Friday, July 29, 2011

First New-House Post

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me mention my framing coup yesterday.

I got this great signed print for my birthday, and I kept it in the shipping tube until after we moved, because I figured that would be safer than trying to move a framed print with glass. I figured I'd need to get it custom-framed since it's an odd size.

Edit: I almost forgot to credit the artist! The print is by Bill Mudron, who has lots of really cool geeky prints. Check him out! This is another favorite of mine.

I took it to Joann yesterday, because they were having a good framing sale, but even with the sale, it was going to be about $60 to get it framed, so I got creative.

I didn't get a picture of what I ended up buying, but it was very similar to this one at Target - long and narrow with three openings for 5x7" photos.

Obviously, that's not what it looks like any more.

I chose a cardstock color to complement the colors in the print, and trimmed 1" strips of it (the print is 8.5" wide, so that was convenient in terms of the cardstock size). I figured out how much of the matte would need to be covered in order to make the whole thing look proportional, and taped the cardstock down with double-stick tape. I was hesitant to tape the print down, but I don't intend to change it now that it's framed, so I figured that was better than trying to cut the existing matte or something and screw it all up. I think the end result turned out well! Thanks to my dad for helping hang it - I'll have a post up later this week with what he really came over to help me with.

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