We all know the importance of a vision board, but I for one isn’t very keen on the tackiness of a traditional vision board. And although I have done a digital version of a vision board, I didn’t really look at it very often because it felt like a forced exercise.
I briefly toyed around with the idea of taking a pin board and just pinning things I like on there as alternative for a traditional vision board. But due to the fact that I didn’t have a pin board lying around and the need to keep this little project cheap, I did something completely different.
CREATIVE VISION BOARD
HOW I MADE MY CREATIVE VISION BOARD:
- I bought to two roughly A1 size hardboard boards from my local hospice shop at R30 each
- Painted them with white enamel paint that we had at home
- Source pictures / quotes / scripture / sayings that inspires me and saved them on a single PowerPoint presentation
- Printed the document in black and white
- Created my collage using Modge podge
- Drew dots and sayings using a silver marker
It is far from perfect, but I have to tell you – I love it!
CALENDAR / HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER
I knew I needed a home management binder of sorts to keep myself organised for the year. But from experience I knew that the traditional ring binded binder that takes up space on a kitchen counter doesn’t work. In the end it frustrates me to no end.
Using a word template I found, I customized our monthly overview in a way I wanted it, i.e. with enough space to add goals and reminders per family member on the actual page. I have a family binder within close reach where I am going to file important school letters, payslips, budgets and general documents that’s important enough to keep without having to file it immediately.
I printed the calendar in an A3 size:
TIPS (SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO MAKE MY MISTAKES)
As mentioned my creative vision board is far from perfect, but I figure I can keep doodling and making changes during the course of the year and in that way I will (1) keep rediscover inspirational things and (2) I’ll keep playing & stay creative… But to spare you some frustration, here’s what I will do differently next time around:
- Glue or modge podge a layer of plain white paper over the board instead of, or over and above the coat of paint. I find the colour of the paint and the white of the paper isn’t an exact match.
- If you’re making two boards like I have, place them side by side from the beginning and try to get the images to overlap between the boards. This will add some continuity
- Same with your doodles. Doodle side by side to add continuity and add a sense of things blending together
- Seal the collage once you’re done with a final coat of modge podge or varnish
- Repeat themes / saying and even images.
- I did a lot of repeating and I like that, because I don’t look at every single item in isolation. So many different messages I wanted myself to think about are being repeated and I keep discovering new detail about something it as I go about my day.
- I used a lot of symbolism in my board. For example, Mickey Mouse will always refer to Oliver. I like that I know these things but depending on how well you know me, you wouldn’t.