Tuesday, 11 October 2011

October 'Pinterest' Challenge

For months, I resisted taking a look at the Pinterest website even though I could see that it was becoming really popular.  I did not need to find another online place to be addicted to!  However, during the summer holidays, I decided to take a peak.  As soon as my invitation came through, I did indeed become pretty addicted!  It's basically like a great, big, online scrapbook: somewhere to store pictures of things that you like.  As a visual person, I love being able to bookmark pictures and see lots of pretty things together in one place.  I've used it to save ideas for birthday presents, somewhere to store up recipe ideas, party planning and of course, for creating a board of ideas for scrapbooking.

When it came to thinking about what to choose for the challenge, I knew that I wanted to use some of the ideas that I had seen on Pinterest and so, created an inspiration board just for the October Challenge.  The DT girls have added a selection of pins that we have used to help us come up with layouts and for you to use too.  

The challenge is to use one or more of the 'pins' on our board as a starting point or inspiration.  

You could, for example:
*use something as a sketch
*use a colour combination
*pick out shapes to include
*be inspired by text
*pick a theme (eg. things I played with as a kid)
*use a technique

Even if you aren't a member you should be able to view the board.  If not, I have added pictures of the pins that we used to this post so that you can see them here too.  Becoming a member is easy too; you either request membership through another member or follow the link on the Pinterest homepage.

So here are the three pins that I used to inspire me:


...and this is the layout which I created: 

Thank you to the other DT girls for playing along too.

Here are Nat's pins.  The map butterfly idea is so adaptable and she's also used the same heart flower idea as me:
and this is her 'inspired by' layout with printed maps showing where they went:

This is what caught Ifa's eyes:

and this is the layout that she made based on her pins, using the doodled word art to such brilliant effect:

 Lou's pins also included the paper aeroplane embroidery pin:

but she created a totally different idea from it on her layout here (love the mini-paper aeroplane!):

These were the two pins which Gems used:

and her gorgeous layout with a little close up of that cute 3d flower:

So, all you need to do to enter, for a chance of winning £20 to spend in the shop, is to use at least one of our pins as inspiration for your layout.  Then leave a comment below with a link to your layout and let us know which pin you used.  The closing date for entries is 31st October.  I hope that it all makes sense, but any questions, then just ask.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.


Jenga said...

OMG you are just trying to get me to spend MORE time on Pinterest!!! Love the idea, love pinterest (as you well know!!) Can't wait to join in - I think I spy which pins I will use already xxx Great post Helen xxx

Karen Williams said...

I already pinned one of those images already on my LO inspiration board!

Here's what I did with it


Karen Williams said...

Hmm= I don;t think that link worked!


Karen Williams said...

or that one


Karen Williams said...

I give up- just look at my blog and scroll till you find it - sorry


Sandie said...

Great idea for a challenge, Sarah. Glad you've got the bug too!

Jenga said...

Finally finished mine :)


K said...

Fab challenge, nice to have something a bit different.
Heres my entry.....

Scattychick said...

Loved, loved, loved this challenge and love the LO it inspired thank you :)


MissusMege said...
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MissusMege said...

Such an interesting challenge- loved it!! Here's my take on it. Thanks for the inspiration! :)


(Had to repost as my link thingy didn't work)

Trina said...

Last minute Lucy strikes again, here is my entry!


Thanks Helen, loved this challenge! xx