Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Displaying your custom work of momento art

Since storing tons of frames and shipping giant picture frame boxes out of our small studio would be a nightmare, we only see our artwork on paper and ship it in a rolled tube.  Framing is definitely a matter of style and taste and best to leave up to you to decide what you want in your home together.

Here are the sizes we carry as a reminder of what you will be getting:

Extra Small guest book drawings 11x14" (generally for 15-30 guests)
Small* guest book drawings 15x20"(generally for 30-90 guests depending on the design)
Medium guest book drawings 18x24"(generally for 80-150 guests)
Large guest book drawings 20x28"(generally for 150-200 guests)
Extra Large guest book drawings 22x30" (generally for 200-300 guests)
XXL guest book drawings 24x36" (for 300-400 guests)
Please contact us for events with more than 400, it can be done on a case by case basis.

Framing tips:
You will either want to get a frame size bigger with a mat that fits the size of your paper, or frame it without a mat. Sometime just having a mat cut to fit a piece of artwork to a pre-made frame can be much less expensive than having the whole thing custom framed.

If you are having your artwork framed make sure the framer leaves the glass out and doesn't paper the back prior to your event.  After everyone has made their mark on your lovely guestbook you can take it all out, put the glass back in and close it up to hang in your home. Some framers may be willing to do this for you so you dont have to tote a loose piece of glass or plexi. Make sure the glass or plexi-glass you choose protects the piece from harmful rays.

Medium and smaller guestbook drawings display fine flat on a table but having it in a frame at the wedding does keep it from getting crinkled or dinged. Also, if you have it in a frame you have the display option of using an easel for it to stand up. Just make sure it is a sturdy easel, as people will be pushing on it.

Some people want to have their work dry-mounted onto form core board then frame that later. While this is not a bad idea, its not the best idea. You want to make sure whoever is doing it really knows what they are doing and uses an archival (and possibly removable) adhesive. Dry-mounting is usually permanent and can be damaging to the paper.

*all of our paper sizes match standard pre-made frame sizes that you can buy locally, excepting the size small paper


  1. Hello,
    I would like to order the extra large tree , how can I do that?

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    2. Please visit our order form here:

      and submit a request!

  2. We love our tree! :) We followed BDT's suggestions re: ink pads and pens. Curious if we should spray the fingerprinted and signed tree with some sort of fixative/preserver prior to having it framed? Also, do you recommend museum glass or not necessary? Thanks!

    1. No fixative should be applied to the artwork prior to framing or after use. I would not recommend dry mounting it to a museum board for framing. A floating mount works great. A museum glass might be good to prevent any fading, but only after many many many years. Perhaps if you project the drawing will be hung in direct sunlight for a long time. But it shouldnt really need it.

  3. Hello - Prior to framing, should a fixative of some sort be applied to the the printed / inked tree? Thanks!

    1. No fixative needed. The ink of the drawing and text is slightly water soluble, so I wouldn't recommend it getting wet. But it should be safe in a frame.