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Frame USA’s New Product: Introducing Frame an Album

A few months back we created a new position entitled Creativity Designer and hired a talented trained photographer by the name of Erin Corley. One of the many jobs that Erin does is bring in new products for Frame USA. Thanks to Erin we have begun the process of adding a record number of new picture frame series to our product line. These new products are sharp, unique, timeless, elegant, funky, and downright perfect new additions to our current selection of picture frames.

Our Industry considers frames that serve a specific purpose that is outside the normal realm of photographs, and art work to be specialty frames. A frame that is most commonly considered to be specialty that most people are aware of is a Shadowbox Frame. This frame is known for its depth and display power for priceless keepsakes and treasures.

Along with our Shadowbox Frames we also have our certificate frame series, which are the perfect inexpensive choice for your companies awards and certificates. Most recently we added a brand new and unique frame to our specialty frame section: Frame A Tee. This T-shirt frame was definitely not the last of the unique specialty frames that Frame USA carries.

Introducing Frame-an-Album

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The music industry is an industry that is constantly changing with improvements to technology. The one thing that hasn’t changed for those folks that are die hard music fans is there is no better medium to listen to your favorite song than a record album. The casing of your favorite albums can only last so long, so why not protect the exquisite art by framing it.

We have taken our In-depth Series and turned it into something to preserve and display your investment in the classics. Frame-an-Album comes in two classic colors, Black and Natural and is the perfect size for standard record albums. This frame series comes equipped with everything you need to turn your precious album covers into beautiful displayed art.

This series comes with 1 piece of our flat black backing, two pieces of cardboard a wire kit for hanging and glass for protecting.

It’s time to bop to the beat of your own drum and order and frame-an-album today!

 

Stay tuned for more new product introductions!

Wedding Season is upon us!—Wedding Ideas with Picture Frames

Using Picture Frames on Your Wedding Day

The start of summer/end of spring marks the beginning of wedding season. There is just something about the return of beautiful flowers and plants that makes tying the knot so appealing. Weddings are a blast, who doesn’t love a night to spend with loved ones eating delicious food and dancing the night away. When you’re the one planning the wedding however, the weeks leading up to the event are filled with countless hours spent looking for the perfect venue, the best food and cake, the beautiful flowers and attire all to make your day perfect. This time is so stressful that by the end of the reception all you want to do is sleep!

With that being said the one thing that serves as a lifeline to a Bride is Pinterest.

Pinterest gives the couple the perfect outlet to find ideas when the bride or groom is one flower arrangement away from becoming bridezilla (or groomzilla!). It keeps the planners sane and organized. We thought we would give our readers some of our favorite Pinterest finds to make picture frames a part of your perfect day.

Seating Charts: 

If you are looking for a inexpensive way to show your guests where to sit, lose the individual place cards and instead opt for one large frame that has where everyone is sitting. We’ve got a couple of ideas for you that we’ve found:

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The other option that we have seen first hand work well. Create a basic outline of the room that shows where each table is located and then list where each person is sitting so that people know exactly what table their sitting at and where they can find it!

 

Decorations:

 

There is something beautiful about picture frame shells as decorations. There are so many ways they can be used, and in so many different wedding themes. You can’t go wrong.

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Decorations that serve a purpose are the best kind of decorations. We love the idea of letting your guests know the type of drinks they can get by using a framed menu.  10649857_10152272250322484_6844616073796223897_n 1609730_10152180241597484_165841600951455848_n

Another decoration idea that serves a purpose: tell your guests who your maids and men are!

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The probably best way to incorporate picture frames in your big day is by using one as your guest book!

A matted picture with your loved ones signatures forever displayed as you start your life together is a great way to remember your special day. Check out our great selection of picture frames, all of which are able to be engraved with your wedding date!

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May Charity of The Month: The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

May Charity of the Month

I don’t think there is a single person alive that doesn’t enjoy a beautiful day in the sun. Sunlight makes you happy, it makes you feel better, it gives those that face harsh winters, hope, and there is a good chance that without proper protection it could kill you.

As a kid your mother would pin you down as you squirm and wiggle to slather on sunscreen to protect your precious skin. This wasn’t for her benefit, in fact if you ask her, I’m sure she will say it was her least favorite activity she did with you. As with many things in life, this is something that we all could learn from our mothers. Applying sunscreen, although an annoying task, is something that can save your life, especially for those that are fair skinned.

According to skincancer.og, each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. The deadliest and fastest growing type of skin cancer out there is melanoma. There is a common misconception that melanoma is one of the easy cancers to get. That is definitely not the case in fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour, 57 minutes to be exact.

In 2010 that one person that tragically lost his battle to melanoma was a 24 year old young man named Andy Caress.

Andy loved the outdoors and was never far from a tennis ball and racquet. In August of 2008 he finished near the top of his age group in a mini triathlon, with open lake swimming followed by biking and a run. He was considered to be in the best physical shape of his life. He was the definition of a strong fighter.

In October of 2008, Andy Caress was diagnosed with melanoma. Although his activities changed, his fight never faltered. In the midst of treatment Andy created a foundation called Mela-KNOW-More. As he was getting radiation treatments, surgeries and bio-chemo therapy he was fighting to change the misconception of melanoma to the public.

Throughout his treatment he never lost his fight or his drive to help find a cure for melanoma, but unfortunately he was faced with an opponent that he could not beat and died peacefully August 4, 2010.

Mela-KNOW-More is now The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, whose volunteer members are dedicated to continuing to pursue the mission of this amazingly strong young man.

“His mission is simple: ”My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”’

The specific goals of The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

 

Frame USA has joined in their fight and has selected this fantastic organization as our charity of the month for May.

Please consider donating $1 with your order of picture frames, so that this foundation can continue to wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

For more information about Andy Caress, or The foundation and its programs please visit andycaress.com.

 

Final Match

Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Final Match

Update: The 2015 Frame USA Picture Frame Championship Winner is….

FINAL CHAMP.  

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

We started this championship with 16 different frame series to figure out which one is considered the Ultimate Picture Frame by our customers. After close games and difficult choices you have chosen the two series that will meet together for the first time to fight to the death to find out which one is the ultimate picture frame.

The Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series has been a favorite from the beginning winning the matches against Cafe Narrow, Architect, AND Glory Metal by a landslide. It’s easy to see why this frame has made such an impact on our customers! This series is quite possible the most versatile line of frames on frameusa.com. The moulding is classic and the colors are modern and fresh.

The success of the Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series came as a bit of a shock to folks around the office right from the start. The first win came against the more popular traditional series, Shadowbox Elite. This was the start of the Cinderella story of this series. The fans of this series are going to really have to step up their game if they want to see it in the winners circle.

 

Its safe to say this is going to be one exciting, nail biting final match!

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. The Ultimate Picture Frame will be decided on 4/2/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

 

Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

The ultimate picture frame winner will receive its reward the evening of 4/3/15 so be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out!

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Matches 1&2

Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 3, Match 1 & 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be playing in the final match….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3, MATCH 1 & 2

Elite 8 went almost as fast as it began, the series that will be playing in the final four have been decided. This Picture Frame Championship started off with 16 different frame series from 4 different categories: Wood, Metal, Poster frame, and Specialty.

The final four picture frame series that will be competing in these two matches are as follows: Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series is playing against Glory Metal Picture Frame Series; Deluxe Poster Frame Series is competing against Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series. The winner of Match 1 & 2 will be the two series that will go head to head in the final match to see who will be the Ultimate Picture Frame! Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 1 & 2 of the final four will expire 4/1/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

 

First up:

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Followed by:

Team Deluxe Series Frame

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of the first match of round 2 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 2, Match 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 3 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2, MATCH 2

The ultimate wood frame has been decided! We move on to match 2 of Round 2 to decide the ultimate metal frame. Glory Metal faces Metal I in this exciting match. Who will move on to the final four and fight for the chance at becoming the ultimate picture frame.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 2 of Round 2 will expire 3/28/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

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Check back to see who will be the winner of this match!

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 8

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 8

This is it, the final match in Round one of the picture frame championship. 16 teams began, 7 spots have been chosen by loyal fans, one more spot remains. The two frames that will be facing against each other for the final match in round 1 bring us back to the specialty category. The past 7 matches have decided which two teams will be moving on from the wood category, the metal category and the poster frame category.

The winner of this match will face the winner of Match 6 to decide the ultimate Specialty Frame. In Match 8 our Shadowbox Elite series faces our Shadowbox Showcase Series for the last spot in the Elite 8. Shadowbox Elite series may be out numbered in players but they make up for it with their fan base. This match could shape up to be a real Cinderella story.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 8 will expire 3/26/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

Team Shadowbox Elite Frame Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

 

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 8 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 6

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 6

Round 1 of the picture frame championship is almost complete. We enter into the Specialty Frames category today with a match up of two of our popular certificate frames: Deluxe and Economy.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 6 will expire 3/24/15 at 4:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Deluxe Certificate Frame Team Economy Certificate Frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 6 in the  Championship.

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Frame Championship

Frame USA Championship Match

Update: Final Championship Match: Corporate Narrow Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/2 3:45 PM EST.


Update:
 Round 3, Match 1 & 2: 
Corporate Narrow Series VS Glory Metal Series & Deluxe Poster Frame Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/1 3:45 PM EST.

Update: Round 2, Match 3 & 4: Deluxe Poster Frame VS Simply Poly Series & Deluxe Certificate Series VS Shadowbox Showcase.Expires 3/31 3:45 PM EST.

March Madness: Basketball Championship

It is about that time of the year again. In less than a week college basketball teams from across the United States will compete for the ultimate title of NCAA National Championship. Universities, big and small will be on the edge of their seats as they cheer on their favorite team. Families and friendships are torn apart based on the team they back. Cinderella stories of underdog teams rising to the top make the entire nation’s hearts swell (Go Dayton Flyers!). They don’t call this time of year, Madness for nothing.

So what does college basketball have to do with an American picture frame company?

We offer over 100 different series of picture frames. Not to mention the picture framing accessories that we have available. So during a time when competition is on everyone’s minds, we begin to wonder, which one of our picture frame series is the best; the ultimate champion of picture frames.

Sure we have a list of 12 bestsellers in the wood category, but that’s one category and the NCAA doesn’t declare 12 champion teams, they declare 1! With the help of our customers we are going to hold our own championship to determine the winner.

the first ever 2015 frameusa.com picture frame championship.

We have begun narrowing down our 100 different series to choose the top 4 series of each of our categories: Wood Frames, Metal Frames, Poster Frames and Specialty Frames.

Each picture frame series will first compete within the category but as the competition progresses they will go head to head with the other categories to find the ultimate champion.

On Friday we will announce which frames we have selected for this championship and why they have been chosen so stay tuned to see if your favorite picture frames are in the running.

This blog will provide you with real-time coverage of the 2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship.

 

 

Glass Alternatives: Prevent the 7 Years of Bad Luck

Prevent the 7 Years of Bad Luck:

Frame USA gLAZING OPTIONS

No we’re not talking about the glazing on donuts, glazing to the framing industry is just a fancy word for the material that stands between your piece and the outside world. Primarily it is known as glass to the consumers however that is not always the material used. We’ve written previously about the different types of glass we have available in our retail frame shop but what exactly does that mean for our loyal internet customers? This question along with many other glazing related questions brings us to our next topic of Frame USA Q&A.

Thanks to our handy concise guide to Frame USA Products that we wrote last week you now know what your frame comes with, so now it is time to explain the material that protects the piece you are going to be framing. Frame USA has three options of glazing for our readymade frames: Standard Glass, PETG, and Acrylic. So what is the difference? We’re here to tell you!

First things first: what type of glazing is going to come with your frame? Find out below!

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The reason that majority of our frames are shipped with PETG (formerly Styrene) is because PETG weighs roughly half as much as glass and is more shatter resistant than glass. We view shipping glass as most people would view giving glass to a toddler, you just wouldn’t do it, the likelihood of damage is high, and the likelihood of injury is even greater. Using PETG not only prevents your frame from arriving damage but it also reduces shipping costs.

If you HAVE to have glass in your picture frames when they are 11×17 and larger. Please call and speak with one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-577-5920.

In certain cases such as you are purchasing a large quantity that is able to be shipped via freight or you are able to physically pick up your order from our warehouse.

The glazing that is used by Frame USA does not reflect ultraviolet light. Reflective glazing is used primarily for conservation framing. In contrast, the products sold by Frame USA are generally for decorative framing purposes.

The PETG ships with a thin plastic film that protects both sides of the plastic during shipping and retail display. The protective coating is the material that protects your piece from scratches, scuff marks, etc. from the outside world prior to arriving to you!

When you have picture frames hanging in your home they are bound to get dusty or dirty over time so the best way that you can clean them depends on what material you have. Glass can be cleaned with a glass cleaner however, Acrylic and PETG should only be cleaned by warm water or a soft cloth, not a solvent. The solvent in most cleaners will actually cause them to disintegrate over time.

Now that you have all the information about the material you can make a better decision on the type of frame you would like! Stay tuned next week as we discuss some specific products in greater detail.