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Free Frame Contest – Extended!

Our contest has been extended until the end of June!

A quick recap: entrants will submit their work through Instagram using the hastag, “#FrameUSA”. Artwork / photography must be original and created by the entrant. Many will enter, but only 5 will win. We will print your art for you from Instagram, frame it, and send the finished frame product with a special offer as well.

Not bad for snapping and posting a quick Instagram photo! You can also follow us on Instagram to see what our framers are up to. (Hint: it’s a lot!)

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You can follow us on Instagram to keep up on the latest contest news!

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June Instagram Contest – Win a Free Framed Print!

We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!

Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!

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Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!

 

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4 Reasons You Should Do Crafts With Your Kids

Crafts can be a great way to pass the time on a rainy day, and it’s important to teach your child how to do crafts when bored instead of always watching television or playing on the computer.

Crafting with your children is also beneficial for your relationship with your children and for them as individuals. The following are four reasons you should do crafts with your kids.

1. It allows you to spend quality time together.

Everyone’s lives today are busy, and it’s hard to sit down with one another and truly enjoy each other’s company without some type of distraction. Crafting allows you to be with the ones you love and create projects together. You can spend the time making crafts and talking about anything you want, such as their likes and dislikes and what they’ve been doing in school or with friends. Quality time is extremely beneficial to your relationship with your children, and it’s something that doesn’t come around very often, so you should make sure to use crafting as a way to be together.

2. It teaches your children to be creative.

Creativity is important, and it’s a skill that many people lack. When you craft with your children, you’re allowing them to express their creativity. They can make something by following the directions, or they can take matters into their own hands and decide which colors to use, which products to use and what to make. Being able to express creativity is important to your child’s overall development, and it can help them realize that they have an imagination and a unique talent that they may have otherwise overlooked.

3. It can teach your children to be frugal.

With all the technological advances children have today, most children are growing up assuming that money grows on trees and that entertainment only comes in the form of spending money. Instead, you can teach your children the value of a dollar by crafting with them. Teach them that instead of spending a fortune on entertainment, they can be entertained at home by creating something. You can also teach them that instead of going to the store and spending money on a product, they can use objects around the home to try and build it themselves. Not only will your child learn about money, but also they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when the craft is finished.

4. It can start a tradition.

You want your children to have memories of time spent with you, and you want to teach them things that they can pass down to their children. Crafting is a way to do both of those. Your children will certainly remember all the things they made with you during craft time, and they’ll be able to recreate these memories and these crafts with their own children someday. Then, their children can pass the tradition along to their children, and your time spent crafting with your own children has suddenly turned into a family tradition for many years to come.

Jessica Brown is a freelance writer and mother of four who loves frugal crafting.  She has recently been sharing some creative kids’ crafts online via blogging.

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Choosing the Right Frame for the Job

Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101

Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.

This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)

Below we will list these tips from Evelyn Henson’s blog, but add our own 2 cents as professional framers!

 

One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.

Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:

  • Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
  • Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
  • Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.

We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!

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Frame Collage meets Mobile Photography in new Kickstarter Campaign

A frame collage (Or “Gallery Wall”) is a HUGE recent trend in interior design. A recent Kickstarter campaign shows that, in framing, sometimes less is more.

We’ve talked a lot about frame collages in the past, and the great statement they can make when assembled in a tasteful manner. We’ve seen many of our customers take great advantage of this technique, from Bachelor winners to our tasteful twitter followers…

 


In recent news, however, we’ve found a great example of forward-thinking design for framing mobile photography. (Instagram lovers, this is for you!)

Meet the Fotobit: a modular framing system by Alan Yeung. This product allows you to place the frame on the wall using a single nail, balance the frame with a built-in leveler,  and attach the frame to other units to create an assmblage of frames. The concept is very modern and well-received–in fact, the Kickstarter has raised over $4,000 above the expected amount! With this trend in frame collage design on the rise, it’s obvious that this style of design is here to stay.

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You can find the creator’s Kickstarter page here.

What are your thoughts on this new product? Let us know if you’re a fan of this modular-style frame, or what you’ve done to mimic this look! (We personally thing that our Architect series could handle the challenge!)

National Photography Month

National Photo Month – May 2014

Join us in celebrating National Photo Month, the PMA’s initiative to spark creativity in photography

With the winter season (hopefully) behind us, it’s time to look forward to sunshine and clear skies. While we’re all outside dusting off our cameras and shooting anything shiny or colorful, it’s a good season for some friendly competition and encouragement! What better way to start it out with a whole month dedicated to Photography?

This coming May starts National Photo Month. Created and promoted be the PMA, this “holiday” month supports photographers and creators of imagery everywhere by promoting education, contests, resources and community involvement in regards to photography. Whether you’re a student, hobbyist or professional, everyone can benefit from Photography month.

So what kinds of things should you shoot during National Photo Month? Besides the obvious answer of “anything you want”, it’s an even better idea to use the month to take experimental photos and push the borders more than usual. Use sources of inspiration like Pinterest and Tumblr blogs to find information on different tips to try, or perhaps subject matter you’ve not yet explored!

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Pinterest provides a great source for photography inspiration.

 

Are you a practicing photographer? Leave a comment below about your experiences with National Photo Month! If you plan on getting involved this year, what are you doing to prepare?

 

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National Photo Month, presented by the PMA

 

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To Frame, or Not to Frame?

Framing can become a burden for both client and artist alike. Here are some ways you can save money AND your artist/client relationships.

Framing can be a frustrating task for those trying to make a living on their art. Sometimes, even the responsibilities of framing are unclear. Do you leave framing up to the client, or take care of it yourself? From the other perspective, should you frame a piece of art you bought, or place that task on someone else? Cost is definitely the largest deterrent for artists — the cost of just one framing job can be an unthinkable amount of money to spend up front. This is particularly true if your client is indecisive about framing, constantly asking for different frames for the piece. When time and money are factors, these questions can become a nightmare!

From an artist standpoint, instead of spending all the money on a custom job, you may want to consider covering the framing yourself. That’s where online retailers like Frame USA can help. With thousands of mouldings, frame series and mat combinations to choose from, you can find the look you’re going for without sacrificing any of the cost.

1. Discuss framing choices with your client.

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Before making any big decisions on your artwork, you should talk about the frame with your buyer. Sometimes they won’t have an opinion, and many times they share an opinion too late. You can prevent about half of the miscommunication by discussing it openly beforehand. Are they looking for something more modern, or something more elegant? How will those decisions relate to your artwork? These are just a few questions that should impact your art framing decisions.

2. Take note of the surroundings in which your art will hang.

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Environment is half the battle of hanging artwork. For instance, your work is hanging with older pieces, you should think about fitting the same tone. If your work is to be displayed with other modern artwork, you may want to look for a more simple frame.

In the same regard, it’s not always necessary to have a frame! Sometimes a bare canvas is more situationally appropriate, or a matting job can convey the piece perfectly. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your options.

3. Factor in cost of framing with the total price of the art

Framing your art is a financial responsibility between artist AND client. Think about what your art is worth, then figure a fair price to charge extra based on the framing. A custom job will obviously raise the price significantly, so learning how to size and order your own frames will save you a great deal of hassle in the long run. Some artists even take it upon themselves to make their own frames. The point is, finding out how to make or source your own frames will save you time and money in the long run. If your pieces typically run for several thousand a piece, then perhaps custom framing is exactly what you need!

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The cost of framing can be high. Do you invest in a custom frame, or take matters into your own hands?

 

Inspiration and Photo credit by: ProfessionalArtistMag.com

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Hanging Picture Frames

Interior Design Advice on Hanging Picture Frames

Thanks to our friends at the PPFA for retweeting and designer Fred Gonsowski, we found a great guide to hanging picture frames! Not only were there plenty of written instructions, but illustrations to help explain the best practices.

The first step in the process is to find the natural lines in your environment. How do the lines appear in your design space? Do they align well and lend themselves to aesthetics? If not, is there anything you can do to change the lines surrounding your frames? While not necessary. it will make your framing look much more professional.

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Photo credit by Fred Gonsowski. Vertically  and horizantally aligning your frames.

Once you’ve found the lines, be sure to note the lines on illustration 4 through 6. The lines created by the frames should not be on the same architectural lines as the doors and windows — rather, your installations and furniture should create the lines you’ll be using for your framing. Cabinets, cupboards and vases can be used to make this.

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Next, plan and place your frames.

 

What are some hanging tips that you have found in your interior design experience? Let us know below in the comments!

Source: Fred Gonsowski’s Home and Garden Blog

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The Art of Framing

Artistic framing is precise framing, guiding the customer with their ideas to make the total composition fit their exact needs.

In many cases, the design of a picture frame (as well as the mat pairings, v-grooves, bevels etc.) make as much of an artistic statement as the artwork itself. Framers use design principles such as color theory, geometric correctness, depth perception and texture to decide what will compliment your artwork to the best of their ability. This is, of course, all done with the artwork and your own personal preferences in mind, and a good framer will walk you through the entire process.

It’s also an impressive feat when a framer will not only custom frame your piece to perfection, but engrave and/or carve your specific designs into the wood. While we don’t specialize in custom framing to that degree, we do offer personalization services, laser engraving and a fully-staffed custom framing department that can answer any questions you have about making your artwork even better with a frame job that completes the composition.

Unlike other custom framers (both online and in our retail store located in Cincinnati, Ohio), our  photography and art-creating customers see much higher sales and return by framing with us. How, you ask? Lower price points for all of our items and labor! In one example, we had a customer call in from a local big-name hobby shop that wanted to charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $900 for a relatively small frame job (and that was with 50% off!) For the same service (and better quality, in his opinion!) we worked with him to frame his total order for only $479.

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You can follow our instagram account to see just what kinds of artwork and memorabilia we’ve been framing, from guitars signed by the “Goo Goo Dolls” to movie posters, sports jerseys to ornate wedding photography. Fill out our custom quote form today to see how we can make your art preservation dream a reality (while also saving you money!

 

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Wholesale Framing and a DIY Attitude will save you Hundreds!

As a wholesale picture frame manufacturer, we take special care to offer the cheapest options for all of our customers. A quick price comparison will show you that you’ll save hundreds of dollars by sourcing your materials from websites like FrameUSA.com, or EconomyFrames.com. and even more if you’re assembling the frames with the matting and art yourself. (We also offer a Build A Frame service where our team of custom framers make your order to perfection, too.)

WeddingBee.com, if you haven’t heard, is a blog about wedding memories, cool products and maximizing your dollar for “the big day”. Obviously, picture frames go hand-in-hand with wedding photography, and this blog didn’t miss a beat when it comes to framing at an affordable price.

Their biggest piece of advice? Buy a mat cutter, and learn to use it.

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Cutting mats from poster board is definitely a good way to save, though you may save even more by using MatDesigners.com.

Of course, if you can find a supplier of cheap mats, then that’s all the better. Online retailers like MatDesigners.com offer affordable prices for mats with all sorts of cuts, and we offer custom custom mat cutouts if you provide us a specific diagram of how you’d like theme cut. If you can dream it up, we can make it a reality! See this picture for details:

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Name On Your Wall is a customer of ours that has used our mat diagrams in the past. Just call in and give us the dimensions!
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Be sure to mark up your mat before cutting, if you go the “Do it Yourself” route! A wrong cut can throw off the entire look.
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If you see the bevel, you’re on the right track. Do some test cuts with your mat cutter to see which direction the bevel will be, first.

 

Photo, Information Source: WeddingBee.com
Author: “Mrs. Penguin”