Paper vs. Pinterest
Paper vs. Pinterest – old-fashioned scrapbooks versus the electronic age. We all love our pin boards, right? Who would want to go back to paper? For years, I’ve maintained inspiration boards on both paper and Pinterest, but my recent spring/summer cleaning in the studio has found me with a renewed interest in the old fashioned paper kind of boards, which I keep in black scrapbooks.
Magazine Clipping Inspiration
I used to go through magazines, clipping the work that appealed to me and gluing it into my “Books of Attractions.” Then Pinterest appeared, and the magazine clipping inspiration work ceased. It was so much easier to sit in front of the computer and hit “Pin” (anyone else confused by “Save?).”
Books of Attraction
Occasionally, I go back and look at my three Books of Attractions, and I do find it interesting and inspiring. One of my rules is that I write a few words about why I chose the photo – the why of the attraction. It’s notable that I don’t do so in Pinterest, although I certainly could. What I find is that analyzing the work this way makes it obvious that there are patterns that appear. And those insights are actually useful for guiding my own work.
In an attempt to reduce piles of paper in the studio, I went back to tearing out pages that had images and articles that I was drawn to. I ran the articles through the scanner on my printer and put the articles into Evernote so that I can find them later. (I also read a lot of profiles that were inspiring.) I spend a few hours a week lately cutting out images and pasting them onto the black page again. It’s helping my energy, as it reminds me of ideas that I want to pursue.
Somehow the act of cutting and pasting, arranging and analyzing is so much more interactive and productive for me than just pinning to Pinterest! It reminds me of vision boards. Perhaps I just don’t peruse my Pinterest boards properly after the initial pins? Perhaps I need to print them out and paste them up as paper versions? I’m reminded of the power of vision boards – I haven’t made one of those in years, but I might have to revisit that as well
That said, I still love my Pinterest boards! You can see my collection here.