Monday, 7 July 2014

Organising Your Pinterest Boards

Today, my Mum came to me asking about how she could get her 151 Pinterest boards into some order. She was finding it difficult to locate boards directly from her pins from "Your Profile & Pins" page.

I sat for quite some time on my computer moving the boards into an alphabetical order that suited her. As I was doing this, I remembered a post recently published on the Canva blog. It discussed how to use the Canva tools to create eye-catching images for your blog that would work well on Pinterest and attract attention.

This is something that has been floating around in the back of mind but that I haven't had time to work on. But today as I worked through Mum's pins I realised that a similar idea may work for the board cover images; that they could be clearer and easier to discover when looking at all the images.

So this is where I started. It's not something I've seen when looking at anyone else's Pinterest boards, although I'm sure that somewhere someone has already done it. I've kept the colours and design similar to what you would already be able to see on my blog.

To make the images the board covers you need to follow the steps outlined below. You will need to follow these steps on a PC or Mac, not an iPad (unless someone knows a way to do it on the App?)

STEP 1: Click on the red cross in the top right corner and select 'Upload a Pin'.

STEP 2: You will be asked to select an image from your computer.

STEP 3: Choose the image that you want to use from your computer.

STEP 4: Let the image load to 100%.

STEP 5: Pin the image to the board that it will be the cover image for.

STEP 6: You must write a description for the pin - I have just used Cover Image so that others are aware that it is just a photo used for this purpose.

STEP 7: Choose the board that you have just pinned the image to. Select "Change Cover".

STEP 8: The last image you pinned will come up as the option for the cover photo. Move it around until it is suitable and select SAVE NOW.

And we're left with...

I think this makes my boards not only stand out, but they're much easier to navigate on any of my devices.

I created the images in Stampin Up's My Digital Studios. I used the postcard template 3.5 x 4.87 and focused on utilising an embellishment in the middle so that the area that would be seen as the board cover would fit. I used embellishment Back to School - blackboard with DSP Watercolour Wonder - 3. The font used is Sketchnote Square purchased with a commercial licence.

You can use a range of graphic design options to create your images. You might want to also look at Canva.

UPDATE: I strongly recommend using Safari to organise your boards as other browsers didn't save as effectively.


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