Signature Wedding Mat and Frame
This is a personal message from Mehdi Kajbaf, Co-Founder of Matboard and More. My best friend Dragan his beautiful new bride Andelija recently got married and asked me for fun picture framing ideas to remember the occasion. Of course I recommended a signature matboard and frame for the occasion.
It’s an incredibly simple way to mark the occasion, and you get an heirloom that will last a life time.
We began by selecting the photo they wanted to use, in this case it was an 8×12″ picture. We then decided to add 6″ around the top and sides of the image. The bottom was 12″ to allow ample space for all the signatures of the 250 guests! Having the big off-set and using top centering was a great way to provide balance in the overall display while allowing enough space for signatures. A black sharpie is the perfect marker to write on matboard with.
Dragan and Andelija took things a step further by gluing on letter cut outs they found at a local craft store. That’s a great way to give the presentation more life!
For this matboard we selected the highest quality, 8 PLY White matting to give a very powerful effect. You can also do a double matboard but that’s really up to you. It is highly recommended to use a white or off-white color
Finally Dragan decided on our shiny silver metal frame and premium plexiglass to complete the picture. Wooden frames would have looked great as well, but for a wedding theme silver is always a great option. It’s also very strong and durable which is critical for a wedding heirloom.
They placed the mat with the sharpie markers at the greeting line at the wedding and everyone loved the opportunity to write something personal. It was a huge hit!
The final product is a keepsake that will remind them of their magical night! I’m so proud of the final product and very excited for the happy couple 🙂
If you are interested in getting a signature matboard for your wedding or other event, Matboard and More is the place to do it! Below are the details on the exact product ordered:
Size: 20 x 30 with 7.5 x 11.5 Opening
Mat: White (#25702) Top Mat, Top Centered
Frame: Silver w/ Round Profile, Shiny Finish
Backing: Acid Free Foam
It’s Raining Frogs. Actually though!
Much of the country has been wracked by storms this week, which got me thinking. In Atlanta we don’t tend to get snow very often. If you’ve seen the news over the last few winters, you may have some idea of how well we deal with it. However, there is another type of weather that no one can really plan for.
There have been reports of frogs falling from the sky, stretching from the depths of history, all the way to the modern age. Every once in a while, a town will have to deal with the unusual problem of frogs falling from the sky. At one time it may have been easy to dismiss stories like this as just stories, but at the trend continued- usually no more than once in a decade- the evidence became clear: it can rain frogs.
Of course, it’s not really raining frogs. If a strong storm forms a over an ocean or other body of water and creates a tornado, the tornado will actually turn into what is called a waterspout, and the water will actually get sucked up into the storm. And much in the same way that things on the ground can be pulled into a tornado, things in the water can be pulled into the waterspout. Small animals like frogs don’t stand a chance. Cool site.
If this storm then moves on to land, well, everything that goes up must come down. Along with regular rain, any wildlife that had been sucked up will rain down as well. Hence, frog rain. Of course, other animals are also sucked up- fish and crabs are often caught I waterspouts as well. Sometimes, even boats will get picked up, and dropped down somewhere inland.
So next time you’re struggling through bad weather, remember, at least it’s not frogs.
Mayor Kasim Reed recently called Atlanta the Cultural Capital of the Southeast, and we here at Matboard and More couldn’t agree more. This very weekend, Atlanta will be celebrating one of our many art festivals, the 81st Annual Dogwood Festival, downtown in Piedmont Park. Besides this, we have many other art festivals all throughout the year, including the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Inman Park Festival, and the Candler Park festival. Beyond this, Atlanta also hosts a number of large conventions for the creative types, with Dragon Con being the largest. There are other such conventions throughout the year, along with many smaller arts festivals scattered around the city.
Atlanta has benefitted from this patronage, with a huge amount of money coming into the city from the many movies and television shows that film in the area. I myself have personally walked through areas used by The Walking Dead and Zombieland. The city is much less scary when filled with students and businesspeople.
Mayor Reed plans to continue this partnership by supporting smaller artistic endeavors, in the hopes that they too will be yet another part of what makes our city great. The Mammal Gallery and the Downtown Players Club have both played a part in revitalizing parts of the city that previously had needed little changes when used in the post apocalypse of The Walking Dead.
We here at Matboard and More are big believes in supporting the Arts. We are living proof of the economic benefit of the Arts, but it goes beyond that. Art of all kinds helps us appreciate and understand life. It can show us the type of people we want to be and type of world we want to live in. It help us think about problems and ideas in ways we had not before. It can help us understand ourselves and prepare us for the problems we all come to face in life. When we are at our worst, art can help remind us of the beauty and goodness in the world. As such, we fully support Mayor Reed’s efforts, and hope that the arts continue to grow, both here and around the country.
You can read more about Mayor Reed’s plans for downtown here.
Crime of the Century
The greatest crime of all time is a tough thing make a call on. There’s not a right answer, really. It depends on how you look at it. However, it’s a fun thing to talk about and consider. In that light, the famous theft from the Gardner museum has to stand out as one of the top contenders. The amount value of the theft was huge, the crime was well organized and ran smoothly and it remains unsolved today. Then the fact that it was an art theft gives the story that extra little bit of intrigue and romance.
What first surprised me, after reading about the theft, was re-checking the date and realizing how recently it happened. It happened in my lifetime, back in 1990. The thieves used a simple but effective trick to gain access to the building. Two of them dressed as policemen and demanded that the night watchman let them inside for an unspecified reason. Once inside, they subdued the guard and his partner non-lethally, and got to work. In just over an hour the thieves made off with thireen paintings by masters like Rembrandt, Manet, Vermeer, and five works by Edgar Degas. The thieves disappeared into the night with over $600 million in paintings, more that had ever been stolen at one time… and were never seen again.
Various organizations and individuals have tracked the paintings over the years, but none have been recovered. Famous art is notoriously difficult to sell, so it’s entirely possible the original thieves still have the paintings, even more than 25 years later. This is actually somewhat common with art theft- the thieves may hold on to valuable paintings in times of trouble to use as a bargaining chip with the law.
There have been a number of colorful suspects over the years, though none panned out. The professional nature of entry, but rough way the paintings were handled, suggested to some it could be organized crime figures. The thieves knew crime, but not art, leading some to suspect member of the Mafia. Others have suggested a group of Corsicans, based on some of the other less valuable items taken at the same time.
For now, though, the crime remains unsolved, and the paintings remain lost. There is hope- a good chance, even- that the pieces will turn up when the right men are caught are forced to turn them over. Or perhaps in a secluded basement of a rich family, displayed privately. Or, perhaps not at all. Only time will tell.