(and I seem to be hoarding it more than ever, since I've realized that the older the children get, the less of it they bring home.)
Numero uno:premade frames with mattes.
When you see a nice frame marked down 90%, for heaven's sake get it. Especially if you don't love the art inside. That way no feelings get hurt when you rip it out
leaving the matte where it is, and filling up the "hole" with something special.
No Matte/Making Your Own Background
If I haven't gotten lucky (ahem), I've been known to take one of the plethora of collage frames I'm no longer using, remove the matte with the openings, and spray paint the paper that comes with it black, making it a solid background to tape on a masterpiece. Can't even tell right? 'Specially through all the dust.
When something is too big/tall/long for a regular frame, you have to go up in size to one of these bad boys. Walmart clearance price: $3. Since I was at the store already, I got a piece of 50 cent posterboard, used the paper as a template, and cut it to fit.
(tip: Trace over letters if the handwriting is in pencil so that it shows up better. Who would want to miss the curly-ques on those G's?)
Voila - you're done. Sweet and simple.