A vision board is a poster of cut-out illustrations of things you’d like to bring in your life or places you’d like to go. It’s easy to think that you need hours to make one of these, along with stacks of magazines to pore through, specially purchased supplies, and a clear kitchen table.

The last time I made one of THOSE was when I shipped my entire family off to India for two weeks. This was years ago, and that one ended up being more of an anal-retentive board, full of precisely glued words and pictures, but not, well, messy visions.

So here’s an easy, down-and-dirty, no-excuses way to make a vision board:

Forget the magazines, glue stick, and board. Think up a handful of wildly improbable goals (WIGs) and do a Google search on each one. Select “Images” and find one that best represents what you have in mind, or makes your heart sing, and print it. Cut out your pictures, tape them to each other, and tape the whole mess up on the wall. Done.

This is an altered book I started last year at a Kelly Kilmer workshop, and I'm continuing to work on it this summer. It's small enough that I can crank down the perfectionism and just play. I'm still not sure what I want to do with the cover; nothing's really jumped out at me, but the current blue is kind of underwhelming. Any ideas?


Altered Notebook


These are pics of a new journal I just made myself. I covered an 8-inch black 3-ring binder with juicy-looking green paper striped liked watermelon. I cut five sheets of decorative cardstock in the shape of little folders, then folded and hole-punched them. Then I cut and punched a bunch of regular off-white paper to go in the folders. I’m not sure what I’ll use this for, but it’s a happy little journal.