How To: Vision Board Collages
At the start of every season, a group of my friends crowd around my dining room table piled with magazines, glue sticks, scissors, and tape for what has become one of my favorite activities: vision boarding. In the last year, that scene has looked a bit different—sometimes we all jump on a video call and cut/paste from afar or I’ll work on mine alone then send photos to the group—but the spirit is the same. We flip through stacks of glossies, tear out images and words that inspire us, then assemble everything together on paper to tell a story about our hopes, wishes, and goals for the coming quarter.
Some of my friends take the assignment quite literally (my friend Katie once pasted a big bowl of spaghetti and announced that she hoped to eat more pasta over the summer), while others are more metaphorical (like my friend Alison whose boards often feature strong references to color and texture). You can use words or no words; cover all the white space so the images come off the page or go more minimalist; orient your paper horizontally or vertically; use glue or (my preference) double-sided tape. Really, my favorite part of vision boarding is that there are no real rules, only feelings and intuition.
There is something so soothing about arranging your vision into a tangible reality while also finding a use for your Vogues gathering dust in the corner. And it’s amazing to look back on the collages you made in the past to see what has come to fruition. As we round the calendar into a new year, consider adding this exercise to your own ritual to envision (and see through) all your big dreams.