More of Michael Godfrey and his landscape artwork!

Check out a glimpse of Michael Godfrey in Sedona, AZ. Inside a gallery Godfrey shows off his artwork and partakes in Sedona’s first ever Sidewalk Gallery Art Sale! 

Sedona, AZ - Godfrey shows his art to guests in a gallery

Sedona, AZ – Godfrey shows his art to guests in a gallery

Michael Godfrey has exceptional talent and successfully captures the beauty of nature around us. Take a look at some of his beautiful pieces below.

Cascade by Michael Godfrey

Cascade by Michael Godfrey

Winter's Lace by Michael Godfrey

Winter’s Lace by Michael Godfrey

Dusk at Shell Beach by Michael Godfrey

Dusk at Shell Beach by Michael Godfrey

Godfrey also has a blog where he posts his newest creations and explains how the painting came to be. I find his paintings so beautiful it is surreal – the paintings remind me of when I would go on walk or a hike with nature and the earth around you is so beautiful it takes your breath away.

You can read his blog at http://godfreyfineart.blogspot.com/.

What is your favorite Godfrey painting?

January Glow by Michael GodfreyOr feel  free to check out his personal and professional page at http://michaelgodfrey.com/ 

Storm Light by Michael Godfrey

Storm Light by Michael Godfrey

Fleeting Light by Michael Godfrey

Fleeting Light by Michael Godfrey

Sedona Winter by Michael Godfrey

Sedona Winter by Michael Godfrey

What are your thoughts on all his paintings? I think I just might have to get one!

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Getting to know the Incredible Michael Godfrey!

Michael Godfrey is a talented and imaginary landscape artist whose work can be seen in in numerous private and corporate collections. Godfrey was born in Germany in l958 and raised in North Carolina; he earned a BFA in Fine Arts and began his painting career in oils and watercolors.

Portrait of Michael Godfrey

Portrait of Michael Godfrey

 Currently Godfrey spends hours field sketching and photographing, preparing for a well thought out painting. Godfrey’s desire is that his paintings “reflect the wonder of God’s creation.”

Typically, Godfrey starts a major work using small oil studies done on location. These field studies allow for color accuracy and the photographs provide special details. In the studio his work progresses in successive layers of paint and light which is orchestrated to create a painting that appeals to his internal sense of order.

Godfrey and his wife at El Prado fine art

Godfrey and his wife at El Prado fine art`

A landscape artist has to have knowledge of many disciplines (geology, chemistry, physics, architecture), to understand the world in which they are trying to create. An artist must observe with the idea that what is observed must be interpreted and distilled. For a landscape artist, it is just as important what is not included in a work as what is eventually laid down. Godfrey asks himself, “what is the dominant truth – is it color, shape of land forms, or time of day”. He tries to understand what he is seeing, so that the final work will capture the visual emotion.

Godrey's Dusk at Shell Beach

Godrey’s Dusk at Shell Beach

Godfrey’s work has been in a variety of publications such as the book Art from the Parks; From Sea to Shining Sea, and magazines Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, and more. He has also received several art awards; the most recent include the 2010 Best in Show American Art Invitational in Denver, Colorado and the 2010 Best in Show at the Rocky Mountains Plein Air Painters.

Has Godfrey inspired you to do some of your own painting? He has for me!

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Australian Artist Ken Strong Does Giclée!

Ken was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1960 and since the early eighties has been juggling dual careers in Art and Civil Engineering. Through the NSW University of Technology in Sydney, Australia Strong’s studies included art composition, medium, and art history. He also had specialist training in architectural drafting and technical presentation.

Ken Strong in his studio

Ken Strong in his studio

Strong has been painting for over 25 years and is developing increased recognition for his work both nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 30 exhibitions over this period including 23 solo, and is a regular contributor to Australian and International Artist Magazines

Ken Strong

Ken Strong

Strong has said “as long as I can remember I had a pencil or paint brush in my hand. As a lot of painters do, I developed an early love for the Australian impressionist painters, probably because they presented images of this country that reinforce the difference in the Australian landscape and lifestyle to overseas locations. And 100 years on, the same differences still exist.”

 

"A Grand Heritage, Montecello,VA" by Ken Strong

“A Grand Heritage, Montecello,VA” by Ken Strong

Strong believes he developed a passion for art when he first began to experiment with paints and began to get a sense of excitement in using the mediums. “Even though the thrill is often momentary (because the greatest critic of you own work is unfortunately yourself), as a painter you sometimes think you can touch something intangible with art, which makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. When you review the completed works, the moment is often lost, but the anticipation of finding this becomes a driving force to create,” says Strong.

"Sand, Sail and Stillness" by Ken Strong

“Sand, Sail and Stillness” by Ken Strong

Many of Strong’s works combine a carefully constructed subject with a vigorous application of pigment. Movement is paramount when the observer is lead around the composition following the textures and shadows developed within the structure. The suggestion of detail will often be used in lieu of specific detail, the suggestion being used to support the subject but not detract with over-complexity. He has been described as a “colorist” and an “impressionist, a combination of both resulting in a unique approach to creative artwork.

Equestrian Event, Middleburg, VA by Ken Strong

Equestrian Event, Middleburg, VA by Ken Strong

Strong has used the giclée technique so he doesn’t have to produce a complete set of prints at one time, unlike traditional printmaking processes that require an entire run be completed all at once. With digital printing, a portion can be made now and the remaining ones printed later as needed, without loss of quality. Once the artist is satisfied with the results, the information is stored digitally to create prints as needed. Seems like the giclée technique is something everbody can benefit from!

Check out some more of Ken Strong’s artwork below: 

Willis Wharf,Study by Ken Strong

Willis Wharf,Study by Ken Strong

  

A Painting of Venice by Ken Strong

A Painting of Venice by Ken Strong

 

Another beautiful painting by Ken Strong

Another beautiful painting by Ken Strong

 What are your thoughts on giclée? Would you use an inkjet printer for your work?

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Giclée – What is it?

Giclée, doesn’t that sound nice?

Pronounced zhee-KLAY, it is a neologism used in 1991 and made popular by printmaker Jack Duganne while he was working at Nash Editions and wanted a name for the new type of fine art digital prints made on ink jet printers. The IRIS printer is a large-format, high-resolution industrial press proofing inject printer which had been adapted for fine-art printing.  Duganne was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “ink jet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle”. Fancy!

These printers are large and get the job done!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Look at this Ferrari - Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Look at this Ferrari – Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Beside its original association with IRIS prints, in recent years, the word giclée has come to be associated with prints that use fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based, as well as newer solvent-based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson, HP and other large-format printers.

These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color which increases the apparent resolution and color gamut  and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of materials are available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl.

The Movie post for "It's A Wonderful Life" from 1946 in giclcee

The Movie post for “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 1946 in giclee

Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.

Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various mediums, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Check out "The King" Elvis Presley on giclee  paper!

Check out “The King” Elvis Presley on giclee paper!

The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

GicleeArt in a Gallery

Giclee Art in a Gallery

Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillman’s (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) It is never to late to start creating giclees or get in on the action and make a purchase!

Check out some of these artists’ famous works!

Chuck Close's "Lucas".

Chuck Close’s “Lucas”.

One more!

"Oranges and Grapes"  By Wolfgnag Tillman

“Oranges and Grapes” By Wolfgang Tillman

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Why you should care about Conservation Glass

What is Conservation Glass?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays – particularly to our skin, but exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down in artwork. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are growing and irreversible.

 The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don’t hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. You can also ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass.

Your "go-to" framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Your “go-to” framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light – protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them. 

Your "go-to" framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Your “go-to” framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

UV filtering glass, or if you prefer UV filtering acrylic, can be used on most things that are framed. Only conservation grade mat board comes in contact with the limited and open edition artwork. Another preservation method is to have artwork properly mounted on acid-free backing and allow for many years of enjoyment. Poster and photograph mounting may vary but it is recommended to use UV glass.

If you go to your local framing shop they would be happy to assist you with your questions and concerns and easily assist you with custom framing ideas on your beautiful new artwork!

Conservation Glass before any art has been added

Conservation Glass before any art has been added

What Is Conservation Framing?

Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible. Specifying Conservation Framing is an important form of insurance for your valuable artwork, keeping it as lovely as it is today for your pleasure for years to come.

As consumers, we bring our valuables in to be framed for a number of different reasons. Sometimes we frame an item to create an attractive decoration for our home. On the other hand, sometimes we frame the very things we value most – whether that be commercial or sentimental value – in order to protect them from damage.

Family photos should be preserved and protected

Family photos should be preserved and protected

Conservation Quality framing can be provided by several well-known brands such as Conservation Quality Artboard, such as Tru Vue® UltiMat® and UltiBlack®.

Framers in action to protect and preserve!

Framers in action to protect and preserve!

Conservation Quality Art board is free of all acids, lignins and other impurities found in ordinary “pulp” board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage to the artwork it encases as time goes by. Also, asking to adhere to proper conservation techniques for mounting the artwork (sometimes called “hinging”) and sealing your artwork is important. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal – and certainly well worth it.

All museums use Conservation Glass and Framing

All museums use Conservation Glass and Framing

What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?

Talent — yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo or memorabilia. There’s the matboard, the frame, the backing board and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. So, in order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.

 

George Washington seems happy this art piece was protected!

George Washington seems happy this art piece was protected!

 The most important thing to remember when framing your artwork is to consult with your custom framer. The more he or she knows about your project the better they are able to use materials that will ensure your enjoyment for years to come.

Special hanging features help maintain the artwork as well.

Special hanging features help maintain the artwork as well.

Have any of you used Conservation Glass yet?

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Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!

Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!  

Who is your team? Most folks have at least one team or one type of sport that they thoroughly enjoy, whether that means playing it or sitting back in the bleachers and watching the game. My personal favorites are: watching football (live or on TV), watching baseball live and oh one more, I also enjoy watching ice hockey live.

Look at the personal sports bar below decorated by Broadway Galleries.

These framed jerseys look professional and classic!

These framed jerseys look professional and classic!

More sports memorabilia!

More sports memorabilia!

This place is starting to look like a fun place!

This place is starting to look like a fun place!

A wall of Sports Ilustrated looks fun.

A wall of Sports Illustrated looks fun.

After following a team for several years you are bound to collect some sports memorabilia! Storing and displaying your collectible photographs and jerseys is as important to their preservation as it is to the attractiveness of their display.  Collectible photographs that are not properly protected can yellow or discolor, collect dust, scratch and even mold. 

Magazines framed can reference a certain point in time.

Magazines framed can reference a certain point in time.

Damage to your collectibles can hugely affect its value, and severe damage could cause your item to become worthless.  You’ve invested money and time in building your collection, so don’t you think it’s worthwhile to ensure that it’s properly protected?   

So many stores advertise products for matting and framing your photos and art pieces.  Sure, this works for family photos and non-collectible artwork, but you don’t want to attempt to try to frame your valuable collectibles.  Improper framing can be worse than no framing at all.  Because photographs are made from paper, improper mounting and framing can result in stains, spotting, folding or bending. 

How about preserving peices from the NYC Marathon?

How about preserving pieces from the NYC Marathon?

Autographed photos need to be carefully and gently handled because it can be so easily damaged.  A simple rip or fingerprint can quickly decrease the value of an otherwise quality piece.  Special mounting and framing materials need to be used in order to preserve both the autograph and the image. 

Amateur or inexperienced framers might use elements such as glue, spray adhesive or tape to affix or mount the picture.  These items if used can eventually stain the paper and will make it impossible to re-matt or make changes to your framing in the future.   

Giants Super Bowel Signed Ticket!

Giants Super Bowel Signed Ticket!

As with poor mounting and matting paper issues, choosing the right frame for your collectible is also of ultimate importance.  Frames that require you to “slide the photo” in place cannot be used with autographed photos as there is a chance that the photo might be scratched, ripped or damaged while sliding it into place.

 Quality archival frames give the framer full access to both the glass and backing making it much easier and safer to place the photo.  In choosing an archival appropriate frame, one will need to choose an acrylic or glass that protects against ultra-violet rays while allowing for full viewing. 

Shot of the VT Stadium

Shot of the VT Stadium

Many of the same issues that apply to framing a photograph also apply when it comes to framing jerseys.  However, there are some unique problems and concerns to be considered in jersey framing. 

Let's go Giants, Let's go!

Let’s go Giants, Let’s go!

All things considered, it is imperative that you hire the right framer for all of your collectibles. This should be a professional who has experience working with collectibles and preservation (archival) framing.  Further, the framer should be knowledgeable of, and have worked with autographs as well as photography (or collectible jerseys where applicable). 

Capitals gear for the DC fans!

Capitals gear for the DC fans!

If you are someone who not only loves to watch sports and follow a team but have a history of playing from grade school through high school or even played college-level sports that would be a great piece to capture. If your children play any sports and share the passion you do it would be a fun idea to frame their soccer jersey or create a shadow box of ballet slippers.

Or framing the cheerleading memories?

Save the Poms Poms and preserve memories!

Save the Poms Poms and preserve memories!

Reggie Jackson Autographed Bat

Reggie Jackson Autographed Bat

Personally I was never a talented athlete in my youth, but I would think it would make for a great memory if in my family room my parents had a framed photo of when my softball team won our last game along with the gold medal I received!

Little League Winners

Little League Winners

Professional athletes may frame their role model’s famous gear or maybe your talents have been shared with your kids and you want to preserve that memory?

How about this talent karate champ?!

How about this talent karate champ?!

I think I need to build my own personal sports bar just to get the chance to hang up some Giants and Yankees gear!

1961 Yankees Infield Signed

1961 Yankees Infield Signed

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Sports memorabilia framed for the fan in your life!

Sports memorabilia usually refers to anything that can be directly connected to a sports event or personality. Most items are generally gathered by the fans of Sports memorabilia and can either have a sentimental or monetary value to the collector.

Many items used by famous sports stars or at a famous event have been sold for lots of money at auctions such as Sotheby’s and others. The ball that Mark McGwire hit for home run number 62 in 1998, for example, was sold for over 1 million dollars. Mark’s winning moment can be seen below.

Mark McGwire after completing 62 home runs!

Mark McGwire after completing 62 home runs!

Mark McQwire hitting the 62nd homer!

Mark McGwire hitting the 62nd homer!

Adding an autograph to an item used in a particular game or by a particular star can increase or decrease the value of the item, depending on the situation. If the autograph has been personalized (i.e. “To Mark”) the autograph devalues the item on the public market. Also, collectors put little value on autographed memorabilia that is sold without a certificate of authenticity.

Mark McGwire's autographed baseball is worth a good amount of $$$!

Mark McGwire’s autographed baseball is worth a good amount of $$$!

Adding a frame to a gift or something you purchased would be a nice way to showcase the sportsman or the sports team.

For the collectors who only see their memorabilia as having a sentimental value, they might look at it as a childhood memory, or as an important moment of life shared with his or her favorite star or team. Or if your roommate such as mine is a die-hard fan this would be a great birthday surprise!

Redskins Memorabilia

Redskins Memorabilia

Creating an entire shadow box would be a nice way to commemorate a special event in sports history, gathering not only an autograph or a picture but also including a variety of newspapers clippings.

How about this sports collage?!

How about this sports collage?!

The history of collecting sports memorabilia goes back to the first decades of the 20th century, when many people would collect baseballs from baseball games and many asked Babe Ruth for autographs. As years passed and many other sports stars joined their sports, memorabilia collectors also began to broaden their horizons.

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

When the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL began selling their jerseys in stores during the 1980s, game used jerseys also became a hot item among sports memorabilia collectors.

A cool fact I learned by doing some research is that Michael Jordan is  the basketball player whose memorabilia is most sought after by collectors.

Another interesting fact is that the highest price fetched for a football (soccer) match worn shirt is $224,000. The shirt belonged to the legendary Pelé, who wore it during the 1970 World Cup final in which Brazil went onto win. Check out the Pele jersey below.

Go Brazil!

Go Brazil!

Any particular teams you follow? Any special players you collect cards or memorabilia for?

Personally I love the NY Sports teams.. but that is a whole other story!

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Gift Ideas: Give Framing a Try!

Give the gift of a Memory!

It is truly incredible all the different types of things you can frame these days and the variety of all the ideas you can think up!

If there was a new addition to your family, a great gift idea would be a framed poem welcoming the new family member into this world. Or, if there is a momentous occasion and you want to have a keepsake of the event, creating a shadow box with the outfit your loved one wore would be a great idea. For instance, I know my Mom kept my christening dress, and I think it would have been a sweet idea if it was framed and hung in my room. Take a look at a few ideas below:

Save the memory of your christening or baby's first christmas!

Save the memory of your christening or baby’s first christmas!

Baby feet - how cute!

Baby feet – how cute!

Other unique gift ideas could be poems, love letters, or cards to a significant other. Was there a point in time where you had been separated from your lover and you two exchanged snail mail? Maybe a particularly sweet letter would be a great idea to commemorate by framing and hanging somewhere that you can see it everyday.

A framed romantic note

A framed romantic note

Even a special photo collage could be made more personal by the choice of frame, the matting, and  the colors. And if you decided to do any engraving or notation on the frame, that works great too! Was there a girl’s weekend away at the spa? Boys trip out camping in the mountains? Or maybe even a family reunion BBQ? Gathering a bunch of candid photo shots or posed group photos in a collage setting would be a great piece to give at the holidays or share at a family beach house.

Family collage!!

Family collage!!

You can frame pretty much anything! If there is a special keepsake you are holding onto, and it is definitely something you want for years to come, and is important to protect, framing is the way to go.

How about these neat framed items below!?

Framed memorabilla for a big fan!

Framed memorabilia for a big fan!

I recently moved into a new apartment and have a few bare walls I am looking to cover. I am quite confident that I can come up with some unique and interesting-looking wall decorations.

Framed comics - A cool idea!

Framed comics – A cool idea!

Have you framed anything special to you? If so, what?

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Framing Diplomas. Get Inspired!

Diploma Framing! What do you know about it?

First off I would like to congratulate all the 2012 graduates! Whether you have just graduated from high school, completed your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or even a PhD degree – I am excited for you all.

Education though exciting and fun can also be a tough endeavor and it is a great accomplishment when you finally receive the piece of paper acknowledging all your hard work! Spring and summer are full of graduations and when all is said and done, when the family parties die down, and the opportunity to move on to further education or a career comes – don’t let the opportunity to show off your achievements pass.

Frame your diploma!

How about this wall of framed diplomas. Looks like a doctor’s office!

Have several degrees or certifications? Create a collage!

Have several degrees or certifications? Create a collage!

Or get a frame to keep on your desk like this one below.

A perfect size for your guests to view.

A perfect size for your guests to view.

For those of you considering framing your diploma yourself – I would recommend against it. You can easily make a snafu and tear the diploma or crease it while attempting to put it in the frame. When you invest in professional framing, you will not only receive a great quality frame you will secure a quality job on overall. You most likely spent quite a bit of time and money while getting your degree why not give it the care it deserves?

Check out this unique frame with the graduate’s cap tassel.

Diplomas with aceesories are fun.

Diplomas with accessories are fun.

Usually when you go to a custom framing store you can either choose from a selection of staple frames or can customize the frame to your liking. Most places will be able to assist you in capturing just the right frame to complement your room, your lifestyle, and your budget!

Comparing between the two frames between the first frame with the image of the school would be a bit more expensive and take up more room than the second frame with a simpler style.

 How about this Virginia Tech frame?

Let's go Hokies!

Let’s go Hokies!

A frame for a diploma can make for a great gift and a solid investment. It is also a fantastic way to protect your documents from wear and tear. There are so many options frame-wise, you can choose a large frame with an image of the school, make it colorful with the school theme colors, or keep it simple and sleek.  Some people may want to engrave or initial the frame for personalization and you can also choose to add a gold or colored plaque on or under the frame too!

 I still need to frame my Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University! Go Dukes! This is what I would like my framed diploma to look like.

JMU frame with a picture of Wilson Hall

JMU frame with a picture of Wilson Hall

Is your Diploma framed? What’s your look like? Make your diploma frame dazzle!

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Have a Beautiful Wedding Invitation or Great Photos? Frame it!

Following up from Tuesday’s blog post about weddings, I am still intrigued by all the possibilities you can come up related to for weddings! It has been established that June is the month of weddings. Many people choose June to get married because of the wonderful weather and all the possible the perfect outdoor pictures to be taken.

A perfect example would this beautiful bride and her bridesmaids below! Just look at the scenery, it can take your breath away.

Barefoot Beach Wedding - What a great photo!

Barefoot Beach Wedding – What a great photo!

Once the favorite poses have been chosen… what should be done with the pictures? Weddings are a once in a lifetime event. The pictures are beautiful, certainly not cheap, and hung on the wall for all to see for a lifetime. Therefore, these photos deserve to be beautifully framed.

Check out this photo and frame match-up below, this would be a great anniversary gift!

This frame is engraved with the names of the bride and groom and the VIP date!

This frame is engraved with the names of the bride and groom and the VIP date!

The bride and groom picture can be framed formally, with an array of beautiful white mats of different hues and textures. Specialty framing shops have oval frames with convex glass, or closed corner frames.

This couple or gift-giver chose a silver frame. I could see this on the wall of a fmaily room or on a desk in an office.

This couple or gift-giver chose a silver frame. I could see this on the wall of a fmaily room or on a desk in an office.

Or if it was an outdoor wedding, a more casual setting is called for, with richly colored frames and mats. A family collage is a fun way to present more than one picture. If you have a lot of pictures, why pick just one? A multi-opening mat like the frame below can let you show off many pictures in one frame.

It is a Wedding Storyboard!

It is a Wedding Storyboard!

Framing wedding invitations is also a fantastic way to create a keepsake from the day. An embellished invitation with real pressed flowers arranged in a frame in a unique way makes a wonderful wedding or shower gift. The wedding flowers can be used together with the invitation or a wedding photo after the wedding takes place. Create keepsakes like those seen below.

There can be sooo many options to choose from in regards to framing invitations.

There can be sooo many options to choose from in regards to framing invitations.

Why keep your invitations locked away in a photo album when you can display it beautifully in a custom made flower arrangement on the wall?

Framed wedding invitation compliments of Pressedflora.com

Framed wedding invitation compliments of Pressedflora.com

Or how about using frames during the wedding like this couple did.

Moss frame with directions for wedding guests.

Moss frame with directions for wedding guests.

Sandra J. White creates speciatly quilled invitation frames in her home in New Hampshire.

Sandra J. White creates speciatly quilled invitation frames in her home in New Hampshire.

Broadway Gallery can create a custom shadow box of your wedding invitation for a 3-D effect or frame it with their high-quality wooden, silver, or gold frames.

If you do decide to frame an invitation or picture for the happy couple, make sure it is a custom frame that reflect’s the couple’s style! Lots of shops have all sorts of decorative frames. One example below is of a  South Sea White Pearl Picture Frame.

This would be FAB for a couple that enjoys beach vacations or owns a beach house or even had their wedding at the beach!

This would be FAB for a couple that enjoys beach vacations or owns a beach house or even had their wedding at the beach!

Some other cool ideas I came across and had to share:

Heart Shaped Frames- Simple & Sweet

Heart Shaped Frames- Simple & Sweet

Giving this would probably be one of the best gifts ever!

Have any of you done this? I can’t wait to give this as a gift (and I kinda want one too!)  Two great sites that has tons of ideas are www.Theknot.com  and www.pinterest.com !

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