After putting it off for months, maybe even years, I finally made a vision board. For those of you that are not familiar with what a vision board is, here is the best definition I found:
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. –MakeaVisionBoard.com, What is a Vision Board?
Honestly, I am glad that I waited so long to do this because after my year of a career rumspringa*, my vision is much more clear.
There is no right way to create a vision board, but my personal problem was that many instructions online tell you to clip photos out of magazines. If I followed this method, I would have a vision of a skinny model on a Caribbean vacation.
I have found that Pinterest is a great resource for gathering the pieces of your vision. Some creators might want to leave it on Pinterest and have a virtual vision board. But for me, I needed something that I could look at each day and filter my thoughts through as I am coming up on a fork in the road.
With that in mind, I tried to find an efficient way to get all my pins on the canvases I had picked out. After working for an hour trying to fit my photos on a MS Word Document, I found a better way.
Steps to Creating a Physical Vision Board from Pinterest Pins (for Mac Users):
1. Collect all the pins on a separate “Vision Board” Board on Pinterest.
2. Once you have pinned everything you want to include on your board, right click on the Pin and click on “Save to Downloads.” Note: This feature is available on Safari.
3. Now decide what size you want your images to be. In the next step you will have an option of printing 1-2-4-6-9-16 images per page. For me, I had a smaller canvas so 16 was the best option.
4. Select 5 or so images by first selecting one image, then the up/down arrow + shift to select multiple photos at once. Right click, and select the option to Open with > Preview.
5. Once preview has opened, select your remaining photos and drag & drop them into the sidebar of Preview.
6. After you have all your photos on the side bar of preview, it is time to print. From the top menu in Preview, select File> Print.
7. On the print menu, select Orientation> Layout. Then select the pages per sheet for how many photos you will be printing on each paper. Also make sure the two sided option is off.
8. Now you are ready to print. My at home printer is decent, but I really wanted my images to be high quality. I had them professionally printed at a local print shop on cardstock for $1.00 per page. In order to print elsewhere, I saved as a PDF, and then emailed the file over to the print shop.
Windows Users: From the research I did online, it appears you can also right click to save images into your downloads folder. The Photo Viewer has similar functionality to Preview. For more information, check out this page.
Once you have printed your images, you can cut them out and paste them on your canvas. I added a few phrases into mine and spent some time figuring out the layout of all my images before I pasted them on the boards. For my boards I used 11×14 canvases purchased in a 2-pack from Michaels. I used some craft paint for the background and didn’t obsess too much over my (lack of) artistic ability. Overall I this activity took me 3-4 hours to complete (not including my detour of trying to print in Word). I appreciate the outcome and enjoy having my vision come to life to remind me of the goals and aspirations I am working towards in the distant and near future.
*Career rumspringa (n)- rumspringa is a period of personal freedom for Amish adolescences in which they make the choice to stay or leave the community. Career rumspringa is my period in which I left my salaried job to work two part time jobs to experience other areas/ industries.