Yesterday and Today Frame Shop

Framing Yesterday's Memories and Today's Treasures since 1974.

Framing FAQ


  1. Why is custom picture framing expensive?

    By definition, a custom picture frame is one of a kind. From the time you bring in your item for framing, until it is completed in our shop by our trained, experienced professionals, the elements included in the "package"- art, frame, glass, mats, etc. - have been handled more than 15 times. A well-designed, well-made custom frame will last for many more years than the sofa or drapes in your home decor. Custom frames are personalized furnishings for your home.

    A word about coupons and discount framing establishments. The best advice I can give you about coupons and framing prices is this: you get what you pay for. Stop by the shop to view the two identical cross-stitched pieces I have on display. Yesterday and Today framed one piece and a competitor framed the other. It took 42 days for my competitor to complete the frame job that I did in 10 days. (My thought is that they should have taken longer and at least tried to do a better job). You’ll be as amazed by the obvious differences in quality as I am. Just because you see ½ price on something does not mean you are getting the best value for your money. We offer a broad range of framing styles and prices. Bring your art and stop by the shop for a free quote.

  2. How do I choose a framer?

    Finding the right framer can be difficult. An experience with a bad frame job at a mediocre shop can lead to financial and emotional distress. If you choose the wrong frame, your money can be wasted by poor design and execution. In 2013, 75 percent of my business came from customers who had used my services before or word-of-mouth referrals. That’s a strong testament to what we do best: expert design, framing and customer service. And don’t forget, we offer what few other frame shops offer: your complete satisfaction. We are trusted to care for your art and cherished memorabilia.

  3. After I bring a piece in for framing, how long until I can pick it up?

    Our normal turn-around time is 7 days. Some more complicated pieces may take a few days longer, but generally the wait is no more than two weeks. And we leave some wiggle room in our schedule for those of you who just remembered what great gifts framed pieces make. If it's less than a week until that birthday or Christmas, don't hesitate to stop by and let us help you give a gift that will last a lifetime.

  4. Can you cut mats that are not the usual rectangle/square opening?

    Our computerized mat cutter is amazing. We can program it to cut a wide range of unique mats... circle, oval, rounded corner, arch, western motifs to name a few. Please stop by and we'll demonstrate how it works and give you a free 8x10 mat with any special design you choose.

  5. Do you frame needlework?

    At Yesterday and Today Frame Shop, we are particulary skilled at framing cross stitch and textiles.

  6. Do I need to have my needlework piece cleaned and pressed before framing?

    All needlework should be brought in cleaned with all tape removed from the edges. We typically press needlework before the framing process.

  7. What can be framed in a shadowbox?

    Almost anything can be framed in a wall-hanging shadowbox or enclosed in a glass showcase. We have many examples hanging in our showroom: arrowheads, baby dress, walking cane, jeweled brooch, t-shirt, oriental fan, sea shells, pocket knife with shavings, World War II uniform, record album with cover, and quilt. We specialize in this type of memento framing. Framing will not only allow you to enjoy such possessions but protect them as well.

  8. How high on the wall should artwork be hung?

    The most appealing way to show framed artwork is to have the horizontal centerline of the artwork at eye level of the viewer. If framed art is hung in a living room, dining room, or bedroom where most of the time people would be seated, position the art lower on the wall. In areas where people are most often standing, such as a hallway, artwork should be hung higher on the wall. If art is hung above eye level people will tend to ignore it. Art should be hung at a level so people do not have to strain to see it.

  9. What types of glass do you use?

    Depending on your art, we will discuss with you whether we recommend UV or museum glass. Both filter out 99% of ultraviolet rays. Premium reflection free museum glass is magical. Your art work will appear as if we didn’t use any glass at all.

  10. Do you use acid-free materials?

    We only use Bainbridge Alphamat Artcare mats. They are museum quality and meet Library of Congress standards for conservation. To archivally mount art, we use japanese hinges, acid free tape, or acid free mounting corners.

  11. How many mats can I put on a picture?

    The number of mats per framed piece is dictated by the art itself. Typically at least two mats are used, but certainly more may be incorporated into the design if they enhance the art.

  12. How wide do I have to have the mat?

    Mat widths vary from piece to piece. One important tip to remember is to make sure your frame width and mat width are not the same. There is a general industry trend to frame with wider mat widths than in the past. And the mat widths on a piece of art do not have to be the same on all four sides.

  13. Do you use mats that look like suede?

    Yes, we use mats that actually are suede on the face (the part you see). We also carry other specialty mats like linen, denim, silk, ceylon suede, and rice paper. They are so beautiful they defy description, so stop by for a look.

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