Scrapbooking Gymnastics

Dana Hinders
gymnast

Scrapbooking gymnastics provides many opportunities for creative page design. The beautiful costumes, challenging routines, and the hard work that goes into each competition makes for a captivating scrapbook page.

About Gymnastics

Around the world, parents blessed with energetic youngsters see gymnastics as a chance for their children to stay fit while having fun. Children as young as two years old can participate in gymnastics, but competitive gymnastics generally involves older children. Uneven parallel bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and vault are the standard events for young female gymnasts.

Portrait of a Champion

To be a successful gymnast, one must embody the following traits:

  • Strength
  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Determination

How does your daughter exhibit these qualities?

More Journaling Questions for Scrapbooking Gymnastics

Other journaling questions to use when making a gymnastics scrapbook include:

  • What made her want to participate in gymnastics?
  • How does your child feel about her teammates?
  • How does she feel about her coach?
  • How much time does she spend practicing gymnastics each week?
  • In what ways has she grown through her participation in gymnastics?
  • What was her proudest moment as a gymnast?
  • What was her most embarrassing moment as a gymnast?
  • What is her favorite event?
  • What is her least favorite event?
  • What are her future goals for herself as a gymnast?
  • Who are her heroes in the world of gymnastics?
  • What advice would she give to other children considering participating in gymnastics?
  • How did you feel the first time you saw her compete in a gymnastics meet?
  • Do you think your daughter gets her athletic ability from you? How do her gymnastics skills compare to other members of your family?

Gymnastics Page Title Ideas

Page titles can be a wonderful way to reinforce the theme of your layout, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with a good title for your project. Here are a few gymnastic-themed titles for you to consider:

  • World's Greatest Gymnast
  • Champion in the Making
  • A Perfect 10
  • Gymnastics Makes Me Flip
  • Up in the Air
  • Perfect Balance
  • Beauty and Grace
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Nothing But Air
  • Giant Leap
  • Hang Time
  • Gravity and Guts
  • Pretty and Tough
  • A Future Olympian
  • Blue Ribbon Gymnast

Think Exist also has a page of quotations from famous gymnasts that you might be able to use as page titles or as inspiration for journaling in scrapbooking gymnastics layouts.

Photography Tips

Sports photography can be very difficult for amateur photographers. The fast pace of gymnastics routines makes it hard to get crisp shots. If you want to take pictures of your daughter at gymnastics, you might have better luck shooting at a practice session instead of an actual meet. Things won't be as hectic and you'll have more time to experiment with camera settings to get the best results.

For more tips on taking pictures at sporting events, check out the following helpful articles from LoveToKnow Photography:

Gymnastics Themed Scrapbook Supplies

Obviously, you'll want to use the team colors and team logo when scrapbooking gymnastics memories. Elements with stars or gold metallic embellishments are also quite popular, since they reflect the "champion" aspect of competitive gymnastics.

General craft stores such as Hobby Lobby typically carry a few gymnastics scrapbook elements in the section devoted to sports scrapbook supplies. If you can't find what you need locally, however, the following online retailers have large selections of gymnastics themed patterned papers and embellishments:

Font Stock also has a free download of a gymnastics dingbat font that you could use to make your own patterned papers, tags, or embellishments for your scrapbook layout.

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Scrapbooking Gymnastics