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August Training High Wycombe: Additional Date

Unfortunately we needed to postpone our Art & Photography Framing Weekend of 2nd & 3rd August as our trainer sustained an injury and won't be able to lead those workshops.


We are, however, able to put in new dates for that training weekend: 16th & 17th August again at our base in High Wycombe.  Please note there a few places now available for those days.

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New Mount Board Ranges: Conservation & Layered



Arqadia has just introduced some new styles to  their mount board range: new addition conservation board and layered board

The new addition range: features some really exciting shades.  There are currently 19 new colours and, what’s really impressive is, they are all conservation grade boards.  See them under the New Additions Conservation Mount Board heading.  Please note these board sizes are slightly different to the usual Arqadia size: the new boards are 800 mm x 1200 mm


The layered boards: offer a completely different look. Essentially they feature black core and white core layers in 1 board: 4 alternative looks are possible from 2 boards.  The first is a Black/White board: you can use it with the either a black surface or a white surface facing.  The second board offers a similar alternative but with the option of either a Black or Hayseed face. See New Additions Layered Core Board


As the layered boards are 2.4 mm thick (2400 microns) you would need to use a specialised, bevel cutter such as the Logan 5000 8 ply mount cutter to cut through this depth of board. The Framer's Edge and Platinum Edge bevel cutting head can be adjusted to work with these boards. The layered boards have the usual dimensions: 815 mm x 1120 mm


Place an order, which includes any sheet materials, before 4th August and we will send you, FREE, the latest Arqadia specifier featuring these new shades / designs.

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Learn More With DIYFraming


Many of you reading this newsletter will already have trained with us completing our Basics of Framing & Mount Cutting & Decoration modules.  Between now and Christmas there are 5 more, practical modules taking place.


It’s worth following the links to find out more and see how far you can take your framing skills this year.


The final 3 of the courses above form part of our Business Development Week: as well as the practical sessions the week’s programme also includes two “Business Days”:

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Open Day Early Warning

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These have always been very popular in the past so we thought we’d give you an early warning.   Entry is free but if you do intend to visit, it would really help our planning for a smoothly run day if you could send a quick email or make a call using contacts:

t 0800 801061 (free call)   e judy@diyframing.co.uk


Special features include:

- Sales showroom - open with some great discounts
- Bargains and clearance sales 
- Special offer mouldings
- Demonstrations of equipment
- Solutions to framing problems


Look out for more details on the website over the next few weeks.


A constant of these days have been some framing / mount cutting seminars.  We will be holding these again but as yet haven’t set the titles. This time we are asking for your ideas for what we can help you with.  You can suggest items that are quite basic to framing / use of kit through to specific techniques you are unclear about.  They can be items we have run before but that you would like to see again, items you have seen on our Handy Hints / Project Sheets but you would like to see in the flesh. 


If you have ideas, please send them to judy@diyframing.com and we will select some projects that we can show within the time scale and which work together well.  All ideas must be in by Friday 15th August.

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Staff Changes In High Wycombe


Tim Rees decided to hang up his handy wrap roll when he retired from DIYframing at the end of May.  A chance meeting some time ago, led to Tim joining the team, newly established at the Woodlands Farm, Beaconsfield site.  He has been instrumental in setting up and developing the sales outlet there and then at our current warehouse in High Wycombe. After over eight years with us, he will be greatly missed by all at here and the many customers who liked and trusted his expert advice.  We wish him well with any new ventures.


This means that we now have two recent additions to the DIYframing staff: Ben and Kieran.  Some of you will already have met them either in the store or over the phone.  Right away they have become a real asset to the DIYframing team and we hope they will enjoy their time with us and wish them well as they pick up Tim’s baton (handy wrap roll and glass cutter).

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Cutting Corners


There are so many Logan Cutters to choose from and it can be really difficult to know which one to go for.  On our training sessions we feature the Logan Elite 350-1.  This is perfect for those who probably will be working with images no longer than about 50 cm: plus it is comparatively inexpensive.  But, if you need more versatility to cater for image sizes around the 80 cm mark, you’re clearly going to need a bigger cutter: the Logan 450-1, Artist Elite is the perfect upgrade. 


Many of those on our training sessions opt for the 450-1 over the Compact Elite as a way of “future proofing” their purchase, without having to break the bank.  Angie Hopgood, who trained with us in Exeter this spring, was really enthusiastic after buying and using her Logan 450-1, so we asked her if she’d be happy to have her comments featured.


'I knew that for the quantity of mounts I would be cutting on a weekly basis that I would need an accurate and reliable cutter. Having looked at others on the market, I chose the Logan 450-1, and I have not been disappointed.  It cuts very accurately and produces extremely professional results, I am delighted with it.'
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Silver Lining

Silver mouldings really make a statement.  They give a contemporary, clean-cut look, work well with a whole range of photography and bring a real “designer” edge to all sorts of prints, posters and painted art.


This month we thought we’d feature two from our range, each one at the opposite end of the range in terms of budget and size

For the whole of  August * we have reduced the price on these two mouldings by 10% per metre. (*While stocks last)

Silver moulding 10% discountSilver Leaf Cushion - M2045SR @  £3.02 inc vat per metre (usually £3.36): a bright, eye-catching moulding provides a distinctive edge to your work.  We have featured it in many of our exhibition presentations and projects.  You could use it as we did in our Project 12b with a simple v-groove or with an inlay mount  (illustrated here), details of method can be found in Project 12a.


Silver Moulding 10% discountSilver Leaf Flat - M2010SR @ £7.73 inc vat  per metre (usually £8.59): a highly striking moulding with strong dimensions, bright leaf metal effect face and black edges bring a wow factor to all sorts of work.  With a rebate of 18 mm, you can develop a whole range of designs for your projects: deep bevel mounts; slip mounts; spaced, layered mounts; memorabilia …  the list is endless. 

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Art & Photography Framing Weekends coming up in the next quarter of 2014:

BRIGHTON -  9th & 10th August

DERBY -  23rd & 24th August

BRISTOL - 23rd & 24th August 

SALISBURY -  6th & 7th September

CAMBRIDGE - 20th & 21st September

MANCHESTER -  4th & 5th October

CHICHESTER - 11th & 12th October

TUNBRIDGE WELLS -  25th & 26th October


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...


August 2014

This has been a very busy month or so here, as you will see from this newsletter.  We are always keen for people to book training sessions early as this means we can confirm venues and other arrangements in good time.  As well as the usual range of Art & Photography Framing training weekends, there is also a range of other practical sessions to extend your skills before the end of the year: not to mention the Business Development training.


One major change for us is the retirement of Tim Rees and the arrival of two new faces on the sales & management team.  Why not take time out when passing High Wycombe to pop in, see what our store has to offer and say hello to Ben and Kieran.


We’ve also featured some great ideas about kit and products: New Addition Conservation Mount Board and Layered Core Mount Board ranges from Arqadia; a feature on some simmple and sophisticated silver mouldings.


Finally, there's a "heads up" on our Open Day in late September, with a chance for you to suggest some ideas for demonstration during our usual, free seminars.


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