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4. Getting Your Vision Board Set Up
Finally it is time to actually create your vision board! You should be fully prepared by now, since you already know the main theme of your vision board and what you want to include. However, if you have not done it yet, you want to take this opportunity to make a list of what you want on your vision board. This helps a lot when it comes to finding the right images.
Choosing Your Poster Board
The first thing your vision board needs is the actual board, though you can decide on any type of flat surface you want. Poster board is recommended because it comes in a larger size that you can keep as-is or cut down, plus it provides a solid surface that won’t bend or roll up when you are working with it.
You can also choose any other type of hard paper or board that you want to use – it’s totally up to you!
Once you have decided on your poster board, you will then start finding your images. You have many different options here, from using digital resources to good ole’ fashioned paper.
If you have a color printer, then you can definitely find all the images you need online. Look anywhere and everywhere you tend to go for inspiration, such as Pinterest, social media (use caution when saving images from here), your own social media pictures, Google image search, online magazine sites, fitness sites, and so many more.
You can print any picture you find online, or even create a collage with programs like Photoshop or Paint, then print that to add to your vision board.
Another option is to get some magazines that reflect your theme, and start flipping through for images to use on your vision board. This actually makes it a lot of fun!
Other Material and Design Elements
The last thing you will need is a way to attach your images to the vision board. Many people will use glue sticks since putting paper on poster board doesn’t need much else aside from glue. However, if you want to get more creative with it, you can use Washi tape or other patterned sticky tape to attach your images.
You might also need some other materials such as:
Pens and other writing utensils
Colored pencils or markers
Setting Up the Vision Board
When you are ready with your materials, it is time to put the vision board together. Here are some tips for getting it all set up:
Lay out your images before attaching them. The best advice we have for setting up your vision board is to lay out all the images and text on the board before attaching them. Don’t glue anything down until you work out how you want the layout to be on the poster board. Once you do this, you can start gluing them down one at a time.
Use thin layers of glue. If you are using glue, make sure you are using thin layers. A glue stick works MUCH better than a bottle of glue, since it goes on thin and even. If it is too thick or clumpy, the thin pages will show the glue through and it will become a bumpy mess.
Get backup images in case you need them. Finally, you might accidentally wrap or crumple an image, so it helps to have backups. When you are adding one type of image, like one to represent your fitness journey, get multiple images you can use. That way, you have others to add to the board if one of them gets ruined.
5. How to Use a Monthly Vision Board
Before you get started on your new vision board, there is one last thing to talk about – using a monthly vision board! This is a really great idea if you are using your vision board to complete goals or get stuff done. It is a great alternative to using a bullet journal or planner, or can be used in combination with them. The vision board will provide more of a visualization of each month.
Creating a New Vision Board Every Month
The basic method is that you create a new vision board every month. You can use smaller pieces of poster board for this, or even a printable that you create online with programs like PowerPoint, then print out to use. You could put it in the form of a binder with sheet protectors or even a small photo album.
Each month, you will make a list of what needs to be done, tasks to reach your goals, and anything you are looking forward to. You can then add it to the vision board and stay on track all month long.
Include Goals and Tasks for That Month
If you are using your vision board for certain life or business goals, this is a great use of your monthly vision board! Make a list of all the tasks and to-do lists you need to do for the upcoming month.
Once you have that list, you will then find images or phrases that describe what the task is, and can add it to your board. This might include running an errand, paying a bill, signing up for a gym membership, scheduling a meeting, attending a conference. There are so many options here.
What Plans Do You Have This Month?
It can also be used for more personal goals, such as appointments and events in the upcoming month. You can add images for pumpkin patches, party images to represent the holidays, or champagne glasses clinking for New Years’. Get creative and have fun with it!