Creating a Digital Goal/Vision Board-Dream Wherever You Go!
Do you love the idea of creating one of those goal boards for your life, but don’t know if you can make time for all of that , uh, messy glue and paper scraps? Enter the digital vision board!
When I think about how many on-the-go, transient lifestyles are out there today, when having an electronic device in easy access is about as important as say, access to drinking water, it makes sense.
That’s why I’m presenting this digital vision board….You can set it to your wallpaper on your phone or tablet and always have a powerful reminder of your goals and dreams. Sounds fun? Great!
I just want to show you the one I’ve been up to lately….The goal theme for my board is “Eating healthy”…This is a good goal to create a board around, by the way 😊 That’s it below!
Long story short, my late husband, who passed away this past summer, had type 2 diabetes; I will spare you the gory details, but this is a pretty serious disorder. I think I may have gotten traumatized to the point where I thought seriously about cleaning up my own diet.
Kicking out all the carbs, sugar, white processed flour (or as much as possible – we are human and not perfect)
Having this nutrition-based goal board hanging around is definitely going to be in easy reach! So whatever your main goal is, are you ready to create a digital based board around it? Alright, let’s get started!
One: Go On a Photo Hunt (Can Be a Repository – Or Your Own)
If you photograph a lot, go through your picture library right now…do you have any images that represent that goal? Or contain similar themes? If you’re not a big shutterbug, you can also get photos (free and legal) from an online photo repository that specializes in “royalty free” images – some are free and some are paid subscription.
Spend some time scouting out some images that represent your goals…Things like fitness – people running a marathon would be a good choice. Goals that include getting a new job? Finding love? Money?
You can probably find scads of these online to download right now that have something that represent your goal. Pictures of money, pictures of weddings, pictures of friendly recruiters….Sometimes the “thing” isn’t always findable in a pic and that’s OK, look for some that are close.
Two: Get Your Software Ready
Next you’ll need access to a graphic program as this is where we will create your digital vision, whether software or cloud-based. I’ve been a Picmonkey subscriber for over a year and the tools are phenomenal for this kind of project due to the many layouts, templates, and creative elements you can use.
I’ve already downloaded and resized my chosen images…Make sure you’ve got all yours in a safe place, and label the folder.
I scrolled down and clicked on “Collage layouts and blank canvases” and selected the “Collage” option.
Choose to create a new project and for image size settings – that’s up to you. You can choose something like A4; mine is a perfect square in 1000 by 1000 pixels.
I made the background color outline a nice orange color to stand out.
You should receive a prompt to upload your image(s). (Here, it’s “replace with image”) I clicked on the different layers from the palette to the left and right clicked, the menu that pops up gave me an option to “Replace image”.
You can do one at a time, or maybe a batch. The Collage setting will enable you to move images easily and not have to stress about things like background colors, etc.
Drag and drop your images into the respective spaces provided.
Keep adding your images into the respective grid spaces….You can probably fiddle with them a little more and enlarge them, or set them in a unique angle.
Here is what my vision board looks like when I managed to upload all my pictures…
Think about embellishing your board too, with cute blurbs and other graphics to make it more personal. I’m also adding a cute heart shape, and the words “Eat smart, feel great”.
I also did a little work on the images as a whole (I selected all the image layers and flattened the file, and then added a nice green-ish overlay.)
Save Your Finished Board
When you are pleased with how your digital board looks, save it….Because you are using photos, save your board as a JPEG for best results and least amount of file size used. Jpeg’s are easily compressed without image quality degradation. Don’t forget to give your board a great name, too!
To reduce the file size a little, choose a lower quality output…somewhere in the “happy medium” is good. No quality loss and loads nicely.
Now you can take your finished digital goal board and set it to your desktop wallpaper, or for your smartphone or tablet, so you have a daily reminder of your dreams and aspirations!
Me, I’m going to try to see what I can do in the “no carb” department…Wish me luck! Same to you, good luck to you in achieving your goals!