Ahhh…Pinterest, I love Pinterest! Don’t we all, but if you’re unfamiliar with it, Pinterest is what I would call a prettier version of google. Only you’re able to add images, posts, websites, etc. that you can ‘Pin’ to a variety of boards you create. For example, I have boards for Blogs, Lifestyle, Product Photography, boards for my own digital products, and so forth.
Yes, it can be quite addicting, there have been times where I go on these pinning benders of things I will probably never try in real life. If you search on google, there are some hilarious memes out there called ‘Nailed it’ poking fun of when someone tries something from Pinterest and shows their often funny failures. I’m usually in stitches with tears rolling down my face when I scroll through photos of baked goods gone wrong.
But alas, sometimes I don’t want to always be on Pinterest because it can sometimes make me to start comparing myself to those gorgeous aesthic photos. And so the images I save onto my boards I download and pop them into my own digital notebook. Quick and very important disclaimer, never use the images you download as your own, to resale or claim as your work, it’s too easy for people to forget that the images are in fact Copyrighted and too often I’ve seen people’s work stolen to be sold online. It’s a behaviour that never seems to stop!
I don’t buy a lot of magazines nowadays and so, I don’t have that magazine pictures wall aesthetic, but I do enjoy checking out others who share it on Pinterest.
Find Me On Pinterest!
The advantage with digital images is an obvious one, you’re saving paper waste and physical clutter. You can simply delete the images once you’re done with them without worrying about anything going to the landfill.
I found having a place of your own curated inspiration does actually help with stopping in comparing yourself to others’ work. How? Because you don’t end up scrolling endlessly and suddenly you’re in one of those weird Pinterest rabbit holes, you know what I’m talking about because the first original search turns into something completely different. Hello, from casually just looking at stationary can suddenly turn into scrolling pantry organization. WTF…
So I created this Ideas Notebook:
It’s nice and basic, with a choice of either graph, dot and blank pages to add those inspirational images you find. Here I can create as many boards I want, break down my ideas into steps, brain dump and then take action on excuting them. I prefer it in landscape style, that way when I’m working on my desktop, I have it open on my iPad (in my GoodNotes app) and I can glance at it while I’m working. (I find anything in Portrait can sometimes look awkward when I have my iPad on my desk because I’m weird).
What do you need?
A note-taking app that supports hyperlink PDF below is a list of popular ones:
Although digital planners & notebooks are recommended to use on a tablet, you can still use them on your laptop/desktop.
I prefer using mine on an iPad with an apple pencil.
Once you’ve unzipped your file, import your Ideas Notebook into your note-taking app start using it right away! And if you run out of pages, no problem! You can duplicate as many pages as you want!
How to use this is, well easy:
- Once downloaded Unzip your file.
- iOS users simply Airdop your Ideas Notebook straight into your note taking app. Sorry Adroid users, I hope you know how to import into your note taking app, otherwise a quick google search never fails.
- Digital Stickers are Individual PNG files you can either store on your iCloud or on your camera roll.
- Enjoy! 🎉
So what are you waiting for? Turn your ideas into gold and download yours: