How to make a Mood Board in Canva

Hi guys, this weeks theme seems to be unintentionally based on cleaning and reorganizing which probably stemmed from us doing some actual spring cleaning around the house.

On yesterday's post I updated you guys on a new mood board I created for the blog and I had a few questions as to how I created it.  I love helping others and showing others how to do things.  It makes me happy.  So in honor of making me happy.  I created a tutorial for you.  Beware my arrows are a little on the cray cray side, next tutorial will be better I promise.  

I had seen Canva swirling around on social media, and I have enough monthly subscriptions that I don't need so I didn't want to sign up for another, but Canva is free (for the most part).  You can use a lot of Canva's features for absolutely FREE.  If you have your own images then you are good to go, but Canva offers images that you can purchase for the low, low price of $1.00 if you ever need them.  There is no charge to upload images or use any of their text.  

Let's get going on this tutorial.

First you will need to go to www.canva.com.  Once you are there this pretty little site will pop up.   You will either need to sign up or use Facebook or Google to gain access.  I used my google account.  

I highly suggest browsing around a little before you start a project.  Canva automatically saves your work which is perfect for me because I forget to click the save button on most things.  The images/pdf's you can create are pretty limitless and I love that.  I use this for blog title images, business cards, instagram post, and more.  You just have to use your imagination a little. There isn't a Mood Board selection, but I am going to walk you through how I created mine. 

 
 

In order to get going with the Mood Board I selected the + more (see my lovely arrows, lol).  After you click the + button, you will be directed to different sizes, I went with the 8.5 x 11 which if you hover over the selection the size will show at the bottom in white.  If one of the selections says something like the 8.5 x 11 says REAL ESTATE flyer, just use your imagination and determine what you can do with the dimension rather than what the selection actually says, because once you click on it a bunch of different layouts will become available.  

 
 
 

After you are done with size selection, select the layout tab and once you do that you will have to scroll down a bit to get to the basic layouts.  Canva offers some pre-made layouts you can change the text, background and pretty much any part of it that you can click on.  You can create custom colors, etc., that is why in my first step I recommend playing around on Canva, you won't break anything I promise.  

Once you have figured out which layout will work for you, click on the uploads tab.  Once you are there you can use Canva images, or your own images by uploading.  You do have to click on the green box that says upload images, or you can drag and drop the images to Canva but once you do that you still have to drag your image over to the box selection that you want it in.  Don't be afraid to put it in different areas, because you can always delete it from once box or another.  

 
 
 

If you want to change the color of a particular box you have to select the box and then the little circled area. Once you do that another little pop up will emerge and you can select one of the colors there or you can create your own by selecting the + button.  

 
 
 
 

This is where it gets a little hectic looking, but don't be afraid it is not that bad.  When you are ready to add text to certain boxes, click on the Text tab.  I actually like using the premade text selections that Canva has to offer, but I do play with the fonts, etc.  If you don't like any of these you can definitely do the Add text, Add substitle, Add a little body.  The trick with the text part of it is that on the premade (2) ones you cannot change the layout, they are grouped together, but you can delete certain words, just make sure it is highlighted as HELLO is below.  Once you do select a certain area, the selection boxes will pop up, you can change the font (3) you can change the font size (5) and you can change the font color (6).  Arrow (4) is there because you have to make sure you are on the selection for the word HELLO.  

 
 

If you want to go back to something you previously had there is an undo button in the blue green bar at the top that allows you to go back.  I highly suggest making changes and rearranging stuff as you go.  Be careful the layout itself will move so I had to use the undo button to put it back in place when I was trying to rearrange text and images.  

I discovered Canva about 2 weeks ago and I have used it since.  I am able to create all sorts of images that make me look like a pro in Photoshop.  I love how I am able to create tons of things on the go.  I did download Canva on my iPad (it is not available on the iPhone), and I use it on my Mac & PC without any issues.  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any other request.  Let me know I will try my best to help you.  If you loved this tutorial don't forget to use the SHARE buttons below!  Have a Happy HUMP day! = D

OH LOOK, at my final product for this mood board.  It didn't take anytime at all.