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Monday, October 29, 2012

How to Save a Copy of your Pinterest Boards as a PDF

I have this huge fear of losing all those genius and gorgeous Pins on Pinterest.
Ya know, everyone elses million dollar ideas.
 
So I have discovered a way to save them.
Of course I first saw this genius idea on Pinterest but am putting a spin on it for PC lovers.
Sorry MAC you are outta this one.
Well, not really you can pretty much follow the same steps I would imagine.
And as always, it is a pure Pinterest genius idea.
 
It really is so easy.
And now I don't have to toss and turn each night worry about my precious pins
and what if I accidentally delete a board or if Pinterest is down for whatever reason
and I need a Pin ASAP.
 
Here are the easy peasy steps to saving your pins FOREVER.
 
- Go into each one of your boards one at a time.
 
-Press Control P (which will bring up the Printing box)
 
-Instead of using the Printing option look for "Print to PDF" or "ADOBE PDF",
then select "All Pages", then "Print".
 
-Save them where you would like and choose a name, it would probably make the most sense to name them the board names you have on Pinterest so you can find them easily on your computer.
 
-Repeat with all your Pinterest boards.
 
-TIP: Make sure all your Pins are done "Fetching" or your PDF will not be complete with all of your Pins.
 
-TIP: Make sure you keep remembering to save each board, maybe make yourself a note to do it weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc. You can over-write your current boards by just saving over them.
 
-Also, the PDF will not capture the entire hyperlink, just the website below each pin.
But if push comes to shove, and you can't access Pinterest then you can search the website by researching to your PDF.
 
Here is an example of what my
"Fashion Is My Passion"
boards look like in PDF.
 
 

 
 

 
 
I am linking up with  Miss AP for some Hey, that's Pin-tastic action
Hop on over to see some other amazing creativity.
 
 
 

100 comments:

Natalie said...

This is BRILLIANT!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

Ohmygah this is THE BEST IDEA EVER!!!!

Do you know how long I've said, "I wish there was an easy way to take my Pinterest clothing boards with me when I go shopping?!"

And now it's here :) Fabulous!

Ashley Paige said...

BRILLIANT.

Cajun Cowgirl said...

Such a great idea. Now I just have to make myself take the time to do it!

doublekmom1 said...

THANKS......I was just wondering how I could do this

Anonymous said...

You can do this for macs. Go to file, print. When the print box comes up, in the bottom L hand corner, hit PDF and save to PDF. Works the same way. Again, make sure the pins have finished fetching!

Linda said...

Cool! Thank you!!

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

Absolutely genius! I am always making collages of haircut inspiration photos for my monthly cuts. This will be so much easier!

Amanda said...

Guess where I saw your pinterest tip?.....Pinterest! Thank you for that, I am going through and saving my boards now.

Danielle said...

I dont have an option for print to pdf :(
and Print to file doesnt work. is this only for specific browsers?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to try this! I tried and clicked "print to file" since I have no other option on the print page and it wont work... it goes through output and then fails. Any ideas??

Carol said...

There is a free program called CutePDF. Try googling it. I have used it before and saves to a PDF via the print option.

Vera said...

I, also, do not have a print to PDF option. I am using Firefox. Would this be why?

Vera said...

I, also, do not have a print to PDF option. I am using Firefox as my browser. Would this be why? Anyone else have any suggestions for me?
Thank you.

Nana Mayfield said...

Saying 'thank you' isn't enough! Not having internet access at work, now I can share my pages with my coworkers! I am SO glad I found you on Pinterest!
THANK YOU!!!

Heather A. said...

This is So helpful!

Geek Amicus said...

If you don't have a "print to .pdf" option, you can download a pdf print driver from the internet and add it. Cutepdf or pdf995 are two sites that have free pdf drivers. You may have to see an ad while it's printing, but other than that it's free.

Dora said...

This is great! Also, if you add the full web address of the pin (minus the "http://" part) in the description as your pinning it, you will also have the full web address on the PDF. That way, if you do end up needing to look it up, you won't have to search the site, but can go straight to it!

Alyce said...

THANK YOU!!! Not only for my Pintrest boards...... I didn't know I could make PDF files.

Robin Foster said...

You are a genius, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing this post. I was able to create the PDF in seconds and more. See: "Motivation Monday: Women are taking social networking to new heights"

Misty said...

that is brilliant!! thank you for sharing :-)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! I've pinned this! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Danielle I. said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! And, to reiterate what one of the anonymous posters said, Mac users can also do this. I love it! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank youuuuuuuu!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to make another suggestion - if you fetch all the pins and save the webpage (complete) - it will place all the pin images in a folder. If you ever want to know the source of the pin, drag the image into google images to search for all instances of the image and you should be able to find the original website.

Tracee Orman said...

Great idea! Just an FYI - Mac users can do this no matter what browser they are using (actually, they can from any application because the PDF generator is built in to the Preview app that comes with every Mac). Thanks for posting your tip!

Janice Malone said...

Works great. I'm saving everything now. Thank you.

Miss Elle Belle said...

For anyone who doesn't have the print-to-PDF option: Download and install CutePDF [mentioned above by a couple of people]. When you CTL+P choose "CutePDF" as the printer and it will print to PDF..voila! I use this for any webpage I want to save such as recipes or craft tutorials.

Terri Spaulding said...

Many many thanks!

JoannU said...

Thank you so much for this idea. I did download the cutePDF, and was able to save my Pinterest pages; however, it only saves the first three columns of pictures, not the last two. Is there something else I need to do to get the whole page?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for pinning this! I just downloaded the CutePDF and have saved my boards! I'm a teacher and don't have access to Pinterest at school...this is going to be so great!

Belinda said...

This is a great idea, but when I print to PDF I only get the first page and last page and the pins in between don't appear - any thoughts?

Meg said...

Even better (I didn't see if someone else mentioned it, but) if you have Evernote, and the web clipper, you can clip the entire board into a note, and it KEEPS ALL THE LINKS to the pins! :)

Anonymous said...

I was just trying to figure this out yesterday, and happened to see this on Pinterest today! THANK YOU!

One more tip - I tried this at work, and for me, it did save the entire web address each pin. In fact, the link in the pdf is click-able. I have Adobe Acrobat Pro, so I'm guessing that is the reason. If you have access to a machine with Acrobat Pro, it might be worth trying!

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

BEST IDEA IN THE ENTIRE WORLD

Brooke said...

Another idea if you aren't particularly keen on Adobe, like me (Yes, I realize I'm odd) If you have a Google account you also should be able to save them to Google docs.

Anna said...

Genius! Thanks for sharing! I FB and Tweeted this.

Anna
askannamoseley.com

I Love That Purse said...

Great idea!!!

Linda said...

I also downloaded cutePDF and it will copy some of the pins, however, it only copies the 1st three columns and some of the boards, it doesn't copy all the pins. Is there some way to pick how much of the page it copies?

Linda said...

I downloaded cutePDF and it will copy the first 3 columns only and some boards, only the first and last pages. Is there something about the page size or some other problem?

onira said...

thank you so much ♥

Benedicte said...

Brilliant ! And it works very well with Mac.

Marilyn Russell said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. For MACusers its "Command+P" to print to PDF.

Anonymous said...

I need details from a lot of the websites I pin, so I modified this a little by making a pinterest folder on my comp where I have each of my boards in folder form with every website from my pins saved as a pdf.

Works just as fine on a mac too FYI-- don't be deterred

Good share

Anonymous said...

You can print your boards using a MAC! Press Control+P (to bring up the Print window.) At the bottom left there is an option to "Open as a PDF preview" and it converts it to a PDF. Thanks for the idea!

mustangkayla said...

This is fantastic! Thank you!

jscuriosity said...

why not just using an @ifttt recipe and save them all to @evernote? that is what I do with selected boards, anytime I re-pin it is uploaded as well on an Evernote notebook of mine

Anonymous said...

Is there a way u can save your pins to your computer and then put your pins on flash drives, or can you save them on flash drives directly from pintrest.

Chef Stephanie said...

This works the same way on a MAC ;-)
Great idea....thank you for posting and sharing this!!

Heather said...

I found that when I tried to save under the print command, I only had the option of XPS documents. When I saved it, I only ended up with the first page and the rest of the pages were blank with just headers/footers. After some playing around, I found that you can save the page as a full webpage to pull it up on your computer without internet. (Our school has pinterest blocked so we can now use it for planning!) Thank you for the idea. :]

Evelyn said...

Thanks for sharing! Just hopping over from Chrissy's Pinterest Power Party and just pinned!!

Have a great day!

(Would love for you to share this post at Freedom Fridays (goes live on Thursdays at 7pm mst)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea. :) I found it at The Taylor House. Megan

Living on Love and Cents said...

LOVE! I would never have thought of that! THanks so much! I am pinning now www.pinterest.com/hbrummett. Thanks for linking up to our pin party!

Anonymous said...

I too have though what happened if they lost things we pin. Thanks for sharing.

Christina said...

YeahYus!! Thank You love pinterest love this post. Love learning how to do things, this was an excellent tip. Come visit me www.creativetizzy.blogspot.com Thanks again!! ~Christina

stout family said...

how do I find the tutorial on how to do this on a mac?!?
THANKS!!

ter@waaoms said...

great idea.... now if only the boards would all open past the first couple of "pages" so I can see the rest of the ideas I have pinned!!! (fetch more pins doesn't seem to work beyond 2 or 3 "pages")

Logoffo said...

Hello, this is great but it does not save all the pins on my boards (my boards usually contains from 200 up to 800 pins) - is there a way to make sure th pdf contains all the pins???

I also saved the webpage as an html but it only saves up to 50 pics. Any idea how to save more than 50 at a time?
Thanks
Laurence

Champ said...

http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk allows you to save everything as one single page, but then you'd have to subscribe to their service.

Otherwise it cuts of the page as well...

KelleyGirlFitness said...

You are a genius! thanks for pinning!

Lynet Sandoval Witty said...

genius! such a small little click, but so worth it! thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are a life saver or maybe a pin saver. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't do this cause I use Firefox but I have all my boards bookmarked and it works. I don't really need to print anything out but I like knowing I have a back-up just in case.

Kristine said...

Works the same for mac and linux...if you dont see the option, make sure you have the acrobat/pdf plugin installed in Your browser (may already be there and just need turned on). If you are still having issues, there is a print to pdf plugin for firefox specifically.

Tracey said...

SUCH a great tip. Can't believe I hadn't thought of it.

I'm going on a craft retreat where I'm worried I might not have access to Wifi or maybe even reception for my smart phone, so I just saved the pinboard I needed most as a PDF and printed it out so I won't miss out on all the ideas I need for my projects!

momsapples1967 said...

I've started saving my favorites in a Word document until I realized I had over 100 pages so then I started making a page for each area. I have a Pinterest food word doc, a Pinterest sewing word doc, etc. I have all of these docs saved on Dropbox. Easy easy access.

Tanya L M said...

If you use Mozilla you can get an add on called print to pdf.
Restart browser - will can right-click or go to Tools use print to pdf.
Choose active tab (for the page you are on, or all tabs which will do all the tabs that are open.)
Box will pop up 'printing etc'
Pdf will process and open. Save where you want.
Note * make sure that all pages/photos are finished loading or might error out.

Barbs @ Synchronicity House said...

Awesome, I love this idea. Thanks for sharing YOUR brilliant idea.

Anonymous said...

This is BRILLIANT! Thanks so much! But, no need to alienate us Mac users. Your directions fit the bill for us too!

Christine said...

HI all..anyone who can answer..what does "fetching" the pins mean? I hate the way Pinterest isn't user friendly

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Amanda Bradley said...

It's a nice tip anyone is not able to know. but you know it doesn't work on MAC. so I would like to introduce other tip or tool. You can get stylish PDF. here is link http://saoujung.tumblr.com/post/46330950253/how-to-create-more-stylish-pdf-from-your-pinterest

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Anonymous said...

pin4ever.com does away with the need to laboriously print each page as a PDF. Sign up and download all of your boards, pins, and likes to your own local website along with folders containing all of the images and links of your pins with 1 click for free. Runs on Macs, Windows, Linux, and Android devices. And now it does bulk pin editing too.. move, copy, delete, and rearrange pins in bulk instead of one at a time!

Sinea Pies said...

What a brilliant idea! Love it.

Ren said...

I'm using a Dell with Firefox browser. I went to the top toolbar and clicked file - save page as - type - web page complete. name the file the name of the board - click save - go to my pictures folder and there is a folder with all the images for that board and there is another firefox doc that can be double clicked and opened and the links to all the picts are still there. Seemed to work. KWREN

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Lori Gorman said...

OMGOSH! I just came across this and it is a LIFE SAVER!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

New to pinterest and just came across this:) I never thought about backing up my boards! DUH!!
Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ said...

For everyone having trouble finding the PDF option - use Control P, the print window comes up, then click on "Destination" - from there you can change from "Print" to "Save as PDF". When you are finished saving, remember to change back to "Print" to re-enable the Print function.

Hope this helps.

DJ said...

For everyone having trouble finding the Save to PDF option:

Use Control P -> print window opens.
Click on "Destination"
Choose "Save to PDF"
Remember to change back to print to re-able your printer.

Hope this helps

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Anonymous said...

Do I need to send the PDF files to a jump drive to save space on my memory?

Anonymous said...

it wont let me download all of my pictures why

Rachel said...

Thanks so much! This is really useful and I will add it to my pinterest routine.
Blessings,
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Meghan Smith said...

Thank you thank you thank you! Now I can actually grocery shop for my new Pinterest recipes am get meal ideas while I'm at the store!

Meghan Smith said...

Thank you thank you thank you! Now I can get dinner ideas easily while I'm at the grocery store! And I can add them to my photo recipe album on picasa! :))

Maurice Bernier said...

Love it Cheryl and my sincere thanks for sharing it with us all.

Like it so much, I had to invite my entire friends list to see it.

Hope you get a good batch of followers from it.

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Bruce Fountain said...

Suggest you add cutepdf to your instructions for those of us who don't have adobe pdf as an available printer selection (I think you only get adobe if you have installed something which includes it). I use cutpdf all the time, it only takes a couple of minutes to install.

Anonymous said...

awesome!
I'm using Chrome and it worked great.


Also, I changed it to landscape with minimal margins and it didnt cut off my images like the portrait style did.