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Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

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How to Design Shadow Boxes – Inspiring Ideas

Shadow boxes are boxed frames enclosed by a glass covering on top and have a greater depth than picture frames, creating a rather dramatic and distinct appeal. Going by history, they have a strong military connection where they were presented to military personnel upon retirement and the boxes contained different souvenirs like medals, badges, and flags. However, in modern times there are several creative ways which we could use it to safely hold our cherished possessions as well as to add to the décor element of our spaces. FrameUSA offers 3 different variations of Shadow Boxes with varying depth to give to the right space and effect you are looking for. Also, you could choose from different color options and sizes specific to your needs.

Here are some shadow box ideas/inspirations to fuel your creative thoughts on putting shadow boxes to work for your décor.

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Some of these are actual images our customers shared with us showcasing how they used our shadow boxes in different creative ways. Also, please do visit our Pinterest and Instagram pages for more inspiring ideas. We hope you are as excited as we are and we look forward to seeing more pictures from our customers on this.

Don’t forget to return to our blog for more exciting and interesting updates from FRAME USA.  We would also love to hear about your stories and experiences with us. Please share them with us on any of our social media channels which can be accessed through the links below and it would give us the motivation to keep going.

 

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It’s Opening Day – Go Reds!

After a little delay due to the weather conditions, the opening day of the Major League Baseball is finally here and we cannot be more excited about it. We at FrameUSA are all in and cheering for  our home team, the Cincinnati Reds. To really get in the spirit of the season we kick started with a cookout event at our office today, showing our spirit by being dressed in Red apparel. Here are some pictures of the exciting event we had today. Look on and enjoy!

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Here is a special something we have for our customers in the spirit of the opening day of the baseball season – We are offering a 10% OFF ON ALL RED PICTURE FRAMES running on our website with Coupon Code: playball225 and it includes all variations of Red like Cherry and Mahogany, just to have more options for our customers to choose from. Don’t forget to take advantage of our opening day discounts which will be running till Monday April 2nd midnight. We wish everyone a Happy Opening Day and hope they enjoy the bright season ahead!

 

Don’t forget to return to our blog for more exciting and interesting updates from FRAME USA.  We would also love to hear about your stories and experiences with us. Please share them with us on any of our social media channels which can be accessed through the links below and it would give us the motivation to keep going.

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Digital Media – An Exciting Journey

Marketing Guru Seth Godin said it best, “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” I truly believe that companies who craft products while actively listening and catering to the customer’s needs are truly the most successful in delivering spectacular products and services tailored to the needs of beloved customers.

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To introduce myself, my name is Shreya Singh – the latest addition to the Frame USA team as the SEO coordinator. I am passionate about digital marketing and making an impact while following the aforementioned philosophy – by understanding what our customers are really looking for and striving to make sure our customers have nothing less than a delightful experience with our products and services. I am a recent MS Marketing graduate from the University of Cincinnati and my areas of interest are content marketing, social media marketing and digital analytics. Apart from my formal degree, I’ve obtained certifications to keep my skills relevant and I recently completed the Advanced Google Analytics Certification Program.  Also, I do have experience working in different aspects of digital marketing for IT and Retails industries.

I am very eager, determined, and excited to learn more about digital marketing professionally as the industry evolves. I am amazed by the dynamic nature of marketing aided by technology today which has just empowered us with so much more. So, I aim to leverage it to serve our customer needs in a better manner.

FrameUSA serves its customers with American made products in a great way and I am excited to help improve the digital experience we provide to our customers.  As said in the quote below, building a life which you thoroughly enjoy and are excited about is important. That being said, we aim to help preserve our customer’s cherished memories by providing thousands of affordable picture frames.

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Don’t forget to return to our blog for more exciting and interesting updates from FRAME USA.  We would also love to hear about your stories and experiences with us. Please share them with us on any of our social media channels which can be accessed through the links below and it would give us the motivation to keep going.

Insight Into Our New Inside Sales Representative

I grew up with a total of 10 siblings including myself. My father and mother moved to the U.S after Vietnam just shortly after the Vietnam War. They had nothing coming over, with children already coming over, and more to come in transit. The struggle was real for them, my mother and father did whatever was necessary for us to have a good life and experience nothing but good and wellness. There is not a day that goes by without me thinking of both my parents and what they have gone through. My love and appreciation will always be there for them, even through the argument and disagreements we may have had in the past, I owe everything to them, I mean everything.

I have one word that I remind myself every day, “gratitude.” A word that reminds me, that life is short, those who help you along life have used up their time and sacrifice so much for you to have a life with less struggles. My parents are the ones I owe most, if not all, my gratitude too. And the reason I say most, is because we can go through life solo or we can accept the hands of others and learn from that experience. My mother told me, “Never expect anything in return and always help those who need a hand.” As I pondered her words, I knew what she meant, I understood her words as, I will never completely know the outcome of any situation given in life, but I would at least know the outcome of my choices and how I present myself in this world to others.

Her words kept me to be grateful under any situation, getting cut from a team, failing an exam, not getting the job I applied for. I can’t even imagine the hardship my parents gone through to even give us these opportunities. With this mindset, I know that others go through difficult times to, maybe they are having a bad day and need the moral support. My father or mother didn’t have to tell me how important it is to work hard in life, I believe it’s something you must see and experience first-hand, and I saw it through my parents, even my older siblings. I was given the gift of Choice, to choose what I wanted to do in life and what to experience.

FRAME USA has given me the opportunity to be a part of their team, and I am unbelievably grateful for that. It shows that they are willing to give me a chance as an Inside Sales Representative to prove myself that I am a dedicated and smart worker. I cannot wait to grow within this wonderful company and see where it takes me from here. Thank you FRAME USA.

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Frame USA February News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you!

 

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The Executive Picture Frame series is great for awards, certificates, artwork and just about anything you’d be looking to frame. These frames really bring to life any room where a rich and warming presence is required.

All Executive Picture Frames are 10% off for the month of February with Coupon Code: Feb10

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use.

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The Birthday of Abraham Lincoln

Today marks the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America! Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky. He was the middle of three children with his youngest brother dying in infancy in the early 1800’s.

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In 1816 the Lincoln family moved from Kentucky to Indiana, the main reason for the relocation was on account of property disputes and discrepancies in Kentucky, but another part was on account of slavery. The Lincoln’s were members of Separate Baptists church and had harsh moral standards opposing alcohol and slavery. Despite his religions standings, in 1842 Abe married Mary Todd who was from a wealth slave-holding family. The pair went on to have four children but tragically only one of them made it to adulthood.

It was in 1832, after the failing of his general store in New Salem, Illinois that Abe began his political career. Two years later, on his second campaign, Lincoln won election to the state legislature and two years after that he was admitted to the Illinois bar after teaching himself law by reading a plethora of law books. Lincoln continued on as a lawyer and then a Republican leader until 1860.

On November 6, 1860, Abe Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States and he was the first President to be elected from the Republican Party. Lincoln won this election only because of his support in the North and West; he only won two of the 996 counties in the Southern states and no ballots were cast for him in 10 of the 15 Southern states. The US was divided and that came to a head on April 12, 1861 when Confederate troops opened fire on the Union, marking the beginning of the Civil War. This war later became known as the bloodies war in American history with over 600,000 lives loss.

On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This proclamation declared that all persons held as slaves shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free! What a lot of people don’t know is that the Emancipation Proclamation on applied to states in open rebellion (Arkansas, Virgina, Texas, Nor Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama) but not slave-holding border states (Missouri, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky) or areas of the Confederacy that had already been under Union control. In simple terms; the Emancipation Proclamation prohibited the Union army from returning runaway slaves to their owners so any escaped slave who was able to get behind the lines of the Union army and any who lived in an area captured by the Union where therefore considered free.

Four months after the Union defeated the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg (the biggest battle of the Civil War), Lincoln gave his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address lasted only two minutes and is only 272 words but it’s power was felt well beyond that.

Abraham Lincoln was later assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865 while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. He was killed five days after the surrender or Robert E. Lee as the Civil War was winding down.

To celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln take a look at our popular Lincoln Internet Quote poster:

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Hanging Picture Frames

Hanging Picture Frames The Frame USA Way

Tips for Hanging Picture Frames

Even though Frame USA specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of picture frames, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of artwork calls for a frame. Many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone, or with a minimal floater frame. You should ideally use a frame any time you do not have a canvas, or when the art work can’t be displayed on its own.

Some artist simply mat their artwork while others will buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. The frame you choose should add to the art or simply make it easier to display, not distract from the artwork.

As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.

Once you’ve decided on the proper frame for your art, the next step is frame hanging! When hanging picture frames you want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork.  Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viable.

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When selecting what kind of frame hanging accessories to use; you must take into consideration a few things. First, you need to thing about what the type of material the wall you are hanging frames on is made out of. This is important because you need to get picture frame accessories appropriate for that type of material.

The second thing to consider is how heavy your artwork is. Most frame hanging accessories have sizes designed for certain pound ranges. Select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang.  If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger! It’s better for your hanger to be too strong than not strong enough and have your framed art fall off your wall.

Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

 

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“The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their families and caregivers.

AFA was founded in 2002 by Bert E. Brodsky, whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease from 1980-1992. At that time, there was little information available and nowhere to turn for support. Mr. Brodsky’s goal was to make sure that no other family living with Alzheimer’s disease would have to go through the journey alone.

Fifteen years later, AFA has grown to a network of more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide that provide direct care and services. To date, AFA has trained more than 13,000 healthcare professionals in dementia-specific care, provided free, confidential memory screenings to over 3.5 million people, and provides support, counseling and education to thousands.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in appreciation for your online order for the month of February.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

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Frame USA’s Exciting Trip To The 18th Annual West Coast Art & Frame Expo

We had a great time at the 18th annual West Coast Art and Frame show in Las Vegas. If you aren’t familiar with this exciting event, WCAF is the largest trade-show event in the art and picture framing industry, showcasing thousands of new vendor products and services. Held every January in Las Vegas, the WCAF Expo is the place where attendees come to see the latest trends, meet with exhibitors, and network with other industry professionals. The WCAF Expo is the home to The National Conference, the industry’s leading educational program that features fresh, new, and exciting seminars and hands-on workshops every year.

Getting to meet with the nations best artists and framers was a great experience, and we were glad to share it with them! Our Director of Business Development, Hurley Coleman III, is pictured below posing next to our display at the show. We met with vendors and other craftsmen about our frames, products and poster/printing services. We had a blast!

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If you joined us at the show and would like to submit a quote for any of our products, fill out our custom quote form by clicking here!

Picture Frame Hardware

Here at Frame USA, we have the creative DIY folks in mind. Choose from our selection of Picture Frame Hardware supplies including poster hangers, easel mates, frame connectors, acid-free mat tape and more to make your artwork stand out from the crowd! When our standard picture frames just won’t cut it, our hangers and accessories will make your art stand out from the crowd!
Picture Frame Hardware Available from Frame USA.
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Mounting Tape:
When hanging picture frames, mounting tape is often safer, faster, and more versatile than screws and nails. Our tape is used for attaching frames to almost any wall or surface without causing any damage to said wall. The only downside to mounting tape is that it is only useful for smaller and lighter frames, it is not strong enough to support bigger, heavier picture frame styles.
Poster Mounts:
Poster Mounts are a great way to promote and display your company or brand. Our poster mounts are a very cost effective marketing tool often used at trade shows but are versatile enough to be used for the same purpose as normal picture frames.
Poster Hanger:
Frame USA Poster Hangers are a simple wire apparatus that allows you to hang your posters as simply as possible  while still being pleasing on the eyes. Our poster hangers are available in black, clear and white.
Frame Connector:
Frame Connectors are a simple contraption that allows you to attach the sides of your picture frames together without the complications of a hinge.
Frame USA has picture frame hardware available at our website! Visit us today if you need new hangers and accessories for your picture frames.