think I pinned it. Alas, my picture cards are still in a messy pile. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Dani says:

    I repinned your spice rack book shelves. LOVE those! Need to plan a trip to IKEA in about 3 months, I guess 😉

  • Mandy says:


  • What a GREAT idea! I would LOVE to join up, but I can’t seem to add the button to my posts. Even after all this time blogging, I can’t figure out how to add a button without the html. LOL Do you have it somewhere and I’m missing it?

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Yay! I am glad you want to join up. We don’t have code associated with the graphic because we co-host — too confusing to have a place for the button to link to. So really it is just a picture. You can right click and download it to your computer and then add it to your post as you would any photo. Some participants just leave it as a “dead” graphic and link to the post through their text. Others create their own link to the weekly post with the graphic. Either way is great.

  • Heather says:

    Looks Great!

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