While the limelight on vision boards, in the mainstream media, is relatively new, the concept itself isn’t. Books, personal accounts, videos and many other forms of media have talked about the power of vision in depth and how we can use this power to gain good things in our life. While skeptics have their doubt about it, the law of attraction and visualization has proven to be working and beneficial for many people including some big names like Jim Carrey, and Oprah Winfrey among many others.
However, for a student who is into Bujo, I found a different meaning altogether in creating a vision board without altering the popularly accepted one: Art and Aesthetics.
I’ve been using vision board apps for a couple of years and created my first physical one about 5 months after creating various digital ones in the app named Subliminal Vision Boards App. While the app experience was positive, creating a physical vision board was a totally different one in itself.
Since I am into making bullet journals and calligraphy, I had it in my mind to keep my vision board as artistic as I could, keeping in sync with my journals. Here are a few things that helped me create a vision board that is functional as well as a treat to the eyes:
As a BuJO keeper, I usually have a stock of various washi tapes. SO I used them to paste pictures or papers or cut out on my board. Other than looking pretty, washi tapes also helped make everything only semi-permanent on the board which could be removed anytime without damaging the board at all.
Paper Binder Clips
Paper binder clips are a true blessing. From holding notes on your desk to pictures on the wall, these clips are capable of so much and that too, with elegance. I used binder clips to hold a tiny paper bag, on my wire mesh, that I use to put my tiny treasures like a ticket Stubble I was saving for my next Bujo Spread. I even put flowers I find on my way home to make the board more resonating to my aesthetics.
Printed papers can make any boring space more funky or elegant, depending on what kind of print you choose. But they’re more than just for visual appeal. They can be used to divide the board into sections. I have used different printed papers as background for different sections which makes it easy for me to decide what goes where on my vision board.
Pictures are an integral part of vision boards. But what kind of pictures you put up decides how your board will look. I have a special place in my heart for polaroids. Even while using vision board apps, I used polaroid shaped pictures to add on my digital board.
This may seem a little out there but it actually does help a lot in clearing the clutter on your board. Tie a rope on your board either to fixed thumb pins or by glue at both ends behind the board and you can put your pictures on it using binder clips or normal paper clips. The pictures become easy to remove and you get a lot more space to add other things to your board. Good visuals are just an icing on the cake.
While the above-mentioned things can help you a lot, creating a vision board best for you can take up some time and experimenting. Using vision board apps before creating a physical one can help a lot in finding out what works for you. Using a vision board app with a physical one is a good idea too. You can create as many digital ones that are accessible to you anywhere, anytime and create a cumulative one while creating a physical one.