I'm using this particular vision board to help me develop new items and accessories for my Etsy shop. I have a vague idea of the direction I want to take this but didn't want my decisions to be so controlled. I figured that I should trust my instincts and picked images that made me go "Oooh!" and "Ahh!".
Now I am about to give you a closer look at my vision board and dissect its parts to explain why I picked these images.
This is the upper portion of my vision board. I like to rip out pages from fashion magazines because in my opinion its the most influential industry. Fashion is always changing and reinventing itself so its the fastest way to keep up with the times. Even if you're looking at older fashion photos, some elements still find a way to come back. These clippings are about two years old, but I still find these inspiring and relevant to what I'm doing. I'm hoping that they will help me to create something new.
I found that I was attracted to similar types of things. Some recurring themes are classic patterns (stripes, tartan, plaid), big bows, and earthy colors contrasted by vibrant pops of color.
This is the lower portion. This has some inspirational odds and ends that I have yet to figure out. I'm keeping them up here because I do see potential in these images. My favorite parts of this section are all the funky patterns and the ballerina tutu.
Having all of these images together is really helping me come up with ideas! I have a ton of supplies that I wasn't sure what to use for. I've collected pretty things like ribbons, plastic pearls, feathers, and faux fur. Now that my vision board is up, I think I have a better idea of what to do with them. I can't wait to get started on them so I can show you! I think you'll like them :)
My vision board comes in the form of a French memo board style. However, there are many ways to create one and make it your own. I will place some important links on the bottom of this post :)
I loooove my felt swatches from Benzie Bazaar! This was probably my best purchase of 2010.
I had a difficult time figuring how to assemble this at first. I knew I wanted to recycle old materials though. I went looking around my treasure chest of a basement and found a couple of picture frames. They were gold-plated and had an antique look, but it was unfortunate that they were too small for this project. I remembered that I had a dozen old paintings that never sold, so I took my least favorite and attached some clips onto it. No worries, my artwork changed a lot in five years, I don't really miss the painting and right now its being used in a better way. The cool thing about this set up is that the swatches are held on by clips so I can easily remove them. This makes it convenient in case I need to bring the swatches with me to the fabric store. I really love the simple, sleek black frame. It probably works better than my original antique idea. The frame is large enough for me to stash business cards and things I need to remember.
I'm really happy with the direction that my wall is taking. I know that it still needs to evolve as my ideas change and grow. I will be working on more visual boards for other aspects of my life. I know this will take a while because its hard to plan a year within a day. I will be updating my progress in the coming months!
Here are some sites that have helped me develop my vision board:
Craft Ideas Weekly: How to Make a Vision Board
Anna Denise: Article on Mood Boards. She also has some really cool sketchbook scans on her Flickr!
San Smith: Creating Visual Lists for 2009 and Visual Lists for 2010
The Law of Attraction
The Secret: This is a really inspiring book! A quick read too.
French memo board tutorial by me :)
If you're working on your vision boards, I would love to see them! I find that it helps to see what others are working on because it triggers excitement and ideas bounce off of each other to create great things!
Good luck everyone! Let's plan and make 2011 an amazing year!