Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Display Your Diploma with Personality

Whew! What a busy month it has been! Graduation ceremonies are very involved: dressing up in robes, sitting through inspirational speeches, walking to the stage to receive your diploma — and that’s just graduation morning. Once you’ve survived that, there are parties, dinners, and (hopefully) gifts to open. It’s not unwarranted: You’ve worked hard to get here and you deserve a celebration.

All these ceremonies and parties are short-lived. You can’t take them with you on your next adventure as a reminder of the fruits of your hard work. But there is one thing you can take: your diploma.

So much more than a piece of paper, your diploma is four, six, or eight years of hard work ready to be displayed with pride. It should be decorated and formatted to reflect the same dedication you put into your degree. Skip the overpriced standard black frame and give your certificate a custom-framed home.

Building your own custom frame is the perfect project for a beginner because it is simple and allows you to be creative.

At American Frame, we have a wide variety of Diploma Wood Frames for you to choose from, all of which are 20% off with free shipping for a limited time! And our website will guide you through the design process step by step to make your selections simple.

Assemble your frame kit

Once you’ve chosen your frame, it’s time to build it! Follow these steps and your diploma will be expertly framed in no time!
  1. Are you using a double mat? Secure the mats together by applying ATG tape to the back of the top mat and adhering it to the bottom mat.
  2. Once the top and bottom mats are aligned, press down firmly.
  3. Using linen tape, create a t-hinge to attach the diploma to the mounting board.
  4. Use a strip of linen tape to hinge the mat to the mounting board.
  5. Being mindful of dust, peel off the last piece of the acrylic’s protective paper and place in on the “art stack” or the stack made up of the mats, diploma, and mounting board.
  6. Flip the diploma, mats, and mounting board face down into the back of your frame. Use a point driver to secure the art stack in the frame. Watch this video to see how to use a point driver.
Voila! There you have it: your very own custom-framed diploma.

Happy framing!

Did you take the leap and create your own frame? We want to see it! Hop on your preferred social media site and show us your custom diploma-framing job by uploading a picture and using the hashtag #framinghappiness. We look forward to seeing how yours turned out!

Laura Jajko
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.


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