You’ve probably seen it everywhere: the best sources for vision board pictures are magazines. But what kind of magazines? Do catalogs work? How about fashion magazines? Or maybe Time magazine?
Before you grab anything that looks remotely like a magazine, you need to read this guide and list first. There are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing the best magazines for vision board-making, and you can find them here.
In this article, we’ll give you a few tips on finding the best magazines for a dream board, as well as the 9 best magazines for vision board-making based on 9 different categories.
TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST MAGAZINES FOR VISION BOARD-MAKING
Though more and more publications are switching to digital versions, there are still a great number that produce printed versions. In fact, studies show that although people rely on their smartphones more and more every day, large numbers of people still prefer to read printed magazines.
A study by Mequoda revealed that 19% of their respondents based in the US have read at least 2 print magazines for the past 30 days, while 11% have read at least 3 print titles in the same time period.
The bottom line of the research revealed that 62% of adults in the US still read print magazines on a steady basis.
While digital platforms are increasing, there’s still a big demand for printed magazines, and that is why they’re still the best resource for all your dream board needs.
Here are some tips for finding the best magazines for your next vision board-making activity:
GET THEM CHEAP
You don’t have to buy the latest issues or get a monthly subscription to any of the magazines we mention here on the list.
You can buy back issues, ask friends for old copies, or buy them cheap at Goodwill, get them at public libraries, and other places where you can get them for free or for cheap.
LOOK FOR BIG, BOLD IMAGES AND TEXT
Look for magazines that have mostly photographs and graphics on the pages. If you’re not familiar with a certain magazine, flip through the pages and check for bold, high-quality pictures, as well as images and texts. These are what you’ll be needing for your collage on your dream board.
Stay away from any publications that have too many content pieces as what you need are images, clipart, illustrations, and big words to put on your board.
CHOOSE MAGAZINES THAT ALIGN WITH YOUR GOALS
Don’t just get any magazine you lay your hands on. Take some time to list down your goals and dreams before you start scavenging your old magazines or asking friends for back issues. You need to know what you’re looking for in order to find it.
USE VISION BOARD MAGAZINE KITS
If collecting magazines for your Law of Attraction activity is too time-consuming, you can make use of clipart books or vision board kits that contain magazines filled with hundreds of images, illustrations, graphics, quotes, and affirmations.
Products like The Vision Cloud’s Vision Board Magazine Kit contain all the supplies you need to make a board, plus a magazine that contains over 500 images of 9 different categories. Some of them include Wealth, Relationships, Travel, and so much more.
You won’t need to collect magazines since this kit already has one that provides you with all the images you need. You just have to cut out the pictures and use them on your board.
KEEP THEM FOR FUTURE USE
Once you’re done making your dream board, store the magazines for future use. You can always make more boards, or edit and revise the ones you’ve already made. Don’t throw them out unless you’ve used up all the pages.
Take these tips to heart so you can save time, and money, and make your vision board-making activity a pleasant, and inspiring experience.
TOP MAGAZINES FOR VISION BOARD-MAKING
We’ve written an article on the best magazines to use before, which you can find here. It consists of 5 publications, but in this list, we’ve expanded it and created a list of 9, based on different themes or categories of goals.
Here are 9 of the best magazines you can use for your manifestation practice:
TRAVEL - CONDE NAST TRAVELER
Conde Nast Traveler is one of the most popular travel magazines in the world. They publish 11 times a year, and their annual Hot List is one of their most popular features. This list consists of the 10 up-and-coming restaurants, places, activities, and things to do in different parts of the world. For seasoned travelers, this magazine is a must.
They have jaw-dropping photography and images, which will inspire you to plan a luxurious trip to the Bahamas, the Mediterranean, or somewhere in the middle of the Pacific. This Magazine is perfect for anyone who wants bucket-list quality travel goals and dreams.
STYLE - INSTYLE
Fashion and being stylish may not be a goal for many but it’s a goal, regardless. Taking care of your looks will help you feel better, lift your mood, give you more confidence, and give you more positivity in life and career.
InStyle is one of the most popular fashion magazines targeted at women, which features the latest trends, celebrity lifestyle features, and style icons. They have the most beautiful pictures of clothes, accessories, a celebrity’s style you can follow, and even other features that include beauty and human interest stories.
Though they have gone completely digital, InStyle magazines’ back issues are plentiful and each edition typically has hundreds of pages of clothes, accessories, beauty hacks, and everything in between.
FITNESS - WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE
For weight loss, diets, health, nutrition, and positive lifestyle goals, Women’s Health Magazine is for you. It has lots of pictures of healthy recipes, step-by-step exercises, and stories of weight loss success that can inspire and motivate, as well as the health and fitness journeys of celebrities and athletes whom you can use as your inspiration.
PARENTING -TODAY’S PARENT
If you’re a new parent or want to be one, this magazine is packed with pictures of parents and kids, babies, and toddlers, recipes for kids, pregnancy advice, and so much more.
It’s a Canadian magazine with 1.3 million readers a month and includes other topics that resonate with parents, such as health, education, behavior, and nutrition.
MONEY -MONEY MAGAZINE
Financial success is something that everyone yearns for and if you’re making a wealth or financial freedom vision board, this magazine is for you. It’s specifically created for personal finance information, news updates, business examples, and so much more.
The topics it covers include loans, mortgages, insurance, credit cards, as well as paying for college, career, and so much more. There are over 10 million visitors to their website each month, and their printed version contains striking images, big, bold texts, and high-quality pictures perfect for a dream collage.
BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEUR
Entrepreneur magazine is one of the most-read magazines in the US, considered to be among the leading business publications. It is designed for startups and small business owners, offering articles and ideas on how to manage, grow, and expand small businesses.
This is an incredibly inspiring magazine for anyone who wants to start their own business. They have lots of exciting real-life stories of success, with high-quality pictures, giving you all the images you need for a business vision board.
DOMESTIC LIFE -REAL SIMPLE
It may not be the dream life for everybody, but plenty of people wish to have a domesticated life of cooking, taking care of the house, watching children, doing DIY home repairs, and decorating a home. The rat race can be mentally exhausting and the hustle and bustle of modern life can give you overwhelming stress.
Studies show that crafting or DIY projects can help boost mood and improve your mental health, making domestic life the dream for many people.
This magazine contains articles and pictures of this very life, offering topics such as decorating, organizing your home, health tips, recipes, and even child care and homemaking.
HOME -BETTER HOMES AND GARDEN
If you want to make a board containing your dream home, this is the magazine for you. It’s packed with gorgeous photographs of beautiful homes, their interiors, and of course, their landscaped gardens.
Each image you will find in this magazine will give you a cozy, homey feeling, inspiring you and motivating you to go after your dreams of buying your dream home or even turning the one you have into the home you've always wanted.
RELATIONSHIPS/DATING - COSMOPOLITAN
If you want to make a soulmate, dating, or relationship dream board, you can use Cosmopolitan. There are millions of readers of Cosmopolitan, which features images of fashion, style, and human interest stories, but they are most famous for their relationship and dating advice.
If you’re a single woman who wants to hop on the dating game or you’re in the first stages of a long-term relationship, you’ll find lots of images, quotes, words, and advice from this magazine.
When choosing magazines for vision board-making, always choose the ones that resonate with you the most. Let the pictures and words speak to you, and use them to make the vision board that will help you kickstart the life of your dreams.