The person who helped me at The Great Frame Up was so nice that I keep going back. Though I only buy mats there, they always treat me like a valued customer.
The space where they have been for years was empty the last time I drove my and I was relieved to find them in an even more convenient location for me, a little shopping center called Rio Hill. The new space is brighter and more open than the old one.
Let me stop for a second and say that I've gone into this place a lot, but always alone. On this occasion, my husband came with me. I should have known that he'd know someone in the shop. As soon as we walked in, the guy behind the counter greeting us like we were old friends...and it wasn't because I've had a bunch of mats made here.
Back to the task at hand. I had an inexpensive Ikea Ribba frame and a standard sized enlargement of my wedding bouquet to be framed. Ikea frames come with funky-sized Ikea mats. With some photos, the Ikea mat works just fine, but my image needed a custom mat.
We laid out some options. Marc and I have a dumb shtick we do when it comes to different shades of white. I know he can't tell the difference, but I ask "which one do you like?" anyway. He answers "the white one." Lame, I know.
There's a particular mat that looks great with white, Ikea frames. I don't know if mat labeling is universal, but at The Great Frame Up, the mat is C13xx (I don't remember the last two digits). Even when I walk in thinking I'm going to do something different, I wind up with C13.
1. Put on special photo handling gloves. Just kidding. I don't do that. I appreciate that Kyle does.
2. Position photo on the backing with the mat over it. Hold the photo down and take the mat off. This seems so lame, but if you don't hold the photo down pretty hard, it's going to shift, even if you think you're pulling an Indiana Jones move.
4. Now tape the photo to the backing by laying strips of tape across the tape you just placed. You're almost making a T with the base of the T going behind your photo.
Kyle taped my photo right to the back of the Ikea frame. He said it really wasn't all that necessary to use some sort of liner.