Ever since i first discovered Pinterest last year through the lovely Ez of Creature Comforts, i have been pinning and enjoying the inspiration that comes through grouping images that you love together. I have developed quite a lot of boards. Through them i am able to keep track of where i want to store the different types of things that i find inspiring.
Sometimes i gather by colours, sometimes by words, sometimes by craft, and sometimes by the style of the image. I also gather for future projects, interior design and creative ideas i want to pursue.
I have varied interests but much of what i am drawn to stays within certain colour palettes. What's been helpful about pinning is it allows you to see what your drawn to the most and through that you can discover things about yourself. Or at least have things you already knew become more clear.
All the collections in this post are taken from my boards. You can find them here: Secrets of a Butterfly
These are the titles of my pinboards
Favourites -I LOVE
Hope & inspiration
Woodlands, fairies, nature
A walk through a magical meadow
Dreams to come true
Touch of black and white
cute as can be
HOME & INTERIORS:
Interiors i adore
Interior touches i love
A touch of shabby chic
candle light wishes
GIRLIE & FASHION:
Gorgeous & feminine
Once upon a hanger
Peaches & cream
Looks i love
My style pinboard
Jewels and trinkets
Little handmade lovelies
Inspirations in fabric
Lace to love
Wrapped and tagged
Blogs i love
I always aim to pin only those things that i think wow, thats gorgeous, or that is SO inspiring. I don't want to gather too much. I think it would be best to end up with boards that have less content but are full of what i adore, rather than just things that i quite like. I guess the inspiration i feel when i look at the boards as a whole, comes through the gradual process of collating. Its as much about what you leave out of boards, as what you include.
So just what can you use collecting in this type of way for?
Well i think you'll have gathered from my titles and descriptions above, that there are many uses that your boards can take. Inspiration is what it's all about. So the boards are as varied as the people that keep them. You can begin with simply photos that make you feel good, or give you ideas for photography of your own.
Then there are boards that you can collect ideas for creating and crafting, be it in lace, crochet, knitting, paper, painting, wrapping, meals, baking, table settings, soft furnishings...the list is endless.
Then there are fashion boards, including hair and accessories.. lookbook images, magazine features, models and actresses, street style looks, bloggers pictures, and individual pieces of clothing from online shops.
Then there can be boards for occasions & celebrations you're planning, showers, weddings, birthdays, and seasonal events like halloween and christmas. You can gather ideas for diy projects within any of these.
Then there are nature boards, that cover the seasons indoors and out, winter, spring, summer and autumn. This may include photos of the countryside or floral displays specific to that time of year. Along with craft and decorating projects that come up on blogs or magazine's online.
Speaking of decorating, thats the other way boards can help...in planning new interiors. You can gather images of room settings, or specific ideas for small areas. Arrangements of frames upon a wall for example, or new wallpaper designs, fresh soft furnishing styles and ideas for renovating furniture. All the while its possible to gain confidence in your choices and colour combining. So that when you come to put those ideas into your own home you have more experience to draw on, and the results can better meet your new found tastes and style.
Pinterest is used by so many bloggers you will recognise, so its another great way to connect with those you know, or who you find inspiring in the creative design fields. We can quickly and easily share what has caught our eye in the online marketplace and tell each other what we are "loving".
There is a new Pinterest App coming any day now! Making it even easier to pin things you love. I have enjoyed sharing my passion for pinterest with you today, and hope you have enjoyed it too,