If you’ve been looking at pinterest lately (and frankly who hasn’t?) then you will have noticed the popularity of vision boards. Often incorporated into a journaling routine, vision boarding is a way of creating inspiration and visualization for the life you want. As we fast approach a New Year now is the perfect time to create a vision board for 2018.
Vision boards don’t need to be complicated and are easily created. Try not to be precious about producing a finished board and think of it as a work in progress. Even if you start with just a couple of images you can always revise and add to your board over time.
Firstly, gather your materials.
You can create your board in any size using a journal or notebook or in a much larger format on a presentation board or large piece of cardboard. For the exercise described below I worked in a journal but this is easily adapted for a larger format project.
You will need
- a journal (I use an extra large Moleskine Classic, soft cover)
- scissors or craft knife
- tape or glue. I use Scotch double sided tape but any sticky tape or glue works just as well (Scotch double sided )
- washi tape. Completely optional but is a nice alternative to sticky tape and there is oodles of choice so shop around for the colors and patterns you love!
Next, gather up your images. You can source and collect these from anywhere. A handful of suggestions…
- product flyers
- free magazines & store catalogues
- greeting cards
- images from the internet
- photos, illustrations and text from books
- tickets, receipts & packaging
- scrapbooking materials & stickers
- raid your own (or your kids) craft boxes
Arrange your materials as an overlapping montage of images. They don’t have to be neatly placed or ordered just arrange them in a way that visually appeals to you.
Once you have got a rough idea of the arrangement you like take a quick photo to refer to but try not to get caught up in creating the perfect composition. Prioritise incorporating the visual elements that are most important to you.
Creating the final vision board
Start sticking down from the base up! Locate the larger background images and follow up with your other images. Once the bigger picture is in place you can add to your vision board with smaller embellishments. Experiment with things like…
- labels & stickers – Target, Dollar Stores & Michaels are all great places to find these.
- small scrapbooking cards (I like Project Life cards) as they have a great selection and you can buy sets of cards which last, like, forever!!
- scrapbooking stamps (try clear stamps like these but don’t forget to pick up an acrylic block to use with them)
- your own handwritten notes, quotes and sketches
- colored pens (staedtler are a great brand for fine line marker pens and don’t forget sharpies, of course!)
Once your vision board is complete, refer back to it frequently for inspiration and work on new boards as the mood dictates and your year progresses. You may find yourself inspired to create a board with each season or month once you are in the vision boarding habit.
How are you approaching your vision boarding?
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