I’ve been wanting to frame my marathon medal since I ran the race in January. I finally got a couple of pictures printed out from race day and put together a little shadow box of my marathon keepsakes.
Get a shadow box frame.
I found that shadow boxes were deeper that I wanted for my medal display so I opted for this shadowbox frame that I picked up from Michael’s craft store for $17.00. It provides only about an inch of depth between the glass and the medal.
Use Scrapbooking Material
That blue paper is a 12″x12″ square of sparkly, navy blue sheet of scrapbooking paper which perfectly fit my 12″x12″ frame. It cost me $1.00. I went with navy because I thought the gold medal stood out really nicely on this colour, plus my race bib had a strip of navy on it too.
I wanted to put some marathon/running themed scrapbook stickers, but they were basically all out at Michael’s. Someone had the same idea as me, perhaps?
Print Some Pictures
I stopped to take lots of pictures of during the race and my friend Tina took a bunch for me as well, so I had plenty to choose from for my frame. I probably would have purchased official race photos if I hadn’t taken any, though they are quite expensive ($20 for two 4×6’s) compared to the less than $0.50 to print them from Shopper’s Drug Mart.
I printed out my favourite pictures and taped them to the scrapbook page along with my bib from the race.
Pin the Medal
I used safety pins to set my medal in place on the cardboard backing of the frame (though I suspect straight pins would be easier, but I didn’t have them). I wanted the medal to hang at an angle from the corner, so I taped it in place with some heavy duty masking tape. I’m not sure how long it will stick, but it works for now and gives me the effect that I was going for. I might have to adjust my choice of adhesive if it starts to slip. Any suggestions?
I tucked the lanyard in the back of the cardboard, and put the frame backing on top to hide it.
So after a very minimal time commitment and minimal cost I ended up with a sweet homemade collection of my marathon memories. Fun times.