Collage Picture Frames - Understanding the Basics

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Have a bunch of pictures and want an economical way to display them all? This is where collage picture frames come in handy.

Collage frames are fantastic, cost-effective options if you want to display several pictures without buying a bunch of frames. Collage picture frames contain several picture openings that have different sizes. With collage photo frames, you will have a safe, secure way to protect your pictures and enjoy sharing them with your friends and family.

With digital cameras it's tempting to take countless photos but unfortunately rarely do people print them out and enjoy them. With collage picture frames, it's easy to display, share and remember priceless memories in a neat, well-arranged display.

These frames come in a variety of shapes, styles, colors, and sizes, but come in two types - matted collage frames and collage photo frames with several framed openings.

Matted Collage Picture Frames

Matted collage frames are generally less expensive because they have only one exterior frame. Matted collage picture frames have a collection of smaller sized openings that have different sizes so you can display more photos.

Matted collages include a collage mat and frame, but you can also create your own matted collage frame. To create your own, all you do is buy a separate collage mat and then choose the picture frame you want that holds the mat. It will generally cost a little more to create your own matted photo collage frame but it does give you additional options to choose from.

What separates the matted collage frame from other frames is that the pictures must be secured to the mat's back. There are a couple of ways to choose from depending on each picture's significance. For important pictures, you can prevent damaging the photo by using linen tape or photo corners. But if the pictures have less significance, you can just use tape that has a matte finish. Please be warned that using tape may damage your photo by sticking to the paper on the back of the picture. If you try removing tape that's adhered to the picture, it's best cutting the tape then ripping off the paper on the back of the picture. Just remember if you use any type of tape (not designed for photos), you risk damaging your picture.

Another benefit of matted collage photo frames is that you can write or draw on the mat. The ability to personalize your collage frame is another reason why matted collage frames are so popular. 

True Collage Picture Frames

The other type of collage frame has multiple framed openings. These frames can either be found as a cluster of mini frames put together, or can be one frame with metal or wood as a divider separating each photo. This \frame basically holds larger photos and offers fewer picture openings compared to the matted collage frame.

These photo frames come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and designs. Although most collages are designed to hang on the wall, some do include easel back stands for displaying pictures on a tabletop. Those that include built-in easel back stands are the higher quality collage photo frames in sizes smaller than 11x14.

A collage frame is the perfect choice for displaying a medley of memories, such as family gatherings, wedding celebrations, anniversaries, and family outings. Also, for students going off to college, collage frames are a great reminder of happy memories of family and friends back home.

Whether it's for yourself or for someone else, collage picture frames are a stylish and economical way to display your favorite memories of family and friends.

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Autumn Lockwood is a writer for YourPictureFrames.com and is passionate about picture frames and photography.

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This article was published on 2010/03/28