Get Creative! Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board #CanYouTopThis

The Elmer’s “Can You Top This?” round 2 challenge #sponsored opportunity came just as I was about to create my vision board. I figured it was someone’s way of being sure that this is the year I make that vision board. I am so excited to get started on this project. And the best part is that I get to giveaway three $100 gift card prizes (see the details after the project).

Every year we all set our intentions and every year, by March they are out the door. For 2010, I went through a process of setting my intentions with every intention of reaching all my goals. I even posted them all here so I would be held accountable. Didn’t work!

I just finished reading the Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards on my Kindle for iPad and the free Vision Board e-book by Christine Kane. I decided this was the year, I’m making one. In the next week I will post more details and resources for creating your visions board.

My Vision Board Project Supply List

  • Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display board (foam or cardboard)
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner Refill
  • Elmer’s No-Wrinkle Dual Tip Glue Pen
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Squares
  • Elmer’s Project Popperz Peel & Stick Numbers & Symbols in Black
  • Elmer’s Shimmer ‘n Shine Shimmering Shapes Washable Art Glazes
  • Elmer’s 3D 10 Classic Rainbow ‘n Glitter Colors
  • Elmer’s Project Popperz Classic Colors Markers (8 pack)

Vision Board Craft Plan

  1. Write out a list of goals that you would like to achieve (that you would like on your vision board).
  2. Find pictures, quotes, words or headlines to glue to your vision board. Magazines work really well for finding pictures and headlines to represent your goals. You may also use pictures that you have or search for pictures online and print them. What you choose is up to you. I started by going through magazines and cutting out anything that appealed to me.
  3. Separate all the items you found in step 2 into piles for each of your goals (if you have more than 1).
  4. Lay out the items onto your Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board. Do not glue them down yet. The order is not important. Do what feels and looks right for you. There are many theories about creating a vision board. My personal theory is create your vision board so that it inspires you. It needs to make sense to you and no one else. I left white space so that I could add elements and decorations after. The scrapbooker in me wanted to make it pretty!
  5. Once you are satisfied with the layout of all the items, begin to glue everything down. Use Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Squares to put pictures onto the Tri-Fold Display Board. I adhered all my pictures to scrapbooking paper before putting it on the board. Feel free to be as creative as you would like when adhering your items to the board.
  6. Use the Elmer’s Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner and Refill to adhere larger papers or items to the board. I found this tape runner worked really well for gluing things onto glitter paper which is often hard to get things to stick to.
  7. Use the Elmer’s No-Wrinkle Dual Tip Glue Pen to adhere the magazine clippings to the board. The glue is perfect for magazine or newspaper because it doesn’t wrinkle.
  8. Add any additional elements or decorations to your vision board. I used the Elmer’s Project Popperz Peel & Stick Numbers & Symbols in Black for the year.
  9. Finalize your vision board with your name and label anything that you feel needs a label. I used the Elmer’s 3D 10 Classic Rainbow ‘n Glitter Colors to highlight anything on my board that needed a little glitter. I used the Elmer’s Project Popperz Classic Colors Markers (8 pack) to add my name and put some decoration around some of the goal pictures.
  10. Put your vision board in a place where you will see it every day.

Vision Board Example Video

This video is about 10 minutes long, but I go through and explain in great detail why I chose the different items on my vision board. I won’t be insulted if you do not watch the entire 10 minute video. I created it for anyone who wonders why I chose different items or if you want an in depth explanation of a vision board.

Elmer’s #CanYouTopThis Vision Board Example from Michele McGraw on Vimeo.

My 10 minute detailed explanation of my vision board

I can not wait to see what you all come up with. I had a lot of fun creating my vision board and I will keep you all up to date on my goal achievements for 2011.

Disclosure: I was compensated by Collective Bias and Elmer’s in exchange for creating this project and hosting the contest on my blog.

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44 Responses to “Get Creative! Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board #CanYouTopThis”

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  2. Edmond says:

    That’s really time consuming , but it’ll keep reminding you of how serious you were about your goals, I’ll try to upload pictures of my own Vision Board if I can make it before x-mas.

  3. Jolon says:

    Looks great, Michele!

  4. Leticia- Chief BitMom says:

    Hi Michele! Just stopping to to tell you that your board is awesome! I’m looking forward to seeing how you meet your many goals in 2011 and look forward to doing a race with you this spring! I might not be able to do a half marathon but count me in for at least a 5K when the weather warms!

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  6. Mallery says:

    @scrappinmichele Your #CanYouTopThis vision board turned out great!

  7. Jolon Hull says:

    RT @scrappinmichele: Just Posted: Get Creative! Win $100 Gift Card, Elmer’s #CanYouTopThis << looks great!

  8. Keonte' says:

    Great job Michele. When you lay out all your goals and visions like this, they seem a little more attainable. You’ve inspired me to create one.

    Love the addition of a video too!

  9. Joyce Schwarz says:

    You and your readers might enjoy seeing a free chapter of the bestselling book THE VISION BOARD which has sold 75,000 copies and is available at major bookstores everywhere that features more than 100 color vision boards from 38 states and 9 countries around the globe along with more than 75 interviews with such VIP’s and celebrities a Marie Diamond Feng Shui Expert from THE SECRET and Afas the winner of the $1 million CBS Suvivor prize. You can see the free chapter on visioning (did you include a life visioning session in your vision board creation? Go to and click on look inside to see the free chapter. And to see more than 200 blog posts , podcasts and tips on vision board creation go to: which is the blog for the book So interesting to see you recommend Elmer’s products because I talked with one of theihr execs at the Craft & Hobby Show in Anaheim last January at that convention PS if you’d like a review copy of the book I can have Harper Collins send you one need your mailing address though

  10. Milcah says:

    Wow! I'm really enjoying the round 2 boards! Makes me want to amp up on creativity!
    Here's my entry:
    Thanks :).

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  12. sharlene says:

    We had a BLAST doing this. I was so excited to find your blog a few days ago and we just finished out entry today!

    WE worked HARD On this so I hope you like it!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to spend a few quality hours with my boys…this is one we won't forget!

  13. 5 more days to enter the #CanYouTopThis challenge & win 1 of 3 $100 Wal-Mart gift cards

  14. Amy says:

    My 9 year old made an 18" doll closet on a budget –

    Thank you for the great contest!

  15. Mel says:

    I made an apron display for the CYTT contest:

    So much fun; thanks so much for the opportunity!

  16. Hi! We just finished our blog posting :) It was so much fun!

  17. Mallery says:

    RT @scrappinmichele: 2 days left to get your creative on & win $100 Wal-Mart gift card. #CanYouTopThis

  18. 2 days left to get your creative on & win $100 Wal-Mart gift card. #CanYouTopThis

  19. PauleyD says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! This has been a wonderful project.

    Here is my link:

  20. Stephanie says:

    What a fun contest !!! The possibility’s are ENDLESS !!!
    Here is my entry :)

  21. Sara Blake says:

    My fiancee and I are getting married this year and I need something to organize my Wedding "propaganda' if you will so I made a wedding Board!

  22. Adrienne Speckhals says:

    Hi my name is Adrienne Speckhals and I made this fireplace

  23. Alicia says:

    My 2011 goal board to keep my goals in sight (literally) every day-

  24. Michele says:

    I'm about to post the winners. I am in Vegas for CES and I haven't been able to get online from anywhere. Hoping I can keep my connection long enough to get the winners posted!

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