5 All-Star Journaling Ideas
Scrappers, take your marks. It's time to document the sport-filled events of your life. When it comes to scrapbooking the big games, the winning goals and the strike-outs (yes, they are worth remembering too), consider these journaling ideas that will take your memories from bench-warming basic to all-star specific in a few easy steps.
* Capture the Feelings: No, we're not talking about the achy muscles and bruised knees. Instead, we want you to get at the emotions your athlete is feeling during his or her big game. Take the time to ask them a few questions about how they felt when the tip-off buzzer rang or the shot gun fired indicating it was time to take the plunge. Were they excited? Anxious? Pumped up? Including these details will bring your pages to life from a first-person point of view.
* Document the Decision: What is it about your child's particular sport(s) that enticed him or her to play? Did Suzy want to follow in Dad's basketball footsteps or was the idea of winning an Olympic Gold in gymnastics the motivator for Jimbo? Telling the story behind the sport will shed new light on why your competitor does what he/she does.
* Don't Forget the Spectator: It's very likely because of you that your children are given the opportunity to shine on the field/court/mat/what have you. You sacrifice your time to drive them to practices. You spend many hours on the sidelines cheering your stars on. You are a key player, even if your toosh doesn't leave the bleachers. Therefore, your perspective on the experience is also key. Journal about how you felt watching Sally make a goal on the ice. Write down your feelings when that nasty kid on the opposing team took your beautiful baby down in the third inning. Your participation as a spectator/coach/cheerleader/waterboy should be included in your scrapbook.
* Capture the Coach: Coaches are mentors, leaders and encouragers. They get your children to do things in competition they never knew they could do. They're positive role models who make sports more enjoyable (usually) and more fun, so don't forget to write down the details about the coach. What does your child like about his or her coach? What key phrase(s) does the coach use to get the team pumped? How does the coach make a losing team feel okay and motivated to try, try again?
* Report the Successes: As cliché as it may sound, sports is about so much more than winning and losing. It's about progress, teamwork, goals and accomplishments. Perhaps Junior didn't take state this year in track, but he improved his time from last year by a meaty 6 seconds. That's a scrapbookable success worth writing about. Include notes on progress made and steps taken as your shining star excels and grows.
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