Pro Tips

Pro Tips


Removing Photos from Plaques

Use the below tips to remove photos from plaques that are hanging on your walls or sitting in boxes in your garage.

  • Use a pair of needle nose pliers to grab the tack that holds the plastic onto the wood. Then you can remove the photos from beneath without damaging them.

  • You may need to use a flat head screw driver to pry up the tacks used on the plaque. 

  • If your photos are glued onto a metal or plastic piece, you will need to scan them into your computer, make a digital copy and then print it yourself or send it to a photo shop or website to have it professionally printed.




Cutting Tips

Make sure your photos are evenly trimmed to fit on the mat that you ordered.  This will create a straight even edge around the photo so the mat will highlight the photo and make it PoP!

  • Use a cutting tool such as a paper trimmer (Fiskars) to trim your photos to the correct size.

  • Use a straight edge ruler or piece of cardboard and Exacto knife to create the straight edge for your photo.

  • A good old fashioned ruler and a pair of scissors can give you a straight line to cut on to straighten out the edges of your photo.  Make sure to mark the back side of the photo so the lines won’t show up on the front. 

  • It doesn’t have to be the exact size that you ordered.  Anything close will allow the mat to peak out from behind the photo and highlight it.  




Additional Ideas to Think About . . .

If you have boxes of sports memorabilia in your attic, house or garage, here are some additional ideas to think about.       


  • Cut the ribbon off of your tournament/participation medals and create a tournament page for your athlete.  This medal can be applied to a page with a metal brad and matt (included with tournament pages) and can also be placed in your sports album to be included with your memories. A team photo and a few extra action shots on the page with your player, will make a wonderful addition to your memories.                                                                                                       

  • Most tournaments give out pins or patches for the players that participate.  The back of the pin can be removed with a heavy duty pair of wire cutters.  You can place the pin face on a tournament page with a mat (included with page).   Patches are easy!  Just place them on a matt on your page as well with a photo of your winning team.  Your page is complete!!

  • Add a roster page to your album.  If you have the names of the boys or girls from the team roster, add a roster page to remind you of the wonderful athletes you met and played with.  

  • Think about other accomplishments your athlete has had.  Think first (2nd, 3rd, 4th) home run, first goal, first hat trick, first double play, first race won, league records, school records, franchise records.  You name it - if it was special to your athlete, it can be commemorated.