Saturday, February 5, 2011

Soccer Trading Cards in iPod boxes

Hello all and welcome to the Sports Blog Hop!
I am so glad you are here!  Now you should have arrived here from  Nicolette Simpson - Beyond Scrapin.  If you just came by chance head over to Creations with Kathryn and read through all the exciting blog candy and start at the beginning of the hop.     Below is my project!  Be sure to read to the end and find out about the BLOG CANDY I am giving away!

So, our challenge today was design something sports related.  Doesn't sound so tough, right?  Both of my children play soccer, so I have soccer pictures coming out of my ears!  I also have soccer layout after soccer layout as well, and after a while they start to run together.  (Both kids have played since they were 4 years old!  That is a combined 9 years of soccer pictures!) To combat my problem, I decided to create Soccer Trading Cards which fit in iPod boxes.  (You can use any container you want, just alter the size of your trading cards).

First, I measured the plastic boxes and then used George and Basic shapes to create rounded corner "cards" that would fit in the boxes.  (Exact measurements were 4.83 x 2.46 in.)  I was able to get eight cards per piece of paper.  I cut one sheet (12x12) of khaki and one sheet of bright blue.  I figure each season I will change the trading card color so it will be easy to figure out what pictures are from what season.  (i.e. 2007 is khaki, 2008 in yellow...)

After cutting out the cards, I began to scrap each trading card separately. Because of their small size and the desire to keep them fairly flat, this was quick and easy. 
Card #1:  I matted a professional wallet photo of my daughter in black cardstock.  I then used Sports Mania to cut the corner soccer ball out of black and its shadow out of white.  (Cut at 1.78x1.71 in.)  I used a black zig marker to write the team name along the top and the year along the bottom.

Card #2:  I cut a traditional 4x6 photo into a small square and matted it on black paper.  I used Sports Mania again to cut the "Kick This" title frame out.  I cut the title frame in blue at 2.13x1.39 in.  I matted the title frame in white and adhered it to the trading card at a slight angle.  The title frame has a layer for the center of the soccer ball which I cut in black.

Card #3:  I trimmed another 4x6 photo to fit the card, being sure to center my daughter to the right of the card.  I cut out I (heart) soccer in blue from Sports Mania at 4.83x1.00 in.  I cut the heart layer out in red (.78x1.00 in.)  I layered all of this to a torn strip of black paper to really make the title pop! 

Card #4:  I turned this card horizontally because I couldn't get the photo trimmed to fit vertically.  I matted the photo to a piece of white paper and then trimmed the mat tight on three sides.  On the last side, right, I left an extra .25 inch and tore the edge.  I used 3-D stickers from K & Company Peter Horjus Soccer Grand Adhesions.  The three soccer balls really make this page pop!

Now that the inside trading cards are done, I have to alter the outside of the box. 

 The first thing I did was wrap 15" of black polka dot ribbon (3/4 in.) around the bottom edge of the box.  I then wrapped 15" of black polka dot ric-rac (1/2 in) around the lid edge.  I used glue dots to hold the ribbon down where the ends meet.  (The ATG adhesive held the rest of it no issue!)

I then added two more K & Company Peter Horjus Soccer Grand Adhesions Stickers.  The large soccer ball sticker is 3-D and came with the small photo frame already attached!  I trimmed an extra photo of my daughter to 1" square and carefully slid it into place.  I then added the "Kickin' It" sticker to the bottom center of the box.  Lastly, I added a small wooden round "M" to the top left side of the soccer ball for my daughter's initial. 

Of course, having two kids, I couldn't stop at one box, so I made a 2nd for my son!
This is another plastic iPod box.  This time I adhered a khaki rounded corner rectangle to the top of the box and put on the #1 stickers.  (Stickers from Pebbles Stickers Snpsht Wrd Stckrs Soccer.)  I used a black zig marker to write my son's name. 

I then put 15" of blue ric-rac with brown polka dots around the bottom edge of the box.

Card 1:  I cut 8 rounded corner trading cards from George and Basic Shapes.  (Same measurements as above.)  I matted a professional wallet size photo of my son on green pattern paper and then wrote the team name and year in zig marker.
Card 2:  I trimmed a 4x6 photo and matted it on white paper. I then used Hot Off the Press Brad Buddies (Soccer!) to put the metal, blue goal net and soccer ball onto another square of white paper. (The soccer ball is actually a brad!)  I then carefully trimmed around the netting and ball to create a white shadow. 

 Card 3:  I matted a different photo on white paper and then used a simple sticker (Score!) from Carolee's Creations Soccer Stickers.  Clean and easy!
Card 4:  I matted a photo with white paper and then used another Brad Buddy from the same package.  The Goal is a metal plate, while the star and dot on the exclamation point are both brads.  I put the brads through the metal plate and then carefully trimmed the brad flaps that you could see.  I didn't want to actually send the brads through the back of the cards so I can journal on the back.

Card 5:  I matted another photo on white, trimmed three sides tight, and left the bottom long.  I tore across the bottom of the mat and wrote "Goalie in Training!"

I hope you enjoyed my projects; I know I did!  Now, on to the blog candy!  First, become a follower and then leave a comment on this project. (Open only to people in the US due to shipping rates!  Sorry!) At the end of the hop I will be announcing my winner. So please check back then!! Now, you are off to
Here's the blog hop order with links for your convenience!

1) wamfamily - Creations with Kathryn –

2) TX Scrapper Mom - TX Scrapper Mom -

3) TinaB - Tina Time -

4) Ms Dee - Dee's Special Things -

5) Lissa - So Many Crafts, So Little Time

6) CraftyScentiments - Crafty Scentiments –

7) Scraphappybette - Believe, Dream, Create –

8) bzymomof9 - Life on the Bright Side –

9) Jenne - Fairy Craft Mama –

10) Nicolette Simpson - Beyond Scrapin –

11) JenMcCalley - Scrappin at McCalley House –      You are here!!!!!!

12) VinDeeLoo - VinDeeLoo's This 'n That –

13) roxybonds - RoxyBonds - Scrappin –

14) LisaLisa&ScrapJam - Peanuts & Pepper Paper Crafting –

15) LeAnnSnyder - LuvToScrap –


  1. What a great project both are wonderful. TFS
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  2. What a clever idea! I love trading cards!

  3. What a fantastic idea! You did a great job on these!!!


  4. These altered tin projects are fabulous! Those boys are gonna love sharing this with their friends! Great job!

  5. What a great idea! Your trading cards are just so much fun--I'll bet this is the next Big Thing at your childrens' school! You know I love your blog--and I'm a follower. Thanks for sharing! ksjennings at gmail dot com and/or

  6. These are adorable. It looks like you put a lot of work in to each of them. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  7. What a great idea. I never thought of reusing the iPod case for anything. TFS

    croppinmommadesigns at wowway dot com

  8. Very cute idea...I love it! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win!

    lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

  9. what an awesome idea! Love those cards .. thanks for sharing

  10. That is such a great idea! I wish my sons were little again so I could do it with them. You have a lot of creativity! Way cool!

  11. What an awesome idea, you did a fabulous job!!
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  12. This is such a great idea to get all those pics out there to be seen but not a dozen LOs of the same stuff. Love it, i will have to try this myself!

  13. I am nows a new follower and can't wait to see what you come up with!!

  14. Oh my gosh... you know what I love about blog hops is finding all these cool have some great ideas and awesome stuff. I am now a follower!

  15. Jen - this is awesome!!! What a wonderful project for the kids - congrats on your first blog hop!!! Isn't it fun?? I love this idea - fabulous!

  16. Great idea to make the trading cards. With all my nieces and nephew playing soccer I will need alot of cards! lol

    ksully4597 at gmail dot com

  17. My youngest son is a goalie. He has played for 12 years. I made him a soccer scrapbook for Christmas this year. I overheard him tell one of his buddies that it was "tied" for his all time favorite Christmas gift. Wow!!!! Who would have ever thought it would have meant that much to him?!? I just absolutely loved, loved, loved your idea of the trading cards. I read through your instructions step by step and took thorough notes. That is such a clever and creative idea. I know what I am going to be making him for his birthday now. :) I am looking forward to following your blog!

  18. What a great idea. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm a follower.

    vwilson577 at

  19. Wow.... you have left me speechless....That is absolutely wonderful. Would love to try making those. Following now. Look forward to seeing more of your work.
    craftymee90 at

  20. What a clever project and a wonderful use of things around the house. I'm a follower. Thanks for sharing

  21. Oh my stars how creative and clever this is. Just awesome!!! I will have to (not sure what to call scrapbooking it is called scraplift) your wonderful idea!!!
    I'm a new follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
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    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  22. Great project, tfs the idea. Its awesome

  23. Awesome project!! Tfs and have a great day. :)
    Star24601 at gamil dot com

  24. What a great idea! There are so ways to use these.
    Thanks for sharing. Janet

  25. Hi! I absolutely LOVE this idea! Who would have thought of personalized trading cards... well, YOU, of course! I want to make some for my grandson, who plays football. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiration with us on this beautiful Super Bowl Sunday!

    lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

  26. OK, you need to make me some of these!!! I have an extremely hard time making anything that is not 12x24 or 12x12. LOVE IT!!! TFS and for being a part of this hop.


  27. Great job repurposing those IPod boxes! The mini albums are awesome!!

    jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

  28. Love your idea of the's awesome. I'm a new follower.

  29. Very, very cute. I may have to scraplift this. Hmm, I would need to do a box for jacks of all trades since none of my nieces do just one thing.

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  30. These are great! Wonderful job!

    Amanda (

  31. I love to see ways to scrap more than one picture to a page. This is an adorable idea.

    pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

  32. Hi Jen, I am a new follower, and I hve a son that has been playing baseball since he was 4, I know what you mean, I try to think of new, but it is alot of work to not make every year look the same. (digital cameras dont help) I am determined to take 10 pictures a game this year. (yeah right) thanks for sharing, Karen<3

  33. Great job!! These are awesome! TFS!!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  34. cute idea love it

  35. Those trading cards are adorable... my boys would have loved them when they were younger... I am a happy new follower oof your blog! Thanks for being part of this hop! I am enjoying it so much. pjritsema at gmail dot com

  36. What a creative idea. Those are so neat and adorable. Thanks for the hop and giveaway!

    jenlovcarr at aol dot com

  37. Wow, That is truly creative. I love the idea. You did a great job on those.

    yianthony at yahoo dot com

  38. You did a fabulous job on your trading card albums. So great. TFS and I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  39. Those are great and such a cute keepsake idea.

    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

  40. What a great idea! I love it. Your kids will cherish these for years to come. TFS and the chance to win.


  41. I love the trading card holders. I had 3 children play soccer this past fall season. I need this cart added to my wish list. Thanks for sharing this was great.

    dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

  42. These are super kewl.....Love the altered case for the cards...Loved the cards.....Neat idea...Enjoyed the bloghop...and TFS

  43. Very neat!!! The cards are such a great idea!


  44. Great idea.
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  45. This is one of the most ingenius projects I've seen -- great use of the ipod case and this is a mini-album that is great and will grow in value through the years. I LOVE it! My DGD is a Barrel Racer and I plan to make a set for her tomorrow!

    They will treasure these!!!

    I'm a new follower and look forward to learning more from you!!! Many thanks! kastenc at sbcglobal dot net