I won’t lie, I truly adore Pinterest and spend far too long perusing all the pins on numerous topics and subjects! I find it the best form of inspiration and instruction to satisfy my creative tendencies.
So if you are of the crafty persuasion and love nothing more than turning your hand to things why is Pinterest the place to go?
Pinterest is pretty much a virtual cork board / recipe / scrapbook that you can ‘pin’ anything on the internet that interests you, to a single account. It saves you from having to take further measures as you would normally, to save the information (such as emailing it to yourself or bookmarking the page to your browser).
You can install the Pinterest ‘button’ to your web browse so that when you come across a web page you would like to look at in more detail later on, you click the button on your browser and it will automatically save it to your Pinterest account. It really is that easy!
You can also search for specific topics through the Pinterest platform itself and being very visually orientated you will find just how quick and easy it is to find what you’re looking for.
You can search for pretty much everything from DIY crafts, to beauty tutorials, clothes, home improvement, photographs, news articles- you name it and I’m pretty certain Pinterest will have a whole library of content for your perusal! You can also invite and follow friends, family and like minded individuals to really create a sense of community where you can share boards and pins with one another.
Still interested? Good! So how do you get started?
Katie Kavulla on She Knows has created a very simple ‘How To’ guide on getting up and running on Pinterest and she advises the following:
How do I get started pinning?
The first thing you’ll need to do is get a Pinterest account. You can go to the Pinterest website.
Once you’re on, the next thing you’ll need is the “Pin It” button installed in your browser toolbar. This magic little button is what allows you to pin things online. Installing the button is very easy — when you’re in your Pinterest account, look to the upper right-hand corner and hover above “About,” then click on “Pin It Button” and follow the directions to drag the button into your toolbar.
Or instead of using the “Pin It” button, you can also copy and paste links from sites you like, and it will search for photos from that page, which you can then pin. You can also upload photos from your computer.
What am I suppose to pin?
Here’s the great thing about Pinterest — you can pin anything you want! Everyone uses it for different things — from saving recipes that you want to make to saving articles that you want to reference later (we can, ahem, certainly suggest some you should pin!) to all of the shoes you’d love to add to your closet for spring — so Pinterest can easily be whatever you want it to be.
As you start pinning, create “Boards” that categorize your pins, making them easy for you to find later. Pinterest suggests some to get you started, but usually you’ll want to create your own to fit what you love to pin. It takes a while to get the hang of creating boards — they need to be the perfect combination of general and specific — but we promise that the more you pin, the better your boards will become.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the “Repin” function on Pinterest! Once you’ve added friends to your Pinterest account — you follow them as you follow Facebook or Twitter friends — you will have a customized feed where you can see all of the fantastic things that they’re pinning too. See an idea you love? Just hover over that pin in the feed and click on the “Repin” button to add it to one of your boards.
Once you have your account set up you are good to go!