How to Make a Vision Board

How to Make a Vision Board
January 12, 2017 PicMonkey

Attention whole-hearted vision board believers (we’re looking at you, Steve Harvey and Oprah Winfrey) and peeps seeking a new method of self-motivation: it’s time to ditch the scissors and glue sticks. PicMonkey has everything you need to create beautiful digital vision boards that’ll help you keep your eye (and mind) on the prize, without making a mess.

What is a vision board?

If you’re a vision board noob, here’s the gist: vision boards (a.k.a. dream boards or, to others, action boards) are essentially compilations of what you want in your life: what you want to achieve, experience, have, feel, etc. Many people—including more than a few PicMonkeyers who have made YouTube tutorials on the subject—make them annually, in order to stay focused on their goals for the next 365. The boards usually consist of pictures and words, and have a collage-y feel. But there aren’t any design rules in Vision Board Land. It’s all about personal goals and personal style.

How to make a vision board with PicMonkey

To craft a kickin’ digital vision board with PicMonkey’s online tools:

  1. Hover over Design on the PicMonkey homepage and choose a canvas size.
  2. Click the Add your own button at the top of the Overlays tab to add your favorite inspiring images.
  3. Design away with text and our collection of overlays.
  4. Save your vision board to your computer or Hub.

Now that you’ve got the basic rundown, here’s a closer look at the DIY vision board creation process.

Start your vision board by setting up a blank canvas from PicMonkey's homepage.

To get started with your digital vision board, hover over Design on the PicMonkey homepage. Click Blank canvas to choose from the preset size options, or click Custom size to set your own dimensions.

To make a digital vision board, open your pictures as overlays in PicMonkey's Design tool.

Now it’s time to un-blankify that canvas! To add inspiring images that you have saved to your computer, click the Add your own button at the top of the Overlays tab (butterfly icon). You can also click the arrow next to the Add your own button to open your images from your computer, Hub, Facebook, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Flickr.

When you’re looking for images, think of your goals—a beautiful kitchen to represent that remodel you’re aiming for, the Eiffel tower for that trip to Paris, a salad for feeling healthy, etc. Just make sure to check the image permissions if you’ll be sharing your vision board publicly. We also have a handy list of free image resources to help with your inspo quest.

You’ll also find our collection of more than 1,000 original graphics in the Overlays tab. Peruse the category groups to add stars, hats, smiley faces, mustaches, or whatever else you enjoy. To give your board a tactile feel, check out the options in Tape and Pushpins. You can also create a cork board look with Boards in the Textures tab.

Many vision board pros also incorporate words into their motivational masterpieces. Some advocate for including dates on vision boards to help you give yourself a timeline and stay focused. If that’s your jam, put the year at the top and/or months and years with each item on your board. Describing each item in a word or few words is also pretty common, like “Feel productive,” “Fun travel,” or “Become a yoga master.”

Add text to your digital vision board with PicMonkey's tools.

To add text to your vision board, head to the Text tab (the Tt icon). You’ll find a whole bunch of fabulous fonts to play with, including any you have stored on your computer (in the Yours tab). Click the Add text button at the top of the tab, and type
Tip: To make your words pop, try layering them on top of an overlay (like the green square and gold triangle in this design). PicMonkeyer Alison Thornton made her vision board text stand out with bright green label overlays, and you can check it out on YouTube.

Bonus round: Make a vision board with Collage

As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a vision board. Or vision board a cat. Wait, that’s not quite right … Anyway, if you’re not into placing text and images wherever you please on a blank canvas all willy-nilly, we have another vision board creation method for you organizational fanatics.

Open your images in PicMonkey's collage maker to start your digital vision board.

Start on the homepage and hover over Collage. Choose where your photos are stored, or click the Collage button and then use the Add images button to bring your photos into the collage maker.

Drag and drop your images in PicMonkey's collage maker to create a digital vision board.

Once your pics are open in Collage, choose your cell arrangement in the Layouts tab, then drag and drop your images in the cells. You can add more cells, adjust the space between them, change your background color, and more right in Collage—take a look at our collage tutorial for the lowdown on all that good stuff.

When you’re done collaging, click Export to Editor in the top toolbar to polish it off with overlays and text. Wanna see the process in action? Take a look at PicMonkeyer Graphic Ease’s YouTube-torial.


When your vision board is finished and you’re filled with let’s-do-this! feels, save it to your computer or to Hub (in case you wanna add some new awesome goal later). Then make sure your board is someplace where you’re gonna see it. Many vision boarders make their creations their computer desktop backgrounds, or print and frame their boards. Others go the accountabilibuddy route by sharing their boards with a trusted friend or throwing a vision board party.

What you do with your board is up to you, just have fun and get ready to live your best life!


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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.