Pinterest for Crafters

Hello there. Alice Golden with you today to talk about one of my new favorite tools for crafting… it’s not a new stamp set or paper trimmer, but a website – Pinterest – and if you haven’t already become a convert, I can’t wait to introduce you!

Over the years I have found many ideas and much inspiration in the pages of a magazine. I love nothing more than curling up with a new issue and a hot cup of tea. Until recently, if I saw something I wanted to refer back to, such as a delicious-sounding recipe, photo of a beautiful kitchen space, or cute holiday decoration, I would tear out the page and place it in one of my many inspiration folders.

Pinterest is like an online version of those folders. It is a way to catalog, organize, and share ideas without all of the paper clutter. Instead of tearing out a page from a magazine and putting it in a file, you can “pin” an image to an online bulletin board that you create.

The sky is the limit as to the number and types of boards you can create. For crafters, Pinterest is a great way to collect and organize ideas for projects to make, products to buy, techniques to try, new color schemes to use, and more.

This is a sampling of some of the things I collect on my Pinterest boards:

Getting Started

If you want to give Pinterest a try, you are not alone. According to Alexa.com, Pinterest is currently ranked as the 15th most popular website in the United States, with the vast majority of its users being women. Luckily, setting up an account is easy. Simply visit Pinterest.com and they will walk you through the necessary steps.

Once you have an account, you can add a “Pin it” button to your browser (Pinterest will make that easy for you to do as well). As you are browsing the web and see something you want to save, just hit the “Pin it” button and you will be able to choose the image you want to save and indicate which board to save it to. You also have the ability to upload a pin from your computer, so if you have a photo, project, or recipe you want to share with the Pinterest community, it is easy to do so.

Many websites and blogs have facilitated posting to Pinterest by adding a “Pin it” button directly to their images. For example, if you want to save a project from Crafts ‘n things Weekly,Crafts ‘n things’free online digital publication, to your Pinterest account, simply click on the “P” symbol above the project title.

Getting Social

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Pinterest is all the social sharing that occurs on the site. Think of it like window-shopping with friends where each of you is pointing out fun finds to the others. Not only can you set up boards and pin things you want to remember, but by following others, you can see what they find interesting too.

Browsing the main Pinterest page will allow you to scroll through everything that has been pinned. You can also browse through pins in different categories, such as DIY & Crafts, or search for specific things, like “cross stitch” or “cupcakes”.

When you see something you like, you can either pin it to one of your own boards (called “re-pinning”) or “Like” it. You can also leave a comment for the original pinner. As you find pinners whose style you enjoy, you can choose to either follow one or more of their individual boards or “Follow All”. Once you are following someone, when you go to Pinterest, you will be presented with your individualized “feed” that shows you what the people you are following have pinned since the last time you visited.

The Crafts ‘n things blog team members are active on Pinterest and we would love it if you want to check out our boards and follow us:

- Crafts ‘n things

- Gloria Stengel

- Jill Cornell

- Melony Bradley

- Alice Golden

- Helen Bradley

- Suzanne Czosek

What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try? Or are you already on Pinterest? If so, I’d love to check out your pins. Just leave a link to your Pinterest account in the comment section and I will try to visit soon.

I also should add that Pinterest should come with a warning label… it can be pretty darn addictive!

Happy Pinning!

Alice Golden of Golden Moments (http://www.alicegolden.com)

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