My relationship with the image-driven social networking site is complex. It’s kind of a love-hate thing.
While I adore being inspired by other creatives, I can’t help but feel robbed of my own talents and I feel myself growing artistically lazy these days. Pinterest inundates us with other people’s ideas and work so I can’t help but speculate that this immediate access might come at a price – the hindrance of my own creative process. (Yes, I realize this is entirely my fault and that at any time, I can simply deactivate my account…but I don’t wanna. I’ve worked really hard organizing all of those pretty boards!)
So, in 2013, I vow to approach Pinterest in a healthier way – I am going to take a break and try to experiment more with my own ideas BEFORE logging on to peruse the endless galleries of cool within the Pinterest community.
But, since it’s still 2012, it wouldn’t hurt to post some of the gifts I’ve made that were either replicated or inspired by the rad ideas people have been kind enough to share.
To give credit where credit is due, each image is linked to the original blogger who created the work that inspired me. It is a pet-peeve of mine when people pretend as if their ideas were completely their own when they clearly were not. We all borrow, so just admit it, guys. Word.
BFF Mugs: My two closest, way-back friends both left me for sunny Los Angeles 10+ years ago and I think I’m finally starting to get over it. Circa 2001, we all shared a very loooonnnggg apartment in Chicago and I fondly remember us drinking our coffee or tea together on Sunday mornings (usually hung over from the raucous night before). So now we can kind of have our coffee together and pay homage to our three-way friendship? Maybe? Let’s pretend…
5×7 Gift Card Holder: Mine does not look nearly as impressive as the original but I’m still pleased with the outcome. To stay as Green as possible this holiday, I used paper that I already had in my craft drawers (the link from the image on Pinterest does not bring you to the correct blog – that’s why I did not include it.)
Family Tree Typography Print: I saw the original idea, not on Pinterest, but on Facebook, via Babble. I believe the original creator behind this idea is actually talented enough to hand write each family name into the shapes of a tree. I, however, totally cheated and recreated this idea using Picasa and Picnik. I didn’t even use my fancy design software to do this…see how I lazy I have become? More truth-spew: I didn’t even pay full price for the frame! Ugh. I am the worst.