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Zoe Waldron

August 25, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Maureen Jordan   Passionate About Acting, Reading Books, and Pinterest!

Meet Maureen Jordan from Gresham, Oregon. She lives with her husband, two kids, and two cats. When she’s not on Pinterest, she can be found reading – one of her main passions. Maureen also enjoys taking pictures and exploring Gresham finding new places to photograph!

Maureen’s passion for photography, fashion, architecture, animals, and cooking has earned her over 4.3 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest in early 2012. At first, I didn’t see why I would even need an account, and thought I’d just browse instead. Within a few days, I could see that creating that account would then mean you would have a place to keep all of your recipes, craft ideas, etc… so you could refer back to them later and requested an invitation to join Pinterest. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Oh my gosh! What’s not to like? There’s something about just mindlessly pinning that is actually rather relaxing and enjoyable – not to mention addicting.

You have gained over 4.3 million Pinterest followers! That is amazing! What makes your Pinterest unique?

I try to clean up extra or unrelated wording on pins I repin, or all caps – which just make it look like you’re shouting at people. I do try to pick nice vertical pins so my boards look nice. My boards are always organized alphabetically – I have to have them that way. Slight OCD issues maybe? Haha.

Also, I go through my boards almost daily and take a row and change the cover photos and then I’ll go try to find a few pins for each of the boards in that row so no board gets left behind.

Are you from Gresham, Oregon originally? What do you like about it there? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 18, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Mercedes Valgañón   Barcelonian Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Mercedes Valgañón, also known as ‘Hey Mercedes’ on Pinterest, a graphic designer and illustrator living in Barcelona. She was born in Zaragoza, Spain in the 80s and she loves panda bears, Harry Potter, and Bad Religion.

When Mercedes isn’t working or on Pinterest, she can be found traveling, drawing, or searching for new places with her friends. Mercedes’ love for design, music, style, travel, and animals has earned her over 2.9 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest three years ago. I created my account for professional reasons – Pinterest was a perfect way to keep my design influences together. But immediately I get hooked with this social network that is full of beautiful images.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Pinterest is a continuous trend showcase. It’s the most inspiring platform where you can only find positives images. Using Pinterest you can learn, travel, dream… without leaving your home! (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 11, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Sarah Scussel   Graphic Designer, Blogger, and Pinterest Influencer!Meet Sarah Scussel, a talented graphic designer and blogger with Design Me Daily. Design Me Daily is a blog devoted to sharing inspiration in life and in design. Sarah is originally from Chicago and now lives happily with her husband in San Francisco, California!

“Last year my husband and I packed up our SUV with our two cats and everything we owned and drove across the country to San Francisco. We are both super inspired by nature and love being outdoors, so it was an easy decision for us.”

When Sarah’s not working or on Pinterest, she can be found exploring the city and all of the amazing places surrounding the Bay Area.

“My hubby and I love to hike and shop and check out local restaurants every chance we get.”

Sarah’s passion for graphic design, travel, blogging, fashion, and photography has earned her over 1.1 million Pinterest followers!

What can you typically be found doing when you’re not working or on Pinterest?

When I’m not working or on Pinterest? Is there such a thing? Just kidding, I really love exploring the city and all of the amazing places surrounding the Bay Area. My hubby and I love to hike and shop and check out local restaurants every chance we get.

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I was invited to Pinterest back in 2010 and I’ve never looked back! At first, it was just really exciting to be invited to this exclusive club. Then, once I started to use it, Pinterest became second-nature to me. It was where I stored all of my inspiration — work, blog, style, food, everything! I honestly would have a hard time living without it.

Why do you like Pinterest? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 4, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Andrew Borloz   Freelance Designer, Art Instructor, and Pinterest Influencer!Meet Andrew Borloz, a freelance designer, artist, and art instructor from a small town within the metropolitan NY/NJ area. He got his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and his master’s degree in computer science from Montclair State College (now Montclair State University).

Andrew is hearing impaired, but he’s never let that affect his outlook on life. He has designed for various companies ranging from the National Park Service and NASA to Sony, toy manufacturers and stencil companies. He also enjoys teaching mixed media, bookbinding, stenciling, and nature printing at workshops, art retreats, shops, and people’s homes.

“I just recently visited one of my nephews’ families – my grandniece and I had a great time creating art together. I bound all of her artwork into one book, and it’s now one of her most cherished treasures.”

When he’s not working or pinning, Andrew can be found in a library or bookstore, in a local or state park, or doing art journaling, experimental printing, drawing, writing, taking photos in NYC, or digitally processing his photos. Andrew’s passion for art, travel, design, books and teaching has earned him over 234k Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started back in 2010 or 2011 after I saw a good number of my artist friends and collage enthusiasts had mentioned Pinterest on Facebook.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I like Pinterest because I get to see what others pin onto their boards. Plus, I find that it’s one of the quickest ways to find unique places to visit and to see where others have been. It’s so much easier and more effective than having to surf through so many websites to find good information or photos. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 28, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Cathie Hong   Mom, Calligrapher, and Pinterest Influencer with over 8 Million Followers!

Meet Cathie Hong, a stay-at-home mom, calligrapher, and Etsy shop owner, from Santa Clara, California. Cathie and her husband recently moved to the Bay Area with their 3-year-old son Oliver and 9-month-old girl Emelia. She spends most days at home with the kids but has a very creative side.

“I love having a creative outlet in everything I do – whether it’s through my etsy shop Ampersandity, making crafts with my kids, how I decorate my home, or even in how I dress my kids.”

When Cathie’s not pinning or after the kids go to bed, she can be found working on her shop orders or watching Korean dramas. Her passion for home decor, design, kids, fashion, food, and photography has earned her over 8.6 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started Pinterest when it first started up and was invite-only, maybe four years ago or so? At the time I was blogging pretty regularly and heard about Pinterest through Victoria from sfgirlbybay. It seemed intriguing, so I joined up in a small blogging movement called “Pin It Forward” where we each made boards about what home was to us. I didn’t realize that it would become such a popular and globally-used bookmarking device.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I love Pinterest because it’s an easy and straightforward way to save all your bookmarks. I used to bookmark links on my desktop and it was impossible to find things again. Pinterest is so user-friendly and intuitive – I can’t believe no one thought of it before. It’s also a great way to find inspiration and new ideas/brands/recipes. I come across new things I love all the time. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 21, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Cindy Wysocki   Fiber Arts Enthusiast, Human Resources Worker, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Cindy Wysocki, a human resources lab worker from Los Alamos, New Mexico! Cindy and her husband moved out there after he received his PhD in Physics from Princeton so he could work there as a physicist. They have two daughters, Melissa and Beth who are both in high school. They also have one dog named Rosie, two cats Baxter and Oliver, and fish, which Oliver enjoys as his personal entertainment. When Cindy’s not working or pinning, she can be found doing family activities like camping, as well as baking, knitting, or taking photographs! Cindy’s love of cooking, family, home decor, and crafts has earned her over 3.7 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I heard about Pinterest back when it was invitation only and requested an invite. I was amazed at what could be found on Pinterest with a simple search and have been using it ever since.

Why do you like Pinterest?

It just keeps getting better and better. As more people join there is new exciting information being shared.  I can usually find exactly what I’m looking for with one quick search. The wealth of information inspires me to try new things and look at projects from a new perspective. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 14, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Anne Louise   Teacher, Traveller, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Anne Louise, a teacher from Melbourne, Australia! She’s passionate about travel, teaching, learning, and loves museums. Anne shares that she currently lives by herself, which is something that she thought she would never do, but really loves it. “I don’t have any pets, but I do have an ever-increasing collection of houseplants.” 

When she’s not teaching or pinning, Anne finds joy from studying and learning all that she can. “When I’m not studying, I feel a little lost, and almost don’t know what to do with my free time. I’m not really that bookish; I just have an appreciation for heritage and things with a history.” 

Anne’s passion for beautiful photography, beautiful objects, beautiful spaces, and travel has earned her over 1.2 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest quite early on, in 2010 I believe, when it was an invite-only site. At the time I had a (now long-defunct) blog called Anne Louise Likes and was studying Textile Design. Pinterest was a great source of inspiration for both endeavours.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Although I enjoy studying and writing, I am quite a visual person. I love art and design, I’m interested in fashion and photography, and I enjoy cooking. So for me, Pinterest is my first port of call when looking for ideas or inspiration, and is the perfect bookmarking tool. There are a lot of talented people who are doing and making amazing things; Pinterest is a wonderful way to stay informed and inspired.

You have gained over 1.2M followers! That’s so wonderful! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 7, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Guillermo Álvarez   Professional Photographer from Spain and Pinterest Influencer!Meet Guillermo Álvarez, a professional photographer from Gijón, a beautiful town in Northern Spain. Guillermo was born in La Habana, Cuba before moving to Spain and is now the father of a 9-year-old boy. When Guillermo’s not shooting photography or pinning, he can usually be found reading a book or listening to music – especially jazz, classical, and pop. Guillermo loves to go swimming every day and is always moving. He rides his bike into town often. Guillermo’s passion for photography, interiors, and design has earned him over 3.9 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

The first thing I do every day, early in the morning, is have a coffee and read the newspaper. One day in 2010 I read about Pinterest in the Internet section of the newspaper. I found it very interesting because I love images. As soon as I came to my studio I asked for an invitation to pin. At the time it was still in beta and as soon as I got accepted I started to pin.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I love Pinterest more than Facebook or the other social platforms. I love Pinterest because I can find a lot of images that interest me, like portraits of famous photographers and images of interiors that I love. Before Pinterest, I used to collect those images in my computer, but it was really difficult to find them and keep them organized. Pinterest gives you the opportunity to find them very easily.

You have gained over 3.9M followers! That’s so great! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

June 30, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Jennifer Goemans   Calgarian Stay At Home Mom and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Jennifer Goemans, a stay-at-home mom from Calgary, Alberta where she was born and raised. 2013 was a big year for her, Jennifer and her husband got married, bought a house together, adopted a ‘fur baby,’ and had a beautiful daughter! Now she’s relishing her time at home with all of her babies; Ares their one year old Rottweiler, Maia their 8 month old daugher “who can win anyone over with her big grins and contagious laughs,” and her husband Mario who she has shared her life with for over 11 years!

When she’s not pinning, Jennifer can be found out and about with friends and family. Now that summer is here, they’ll be spending more time in the mountains and at their family cabin in Golden, BC. “We also just love to be at home.” When Jennifer’s not pinning she can be found getting creative in the kitchen and loves to indulge in Netflix every now and then too. Her passion for love and marriage, food, family, animals, fashion, and home decor has earned her over 3.8 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I first joined Pinterest in August of 2011. This was actually after much resistance… I had heard about it from a couple people and thought to myself: “Don’t do it! You’ll never be able to stop.” I knew it was something I would get hooked on immediately. I made a solid effort to spend the majority of my summer away from the computer, and then eventually caved by the end and requested a spot on the “waiting list.”  Three days later I was in and I’ve never looked back!

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Zoe Waldron

June 23, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Kaleb Willis   Wedding Designer, Couture Floral Stylist, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Kaleb Willis of Kaleb Norman James Design from Kirkland, Washington, a wedding designer who also specializes in couture floral design. Ever since he was young, Kaleb’s been enchanted by the wedding design process. For college, he attended Flower School New York, one of the most prestigious floral arts schools. Kaleb has a passion for bringing a bride and groom’s vision of their big day to life. When Kaleb’s not working or pinning, he can be found eating delicious Italian food (due to his Italian heritage), shopping for shoes, or planning his next trip. Kaleb’s passion and unique aesthetic around wedding design, travel, elegant homes, food and all-things-beautiful has earned him over 507K Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest around the beginning of 2010, when Pinterest first launched. It was still invitation-only then. I was living in the California desert at the time and lived pretty far from anything. Since I had few friends there and a lot of free time, Pinterest was the perfect way to pass the time. By organizing my inspirations, Pinterest helped me realize that I saw wedding design as more than just for fun, but rather my career path.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I like Pinterest because it helps me organize wedding decor themes and visualize looks for my clients. I used to put together portfolios of inspiration but now I can categorize my ideas, publicly or secretly, on Pinterest. I love searching for specific themes, finding inspirational people to follow, and creating boards around weddings I’m planning. For instance I created a vineyard wedding board which was based off of one of the weddings I was designing. Every board I create has a purpose and I like getting specific theme-wise. (more…)

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