Designing and framing memories for shadowboxes are a big part of custom picture framing. When a customer comes into the store with items that mean something to them, the first step is listening to the stories behind these items and why the customer cherishes them. We take this very seriously, making sure we have the feel for how this person wants to capture the memory. Military honors, vacation memories, baptismal gowns, sports jerseys and concert memorabilia are examples of what a custom picture framer encounters on a regular basis.

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This story begins in Wichita, Kansas, at the Intrust Bank Arena. It was the client, John’s birthday, and he and his family were there to see his favorite band, the Eagles. As he told the story, it became quite clear that the Eagles’ music had touched him in a special way, and this concert was an event that he will hold dear forever. The design of this shadowbox had to be just as memorable.

The second step in the process was to lay out the memorabilia, and create a design that would look best. The first item was a 10” x 15” picture of John’s son, Kyle, sitting on the lap of none other than Don Henley. This shot was taken right at the end of the show, when the house lights had just come back on. Right away, we knew that this photo would be the focus of this shadowbox

Next were autographed drum sticks that were given to young Kyle after the show. These weren’t brand new sticks out of the box, they were the sticks used during the show, taped up and worn from the last few hours of use. Since the sticks were about the same length as the photo, we decided that they would fan out on either side of the picture, which gave the piece great proportion.

After this, we laid out the tickets for the show directly under the photo of Kyle and Don Henley. These tickets were personalized, showing the names of all who attended the show. We laid out the tickets in order, (seats 8, 9, and 10) making sure that this layout was as wide as the photo above it.

The piece was looking great, but it needed more. Before I even had the chance to ask John if he had anything else that he wanted to add in, he showed me an autographed CD cover from the band’s album “Hole in the World”, which would be placed to the left of the tickets, and personalized guitar picks from each band member, which would be placed on the right.

With our layout in place, we needed to figure out which mat colors would make this piece pop. We decided that the photo, CD cover, tickets and guitar picks would be top mounted to a black mat, with a Blue Ash colored mat with openings for each on top. The frame would be a black shadowbox, glazed with museum glass, which gives the items behind it amazing clarity, while dramatically reducing glare. When finished, it looked like this:

At Gallery 1 of Delafield, we strive to give you the best quality custom framing available. Come in with your memories and we will create something that you will love!