Using Pinterest is like a gold mine for crafters and designers, am I right? There are so many wonderful pins on Pinterest where you can learn how to do or make almost anything. Once you have been using Pinterest for a while and saved many pins, it can get a little overwhelming looking at your pins and trying to find something that you pinned two months ago.
But, Pinterest makes it easy to organize your account and help you find things quickly.
You can fall into two categories when you use Pinterest. You either know what type of project you would like to do (i.e. crochet scarf, hat, blanket) or you only know that you want to do is a crochet pattern. Search for the term that you are looking for and use the filters that Pinterest provides. In the screenshot below, I searched for “crochet patterns” and I can either scroll through the pins to see if anything catches my eye for me or I can use the filters that are right below the search bar to narrow my search further.
Once you start pinning for future reference, you can always check them out in your profile. The Overview shows you your featured board (if you have one, it will always be the first one shown), your latest pins, and your latest boards.
The Boards section shows all of the boards that you have created and you can have it sorted in a variety of ways (A to Z, newest, oldest, or drag and drop). A board can be anything that you want it to be. This is a great organizational feature that Pinterest offers as it helps you group your pins together. As you can see from my boards below, I have a board for each craft, pins that I created for this blog, stitches, and color palettes. You can also create secret boards. If you have followers and want to create certain boards private so that only you can view it, you can make any of your boards private.
Within a board, you can further organize your pins for finding them easier in the future and they also look great aesthetically. Take my Crochet board below as an example. I organized the pins by the pattern type (blankets, hats, clothes, etc.). If I ever want to find a pattern to make a hat, I would go to that section to find the pin instead of scrolling and scrolling a board in hopes of finding it quickly. I could use the search feature to search within my boards but, if I don’t know what I’m looking for, having these pins organized in a certain way helps me out immensely.
With the number of great patterns out there and not enough hours in the day to crochet, Pinterest is up there with Ravelry in keeping things organized and in one place. I don’t have to rely on my memory to see what beautiful scarf patterns I found last winter.
Do you use Pinterest? If so, how do you use it? Any tips and tricks that you can share? If you don’t, are you thinking about it? Comment below and let me know.