Those who know me in real life know that I love to do lots of crafts (scrapbooking, sewing, card-making, etc.), so I knew I had to do something to display my achievement in a tangible way. I asked myself what I should do with my running bibs and my medal. I had my bibs stacked in a random "do something with this someday" stack, and my medal was just hanging on a hook on my craft cart. (Yes, I have a craft cart, which doubles as a school-supply and printer holder.)
I decided to make a shadow box, inspired by my parents, who ran a marathon in 1999 and had their medals framed. I bought a large frame from Ikea (Ribba is the name of the frame, if anyone is interested), which is super deep and would allow me to create a shadowbox.
I used the mat that came with the frame to help me make a rough layout on my bedroom floor (oh, how I wish I had an entire craft ROOM where I could such things!!),
The large picture is a canvas that I made from a print-at-home kit, which I had received for my birthday. (Thanks, grandma!!) It's hard to tell from these photos, but the canvas is about 3/4 or 1 inch thick. I had a variety of pictures printed at a local store and cut them out using various templates. I can't give a very detailed reason why I put things the way I did... I just moved things around until they looked right to me! I decided that everything looked better with a black background as opposed to the white mat that came with the frame, so I cut the poster board and glued it to the mat. I used a variety of glue and glue dots from my scrapbooking stash to secure everything.
Unfortunately, my canvas and medal were not totally secure with the glue dots, and the canvas fell to the bottom of the frame and knocked the medal loose after two days on my wall. I used some heavier-duty poster hanging strips to re-secure my canvas and medal, so everything is hunky-dory now!
I probably wouldn't do this for every race I run, but considering that this is my first real race and the pictures were just too much fun, I couldn't resist a worthy display! It is such a fun testament to what I can accomplish if I really try, and a good reminder that I need to continue to get out there and keep exercising!