Tiffany Gee Lewis: Has Pinterest sapped our creativity?

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  • Macfarren Dallas, TX
    March 16, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    Dear Sisters,

    Pinterest really isn't the underlying subject here, rather, it's all about who the Cub Scout activity was actually for, and in this case it sounds like the women. Remember ladies, Cub Scouts is not Young Women's or Relief Society or the Girl Scouts. Every nook and cranny doesn't have to be decorated like it's New Beginnings.

    I see more and more frequently women who are leading boys in activities where it seems to be more about "cute-si-fying' everything. It becomes all about who can do the most elaborate decor, refreshments, table settings, etc. Now ask yourself honestly ladies, is this all truly for the boys who like to wrestle in the dirt, or is it really for the adult women leaders to showcase their creative sides?

    Sisters, you are not going to like hearing this, but focus your efforts on the things that will put your boys on the path of men, not little girls.

    a former Cub and Eagle

  • Jennifer Denning Bothell, WA
    March 14, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    I love Pinterest, I only worry when we spend all of our time replicating "pins" instead of learning the foundational skills that provide us with the ability to truly create. When photographs digitally created, and overlaid with important messages have greater value than what paint, scissors, and hands can create. Isn't moderation the answer to most things?

  • Kristjhn Bountiful, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    I don't think it is killing our creativity I think it is expanding our creativity. It only kills our creativity if we constantly copy cat. But if we use it as inspiration it is fabulous.

    Pinterist exposes people to ideas they would never have thought of. Those folks then take those ideas and put their own spin on it, creating something new and different.

    For example, I've been thinking for a while about building an outdoor patio table but couldn't come up with an idea until I saw a cool wall feature made from wood blocks. That gave me an idea to create a table covered in wood blocks. I am in the middle of the project but so far it's looking good. I probably would have never come up with the idea if I didn't see the photo of the block wall instillation.

    And this is the beauty of Pinterist.

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    Be warned that Pinterest has a dark side - all manner of pornography can be found there among the food and crafts.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    March 12, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    Pinterest is my new filing cabinet. I no longer have to cut out, tear out, or save interesting ideas. I pin them on my Pinterest boards. I share my favorite places and products through Pinterest. Comments often let me know what may or may not work. I have a strict budget and have always used just an idea or two from Pinterest when planning an occasion. The vast number of ideas and photos have served a new purpose as well. I used to have a dream book, now I have Pinterest!