In a month or so we’ll begin hearing “Pomp and Circumstance” playing everywhere as schools all over the country engage in their yearly graduation ceremonies. Whether from high school, college or post college masters and PhD programes, graduation is something to celebrate and remember. It’s an accomplishment and a milestone in one’s life. Photos of the event should most certainly be taken and displayed proudly by the family and friends of the graduate as well as the graduate themselves.
At Frame USA we have all kinds of frames that are perfect for framing your graduation memories. If you’re a parent and you’ve snapped a bunch of pictures of your child walking across the stage in their cap and gown, receiving their diploma, you can get smaller, table sized frames to set them on. A good one for this purpose is our Corporate series. It has a flat profile but comes in a variety of colors. You can pick up a few in 8×10 size, which come with an easel to set them on a table or shelf, and show the progression from your graduate sitting with their class, all the way up through them waving to you from the stage.
If the new graduate just finished their education at an arts or performance school, somewhere a little more free and funky, our colorful Colori frames are a fun alternative. They’re available in bright, simple colors like yellow, green, red, blue and orange and come in a regular and wide profile. They’ve got a fun flair to them that says, “I took my education seriously, but had fun doing it.”
If you had someone get a picture of you with your smiling graduate, just after the
ceremony is over, you might want to hang that on the wall above the TV, sofa, or fireplace. You need a picture frame that’s a little larger and a little more decorative. Our Classic series comes in 3 dark brown finishes and has a slight scoop and bevel. It’s still a simple frame–nothing too fancy–but has a more elegant feel than a flat profile frame. It is perfect for a larger, portrait sized photo at 11×14 or even 16×20.
When you’re the one who’s just graduated you probably want to show off your new diploma. You want a mature, classy frame that says, “I worked hard and persevered and this is the result.” We have frames that are specific to diplomas as well as frames that have a sober, serious look.
The obvious choice is our Diploma series frame. It comes in 3 dark finishes in two profiles, a regular and a wide, and has a beveled edge and a decorative inner edge.
Another great choice is our Executive series. It has a wide profile with some no-nonsense decorative bevelling and would look right at home on any office wall displaying the diploma of the occupant.
So when the caps have been tossed, and the pictures taken, check out Frame USA to find just the right picture frame!
It was April, 1994 when the news hit MTV: Kurt Cobain had been found dead in his Seattle home. A self inflicted gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death. A husband, father, songwriter and a hero to many had given in to his personal demons and left the world in a flash of smoke
and flame. He died alone. Millions of music fans–kids who’d looked up to him, musicians who’d been inspired by him–were devastated. It was the end of a very short, but very exciting and irreversible era of change in the industry.
In 1991 the radio waves were dominated by manufactured pop stars, heavy metal and hard rock guitar gods, controversial hip hop artists with something to say and Garth Brooks. Genres were all well defined, as far as mainstream music was concerned. It didn’t seem that anyone could break in unless they were fronting one of these well established party lines.
Then Nirvana released Nevermind and broke the dam for the weirdos, ushering in
the era of “alternative” and inadvertantly (and very reluctantly it would turn out) spawning a movement and a shift in musical dominance.
Nirvana had been together since the late eighties. Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic had played together since high school and had gone through a couple of drummers. They’d even recorded one independent album, “Bleach” which initially was only heard by fans of underground “modern rock”. They took on Dave Grohl as their new drummer and their sound changed somewhat. He gave them a little more “oomph” and when Nevermind came out it hit like an atomic bomb.
Led by the first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nevermind was a gravelly, scratchy and sloppy counterpoint to the overproduced and hyper polished music that flourished around it. Kurt Cobain was not a guitar prodigy. The band did not look like pop OR rock stars. Dressed in ratty flannel shirts over band t’s and ripped jeans they looked like the kids you went to school with. They were approachable and relatable. They also crafted songs that were both catchy but also edgy. Lyrics with a little more depth than your typical hair metal or boy band song. The album took radio and MTV by storm and Nirvana became the biggest band in the world. They would open the door for other Seattle bands and became the face of “grunge” music. All the bands that the weird kids listened to suddenly became cool.
Fame did not sit well with Kurt Cobain, however. He was uncomfortable in the role as mouthpiece for a generation. He didn’t like that the kinds of people who’d picked on him in school were now Nirvana fans and singing his songs at concerts. He’d also developed a serious drug habit, partially as a way to deal with excruciating chronic stomach pains. Nirvana would go on to release an album of B sides, another full length LP, “In Utero” and an amazin MTV Unplugged set.
Despite the success in the music industry and the family he’d started, Kurt Cobain committed suicide sometime on the evening of April the 4th, 1994. Dropbox (2)
My name is Dorian Richards and I’m a new face in the customer service department. Before arriving here, I knew nothing about framing and all it entails. Once I was able to learn, it sparked my interest in things I didn’t really value before. I had a desire to frame and display what matters to me the most. Of course, that would be my family.
My first picture is a few random photos of memories that I’ve shared with them. There is never a dull moment when it comes to my family. From a grandparent showing his grandchild the art of Indian poker or your mom photo bombing your selfie, these are moments I never wanted to forget. It shows exactly what it reads at the top “Family is everything”.
My second photo is my lovely parents! This photo is something I really cherish. My mom and dad have been married more than 25 yrs. They give me something to look up to. This picture was taken on my mom’s 50th birthday. With all these great memories that I have, they are made even more special with the perfect frame. If you love your family as much as I do, I would recommend keeping these moments alive by putting them in the quality frame.
Hi, my name is Taylor, customer Service Representative for Frame USA. I by no means am an artistic person, but I do appreciate art that carries meaning. When I hear from a customer who is looking to frame a diploma, wedding portrait, first day of school picture or any other special occasion I put myself in their shoes. There is no better feeling than finally choosing a frame for that piece that means so much to you and hanging it in your home.
My husband and I purchased our first home almost a year ago. The first
piece of art we purchased was actually from a family member. My uncle Marvin Espy is an artist, designer and photographer who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He sketched an image we sent him of our twin boys and produced an AMAZING piece of art. I couldn’t wait to frame it. I chose the Corporate Wide Grey Barnwood picture frame. Looks pretty amazing wouldn’t you say?
Next I wanted to find frames for our kids’ newborn pictures. We had guests at our baby shower sign the mat around our twin’s pictures welcoming them as soon as they got home. Unfortunately the frame was broken during the move. The Corporate Wide frame we used for the sketch looked so good we decided to get two more!
I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the art in my husband’s man cave. He is a boxing fan so I thought why not get him “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali poster from Posterservice with Frame USA’s Architect
Walnut picture frame. It was a hit!
The picture frame is just as important as the piece of art. The choice of frame can make or break its’ presentation so make sure the frame you choose compliments your art piece and is of made of quality materials. I certainly feel I made great framing choices.
Valentine’s Day is all about letting someone special know that you’re thinking about them. One way to do that is by getting them a gift. You can buy something expensive (like jewelry), or something you know they need (like a gardening trowel) but the gifts that leave the biggest impression are the ones that have meaning behind them. The thoughtful presents that you create yourself that shows your valentine how well you know them. A great way of doing this is by putting significant photos or mementos from a special moment into picture frames and then customizing those frames.
At Frame USA we have a number of different frames that would be perfect for creating this kind of unique Valentine’s Day present.
This is an unfinished picture frame with a flat profile that comes in 3 different widths (1.5″, 2″ or 3″). It is created especially
for crafting. You can paint it, glue on it, and use a wood burning pen, anything you can think of to decorate the frame. You could get small wooden hearts or other Valentine’s Day items (even those little candy hearts) and affix them to the frame with an inside that reminds the person of a fun time you’ve had together.
This frame is another unfinished wood frame (as the name might suggest). Like the Decorate It, the Unfinished series comes in 3 different profiles, but these are more decorative with some scoops and beveling in the frame. This picture frame could be painted in a rosy, reddish or dark pink color with a picture of you and your valentine together held within it. A classy way to celebrate your relationship.
Maybe you don’t have a lot of time or are just not good at crafting, painting or applique. You can still customize a frame for
your sweetheart to create a special memory. At Frame USA we are able to laser engrave names and even logos onto certain frame series that are found in the Laser Engraving category. You can engrave on any or all of the frame rails, oriented how you like. The laser burns away the finish to show the wood (or metal) beneath. You can engrave their name, maybe dates or a special quote or song lyrics. The possibilities for making your valentine go, “Awwwww!” and look at you with puppy-dog eyes are endless.
Remember that time you and your valentine went to the___(theater, restaurant, beach, etc.) and they kept the___(ticket stub, receipt, shells you found, etc.)? Wouldn’t it be a great Valentine’s Day
surprise to put those in a nice display? Frame USA has several different shadowboxes that are just right for showing off mementos. In our Shadowbox Elite, Shadowbox Showcase or Barnwood Shadowbox (for those who appreciate a rustic look) you can mount those items to the foamcore backing and give your special someone a gift that is both stylish and thoughtful.
Not all valentines are ready for something so meaningful. Maybe it’s someone you’ve been dating for a short while–long
enough to get them something but not long enough to make them a memory box–well we still have you covered. You can always pick them up a poster from Posterservice and put it in one of Frame USA’s poster frames. We have music posters, movie and TV posters, humor, art prints, and scenic–anything anyone could have an interest in. You can find something they would like. This still shows that you know what they like and want without over-doing the sentiment.
So as February 14th gets closer, consider giving your valentine something they can hang on their wall and cherish for many Valentine’s Days to come.
At Frame USA/Posterservice, we’re a creative bunch, and have a unique and diverse group of co-workers. We all celebrate each other’s interes
ts and talents. It’s in this spirit that we created the “Favorite Hobby” blog post; to highlight some of the special things our friends do when they’re not making, marketing or selling great picture frames. This time around we talk to our Marketing Director/Sales Manager Kelly Ackerman about what it is she loves to do when she’s away from the office.
My favorite hobby is scrapbooking, and I started in 2011.
One of my friends made a scrapbook of her and her husband’s first year of marriage to track the memories. I loved the idea, so pretty much copied it J. I’ve been scrapbooking ever, since on and off. What’s great is that I am creating and saving great memories along the way. It is easy, years later to forget some of the little stuff, but I have it saved in a scrapbook. My most memorable experience with it was Showing my husband our first complete year of marriage through pictures, quotes, and reliving our memories.
Several of my friends thought it was crazy that I was
scrapbooking, and I did too at first. I’ve been able to tap into some creativity that I didn’t even know I had. It’s been a lot of fun! It can be challenging, though. It can get pricey for sure, and it takes a lot of time. I usually try to buy materials when they are on sale to help. Most weeks I don’t have time to scrapbook at all, unfortunately. When I do have time, I usually spend several hours and put together a bunch of pages. Right now, I’m probably about 10-12 pages behind of what I want to put together.
If I had any advice to give someone interested in scrapbooking it would be this: Pick a goal! Don’t just randomly say one day that you are going to scrapbook. Choose to scrapbook something in particular and take it from there!
Every page is different depend on what I am scrapbooking. I’m not sure you can master it per se, just have fun and create unique and fun pages.
Halloween is approaching and that’s a time to start talking about spooky things. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves and…zombies. Which are of particular interest to us here at Posterservice and Frame USA because, not only are we fans of AMC’s hit horror/dramas “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” but because we also happen to carry posters from both shows. Posters that would look good in picture frames hung up, perhaps for a Halloween party or as a gift to your favorite horror fan.
Our newest poster in our Walking Dead collection is from the newer of the two shows, “Fear the Walking Dead,” which just ended its first season two weeks ago. “Fear the Walking Dead” takes place at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, when the outbreak first starts. It features an entirely new cast of characters who don’t start off with the benefit of knowing exactly what is going on. They have to navigate their way through acceptance of the situation and even just believing their own eyes when the hungry dead rise to feast on the living. Our new poster features the first walker we see in the series, “Gloria” after she’s just fed.
No need to be sad that “Fear the Walking Dead” is over till season 2, though, because picking up for it is the original, “The Walking Dead” which just started its sixth season. If you’re not familiar, it’s the story of a group of people banding together to survive after the zombie apocalypse has brought civilization to its knees. Based on the wildly popular comic series, created by Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, it deals with issues of holding on to your humanity in a world where you must be ready to do anything just to survive.
We have a number of great posters from the original “The Walking Dead,” featuring walkers, Daryl, Rick, Morgan, Glen and Maggie.
Once you’ve chosen the posters that really stoke your Walking Dead fever, you’ll want to
frame them (no bare paper edges for the baddest survival group in post-apocalyptic America!). All of the posterframes that can be found in our poster frame category would work well for these, particularly our Budget Saver and Simply Poly poster frames. However, maybe you want to go that extra mile for these posters and house them in something more permanent. We have some slim metal frames and wood picture frames that work really well as posterframes too. Our Metal I and Metal II series of frames are perfectly suited for this purpose. But if you don’t like a metal finish
then our Architect wood picture frames are probably the best bet for you. With a sturdy 3/4″ profile, and a wide selection of colors they show off your posters with class.
So hurry, Sunday will be here before you know it (week 3!). You want to make sure you have Daryl and his trusty crossbow watching over you in case any bloodthirsty, flesh-hungry walkers try to get in at you. So head on over to Posterservice.com to pick up a couple of posters and then just click the tab at the top to go to Frameusa.com and get frames for them. Then you’ll be zombie safe and ready to watch.
Hi, my name’s Clair. Quality Control Specialist for Frame USA by day, Artist by night.
If you’re like me, you love art. You love books stores, pop-up art shows, old classic movies and home remodeling TV shows. Most importantly you love creating and decorating your home/work space with the images you love. Be it posters, reproduction, original art, or family photos. You surround yourself with what makes you happy; with what makes you, uniquely you.
If that sounds about right then you might agree that there is no better feeling in the world than finishing or buying a piece of art that you love. However, there’s no worse feeling than the one that usually follows when you ask yourself, “how am I going to hanging this?” and quickly realize your spending is not over.
Perhaps like me you’ve tried to cut corners when it comes to framing. Let’s be honest, Framing can be expensive. So, you own several bulging portfolios and enough cardboard tubes to build the world’s largest telescope. I mean, it’s not enough that we as artists and art coinsures have to spend money to make art and acquire art, but we must also spend money if we plan at all to enjoy it.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years of arting and framing, whether you’re selling or buying there’s simply no arguing the effectiveness of a fantastic framing Job. I see it all the time in our Custom framing shop. Customers bring in old sentimental images probably worth nothing more than something you could find at a yard sale. But, because it’s special to them, they invest, and the final product is always breathtaking. Just imagine the effect quality framing has on something truly unique and timeless. It’s magical. Just ask our Raving fans!
I promise, nothing will enhance the appeal of your artwork, whatever it is, more than a beautiful frame. And let’s face it, appeal is essential if you ever want to be a professional artist, impress your in laws, or get that promotion you’ve been working so hard for.
That’s why we at frame USA pride ourselves in not only the quality of our frames, which I personally see to on a daily basis, but the affordability of our picture frames. Each woods frame at frame USA is cut, joined, filled, and hand quality checked right here in our American home base facility ensuring not only quality and affordability, (like I’ve mentioned) But also that your money stays here in our wonderful U.S. of A.
We know the importance of arting and framing and the impact it has logistically and visually in your homes, offices, studios and galleries. Let us be the ones to make your art something really special; something that demands to be noticed. It’s what we do best.
To mat or not to mat? That is a valid question when putting art and photos into picture frames. When should you use a mat? What color mat should you use? Do I need acid free matting? There are no wrong answers (well, when it comes to mat measurements there can be wrong answers) to these questions but there are some typical things that people tend to do that might be helpful if you’re wondering what you should do about matting your piece before framing it. So let’s do a quick, easy-breezy run down of some common mat ideas.
WHEN SHOULD YOU MAT?
Not every picture you put in a frame needs a mat. If you just want to pop in one of the kids’ 5×7 or 8×10 school photos into a picture frame of the same size, and you’re just going to change it out the following year–those probably don’t need matted. Matted photos are usually ones that you plan on keeping framed indefinitely and that you want to give a little extra oomph to. The purpose of a mat is to give the picture some extra space in the frame so that you can use a larger picture frame to add dramatic weight to whatever the artwork is that you’re framing. A family portrait that you’re hanging in the living room, or a special art print that you’ve purchased and want to put in a nice, righ frame. These are the typical kinds of pictures you want to mat. Of course, you can mat anything you like but if you’re wondering, “Does this need matted?” this is a good rule of thumb.
Also, when you have a piece that is an unusual size but you’d like to try and get it into a standard sized frame–that is a time you’d want to get a mat. The mat will go to the inside edges of the frame and the opening then can be centered and made the size of the piece. The only caveat with this is that the vertical sides of the mat may be different than the horizontal so that one dimension has more space than the other, but this is a solution to that problem.
WHAT SIZE MAT AND OPENING SHOULD I GET?
Again, with sizing, there is no one right thing to do. If you’re basing the size of your frame on the size of your mat you start with the mat width. That is how much matting you want around your photo or art. A good safe, round number is 2″. A lot of people use this number. It’s not too much matting or too little. If your photo is small-ish (5×7) and you don’t want the frame to be much bigger, you can drop this down to 1″. And of course if you’re going for a certain look where you want a lot of space, or just a thin edge, you can do those too. The thinnest you can go, however, is 3/4″ because you must account for the lip of the frame taking up a little on each side. And speaking of accounting for the lip, you will also want to take into consideration making your mat opening slightly smaller than your piece (unless your piece has already built in a border around it to accomodate matting–in which case you can make your exact image size the opening size). For this example we’ll assume your piece has no border. You need to make the opening at least 1/4″ smaller than your actual paper or whatever physical medium your image is on. This is so the piece has something to fall against when put up to the opening and can be taped to the inside of the mat. We recommend 1/2″ total (which works out to be 1/4″ per side because there are two sides). Once you have your opening and how wide you want your mat, you can come up with your outer dimensions. Again, because the lip of any frame will take up a little of the mat, it’s nearly impossible to get the exact amount of space (unless you have the frame in hand and can measure the lip exactly), So for example, if your piece is an 11×14 photo and you want 2″ of matting you would:
Take 11×14 and remove 1/2″ from each side to get 10.5×13.5. This is your opening size. Then add 4″ to each side (this is taking both sides into account) to get 14.5×17.5. This is your outside dimensions and the opening size of your frame. Or, if you want a standard sized frame, a 16×20 would give you about 3.25″ of matting all the way around.
SHOULD I GET ACID FREE?
Most paper products contain some acidic chemicals. The amounts are minute, but over time they can discolor or damage a piece that they’ve been attached to for a long period of time. If the piece you’re matting and putting in a picture frame is not particularly special to you or is not valuable or will never be removed from it’s frame then you can probably safely use any standard or premium mat. It takes a long time for any damage to occur, if it ever does. However, if the piece is a one of a kind, a limited edition or something with sentimental value, you may want to consider acid free. Acid free mats are a little more expensive and don’t come in as many colors but they will not mar or damage your piece, even after years and years. If you are going to choose an acid free mat you’ll also want to be sure and affix your piece with acid free tape.
There are a lot of other questions that can go into matting; multiple openings, double and triple mats, color choices and textured mats. When you have specific questions about matting, you can always call the customer service department at Frame USA (800-577-5920) or live chat them through the website and they will help you choose and size the right mat for your piece. You can also use our Build-A-Frame service to do a step by step process that shows you what the mat and frame will look like (and you can even upload an image and compare it against your wall color to see how it will look) to make things even easier. Or if you know exactly what you want, feel free to go straight to Mat Designers and put in an order.
Matting may seem complicated once you get into it, but don’t overthink it and always ask questions. Your framed art piece will be better for it.
October is here. Pumpkins, warm apple cider, a chill in the air and falling leaves. Lots and lots of falling or fallen leaves. When the foliage turns color and begins to drop from branches, it might be fun to preserve some of the more beautiful specimens you can find. There are hundreds of crafts that can be done using autumn foliage that are great for kids and adults, but we will just talk about two very simple ones that you can do using picture frames from Frame USA.
Before you get to the frames however, you have to get some leaves. The first week of October is prime foliage collection time. Everything has had a chance to change to those beautiful red, yellow and orange hues and have hit the ground but are still supple and haven’t really started to dry out and turn brown and crumbly. Try and get as many different types and colors of leaves as you can, large and small. A variety of shapes to choose from will make your crafts more interesting. Plus, it’s just nice to be out in the crisp autumn air. When you get them home, if you’re not going to use them right away, be sure to store them in a cool, dark place. It wouldn’t hurt to put them in sealable, airtight plastic bags either.
Once you have a good selection of leaves, you can start the first project; framing fall foliage as a picture. There are a lot of ways you can arrange your leaves, but the two that are easiest is to frame one large leaf by itself, or create a collage of different leaves, almost a mosaic. The first thing you’ll want to do, either way, is to preserve your leaves a little. I suggest starting out by drying them. You can do this very easily by putting them between two pieces of wax paper and then closing them in a large book overnight. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to spray your leaves with a UV resistant acrylic sealer. This will help keep their colors from fading over time. You’ll want to do one side, then when that dries, flip them over and do the other. These are both spray-heavy projects actually, because I also suggest using spray adhesive (for this first project) and you can also use a glossy spray finish if you want to give your leaves a shiny look. Once you’ve treated your
leaf or leaves, and they’re dry, you can spray a piece of white foam core (all of these supplies are inexpensive and can be purchased at your local craft/hobby store and the leaves are free) with spray adhesive and quickly (but gently) affix the leaves or leaf in the position you want them/it. The adhesive dries quickly so you won’t have much chance to rearrange so you will want to plan this out first.
We have several wood picture frames that are ideal for autumn inspired framing project. The first is one of our rustic barn wood frames. Our Appalachian Barnwood to be exact. I would recommend it in the rustic brown color to give it that real outdoors-y, fall feel. This is a real wood frame with a 3/4″ recess and a 7/16″ usable depth. This is a good frame for any DIY type of project and perfectly shows off homemade art and photos.
If you’re looking for something a little more whimsical and bright, I would suggest our Colori Large picture frame in orange. This frame is made from an eco-friendly wood composite and finished with a colorful wrap. It has a flat 2″ profile and a 1/2″ usable depth. This frame is great if you’re doing this project with kids and want to maybe hang the piece in their room or in a classroom. It also comes in yellow and red, if you’re doing multiple frames and want to represent all the fall colors.
Now that we’ve framed leaves, it’s time to put leaves on the frame itself. After treating your leaves you can choose a bunch of different ones that you like to affix to the outside of our Decorate-It wood picture frame. The Decorate-It frame is made specifically for crafting and comes in 3 flat profiles; a 1 1/2″, a 2″ and a 3″ width. For this kind of project I recommend the 2″ width to give you more room to play with.
You can use spray fixative for this again but because it’s wood I would actually suggest using a very thin layer of wood glue to hold the leaves really tight. Arrange them in any pattern you like around the edges of the frame and after you’ve glued them in place I suggest spraying them with the gloss finish, and a layer of spray adhesive, just for good measure and to make them look good. After everything dries you now have a nice autumn picture frame that you can maybe put halloween photos or Thanksgiving photos in.
Autumn is maybe the prettiest season of the year and you’ll be glad you have something in your home that reminds you of it all year long.