how to make mood boards

I love making mood boards. As a creative person I find planning my ideas visually really helps me make an idea a reality. I use mood boards for everything, whether that’s planning a makeup concept, redesigning my blog or planning some kind of interior decorating. I love Pinterest and the save function on Instagram, but I do like to print a mood board and see it above my desk to really take in an idea and ponder it in my own time, so I can build on my ideas. There’s various different methods I’ve tried including photoshop, polyvore and cutting and pasting in pages, but my favourite method after much experimenting has to be using Canva.

how to make mood boards
how to make mood boards

Canva for me was a real game changer, in that everything is drag and drop, plus the standard version is free, and I find I can do everything I need to do with the free version. You can upload pretty much any image and then choose the grid layouts to choose how you position your photos. I find the clean lines of a grid help me focus on each image without it getting messy or over cluttered. I actually learnt about this through the planning community, as you guys know I love my stationary and planning in general is my thang! There’s lot of different layouts but the one you can see here is the one I tend to use the most. You can also add text to mood baords using a couple of different fonts and sizings. Canva is also great for creating imagery in general, whether that’s flyers, social media thumbnails or more formal layouts like a letterhead.

To make the mood boards with the layout I have in these photos I just go to ‘create a design’ and then choose ‘custom dimensions’ where you can choose whatever size you like, for these mood boards I use width of 1200 px and height of 1600 px. Next it will take you to ‘Canva layouts’, this is where you can choose how your images will be displayed. If you scroll through all the options you will see the layout I have here and tend you use often, you can click your chosen layout and it will appear on your page. Next go to the side panel and select ‘uploads’ this is where you’ll find your uploaded images and then you simply drag and drop into the layout. Its that easy. You can save the finished mood board as an image or a PDF. I wish I’d found this sooner as I use it pretty much on a day to day basis, for work and play because it’s so quick and easy. Hope this answers any questions you have about how I make my mood boards, if I’ve missed anything or you do have any questions let me know in the comments below.