January 8, 2018

How I made my 2018 vision board - a step by step guide to vision board making

How to make a vision board

2017 had been a difficult year for me. I was diagnosed with depression and decided to leave medical school despite being in my 4th year. I had to deal with the consequences of my decision, and up until now, I'm not done facing the aftermath.

The silver lining on what I went through was the opportunity to discover myself and learn how tough I can be. Surprisingly, I discovered new hobbies like calligraphy, blogging, bullet journaling, and my latest interest -  jewellery.

In 2017, my goal was to get to know myself for who I am and to love and accept whoever I will discover in the process. For 2018, my goal is to hone my talents and skills, and create a platform for my visions. I admit that the concept is vague as of the moment, but I'm working on making it more specific. However, for the purpose of my vision board, it will suffice since all I need is a general feel of what I want my 2018 to be.

How I made my 2018 vision board:
What is a vision board and what is it for?

According to Ciara Majkowski in her vision board article on jetpubs.com,

" a vision board is a visual representation of goals you want to achieve for yourself. It is meant to be an inspirational collage to help you take steps to conquer your goals."
Interesting, isn't it? I've always wanted to make one for myself but never really had the time and the energy. Now that I've got more time on my hands, I've finally pushed myself to make one.

Through the process of making my vision board, I learned more about myself, and what I want to achieve this year. I'm planning to place it in front of my work desk and hopefully, It will help me stay motivated for the rest of the year.

How I made my 2018 vision board:
The Process

The process of making your vision board can help you be mindful of where you are at the moment, and where you want to go in your life. It's both easy and difficult to come up with one. Easy, because there are  no rules and you can do whatever you want, but difficult because if you are anything like me, you wouldn't know where to start!

To help you save time wondering how to make a vision board, I've documented the steps on how I made mine.

I outlined a number of steps, but don't stress because you don't need to follow all of them. Just pick up what's helpful for you. I did mine for over a month. You can set your whole January as your vision board making month. You can make this in a month, a week, a day, it's all up to you! Stick on a schedule you're confident you can follow.

Vision Board Planning

  •  Made a vision board pinterest board.

    Since a vision board is a visual thing, there's no better search engine to use to look for inspos, but the visual search engine, Pinterest. I made a Pinterest Board dedicated for this so that I can look for vision board ideas and inspirations, at the same time I can save a collection of resources to share with you. Here's my 2018 Vision Board Inspiration Pinterest Board, if you want to check it out.
  • Reviewed H.E.A.R.T goals by Day Designer 

    You've probably heard of S.M.A.R.T.  goals, but have you heard about the H.E.A.R.T. goals?

    S.M.A.R.T. actually stand for
    Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound. While the SMART goals give you an idea on how to make goals, HEART goals guides you on what kind of goals to make. The Day Designer tells you  that you have to make goals around these categories:
  • Sketched a vision board layout

    I wanted to have one central theme that will go in the middle of my vision board. I want my H.E.A.R.T. goals to go around it. I decided to have one photo for each H.E.A.R.T goals category, and one extra photo for balance.
Motivational Board layout

  • Decided on a color scheme

    I'm in love with pastels. Initially it was the color scheme I wanted.

    However, when I looked for the images, I realized that they were more on the
    blue/sea green side, and the washi tapes I had available that would match the images where silver/gold/blue. So, I thought I'd shift my color scheme to accommodate these factors.
  • Looked for images based on my H.E.A.R.T. goals.

    As I've said, I wanted one photo per H.E.A.R.T. goal category. I imagined what I wanted to achieve in terms of my H.E.A.R.T. goals. pixabay.com was very helpful with this part.

  • Wrote out words and cut 'em out.

    I also wanted to have words matching those images. So I wrote them on velum board using my platinum brush pen. I used a gyro-cutter to cut 'em.

Vision Board Creating

From this point forward, I had no system, I just let my creativity flow.

  • Chose the Board

    For this part, I really did not have much choice. I had a
    10 in. x 14 in. cork board lying around the house. I did not want to spend for a new board, so I made do of it.
  • Placed the Photos

    I've always been fascinated with washi tapes and I have quite a collection.  I decided to secure my photos by bordering them with glittery washi.
Cork board Vision Board

  • Placed the Words

    Now that the photos are in place, time to get the words that I wrote and cut-out, and stick 'em on the board using glue. I positioned them near the photos that they represent.

  • Placed the Label

    I wanted to have a 2018 label so I tried making it using photo paper and Sharpie but it did not end up aesthetically pleasing for me. Good thing I remembered having an alphabet sticker pad that I got from National Bookstore! I spelled out "Twenty Eighteen". Turns out, my vision board is a great excuse to put those stickers into use!

Vision Board 2018
For the vision board label, I used Rosie's Studio alphabet stickers that I bought from National Bookstore. The words peace and strive I wrote using my platinum brush pen, on velum board. I cut the word strive using regular scissors while the word peace I cut using my gyro-cutter.
    • The Central Concept

      While trying to figure out what I wanted to be the central theme of my 2018, I remembered a photo I've seen on Facebook. It was a venn diagram illustrating the concept of Ikigai. Came across that too?

      So I googled Ikigai and chose the picture that best suited my color scheme. I chose one from the article Ikigai - Finding your true purpose in life by Jeremy Andrew, published in 2017, on medium.com
    Ikigai Concept
    Photo Source: Ikigai - Finding your true purpose in life by Jeremy Andrew

    • Extras

      Now, it's almost done but still felt blank. So,
      I decided to print my blog's November free printable on Kodak photopaper and stick it on my board. 
    free positive words printable
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    • Final Touches

       To finish it off, I attached a string and some owl pins. That way I can stick memo cards, and some photos of my loved ones. I haven't printed the photos yet but I will. :) Just wait for it!
    2018 vision board

    So that's it for my vision board. I plan to place this in front of my 2018 workspace. I am yet to cleanup one of the extra rooms in the house and convert it into my Library/Office.

    How about you? Have you made your 2018 vision board?

    Free Printable: Positive words bullet journal stickers


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    Special thanks to ivorymix.com for some of the free stock photos.


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