As someone who has personally never cheered, I never put
much thought into making game day signs. In preparation for this article, I
created a competition between Omni Sales team members to see which team could
make the best game day sign. Our Sales Team is a very dedicated and competitive
bunch, and they brought it with these game day signs! If you have not seen CheerLiving® Episode 40:
Cheer Moms Problems, go watch it now, I’ll wait. Not only is it hilarious, but
there is a special appearance of one the game day signs we made.
Here are some things I learned while making a game day sign:
1. It required more time
than I thought.
I gave the teams two weeks to make these signs; I was not
expecting that it would actually take two weeks to make these signs. I was
thinking my team can kick this out in a day or two–no problem-o. Well, Houston,
we have a problem… I was very wrong. First off, it was hard to coordinate a
time to get together. Then, we had to locate supplies, divide up the workload,
and then actually make the sign. There is so much more prep work than I thought
before we could even start making the sign! Plus, you always forget to add in
this pesky thing called ‘time’. You already have a crazy schedule; simply
adding another task to your already busy day can be overwhelming.
2. Split tasks according to strengths and
I am an idea lady, and am really good at coming up with new
ideas–innovation is my JAM! Taking an idea and creatively putting it on paper?
Not so much. At our first team meeting, we brought ideas to the table, and divided
up the tasks by skill set. Luckily, we have some creative people on the team. One
teammate is an amazing drawer who, I am not kidding you, drew a freaking dragon
by hand… I mean, come on?!? Who can do that? Another girl on our team is well
known around the office for being a creative genius. So, of course, she was in
charge of decorating. She found supplies and gave us less creative types
direction on where and what to glue. Finding out who was good at what really
helped out our team get this sign done, and done on time. Working as a team can
be difficult because sometimes everyone wants to be in charge. By separating
everyone by our strengths and weaknesses, it allowed everyone to have ownership
of a particular section–no one felt left out, and no one’s feelings got hurt. I
think the teamwork showed in our end design.
3. Check your grammar
We have all seen the memes and tattoo fails all over the Internet.
There is nothing worse than spelling something wrong, or using incorrect
grammar. Cheerleaders already have a stereotype against them for being ditzy,
and there is nothing worse than perpetuating that stereotype by incorrectly
spelling something because you are rushing to complete a sign. Don’t just
double, TRIPLE-CHECK that your spelling and grammar are correct before posting
your sign around campus or hanging it at the big game. Also, make sure your
signs are in the correct order. You intend to say ‘WIN’, but instead, your
letters are in the wrong order and you accidentally spell ‘NIW’. Mistakes happen, but if you take the extra
time to double-check your work, you will be KO… I mean, OK!
4. When all else fails, cover it in glitter.
Glitter is the miracle worker when it comes to crafts. No matter if you missed
a spot, ran out of time, or you misspelled something, just put some glitter on
or over that section, and no one will be the wiser. Glitter can only make a
sign better, anyway! Used too much glue, and now one part of your sign looks
wet or messed up? Glitter! You are running out of time, and half of your sign
is incomplete? Glitter! You did not let the marker dry before you touched it
and now you’re stuck with smeared ink? GLITTER.
Below is an image of our game day sign, among all the other contest entries. I
think we personally rocked it! Game day signs are a lot of fun to make, and I know
our teams really enjoyed getting creative with it. Just remember: give yourself
enough time, be a team player, check your spelling and grammar, and, of course,
last by not least, remember glitter is the Wite-Out® of crafts. Happy crafting!
Which of our signs are your favorite? Tell us in the comments (and show us images of your game day signs)!