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DIY: Get Your Mood Board On – No.05

Designing a mood board for your brand is essential. It helps tie together all the thoughts in your head and puts a visual representation on your vibe and voice.


Girl Planted By Bri Alli Is All About Embracing Cozy Intentionalism To Create The Home, Life + Personal Brand You Love

Creating a DIY mood board is SO much fun. Today I’ll help you create one in Canva for FREE.

Connecting visual elements to help your target audience and perfect person emotionally connect to your brand’s vibe is everything darling.  Let’s get started with a DIY Mood Board Canva Tutorial.


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Get In The Mood...Board & Brand Identifiers

See what I did there? I’m a bit silly. Don’t hold that against me, mmm kay?

Before we get started DIY’ing the Mood Board of your dreams, let’s recap lessons 1 through 4:


  1. What Is Branding Anyway?
  2. Make Money Creating Content You Actually Love
  3. How To Figure Out Who You’re Talking To aka Target Audience
  4. Let’s Create A Killer Mission Statement

Lesson 5 is all about setting the mood, in visual form. Brand identifiers can be a specific font, a color, a symbol. Your goal is to effectively connect visual elements to your unseen brand elements (your vibe and voice).

The goal? To connect with your perfect person immediately or repel others who may not benefit from what you offer as a brand.

And remember my friend, you don’t want to waste your time or theirs so look at repelling as a positive. You don’t want to connect with everyone. That would be exhausting.

What Things Do I Put In A Brand Mood Board?

Here’s where we figure out the design elements of your brand. When creating a brand mood board, it’s important to include items that represent the overall brand identity.

It’s where we find colors, fonts and images that help you portray your brand’s vibe and mood (without using words). Illustrations, shapes and patterns are also really fun!

It’s where you find a logo you love.

It’s where you find a website design you’d like to DIY.

Create a strong visual representation of  your personal brand and tying it altogether is what a mood board does.

I also find that referencing it often keeps me on track when the ideas in my head like to run wild! Ha!

DIY A Mood Board In Canva (For FREE!)

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Step 1: Choose a Mood Board Design In Canva

Once you’re in the dashboard, click on create a design (top right of screen).

A search bar will appear. Type in Mood Boards Photo Collage.

On the left side of the screen a ton of great mood board templates will appear and have fun browsing them.

Choose a design you naturally feel drawn to. Make sure the one you choose has color boxes or circles.

Step 2: Customize Your New Mood Board Design

The design you chose will show up on the right side of the screen in your design window. Click on one element at a time to replace the originals.

In the search bar, on your left, you can type in any keyword you want. So if you know what you’re looking for (color, mood, item, person) type it right into the search bar and see what comes up.

Canva has video, photo, templates, logos, fonts – really too many things to list.

mood board color hack in canva screen shot to show what the screen looks like for user

Step 3: Finding The Right Color Scheme (A Canva Hack!)

One of my favorite features is to click on the color wheel (top of page) once I’ve found a few photos I love. Canva will automatically pull specific colors and curate them for us.

Have fun playing with color.

When you’re happy with those and you have images that help you visualize you brand’s mood, voice and vibe let’s design a logo.

I suggest taking your time with this one. Really choose colors that match your vibe, but that you won’t get tired of easily, either.

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A Mood Board Example: Girl Planted Home & Lifestyle

Girl Planted By Bri Alli Home And Lifestyle Mood DIY Mood Board Designed In Canva

Miss The First 4 Lessons? Catch Up Here!

What Is Branding Anyway? No.01
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Make Money Creating Content You Actually Love No.02
make money creating content you actually love article image of a girl holding a coffee cup smiling
How To Figure Out WHO You’re Talking To As A Blogger – Target Audience – No.03
How To Figure Out WHO You're Talking To As A Blogger and Target Audience Post Image of a girl holding flowers and an ice cream cone, smiling
Let’s Create A Killer Mission Statement For Your Blog – No.04
Let’s Create A Killer Mission Statement For Your Blog Featured Image of a girl sitting at a desk with a computer and a mug
DIY: Get Your Mood Board On – No.05
get your mood board on blog post featured image of polaroid snapshots neutral in color of women plus handwritten notes. All pinned on a cork board
DIY A Personal Brand Logo In Canva For FREE – No.06
DIY A Personal Brand Logo In Canva For FREE blog post featured image with a collage of 12 different logo design template choices.

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Final Thoughts

I hope this DIY Mood Board Canva Tutorial helped you get started on creating the brand of your dreams. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath. If that doesn’t work, take a break and return when you’re feeling inspired. 

Thank you for visiting me today! See you soon for lesson six in this seven part series! I can't believe we are almost to the end of this first Get Bossy With Bri blog series. xo

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