As 2014 comes to an end, Frame USA reflects on the past year. The accomplishes that we have made, the setbacks and their solutions we have figured out, on our customers and what they seek from us as a company for the upcoming year and most importantly the people that you rarely hear about, our vendors. Every year Frame USA goes through our vendors and selects one particular that has gone above and beyond their line of duty. We turn to our Buyer/Inventory Manager, Leslie Hoctor, who works directly with our vendors for guidance on who should receive this prestigious award. Here is what she has to say about the recipient of Frame USA’s 2014 Vendor of The Year Award:
“Throughout 2014 we have made a successful transition to using more of their corrugated products then in the past. This has been a significant cost savings to us, as well as an increase in quality. Shipping with this vendor is almost always as promised, any delays or glitches are promptly communicated to me. Our salesman from this company, Steve Betz, gives us great service. He has been known to come to our facility for a visit with very little notice on many occasions. In one instance, our packers had a question about how to properly use one of his company’s corrugated products. Steve performed a very gracious impromptu training session and demonstration for them. We all learned a lot from this visit. This company as always been a significant contributor to our December Charity Initiative, Fill The Truck. I feel that our partnership is continually improving and will continue to grow for our mutual benefit in 2015.”
Without further ado…Drumroll please…..
Congratulations to Ackers Packaging on being the recipient of Frame USA 2014 Vendor of the Year Award, Thank you for all that you do for our company, we greatly appreciate it!
Almost everyone knows what picture frames are for—to protect, enhance and display a piece of artwork, a precious document, or a family portrait. That is not the only thing that picture frames can be used for. The uses for picture frames are endless. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite unconventional uses for picture frames that I’ve seen around pinterest, television and even from customers!
1. Apartment Door Decoration using an Upcycled picture Frame
This use was something I had never thought of until I saw it on the TV Show Selfie. Use a decorative picture frame in shell form (without glass or backing) such as our Napoleon or American Value Silver frames on your door! You can also use a picture frame as a festive wreathe. Our Barnwood frames are perfect for a fall wreathe. This is perfect for apartments to make a door stand out among the sea of doors!
2. Upcycled Frame Collage Artwork
Picture frame collages with images in a bunch of different style of frames all painted one color to match but make a statement are very popular. This takes that idea but uses the picture frame shells as art itself! The different styles of our wood frames would be great for this idea.
3. Upcycled picture Frame turned Coffee Table
I don’t have a picture of this next one since it was an idea from a customer that she is planning on doing. She is planning on making a tabletop with a 2” thick frame to display seashells. She is substituting acrylic instead of glass and wooden dividers for the seashells and to support the acrylic. She figured out that this would be much cheaper than one of those coffee tables that are made for displays. Our Shadow box Elite comes in an unfinished profile which would be great for this so you can stain it and paint it in a color to match your décor.
4. Serving Tray using Upcycled Picture Frame
Who doesn’t love parties? Create a unique tray to serve food, drinks or bottles on. Using scrap book paper and acrylic glass in one of our frames. Our Victorian Picture Frames would be a beautiful conversation starter about where you got this vintage looking tray.
5. Nail Polish/Spice Rack using an Upcycled Picture Frame
This is perfect for the nail polish or food obsessed. Using a picture frame painted with the color of your choice or even just your favorite frame, for me it would be our Black Smoke Series and wood pieces adhered to the back to hold nail polish bottles or spice containers. This is both a piece of art and a handy storage system!
I hope my top 5 favorite unconventional uses for upcycled picture frames inspired the DIY crafter inside you. Show us your favorite upcycled picture frames!
As Christmas quickly approaches everyone is scrambling to get their gifts ordered and purchased so that they arrive on time. Buying presents online, although convenient, is a risky business to get into for Christmas, you never know if you’re going to get the gifts on time. Frame USA is all about life hacks (in case you don’t already know, check out part 1 & part 2 of our life hacks) so we’re going to make things extremely simple for you.
If you need Picture Frames or mats by Christmas, no matter where you are shipping them throughout the United States, your order needs to be placed by December 14th.
December is the only time where our standard 5-7 production time doesn’t apply. You will notice when you place your order and recieve the confirmation that it will say that it will arrive on or by Christmas Eve. We guarantee you with 100% certainty that you will receive your picture frame and mat orders on time if you order by the 14th.
If you would like to know the exact dates that we are shipping out orders, our full holiday shipping schedule can be viewed on our website here.
Since we have made your lives easier, we ask you to consider paying it forward this holiday season and making the life of someone else easier. How can you do this? Consider donating $1 to our charity initiative, Fill The Truck, when you place your orders this holiday season. That $1 will be going to 4 different charities that support those in need year round. $1 could buy you a plethora of items on a fast food restaurant’s dollar menu, but instead of spending it on that, give it to Fill The Truck so that we may help those that are in need!
Happy Shopping—May the odds be ever in your favor! (they will be when you shop with us!)
One of our most popular blog posts to date has been a post about most popular frame sizes We thought we would bring it back as we enter into the holiday season as a resource for you as you purchase picture frames. Enjoy!
Most popular frame sizes
We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:
In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular sizes are:
5x7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5x7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.
Frames with a smaller molding such as our Corporate Thin series are great but don’t be afraid to go with a wider moulding such as our Bistro Series
Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common picture size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.
11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.
If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.
Our largest popular size picture frame is our 24 x 36 size. 24 by 36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.
Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)
Know the size of your fine art but not sure which frame you would like to order? Purchase a sample!
When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.
Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.
We hope this article on our most popular frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
Framing is expensive and time consuming, with so many options it’s hard to find the right frame for the photograph or art that you are trying to frame. Having that piece be an odd size will make it even more expensive and time consuming.
There are so many online retailers out there that sell ready-made frames, including Frame USA, but very few that offer the option of purchasing completely custom made picture frames. Most online frame companies don’t offer the option because it’s hard! Custom framing by nature is so personal and requires a lot of back and forth between the customer and framer. There are so many options that are offered in your brick and mortar stores for custom framing, which are just not realistic for online companies.
We admit that the options available on our Build a Frame are nowhere near the options available in our retail frame shop, with that being said, Build a Frame is one of the best options for online custom picture framing on the market today, from our perspective in the industry as well as the feedback we’ve heard from customers who have used it.
I was curious how Build a Frame matched up, price wise, with your traditional brick and mortar retail custom framing, so I did some research. I thought I would share my results for those of you who are skeptical of our Build a Frame.
During my lunch this past Friday I took a field trip to two very well known frame shops here in Cincinnati. These two frame shops feature a lot of advertising and newspaper ads and are known for their crazy sales so I thought I would see how our Build A Frame Matched up to them.
I went to these two frame companies and ask for a custom framing quote for an 8×10 picture with a double mat in a simple 11×14 black picture frame. This is a standard picture frame size, but it is often used as the beginning of a custom order.
Here are the quotes:
Retail Custom Framing Competitor #1
When I went into this frame shop I was actually worried that my results would not work out in our favor— they had a huge sale going on where everything was 50% off and then you were able to take an additional 30% off that sale price. The price for my 8×10 picture with a double mat in an 11×14 black picture frame with standard glass backing and assembly which included a wire hanger was $75.62. I saved a total of $131.56; I don’t want to imagine what the cost would be without that sale.
Retail Custom Framing Competitor #2
My lunch time was coming to an end rapidly so I decided for this next shop that I was going to call and get a quote. The price for my 8×10 picture with a double mat in an 11×14 black picture frame with standard glass backing and assembly which included a wire hanger was starting at $70. That means that there is a chance that it could go up depending which picture frame molding I went with.
So using Build A Frame I priced out myself exactly what I asked the two frame shops for. Since this is an Online Custom Framing tool the convenience of not having to stand in lines or even leave your pajama is there. The total including shipping and tax since I was shipping it to my home in Cincinnati was $51.23 without the tax for those of you who are not having it shipped to somewhere in ohio would be $47.99
Using Build A Frame would save me around $24.39. Want to know what you could buy with $24.39?
Miracle Berry Tablets—alter your taste buds for an hour so anything sour tastes sweet
LifeStraw- drink from any water source and have filtered clean water to drink from
Rock-It— it turns just about any surface into a speaker
Bubble-Calendar— a calendar made from bubble wrap that you get to pop every day
A new pair of shoes
Two Chipotle Burritos
I could go on but the point is not only does Build A Frame have all the convenience of shopping online ( no lines, no leaving your bed) but it also saves you money, So unless you have a really complex custom framing job, give Build A Frame a chance, it won’t disappoint you, or your wallet!
Posters are a great way to decorate your bedrooms but we often see people struggling to know how to frame posters. We thought we would help everyone out and give you our suggestions on framing posters! Spoiler Alert: We have a sale on poster frames going on right now, coupon code and more information about the sale are at the bottom of this post!
There are two things that make framing posters so difficult: The Size and the cheap poster prices. Posters are generally large; the standard poster sizes are typically 24×36 and larger. It will come to no surprise to you that large picture frames are going to be more expensive than small frames. So we thought we would give you our products that will make framing posters quick and easy. We have separated out our suggestions based on the age of the recipient.
framing a poster for Young Children:
When it comes to framing posters for children you want to keep it as inexpensive as possible because they are so young and their tastes in things change so rapidly. They may decide that the movie Frozen is there favorite thing in the whole world one minute and then decide the next that their favorite thing in the whole world is actually My Little Pony.
You also have to be worried about safety when it comes to hanging large pieces in your children’s room.
This series is made of Mylar which is a thin plastic channel with colored film on it. The sides of the poster frame slide off and back on for easy assembling. This series is one that will fit in every single group because it is so simple. They are available in all standard poster frame sizes.
FRAMING A POSTER FOR Teenagers:
This group has a pretty wide range of ages in it so there is more options for framing posters.
As mentioned above, our corrugated series is great for all ages, especially young children and teenagers. Another perk of the corrugated series for your older children is that they don’t need help assembling the frame. They can change out their poster choices easily with the slide off strips.
The kids in the middle of this age group are beginning to get more solidified interests and may want to have a sturdier frame. We suggest considering our Foam Core Series. This series is similar to the Corrugated poster frame Series with one difference, instead of cardboard backing it comes with a much sturdier Foam Core Backing.
For kids at the top of this age group, they know their interests, they are thinking about college and life after high school. You want something that makes their room feel like their own space, and give them the option of having something inexpensive but incredibly sturdy. We have a third option in our Mylar Poster Frame Series called The Hardboard Poster Frame Series. This series is perfect for kids who have posters that must last (until they get to college and completely change their interests). Our Hardboard Posterframes are cheap poster frames with an incredibly sturdy backing.
FRAMING A POSTER FOR College Kids:
The three posterframes mentioned above definitely still apply to these kids because college kids are rough and things break so why not give them a cheap poster framing option. Our Corrugated Series is probably the most popular with the dorm crowd because it’s light weight and can be hung using poster mounts on dorm walls.
For the kids that want a little bit more elegance for their apartments and dorm rooms we offer two affordable poster frames that have an elegant flair to them. Our Deluxe poster frames and Budget Saver Poster Frame Series are made from polystyrene which is hard plastic frame that is lightweight. They feature a more prominent molding to be a conversation piece in their home away from home.
FRAMING A POSTER FOR Adults:
For those that have graduated college and/or have been in the workforce for quite some time you know what you like, and you have a more flexible budget when it comes to framing posters. You could always go with your traditional black wood frames, but if you still want cheap frames for posters than you will be very interested in our newest posterframe picture frame line. Our Simply Poly Series has all the style of a classic wood picture frame moulding but it’s made out of the same material as our Deluxe and Budget Saver so it should be high on your list of cheap framing options!
We absolutely love Simply Poly here in the office because they are so durable, and versatile but still have such an elegance that none of our other posterframes posses.
Want to know the best part about all of these suggestions? Right now you can get them for 10% off!
Starting today until November 17th at midnight you can get any of our posterframes on Frameusa.com for 10% off the listed price using the coupon code WHITEBOARD. Add that to your list of cheap framing options and you got yourself beautifully framed posters for cheap!
As your children turn from kids to adults, buying them presents for the holidays or birthdays can become a difficult task. They become far less easy to please and far more expensive to shop for. You may have given up the fight and settled with money, gift cards or clothing (that they will probably end up returning for the money). We thought that we would end this madness and give you a few gift ideas that will guarantee make your kids cry or at least give you a really big hug! The best part about these gifts are you most likely will have almost every one of them, and with the help of Frameusa.com you won’t even have to leave your house this Black Friday because you will be all set for your presents.
1. Frame ticket stubs and program from an event you experienced together.
Almost all kids will attend concerts and/or plays that impacted them greatly in some way. By framing them you are providing your children with someplace to not only protect those precious ticket stubs and play bills but to display them as well. We have three types of shadow box picture frames that you can choose from: Shadow box Boxers, Shadow Box Showcase and Shadow Box Elite. All of which come in our standard sizes. Just like all of our other picture frames our Shadow Box frames are back loading. This will allow for your children to put in their precious ticket stubs and play bills, close up the frame to display and then add more ticket stubs and play bills as they receive them! Only have one particular show that was special? Just frame those elements with Build a Frame
2. Frame your child’s favorite childhood toy
Our picture frames come in variety of depths so they will accommodate everything from a puzzle all the way up to a matchbox car or train. If the toy itself is rather thick I suggest looking at our shadow box picture frames. They range in depth from a little over 1 inch all the way up to 3.5 inches
3. Take a childhood “Blankey” and frame it
You can Use the aforementioned shadow box picture frames and have the blanket sewn onto black foam core. The other option is to unfold the blanket and frame it in a traditional wood frame.
4. Combine your child’s catcher’s mitt or dance shoes with a picture of them in the uniform/costume
Take your child’s equipment and find a photo of them wearing it. Use our Shadow Box Showcase picture frame and combine them for a meaningful gift.
5. Turn your childhood’s art piece into a masterpiece
We can take a copy of your child’s artwork and turn it into a plaque that can be hung on a wall. For more information about the plaque process, click here! A Plaque is a great picture frame alternative that allows for you to protect your pieces but in a simple inexpensive way!
6. Frame a memento from an important life experience
You can use Build a Frame and choose beautiful mats and high quality made in the USA picture frames to turn that moment into a lasting memory.
7. Framed pennies from the birth year of each of your family members
These can be especially wonderful to use as a gift for your grown children, especially those that have new families of their own. Once you have the pennies you can lay them out however you please, in a more artistic way such as in a family tree style, or a simpler layout such as a straight line.
8. Frame a map of your home state or city
If you’re really crafty you can do something spectacular to the map, but for those of you that are like me, all you need is an image of a map, scissors and a made in the USA picture frame.
9. Framed Image of Childhood Home
We suggest turning it into more of an artistic style photographs using an online generators.
10. Frame a family letter
The easiest gift of all is simply writing your child a meaningful letter letting them know how much you love them, and are proud of them and getting it framed
After hearing of the topic of this blog, one of our employee’s shared with us a personal experience that really showed us that these gifts really do mean the world to our children. With approval of this employee we thought we would share her story with you to show that this really is a worthwhile post and is not just an attempt on our part to push our products.
“My senior year of college I was required to go through a portfolio show in which I displayed my portfolio to friends, family and professors. All of the projects in it were an accumulation of my 4 years at school and it was extremely important to me. My mom took the postcard invitation that was sent out about the show and got it framed for me. This simple gift that my mom gave me serves as a daily reminder of my accomplishments and I cherish it deeply.”
Giving your child (or anyone for that matter) a worthwhile gift isn’t about how much you spend or how trendy it is, it’s about coming up with something that makes that person feel cherished. That is why these gifts that we gave you are so effective; they will make your child see that what is important to them is important to you.
Last week we posted the first part of the life hacks that we provide to our customers and as promised here is part two! We hope that these will serve you well as the holiday season approaches:
Frame USA’s Life Hacks
Life Hack #6: We offer wholesale Prices!
This one is kind of a no-brainer. We value our customers, so when we find one that is planning on ordering only large orders of picture frames, we want to reward them for giving us their business. The only thing they have to do is fill out our B2B form. Once they are approved, they will see a brand new list of pricing for all of our products!
Life Hack #7: We make it easy to save big.
It’s safe to say that our picture frames are inexpensive high quality products, but we love our customers, so we give them numerous opportunities to purchase our products for even lower prices. The best way to stay up to date on our products is to sign up for our email newsletter. (we promise not to bombard your email with useless information) If you by chance love to see and read useless information, well you should check out and follow our social media pages. Not only do we post sales that are exclusive to our followers but we give you insight information into our company!
Life Hack #8: Have a problem? We’re just a chat away.
Just because we’re an online business, doesn’t mean that we aren’t here for you. Our team of customer service agents is here to help you solve any problems or answer any questions that may come your way about our website, or our products. On top of being a critical part of the company these agents are available via live chat (accessible on our website) to help make things easier for you, don’t hesitate to reach out them during business hours (9AM-5PM est)
Life Hack #9: Track your order easily online.
If you’re one of our more active customers, you may be familiar with our tracking system, and you may hate it, well we have heard the complaints and we listened to you and have updated the tracking system. Although it’s not as real time as the Dominos pizza tracker, we’re pretty happy with it and we hope you are too! You are now able to see just what stage of production your order is using our ‘Track My Order’ feature. Not only is this available for our customers that order picture frames online, we have also made it possible for customers that place orders over the phone to use this feature (ask your agent about this the next time you call in!).
Life Hack #10: We will give you 110%
I bet you’re scratching your head about how exactly this is a life hack for you, but trust us it is. Think about your worst shopping experience ever, was it the company’s product that angered you or was it the service you received from that company? More often than not a company that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth did so by giving you awful service. Not only do we all want exceptional service all the time, we expect it and when a company doesn’t deliver they end up on our list of bad companies. At Frame USA we’re different from your everyday company; on top of creating amazing high quality made in the USA Picture Frames, we are dedicated to creating what we refer to as “raving fans”. Raving Fans are our repeat, loyal, and happy customers. At Frame USA our number one goal is to prove to you why we excel at our work and have you “rave” about our products and services. The employees at Frame USA go about their day with one thing on their minds: how is what I’m doing going to create raving fans. We give our customers 110%,we are prompt, accommodating and understanding; three things you are looking for during the Holiday Season.
Well there you have it, Frame USA’s Top 10 life hacks for our customers . We hope that you enjoyed these and that they have provided some simplicity in your life! Comment and Let us know if you would like this to be a reoccurring theme in which we give you life hacks for things like DIY projects and custom framing!
There is a trend that has been all over the internet lately and we have become obsessed with it. The growing fad of life hacks is something that everyone no matter your age or moment in life can jump on. There have been many different names for this, but the simple explanation of it is this: Changes that you can do to make a task you’ve been assigned easier. These usually are accompanied by genius ideas that are so simple they make you hit yourself for not coming up with it on your own. The people that work at Frame USA are no different than you and your family. When we make decisions involving our picture frames and the way we do business, we think about what we as a customer would want from a company, and we make that happen. As consumers we know that people want things that are effortless and easy which is why life hacks have become so popular and is exactly the reason why we provide our loyal customers with life hacks! Instead of making our customers guess to the many life hacks that we have implemented we thought we would give you a compiled list that you could refer to, especially during the holiday season! We have come up with so many life hacks that we have split them up into a two part blog post.
Frame USA’s Life Hacks
Life Hack #1. We offer 24 hour shipping.
We’ve all experienced the panic of forgetting to purchase something and not realizing it until the day before. You scour the internet for the things you need only to realize the price tag associated with it would be enough to send you back to college. Frame USA isn’t like that, we have made a large selection of our picture frames, including all of our best selling picture frames, able to be shipped in 24 hours. To make your life even easier, we’ve created a page that includes all of our fast shipping series for easy picking. Just look for this banner on our website and you’ll have your picture frames in no time.
Life Hack #2. You can purchase mats, frame and posters all from one location
Have a party to go to, need a present for someone? We’re a one stop shop. We have combined 4 of our sites that were previously on their own so that our customers could purchase everything they need for picture framing from one location. We wanted to let you know that you don’t have to shop each website separately, if you fell in love with a poster on Posterservice and would love to make it pop with a nice mat and a picture frame that is made in the USA, well you can flip between the tabs and add each item to your shopping cart and pay for them all in one order.
Life Hack #3. You can get a custom framed piece without even leaving your home using Build-a-Frame.
We took life hack # 2 and made it even easier for you. You don’t even have to frame your items yourself; you can use our state of the art online custom framing tool called Build-a-Frame. Build-a-frame allows you to use a poster from PosterService or even upload your own picture to be used. You then will select your mats and the frame to go with it. The best part about it is that we take all of this information and give it to our custom framing experts and they create your masterpiece and ship it to you. Just look for this custom framed picture on frameusa.com and have a one-of-a-kind framed piece with a click of a button.
Life Hack #4. You can get special volume quotes right from our website.
Life Hack #5. We sell Photo Frame hangers and accessories
Picture Frames are kind of useless if you have no way to display them. What kind of company would we be if we sold our customers useless products? Not only do all our frames ship with some type of display item whether it be an easel back(E), sawtooth hanger(WH) or V-clips depending on the size and style of picture frame. (All our Picture and Poster frames list what they come with (w/), refer to the corresponding guide to decode what each letter means (E,G,M,S,WH))However if you would like to hang one of our picture frames that come with an easel, you can purchase hangers and frame accessories right from our website . As with all our Picture and Poster frames, all of our hangers and accessories are Made in the USA right here in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stay tuned next week for Life Hacks:Frame USA Edition Part Two!
Here at Frame USA, we love our customers! We may be in the picture frame business, but our main mission is creating Raving Fans. While we want to help make you a Raving Fan, we love to rave about our customers as well. We first started working with Creative Notions and THE PAINTSTRO!® back in 2007. We worked hard to find them the perfect frame to help their vision take off. Once we finalized the picture frame for them, the rest has taken off.
Matt, the owner, describesTHE PAINTSTRO!® as “an innovative group art kit. Inside our kits, you will find wonderful art materials and an audio CD, but YOU will provide the most important piece: THE PEOPLE. THE PAINTSTRO!® is all about creating a shared art experience in which unique individuals come together to create a united work of art. By using our interactive audio CD, you and THE PAINTSTRO!® will guide your group to the unveiling of a SURPRISE MASTERPIECE!”
THE PAINTSTRO!® is great for all types of groups and outings: Youth Organizations & Camps, Town Senior Centers, Corporate Team-Building Events, and much more! To find out more about THE PAINTSTRO!®, please visit:
We’d love to help your business venture take off as well. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or fill out our Custom Quote form at: http://www.frameusa.com/blog/custom-quote/ TODAY! Our team of picture frame experts is here to find the perfect frame for your next project and venture.