Vision Board Art Journal: A Creative Blend of Visualisation and Reflection

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Last Updated on June 9, 2023 by Dee

A Vision Board Art Journal is a captivating fusion of vision board techniques and the introspective quality of journaling, harnessing both to foster personal growth and goal realization. Rather than being a static, one-time creation like a traditional vision board, an art journal is a dynamic medium that evolves over time, reflecting your growth and progress towards your goals.

A Vision Board Art Journal is a captivating fusion of vision board techniques and the introspective quality of journaling, harnessing both to foster personal growth and goal realization. Rather than being a static, one-time creation like a traditional vision board, an art journal is a dynamic medium that evolves over time, reflecting your growth and progress towards your goals.

This innovative tool serves as a canvas for your thoughts, aspirations, and creativity. Inside its pages, you intertwine words with visuals to represent your dreams, ideas, and hopes. By combining the tangible power of visualization with the introspective element of journaling, a vision board art journal allows you to not only depict your goals but also explore your feelings, thoughts, and experiences as you journey towards achieving them.

The art journal, often filled with sketches, collages, stickers, and personal mementos, is an effective way to visually express and explore your inner world. It’s a living document of your dreams, the steps you’re taking to achieve them, and the transformations you’re undergoing along the way. It serves as a creative outlet and a tangible tool to track your progress, keeping you connected to your intentions, while providing room for flexibility and growth.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a newbie looking for a creative outlet, a vision board art journal offers a unique, engaging, and effective way to articulate and keep track of your goals. It’s not just about the destination, but also cherishing and understanding the journey. Through a vision board art journal, you can do just that, using art and words to draw your path, note your milestones, and celebrate your achievements.

How to Make a Vision Board: A Practical Guide to Visualization and Manifestation

Visualization is a powerful tool used by many to turn their dreams into reality. Vision boards, also known as dream boards, are a perfect example of this. They serve as a visual representation of your goals, dreams, and aspirations. In this article, we will walk you through how to make a vision board, and discuss a couple of alternatives such as the digital vision board, providing a comprehensive guide to this exciting manifestation tool.

What are Vision Boards?

Vision boards are tools that help individuals to concretize their goals, aspirations, and dreams into a tangible, visual format. They can include everything from pictures, quotes, symbols, and anything else that resonates with your personal goals. Vision boards work by leveraging the Law of Attraction, which asserts that ‘like attracts like’. The idea is that by focusing positively on your goals and visualizing them, you can attract those things into your life.

How to Make a Vision Board

  1. Identify Your Goals: Before you start assembling your vision board, you need to have a clear understanding of your goals. What do you want to achieve? These can range from career ambitions, to personal growth, to relationships, or travel plans.
  2. Collect Materials: You will need a poster board as a base for your physical vision board. Apart from that, you’ll need magazines, printouts, stickers, photos, or anything else that you’d like to include. Don’t forget about scissors, glue, or tape to attach your items.
  3. Create a Vision Board Template: This is a sketch of how you want to organize your images and words on your board. You may want to group items by themes, such as personal, professional, travel, etc. It’s your board, so organize it in a way that feels intuitive and meaningful to you.
  4. Assemble Your Vision Board: Once you have all your materials and a rough template, start placing your items on your poster board. Don’t glue them down right away. Play around with arrangements until you find one you like, then attach everything securely.
  5. Place Your Board Somewhere Visible: Vision boards work best when they’re placed somewhere you can see them regularly. This helps keep your goals at the forefront of your mind.

Digital Vision Boards

In today’s digital age, there’s an alternative to the traditional physical vision board – the digital vision board. These are made using software or apps and offer several advantages. They can be made quickly, updated easily, and can be accessed from anywhere. Like a physical board, start by identifying your goals, then find images, quotes, or symbols that represent these goals. Arrange them on a digital canvas until you’re happy with the layout, then save it as your digital vision board.

Vision Board Ideas

You can fill your vision board with anything that inspires you or makes you feel good. Some vision board ideas might include:

  • Pictures of places you want to travel
  • Images representing personal growth goals (e.g., meditation, exercise)
  • Photos of your role models
  • Quotes that inspire you
  • Symbols that represent achievements you aspire to

Remember, the key is to choose images and words that truly resonate with your goals and aspirations.


Creating a vision board, whether physical or digital, is an enriching and empowering exercise. It gives a concrete form to your dreams, ambitions, and aspirations, serving as a constant reminder of your life goals. The next time you feel stuck or directionless, consider making a vision board. With the right images and intent, it can serve as a beacon, guiding you towards the fulfillment of your dreams. And remember, the more you believe in your vision, the more effective your vision board will be in helping you manifest your goals.

Wondering What a Vision Board Art Journal is?

A vision board art journal is a wonderful art space for you to visualize and explore what you really want for your life.

It helps to get you a greater sense of clarity about what is important to you and what your values are.

An art journal vision board also helps to get us thinking about how we can get to what we want. It helps us come up with creative solutions and use the right side of the brain to make new connections and invent creative ideas.

Our lives are filled with so much going on that we don’t often get time to sit and think about what we really want, what truly makes us happy, and how we can actually achieve those things.

I find that through creating my own vision board art journal I was able to uncover some false beliefs I had about myself and what I could achieve.

Perhaps you don’t believe there are certain things you could achieve? A vision board art journal will really help uncover some ideas about yourself that aren’t helpful – or are just false.

A vision board art journal allows you to explore your hearts desires and create visual images of them. This is different from a standard vision board, because in an art journal use art techniques, and images to express your feelings and ideas.

In an art journal vision board, meaning comes from both images and text.

Essentially, a vision board art journal allows you to make art and combine text in order to process your thoughts and feelings.

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A vision board art journal can take many forms. It can be large or small. You can use a store-bought notebook to journal in, or you can make your own. If you would like to explore binding your own art journal read my article on Junk Journaling 101.

You can also choose a theme for your vision board art journal. This can be helpful because it will give you a starting point from which to work from.

Here are some of the themes that are used for a Vision Board Art Journal:

Specific goal vision board art journal

You may have a very specific goal in mind (like training to run a marathon or saving to buy a house). You can use your art journal to explore this goal through images and text.

You can break down your goal into smaller goals and then dedicate a page of your journal to each of these smaller goals. This is a very good thing to do because it makes your goals SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

Using SMART goals is a winning strategy for getting where you need to be, or achieving what you set out for yourself.

Prayer Vision Board Art Journal

Your art journal becomes a love letter between you and God. Each day you set some time apart to create art about the things you are praying for and the conversations you are having with God.

This is a wonderful tool to deepen your relationship with God or your higher power.

Gratitude Vision Board Art Journal

This is a great tool for reflecting on the blessings in our daily lives. Not only does it help us feel more positive about things, but gratitude often leads to abundance.

Set out a regular time where you can sit down and journal about things that you are grateful for. Use photos, magazine pictures and your own drawings or paintings to express your gratitude.

Themed vision board art journal

  • Wedding theme
  • Birthday theme
  • Memorial theme
  • Friendship theme
  • Self-love theme
  • Dream theme
  • Organizer theme
  • Healthy living theme

10 Tips To Start Your Vision Board Art Journal

  1. Establish Your Vision: Start with a clear idea of what you want your dream life to look like. What are your goals? What does your dream job entail? By knowing what you’re aiming for, you can start creating vision boards that truly reflect your aspirations.
  2. Create a Dream Board: In your art journal, dedicate a page or two for your dream board. This is where you visually map out your grand goals, whether it’s related to your career, personal life, or hobbies.
  3. Be Selective About Your Imagery: Each image you put on your vision board should resonate with your goals. Remember, vision boards work best when they genuinely reflect your aspirations. Use images that trigger emotions, spark joy, and inspire action.
  4. Look for Vision Board Examples: If you’re new to this process, seeking inspiration from existing vision board examples can be helpful. You can find plenty of examples online or in art journals to get your creative juices flowing.
  5. Include Text and Affirmations: Images are powerful, but words can also be potent tools for manifestation. Include positive affirmations, inspiring quotes, and personal reflections in your vision board art journal.
  6. Create a Free Vision Board: Don’t limit yourself to just one vision board. Your art journal can hold multiple vision boards, each dedicated to a specific dream or goal. And remember, this is a free vision board, so let your creativity fly and make it as diverse and vibrant as your dreams.
  7. Add an Element of Fun: Creating a vision board art journal should be a fun and creative way to connect with your dreams. Use colors, stickers, doodles, or any other elements that make the process more enjoyable for you.
  8. Make Regular Updates: Your vision board art journal is a living document. As your dreams evolve, so should your journal. Regularly review and update your vision boards to keep them aligned with your current goals.
  9. Find a Quiet Space: Try to work on your vision board art journal in a peaceful and relaxing space. This will help you focus on your goals and imbue your journal with positive energy.
  10. Reflect and Act: Lastly, don’t forget to take the time to reflect on your vision boards regularly. But reflection alone won’t make your dream life or dream job a reality. Use your vision boards as a guide, but remember to act on your dreams too.

Brainstorm Your Goals

What are the things that you really want? Can you clearly visualize them?

If you are struggling to work out what exactly you want to create your vision board on then it is always good practice to create a brainstorm and put down all ideas and thoughts on paper.

Get a large piece of paper and write down every single goal that comes to mind – whether it’s unrealistic or not! It’s important to try and fill the space with your ideas, thoughts and feelings about your goals.

Vision Board Art Journal Prompts

  • Self-care
  • Self-love
  • Self-acceptance
  • Health
  • Healing
  • Do more of what you love.
  • What can I build?
  • Play
  • Home
  • Bucket List
  • A new skill or hobby
  • I attract _____________ into my life

Define your vision

Once you have filled up your page, you can browse over what you have written down and select the ideas or goals that are most important to you. Use these to start your art journaling process.

Collect materials

Go on a scavenger hunt and find materials, pictures, textures, fabric, and paper you can use to build up your vision board art journal.

magazine cut outs for an art journal vision board

Collect art supplies

Gather all your art supplies – whatever you have!

art supplies
art supplies for art journal vision board

I recommend the following art supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Gesso
  • Tape
  • Glue stick
  • Colored markers
  • Pitt Pens
  • Watercolor Pans
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Gel Pens
  • Stamps
  • Stencils
  • Sketchbook (or art journal)

Which notebook to use? You can buy or make your own altered art journal by reusing an old novel or textbook.

You can also explore using Translucent Paint to create layered backgrounds!

More Art Journaling Supplies

Plan Out Your Vision Board Spread and Stick:

Arrange your materials and text on the pages in your art journal. I often move my images and text around multiple times before I am happy with the position, they are in.

Keep playing with your materials until the arrangement feels right. Then stick it down. I like to use glue stick for this because it doesn’t make the paper buckle and its very user-friendly.

vision board art journal spread with envelope and door

Paint, Write, Draw, Doodle, Sketch, Stitch, and Stick some more…

Layer your images, ideas and text and add things as you go along. This is a cyclical process, so it’s important that you continue to keep going back to add to your art.

You will find your vision board is a growing creature. I often go back to pages from months ago and add little doodles and words to the pages.

healthy living vision board

What can I write in my Vision Board Art Journal?

Many people get stuck wondering what they should write about on their vision board and how they can do this.

When writing down your visualizations it is recommended that you write the desire as though it is something you already have. Instead of saying “I will be happy when I live in a big house with a swimming pool”, you should rather say “I am deeply happy living in a big house with a swimming pool”.

Use affirmations in your art journal. An affirmation is a statement that confirms something to be true. Repeat your affirmations to yourself as you make art in your art journal.

The Guided Meditation Site has a great article on how to write affirmations.

Add pockets or pop-ups

I like to add pockets to hold little doodles or notes. Pop up’s also can be really effective!

little envelop on art journal page

Add Embellishments

If you have little items that have significant meaning to you and are linked to your goal, then you can stick them onto your vision board art journal pages.

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Display it

The reason we call it a vision board art journal, is because we need to visualize our goal. In order for it to become a reality, it is really important to visualize it clearly in your mind.

Place your vision board art journal on a stand (like a small recipe stand) or take a photo of your page and use it as your mobile phone’s background. You can also use a temporary box frame and turn the vision board art journal pages when you need to focus on a specific goal.

seaside beach holiday art journal page

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In a world where we are often rushed and pushed towards our goals, the Vision Board Art Journal offers a refreshing shift of pace. It emphasizes the importance of understanding and enjoying the journey as much as reaching the destination. This fascinating blend of visualisation and reflection, a living document of your dreams and progress, can become an empowering tool for personal growth and self-discovery.

Whether you’re an artist, a dreamer, or anyone aspiring to bring their dreams to life, delve into the world of Vision Board Art Journals and discover a new, creative approach to visualizing your goals and celebrating your journey. After all, success isn’t just about reaching the finish line—it’s about appreciating and learning from the path that gets you there.

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