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Since October is all about challenging your creativity, Jessika and I thought it was time to bring back the Pinterest Challenge!

Back in June, I issued myself a challenge – A Pinterest Challenge – and invited you to join me. It’s a challenge to try new things and to actually do something with all those pins you’re collecting on your Pinterest boards. To actually get inspired by the inspiration boards you’re curating. As Pinterest gains popularity, and the handmade community grapples with the ethics of it all, we thought it was a perfect time to ask you again to try using Pinterest in a different, more proactive way.

I’ve been keeping track of my projects on the Oh My! Pinspiration board. It’s been a little slower going that I’d originally planned, but it’s definitely encouraged me to try some projects that I probably wouldn’t have – and to share things which are less than perfect. There’s definitely a moment of “is this good enough to send out there into the world?” whenever I hit “pin” on one of these projects, but at the core of this challenge isn’t a goal of trying to make the best art/craft, it’s a challenge to work with the things that inspire me and to give myself the freedom to play. Here’s a few of the projects I’ve taken on in the last few months:

Combining two images I love and playing around with different versions. See pin for sources.

My interpretation of the t-shirt necklace. Longer, looser and with a braid. See pin for source.

Came across a Dala Horse softie tutorial and whipped up a couple of my own. See pin for source.

An envelope clutch made of obi fabric. See pin for sources.

Want to play along? It’s easy! Take a look at your pins and listen to what they’re telling you. Is there a common colour story? A particular type of project you pin over and over (and over) again? A tutorial that you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t made time for? And then just do – make time for a little me-time in your busy schedule and sew, draw, paint, knit, create.

When your pinspired work is complete, take a picture and upload it to Pinterest, making sure you tag either Oh My! Handmade or me in your description. We’ll make sure your pin gets repinned to the Oh My! Pinspiration Board. Sounds too complicated? Simply tweet your image with the hashtag #PinspirationChallenge and I’ll make sure it gets pinned to the board. Be sure to include a link to the original pin(s) which inspired you!

And to sweeten the deal – and help get those creative juices flowing, I’m going to throw in an Omiyage Creativity Pack as a proverbial carrot.

Here’s how to pin & win:

Each project you pin will be worth one entry – and yes, you can pin multiple images of one project, but no, you can’t have extra entries for extra images of the same project!

At the end of October, I’ll put the names of each contributor and their project(s) into a hat and pull out a winner.

The winner will be sent a a surprise pack of Omiyage goodies – inside you might find mt washi tapeDivine Twinegorgeous chiyogami paperfun stickerscute stamps… perfect for inspiring you to create more handmade goodness!

International pinners & winners welcome!

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Marisa Edghill has written 47 posts on Oh My! Handmade Goodness. Craft designer, author, washi tape aficionado and shopkeeper, Marisa runs Omiyage.ca, a sweet online shop filled with cute, clever and crafty things from around the world, but mainly Japan! Marisa has been inspiring others to make something crafty over on her blog Omiyageblogs.ca since 2010 and has been an OMHG writer since 2011.
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  • http://www.randomcreativeart.com Rose

    What an awesome challenge! Bookmarking this.

  • http://cojospace.etsy.com Connie

    This is a great idea! Seeing these pins come to life is certainly an inspiration. Bookmarking.
    ~c
    cojospace.etsy.com

  • http://www.gracehester.typepad.com Grace Hester Designs

    Submitted here!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/289821730/

    I solemnly promise to use Omiyage’s goodies in future mini album embellishments should I win! :o)

  • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/marisaedghill/ Marisa Edghill

    So excited that we’re already getting submissions! It’s so interesting to see what others are doing with their pinspiration!

  • http://palmbreezeliving.blogspot.com Cathy B

    What does one have to do to be accepted for an invite to pinterest??? I have been getting emails to follow and when I go to the sight it says you must be invited and to request an invitation… I have done that each time and nothing has happened! its so frustrating.. I would love to use pinterest … anyone have any suggestions??

  • http://borntobewornjewelry.wordpress.com TeriB

    I’d LOVE to get an invite to Pinterest, even if I am a bit late for your blog post.

    Thank you

  • Reshma@colorcanopy.blogspot.com

    Oh this is lovely! I have been doing projects using Pinterest! This is exciting!

  • http://www.thebeadgirl.etsy.com lisa @StudioJewel

    love love love!