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Those of you who listen to the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast will recognize Pinterest as my “Pick of the Week” from episode #32. Well, it’s two months later now, and I still LOVE Pinterest! I visit Pinterest almost every day and I find so many fun and wonderful things. I especially love the community of sharing that exists there and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of my digi friends even better by seeing what inspires them.
So what is Pinterest and what do you do there?
Pinterest is like a visual bookmarking site. Instead of bookmarking links, you are saving images to “boards” that you organize. Think of it as having an unlimited number of bulletin boards hanging on a wall and every time you find a picture or an idea you like, you just pin it up to one of the boards. The beauty is that they all exist in cyberspace so you don’t have to have physical bulletin boards and stacks of magazine clippings to manage.
The link and person you found the item from is saved in your “pin”. For example; I found the crayon image above through one of The Daily Digi team members (Tara). I love that I can see that right on the pin, and I can also see where the image came from on the internet. In this case, the idea is from a site called SomewhatSimple.com which I had never heard of until I found this on Pinterest last night. Cool!
Pinterest is somewhat like Flickr, in that you don’t want to just go there and hang out without creating an account and having some contacts. Just like on Flickr, some people don’t post what I would call family appropriate material. I guess that’s the trade-off with the whole free speech thing. lol! Once you set up your own account and have people to follow, you will only see what they post. You can also unfollow them at any time.
When you are ready to start pinning, be sure you install the bookmarklet tool on your browser bar. You can find it under the drop down menu under pin.
Pinterest is growing faster than the developers have anticipated. You will find some “server busy” error messages at times. I usually just refresh my page and then they go away.
You can read all about Pinterest in their introduction area. It’s really pretty easy to figure out. Just name your boards and pin away!
Here are some of the things I’ve been pinning:
I find ideas that I know will inspire me later on when I am digi scrapping. I see so many possibilities with this type of text treatment that could be used on a layout so I’ve pinned it to my “Digi Scrap Love” board to refer back to later.
I love the giggles I get from goofy bits of fun I find on Pinterest. I have an entire board dedicated to “Silly Stuff”.
So if you are interested in getting Pinterested, I’d be happy to send you an invite! Just leave a comment on my personal blog (on any post is fine). Just go to scrapbookladypages.com to request an invite.
P.S. The random winner for the Reader Challenge was Beth who said “My first time at this challenge, and it was, indeed a challenge (yeah, those colors! LOL) — but I really like how my page turned out! It was a snap to recolor those papers to the shades I wanted. Thanks for helping me step out of my comfort zone!” You can see her page here. Thanks to everyone who participated – I love seeing your pages!