I've been searching for a photo album that could be my official "race bib brag book". Unlike an old granny, I will not bust this baby out of my pocketbook to show unsuspecting victims while in line at the grocery store check out, in the middle of church service, stuck at the airport, or any other inappropriate location. Well, perhaps once or twice, but I'll be cool about it most of the time. Pinky swear. It's too big for my purse, anyway.
Though I'm calling this a brag book, it's not for bragging purposes. At this point, it's more for storage & preserving what I worked so hard to earn. After all, I ran my ass off for those bibs! I've been keeping all of my medals, bibs, souvenirs in a cardboard box for several years. Yes, I know....very classy. The box is getting full. It was time to make a change. Here's what I came up with...
|A box full of bibs & medals, and a bridal photo album from Target.|
|Viola! Total transformation with my favorite race photo in the front window.|
|There's plenty of room for details & photos!|
Each page is covered with a plastic sleeve with room for two photos. After popping the photo divider melted/fused dots in the middle of each right side page apart, I began loading the book with my bibs. This leaves plenty of room for a couple of pictures to the left of each bib, and I can write a little something about the race above the bib in most cases. Some of them, like the Disney Princess Ha;f Marathon bib, is ginormous. It takes up the entire page. I actually had to fold it on the bottom just to get in into the sleeve. lol Anyway, each time you turn the page, there will be a bib on the right, and photos on the left.
It will probably take me the better part of a weekend to get this job done. My goal is to not procrastinate, and fill in vivid details about each race as soon as I get home on race day. While everything is still fresh in my mind. So far, I've gotten all of my bibs into the book. It was so much fun strolling through memory lane as I put them in order by date, filled in the stats on the back of each bib, checked to see if I had pictures on my computer from each race. I can't wait to get the book totally up to date! It's amazing to see the progress I've made since May 3, 2008. That was my first race ever. I walked my first 10k, and thought I would die during the process. :)
Next, I need my husband to make me a bling hook. Need to place the medals somewhere they can be seen.
How do you guys store your race treasures?