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Display your work around the home

Personalising and proudly displaying your family photos, paintings or children’s drawings has never been simpler in this modern age. It seems a shame to not display sentimental pictures because they cannot be hung up or are not the right shape for a certain surface, but there are ways around these complications.

Laminating can be a clever way of preserving drawings and artwork for years to come. Laminating a picture means it can be protected from tearing and spillages, can be easily transported without any creases.

A very simple yet hugely effective way of editing digitally printed pictures for display around the home is through drilling. As simple as it sounds, drilling involves making holes in the print itself in order to be hung on the wall. A common example of this is for a calendar or schedule to be hung on the wall. A small hole will be made at the top of the picture in the centre, which a nail or pin can be placed through to hang the work. Another adaptation of drilling is drilling up to four holes in the side of the print so it can be placed in a ring binder. This way, the pictures will not get damaged by wear and tear as they are safely contained in the ring binder.

Another easy way of enabling pictures to be displayed around the home or workplace is through die cutting. Die cutting is the process of cutting a material into a specific shape. The best analogy for this is a cookie cutter: The die cutting machine cuts your picture into the shape you desire and leaves you with the cut result. For example, in a hotel there are many coloured paper door hangers that lodgers can place on the door handle to ensure they are not disturbed—these hangers have been made using a die cutting machine. These machines are very versatile and can also be used to make other arts and crafts delights. With a combination of die cutting and laminating, a sturdy shape can be created.

Many products today have been created using die cutting for example, envelopes and folders. Die cutting has revolutionised the printing industry as it opens up a world of opportunity to the customer. A major benefit of die cutting is that the shapes cut will all be uniform; no shape cut will be different to another. Die cutting is also relatively inexpensive as only one tool is needed to cut the material—and this machine also produces little waste because the dies can be lined up closely together, using the maximum amount of the material possible.

For displaying a student’s dissertation or presentation, using a book printing and binding service could be a great way to ensure it stays safe and crease-free. Once the essay has been digitally printed, it can be bound with a hard margin and cover—which can then be proudly displayed. Book binding is a great way to make sure that no stray sheets get lost and will remain in the right order, preserving a student’s hard work.

When your child comes home with a new piece of art, using one of these simple methods it can be displayed proudly in the home, possibly next to the calendar or family portrait which have already been cut or drilled to size!

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