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Vision Boards Help Visualize Goals

Updated on September 13, 2014

Create a Dream Board to See Your Goals

A vision board or dream board is a way of helping to visualize goals by taking images and words that represent dreams and desires and arranging them on a board.

Art therapists may use collage (arranging pictures) as a way for clients to express themselves.

Vision boards can be a helpful way to bring into focus what you want to achieve. Letting the subconscious find and assemble the images can assist in manifesting inner dreams.

Dream boards became popular after they were popularized by Rhonda Byrne in the book and movie "The Secret." Yet, dream boards and vision boards have been used as part of art therapy for years.

I first experienced Dream Boards when I took an Art Therapy course in 1999, long before "The Secret" was even a whisper. I created a Dream Board in an Art Therapy course that had many nurturing images and images of children. Within a month or two I was pregnant with my first. Looking back on that dream board many of the dreams (like having children and a home) became reality.

I turned 50 at the end of December and felt the need to create another dream board. I created my own online Vision Board using the Oprah.com Dream Board. It will be interesting to see which of these dreams get manifested.

Read on to discover how to create a basic vision board along with many of the different types of dream boards and applications available now for creating vision boards.

Give it a try. You might be surprised what your 'dreams' really are.

Image of Bulletin Board by RAWKU5

Note to Self:

Start a Dream Board to Visualize My Goals and Dreams.

Blank Bulletin Board

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Imabe by brokenarts

A Bulletin Board is a good start for creating a Dream Board.

Image by brokenarts.

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Visioning Collage Art - Video

See different collages made for art therapy in this short film featuring visioning collages created by artist and art therapist Gretchen Miller.

More about Using Collage for Art Therapy

In her article on Cool Art Therapy Intervention #10: Magazine Photo Collage by art therapist Cathy Malchiodi she describes the use of collage in art therapy as follows:

  • Art therapists have capitalized on collage as a medium of choice for interventions and with almost infinite variation depending on the directive given and materials used.
  • Magazine photo collage is widely used by art therapists largely because it's a forgiving medium, especially for individuals who are intimidated by pencils, paint, or clay. In making a collage, you don't have to go through the agony of drawing something realistic and are spared the feeling of embarrassment that your pictures look like a ten-year-old drew them.
Art therapists can use magazine photos and images as a way for clients to express themselves in pictures.

Learn more about using collage for art therapy at the links included below:

Create a Traditional Paper Vision Board

Steps to Create a Vision Board

Creating a Dream Board or a Vision Board is pretty simple. You just need to arrange words and images that seem to resonate with you on some kind of a board - a poster board or a bulletin board.

The steps will need to be adjusted slightly if you are creating a computer based board, an online board or an iPhone board.

  1. Find images that you like, or that 'call' to you. You might use magazines or catalogs, online images, family pictures, cards.
  2. If you are using an online Dream Board you can want to write down words and images that you'd like to use online.
  3. Look for the images and the phrases that seem to speak to you or ones that you get drawn to.
  4. Don't think too much about what images and words you are finding. You are trying to let your subconscious 'speak' with these images.
  5. Once you have your images and words, cut them out (keep them in a folder if you're doing an online one).
  6. Start putting the images and words on a poster or bulletin board.
  7. Arrange the images and words until the final result feels like the right arrangement of your goals and dreams.
  8. Paste, pin or attach your images on the board.
  9. Choose a place to place your dream board. Preferably a place that you will be able to see your vision board.
  10. You may want to add to your board or rearrange the images over time.

How to a create a Vision Board - Video

In this video from liloumace you can learn how to create a vision board to clarify your dreams and goals. She believes that looking daily at your vision board can transform your life.

Start of a Vision Board

Image by Egan Snow
Image by Egan Snow

Just a Bulletin Board or the Start of a Vision Board?

Image by Egan Snow.

Books on Vision Boards

These books may give you more ideas on how to make your own vision board.

Words on a Vision Board

Image by Kelly Cree
Image by Kelly Cree

Words are also important when creating a vision board.

Image modified from Kelly Cree's Vision Board.

Large Boards

Any of these large boards or even a large piece of cardboard cut from a box can serve as a base for a Vision Board.

A Completed Vision Board

Image by Lululemon Athletica
Image by Lululemon Athletica

A Vision Board Example by Lululemon Athletica.

Smaller Boards

Memory boards, bulletin boards and magnetic boards also make great vision boards.

More Ideas for a Dream Board

Dream Boards are no longer limited to just putting cutout images on bulletin boards. There are many other ways of creating a dream board.

In addition in the video clips that follow Laura Cohn from ExpertVillage offers additional tips on ways to include secret items in a Vision Board and how to bless a vision board after it is completed.

  1. Mixed Media

    Instead of using just images cut from magazines think outside the box. Photographs is an obvious addition, but you may want to add special mementos e.g. tickets, key chains, jewelry, bits of ribbon, cloth or yarn, a lock of hair or fur. Anything that is important to you.

  2. Secret Items

    Sometimes our wishes and desires are not ones we want everyone to see if the vision board is displayed. Writing messages on the board and covering them with other pictures, creating a secret pocket to hold wishes are two ways to put secret items on a dream board. Laura Cohn offers some great tips on how to incorporate secret items into a vision board.

  3. Blessing

    Since you want your vision board to work, it makes sense that you would take some time to bless your dream board, perhaps with a prayer, a simple blessing or by lighting a candle.

Making a Vision Board - Videos

Laura Cohn from ExpertVillage offers many different video tips on How to Make a Vision Board. I've included many of her Vision Board videos including her tips on adding in secret pieces to a vision board and blessing your vision board.

Create Other Types of Vision Boards

Image by Wise Well Woman
Image by Wise Well Woman

Different Types of Vision Boards

In addition to the more traditional way of making a vision board on a bulletin board or poster board, there are many other ways of creating your own personalized dream board.

In the sections that follow I have included information on the different ways of creating a vision board.

Creating a vision board on a wall is a way of making a more permanent vision board. Using a journal is a way of having a portable vision board.

Computer programs, presentation programs and specialized programs can be used to make a dream board on your computer.

You might even want to create a dream board as your background image that is displayed on your computer, your browser (iGoogle or Netvibes or on your iPhone.

Vision boards can be created online using different online programs such as Google Documents or Google Presentations, Prezi and Oprah.com special vision board program.

For the video inclined - moving vision boards can be created from presentations and then edited in Windows or Mac programs.

Image of Vision Board by Wise Well Woman.

Ways of Creating a Vision Board

Here are some of the other ways of creating a vision board that I discovered researching the topic and brainstorming.

  1. On a Poster or Bulletin Board
  2. On a Wall (mural)
  3. In a Journal
  4. On a Computer Using Normal Computer Programs
  5. On a Computer Using Specialized Computer Programs
  6. Online - Google Documents, Google Presentations
  7. Online - Prezi (Zooming Presentation)
  8. Online - Oprah.com or Custom Webpages e.g. Netvibes, iGoogle or Pinterest
  9. On a Video or Vodcast
  10. On a iPad or Kindle Fire

A Vision Board Journal

Life Journal: A Vision Board That Goes With You!
Life Journal: A Vision Board That Goes With You!

With Christine Cordero's book, "Life Journal: A Vision Board That Goes With You!" you can write in your journal, creating a portable vision board.

 

More Books for Visualizing Dreams and Goals

Make a Sticky Note Dream Board

Image by RAWKU5
Image by RAWKU5

Image of Bulletin Board with Notes by RAWKU5

Post It, Sticky Note or iPhone Vision Boards

These articles will help you create a vision board using post it or sticky note software or make one for your iPhone.

Create a Dream Board with Prezi - Zooming Presentation Editor

Prezi is a presentation tool, a visual storytelling tool and visualization software. It is an alternative option for those giving presentation because it is a slide-less presentation tool that allows users to create outstanding presentations online or on the go.

Prezi works by having people put their ideas on a canvas and then zoom in or zoom out to emphasize different points.

More Videos on Using Prezi

Tutorials from zuiprezi, zuilabs, smithfrband and prezi29 on how to use this Zooming Presentation Tool you can even get some Quick Tips on Presenting & Publishing in Prezi if you want to share your Prezi Dream Board.

Make a Life Board

The Lifeboard
The Lifeboard

Lifeboards allow people to visualize their desires by collaging images of their goals a better career, a new home, finding a soul mate and thereby bring positive change into their lives.

 

Online Dream Board on Oprah.com

On the Oprah.com site you can create your own online O Dream Board. Use the Vision Board to serve as a reminder of your goals and your dreams.

The new O Dream Board is a free web-based application available to all Oprah.com members and easy to share with your friends. You need to be a member of Oprah.com to create a Dream Board.

Using Custom Webpages to Create a Vision Board

Custom webpages can be arranged to put the things you are most interested in focusing on all into one page.

Understanding Netvibes Layouts - Video

Thinking out of the grid. Netvibes offers a dozen of dynamic layouts where widgets can expand across multiple columns.

Note this is a visual only video (no audio).

Make a Vision Board on Pinterest

Image by GoodnCrazy
Image by GoodnCrazy

Pinterest Vision Board by GoodnCrazy

More on Using Pinterest for Vision Boards

Pinterest by it's very nature is an online Vision Board or in most cases, multiple vision boards.

Vision Video Board - Video

Liloumace shares here inspired vision video that was created using iMovie on a Mac Computer. Watch it. You may be inspired to create your own.

Make a Vision Board on a Android Device

We Create Reality Vision Board App
We Create Reality Vision Board App

Download this app to your Android device and you can create your own Vision Board on your Smartphone or Kindle Fire.

Create a collection of inspiring quotes, sound clips, images, and icons to inspire you.

 

Using Vision Boards

Ways to Use Vision Boards

Vision or Dream Boards can be used in many different settings.

  1. Individuals can use dream boards to visualize their own dreams and goals.
  2. Teachers can use vision boards in the classrooms to motivate students.
  3. Families can use dream boards to create a family goal.
  4. Organizations can use dream boards to build a sense of community and create a community board.
  5. Corporations can used dream boards or vision boards to plan the company's goals.

Visualizing Oprah on a Dream Board - Video

Watch how jewelchic's Vision Board impresses Oprah on her recent trip to Australia.

Pictures for a Vision Board

Image by Debra Roby
Image by Debra Roby

Collecting pictures for a Vision Board by Debra Roby

Make a Community Vision Board

Image by Nate Cull
Image by Nate Cull

This Dream Board from Nate Cull demonstrates neighborhood spirit in

Manuka Cottage community centre in Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand.

What do you think about using Vision Boards or Dream Boards?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

© 2011 Kirsti A. Dyer

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @Natalie W Schorr: Thank you

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      Natalie W Schorr 3 years ago

      fascinating!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @yayas: Glad to read that the lens was helpful. I've been surprised by things that I've put on my vision board that have come to pass, like having a family, living near the mountains, having a garden and being a part of a certain professional program.

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      yayas 4 years ago

      Although I have heard all kinds of hype about Vision Boards I did not really comprehend why anyone would waste time putting one together. After reading this very informative page I have a completely different attitude and look forward to creating my own life by applying the Vision Board techniques you have presented.

      Thank you for takin' the confusion outta' somethin' that can apparently do wonders to help change lives. :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @SavioC: You are welcome. The world is filled with non-believers.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Hi. I am a huge believer in Vision Boards and it always works. Thank you for putting this wonderful lens, I am sure this lens must have changed many people's lives. My biggest frustration is when people think it's a ridiculous idea and they just would not listen.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @blestman lm: Thank you. Hope you have fun making your own vision board.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Wow, there is a LOT of great content here. Thank you. I have bookmarked this lens

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      srg 4 years ago

      Excellent information for helping us stay motivated!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @TheGardenGuys: Thank you

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      This is a really great lens, pulling everything together into one source. Definite bookmark :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Lady Lorelei: The visual cues are very helpful after just getting what you want down on paper.

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      I so needed to be reminded about making one, it is now moving from my "procrastination list" to actually getting down to doing one right now. Thanks for the inspiration, I know they work wonders.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @BestRatedStuff: Good luck in making your Vision Board.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I can really see how the concept of a dream board would help you to realize your goals. Every time you pass by or look at your vision board it would subconsciously spur you to achieve those goals.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @YogaAngel: I have had some success by doing a Vision Board.

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Vision Boards really work!!!!

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      Mel Otero 5 years ago

      I love your lens! A vision board is such an excellent tool for goal setting.

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      hexadtraining 5 years ago

      Visualizing goals is the key to getting to them. The vision board is a great tool. We go where our minds go. Great lens!!!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I have a blank board. Thanks for giving me ideas of what to put on it. I like the idea of sticky notes. It would be colorful.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have one (actually more than one!)... thanks for sharing this information! Blessed!

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I am so inspired from reading this lens. I watched The Secret but I didn't create my vision board. Now I am gonna do it, no doubt. Thank you very much

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I've used several visioning devices, including vision boards, but I would never have thought to take them off the foam coare board and try the many applications you've suggested! Ingenious ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. I came upon this lens on Squidoo's front page, so congratulations to you, too!

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      ToroLeafBlower 5 years ago

      I have just put up my first vision board on our bedroom wall so it will be the first thing I see when waking up in the mornings. I want to make 2012 my breakthrough year!

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Very comprehensive lens on Vision Boards / Dream Boards. It worked for me. I hope it will work for everybody, too.

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      happyhippie 5 years ago

      I think they are they a great idea and would like to have a go at making one myself. I think they set out your goals clearly and keep you focused. Enjoyed reading this lens. Thanks.

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      SiochainGraSonas 5 years ago

      Interesting idea.

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      I think it is a wonderful idea. In fact, my sister got a huge board for herself, our mother, and me. I seemed to have let the idea fall to the wayside, but this lens is so inspirational that I want to get going on it.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      A vision board is a really great idea. Might have to try it! Nice lens.

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      Pat Broker 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Great lens! I really want to make a vision board to help with my health problems.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Wow. These sound like fun, when you need something to do. Cool idea, thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Vision boards are a great tool on many levels. Thanks for the information.

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      bigsands 5 years ago

      Everyone needs a vision board, especially as a teenager. A fantastic post Kirsti.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I achieved everything on my last vision board so I'm working on a new one. It helped me stay focused on my personal goals.

      Thanks for sharing some new tips.

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      tq01089 5 years ago

      thanks for the reminder; i think our family will each do one of these this year. i think it could be great for our 5 year old daughter.

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      Fignewton37 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Each year my wife and I make a goal list for the coming year. But we always get caught up in the problems of life and never view our goals again until the year is up. Maybe this year will be different. Thanks for the lens.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I heard this from Dr. Mike Murdock a few years ago. He said to put your dreams on the wall and visualizing them will help you attain them. By seeing the picture, it will inspire you to achieve it. Nice lens. Squid Angel blessed!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Great lens for beginning the New Year! It really is important to visualize your dreams and goals; it makes them real and not invisibly just stuck in your mind.

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      GarrettMickley 5 years ago

      Thanks for all of this great information. I will definitely be creating a vision board.

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      AlexandraHeep 5 years ago

      I have never used a vision board per se, but I once had what i called a gratitude board. It was a magnetic board that I had in my hallway (so it was the first thing I saw when coming home from work) with things that meant something to me. Examples: ticket stubs for events and other memorabilia tied to family and friends. Nice lens with a good message.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      Interesting subject which bears further research on my part

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      I have never tried this but I am going to ! Wonderful idea :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love the idea of having community vision boards. That gives me such great ideas. How about a family vision board? I think it would be a great get-together idea.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      This could help me attain my goals.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      First goal, create a vision board!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I think it's a wonderful idea and a great way to start the New Year!

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Wow, I was reading about goals and targets for the new year but this sounds like a great idea.Thanks

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      Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      A vision board sounds like a great tool to use in conjunction with a New Year's Resolution!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      A vision board might help me to focus. I need that ability so very much.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      This lens is inspirational. I can't wait to start on a vision board soon.

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      Cre8ability 5 years ago

      Thank you for going to so much effort to put this together.

      I have done a vision board before for a new house I wanted to build, once we sold ours. Interestingly I could never visualise myself in the dream home and turns out the Universe knew what I really needed and wanted was not the one I had been visioning about. Deep down I knew the novelty of the two storey house was going to wear off but it was a dream I had had for over 30 years. It was only after a comment from my brother that I started looking at other single storey house plans and once I decided, bingo, our house sold and we were able to build our real dream house. I then realised this was the reason I couldn't ever see myself in the house I thought wanted. Vision boards can be a powerful medium, especially if you are really clear on what you want.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent idea especially at the beginning of this year

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      ishopper lm 5 years ago

      This lens is awesome and has really given me inspiration to make a vision board. What a great way to start 2012. My children and I suffered a horrific end to 2012. What a great project for us to do as a family for the start of a new year.

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      mepperly07 5 years ago

      I am planning some LOA workshops and your lens is an inspiration... Thank you

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Great Lens! ... Visualization is an important tool, but most modern humans are at least as sensitve to verbal inducements. "Talking" yourself towards a goal should, for most folks, work just as well as "showing" yourself the path. ... In either case, the "secret" is indeed based in whatever you "convince" yourself is possible, likely, inevitable.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      These are some fabulous ideas. I'm ready to start mine. Happy New Year to you!

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I guess I have used a type of vision board in the past, I just did not know what it was called. A refrigerator would be a good place for a family vision board I think.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I do love to collage and added to a dream board this morning, fun!

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      I love to vision boards too! I have been doing them for years! Great lens!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      It's wonderful to review this great page again. A couple of those videos are really super! I am preparing to make my new boards for the new year, and I appreciate the inspiration here and the great ideas!

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      Davidfstillwagon 5 years ago

      Very interesting way to bring on the creative flow.

      good lens

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I have used vision boards for years - and love the sticky note idea! Now you have me all fired up to update my vision board.

      When I was working, I would make vision boards inside file folders. I could keep it nearby and look at it when I needed to be inspired. It worked!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Excellent why and how on dream boards! April Fool's blessings today, and featured on Blessed by Tandemonimom!