How to Create a (Writer’s) Vision Board

Over the past couple of years, I have probably made ten vision boards. It wasn’t my choice to create so many, as I believe ten is a little excessive for that amount of time; most of these were made in brain rehab therapy groups as a way to focus on our goals and explore a bit of self-discovery. However, I am now fairly comfortable with the idea of vision boards, how to create them, and what purpose they serve.

To mix things up, I thought I’d show you how I created my own writer’s vision board. These ideas can be used towards whatever you want, whether you want to create a board for the future, a fitness goals board, or a board of general positivty. This leads me to my first step:

1. Determine the Goal of Your Board

Why are you creating this vision board? What is it’s purpose? Are you creating collage of inspiring quotes to set up by your work desk? Are you trying to collect money-saving hacks so you can save towards vacation? Perhaps you’re making a vision plan of where you’d like to be in five years.

For me, I wanted a board geared specifically towards writing; my main goal was inspiration. I wanted to collect inspiring images, encouraging quotes, and ideas that would strengthen my resolve to write.

2. Pick Your Best Source for Images

Pinterest is a great source of easily-printable quotes; images from Google or pamphlets of your vacation destination provide great cut outs for your board to keep you focused and determined; and of course, there’s the ever traditional magazine.

I don’t have a color printer, so I kept to old Writer’s Digest magazines I had collected. (Tip: If you have magazines lying around but don’t want to lose the articles, take pictures of those you wish to save so you can cut out your desired images freely.)

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I focused on looking for inspiring quotes from other authors, images of books and typewriters, things that would inspire long-term goals such as offers for short story competitions and writing classes, etc.

And don’t forget to play music or bring up videos of others creating vision boards for a boost of creativity while you scavenge!

3. Lay Out Your Images 

Before going any further, gather all your images together. Don’t worry about cutting the outline of images or cleaning things up; this is just to get an idea if your images fit on your desired background. When you have an idea of what you like, take a picture so you can refer back to it later.

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4. Choose Your Board

Are you using a cork board? Poster board? A manila folder? I had originally planned on using cork board, but decided I didn’t want to use push pins because I would have had a hard time not covering up the words in my clippings. So I simply grabbed some black poster board from the dollar store (cut the cost down, too — who knew cork board was so expensive?!).

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5. Lay Out Your Images a Second Time

You’ll want to lay out your images a second time to make sure everything is exactly the way you want. Try doing this without looking at the previous layout picture you took, and then compare and see what changed. Determine which layout you prefer, and tweak it until you’re completely satisfied and all your desired images fit.

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Then you can trim the edges of your images to achieve the affect you want.

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6. Measure Anything Necessary

I wanted to include a border around my images to leave some room in case I ever want to add to it. I left about an inch around the images..

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7. Time to Glue

The material of your images will determine what kind of glue you use. I knew double-sided tape would eventually seep through, but I despise just plain glue sticks, so I used this Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. It worked pretty well, but keep in mind if you use magazine images and liquid glue, your cut outs will wrinkle very easily. You’ll want to work fast and smooth out the images as you lay them down.

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8. Don’t Worry About Mistakes

The great thing about collages is that if you make a mistake, it’s easy to hide.  Whether your image doesn’t go on straight, goes outside the “lines,” or, like me, falls in the wrong place and leaves a glue mark, you can just hide it with another cut out. I ended up just bringing another larger clipping down to hide this monstrosity.

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9. (If Necessary) Cut Out Your Vision Board

With a little more measuring and several attempts at cutting a straight line, I finally got the board down to the size I wanted.

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10. Choose Your Display Method

You may choose to rest the board against a wall, nail it to the wall, frame it, or use tape. Living in a rental, I couldn’t use nails, so I chose some washi tape and it works perfectly.

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11. Admire Your Work!

It’s probably not going to be flawless or that fancy (then again, I’m not artsy, so maybe you can make something beautiful with ease, haha!), but a vision board is a personal statement about something you love and desire. As long as it makes you happy, then it is perfect.

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Have you ever used vision boards? If you make one, let me know in the comments!

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