Tips & Thoughts

Belief in the Photo Album

I love having framed photographs and mementos in my home and office.  I don’t need a reminder to know how hard I work each day for my family, but it is a lift to see them smiling at me from my desk.  My wedding photo takes me back to one of the most wonderful days in my life.  The photo of my dad and his family brings back precious memories...

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Custom Framing: NASA Memorabilia

These frames are part of an ongoing project that Mary Lou worked on. A customer brought in her NASA memorabilia but wasn't sure of what she wanted to do with it. Mary Lou worked with our customer and created a few different ways for her to display the pieces. She designed four frames (including these two), a scrapbook, and framed a Neil Armstrong magazine that could be easily removed for...

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February Framing Samples

Here's a sample of a few of our recent framing projects. We've had some beautiful photos and art brought in for framing and thought we'd share a few of them. When it comes to framing, the goal should always be to enhance and showcase the piece. The frame should never outshine the photo. Our conservator, Amy, did a fantastic job on these! Check out more frame jobs here, here, and on...

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Photo Restoration Before & After: Crayon Portrait

This was an interesting piece for a few reasons. The customer brought in this crayon portrait that had been adhered to a sheet of lead. The original was a hand colored crayon portrait. It was printed on a thin piece of fiber paper. A family member thought it would be helpful to glue it to a sheet of lead to give it some stability. Over the years, the glue bubbled in places and...

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Corporate Framing: Sugar Bags

Corporate art doesn't have to be boring. In fact, we love it when it’s different and unique. Chip from AN Smith & Company did just that. His company specializes in all things sugar, and he wanted us to frame a few old sugar bags to hang in their office. Instead of framing the bags, we decided to stretch them like a canvas print. We had to be very careful with these bags. Each...

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Frame Ideas: Stacked Framing

At Coyle Studios, each person has a specific role. John is the amazing photographer, and Mary Lou is the master framer. Custom framing allows her to take a beautiful photo or piece of art and make it into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. It’s always fun to see what she’s going to create. This is one of her recent framing designs. We restored this original family photograph, and our customer wanted to...

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