By Erin Kirk
Ever wish you had your Pinterest boards handy, when trying to explain your design style to someone?
Now you can.
Clipzine.me is a new platform for gathering images from your Pinterest boards or around the web, and putting them together on a page. You can then save that page as a pdf or jpeg to use later – perhaps in a real estate brochure, as ad copy for your wedding photography or maybe for a cookbook pitch.
There is also an embed function that allows you to post your creation, called a “zine,” right to your own blog or website.*
Here’s how to do it.
- Create a free account at Clipzine.me
- Add the Clipzine bookmarklet to your toolbar.
- Open the Pinterest board you want to curate.
- Select the images you want to save. Name your “zine” and start making pages.
- Organize the images, edit sizes, add color blocks and text with nice fonts.
- Save to jpeg or pdf to use later.
Clipzine is a handy tool for promoting your business in non-digital ways.
Here’s an interesting zine showcasing the work of architect Daniel Libeskind.
This zine has pictures of the interior the exterior, and an explanation of the house. Super quick to create, it could be a handy tool for architects, real estate brokers, graphic designers — anyone who needs a visual portfolio.
Trade Show Posters and Brochures
Here’s another from a tattoo shop.
Need a poster or brochure for an upcoming trade show? Download a zine with your best work and print it. Each zine can be up to 100 pages with up to 24 images on each page. That’s a lot of tattoos.
Here’s a fun zine with a year’s worth of Montessori based activities, created by a teacher, turned author. Her blog and upcoming book feature Montessori wisdom for parenting and life in general.
The Montessori zine has dozens of image links specific to that exact topic, which makes me think its creator is kind of an expert. Plus, I don’t have to scroll through multiple Pinterest Boards because she’s already done it for me. This makes me more inclined to buy her book.
Here’s a zine called Recipes for Kids, which features recipes that even picky eaters are likely to devour. If you’ve got a cookbook in you, consider organizing it on Clipzine.
The Pros and Cons
Clipzine is still a young platform and it occasionally shows. For instance, I found some zines with awkward blanks in them. This can occur if you decide to edit the page layout and don’t finish it right away. As I was editing my own, I couldn’t find a means to keep it private until I was sure they looked just right – ie: with no blanks.
Here’s a zine I created to promote my upcoming trip to Nice, France:
Like Pinterest, each image still links to the source website. You can like it, reclip it, share it and RSS follow the zine creators.
Pin It! Facebook It! Tweet It!
You can also pin your own zine back to Pinterest, or upload it to Facebook. In the future, you will be able to load your zines to Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blogger and more.
And if you’re a WordPress user and want to create a visual link between your printed material and your blog, you can copy the embed code of your zine and paste it to your sidebar. Or, like we’ve done here, we embedded several custom-sized zines into this blog post. Clipzine has step-by-step, illustrated instructions and various embedding options.
Now it’s your turn.
Create your own zine. Post a link to it in the comments. Tell us what you did and how you plan to use it.
Tweet this post!
Here’s a ready-made tweet so you can share what you just learned:
Great marketing idea! Use Clipzine.me to curate pins from Pinterest boards. [Click to tweet]
*Remember many images on the web are subject to copyright. Make sure to seek permission if you plan to use an image that isn’t yours for commercial purposes.
Erin Kirk is a non-fiction writer blogging about faith, travel, creativity and mission at goingtothesea.wordpress.com.