The Secret Power of Making a Vision Board

Most of us have heard of vision boarding—finding images in magazines, cutting them out and sticking them on a board or canvas.

It’s supposed to work some sort of magic in the ether and bring all those things into your life. Some might think all that’s a bunch of woo-woo, psycho-babble nonsense.

But is it? Does it really work? It absolutely does.

The process of making a vision board, and keeping it in your home where you can see it daily, is a tool. It’s a tool that helps identify and express specific Conscious and Unconscious desires to the Universe for manifestation.

Years ago, a friend roped me into hosting vision board workshops after she saw a couple of the vision boards I had created. I taught her how to make her own and she was hooked.

She loved the process, as well as the powerful and unexpected emotions it brought up for her. She was convinced we should take it on the road.

So we did. For about a year, we hosted several workshops that turned into power-house, transformational change events. People left in tears, and were astonished at how it had changed their lives—even people who didn’t really believe in the process, or were accommodating their spouse by attending—left somehow changed.

So how does it work?

The process of making a vision board, and keeping it in your home where you can see it daily, is a tool. It’s a tool that helps identify and express specific Conscious and Unconscious desires to the Universe for manifestation.

The Universe always conspires on your behalf, but you need to A) decide what you want and B) express your wants and desires specifically so the Universe can bring them to you. Otherwise you’re leaving your future to happenstance and chance.

Your Unconscious Mind is vast and powerful beyond your imagination or cognitive knowing. Trust those giddy feelings. They’re your inner knowing of that which will make your future-self happy.

One essential element when choosing what will go on your board is that it make you FEEL GOOD. Your heart should explode with happy feelings, tingling, joy or whatever version of HELL YES is for you.

Sometimes you won’t understand why a photo of a kid on a pogo stick makes your heart sing, but add it on! Your Unconscious Mind is vast and powerful beyond your imagination or cognitive knowing. Trust those giddy feelings. They’re your inner knowing of that which will make your future-self happy.

It’s also not all about the ‘stuff’. Try to incorporate all areas of your best life, by choosing positive imagery from the eight life sectors: family & relationships, love & romance, work & career, fun & leisure, health & fitness, personal growth & development, adventure & travel and spirituality & self knowledge.

A friend went to one of my workshops. She put a large, princess-cut, aquamarine ring in the middle of her board. She struggled with prosperity at the time and had no idea how that could come to her, but a few weeks later, a very wealthy girlfriend of hers brought her nearly the SAME RING and said ‘I want you to have this, I was cleaning out my jewelry box and this ring made me think of you.’

WOW.

I could tell many stories about how vision boards have brought people closer to the lives they’ve dreamed of, but for now, let’s get into the how-to.

1. The images.
I’ve always made vision boards with magazine cut-outs. This works fine—go to the book store and gather some of your favorite inspirational publications for cutting out. The downside with using magazines is A) the paper is thin, and any glue you use will wrinkle it and B) you’re limited by the images in the magazines at the time of your search.

A more time-intensive option is to use images you find on public domain stock photo sites. (Pixabay.com is one of our favorites) You have a little more control over the images by doing a custom search. You can then send those photos off to print at your local UPS Store, or FedEx Kinkos. By using something like a 70 lb matte coated paper, it’s much thicker and there is ZERO wrinkling. Plus the smooth surface makes for a beautiful finished look.

2. The boards.
I like to make vision boards on a canvas. Either the flat canvas-wrapped boards or the more common canvas-wrapped frames. The board is flat, comes in standard sizes and can be easily and inexpensively framed at the end of your project. Canvas frames allow you to glue images on the sides, which can be a cool look, and you can hang them directly on the wall. But you can also use wooden boards, poster board or foam core, which also work great.

3. The glue.
I’ve found that a fluid glue with a sponge-tip applicator works great. I only apply the glue to the outside edges (you can use plain scrap paper underneath so you can glue right off the edge of your image) because I don’t like it when the edges pull up.

Gratitude and mindful appreciation are keys to manifesting more.

4. Strategies for production.
There is no right or wrong way to make a vision board. Let me say it again—there’s no right or wrong way to make a vision board. The most important thing is that it make your heart sing. For me, and as stated earlier (being a graphic designer by trade) I’m more than a little OCD. I like the whole canvas covered, but I know people who relish tons of white space on their board, with organized, same-shaped photos. I love using images that have textures or rich patterns for backgrounds—large tropical leaves, a beautiful garden or mountain range, the ocean, etc. They are like the far-away elements of a landscape that provide the backdrop for your vision, as well as a rest for the eyes.

Then, closer, more detailed elements can be added. For a whole-life vision board (as opposed to a vision board for career, love life or health & fitness), I like to set up life-area sections. For example, work and career in one corner, family and relationships in another, fun and leisure, home, travel, etc. But, of course, you can mix your life areas up too! It should be fun, and in whatever format that makes sense for you.

I then add small details at the end to cover up remaining white areas. I love to cut out things with an Exacto knife, which creates a lovely 3-dimensional layered look. Examples would be flowers, jewelry, crystals, perfumes, a childhood expression, quotes or words—so many fun things. These, for me are the little details that make life sweet.

Lastly, hang up your vision board where you can see it daily, and ponder often the life of your dreams. Imagine you’re already living that life, feeling those happy feelings, all while appreciating the amazing-ness of your current one. Gratitude and mindful appreciation are keys to manifesting more.

I hope this was helpful! I’d love to see your latest creation, and get gluing to create your Bliss-filled life!