One of the assignments was to create a vision board. She talks about her process in this post. The idea was to create a similar one in the class. On canvas, etc.
I will admit that I resisted doing this assignment. I don’t have any magazines. Literally, not one. And last time I went through magazines to tear images (for Melody Ross’ class) I didn’t find it enjoyable. I don’t like to make canvases because I have nowhere to put them in my house. I don’t want to create more clutter. I don’t like dealing with glue if I can avoid it (I know this is crazy.) I didn’t have any ideas. Honestly, I just did not want to do this.
But because I am one of those students who has to do all the homework assigned, I couldn’t let it go. I borrowed magazines from neighbors. I thought about it for a few days. I even tore a few images. I just couldn’t get into it no matter what. So then, I tried to tell myself it was ok not to do it.
But I just couldn’t let it go without at least trying.
I finally decided to try a different route. I opened up my inspiration board on pinterest. And picked images and sayings that spoke to me. Since these were images I’d already pinned I knew that they were all meaningful to me so I couldn’t go wrong.
I saved them all on my computer and then opened them in photoshop to create a collage:
Once I was done, it made me really really happy. I also added my word right on the butterfly. And I was done.
I picked images that are inspirational, peaceful, and happy for me. Mental notes I try to remember. There are a lot of images of nature because nature makes me happy. Creates a wide sense of peace in me. I also chose books, music, birds, butterflies. Color. Flowers. Exercise. And some good messages about being in the present moment and appreciating myself. I love all of these images and having them together is really powerful for me.
So once I was done, I printed it out and taped it into my current notebook (more on this notebook coming soon).
Now, I get to look at it anytime I want. It didn’t involve any magazines, cutting, or modge podge but I still did my own version of a vision board.
And it was so worth it.
If you’ve never done this exercise, I recommend it. I am glad that the good student in me didn’t give up. If you’ve done it, I’d love to see your vision board so please do leave me a comment with it.