21 SECRETS colleague and mixed media artist Debra Cooper recently introduced me the wonderful world of Pinterest, a social catalog site and community of virtual bulletin boards where you can organize and “pin” digital images of places, objects, people, and things you love and have interest in. You can also follow boards and collections created by others who have styles and interests you like, as well “re-pin” images posted by community members on your own boards. I’m already addicted!
My first board was for a collection of Words. I gathered quotes, phrases, and images through the site’s keyword search, as well as checked out what the Pinterest community and people I was following had pinned and re-pinned on some of their boards. I also added the “Pin It” grabber to my toolbar to make it easy to get images anywhere on-line that I also wanted to collect.
As I began to create more boards, I started to notice how many of the images and objects I was pinning and curating into collections were associated with people, places, memories, and activities that make me really happy. Lots of good stuff, good times, and good vibes. Containing all these things together in one place started to spark some kind of visual happiness.
I have also enjoyed the joyful curiousity and inspiration from looking at others’ boards and pins. It’s been so much fun to follow Lani Gerity‘s pins and the cool finds she is collecting: art, portraits, dolls, places, and lots of chocolate! I’ve also been keeping an eye on Debra’s boards which are full of color, design, artsy ideas, and textures. Check them out!
At this time, to join Pinterest you need to receive an invite. You can go to the Pinterest site to request an invite, but I am not sure if this involves some kind of wait list or what the turnaround time is to receive one. Pinterest community members can also send out a limited number of invites as well. If anyone is interested in receiving one of my invites (while supplies last!), feel free to let me know in the comment/reply section of this post.