Thursday, 13 October 2016


As usual I'm late to the party and it's only in the last few months that I've really started using Pinterest.

For those of you not in the know, Pinterest is a site where you can 'pin' things that you like, are interested in, want to do, want to try, whatever, to the boards that you make. And you can make boards for pretty much everything. You can make them private, so no one can see them but you, or you can make them public so that people who are interested in the same things as you can browse them for ideas of things to add to their own boards.

And I kind of thought it was a little bit pointless.

That was mainly because I kept on searching for things and finding variations on '10 Simple Household Projects for the Weekend' which were actually lists of Pinterest projects, all beautifully photographed but which began with instructions such as 'saw table in half' or 'use glue gun to attach fifty buttons to each bottle'.

But it turns out that it's not just for craft projects which will inevitably end up pinned to someone's 'Pinterest Fails' board.

I got into the habit of saving things onto my laptop to read later (when we didn't have internet access at home). Now we have internet access, I don't really see the need to keep downloading stuff when I can save the links. But Pinterest goes one better, I don't have to bookmark things, I can just add them to my boards.

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Colour Palettes
It's no secret that I enjoy the odd colouring book here and there but now that I've learned to break the habit of colouring all leaves green, I find I'm sticking to the same colour combinations (mainly blues and purples) so I decided to find some inspiration for different colour palettes.

This is probably the most Pinteresty board that I have at the moment (aside from my collection of Lists). There's probably nothing useful about this board at all, but I've got enough material here to keep me going through my entire Johanna Basford collection (and maybe a few more after it)!

Typography, Fonts & Lettering
This is a board that I use at least once a day and I'm constantly adding to it (as you can see from the number of pins).

I'm really not much of an artist, but I've always enjoyed copying different fonts and trying to mimic other people's handwriting. Since I've modified my daily pages in my Bullet Journal I wanted to find a way to keep them looking visually interesting. All that's on them now is the date, the day, the list of what I've got to do and a note of how the day went, so to jazz it up a little I've been using these pins to inspire my headers.

I'm planning on sharing some of them once I've got decent light for taking photos because they're pretty cool. And I'm just picking them at random from this list.

This board was only started the other day but it's one of my fastest growing ones.

I see lots of people posting their BuJo spreads with cute little doodles or sketchnotes in them and I have to admit to a touch of BuJoEnvy (it's a thing). I'm useless at coming up with my own ideas, but when I copy images from someone else, I'm not that bad (see: Jack Skellington).

So I've started collecting doodles. I've also started to play with sketchnotes (which is a blog post for another time). I'm thinking of spending some of my down time just playing around with doodling, just because I can. And when I'm ready for that I've got a whole host of animals, food, and other doodads just waiting here for me to practice on.

Do you have a Pinterest? What are your favourite boards?


  1. I opened a Pinterest account but just couldn't get into it at all.

    1. It's only recently that I've gotten into it. Suddenly I've found things that I want to keep all in one place and organise and Pinterest seems like a good place for it.

  2. I love pinterest, I can't believe it took me so long to discover it!

    1. Same here. I signed up ages ago but it wasn't til I saw my friend using it that I really got into it myself.

  3. I had more fun with my Pinterest when I first signed up. I rarely use it now. But, I do keep a couple knitting boards--one for patterns that I may someday get around to knitting and one for various techniques that I need to be reminded of. (There are a couple cast ons that I need to see each time I want to use them.)

    1. I did start using Pinterest to pin knitting pattern but I went back to just using Ravelry for that. A techniques board would definitely be a useful one to have though.


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