There was a time when the only way to receive news was through printed material such as a newspaper. Now newspapers and magazines have become collectibles. Why? Fewer and fewer newspapers are being printed in favor of online and digital sources. Despite our transition to digital media, there is something about seeing a headline in print that makes it feel permanent and important. Just like a photograph, when you see it, it jogs your memory back to a special time. So what do you do with a collectible? You frame it!
Looking for an Old Newspaper?
There are several websites that sell old newspapers. They are a great resource if you want a headline from a specific date like your birthday.
Conservation Grade Materials
We want your newspaper articles, magazine covers, and other collectibles to survive for a lifetime with minimal change of color, damage from glues, or out-gassing from materials that are not acid-free. Our framers use the very best materials for your projects.
How do you properly frame newspaper articles so that they can last forever? Carefully! Framing a newspaper is challenging – the paper itself is meant to self-destruct. Because a newspaper is printed on a lightweight, non-acid free paper, it needs all the help it can get to preserve itself. We use only acid-free materials that surround the paper to ensure no further damage will be done.
There are numerous ways to mount a newspaper. If individual articles are cut to create a story, then dry mounting is recommended to prevent and remove wrinkling. Mounting is done on a dark backing such as foamboard to prevent ‘ghosting’ (the reverse side text showing through). Because newspaper ‘yellows’ quickly, a UV protecting glazing is used to keep the fading to a minimum.
Where Do You Begin?
Step 1: Bring in the newspaper article
Step 2: We’ll help you decide on a design…
Step 3: Pick up your completed framed project!
Sometimes wrinkles are part of the charm, like in this old article about Mark Twain.
Your grandparents’ wedding announcement gets new life in a custom frame.
Capture a moment in time by framing your favorite magazine cover.
Vintage sheet music makes a great addition to your music room decor.
If there are any additional headlines or pages that didn’t make the cut, we can secure them in between the backing board & backing paper, or in an envelope on the back.
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You’ve spent lots of time and money to design your room just right, but something’s off…it’s not the furniture, or the color scheme…it’s your TV! Your flatscreen has become the dominant focal point of the room; when it’s powered off, it looks like a big black box. Thanks to advancing technology, televisions are much more stylish than they used to be, but visually they are still just a black box. We have clever framing options so you can hide your large TV!
Two Ideas for Disguising Your TV:
Lighting your artwork is very important, no matter what it is illuminating. If you have covered your TV or safe completely, light the framed art so you can appreciate it.
Install a dimmer switch for ambiance.
Hide the TV Completely
Use framed artwork to hide your recessed TV. The art should be large enough to fully cover the TV’s dimensions (we’ll help with measurements). After we frame the art, we can hinge it to the wall to open when the TV is in use. Voila – Hidden!
Disguise the TV as Framed Art
Frame the TV itself! With a frame around the screen, the TV becomes a work of art.
If you have a ‘smart’ TV, you can program it to scroll through your digital photo collection, allowing it to look like art and bring a smile every time you notice it.
Hide Your Safe in Plain Sight
Safes should be hidden because of the valuable items inside. You certainly don’t want to advertise that you have a safe. Hide it in plain sight. We can build a frame that hinges away from the wall to conceal your treasures.
Are you working with an Interior Designer to complete the look of your home? Have them come visit us – we can implement their ideas.
Call us in for a visit. We’ll make sure measurements are correct and we’ll take care of the installation! We realize these projects are more than just hanging a picture on a wall. We want it to be right.
More Clever Ways to Hide Things with Framing!
Hide your keys or money:
We can build a frame that is easy to open and easy to hide small valuables.
Show the record cover, but hide the record:
Frame your favorite album or CD cover, and in another attached frame show the record/disc. Best of both worlds!
Hide a Door? Yes – you can hide a door!
We can frame a large piece of art and secure it to the door so it doesn’t shift every time it is opened.
If you want it hidden, we can build a frame for it.
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