You've gotten inspired by other's vision boards and are ready to make your own. But with so many options for how to make them, it is hard to know where to start. In this post, I lay out a step-by-step process for how I made my vision board. I am in love with my board and have already seen things come to pass that I placed on the board not too long ago. I decided to go with a digital vision board, as I find there are many more options online in regards to pictures and words, but this process can still be applied to physical boards! Or, you can make the digital vision board, print it out, and frame it if you want to place it somewhere around your house or office.
Step 1: Choose a Timeframe
Vision boards are very personalized and can be made to your desires. The first step is to decide how long you want to give yourself to achieve these dreams. Are you going with goals that you want to accomplish within the next month? Next year? Next five years? Over your lifetime? I suggest planning somewhere in between one and five years, as it will give you enough time to follow your big goals while still having a deadline. Too small of a deadline tends to limit the options for a big board that tends to be more permanent, while no deadline gives no motivation to get moving on your dreams. But it's up to you! I went with a one-year board for 2019.
Step 2: Make Categories and Goals
Planning out goals can be more challenging than it seems. You have a bunch of ideas, but when you sit down to list your goals, suddenly your mind goes empty. A good way to begin is to start with categories. In what major areas of your life do you want to accomplish your goals? Mine consists of health/fitness, relationships, faith, business, and personal. Once you have your categories down, list a few goals under each one. Make sure to make these goals specific! Broad goals are harder to get motivated for, whereas specific goals give you an exact idea of what you want to accomplish. Instead of listing "lose," list "lose 15 pounds." The more specific, the better!
Step 3: Find Pictures
Once you have your goals listed, it's time to find pictures that match. My favorite website to do so is Pinterest, as I find it has prettier and lighter pictures. However, Google Images is always a good option as well. Wherever you decide to find your pictures, find specific pictures that match with your goals. Pictures that when you look at them, you know exactly what the goal is. Along with pictures, find words that match your themes and bring inspiration and encouragement. When you find pictures you like, save the images to your computer and store them all in a folder for easy organization. This will help make a much easier process later on. Labeling each picture individually on your computer is optional. I did this as it helped my brain organize topics, but it is not necessary. I suggest finding light and airy pictures, as it will make the board easier and more appealing to look at. Or, choose a color theme and stick with pictures within the theme. This will make it more challenging to find the pictures you want, but if you are dedicated, you can make it work well.
Step 4: Set Up the Collage Background
Once you have all your pictures, you are ready to start making your collage. There are multiple places online to make free collages, but my personal favorite is BeFunky. For the rest of this post, that is the website I will be explaining. Once on the website, click "Get Started" and chose the "Create a Collage" option.
It will give you a layout, but in order to make our vision board,
we will be using our own layout. Go to the Layout tab on
the sidebar and chose "Create your Own."
If you are happy with the size, then you are ready to go. If you
want the collage to be a different size or specific shape, go to
the Customize tab and type in the exact measurements.
For example, I use my vision board as my computer background, so I set the width and height to my computer screen measurements. You can do the same for your phone screen or a picture frame you have if you are choosing to print it out.
Step 5: Download your Pictures
Next, go back to the Image Manager tab and hit the green button labeled "Computer." Open up your folder and download all the images you saved previously. They will all pop up right underneath the button. If you wish, you may also find more pictures using the Stock Image button below the green button. It may be hard to find specific pictures, but they are great quality pictures, so it's worth a look.
Step 6: Design your Board!
From here, it's all up to you! Simply drag the images onto the board and arrange to your desire. My personal preference is to leave a little white space in between each picture for a light, clean look. Separate your different major topics (Relationships, faith, etc.) into different sections of the board and add text to define which sections are which. For example, make the top right corner your Health and Fitness section. Arrange all your health and fitness pictures into the right corner and type out the word "Health" to place in that section. Have fun with this step! In the end, it should look something like this.
My personal vision board for 2019
Step 7: Save and Place
The last step is the most vital. Make sure to save your vision board! The website allows you to save to your board to your computer as well as Google Drive, if you wish. After saving it, pick your desired location. Set it as your phone or computer background or print it out for a physical copy. Wherever you place it, make sure you place it somewhere you will see it often. A vision board is pointless if you don't ever look at it!
And there you have it! Your own personal vision board. Vision boards do not have any power in and of themselves, but when you see your dreams and goals laid out before your eyes, you have more motivation to chase after them yourselves. I hope this post was helpful to you! Subscribe to my email list here to get updates on my newest posts and the announcement for my online shop's grand opening! Have a topic you'd like me to cover? Comment it down below!