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Get them custom framing for the holidays

FramingElfWhether you love shopping for Christmas gifts or hate it, the goal is the same. We all want to find the perfect gift – something that the person will love, use, and be impressed by. That’s a tall order to fill when you’re in the retail and online trenches. But maybe it’d be easier if you consider thinking outside the box… and inside the frame. Custom framing always impresses. Your loved one will use it everyday when they look at it on the wall in their living or work space. And how much will they love it? You can insure they’ll treasure it forever if you frame something that they already cherish. Here’re some actual jobs that we’ve done that might inspire some your own ideas.

These tools were a gift to the customer’s husband – the very first ones he used at his life-long job.
Framed_tools

Framing your child’s art as a gift to your spouse is always a great idea.
Kids_art

If you’re giving to a sports fan, we can frame a jersey or shirt of their favorite team.
Bruins_Jersey

Many veterans have mementos that are kept out of sight where they can’t be appreciated. Framing medals and old photos will mean a lot to the recipient and anyone else who sees them.
Army_medals

Souvenirs from special events like baseball games or concerts can be framed in many different ways.
Big_Papi_baseball

Don’t worry if none of the above apply to you. We can help you get creative with even the most mundane possessions. These three ties were worn to work everyday by a father/husband – why simply throw them away when you can use them to decorate and inspire memories?
Three_ties

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The #1 way to manage your holidays

It’s that time of year when we all start to feel our lives being taken over. Winter weather, holiday shopping, family get-togethers, events at school – it all gets pretty hectic. The best way to stay ahead of the game is to take out your to-do list right now and get a handle on your schedule before it gets a handle on you!

#1 Take advantage of the big 50% OFF Custom Framing Sale at Big Picture Framing. You need to decorate your walls before the holiday party? Cousin Lola’s coming over and you forgot to frame that photo she gave you? Need a gift for that hard-to-shop-for someone? That’s what this sale is for, people! The timing is perfect – save money and get stuff checked off that to-do list before everyone else is out there shopping at the same time. And before it’s too late.

How to be Santa’s framing elves

If you’ve seen the latest banner hanging outside our stores, you know it says “Still Framing for the Holidays.” That banner stays up thru Christmas Eve. That’s right. Think about it – we can do custom framing up until 11:00am on Saturday 12/24. And that afternoon, we can still frame certain sizes in time for Christmas with frames we’ve got on our shelves. We’ve always prided ourselves on this because it’s one of the things that sets us apart from other framers.

Big Picture Framing can do last-minute custom framing for lots of reasons. We’re a locally owned business. We cut our own frames at a centrally located saw room. Your art stays in the store and we don’t farm out any part of the job. Our dedicated staff, both in the saw room and in each store, is committed to doing whatever it takes to get you your holiday projects and gifts in time for that important date. We never charge an extra fee for rushing a job. Bring us your special mementos, collectibles, and art – we’ll show you some fantastic designs that even Scrooge could afford. When you get it back on time, you might even think we employed Santa & his elves to get it done so fast.

4 Reasons why custom picture frames are a better value than ready made frames

Quick! You need a frame for your most recent family photo so you can give it as a gift when you get to the holiday party – what do you do?! Grab a ready made frame off the shelf at Target on your way, right? Wrong-o-mondo! It certainly seems like the way to go because they’re cheap and accessible, but that knee-jerk reaction is only going to bring heart ache and headache, either in the future or as soon as you try to put your image in the frame. We’re going to give you the ins and outs of custom vs ready made frames so there won’t be any guess-work when you’re checking gifts off your shopping list this season.

The 4 ways that store-bought frames fall short of custom frames are appearance, size, construction, and versatility. These 4 qualities may sound highfalutin for your typical snapshot. We often hear the phrase, “It’s not like it’s a piece of art.” Well, maybe it’s not going in a museum, but you made it important when you decided to display it in your living space or give it to someone to hang in theirs. So rather than waste $20, spend a little more to do it right. Here’s why…

Appearance

Ready made frames are going to look like just that. They don’t look unique and that laminate finish just gave it away like free perfume samples at Macy’s. You’ve got a better selection when you go with a custom frame and therefore a better chance of finding something that looks great with the image you’re displaying. A custom choice also means you’ll get the right…

Size

When we say “size”, what we really means is “shape.” Sure you can find a frame big enough for whatever you’re framing, but is it the right shape? Frames on the shelf come in predetermined shapes. You may get lucky and find your image is already a standard shape. But be careful – if you use a frame that’s the same size as your photo or art, that means there’s no room for a mat. Our customers have already learned that a mat is important for more than just looks. The mat is what keeps the glass from touching your art. Glass can stick to or otherwise damage what you’re framing and it starts to look bad. A custom frame allows for a uniform amount of mat space all the way around your art. Ready made frames that come with a mat are disproportionate – there isn’t the same width of mat on the sides as there is on the top. That’s weird – no one would ever do that by design. Next time you see one, check it out.

Construction

This is a big one, because it’s probably the quality that’s going to fail the fastest and in the biggest way. Ready made frames simply aren’t made as well as a custom frame. We can’t tell you how many times customers have brought us broken glass because the ready made frame fell off the wall. Or it fell for a different reason and the frame itself didn’t survive. This can be because of the way they’re hung on the wall. Store-bought frames rarely take a wire on the back. Instead they use one of the metal clasps shown below.A true wire that can be attached to a custom frame is going to not only make it more secure, but much easier to hang.Whether it’s wood or metal, custom frames are joined differently at the corners. Take a look at the back of this custom frame’s corner. It’s made of real wood and there’s enough of it so that several nails can be used to hold it together.Custom frames are more sturdy. The nice thing about that is that you can put lots of different kinds of art in them – they have more…

Versatility

If you ever have to frame something that’s not just paper or a photograph – something thicker or heavier or not made of paper – you’re not going to have much luck with a store-bought frame. Typically, they’re too shallow. Look at the channel of the metal frame on the left vs the open back of the custom wood frame on the right. That metal channel has to hold the glass, your art, and the backing at least – your art, a mat, and any additional support might take up even more space. Even if you pick a ready made off the shelf that’s wood, it’ll likely have a closed back with clasps or springs that limit how much material you can fit inside the frame. Often times, when photographs are printed, they’re mounted on a board. However thin that board may seem to you, fitting it in one of these frames is gonna be all but impossible.

There ya go. A crash course in why most ready made frames are probably the last thing you want to put your art in. If you keep this in mind during the holidays and use custom frames, you’ll impress a lot of people on your shopping list. And if you’re framing something for yourself, you’ll be impressed every day you look at it hanging on your wall.

The #1 way to stay on top of your holiday season

It’s that time of year when we all start to feel our lives being taken over. Winter weather, holiday shopping, family get-togethers, events at school – it all gets pretty hectic. The best way to stay ahead of the game is to take out your to-do list right now and get a handle on your schedule before it gets a handle on you!

#1 Take advantage of the big 50% OFF Custom Framing Sale at Big Picture Framing. You need to decorate your walls before the holiday party? Cousin Lola’s coming over and you forgot to frame that photo she gave you? Need a gift for that hard-to-shop-for someone? That’s what this sale is for, people! The timing is perfect – save money and get stuff checked off that to-do list before everyone else is out there shopping at the same time. And before it’s too late.