i got to play with the new all star design card for the slice, today. it's perfect for all sports, and has lots of great shapes to work with. right away, i knew i wanted to do something for my girls soccer albums. yes, i have soccer albums. i came up with a plan about 6 months ago, and started getting them all organized. one thing that i knew was on my list to do, was to make divider pages, to seperate all the years.
i knew my divider page would serve as a sort of intro page for each soccer season in the albums. i got the idea to use THESE page protectors late last night, right as i climbed into bed. luckily, i remembered the idea this morning. the middle section is 6x12.5 or so. it's a bit longer than 12 inches, since all the squares on the top and bottom are 3 inches in size. so there's some extra wiggle room in the large center area. i knew i would add their age division, and team name, to that large part of the page. and then use squares of cardstock and pattern paper in the other spaces.
i have a ton of this white grid pattern paper, so i figured it would work good for these pages. i have 18 teams to do, between the two girls. since this area is longer than 12 inches, i just added a few strips of kraft cardstock and pattern paper to the left side, to make the strip a bit longer. i love the font on the all star design card. i decided to do a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters for the team name. partly because some of the team names are pretty long. these letters are all either 2 inches or 2.5 inches in size. for the age division, i sliced the "U" and the number in a 3 inch size.
this is a soccer album. so there should be some soccer balls, right?
here's what it looks like finished, and in the album. this is for alyssa's last soccer season. her last year on under-14's. i added her jersey number, which was #5, to one of the squares. i will be adding the year as well, to the bottom white grid paper. need to find some stickers for that, i think.
now, pretend this intro page was for sarah's album. because i havn't printed the photos from alyssa's arsenal season yet. but sarah just happened to be on the arsenal team the previous year, so this page could easily be her's too. just to give you an idea of what i have going in their albums. this is what i set up last year. i have some 8.5x11 page protectors, that i slipped their team photo and individual photo into. i also have their game schedule, and any newspaper clippings in there. at some point, i will do something with those, and make them a little neater. but for now, it makes sure i have them in the right spot and they're not floating around the house.
following that, i have THESE page protectors. i simply choose an assortment of my favorite photos from the season to print, and i slip them into these protectors. i don't stress if i have vertical photos. it doesn't bother me that they're sideways on the page. although, they do make divided page protectors that will hold a mix of vertical and horizontal, if it really bothered you.
i honestly don't scrap many soccer photos, on actual layouts. although, i do have a really fun one that will be in an upcoming CK issue ;) when you're dealing with 8 years of soccer, and 18 different teams, that's a lot of soccer photos. and i can't come up with that many ideas for layouts. lol! the photos are in an album. and if i get some notion to scrap a layout, i can simply pull out some photos and scrap them. i do have a few layouts done, and they're slipped right into the album, behind the divided page protectors, for the right season.
here's sarah's into page for her all-star team, that just finished up this past march.
this is the first one i did this morning, and you can see that "revolution" is a much longer team name. which is why i switched out some letters to lowercase. i like the loopy letter stickers that i used for "all stars", and it makes me want to add a little sub-title to my other intro pages.
when i went upstairs to check on her jersey number, i realized their jerseys were blue, but with touches of red. i should have added red as an accent color, instead of green. i choose green, because of all the grass you see on the field and in the photos. although this pattern paper does have stars on it, and this was for her "all star" team. i didn't really do that intentionally, but it's fitting :)
and here's what this page looks like in the album. so i have two intro pages down, and 16 to go. totally do-able, right? lol! honestly, yes, it IS do-able. these can be mass produced. especially, if i'm cutting everything from black cardstock. i'm not about re-inventing the wheel, when it comes to certain things. and albums like this (or my school albums, vacation albums) are meant to be easy and simple. so i will be keeping this design, all throughout both the girls albums. i can sit and cut a ton of soccer balls one night. or do all the age divisions one night. and the team names another night. cut all the papers one night. and then piece it all together. easy peasy, right :)
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