Photos and text by Gabrielle.
Raise your hand if you have photos or artwork hanging around your house that you’ve meant to frame for weeks. (Or months. Or years!) Ahh. I see that many of you are in the same boat as me. Custom framing is one of those tasks that just seems intimidating and complicated. If I go into a shop, I know it’s not going to be a quick errand, and I’m going to need advice/opinions on the style, so I’ll want to bring a buddy with me. Also, I’m going to have a hard time picturing the framed piece on the wall where it will actually hang, and ultimately it will be stressful to pull the trigger on materials and mat size. So I end up just putting it off.
For example, my sister Jordan has a photo booth, and one Sunday afternoon not long after we moved here, we stopped by her studio to have some photo booth fun. Each of us took a bunch of turns, and I had a vague idea that I would collect one strip of each kid, and one strip of Ben Blair & me, and I would frame them all together to make a casual snapshot of our family. For 18 months, those photo strips sat on a windowsill in our kitchen waiting for some attention. And today, I’m partnering with Framebridge to tell about how I finally framed them!
The thing that amazed me is how simple it was. Truly, it couldn’t have been easier. My first thought was to mail the photo strips (yes, Framebridge will totally frame original artwork — and they’ll give you a quick ship label to get the original to them pronto), and have them each framed individually. But then, I decided I wanted them all in one frame. So I decided to scan them and then upload the file instead. It took seconds. And the brilliant thing is that once it was uploaded, I could try it out with different frames and mats to see how it would look. I chose a simple, modern frame, but they have tons of options. So cool! Being able to see it fully framed made it much easier to make a decision on color and style. Plus, I could walk with my laptop to the room where I wanted to hang it and get a better idea of how it would look in the space once it was framed.
Of course the digital upload option would be ideal for any of the thousands of photos that are hanging out on my hard drive at the moment. (I’m guessing you have a stockpile of digital photos too?)
The framed piece arrived about a week later. The packaging kept it well protected and it arrived in perfect condition. Framebridge included a little bag with a note and a brass picture hanging hook+nail inside. I grabbed a hammer and the project was hung in an instant. They seriously made the whole process as easy and painless as possible from beginning to end. If you’d like to give it a try, you’re in luck. Framebridge is offering 20% off on 2+ items to all Design Mom readers! Use the promo code DESIGNMOM.
Framebridge feels like a discovery to me. When I realized how truly easy it was to use their service, I looked at the stack of artwork in my studio in a whole different light. And my digital photos too! All those family photos we’ve had taken and I’ve never gotten around to getting framed. I’ve finally found a solution that will work perfectly for me! I’m thinking framed photos to send to grandparents for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day and all the other holidays too. : )
Speaking of grandparents, I actually have a tender spot for custom-framing. My father was a public school teacher, but on the side, he ran a custom-framing business from our basement. I loved watching him work and remember the super loud screech/thunk as the pieces of frame were sliced at an angle. I still have a few of the pieces he framed hanging in my house!
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