Olympic Inspired Scrapbooks


It’s no surprise that various youth sports leagues see an increase in participants following the Olympic Games. After all, watching the likes of Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings bring home the gold is enough to inspire any child to follow their athletic dreams.

In fact, you may have a potential gold-winning athlete in your midst right now. If so, this is the time to document their hard work and accomplishments. Scrapbooks are the perfect vehicle to display your future Olympian’s magical moments.

My 7-year-old has been enthralled watching the “Fierce Five” flip and twirl their way to Olympic gold. While my daughter is not enrolled in formal gymnastics training that hasn’t stopped her from trying to imitate the members of the gold-winning USA women’s gymnastics team. I’ve snapped some photos of her cartwheels and handstands and by the end of the month I hope to create a scrapbook layout that incorporates magazine clippings of the London Olympics, as well as gymnastic-themed stickers, stamps and die cuts.

If you have a serious gymnast on your hands you could create a memory album chronicling all the hard work that goes into each of his or her competitions. Fill the pages with shots of your athlete working the beam, bars and floor. Then, consider peppering the page with descriptive words, such as: strength, agility, flexibility, coordination, and determination. You can use free fonts to spice up the words and display them in a variety of different patterns around the page.

Descriptive words can also be used in page titles to reinforce the theme of your layout. Otherwise, experiment with other well-known gymnastic-themed sayings, including: Champion in the Making, Perfect 10, I Flip for Gymnastics Makes Me Flip, Lord of the Rings, Nothing But Air, Hang Time, Gravity and Guts, Tough Stuff, Future Olympian or Twist and Turn.

Another way to add content to a layout is to feature a journaling block. Consider interviewing your child to see what inspired him/her to get into gymnastics. You could also include his or her thoughts on his teammates or coach. Then, add some fast facts to the journal entry such as how many hours per week your child trains, the name of her favorite event, and any future goals she might have.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.