Create Your Vision Board
With Dr. Marcia Layton Turner
Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 pm ET
The process of creating a vision board starts with thinking honestly about what you want your life to look like. What do you want to do, be, or have? As you start to picture your ideal life, it’s time to make it tangible, by organizing a selection of words and images that reflect your future.
When we meet to put your board together, it would be helpful if you had some or all of these items in front of you. The board is the most important element, so you have a work surface, followed by images that resonate with you.
- A white foam core board. I recommend that it be at least 3/16” thick so that it can stand up on its own against a wall or in a frame. A smaller size board, such as 8” x 10” or 11” x 14” works well and isn’t as overwhelming as the massive science fair size. This pack of 10 from Amazon is a good option if you think you eventually might like to make more than one vision board.
- Glue or tape. I tend to prefer glue sticks over Elmer’s liquid glue, just because it doesn’t get the paper as wet. However, be sure the glue stick is adhesive enough or the images may start to fall off later. I like this photo glue stick because it won’t damage photos and lasts longer than the elementary school variety. If you prefer, or if you don’t have glue handy, you could also use tape.
- Magazines. Don’t go out and buy new magazines, but if you can hunt some recycled copies down, you’ll be in good shape. Our library has a spot for magazine cast-offs to be picked up free, for example, and you could ask your neighbors for theirs, just so you have a variety to choose from.
- Images you print off from your computer. Since your vision board contains images of things you want to do, be, or have, you probably have some specific ideas of items you want to place on your board. You can go to websites like Realtor.com to print off images of homes you love, or tourism websites to find images of sandy beaches, or car websites to pick out that car you’ve always wanted. (Better yet, go pick up a travel pamphlet or car brochure at the dealership.) If you’re able to print the photos off on a color printer, your vision board will be more vibrant. If you don’t have your own, a store like Staples should be able to print off images in color for you.
- Photos. If you have your own photos of places you love, maybe from a trip you took, gather those up to use on your board.
- Yellow highlighter pen. This is optional, but some people use a yellow highlighter for emphasis around their most important image.
- Scissors. You’ll only be cutting paper, so any that you have around the house will work.
- Frame. Once your vision board is finished, it’s critical that you place it somewhere that you’ll see it daily—preferably many times a day. Putting it in a frame and hanging it on a wall makes it more likely to catch your eye. (I like this gold frame for an 11×14” board, for example.) You can also stick it to the back of a door with Command strips or onto a bulletin board with pins. Just make sure it’s in a prominent place in your home.
- My book. For more guidance after our gathering, you might find my book, Create Your Vision Board: The 2-Hour Guide to Attracting the Life You Want, handy. See if your library has a copy first, or you can order your own through Amazon.
- Your favorite beverage. Creating a vision board should be a fun activity that you look forward to, so bring a hot cup of coffee, a nice glass of wine, lemonade, water, or diet Coke to keep you relaxed and refreshed as you work.