All your hard work, patience, and time has paid off and you just received your actual diploma, acknowledging your accomplishment. But now what? You could leave it inside the puffy leather folder, but better to show it the world. You should frame it, to not only display your achievement, but also to protect it from the elements and preserve it.
When preparing to have your diploma framed, there are a few things you may want to consider:
1. All framing materials should be archival.
Diplomas are one-of-a-kind. You want to create an environment for your document that will preserve it far into the future. Only museum-grade acid-free materials should be around your diploma or any other work of fine art, for that matter!
2. Glass should be UV protective.
You will definitely want a protective layer over the face of your document. UV glass blocks 97% of harmful UV rays and protects your diploma and mats from fading. If you know where your framed piece will go -- if it's in an area with strong light or a lot of windows -- you might consider anti-reflective or non-glare glass. You can have the best of both worlds and choose the Cadillac of glass: Museum Glass, which is both UV-protected and anti-reflective.
3. Diplomas look best matted.
We've already discussed using archival quality materials, but you'll also want to think about the color and texture of mats that appeal to you. Matting can be subtle and match the diploma paper color or colorful to reflect your style or to incorporate school colors. Mats wrapped in fabric give the piece a little extra sophistication. There are many different ways to mix and match mat elements to achieve the perfect look! We have plenty of framing tricks up our sleeves.
4. Mounting will keep your diploma flat, but it's not always a good idea.
Mounting is the process (usually using heat activated adhesives) of permanently attaching your diploma to a board. The advantage is that the paper will always be flat, however, mounting is always a risky process. Diplomas with gold seals or those printed on real vellum or sheepskin should never be mounted. Make sure to work with a framer who is informed and experienced -- like us! -- to help you determine if mounting is right for you and your diploma.
5. Choose a frame that reflects your own personal style.
Your diploma doesn't have to look like everyone else's! One of the truly wonderful things about custom framing is that you can create a look unique to you. Some people choose wood tones that match the office. Some people choose color. Some people even choose glitter. There are thousands of frames to choose from, and with the help of a framing consultant, you are sure to find the one that compliments both your document and your style.
6. You could include other elements in the frame.
In addition to framing your diploma, it is possible to combine other items with significance. For example, you could include the tassel from your graduation cap, or a photo of yourself receiving your accolade, or your Summa Cum Laude honor cords. One of our skilled framing consultants would be more than happy to help you figure out the best possible way to incorporate all elements.
So now what? Well, grab your diploma and come on over! Here at Artists Frame Service our knowledgeable staff of framing consultants are always on hand and happy to help. We even offer a smart deal specifically designed to make your diploma look great without breaking your bank account! It's our Diploma Frame Package, and it's yours for only $80! Please click for more details.