Sometimes the best way to keep yourself motivated to reach your goals is to lay them out right in front of you. Making a vision board with everything that is important to you can help you visualize the life you want and start planning the necessary steps to get there.

Aside from the fact that your vision board will inspire you to reach your goals, it’s also really fun to make one! This is one of my favorite crafts to do lately, and it’s so easy you might find yourself making more than one. The best part about a vision board is that it’s 100% based on you. Are you ready to spend some time visualizing your future and motivating yourself to get there?

Before you start, there are a few things you’ll need.

Step 1: Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Magazines (Or, if you don’t have any, a computer and printer.)
  • A medium (Where do you want your vision board to be? A poster board? A bulletin board? A notebook? Choose what works for you!)
  • Glue or tape

That’s it! All you need is a few craft supplies and a little bit of imagination. Once you have everything in order, you can get started on the fun part.

woman reading magazines

Step 2: gather inspiration

This is by far my favorite part! Scroll through Pinterest, Google images, and stock photo sites to find images and quotes that will inspire you to reach your goals. Think about a theme you’d like to stick to. For example, I created a spring-themed vision board with flowers, springtime quotes, and some photos of rainy day skies. Your theme can be as broad or as specific as you want, or you can use a color scheme to unify your photos. Like any craft project, it’s completely based on your aesthetic desire.

Save the pictures to your computer so you can find them easily later.

You can also go the old-fashioned route and grab a few magazines to flip through. Some of my favorites include Vogue, Seventeen, and Paper. If you’re interested in a specific theme, such as art, design, or architecture, there are plenty of niche magazines you can choose from! Find something that speaks to you and save it for your collection.


Once you’ve got the images for your vision board, you’ll need to resize them to fit your page. Most laptops come with an image viewing program that will allow you to resize images. If you want to get a little more precise, check out the mini tutorial below to learn how to use Canva to create a perfect collage!

  • First, gather your images into a folder. This way, it will be easier to find them.
  • Next, open Canva. To use the site, you’ll have to create an account. Don’t worry, it’s free!
  • Click on “Create a Design.”
  • Click on the “Use Custom Dimensions” button. When the box pops up, change the dimensions to the size of your paper! Make sure you set the unit correctly. I’ve changed the units to inches, and set the size to 8.5 x 11, the US letter paper size, which is the standard paper that works with most printers.

custom dimensions

  • Click “Design!”
  • Your blank design will now open. Using the menu at the left, click on “Uploads.” Then click on the button that says “Upload Your Own Images.” Navigate to the folder your photos are saved in, select them all, and click “open.”
  • Simply drag and drop the images to the blank page on the right. Use the controls to resize them by dragging the corner boxes. Be sure to arrange your photos on the page so that you have enough room to cut them out. I like to leave a little bit of white space between the photos.
  • Rename your design.

rename file

  • Click “Download.” Select the .png file extension. This will save your images at a higher quality than a .jpg file. The file will automatically be placed in your downloads folder. Either open it from there, or copy and paste it into another folder.
  • Finally, open the finished file in your preferred image viewer and print it out!


Step 4: Cut and paste

Now that you’ve gathered all the photos for your vision board and you’ve printed them all at the proper size, it’s time to cut them all out! Grab your scissors, play some fun music, and get cutting.

Once all your images are cut out to the desired shape and size, it’s time to practice your layout. I like to arrange the images on the page first without sticking them down. Try out a few different arrangements and see what you like best. When you decide on a layout, snap a picture with your phone so you can refer to it while you’re pasting your photos down.

Try to decide which order your vision board should be pasted in. For this example, I first pasted the large images of the clouds, then the flowers and rain photos, and then the quotes and butterflies. To get a nice layered look, try covering the page with larger photos and then arranging smaller quotes and photos on top. Try experimenting with different shapes by cutting your images in a circle or tracing the shape of your quotes. It’s all about what feels right to you.


Step 4: Admire your new vision board

That’s it! Now you’ve got a nice reminder of your goals, or maybe just an arrangement of photos that you’ll be happy to look at every day. Either way, you can be proud of what you’ve just made, and maybe even show it off on Instagram. If you try it out, be sure to tag me @success_sense on Instagram so I can see your creation! I can’t wait to hear from you all.

Stay tuned in the future for more fun DIY projects, and in the meantime, check out my post about how to decorate your dorm room! 


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