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10 Years of Trading


From a 1 bedroom flat above the first Sunflower Gallery in Beaconsfield, to a large trading warehouse on the Cressex Business Park in High Wycombe, the journey DIYframing has taken has been very exciting.  The product store consisted of shelving in the bathroom, Judy Robertson (Operations Director) worked out of the kitchen, Duncan McDonald (CEO) had one of the bedrooms and the packaging distributions department was the “living room”.  When the training first started, the Sunflower Gallery workshop had to be cleared to allow 3 or 4 people to work in various nooks and crannies around the studio, before putting everything back, ready for trading on the Monday.  Compare that with the dedicated training room we had over at Woodlands Farm, where we first received accreditation for our courses from the Fine Art Trade Guild and then the award for Innovation In Framing 2010.  Now of course, we have even better facilities with the training room in our new, High Wycombe warehouse / store.


In our 10th year of trading there will be a whole range of events, promotions and offers to help us celebrate an exciting decade in framing: one in which we have opened up the possibilities of doing your own picture framing to, literally, thousands of you.

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Special Offer: Mount Board - Whites & Creams


The first of our Celebration Offers is this very special offer mountboard pack:

Britannia Mount Board, whites and cream whitecore

- sheet size 60cm (23.5") x 81.5 cm (32")

- Pack of 20 sheets for only £50.00 with free carriage – (one order per customer)

- You save over £20.00 – a great deal for the New Year.

- Offer runs until end of day, Friday 25th January 2013 (while stocks last).

Link: Whites & Cream Special

Please note:

- Free carriage only applies to the special offer mountboard element of an order: other items would attract the usual carriage fees;

- Free carriage only applies to deliveries on UK mainland.

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February Open Day


A second celebration special is an Open Day on February 16th, 2013.  This will be at our High Wycombe base from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm.  There will be deals, offers, demonstrations and support.  As has become a feature of these days there will also be 2 free seminars.  On this occasion we are going back to basics with framing. 


The themes are ideal for those starting to explore the idea of doing their own framing.  In the first session (10.30 am – 11.30 am): using simple kit to make great quality frames, using finished mouldings.  The second session (12.15 pm – 1.15 pm) goes a bit further, introducing more ways of working with framing: double mounts; holding a stretched canvas in a frame; creating a frame within a frame; adding a black finish to natural wood moulding.


Remember, if you want a FREE place at the seminar, please book in advance using the usual contacts.  NB Places usually go quickly.

Use this link for more information and PDF flyer: Back to Basics.

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Bespoke Framing Projects

Sewing In A Sports ShirtYou want to frame a signed football shirt but did you know:

  1. To stop the shirt sagging when attached it needs a support panel inside;

  2. How you stage the look of the shirt needs to be planned at the outset as it will affect the dimensions of the frame you build;

  3. Sewing the shirt onto the presentation mount board, whilst a little more involved, provides the best way of keeping the shirt undamaged and easy to release.


The art of framing sports shirts (or any clothing) is a great skill to have. Done well it is both rewarding and financially worthwhile. To learn more and walk away with you own framed sports shirt: February 19th, Framing Sports Shirts. Booking now.



Canvasses In FramesThere are 3 main ways of framing / presenting and hanging art on stretched canvas:

  1. A gallery wrap - no frame so the image either bleeds around the edges of the canvas block or the edges are left white (or coloured black);

  2. Showing the piece in a tray frame, where the edges are masked by the surrounding moulding;

  3. Traditional framing, where the canvas sits behind the rebate of the frame moulding.


In each case there is a number of underlying skills required. Especially where you need to stretch and attach a piece of artwork / photo print (on canvas) onto stretcher bars: the corners are often what people are most concerned about. But, this type of work is exactly what many of you will be asked to do: February 18th, Stretching & Framing Canvas Art. Booking now.

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Framing at a Higher Level


In 2008, David Wilkie GCF, led the first of his Master Class weekends. Seeing an expert illustrating so many clever little techniques, ideas and skills is an amazing catalyst for taking your own framing to a whole new level. This impact should never be underestimated and David’s input has, quite literally, been instrumental in launching many thriving (and well regarded) framing businesses.  No exceptional mount cutting experience needed: if you have your own mount cutter, which you are using regularly. or if you’ve attended one of our Mount Cutting & Decoration days, this is the winter tonic you need.  In fact, Richard Buttle, Lead Trainer at DIYframing, recognises how it contributed to his own business success: read the article written in 2008, Master Classes Revealed 

For course details and booking info: Master Classes – February 9th & 10th

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Business Opportunity

Business Week, 3D (Box) FramingAlthough DIYframing has been going for 10 years, the picture framing business started earlier and from even humbler beginnings: a garden shed. For many of us, that is exactly where the first steps in the picture framing business take place. There are many practical questions that need resolving:

  • How much should I charge?
  • Where can I buy materials?
  • What do I need in my workshop?
  • How do I bring orders in? And even
  • How do I frame a piece of crochet? ... or a baby’s bootee, a football programme?

In 2008, we ran a series of articles about starting up your own framing business: over the next few months we will be giving you a link to those pieces.  The first one is : What is A Pro Framer?

A tried and tested way of coming to grips with all of this is our Business Development Week. The programme offers practical guidance on how to organise, plan and develop a framing business, plus the essential skills in a range of framing projects. Book the whole course at a well discounted price, or develop your ideas, over time, by signing up to the individual days you need.


Feedback from our November BDW was very good: one student (Derek Ratford) commented,

" the course was the best course I have ever attended and would recommend the course to anyone starting a framing business. Linnette Bell was a really good teacher and Richard Buttle was excellent – I learnt so much."

Have a look at: Business Development Week. And for those having completed our Basics of Framing and Mount Cutting & Decoration Weekends, why not see the discounts on our Business Development, "Beyond the Basics" training.

By booking either a 7 day or 5 day package you can save £207.00

If you do wish to take part in some, or all of the sessions please book early as places will go quite quickly for the March week.

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Focus On Imaging 2013


Now is a good time to remind you that Focus on Imaging 2013 takes place from 3rd – 6th March 2013 at the NEC Birmingham.  Our stand will be Q15.  Our “focus” for the show is all about presentation, using mount cutting to great effect, along with providing the support and training to help you improve or become even more creative.  Keep a look out on the Focus on Imaging news pages, our own newsletters, Facebook and Twitter for updates on promotions, offers and what to expect in March.

For more information: DIYframing @Focus.

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Deep Bevel Sophistication and Style

Deep Bevel MountOne of the items generating a lot of interest on our stand at Focus on Imaging 2012 was the deep bevel mount.  This style is simple to create, doesn’t require expensive kit, but looks amazing and has real impact. Here, you see a white deep bevel used, with a double mount, to create depth and draw you in to the image: you should see what a black edge looks like! ... or the gold, silver etc


So, we have a deep bevel kit (including instructions) to help you create “the look”. 


For just £58.00 (inc VAT) you get: (while stocks last)

View: Deep Bevel Kit




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Art & Photography Framing Weekends coming up in the first quarter of 2013:

Leicester, 26th & 27th January 
Manchester, 23rd & 24th February
Brighton, 9th & 10th March 
Derby, 13th & 14th April
Exeter, 27th & 28th April
York, 10th & 11th May


For project specific training:

Framing Sports Shirts, Manchester, 25th February

Business Development Week, High Wycombe, 16th - 22nd March

Adding Art Finishes to Frames, High Wycombe, 21st May


And REMEMBER you can book single workshops / days from any weekend.


For events at our main centre click: ALL COURSES 

Reserve places NOW, to avoid disappointment.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


Now We Are 10!

A very Happy New Year to all of our customers, visitors and friends: we sincerely appreciate all of the support you have shown throughout our 10 years of trading! 


As you can imagine this is the start of an extra busy, celebratory year.  The changes in DIYframing have been phenomenal over the last decade, and we will enjoy keeping you up to date with the usual, important news, as well as the special events and offers we will be arranging over the course of the next 12 months. 

In this edition there are some useful reminders about events and training over the next 3 months plus the first of our great, special offers.


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