An alternative to framing photos
Framing photos is expensive. One of the great advantages of the digital age is that we don’t have to print our photos on standard photo paper any longer. My favorite alternative is the gallery-wrap print-to-canvas option.
Gallery-wrap is when the photo is extended around the sides of the canvas frame, thereby eliminating the need for a frame. That doesn’t mean you can’t frame the canvas, but there are two reasons I like the unframed canvas: 1) no frame means less cost, and 2) you never have to reframe when you redecorate or move the photo (there is nothing to clash with the new decor).
This option is offered on most photo Web sites, from Shutterfly to Kodak, Snapfish to Walgreens. However, my favorite is Art Hammer. They offer more sizes and a few times a year they offer 20% off and free shipping. I most often order the smallest size, which means I spend about $50 per canvas. While this isn’t the cheapest means of displaying your photos, it is definitely cheaper than framing photos or buying professional art.
Another site I am going to try soon is Personalization Mall. They have mini canvases for under $25 (I assume that shipping is extra). Having another size to choose from will add a little variety to the photos I display.