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The Art I Hang at Home: Taylor Harris

blog 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 blog1 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!

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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 blog4 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.

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Framing Up Valentine’s Day

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.

The Decorate It Frame

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

Decorate It 2" Frame
Decorate It 2″ Frame

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.

The Unfinished Frame

Unfinished Profile 1
Unfinished Profile 1

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.

 

 

 

Laser Engraving

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

Corporate Wide Red Mahogany
Corporate Wide Red Mahogany

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.

Shadowboxes

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

Shadowbox Elite Honey
Shadowbox Elite Honey

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.

 

 

 

 

Posters & Posterframes

Not all valentines are ready for something so meaningful. Maybe it’s someone you’ve been dating for a short while–long

Terminator in a Budget Saver Black Frame
Terminator in a Budget Saver Black Frame

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.

 

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Favorite Hobby Friday: Scrapbooking with Kelly

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 kellyparty 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 kellyUCfootball 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. kellywedding

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. kellyTix

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The Walking Dead are Shambling to Frame USA

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.

Fear the Walking Dead--"Gloria"
Fear the Walking Dead–“Gloria”

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.

The Walking Dead--"Season 5"
The Walking Dead–“Season 5″
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The Walking Dead–“Season 4 Daryl”
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The Walking Dead–“Season 6″
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The Walking Dead–“Season 3″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply Poly White Poster Frames
Simply Poly White Poster Frames

Once you’ve chosen the posters that really stoke your Walking Dead fever, you’ll want to

Metal I Picture Frame
Metal I Blue Picture Frame

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.

Architect Natural
Architect Picture Frame Natural

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.

 

Clair Shaw

Arting and Framing

Hi, my name’s Clair. Quality Control Specialist for Frame USA by day, Artist by night. Clair Shaw

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.

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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.

What mat is right?

Talkin’ Bout Mats

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.

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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.

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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.

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Framing Fall Foliage

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 Autumn 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

Colori Large Orange
Colori Large Orange

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.

Appalachian Barnwood Rustic Brown
Appalachian Barnwood Rustic Brown

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.

Decorate-It 2"
Decorate-It 2″

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.

 

The Big Bang Theory

This Week in Pop Culture: The Big Bang Theory

It’s no secret than in the last decade, nerd culture has undergone a revolution from scorned and ridiculed to a multimedia powerhouse. The force that drives Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and televisions most successful–both critically and financially–programming. Not only are all the movies and shows made for and by nerds but now we have a ton of content about them. But back in  2007 (doesn’t sound like a long time ago, does it?) we really didn’t have anything that cast nerds as the leading men and women. At least, not until September 24th–the date that Chuck Lorre’s new (at the time) sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” premiered. Then we were all treated to watch the social dynamic of a group of geeky scientists change as a pretty, popular girl was thrust into their midst.

If you’re not familiar with the show, it breaks down like this: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are two socially awkward physicists (as well as roommates) working at Caltech in Pasadena along with their friends Howard and Raj (an aerospace engineer and astrophysicist, respectively). They are all living their normal, nerdy lives when a pretty waitress/aspiring actress named Penny moves across the hall and Leonard falls for her. Hard. This disrupts their social norm (which is of particular concern to the obsessive-compulsive Sheldon) and hilarity ensues. In the first season a lot of the jokes and comedic through-line were based around the gulf between Penny’s world and the boys’. Her not understanding their references–them not understanding her social confidence and competence. This sort of became secondary, however, as time moved on and the characters developed and grew. The focus shifted to the relationships more than the gimmick and in it’s fourth season it became the highest rated comedy on TV.

Along with this popularity came merchandising. T-shirts emblazoned with Sheldon’s catchphrase, “Bazinga!”, began popping up all over the place, as well as posters. Which brings us to the Big Bang Posters that we carry at Posterservice.com. There are six Big Bang theory posters to choose from with different cast photos and art that you can frame and hang in your nerdtastic home theater where you watch the show in it’s constant syndicated reruns.

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And of course, you wouldn’t want to have your new Big Bang Theory posters hanging naked on the wall–Sheldon Cooper would never allow that–so you’ll want to pick up poster frames for your posters. At Frameusa.com we have a wide selection of poster frames to choose from. Our Budget Saver frames in black are always an excellent choice to frame your tv and movie posters.

So get your Star Trek shirts on, heat up a warm beverage or some Thai food, hang your newly framed Big Bang Theory posters and kick back to enjoy some nerdy goodness for a few hours. It will do you good. If nothing else, you’ll learn some science factoids.

 

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The Writing is on the Wood: Laser Engraved Picture Frames

Giving gifts is hard. Whether it might be for a friend or loved one that you want to give something personal to. Or maybe it’s for a school or work event and you want to give the recipient something  will keep and remember. It can be tricky choosing something. A really perfect choice, for nearly any situation is custom engraved picture frames from Frame USA.

Engrave it Picture Frames
Engrave it Picture Frames

A picture frame is a gift that you can tailor to whomever you’re giving it to on many levels. First off, you have the photo or art that you’ll put into it. Maybe it’s a brother or sister and you’ve found a picture from when you were kids. It was thought lost but you turned it up. Now you can get a nice photo frame to put it in and give it to your loved one. Already this is a nice, thoughtful present, but you can take it a step further by making it a true custom picture frame. You can have it laser engraved. We are able to engrave text and logos by burning away a line of the finish or top layer of the wood on a wood picture frame to show the wood beneath. It’s a very tight, classy look. You could engrave your picture frame to say, “Me and my big bro” on the top frame rail and “Myrtle Beach, 1993″ on the bottom of the frame. Or both lines on the same frame rail. Or a line on every frame rail. There are a lot of options for how to make your custom frame and many standard fonts to choose from. This idea works well for wedding anniversaries, baby showers, anything where a date is involved that you can engrave on your frame or to commemorate an event. For friends and family, an ideal wood picture frame to engrave is our Engrave-It frame. As the name suggests, it is made specifically to be laser engraved. It has a wide profile and a rich honey finish. Text and logos show up great when the wood shows through.

Coffee Bean Wide Picture Frames
Coffee Bean Wide Picture Frames

Engraved frames are particularly well suited to awards ceremonies for schools and corporate events. Again, for work anniversaries or retirment, a beautiful wood picture frame like our American Hardwoods or Coffee Bean series. These are both wide, flat frames with a slightly beveled edge and rich, dark colors that really contrast well when the finish is burned away to reveal the wood of the frame. These are great for graduation photos with the grad’s high school or college name engraved and maybe their years of attendance. Or maybe your PTA wants to present something to a particularly inspirational teacher, this is a gift where they’re name and room number–or a message of thanks, can be engraved. For corporate giveaways at tradeshows, simple logos can also be engraved as well. it is a sharp look and has the feel of a substantial promotional product but is also very affordable.

American Hardwoods Wheat Wide
American Hardwoods Wheat Wide

There’s no right or wrong way to create your engraved picture frames. There are so many options for text and graphics. You can get creative with it and give someone something really memorable. Engraved picture frames are made to impress.

Star Trek

This Week in Pop Culture History–Star Trek

“Space–the final frontier…these are the voyages of the Starship–Enterprise…” This is the most iconic lines from all of television history. It is part of the introduction that preceded each episode of a little science-fiction program that debuted this week in 1966. That program, about a group of intrepid explorers hurtling through the furthest reaches of our galaxy on a scientific mission of discovery, would go on to spawn a media giant; a pop culture phenomenon that included songs, halloween costumes, parodies, fiction, fan fiction, a cartoon spinoff, FOUR spinoff series (that all debuted twenty years after the original was cancelled) and  12 movies (with more yet to come). I don’t think it needs said but just in case–I am, of course, talking about Star Trek.

Captain Kirk Poster from Posterservice
Captain Kirk Poster from Posterservice

A million blogs’ worth of content could be written about Star Trek and has been, so I’ll stick to the basics of the original series. In the 23rd century, Earth has managed to find peace and prosperity here at home and has made contact with several different extra-terrestrial life forms. Humankind has conquered interstellar travel and we now have a space fleet to protect us and are part of an intergalactic Federation of Planets. A science vessel, The Enterprise, is sent out to the very limits of space, “the final frontier”, to see what it can find and what civilizations it can make contact with and learn about. To, “boldly go where no man has gone before.” It framed a hopeful message: that, instead of a ruined oppressive dystopia, our society would flourish and racism and war would be put aside and we’d come together as a species to further our intellect and better the universe around us. It was made up of, what was in the 60’s, an ethnically diverse cast and promoted tolerance. It was colorful and the stories were compelling.

It was also just good sci-fi fun. Colorful costuming, exotic sets, great monsters, cool spaceships, a little bit of sex appeal (Uhuru’s mini-skirts and those green alien women Kirk was so fond of) made it something fresh amongst the courtroom dramas and westerns that dominated the airwaves. Also, William Shatner’s Captain James T. Kirk and (the late) Leonard Nimoy’s commander Spock had one of televisions all time most enjoyable bro-mances, Kirk being a brash, emotional man of action (and of the ladies) with Spock counterpointing as the Vulcan science officer whose species valued logic and subdued all emotion. They were like the Odd Couple in space and it was hilarious, touching and adorable.

The original series only lasted 3 seasons (a total 79 episodes) having its time-slot moved around by NBC, but the cultural impact secured an ongoing legacy for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of our future. It reached new heights of popularity in syndicated reruns, reaching a second audience of youngsters who hadn’t been around for its first run and in 1978 (probably boosted by the success of “Star Wars” the year before) “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” debuted as the first in a series of films that is still going strong. We won’t get into the good vs. bad films debate or the transition from Original cast to Next Gen cast to the J. J. Abrams reboot–we’ll just say that there’ve been a lot of popular, quality films in the series.

Star Trek has also generated a HUGE fandom and memorabilia is much sought after. If you’re a collector you want to take good care of those really valuable pieces. How should you store and display  your mint condition Mr. Spock action figure (complete with phaser and tri-corder)? At Frame USA we have a number of shadow box frames that would be perfect for your collectibles. Our

Shadow Box Elite in Cherry
Shadow Box Elite in Cherry

Shadow Box Elite has just under an inch of useable depth and would fit an action figure perfectly with plenty of space to mount the accessories separately (unless you want to have Spock holding them, in which case there’s room for that too). Or maybe you need a large shadow box for the carefully laid out diorama you’ve created of a space battle between the Enterprise and a Klingon Bird of Prey. Our Shadow Box Showcase comes in sizes up to 24×36 or even 30×40 and has 2 1/8″ worth of useable depth.

Shadow Box Showcase in Honey
Shadow Box Showcase in Honey

It’s a beautiful wood shadow box that is available in 4 finishes (black, white, honey and cherry) to give your Starship battle maximum gravity (haha, see what I did there? Gravity…space…ok).

Even if your Star Trek stuff only consists of autographed photos you’ve taken with the cast–your treasured picture of yourself with Nimoy doing the Vulcan “live long and prosper” gesture–you want to keep those in nice picture frames that you can put on your wall. In keeping

Black Narrow Picture Frame
Black Narrow Picture Frame

with the modern feel of the series, our Black Narrow series is a sleek wood picture frame with a stylish bevel that would show off your framed photos in style.

If you don’t have any Star Trek goodies but are looking to start collecting, you could start with posters and poster frames. That’s an easy and affordable place to start. Posterservice has some fun Star Trek posters to choose

Budget Saver 24x36 Poster Frame
Budget Saver 24×36 Poster Frame

from. And once you have your posters picked out, you can bounce right back over to Frame USA to choose some posterframes to mount your new 24×36 posters in. Our Simply Poly poster frames in black or our Budget Saver poster frames would be ideal choices for framing your poster art.

Star Trek "Homeland Security" Poster from Posterservice
Star Trek “Homeland Security” Poster from Posterservice
Star Trek "USS Enterprise" poster from Posterservice
Star Trek “USS Enterprise” poster from Posterservice

 

 

So as you seek out new life, and new civilizations this week, set your phasers to stun, turn off your communicators and kick back to enjoy some hopeful, high-adventure space travels. And whatever you do, don’t get tangled up in a swordfight with Commander Sulu–he is good at that.