Most weeks seem to pass in a blur. And it's not because I'm old and forgetful. Well... not just because I'm old and forgetful. Life is just too busy!
I've tried to slow it down. I've tried to pull back on the minutes to stop them zipping past.. but something always needs my time and attention and those slippery little minutes so quickly escape.
Weekly and daily planners are all very well. A to-do list is nice and organised. But I need something to just glance at and keep me focused on the big picture. I need something that will force me to keep my eyes on the important focus areas and events for the week or month. And, something that will help me remember the special occasions and highlights and memorable time with family - a mood board!
So... what is a mood board and how will it help me?
A mood board is a collection of images, notes, colours and textures related to a particular theme or concept; in my case, a particular week or month.
More than that- it's fun to create. It's a visual presentation of my time and helps me to focus on my tasks. It also helps me keep an eye on the big picture- what I goals I want to achieve for the week or month.
I guess you could say that a mood board is a collage. It can be physical or digital but it's an extremely effective tool for me to stay on track.
A Digital Mood Board
If you want to create a digital mood board, there are a couple of programs that will make the task easy. PicMonkey is an online program that will enable you to create beautiful collages in very little time- and, it's free. There are additional features, if you want, for a small monthly fee, but the free version is perfectly adequate. (A sponsored link is included.)
Just upload your images and create your online collage. Then download the collage image and use it for your computer's and tablet's monthly wallpaper.
Another option is to use one of the many apps available to create your digital collage. Just to get you started, check out Moldiv or FrameArtist, but there are many others.
A physical mood board
You could buy a board and add the photos, images, text and colours you wish to highlight your month's activities. Or you could make your own-- easily. The steps are set out below. Just hover your mouse over each image for the instructions.
You will need:
* 1 large foam-core or corrugated board
*a piece of foam the same size as your board.
*a piece of calico a little larger than the board.
* thin satin ribbon. (The length will depend on your board size, but I used 10m.)
*small beads or diamontes
*double sided tape
*coloured duct tape
*white pva glue
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.