How To Create A Portable Vision Board

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Getting clear on what we want out of life can often be confusing and sometimes overwhelming. Lacking a clear vision disrupts our creativity as we worry about what we should do next.

There are many tools and techniques to help us. Vision boards are one of them.

Vision boards are a place we can collate images and references that represent success to us. But what if we’re on the move or we don’t have wall space for a six metre square masterpiece?

We need a vision board that we can take with us.

Vision boards can be digital or physical.

This post will teach you how to make a portable vision board, in the format of your choice, in four simple steps.

Here’s how:

1. Create time

Firstly you need to put aside some time. Set aside 30-60 minutes to indulge.

If you can’t ‘find the time‘ you need to increase your awareness and start looking for images that support your vision on-the-go.

2. Create and collect images

If you’re not clear on your vision, you can simply pick pictures or images that you like or feel a positive vibe for.

Collect old magazines, catalogues, books and textiles. Be creative.

Enhance the power of your vision by creating messy masterpieces using paint, crayons and paper.

If you’re in an on-line mood there’s always Google images and a printer.

3. Collage

Having collected cut-outs, photos and prints, collage them together in a suitable format. Stick to an A4 or letter size page that can be easily folded and taken with you.

You could use word-processor or photo-editing software to create a collage of images to either print or save.

If you created a computer collage you’ll want to save it. Label it ‘ Portable Vision Board’.

You could stop here as you now have a portable vision board, however, you might want to enhance the power of your portable vision board by putting it somewhere strategic.

4. Location, Location, Location

If you were making a traditional vision board, a pin board that you hang on the wall for example, you would place it in a strategic position that helps you register the images easily and often. This enhances the magic powers of your vision board.

However, portable vision boards have even greater magic powers when they are strategically placed to surprise you.

For example, when I lived in the Alps with Sandra, my partner and a photographer, we took a photo of our vision board at home and kept that with us whilst on the move. We stuck it to the end of our wardrobe so it was always there when we woke up or walked in to the room.

You could keep a photo of your vision board in your wallet or the inside cover of your diary.

The flip-side of your car sun-visor is a good place to fold up a small paper vision board to review when you’re stuck in traffic on a sunny day.

I’ve been known to collect postcards or pictures from leaflets whilst on the move and I keep them in the pocket of my journal. The images are there every time I open my journal.

As my vision changes I leave older images in the old journals and begin to fill new journals with new images.

If you’ve made a computer collage vision board you could save your vision board image to your laptop screen-saver or the wall-paper on your i-Phone.

Magic Powers

Creating a vision board can help keep you focussed on your goals. Frequently referencing vision board images help to remind you of your purpose and direction in life.

A portable vision board is a practical and powerful way to keep our vision in mind whilst we are on the move.

What do you carry with you everyday that could host your portable vision board to reinforce your vision?

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Photo Credit: © Sandra Farrow

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Allan June 13, 2011 at 1:55 AM

I must confess, Rob, I wasn’t sure what a “vision board” was before clicking the link…but now I can’t stop thinking what I’d put on one. It’s a fascinating idea, and I can see exactly how it would work. I really love the idea being “ambushed” by visions; I’ll probably turn it into a competition with my wife…who can get the “best” ambush on the other. Having someone else hide my “vision clippings” will increase the ambush factor higher still!


Allan June 13, 2011 at 1:56 AM

(I should have thanked you for introducing me to the concept. Most remiss of me. So…thank you!)



rob June 13, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Hey Allan,

You’re very welcome and glad you like the concept!

“Ambushed” is such a great word. I wish I had thought of that.

Maybe stick some time aside to get your thoughts in to pictures?

I love the idea of a vision board competition. It could be really intriguing to see what you both (individually) come up with!



Nikki June 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Hi Rob, visiting your site (great design, btw!) from Ali’s. I love the advice about having a portable vision board. I created one at the beginning of last year and, while it’s something I treasure, I’ve since moved house and it’s now boxed away and all curled up at the corners. Thanks for the great advice!


rob June 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Hi Nikki, thanks for dropping by.

I’m totally with you. I first start creating a portable vision board having kept the contents of a large pin-board in a folder, which then came with me back from Australia. I was spooked out by how much had materialised when I opened the folder several months later.

I’d be interested to know if any images on your vision board have materialised since the beginning of last year!



Zac June 13, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Hey, Rob!

Visiting your site from Ali’s.

I love the idea of vision boards, mandela’s etc…I like using visualization myself. That’s a cool board in the post pic, is that yours?



rob June 13, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Hey Zac!

Thanks! Yes, that’s ours as-was then. We took a photo of it and took the photo to the Alps. Interestingly, many of the images we put up on that vision board early last year have been since realised <18 months later including the Northern Lights!



Stephanie June 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Did you know there is vision board software for gadgets like the iPhone?


I like the flipside of the sun-visor idea… somewhere where I look often, so it would be great to be surprised by my dreams! Thanks

(via Aliventures blogon)


rob June 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Hey Stephanie,

Well there you go!

I didn’t know as I’m not much of gadget/smart-phone user (perhaps I ought to be?)

Thanks for sharing the link. It looks perfect for this type of application.


Shawn July 24, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Hi Rob,

I linked to your site from Aliventures!

I was so very impressed by the ideas you present here. You can be as general or specific as you like in creating or collecting the images you use to define your future. Your next vacation spot, your next job, your newest business idea.

I wonder if you could use this idea to correct behaviors? An example might be improving my chronic lateness.

I am struggling a bit with the portability part. It would help me most to carry my vision board with me daily. I have tried using a PowerPoint-based Vision Journal as a way to house images and words I want to materialize in my life. It’s on my laptop. I don’t open the file daily. Maybe I can miniaturize a printed copy to carry with me.

I’m an iPhone user. I have both my iPhone and a writing journal with me all the time. Maybe I can take pictures and images to include in both.

Great ideas! You’ve got me thinking.



rob July 24, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Hi Shawn, thanks for the comments!

You could set-up a digital vision board as your computer desktop wallpaper or screen-saver, that could be one option.

Might be worth checking out the link Stephanie posted above for iPhone software?

Let us know how you get on,



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