Expert Advice

You are Thinking of Getting Something Special Framed So You Can Enjoy it Everyday!


Here are some tips on making it a smooth and easy process:

1. Collect Item Sometimes we simply want to frame a print or photo. As long as we take care to handle it without placing creases or puckers, an envelope with cardboard inside is great to prevent damage. However, many of our memories or collections include objects of various shapes and sizes. If you are not sure exactly which items should go in a nice display, its best to bring anything that comes to mind – it’s easy to exclude items while going over the design with a professional, but it’s another trip home if you want to add them later. You’ll need a handy box or similar item to transport them down to us without damage.
2. Add Reference Items It’s often forgotten to add reference items when framing personal keepsakes. If you are doing a personal memory keepsake of someone who has passed away, or been in service, exact names and dates as well as personal photos are really helpful both to add personality to the memories but also an identity to the possessions for future generations that will enjoy it also.
3. Your Style Take a moment to identify your likes – you may want to bring along a snapshot of something you really like, even something you saw in a magazine. This may help us with recommending a frame design to your liking.
4. Consider Final Location Think about where you may be displaying the item – again, photos are great to show us where it will hang on the wall. Often we need this information to ensure that the final framing design fits into your decor. Make use of smart-phone or digital cameras and bring them in with your items.


To ensure the project turns out how you imagined, bring the following:
• Bring in some color swatches or samples of the colors and materials in the room it will be displayed in.
• Take a photo of the room it will be displayed in with your camera (bring in the pictures either printed on paper, or bring in the digital camera or card or email it to us.
• If planning on framing some memorabilia, always bring in extra related items. We might not use them all, but if we need one or two other items to create a balanced design you won’t have to make another trip.
• Remember to bring photos or name tags of the owner of memorabilia and of their family members etc.




Nana’s Corner

“So just what does the boss’s wife do all day? Does she just sit at home and watch TV all day?” 


You might wonder sometimes. Hi! My name is Janice and I am the boss’s wife and co-owner of The Framing Nook. Welcome to Nana’s Nook sectional of this newsletter! Here you can follow along and see some of the various things I do behind the scenes for the business and an occasional peek into my private life! You will also find me involved with various “giving back to the community activities” under the Charity/Community Involvement sectional of this newsletter.

So to start off, maybe you have noticed a new outdoor decor item at the Nook’s parking lot? Well, searching for the ol’ wagon was one of the jobs assigned to me to do “behind the scenes” and the boss has delegated the theme decoration of it to me! I’ve discovered it’s not always easy to find suitable outdoor items for it. When considering what to put out there, I have to take into consideration that the wind doesn’t blow items away, the weight of snow won’t break it, the cold temps won’t crack things, the possibility of rain ruining items, etc. And then there is the job of finding these unique items…and yes, sometimes I do have to sit at the computer and search the web to find something interesting!

So be sure to come by often to check it out!













Over The Counter

Another Christmas Has Come and Gone  


Another Christmas season has come and gone and once again I find myself reflecting with gratitude about this past year. As I revisit my hours at work during the busiest of times, I realize what it is that I love about my job. It’s Carol who honoured her husband’s memory of his father by framing her father-in-laws war memorabilia for her husband’s Christmas gift. It’s Corinne who gets us to frame a photo for Al of the business he operated for 15 years and retired from this year. It’s Pat who tells Terri-Lynn how proud he is of her by framing a copy of her first published book. It’s Wanda who framed her husband’s Red Deer Packers Jacket from his bygone football days. Hearing their stories, helping them pick the matting and moulding for their art and seeing the pleasure on their face when they see the final product are what make my job so great. Only one thing could be better…and that’s seeing the reaction of the recipient on Christmas morning. But you know what? I’ll hear all about it the next time they’re back for more framing!



p1013089editHi, I am Brian the owner/manager at The Framing Nook and this is my first blog post!

Most of the content we will be posting here comes from our regular newsletter, Nook News. If you would like to submit to either a paper or email copy feel free to email me at and we will be happy to add you to our mailing list! Otherwise, we hope to keep you entertained, informed, and educated!

We’ve had the busiest fall season in years – including the busiest November ever, thanks to you all! It’s a good thing that we have added to our staff prior to the rush. My daughter, Maria Makkinga, has been assisting in most areas, but especially with the books, marketing, and design. We’ve also been well served by newcomer, Kyle Moisan, in the frame-making department. Glad to have both aboard!

Joanne has been working hard as our main designer and framer (as usual), and it’s been a busy season for my wife, Janice, as well. She does all of our community work and charity involvement and also updates the cool, new outdoor wagon display.

The feedback we are getting from you all is that the Christmas Framing Gifts were all on time and well received! We are so glad to help. Since our inventory counts all have to be done prior to the calendar year-end, we have been busy this holiday season even while the store was closed between Christmas and New Years. I surely hope your holidays were precious, and wish you the very best in 2013!