FRAMEBRIDGE - FACING MY FEAR OF FRAMING

I’m the worst when it comes to getting things framed – photos, posters, and prints end up piled in the back of closets or stacked on random shelves until I decide I no longer like the idea of framing them. The mere thought of going to a frame shop and attempting to pick out the appropriate frame could have easily lead me to a lifetime of bare walls. Ridiculous, I know.

A couple of years ago I found myself with two items I really wanted to get framed – a tea towel from my sister-in-law who’d recently passed away, and a $3 sheet of wrapping paper with a colorful map of Europe on it. I started an online search for frame shops (typically where the process would end and the items would resume their place at the back of the closet) but this time my search lead to my discovery of Framebridge – an online framing service.

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Framebridge has the options to upload your digital photos or you can send in your prints, posters, artwork, medals…tea towels! When sending in your own items they ask you to upload a picture and enter measurements for each item so that they can send the appropriate packaging, which in my case were two cardboard tubes. You can choose a frame yourself from there extensive online selection or you can select designer’s choice. Which one do you think I chose? You guessed it – designer’s choice! A couple of weeks after I mailed in my items, I received an email with four different options for each piece. After some deliberation (and asking Ang which one she liked best), I made my choice and a couple weeks later my pieces arrived looking beautiful!

You’re probably wondering about price. The high cost of professional framing is a large part of the reason I typically don’t get things framed. While definitely not cheap, I found Framebrige to be relatively affordable but I also had a coupon for 20% off plus free shipping. I likely wouldn’t have done it without the 20% off coupon. They seem to offer discounts on a regular basis so if you’re interested, I suggest getting on their email list to receive promotions. Another bonus is that they send hanging supplies and instructions. I’m looking forward to using their service again for a few items I’ve been meaning to frame – I just have to dig them out of the back of the closet first.