Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Conducting Sports Interviews

You don’t need to be an anchor on ESPN to conduct a good sports interview with your own sports star. You can even interview the coaches or other team mates to gather information for your scrapbook page journaling. So grab a mike, head to the sidelines after the game and ask some hard-hitting questions.

Be Informal
There is no need to conduct a formal interview. Just ask a few questions on the ride home or after the game. A van full of sweaty players will give you all the information you need for your journaling.

Record It
Ask your questions without an end destination in mind. You might be surprised by your player’s answers. Quote him verbatim on the scrapbook page if he mentions a goal, a challenge or gives kudos to another team player. There are several easy ways to record your sports interview on the page including quote blocks, cut outs, tags and folders.

Use More Than One Source
Give a well rounded picture of the team dynamic by interviewing more than just your child. Ask questions from her team mates, coaches and other parents. If your child had a stellar game and many people congratulated her specifically on some key plays, include their comments in your journaling.

Questions to Ask:

  • Why do you think your team won (or lost) this game?

  • Who was the most valuable player (MVP) this game?

  • How does this game rank with the rest of the season?

  • What was your strategy this game?

  • What areas of improvement will you address next?

  • What will you remember most about this game?

  • What would you like to forget about this game?

As you gather information for your scrapbook pages, your child learns to examine the outcome of both wins and losses. And some skills in being interviewed.

Products used: Adorn It Softball Princess Paper -- Karen Foster Softball Sports Balls -- MOSD Softball Monogram

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Scrapbooking Tournaments

It is hard to decide who is more excited about reaching the tournament—you or your sports star champions. Scrapbooking the tournament presents a few challenges but is a memory you will want to immortalize on paper.

Documenting the Downtime
The bulk of the tournament is often spent just waiting…and waiting…and waiting. But your child’s fondest memories of the tournament might also be found off the field. Did she enjoy a water fight before the big game? How did he blow off steam before their team was up? What new friends did she make? What rival team did they cheer for?

Be a Sportscaster
Just like on ESPN, interview your sports star(s) or the coaches after the game to get their post-game reactions. Ask pointed questions about why they won or lost? What could they have done differently? What will he remember about this tournament? What does she wish she could forget? Include these interview details in the journaling.

Season Highlights
The tournament scrapbook page is the ideal place to give the season’s recap. Document the season’s win-loss record. Make a note of who was voted MVP and most improved. Use some candid photos of the team which don’t fit on any other scrapbook page.

It’s How You Play the Game
Of course, you’d love to scrapbook your team with the tournament trophy held high but how do you document a loss? It’s okay to shoot photos of the frustrated tears or the consoling hug among teammates. Look for a photo opportunity showing your team spirit,
even after the loss.

Sports tournaments are a culmination of a hard-played season. Make sure to include this milestone in your child’s sports scrapbook.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Scrapbooking Professional Photos

Are you at the end of the season and have found the only good photos you have are the team and individual photos taken by a professional? With their overly large size, vivid colors and posed shots, it can be hard to scrapbook these professional photos.

Even if you have other nice candid and action shots, it can still be hard to mesh your personal photos with professional taken photos.

We are here to help!

Go it alone
Give it the professional photo(s) a page of its own. Create a spread of just the team photo and professionally taken individual photo. This will allow you to include a roster list, the coach(es) names and even the team logo.

Shrink it
Scan and reprint the professionally taken photos to a more manageable size. (You can keep the original photos in a memory box or display in a frame.) The smaller, reprinted size allows the scrapbook page to flow without emphasis on the professional photo.

Cut it out
Some professional packages collage a variety of photos on a single sheet. Or perhaps the individual photo is printed alongside the team photo. Don’t be afraid to scan and reprint the original photo and then crop it to suit your needs.

Tell a Story
Use the professional photo as a focal point on your scrapbook page. Allow your candid and action shots to compliment the photo(s) by showing your player in action.

Here's a sketch idea highlighting the Team Photo

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