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Easter Opening


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Closed: Good Friday (29th March) and Easter Monday (1st April)


Open: Saturday 30th March (10.00 am - 2.00 pm)


All other opening times remain as normal

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Focus on Success


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What a brilliant time we had at Focus on Imaging 2013. We were busy right from the opening bell through to packing up on the last day. We met so many new customers, interested in starting to mount their own work with a view to taking on the framing. Of course we also thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with so many of you who have trained with us and set up and stocked your framing work spaces. We genuinely enjoy hearing what people have been up to.

 

The STAS hanging system generated a lot of interest as did the framed pieces displayed there: later in the year we will be revisiting the ideas shown there in one of our free Open Day Seminars. But, as always, the mount cutters stole the show along with some of the add-ons: foam cutters for deep bevel mounts, mat decoration tape and the Freestyle Mount Cutter (Groovy Mouse) – we sold out!

 

So a big thank you to all, who stopped for a chat, asked questions and (of course) bought from us, making it a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile few days.

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Rent-A-Work Space


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Take the chance to hire a work space in the All About Framing training room to help develop and hone your framing skills. You will have access to a work bench and all of the framing hand tools used on UK School of Framing training days.

 

This workshop opportunity is solely offered to those who have trained with us, want to use kit and manage a project for themselves; possibly ahead of buying their own kit. It also suits people who have projects to do, but haven't the space or range of tools needed to complete them at home. Support is also available in the forms of training manuals, handy hints sheet and a member of staff will be on hand to help source materials and kit.


Please note these are not training sessions and all products used in any projects undertaken must be purchased from the DIYframing store. At just £24 (inc vat), these sessions provide a great way of consolidating skills. FULL DETAILS

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Mums (& Dads) Allowed


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If you are trying to balance domestic arrangements with developing your work or hobby interests, this split, two day Basics of Framing module could be just what you need.The timings (10.00 am – 2.00 pm) have been selected to allow work-at-home mums and dads to complete the workshops but still manage the school run. However, these would equally suit anyone, for whom spending part of a weekday on training fits in better with work / domestic schedules. 

 

The content and costs are exactly the same as those on our usual Saturday sessions. This way, you can make the training part of your working week whilst the children are taken care of. MORE

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April Open Day


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We will be hosting another Open Day in April

Date: Saturday, 20th April
Time: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Venue: All About Framing showroom / warehouse on the Cressex Business Park High Wycombe.

There will be plenty of deals, offers, demonstrations and support. And we continue to make our FREE seminars a feature of these days: there will be 2 sessions a basic understanding of the framing process but who want to take on board some new ideas.

 

The themes are ideal for those starting to explore doing their own framing but ready to take on a few new ideas. THE DARK SIDE is the first session (10.30 am – 11.30 am): a series of framed projects looking at how moulding choices combined with a few simple mount cutting & decoration styles can make a dramatic impact. PRESENTING THE PAST is our second session (12.15 pm – 1.15 pm): here we look at a project first shown about 4 years ago, demonstrating how to frame a medal; the second project show a typical way of showing some fishing memorabilia alongside a photo. READ MORE

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: Something Fishy

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Send Us Your STAS Images (Please)


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As mentioned earlier, STAS Gallery Hanging systems have become a really popular feature of what DIYframing can supply. In fact we have become one of the leading stockists for STAS, substantially increasing our in-store stock over the last months. We know of several exhibitors, galleries, artists and photographers using a STAS system, but although we send it out we don’t get to see the fruits of your labours.


So we are asking anybody, who has installed a STAS hanging system, to send in some pics. We would love any shots, so we can show them on our facebook page, plus we aim to pass them on to STAS in the Netherlands: they enjoy seeing what you create with their products.


Please attach any images (200 dpi and 1000 pixels longer dimension) to emails for judy@diyframing.com.

 

Many thanks, in advance, for your help.

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Cornish Cream


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It’s rare that we get a chance to introduce a new framer just as their business is going live. Even rarer to be able to illustrate a complete timeline of under 6 months (since November 2012): Business Development Week, then Canvas Stretching training, learning how to frame sports shirts through to launching his business, Edgemoor Framing, based in Delabole, North Cornwall.

 

We are especially grateful to Andy George for taking time out in the middle of all his launch preparations to provide an insight into how he arrived at this new business, featuring a number of really interesting business initiatives. It all sounds incredibly swift but, as you will read, underpinning it all are detailed research, planning, not to mention a few tweaks to the original concept, resulting in a venture that should play to Andy’s strengths while adapting to a few changes in circumstances.

 

We wish him the very best of luck with the launch and hope you will enjoy reading the full article

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Training is Moving Up a Level


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If you visit DIYframing in High Wycombe over the coming weeks, you will notice it is a hive of activity. The workshop making frames for the various Sunflower Framing galleries will be moving from the Woodlands Farm warehouse to join the other elements of All About Framing in High Wycombe. It will be accommodated within the area roughly covered by our current training room. This means that the training studio is currently being created, upstairs on the mezzanine, offering greater floor space, light and an exciting new look to future training weekends.

 

We are hopeful that it might be ready to host our Open Day Seminars in April.

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Plan Ahead - Business Week


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Having just completed another successful Business Development Week, it may seem a bit premature to mention the next time we will be running this complete programme. However, it is definitely true to say that clear organisation and planning don’t inhibit inspiration; on the contrary they are what make creative thinking and inspired ideas come about.

 

If you have read our case studies, and in particular the last two, it is essential to develop a structure for your ideas and understand the skills involved in picture framing so that you can very quickly establish your credentials as a serious, thriving business.

 

Be prepared and book early on the next Business Week: 16th – 22nd November 2013, High Wycombe.
NB individual days can be booked as separate modules.

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Dates


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

Exeter, 27th & 28th April
York, 11th & 12th May
Southampton, 18th & 19th May
Norwich, 15th & 16th June
Gloucester, 22nd & 23rd June
Newcastle Upon Tyne, 22nd & 23rd June
Manchester, 6th & 7th July

 

For project specific training:

Adding Art Finishes to Frames, High Wycombe, 21st May
Framing Sports Shirts, Manchester, 8th July

 

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...

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April 2013

In spite of the Siberian weather  we hope this newsletter will re-awaken the urge to start all those framing projects you had on hold till the light and heating improves.
 

 

Reporting back on recent events,  testing out some new training / support ideas and mentioning a few changes at DIYframing: there really is a massive amount to tell you about as we head into spring.

 


We also feature a new business in Cornwall as it launches in early April.  It's especially pleasing to report on, as Andy George completed his first steps in framing with us, during our November Business Development Week: now he's all grown up!

Duncan

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