2013: Exchange Student Football Season
This post will feature several scrapbook spreads all around the theme of football. Our exchange student really enjoyed football and it was a big part of our life for the first few months that he was staying with us, so there are several scrapbook pages dedicated to football. If you click on the pictures you will be able to see them in a larger format.
This first spread is pictures from our family photo for the year. The two boys really wanted our family pictures for the year to be football themed. I decided to sue the pictures of just the boys to start out the section on football in the spread. There are other pictures that include me – but I did not put them on this page. The school colors are blue and gold, as you can tell from the uniforms, and I decided to them this page with those colors.
This spread features the professional photographs that were taken on media day at the High School. Since there was so much green in the team photo I decided to play off of that in the color scheme of the page. I used football field themed background pages, and then bordered the photographs in brown to play of of the leather of the football. Something fun on this page is the football helmet in the bottom left hand corner – this was actually a car window decal that I purchased through the football team fundraising site – and then I carefully mounted it to the brown background. Don’t worry – there is one on my car as well!
The next page shares the story of the football teams game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but my parents were, and took some of the pictures on this page. The rest of the pictures were taken by my two boys while they were on the field – which are shots that are really hard to get – so that was cool. I used football themed background paper, and then bordered all of the photo’s and ephemera with green to mimic the turf. I placed a ticket (which chronicles the date and time), and the program for the event on the page as well.
This set of pages shares the regular season games – and from the number of ticket stubs on the left hand side – you see how many games I had to go to! I always keep the ticket stubs from the away games as it keeps a nice record of the schools that we played against. I don’t have home game tickets because I have a season pass. The football in the middle of the pictures on the right hand page is a picture of Luca’s number on the cheerleader’s football support fence near the entrance to the stadium. I carefully cut out the football to fit on the page like this.
These pages share photographs from after the games – the left hand page are pictures of my boys, and the right hand side are pictures of team meetings and prayer. The team also had a tradition of singing the school song after every game and you can see that in the bottom right hand corner. The two pieces of ephemera in the middle of the pictures are from the cheerleader and Mother’s encouragement candy packets that they leave in the players lockers each week.
The set of pages is something that I hope we can scrap for the next few years -the team won the Sectional Championship – for the second year in a row. I wanted to make sure that I got the newspaper clipping into the scrapbook, but it was longer than 12 inches. I struggled for a bit with how to display this, but I decided that I would not mount it onto a page. Instead I just used a brown card stock background, and then slid the background and the newspaper into the plastic page protector. That way the viewer can just pull the whole newspaper clipping out to read it fully on both sides of the page. To match the newsprint I used a sports paper themed background page to mount pictures from after the game on the right hand page.
This spread is a conglomeration of a couple of things, but I decided to name it the Awards page because it has the Fall Athletic Awards program in it and one picture of the team on the stage during the ceremony. The other pictures are actually pictures that I took of the Juniors on the Football team during media day. they are chronologically out of order here – but they do provide nice memories of the football experience. I also put some ephemera from the cheerleaders on the bottom right hand corner. You will notice the number “15” on the page. These are the numerals that our exchange student received for participating in football. We were not sure if he would be eligible to receive a letter jacket by the end of the school year, so I placed his numerals in a plastic pocket on the page. When we later learned (spoiler alert) that he did achieve a letter jacket I made color copies of the letters and placed those copies in the pocket. I think that they turned out really well and I think you really have to look hard to realize that they were not the original numerals.
I am pretty proud of this last set of football pages. These are all ephemera from the season. The left hand page are all of the stickers from Luca’s helmet. When we were peeling them gently from the helmet I placed them directly onto a plastic page protector as I knew they would come off of that pretty easily. When I built the page I used a metallic background page that has a slick texture so that the stickers would stick to it nicely. The right hand page is actually a practice jersey that I found at a thrift store and then cut down to create a pocket to put all of the programs from the games in. I used regular sticky tape to tape it heavily to the back of the page.