Has Pinterest Stopped My Creativity?

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I love Pinterest!  Even with the latest controversy of copyright infringement issues, I still love Pinterest.  I find so many wonderful recipes, crafting ideas, products and of course new blogs.  I find myself looking for ideas I go to Pinterest and look through my boards, instead of doing what I use to do going through my stash of magazines and books.  I get what I think is a fantastic "new" idea and I log into Pinterest and there it is.  Disheartening as it may be I abandon the wonderful idea altogether.  For me this is a hard thing to swallow because I have always been a fairly creative person and try to think outside the box on a regular basis.  Not that I haven't done projects from magazines or blogs before but this is different, people automatically think, oh she got that off of Pinterest.  Is that a bad thing?  No not at all but I feel my originality has suffered.

My readers may or may not have noticed the lack of new ideas or projects, but I do.  I don't do nearly as many tutorials as I use to, one could make an argument I am on too many design teams but that isn't it.  The truth is I feel I have lost my groove, I log into Pinterest and see my idea done by someone else.  I miss the days where I could blindly create items, thinking I was the only person in the world creating this item.  I also know there is no such thing as an original idea, someone, somewhere has already created something like it.  Maybe I am too hard on myself thinking every project I do has to be perfect because what if someone sees it on Pinterest?

I have thought about this quite a bit recently, especially since I feel like I have hit a huge brick wall.  I found an old box of slides if work I did years ago and decided I needed to get back to "my roots."  Pinterest is a wonderful resource as I said and I would be lying if I said other wise.  I have gotten quite a bit of traffic from Pinterest and I am grateful for that

Unlike a lot of people I know I am keeping all of my boards and I will continue to pin my stuff and stuff I like.  I just won't be spending a ton of time on Pinterest because I feel it really has interrupted my "mojo" and I hope this will help me get to where I want to be creatively.