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Frame USA’s WCAF Trip – Photos

We had a great turnout this year at the West Coast Art and Frame show in Las Vegas. Getting to meet with the nations best artists and framers was a great experience, and we were glad to share it with them!

Pictured below are a few photos of our display at the show. We met with vendors and other craftsmen about our frames, products and poster/printing services.

For more information or to see more about what the West Coast Art and Frame show is all about, visit us on Twitter or search under the event hashtag #WCAF. 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!

 

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Etsy Artists Spotlight – Small Business Saturday Gift Guide

We’ve received some great feedback on our Small Business Saturday Initiative, and we’re more than excited for the opportunity to promote these wonderful artists and small businesses! If you have yet to make your holiday purchases, consider these wonderful artists and craftsmen for your holiday shopping. Remember, shopping small and buying local helps our local and overall US economy! At Frame USA, we’re 100% behind products that are made in the United States.

Susan Monty Fine Art

“I am a fine artist specializing in equine art. I draw and paint whatever captures my eye, but horses will always be my favorite subject. I strive to capture a realistic, but artistic and expressive, likeness of my subjects.

As a lifelong horse lover, I am pleased to donate a portion of sales from my Second Chances series to Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue (www.pthr.org) or New England Equine Rescues (www.newenglandequinerescues.com). Both of these groups have saved the lives of numerous horses, and I am proud to use my art to help. Many of the prints in my shop are from my Second Chances series, an ongoing project in which I paint portraits of rescued horses and tell their stories.

I am also passionate about saving America’s wild horse and burros. I have started a series of paintigs of these magnificent animals. Unless something is done to protect them, wild horses will only be seen in photos and paintings. I will donate a portion of all sales of these mustang paintings, cards, and prints to Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (www.jersanctuary.org).”

Click here to view Susan’s Etsy shop.

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Susan’s fine art painting is phenomenal! Be sure to check out her painted ornaments – perfect for the holidays.

 

Few Kind Words

“Everyone needs just a little time and a few kind words! Shop our monogram quote prints for yourself or as unique and personalized gifts for weddings, nurseries, or friends. We print on high-quality card stock and frame in a white driftwood with an antique white mat. We can customize any order with different letters, quotes, fonts, and colors.”

Click here to visit this Etsy shop.

Shop Owner Mary Ellen uses our White Driftwood frames to create her simple, yet elegany Monogram framed prints!
Shop Owner Mary Ellen uses our White Driftwood frames to create her simple, yet elegant Monogram framed prints! These prints are also great for the holidays, particularly as gifts for infants, weddings, or for those you want to inspire!

Junebug’s Creative Concepts

“Decorative photo frames, wood letters and more. Great personalized gifts! Decoupaged and distressed so each item is unique. Any item can be customized.

Looking for a gift? I can mail items directly, and I’ll even gift wrap it and include a hand written note for free. Mark my shop as a favorite and come back often. I’m always adding new things. Thanks for visiting and be sure to “Like” me on Facebook to be the first to know about new items and promos. “

Click here to visit Junebug’s Creative Concepts on Etsy.

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Stephanie Bruno, owner of “Junebug’s Creative Concepts”, uses our frame moulding to create beautiful decoupaged frames!

 

Name On Your Wall

“Name art photography, from Name on Your Wall, uses elements found in nature, architectural details and every day objects to create unique and personal works of art. They are the perfect solution for creative wedding gifts, shower gifts, housewarming gifts, new baby gifts, holiday gifts or for any other occasion. They are also the perfect way to showcase your name, or any word that is special to you, on your own wall. With so many different options for each letter, your creation will truly be unique.

My framed name art is elegantly designed with high quality photographs, custom cut mats, and custom made wooden frames. Your project will receive personal and professional attention from me, incorporating all of your preferences. These details will result in breathtaking and elegant works of art that both you and your loved ones will enjoy for a lifetime!”

Find these prints and more at their Etsy shop!

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William Supko Photography

“I’m a freelance photographer that specializes in outdoor entertainment and events.  I have been a professional photographer for over 5 years.  My main focus includes amusement parks, carnivals, ski areas, beach scenes and nature.”

Click here for a link to his Etsy shop.

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Beautiful photography – particularly for the rollercoaster enthusiast or nature-lover!

 

Tides Of Eternity Art by Chrissy Schroeder

Chrissy Schroeder is a Cincinnati, Ohio local who creates a great amount of baseball-related artwork. Cincinnati is a great place for it to, since we’re also the home of the Cincinnati Reds!

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You can find her work by clicking here.

 

We’ll be sure to keep updating this list as we continue to take submissions. Thanks for joining us in our goal to put America’s small businesses at the forefront of our economy! Small business owner? Leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do for you!

 

Spread the word! We're looking to promote all sorts of small businesses and give discounts to those who participate.

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Etsy Artists and Craftsmen are Welcomed to Help Promote Small Business Saturday with Frame USA

Saturday, November 30th is small business Saturday. While Frame USA is a pretty small business with about 70 employees, a good chunk of our customers are artists and crafty creators that also sell online or in a shop of their town. At Frame USA, we want to show our support to these small businesses and support local economies by offering a great deal to these customers. However, you don’t have to be a Frame USA customer for us to feature your shop! Check out the rules below our promotional image.

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Spread the word! We’re looking to promote all sorts of small businesses and give discounts to those who participate.

As our poster says, we are mainly looking for Etsy art, craft and design creators. Frame USA is an online business and it’s what we know best, so customers with an Etsy account (or other online shopping place) will probably see the most benefit from this initiative. Simply send an email to the address in the image above to get started! If you know anyone who would benefit from a promotion like this, feel free to send it their way.

Thanks for sticking with us, and remember to shop small and shop local!

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Frame USA DIY Picture Frames Featured in HGTV Magazine!

HGTV Uses Frame USA Picture Frames in HGTV Magazine’s DIY Feature

If you haven’t seen the recent post by Molly Mesnick (Bachelor ’13 winner), you may have missed the exciting DIY projects that our customers have been doing! (Don’t worry, you can find her blog post right here!) Along with the cool projects Molly mentioned, we also had a customer from HGTV order some of our Clean Cut White frames for a special segment on DIY picture frames!

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Our frame can be seen in their flash card example – They spray painted our Clean Cut White frame to match the color of the card! How cool is that?

Needless to say, we were thrilled to see both posts! Aside from being obvious good business plugs, we love seeing our frames put to use in creative ways. From matching colors with spray paint to re-wrapping our moulding with colorful patterns, we’ve seen a lot of great DIY concepts for our picture frames. In fact, many of our products end up on Etsy stores, where customers will use our frames in their artwork or craft projects and sell it as its own photo frame! Even better is the price point, where customers can make a nice profit from their work from simply decorating a frame to their heart’s content!

What exciting kinds of DIY projects have you found? If you haven’t caught up on this trend of cost-saving and niche design, have a look at Pinterest (making an account is free!) and search “DIY”. You’ll find some great inspiration for your own hand-made projects, whether that’s picture frames or making your own furniture! You can also follow us on Pinterest while you’re at it, where we not only share information on picture frames, but also DIY inspiration as well!

What other sorts of fun projects have you taken lately? Leave a comment below and we’d be glad to feature it in a future blog!

Who is Superframer and Where did he come from?

If you have received any of our recent emails, you may be asking yourself: Who is Superframer and where did he come from? See, it’s kind of a funny story…

Superframer was developed several years ago by one of our own employees, Neil Herrin. Neil, our IT Manager, has always had a love for comic books and action figures. At the time, our Marketing team was considering developing a new website called SuperFramer.com. We thought that this new website needed a face and identity to it. From this concept, Superframer came about! Neil took it upon himself to create this great identity for Superframer and we loved what he developed.

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Super Framer: The hero America deserves. Saving artists, photographers and interior designers from framing disasters!

As we started to develop our new Frame USA website in 2011 and 2012, we knew we wanted to add a Build A Frame feature to the site. What is Build A Frame you might ask? Build A Frame allows you, the customer, to choose an image, mat, frame, glazing, and backing all together in a simple ordering process.
We wanted to develop a way for our customers to order everything together, instead of having to continue to order these items on different websites. One of our number one goals has been and will always be to simplify what we do for our customers. We want our customers to love our ordering process, think it is simple, and always want to come back to Frame USA. Raving Fans is what we are all about and our main goal is to make you a Raving Fan of Frame USA!
SuperFramer is the designing force behind our new Build A Frame feature on www.frameusa.com. He puts a name, face, and identity to this feature and certainly adds some fun as well!
We will be releasing our new Build A Frame feature to our customers any day now. Check back soon for more details on Build A Frame, Superframer, and more exciting things to come at Frame USA!

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Wholesale Wood Picture Frame Options

We’ve talked about real wood picture frames vs. our eco-friendly composite frames on our blog before. The information holds true–if you’re looking for your frames to look more rustic or have a real wood grain, then you’ll want to by a real wood frame. If you’re looking for something that is smooth, sleek and all of the frames need to look identical, go with our eco-friendly wrapped frames.

Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold took some time to discuss the difference between the two as it applies to wholesale buyers. Have a look and see what’s best for you!

For more information, fill out our quote form and we’ll do our best to help you find what you need at a great price!

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Frame USA’s Cincinnati, Ohio Retail Store is Having a Tent Sale!

Frame USA Warehouse Outlet in Cincinnati, Ohio is having a HUGE tent sale this weekend! From 8/23-8/25, you can save up to 50% on all of our frames under the tent! After our success last year and how much fun our customers had, we decided to bring this event back with even better deals than before. Be sure to stop by and look out for the people wearing name tags–we’d be glad to assist you in any way that you may need.

Don’t miss out on the savings–OR the fun!

If you're an Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana resident, you won't want to miss the fun AND the savings!
If you’re an Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana resident, you won’t want to miss the fun (or the savings!)

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Bulk Picture Frames and Custom Framing Quotes

So let’s say you need some picture frames for your next project… Well, SOME is an understatement. You need hundreds, or even thousands! But these can’t be any run-of-the-mill frames, they need to be perfect. You need craft store quality picture frames at “Made In China” prices. Unfortunately, we all know what happens when you outsource a frame job: bad joins, poor quality and an overall disappointing experience (not to mention the fact that you didn’t buy an American product!)

There are dozens of other online retailers for wholesale picture frames, but none that commit to quality and price like we do. We’ve done the research and strengthened our framers to bring you the finest product and price you will find in the United States. Don’t believe us? Fill out our custom quote form and we’ll give you an estimate. Then do the same with one of our competitors. Time and time again, our customers are thrilled to receive such a cheap price point on our high-quality bulk picture frames.

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The more information you provide, the more specific we can be with your quote. We can also offer any specials going on at the time, or recommend better alternatives! We’re here for you.

For even better deals, visit our Frame Closeouts site. From there you can choose between wood, premium wood, metal, poster, and polystyrene frames–All at discounted prices! The only catch to these prices is that the frames are a “grab bag”, there is no way of knowing which series of frame you will receive. For colors, feel free to submit a custom quote and let us know your needs. We will do our best to assist you in any way we can!

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Wood Picture Frames: Eco-Friendly vs. Real Wood

Real Wood or a Wrapped Frame - What is best for  you?

Many times we are on the phone speaking with customers and giving them guidance about the best kind of frame that they may want to use  for their project.   Frequently, when we bring up our “wrapped frames” we might get the comment from customers that “wrapped frames aren’t real wood, so we don’t want to use them.”

Real wood frames are great and we have many manufacturers around the United States supply us with moulding made from ash, poplar, basswood, oak and other woods that customers are familiar with. The beauty of these mouldings is that they come from a real tree and they show the beauty of the wood that is associated with them.

The problem with real wood is that is can show many of the splendors and birthmarks of Mother Nature. The wood might show knot holes or streaks or other imperfections in the wood that simply can’t be glossed over or removed. If we are running a group of 25 or 50 frames for a customer it is possible that there will be minor color variations in the real wood frames. If the customer is willing to accept these subtle differences real wood is fine and we have several real wood frames at great values.

However, several higher end customers – in this Pottery Barn world that we live in—want all frames to match exactly. They don’t want any imperfections or differences. For these kind of customers Frame USA highly recommends our “wrapped wood picture frames”.  Many of them are labeled Bonanza Wood or with an eco-friendly symbol in our catalog or on Frameusa.com.

The thing that makes wrapped frames so great is that every single one looks exactly the same—from 1 to 1000. If you put them all up next to each other on the wall they will match perfectly. Perhaps people get a little off track when they think about “wrapped frames”. These do come from real wood—just pressed wood glued together—it’s just a totally different concept. And the beauty of these wrapped wood picture frames is that they are far more “Eco-Friendly” for today’s world.

Changing to a wrapped frame might require a little bit of a mindset change on your part, but for the price and value, and almost perfect quality I suggest you consider trying one of our wrapped wooden frames next time you have a project. We think you will be thoroughly happy with your choice. If you are die-hard wood fan, that’s OK to stay the course. But change, in this case is not bad at all. Call or email one of Frameusa.com’s sales consultants to discuss or live chat on line with us NOW!

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Engraved Picture Frames and Our NEW Web App!

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Did you know that at Frame USA, we have our very own engraving machines?

Previously, we’ve stuck to taking laser engraving orders over e-mail, volume framing quotes or phone calls, but with the launch of our new website, we decided to build an engraving web app from scratch! Today, we’re going to walk your through the process of placing orders for your very own engraved frames–without the outrageous prices you find in retail.

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Click on “Laser Engraving”, located in the top navigation.

Your First step is simple–just click on the “Laser Engraving” tab on the top navigation! (In the image above, we have highlighted the tab in yellow so that you can locate it on our site.) This will set you on your way to creating your very own, unique product.

 

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Any of these frames listed under Laser Engraving are available. Try them all! We recommend Corporate.

Once you’ve clicked the Laser Engraving tab, you will be taken to this page. This lists all the different frames that you can engrave and personalize! Just as a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to try to stick to darker colors. We highly recommend our Corporate series for engraving–customers can’t get enough!

 

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Find the frame you’d like to engrave in the previous catagory listing. Darker frames have the best results!

We’ve selected our best-selling Corporate series for this demonstration, so let’s begin! First, you will select the color that you would like to engrave. Please note that not all colors are available for engraving (mainly due to color issues with wrap/MDF construction.)

 

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On the right “Engrave?” Column, simply click the check box and enter a quantity. Then Click “Engrave and Add to Cart!”

Once you’ve decided on a color that you’re pleased with, it’s time to scroll down to the volume order form. Here you will select the color and size of the frame you would like to engrave. You’ll do this by clicking the boxes right-most column called “Engrave?”. After clicking, simply select the quantity that you would like. After you’ve added all of the frames you desire, scroll below and click “Engrave & add to cart”.

Once you've settled on your frame, click the long, brown button to continue.
Once you’ve settled on your frame, click the long, brown button to continue.

You will then be directed to this listing page, which is mainly to inform you of what you have selected. Click on the prompted button to continue to the custom Laser Engraving application.

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Use the navigational buttons to specify and engrave your frame to your liking!

Here we are, the personalization page! At this step, you will personalize your very own engraved picture frame. The choices are limitless–not only can you select any of our engraveable frames, but you can select whether you would like to engrave DIRECTLY onto the frame OR use one of our four plate options. These options include Rounded and squared shapes in both gold and silver. We also have a wide selection of fonts to choose from, as well as the ability to upload your own logo or image!

Speaking of uploading your logo, your results will be at their premium if you upload a high-quality image. The image will upload to the page small, and if you have uploaded a color image, please not that it will be adjusted to monochrome. Therefore, for best results, we advise that you upload a high-quality, black and white version of your logo. Also, please take note that there is acharacter limit for this app, but you can contact customer service for ANY special requests and we would be happy to find a solution and create a detailed mockup for you.

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After you have customized your frames and are satisfied with the result, your next step will direct you to this page. You will be able to view all of the information that you entered into the previous page. Be sure to proofread your information, then confirm your information by clicking the checkbox. To check out, click the “Add to Cart” button and continue.

That’s all there is to it! If you have any questions about laser engraving, feel free to contact us!

To get started, click here and frame today!