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Hello, Connie Nichol here today.  I never thought I would be a football mom, but my youngest son decided to play football when he was 14, so here I am.  I’m still learning about the game, but I’m now a proud football fan with a million football photos.  Fortunately, Simple Stories has a Football Collection kit with some beautiful themed patterned papers and stickers.
Besides football, Simple Stories has other themed collections available, so if you are a baseball, basketball, soccer, cheer, or dance mom, be sure to check them out.
connie nichol, football, simple stories, dingbatI wanted a big football to embellish the layout, so I downloaded a free dingbat from a font called ‘Balls, Balls and More Balls’ and printed an extra large football onto a piece of white cardstock.  I cut it out and then adhered it with foam adhesive by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to give it some extra dimension.
There is a whole article about using free dingbats in the spring issue of Creative Scrapbooker magazine so be sure to check it out for more ideas.   (P.S. Be careful to press the correct ‘download’ button when downloading fonts because there are often several to choose from that are not related to the font).

Supplies Used:  Simple Stories patterned paper and stickers, Stampin Up! cardstock, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Brother sewing machine, Chameleon black detail pen.


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  1. Diane Caldwell Reply

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – I have a very similar photo of my grandson from a few years ago who live iin Australia and plays footy (Aussie Ruses Football) so I am definitely planning on using yours for my design.

    • Connie Nichol Reply

      sounds awesome Diane! So glad it helped! I haven’t seen Aussie rules football in years so your comment brought back some memories 🙂

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