Using Pinterest to spark creativity and enhance productivity...
On the left is my home page on Pinterest, which shows the 18 boards I have put up. This site allows a member to pin visuals from other places, and links the picture to the original site. Here is the link. For example, I have pinned pictures of recipes (Reese's peanut butter cookies, oh my) and that picture links back to the original recipe. This is genius to me, as I am a very visual person and categorize details in my memory through cues such as pictures or diagrams.
Pinterest is a powerful tool for me in my sewing and creative hobbies. I use boards to organize my ideas, tutorials I want to access later, and I pin photos from commercial fashion sites for inspiration. I have a board set up for summer sewing, a board for sewing with a plan (long term projects), and a board for tee shirts. One board I made has been especially helpful to me and that is "stuff I've made things I've done and accomplishments". I use this board to record stuff I've made things I've done and accomplishments. Sorry, couldn't resist :-) Doing this helps me see that I am using my free time productively (for me) and following through on ideas and inspiration which occur to me. I also use this board to track my progress on a deeper level. If you visit, you will see a picture of a woman with her arms raised to the sky. This picture leads you to an article on forgiveness. This is something I have worked on recently and I keep the picture on my board to remind me of my progress and my continuing commitment to forgiveness.
I have had some questions on how to use this site, so here is a quick run down:
1. Get an invitation from someone who is a member. You will send that person your email and they will send you an official invitation.
2. Go to the site and register using that invitation. The site uses Facebook or Twitter log ins. If you do not have either of those, get one, sign up for Pinterest, and then you can discard your Facebook or Twitter info if you want. You need it only for signing up.
3. You will receive an email from Pinterest and in it, you will get some code to get a Pin It icon to put on your task bar. It should just drag onto your task bar easily. I accidentally did this twice and had two of them. They are easy to delete (just right click) so don't worry about the technical part of adding/deleting a program onto your computer.
4. To pin, you find a picture you admire on the web, click on the Pin It icon, and follow the prompt from Pinterest.
5. That is it. Pin away. You can pin pictures from other people on Pinterest (repinning) or from other sites. Set up boards to organize your pins. Look through other member's boards and enjoy. It's fun, easy, and sparks so much creativity.