Make Your Vision Board Work for You in 2017

How to create a vision board that works for youVision board techniques to make THIS the year you’ve been dreaming of!

What is your dream for this year? Maybe it’s financial stability, your dream career, a fairy tale love, or jet setting on the adventure of a lifetime around the globe. Whether your dreams are wild or mild, they can seem attainable at times. That’s where a vision board comes in to serve as a visual representation that helps you keep your eye on the prize. Here’s one of several I made this year. I chose the colors for a common aesthetic and mood:

5 powerful vision board techniques

What is a vision board and how do I make one?

A vision board is a collage made using images that represent goals that you want to manifest. It serves as a reminder throughout the year to put the work into making these dreams a reality. To make one, you’ll need a 12×12 paper or larger and magazine pictures. Take it from someone who always has leftover pictures that didn’t fit, 12×12 inches is the minimum you’ll want to use. It can include a mix of cutout pictures, cutout words, and written words.

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5 Effective Vision Board Techniques to Try this Year

Make your vision board more fun and effective with these ideas. Setting goals should be fun! Don’t feel like you have to do all of these, just consider the ones that resonate with you.

1. Make it a party. It’s so much easier to get your vision board done when you have someone providing you the place, time and materials. And they will hold you accountable for finishing your board. This is vision board time!

2. Use unexpected materials. Mix it up by asking your friends for magazines that you don’t read yourself. This expands your boundaries and gives you more to work with. Incorporate colored pens, stickers and colored card stock for vibrant, creative, no-limits vision boarding. You could even end up with a picture of a Corgi, who knows!

corgi collage for vision board

3. Notice what’s NOT on the board. When I finished my board this year, what was most surprising was what I hadn’t made goals about. These represented activities and commitments in my life that my heart isn’t in–and are sucking energy away from what I really do want to accomplish this year. These things might need to be eliminated or downsized in 2017.

4. Bring in spirituality. If you follow a faith, consider how you want that to fit into your goals in the coming year. Including a quote from your faith can serve as a powerful reminder of what’s truly important to you. If you’re not into religion, any inspirational quote that you connect with works. I find that the poetry of Rumi resonates with many people.

Rumi Quote for vision board

5. Display it in a prominent place. Mine is over my desk right now. Refer back to it throughout the year. You can’t do that if it’s in your closet or under your bed, so make sure you can see it regularly.

Now I have questions for you! Do you create vision boards? What goals did you set for 2017?

5 powerful vision board techniques

Make a Felt Heart Envelope

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I read something so inspiring yesterday on social media, a message urging people to consider Valentine’s Day as a way to spread love to people who might need it whether it’s a note, a flower or a kind word. It sounds simple, but it’s easy to get caught up in your own plans (or lack of plans) and forget that small gestures can mean so much to someone else! Today’s post is a craft tutorial that makes a perfect small gift for Valentine’s Day or any day.

After experimenting with a variety of fun ways to decorate envelopes, I made this handmade felt envelope craft to send to friends and my top blogging supporters to say Thank You. It was a little Valentine’s Day gift. Here’s how you can make your own, step by step.

Felt Handmade Envelope Coin Purse Tutorial

You’ll need: Two colors of felt, embroidery floss, scissors, needle, hot glue, buttons and thin elastic. Quick tip: instead of sewing you can use hot glue.

Step 1: Start with a diamond shape cut out of a piece of felt. The envelope can be made small or large depending on the size of your felt. The ones I made were the right size to hold a business card or some coins, and the flat edges of the diamond measured 5 1/2 inches long each.

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Step 2: Fold the sides in and bottom up in preparation for sewing or gluing these edges together to form the envelope shape.

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Step 3: If sewing, pin the edge you’re not working on down to hold it until you make your way back to it. Optional: carefully trim down the pointy edge to make it flat, as in the photo below.

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Step 4: Add a fastener. I did this two ways. One was to hot glue a piece of velcro. The other was to sew on a button to the envelope body and add a loop of elastic to the flap. The button looks nice, but the Velcro is easier. Take your pick.

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Step 5: Hot glue on a felt heart to the top of the flap. You can experiment with using different colors of felt for different looks.

DIY felt heart envelope coin pursesAnd you’re done!  Share what you think of this tutorial in the comments and let me know if you have any questions!

Definitely check out more envelope decorating ideas, and follow along for more craft ideas on Pinterest.

DIY felt envelopes tutorial

Valentine Envelopes To Make This Year

Envelope-love-letters-DIYHomemade Happiness

They say happiness is homemade, and I am inclined to agree. Lately, I’ve been really into decorating envelopes. These were featured on Midwest Living along with more envelope decorating ideas, so you can see the full list there.

These can be used to hold homemade love notes or add an extra personal touch to your store bought cards (this card is simple and cute). You can use these techniques for any season, I just personalized these for Valentine’s Day. It’s coming up in less than a week! Don’t miss my cake banner tutorial for more Valentine’s craft inspiration.

Eco-friendly upcycled paper bag envelopes

To make this card, I unfolded a crumpled old envelope I didn’t need and then traced around it onto a grocery store paper bag like the one I used in the gift wrap tutorial. After cutting out the new envelope shape, fold the sides in, the bottom up and the top down and an envelope shape should appear! Glue the edges securely and it’s ready to decorate.

I used white acrylic paint and a brush to put a design on the front. White really pops against the unbleached paper, but you could also use a metallic sharpie or gel pen to make this job way easier. I would recommend this if you’re writing anything longer than someone’s name, since painting was a little tedious. Remember gel pens? They still sell them. I just discovered that now there’s Gelly Roll Glaze, which gives a raised design. I haven’t tried them but they look enticing.

Add a Valentine’s sticker or heart cutout to the back and you’re done!

DIY valentine's envelopesWatercolor resist envelopes

The second technique I’m sharing with you is so easy that it’s popular with kids but way more impressive looking than a children’s craft. It’s a classic watercolor resist! Use a white envelope that’s on the thicker side. You can buy watercolor paper envelopes, make your own out of cardstock following the steps above, or just pick a fairly thick commercial envelope. Using a sharp white crayon or waxy colored pencil, write the name and/or address. The hardest part of this whole process is not really knowing what you’re writing! An alternative is to use a metallic silver colored pencil.

Then do a water color wash over it with 1-3 colors that blend well together. As you can see in the photo below these envelopes are artsy without being overly feminine, which is nice if the object of your affection isn’t into hearts and lace.

DIY-watercolor-envelopesWhether you’re sending something to a special someone or every friend and loved one in your life, these card techniques add something extra. Let me know how you enjoyed these techniques and if you have any questions in the comment section below.

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3 Steps to the Best Single Valentine’s Day Ever

How to have fun on valentines day when you're singleSo you’re single on Valentine’s Day. A fate worse than death, if you ask some people. Personally, I am 100% convinced that the holiday peaks in first grade with pink heart crafts and everyone in the class getting a Valentine card.

“Who is this sad girl?” You’re probably asking yourself. “And why is she indifferent to the world’s most romantic holiday?” The day is one of my favorites, actually. I was obviously born to make crafts for it. I just think of it as an equal opportunity holiday that can be enjoyed (and laughed at) no matter one’s dating status.

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day while single

So how do you make it a fun single Valentine’s Day? According to one of my friends, it’s a three-step process:

  1. Abandon all hope
  2. Embrace that this is it
  3. Treat yo’ self with the money you would have spent on your significant other

It’s not a bad list really, but let me offer an alternative 3-step list.

1. Show your single pride.

Turn off the dating apps. Time is not of the essence. Having no date is better than an awkward first date, if you ask me (or any sane person). Instead, sport a funny shirt which does double duty by embracing how awesome your single self is while subtly announcing your status (just in case the cute guy in your building notices). Awesomely, you can get this shirt at one of my favorite online places to shop, Etsy, along with other classics including “If you’re single and you know it pet your cat” and “Just a single mom trying to raise my plants.”

Single valentine's day pride2. Host a Galentine’s Day party.

You do the cute ice skating and dinner date with heart-shaped cheesecake once and you’re good, honestly. But getting together with your squad never gets old. Contrary to popular belief, a party with your single friends doesn’t need to be a sad affair where everyone drinks wine while silently swiping through Tinder. It also doesn’t need to just include single friends. Get all your favorites together for a Galentine’s Day brunch or gift exchange. If you do a gift exchange, just please promise me you’ll bring a cat bonnet as your gift.

3. Do a cute craft

Crafting endorphins are a real thing, but I cannot prove it because I am not a scientist. DIY something cute like these envelopes for your single friends, or make a cake banner for your Galentine’s party. Or this pretty decor idea from Michael’s:

Galentine's Day party ideasThese three steps will bring back some of the everyone-gets-a-valentine joy from elementary school. And remember no matter what happens on February 14th, you’re not the guy who got friend zoned on Instagram.

Check out my other posts if you need a laugh at Valentine’s Day’s expense!

How to have fun as a single person on the most romantic day of the year

How to Try Spring Style Trends on a Budget

How to incorporate trendy styles on a budgetTweed, Pink, Plaid and Pleats

With pleats in style for spring last year, they’re back again but lighter and airier. Think a delicate few pleats in flowing fabrics. Not gonna lie, I’m not really into this 70s/90s thing fashion has going on right now but I can work with a pleat here or there.

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This outfit is a great example of how you can incorporate a trend seamlessly into your look, without needing to buy an entirely new outfit. In general, trend pieces are not where you want to spend a lot of money, because you likely won’t be wearing them for many seasons. Yes, things do come back into style eventually but only after you’ve finally given those items away. It’s practically a scientific law. Just ask my choker collection, which went MIA just in time for the Great Choker Revival of 2016.

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I picked up this skirt last spring when pleats were everywhere, just so I could try the trend. I hadn’t worn pleats since…I don’t know, 2003? The tweed jacket and plaid scarf are items of classic style and good quality. Admittedly, I did not splurge on them as they were given to me secondhand. But they are items I would say you could spend on if you wanted. The designer purse was a splurge (A similar one here  is a majorly discounted), the necklace a vintage heirloom and the cowgirl booties and tights were just things I had in my closet.

Spring style trends on a budgetSo the takeaway here is: Save on trendy items + Splurge on quality classics + Combine them into outfits that are the perfect mix of staples you can wear again and on-trend pieces that won’t destroy your clothing budget.

Then you can throw your scarf in the air without a care in the world!

Save money on style trends These photos were taken by Mo Ashley. They have a lovely early spring, Secret Garden-inspired aesthetic that I’m really enjoying. It reminds me of my Secret Garden Literary Scarf. For more of her work, see these earlier posts I did with her on my favorite ever Anthropologie dress, transitional season style and subtle colors.

Tweed pink and plaid with pleats in style for spring

What are you looking forward to this spring?

For more spring inspiration, take a peek at my Style Inspirations board on Pinterest.

How to try style trends on a budgetFor immediate shopping ideas to create your own look, start here:

 

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