Apr 18, 2012

by English Muse

Happy Wednesday! It’s Marthe from The Freedom Experiment again, this week with another visually stimulating (and hopefully inspiring) post! As so many else, I’m hooked on Pinterest, and I’ve spent hours and hours pinning images of dream homes and beautiful cakes (who hasn’t?). However, Pinterest can be used in so many ways, and I thought I’d give you my favourite creative and alternative ways of using Pinterest:

1. Gather inspiring quotes and make it a habit to go on Pinterest and read them every time you need a pick-me-up.

Here’s a little secret for you: I’m struggling with a nasty mental disorder and Pinterest is actually on my emotional crisis safety plan. Yes, you hear it right. When faced with the question “how can you help yourself when you’re feeling emotionally stressed and overwhelmed?” I answered “Pinterest.” Because reading uplifting quotes really helps to lift my spirits. Maybe reading quotes can help you too?

2. Gather visual inspiration for a creative project (and share it with your tribe)

The photos above are from my Inspiring Photos board, and I’m using these images to design the new layout on my website. I find that having an online inspiration board makes it all a lot easier – you can share it with your tribe and ask for feedback, inspiration and thoughts. Also, if you’re working with a designer, being able to show him/her what you’re after and what kind of style you like is invaluable! Which brings us to the next tip;

3. Gather inspiration for a new haircolour (or tattoo maybe?) and show it to your hairdresser

I actually loaded this board on my iPad and brought it along for my appointment. I showed my hairdresser what kind of look I was after, and she totally nailed it! This approach is so much better than telling someone that you want a “brownish red, not too bright, not too orangy and not to signal red”…  So much easier, and so much more fun!

4. Pin the images from your website and promote yourself and your work

Pinterest can be used for promotion too, just do it with style and grace. For example, you can pin your own images (once) to your own board so that your followers can decide if they want to re-pin or not. It’s also a great resource if you want to get an overview of the visual image you have on your site! Seeing all the images together can show how your readers perceive your style. Do you like how the images go together, or do you need to change your direction?

5. Make a board and pin images that represent your dream

Speaking of changing directions… A great way of using pinterest is to make a board that represents your dream life, your values or who you want to grow into. Took at it often and feel the rush of energy! As you can see, my dream is to live in New York City. Every time I come upon a nice picture of NY that I like – I pin it. And then I use it as inspiration to make it happen! This summer, I’m going to make it my Freedom Experiment to live in NYC for 4-6 weeks. Will I see you there?

6. Pin some recipes that aren’t just visually stunning, but something that you’d actually make. Try one new recipe every week!

There are lots of tempting cakes and visually stunning food photographs out there, but instead of pinning what looks good – try to pin something that you could actually make! And do it! I’ve tried lots of reciped from Pinterest, but I find that the best looking pictures don’t always result it the best food. Make it a habit to look for food, not cakes. This way you’ll never run out of dinner ideas!


7. Make a wishlist and share the link to your board with friends and family

Wishlists are great, but the written ones are so boring to look at! I’m sure your friends and family will love having a visual list in good time before your  birthday comes up. Make a board and start adding too it right away! Whenever you buy or receive something – delete the pin or write a comment underneath with details.

8. Gather images of things you find comforting and soothing. Have a look at your board every now and then to make sure you remember what you need when harder times hit.

This is another approach I’ve been using together with my emotional crisis plan. I have identified that I can easier help myself through challenging times if I’m wearing warm socks, drinking tea and lighting candles. Anyone else feel the same way? Well, the thing is – I tend to forget all this when I’m in the middle of a difficult situation. I find visual reminders work better than a list telling me to” do this or do that”. Pinterest is the solution! Oh, and in case you wonder – I’m not an emotional mess all the time, I promise. ;)

How do you use Pinterest?

ps. if any of the images above strike your fancy, you can find me on Pinterest here.

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22 Responses to “8 creative ways of using Pinterest”

  1. Naomi Bulger says:

    These are such sweet ideas. I like the way you think, and the practical yet creative way you’re using Pinterest. I completely under-utilise this tool and I’m going to take your advice. I hope you get to NYC soon, you will love living there!

  2. lovely posts! lots of great inspirational suggestions ! thanks :)

  3. Jenny says:

    Brilliant and very inspiring post! Thank you very much! xxx Jenny (fellow guest blogger)

  4. Mandy says:

    Ooh, I think I’ll do a wishlist one for myself. I’m notoriously hard to shop for. I’m a big fan of using Pinterest as a recipe log for recipes I’ll actually make. It’s been very helpful to me in my efforts to learn how to cook!

    • Marthe says:

      Yes, do it! :D:D

      I’ve used Pinterest to learn how to cook too! I’ve learned a lot of great recipes and I’ve tried stuff that looked tasty, but wasn’t. So I tried to learn from it and figure out why the recipes didn’t work.. Interesting and a lot of fun! :)

  5. Hannah says:

    Great ideas. I love pinterest for all of these – I just wish there was a way to break down different themed boards into subcategories e.g. food (then all my food boards), photography (then all my photography boards) etc…

    • Marthe says:

      I haven’t thought of that, but you’re right! That would make navigating and pinning a lot easier! Have you told them? Send them an e-mail and they might listen to ya! ;)

  6. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    I love this, Marthe! I really, really do! I love your idea of a kind of VIsion board that you put forth in 5. I use Pinterest a lot but I DID not think of that! Silly me! I’m gonna make one now and I’m gonna call it The Freedom Experiment. This is my board -http://pinterest.com/elizabethgeorge/#

  7. Elizabeth says:

    What great ideas and a clever post. I love the idea that you can see how others view your blog and photos. Great tool to see if everything goes together!

    Cheers, Elizabeth

  8. Rose says:

    Excellent ideas! I love Pinterest for my blog too.

  9. Hej Marthe (jeg så lige at du er nordmand!)

    Super gode idéer til Pinterest og specielt med hensyn til frisør-besøgene…

    // The Dandelion Chronicles

    • Marthe says:

      Hei!

      Takk for kommentar! :) Ja, jeg er superfornøyd med hvordan dette gjorde frisørbesøket mitt så mye lettere! Nå er jeg rødtopp og trives godt med det! :)

  10. Marta says:

    what an honest beautiful beautiful post! kuddos, Marthe! i heard the word “pinterest” three times this week and am now trying to figure out how it works and get an invite. i want to pin! smiles from a fellow guest-blogger!

    • Marthe says:

      Thank you:)

      I just sent you an invite! Let me know if you have any questions when you start using it!

      Marthe

  11. Thanks for sharing your great ideas for using Pinterst with us! I especially loved the hairstyle one – I had never thought of that! I’m due for a much needed haircut soon so I might have to try that :)

    • Marthe says:

      Thank you:)

      Yeah, it’s a great way of showing what you want! :) Good luck with getting a haircut!

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