The Perfect Gift: Framebridge

Obviously we’re post-holidays (and I desperately need to take down my dying tree) but I wanted to share a Christmas present that I gave my parents and this gift idea would work for any birthday, anniversary, special occasion or holiday.

My parents are die-hard Royals fans and Kansas City natives so I wanted to get a commemorative piece for them for Christmas. I found this gorgeous photograph on Etsy and knew I wanted it framed and matted. In the past, I’ve ordered frames from craft stores and Ikea has a pretty good selection, but the cheaper frames don’t always hold up well. I wanted something nicer that would look great for years to come.

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Enter: Framebridge. I’ve heard a lot about the service but hadn’t tried it yet. They reached out to me to use their service on a trial order, so I knew this would be the perfect fit. I’ll walk you through the process:

  • Upload your photo or art to the site
  • Choose the size of frame and matting you want
  • Choose the type and color of frame you want
  • Fill out your preferred method to send it in- they give you a free shipping label (and package if you need it).
  • You’re done!

Here’s a look at the process of choosing frames. I love that you can see exactly how it will look, the sizing and scale, mat, etc. These were among my top favorites: fb2 fb3 fb1I ended up selecting the Mercer frame with a white mat including a black core. The extra little core within the mat makes the photograph really pop and looks so elegant in person.

FB4The greatest part of the story was on Christmas morning as we were about to open our gifts, we were talking about the Royals and my dad said, completely unaware of my gift, “I wish we bought one of those photographs showing the crowd and the skyline for the Royals world series celebration parade…. that would be really nice” And I had a small freak out internally because… that’s exactly the gift I got for them! So needless to say when they opened it, my parents were both shocked and extremely happy. I always love giving gifts but this one in particular was so fun.

Here are a couple shots of the framed photo in person! It turned out beautifully and looks perfect over the piano in my parents’ living room.IMG_0681

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift, head over to Framebridge! The process was so quick and easy and I love the end product. And their prices are really affordable for quality, customized framing.

Framebridge provided me with a complimentary trial for one frame but all opinions, reviews and tips are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here

Creating a Gallery Wall with Minted

If you remember my last post about the Minted gallery wall, I knew which pieces and frames were on the way but I hadn’t seen them in person yet! Each piece is uniquely beautiful and the framing is gorgeous. I knew I wanted it over the couch, but played around with the arrangement quite a bit to get it just right.

One of the most important tricks for creating a good gallery wall is the consideration of visual weight. I had three 16×20 prints and five 8×10 prints, all with varying frames. Paying attention to negative space, frame color and the visual weight of each piece helped to find the perfect arrangement. For example, the tapestry print has much less visual weight than the abstract print.Z4UrpsAX9EM581fGCvm0W8_2VRd4ao_CU8Z6XfMkzLY

I also wanted to keep similar colors separated so they could each stand out on their own without competing. The Penguin and the abstract prints have similar tones, so I kept them on opposite sides.

idal0khicmg5LGwFnmkNPFpMWSJ3T6yWlDDfexw-So8I made sure to take photos of it on the floor for reference before hanging on the wall. I wanted it to be centered over the couch and remembered not to hang it too high (a frequent mistake when people hang art). Check out the end results! bYKqAUj31uJXwBQAJuBODI7H2Nr8wdmMYk4rXkSpO40mVd31ncYVUWqhAtXEOMMwhte5d50x7zt8rsU_5yiCe449-DlEXby_QWhJQnGuaPQ3GaLQiQ6lNcWSyjfgn7CUIpQiVj2Ks76abtQPlohoB7_xd65T2JwET1y6JRozSf10

absolutely love it and Minted has such a wonderful selection of art and frames. Check out this gorgeous white washed herringbone frame option. I think it’s my favorite out of the three different frame options I selected.The detail is beautiful and compliments the art so nicely. sImIRZ7JCJX8wnZUW9JtvTrYb3CpFJbEqGPnhuC8lgw   FkgMS5lkTjTE2wUJ53Q84ucO6JwIWKBvRti9KT7FwSw     

After having a different gallery wall over my couch for the last couple years (which will be relocated in the new apartment, stay tuned) this was a perfect opportunity to refresh the look and the grey walls really make it pop. Minted has such a well-curated selection that it was so difficult to just choose these. I could seriously have every inch of my walls covered in beautiful art from their marketplace. eDDMeRtpa0w111EIIAcHUJ-Qds_IPtfbvPWArTjs2L0

I’ve linked all of the prints below if you want any for your home or office!

Shop the gallery wall:
Pineapple print // Floral arrangement // Paris print 
Vase of flowers // Floral art // Penguin
Tapestry // Watercolor print

Minted provided me with the art for this gallery wall, but all opinions, reviews and tips are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here

DIY Floral Art

I’ve seen variations of this idea floating around online for awhile, but a couple weeks ago, I finally got started with the process and ordered the materials for this DIY art! I adore everything from Rifle Paper Co, but their prints can range anywhere from $24-50 each and I wasn’t willing to spend that much per print plus framing. I found out they make individual gift wrap sheets of the same gorgeous floral patterns so I purchased those from Paper Source online (along with one other) for a total of $22.24 including shipping!

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My next bargain hunting session was for frames. I’ve purchased many in from Joann’s online in the past, but they didn’t have quite what I was looking for on this project. I found a couple great options at Michael’s and went with simple white frames with mats included. For three frames, my total came to $37.52 including shipping.

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This project ended up at $59.76, just under $60 for three gorgeous framed art pieces. If I had purchased the prints I mentioned along with custom framing, this project could have ended up totaling a couple hundred dollars. Not in my art budget, so I’m really glad I went the budget-friendly DIY route.  Now on to the fun part, the quick and easy DIY!

FYI- If you’re trying to get these pesky little things lifted up from your frame and don’t want to ruin your manicure, just grab a knife from the kitchen! Slide it under the metal clip and bend up. Same goes for putting them back, just press down and you’re done.

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All I had to do was pick the portion of the gift wrap I wanted to frame….

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Trace around the mat (in case I screwed up, I didn’t to risk tracing inside the map and cutting it too small)…2015-04-14 20.41.24

Cut out your traced portion and place it in your frame and you’re done!2015-04-14 20.45.46
Same process with #2:

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And #3:
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I’m so thrilled with how these turned out and can’t wait to hang them in my new office (stay tuned in a couple weeks for a full office makeover at my new job!)

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