Ways To Preserve Your Cheer Memories

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Do you take so many pictures at your games and competitions that you wonder what to do with them all? A fun, easy way to preserve your photos is to put them in a scrapbook or frame. Scrapbook pages can be simple, elaborate, or anywhere in-between. And if you don’t think you’re creative or coordinated enough, don’t worry–if you can use scissors, you can scrapbook!

Supplies

There is a whole industry built around the hobby of scrapbooking and dozens of types of embellishments that you can get for your pages. You can add stickers, ribbon, washi tape, die-cuts, eyelets, brads, stamps, stencils, pre-cut letters and numbers, pre-printed phrases and sayings, and many more.

But all you really need is paper, an album or frame, something to cut with, adhesive, and, of course, your photos and memorabilia.

For a really fast and easy page, you can buy pre-made page layouts.

Whatever you choose, look for supplies that are acid-free and lignin-free.

Supplies are available at a wide variety of locations, including craft stores such as Michael’s  and Jo-Ann, local scrapbooking stores, and online at sites such as Scrapbook.com and even the Home Shopping Network.

Getting Started

The first thing you’ll want to do is select the photos you want to use. Try to select photos that are flattering, but don’t worry if they’re not perfect. A rule of thumb is that the more people in the picture, the larger it should be, so that everyone doesn’t end up looking like ants.

Tip: If you only have one copy of a picture, run it through a scanner and print it so you can use the copy and preserve the original.

If you’re not using a pre-made layout, select a background paper whose color complements the picture or matches your school or team colors. There are a wide variety of sizes, but the most common is 12″ x 12″.

Next, select one or two papers or some card stock with contrasting colors that you can use for frames, mats, or journaling.

Pick out a few embellishments, but don’t go overboard. You want your embellishments to enhance your pictures, not overpower them.

Decide what type of adhesive to use; glue dots and tape runners are great, or you can use glue sticks or peel-and-stick tape. Whatever you use, make sure it won’t damage the photos.

For cutting you can use anything from plain or edged scissors to a paper trimmer to a die-cut machine such as Sizzix or Cricut. (Die-cut machines are great for creating letters and shapes for cheer signs and posters, too!)

Arrange your photos on the page, but don’t glue them down yet. Determine how much space is available for your frames, mats, and embellishments. You can use a ruler or just eyeball it. To give your page some depth, layer a few of your materials.

Trim your photos if necessary, then cut your frames or mats and glue your photos to the frames. Allow the glue to dry for a bit, then attach your framed or matted photos to the paper. Add your embellishments; many of these, such as stickers, come pre-glued, or you can attach them with your favorite adhesive.

Finally, add a date, short description, names, pre-printed saying, or a sentence or two of description. In scrapbooking circles, this is known as journaling. This way, when you look at your pages years from now, you’ll remember exactly when and where your pictures were taken.

Digital Scrapbooking

If you’re handy with a computer, you can create collages with your digital or scanned photos, and include some cheer clipart and borders.  Digital collages are great to use for your school or organization’s yearbook.

Make It a Party

A scrapbook party is a great way to celebrate the end of your cheer season. Many craft and hobby stores will let you reserve a private room for a few dollars per person, and some will even provide an instructor or throw in a few stickers or other supplies. You can even have your teammates autograph their pictures!

What To Do With Your Scrapbook Pages

After your masterpiece is complete, you’ll want to share it. You can put your page in a scrapbook, hang it on the wall in your room or classroom, or give it as a gift to your coach, teacher, parent, or sponsor. I enjoy giving them to my cheerleaders at our awards banquet to remind them of the year’s highlights.

Finally, don’t worry if your page isn’t perfect. The idea is to have fun and preserve your photos, not to stress yourself out. So gather up those pictures and have fun creating and preserving those cheer memories. Happy scrapbooking!

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Marge Packman

Marge was a member of her high school pom team and has coached youth and school cheer for over 17 years. She has a BA in English from Northern Illinois University (Go, Huskies!). After graduation she joined the Peace Corps, met her husband, and moved to The OC. After cheer practice, you can find her watching football with her son or perusing the scrapbooking aisles with her daughter.

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