If I said to you, think: vision-casting, planning, goal-setting, scrapbooking, and smash-booking …. all wrapped into one – what would come to mind? If you thought vision board, you would be right!!
There was a huge response when we talked about art and Bible journaling last week. So many of us are in full on creativity and vision-casting mode for this year. So I thought it’d be fun to share a project we did as a family to create a vision for a year of adventure, meaning, purpose, rest, renewal – and more!
Undoubtedly many people who create a vision board develop their own for themselves and it results in a very personal reflection of their hopes, dreams, and goals for their year. We decided to get our kids involved in this for a few reasons.
1) We wanted them to take ownership and have the chance to be involved too, but we don’t have an endless supply of bulletin boards. Ha. We do have several, but most of them our reserved for the classic catch-all of household business, reminders, and notes.
2) Some people develop a family vision statement or even a family crest. We have not ventured into any of that yet though so we wanted to have something that created vision for us as a family unit.
3) Well – it kept them busy for hours on a cold winter’s night indoors. Keepin’ it real folks!
Regardless, the great thing about this project is that there are no rules – my favorite kind of project!! 😉 There’s just no right or wrong way to do it, so if you’re reading this and you don’t have kids and/or a spouse, by all means – be inspired to create a vision board for yourself, or even for yourself and a roommate, sibling, or friend! Why not? 🙂
So here is what you’ll need to get started:
- Supply of thumbtacks
- Bulletin board – If you’re a shabby chic lover like I am you might like ours I found at Hobby Lobby (on 50% off sale) – The same one I used last month for our 2014 Advent calendar. But they’re so many out there like this one Universal 43612 Bulletin Board, Natural Cork, 24 x 18, Satin-Finished Aluminum Frame from Amazon.
- Scissors and/or even scrapbook scissors like these: School Smart Paper Edger Scissors – Set of 6 – Assorted Colors
- Magazines, newsletters, anything you may have saved from notes or mail you’ve received in the past. I was glad to have have saved a magazine clipping my friend once mailed me that says, “celebrate motherhood.” I thought it was so special she took the time to send it to me and it was so pretty that I decided to save it – and turns out it was destined to end up on my 2015 vision board!
- I even included two bookmarks and two small art prints for my corner of the board. Have fun combing through all your own stuff and pull out anything that inspires you to have yourself a fantastic year!
Here’s a close up of my oldest daughter’s corner of our vision board. Natalie’s student of the month picture is up there to encourage her to keep aiming high throughout this year. She also chose some descriptive phrases that sum up her personality well, an image of a contest she won last year and plans to enter again this year, and more fun stuff she likes:
Here’s a shot of our sweet, feminine, outdoors-y, kitten-loving, youngest daughter’s corner of the vision board:
This corner has a few images that represent some things that inspire my outdoors-y and adventure loving husband. Oh and I may have snuck that green and white card with the amazing quote onto his side….
And this is my side of our family vision board. I love the art prints and bookmarks I included that I know will speak life and truth over my year. There is also a picture of ballet shoes representing my love for ballet and hope to start an adult ballet class this year. A picture of the She Reads Truth logo is up there as a reminder to stay in the word through their amazing scripture reading community. I also included an assortment of other words and pictures that sum up what I want this year to look like. I love flowers and gardening so those are in there to inspire me to spend time in the garden this spring and summer.
If you prefer clearly defined sections of a family board, you could even separate sections of the board with ribbon, twine, or whatever you like. We talked about options but decided on letting everything run together in a sweet overlap, much like you would with a smashbook or art journal. So to that end, we put images and words in the middle of the board that we all felt inspired by. Here’s what that looks like:
When my youngest asked if we could make this a yearly tradition from here on out, I was all about it. Especially when she suggested we could take down the contents of each year’s vision board and paste them into our smashbooks before creating a new board for a new year. Since we’re always on the lookout for little odds and ends to add to those, I thought – yes! perfect!!
I hope you are feeling inspired to create something that fires you up for a fantastic year! If you like this project idea, please share with a friend in need of encouragement. Maybe you know someone who could use a fun little reminder to choose joy and own their awesome.
Cheers to an intentional year of purpose over perfect 🙂
Have a beautiful day!