Creating a Vision Board
Pretty much every year around this time, I start to get a bit nostalgic about the year that is ready to pass, and about the year ahead of me, in this case, 2014. 2013 has been a big year, it’s been non-stop movement from the get-go. It’s been a wonderful year, and a terrible year, in many ways, and while it would be very tempting for me to sit here and write out all the things that have made it a roller coaster year, those musings are best left for my journal, and a good sturdy hanker chief, because I’m bound to start crying.
One of the things I look forward to in early December is the release of Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Amazing Life workbook, and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, go to www.leoniedawson.com and check it out before you read any further. Those workbooks have blown my mind, and helped me to create a better life for the last 3 years running. And SO cheap at $10!!! GET ONE!!! Usually, once I download mine, and get the calendar going, I also like to create new vision boards! I save up a year’s worth of buying magazines, and printing fun things off the internet, and then I slap them together on vision boards, to help keep the things I want in my life in my face. Think of a vision board like a visual representation of your goals, or your desires.
I never have a plan when I create my vision boards though. I simply start leafing through the magazines, and pull out what I’m attracted to, without thinking. I simply tear out the image, mindlessly. I think that’s the real key of a vision board, to tap into the intuitive energy that you have, to let it come to the surface, but in a way that’s not harsh or untamed. Vision boards gently pull what you want to the surface, where you can see it. All you have to do is leaf through the magazine and grab images.
When that part is complete, it’s time to prepare the images. Isolate a smaller image from a page for instance, or cut out words or key phrases that stuck out and wanted to be seen. Cut around, or tear around the image, and then start to lay them out, so you can see what you have. If anything strikes you as not working with the others, ask yourself if this is on purpose, or if it’s accidental, or if it’s perhaps ego trying to get it’s voice in there? When I was making my vision boards tonight, for instance, all my images were rather natural, except for this heavily made up woman’s face… I knew instinctively that it was my ego, trying to guilt me into being more “put together” like the rest of my family, even though it’s not me. I knew to recycle that image, after I made that assessment.
Next, if you like, you can prepare your vision boards by painting them with a background color, or making a background design. I like to water down my vibrant acrylic paints, and then make a large, abstract design for the background, and then speed up the drying process with my blow dryer.
Once you have your boards ready, and your images ready, it’s time to lay them out on the board (or boards) and arrange them until you are happy. Some people like to just grab and glue, but I always end up disappointed when I do it that way. I’ve learned from experience to play with the placement a bit, it’s worth the extra time.
Once your boards are prepped, grab a glue stick and get gluing! Start with the images that you want on the bottom layer, the ones that will be glued over, and go from there. It’s a bit of a shuffling process, moving images to the side a bit, gluing others down, then moving them back into place and gluing them down, but it doesn’t take THAT long. Two boards took me only 15 minutes, because I had prepped the layout first.
After you have glued, it’s time to get decorating! Get out markers, stickers, scrap booking letters to make words or phrases, paint, anything you want to add to them, really! The sky is the limit at this point! My favorite details are stickers, Sharpies for writing, and stick on gems. When your vision board is finished, hang it in a prominent place, somewhere where you will see it often, and be reminded of what you want in your life.