Intro to Pinterest


Here at Scrapbooks Etc., we love Pinterest! It’s where we find inspiration, show off the latest scrapbook trends, and post our favorite projects. We’re addicted. In an effort to share our addiction with our fans, we created this guide to Pinterest, so we can all share ideas with each other!


What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a website where users can “pin” their favorite pictures, projects, and ideas onto categorized idea boards. After registering for an invite or receiving one from a friend, you can sign in and create a profile. Pinterest even lets you link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you can easily find your friends. You can search for pins by category (we’re in the DIY & Crafts category) or browse through everyone’s pins to see what the latest trends are.

What is a Pin? A pin is an image added to Pinterest. A pin can be added from a website using the Pin It button, or you can upload images from your computer. Each pin added using the Pin It button links back to the site it came from.

What are Boards? You can create boards on your profile as an easy way to organize your pictures. You can make a board for any topic and post corresponding pictures for easy searching. For example, here are some of our board categories. Add a board by pushing the “Add” button on top.


How to Pin Something? The easiest way to pin something is to add the “Pin It” button to your bookmarks bar. Then anytime you’re on a website with a picture you want to save, simply push the “pin it” button and add it to a board. You can also add pins by pushing the “Add” button on top and entering the URL of the picture or upload one from your computer. Regardless of how to pin something, you’ll be prompted to add a caption and select a board. You can even tag people in your pin by using the @ symbol, similar to Twitter.

What is a Repin? A repin is adding an image you find while browsing Pinterest to your own board. When you repin an image, the user who first pinned the image will also get credit. Repins maintain the source-link of the image no matter how many times it’s repinned. Repin by scrolling over the photo and clicking the “Repin” button. You’ll have to option to change the caption and choose a board.

What is Following? If you find a user you’d like to follow, go to their profile and click the “Follow All” button. “Following All” means you’ll have all of a user’s pins on all their boards shown to you on your Pinterest homepage. If the user makes new boards, you will automatically follow them. You can follow individual boards if you’re only interested in seeing a user’s pins to specific boards. You can unfollow boards and users at any time: they will not be notified.


Please post any further questions in the comments section, and we’ll answer them!


And make sure to follow Scrapbooks Etc. on Pinterest.

Or editor Michelle Rubin, our art director Deb Berger, and our web editor Lindsay Fullington.

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14 Responses to “Intro to Pinterest”

  1. I’ve tried to “join” but to no avail. I submitted the request but never receive a response. So how do you join?

  2. Terri, you should be able to request an invite on the main page. It can take up to a day to receive the invite (not sure why)! Wait and see. If it still doesn’t work, have a friend invite you.

  3. Do we have to have followers? I am using this to keep all my interesting things in one place, not really for random people to follow me.

  4. Lisa, unfortunately you can’t block people from following you yet. This might be something that Pinterest develops later.

  5. Do you have to give access to your FB info when you join?

  6. What is the difference between pinterest and evernote? Besides the obvious that evernote costs money if you upgrade to premiium? I have evernote and love it…but want to know if there is an added value of having pinterest which I also have.

  7. Dee, you definitely don’t have to give access to your Facebook. That function is just used if you want an easy way to find your friends on Pinterest.

  8. Adrienne, we’re not totally familiar with Evernote. But it seems to use that Evernote is great for capturing entire websites (like a favorite recipe). It also lets you capture your own photos/notes and save them in an easy-to-find location.

    Pinterest, on the other hand, is just for saving photos and ideas that you find online. Pinterest also lets you share these photos with an entire online community, a function that Evernote doesn’t offer.

  9. Beware if you join… it’s like falling down an internet rabbit hole – I get caught in Pinterest daily…its captivating and sucks me in for hours – YIKES… watch out! PS – I love it.

  10. I have tried several times to join at different times and have never received any response back. I even checked all the weird junk spots in my email so I don’t know what else I need to do. Any suggestions?

  11. Hi, What is the difference between repinning and liking? Agree with Sher, it sucks you in so bad, but so good!

  12. Carolyn, if you “repin” something, you want it to show up on one of your boards. If you “like” something, you are showing your appreciation of the photo, but don’t want to put it in one of your categories.

  13. I tried to add boards, but they’re not showing up on my boards page, nor are they showing up in my drop-down menu when I try to repin. Is this just something that may take a little bit of time for it to show up, or did I do something wrong?

  14. Shannon, you’re not doing anything wrong. I’ve noticed that our boards have been acting a little goofy lately. It could just be something that will take some time.