The Fanatic collection is the dream of both sports- and scrapbook-lovers combined. It doesn’t matter how big of a fan you are — anyone can enjoy this sports and barbeque themed scrapbook collection. But, how did we go about designing it? And what was the inspiration that went into creating it? We sat down with Product Designer Tara to get the details, and also talked with some of our Home Office staff to figure out how their sports memories and experiences played into the production of this sports-themed scrapbook collection.
The inspiration behind the Fanatic collection is pretty clear: it’s all centred around gameday fun. Product Designer Tara drew from many past BBQ’s when coming up with how she wanted this collection to look and feel. She wanted the collection to evoke the same feelings of togetherness and happiness that come with getting together to rally behind your favourite team and have it be something that both casual and hardcore sports fans could relate to. At the end of the day, it’s all about having a good time enjoying good food and drinks with the people you care about.
What makes this collection so unique is that you can relate almost every paper to almost any sport. Whether you’re an athlete yourself, a fan of the game, a BBQ lover or you just like spending time outside, Fanatic has something in it for you. The palette utilises colours such as concrete, charcoal, vintage blue, dark green, mustard gold and brick red, which all go together to create a great outdoorsy aesthetic that will help you create a great album, regardless of what sport or event you’re celebrating.
Tara suggests that Fanatic is great for BBQs, picnics, outdoor events, parties for the big game, camping, school, boys, dads and anything else that it reminds you of!
Home Office’s Favourite Sports Memories
Since the Fanatic collection is sports themed, we thought it would be a fun idea to ask members of our Home Office family: “What’s your favourite sports memory?” We loved the answers that we got and were even a little surprised by some of the athletic history of some of our staff!
“Watching the 2017 Vikings NFC Divisional playoff game and then purchasing tickets to the NFC Championship in Philadelphia with my best friend (only to have MN pro sports do what they do best — crush our dreams).” – Tara
“For a hockey mum, that’s an easy one: getting a “Hi Mum!” on the Jumbotron from the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament… seen across Minnesota, in all 50 states and in 38 countries! And related, making the highlight reel for the All Hockey Hair Team. So fun!” – Marnie
“One of my favourite sports memories is getting to go to the Vikings vs. Packers football game last year with my family. We had jerseys made with our favourite team and the number 80 on them to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday. We had great seats and seeing U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time was incredible!” – Kelsey
“My best sports memory is catching a touchdown pass in my senior year during the homecoming game. I had never caught a pass during a varsity game in my life (believe it or not, I wasn’t very good).” – Mat
“My husband and I became huge Minnesota Vikings fans when we lived in Las Vegas. Most games weren’t televised down there, so we had to go to a Vikings bar called The Blue Ox to watch the games, most of which started at 10am on Sundays (so we had to catch the early church service!). We LOVED the camaraderie there. Now that we’re back in Minnesota, we love doing family get-togethers to watch the Vikings. Everyone brings football favourite snacks like tater tot hot dish, ham and pickle dip and things to grill. We even have a family brick at the new U.S. Bank Stadium!” – Brittany
“My favourite memory is being a professional cheerleader in the ’80s with the Ottawa Rough Riders (now called the Red Blacks) in the Canadian Football League. It took me six years of auditions to make the team, and I mostly did a lot of different dancing, pictures, newspaper articles, promotions and parades. I made amazing friendships that I still hold to this day. It all started with my huge love for football that began when my dad took me to games when I was 12. Don’t judge the hair — it was a thing!” – Sandra
“Going to the Green Bay Packers game with my sister and husband! We took a tour of Lambeau Field, the Hall of Fame, we tailgated and watched a great Packers/Vikings game… in January.” – Rachel
“During the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, a friend scored some free tickets and took me to watch some of the Women’s Hockey matches. We watched Netherlands vs New Zealand and Australia vs Argentina. Australia won their first match. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! I also remember watching Cathy Freeman win her 400-meter race on the big screen at Circular Quay in a massive crowd of super excited people. The buzz in the city during the 2000 Summer Olympics was totally electrifying.” – Kelly
Sports are a great example of how people from different backgrounds can all come together and celebrate something, even if it’s just for a day. What’s your favourite sports memory? Comment below!