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Wood Picture Frame Tips: Ready Made Frames

One of our customer’s favorite qualities about Frame USA? Our frames aren’t just at a lower price point than our competitors, the frames also come to you ready-made. No assembly required. Sounds like a novel concept, right? Buy a frame, have it sent to you and ready to use.

Unfortunately, not all online framing companies send picture frames completely assembled by the time they hit your doorstep. Sometime’s there’s assembly required, and it’s not always easy to assemble. You may also be told that this makes the frames cheaper for both consumer and business. At Frame USA, however, we like to break those trends. We know that having your frames ready-made and ready to hang is important–just as important, in fact, as a low cost.

See the video below, where our CEO Dan Regenold covers our Wood Frame assembly and what you can expect from a wood picture frame from Frame USA!

Interested? Fill out a custom quote today!

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Closeout Picture Frame Sale!

Using FrameCloseouts.com has plenty of great benefits and is a great solution for many of our customers… But the model may not be for everybody. Here are three reasons why Frame Closeouts might be right up your alley.

 

1. Lowest frame prices on the web.

If you need a lot of frames and don’t have the money to buy from our wholesale website, then FrameCloseouts.com is your place to go.  Whether you’re a budding photographer or looking for some cheap frames to turn a profit on in your store, you won’t find better deals anywhere else (Especially if you shop during one of our site-wide or wood color sales!)

2. Thousands of popular sizes in stock.

We have thousands of popular sizes in stock — 8×10’s, 5×7’s, 11×17’s… You name it, we have it. Frame Closeouts does not have any options for custom framing, but we can always take care of that for you on our main website.

However, for most art and photography, FrameCloseouts.com will have every size you want at the prices you need. Be sure to stop by the website and check out the deals of what we have in stock!

3. Fast shipping.

Having so many frames in our Closeouts department also means that there is less production time involved. While most of our products are made to order, pre-assembled closeout frames only need to be packed and shipped!

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Sale may be extended. (But the only way to be sure to save is to shop now!)

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4 Reasons You Should Do Crafts With Your Kids

Crafts can be a great way to pass the time on a rainy day, and it’s important to teach your child how to do crafts when bored instead of always watching television or playing on the computer.

Crafting with your children is also beneficial for your relationship with your children and for them as individuals. The following are four reasons you should do crafts with your kids.

1. It allows you to spend quality time together.

Everyone’s lives today are busy, and it’s hard to sit down with one another and truly enjoy each other’s company without some type of distraction. Crafting allows you to be with the ones you love and create projects together. You can spend the time making crafts and talking about anything you want, such as their likes and dislikes and what they’ve been doing in school or with friends. Quality time is extremely beneficial to your relationship with your children, and it’s something that doesn’t come around very often, so you should make sure to use crafting as a way to be together.

2. It teaches your children to be creative.

Creativity is important, and it’s a skill that many people lack. When you craft with your children, you’re allowing them to express their creativity. They can make something by following the directions, or they can take matters into their own hands and decide which colors to use, which products to use and what to make. Being able to express creativity is important to your child’s overall development, and it can help them realize that they have an imagination and a unique talent that they may have otherwise overlooked.

3. It can teach your children to be frugal.

With all the technological advances children have today, most children are growing up assuming that money grows on trees and that entertainment only comes in the form of spending money. Instead, you can teach your children the value of a dollar by crafting with them. Teach them that instead of spending a fortune on entertainment, they can be entertained at home by creating something. You can also teach them that instead of going to the store and spending money on a product, they can use objects around the home to try and build it themselves. Not only will your child learn about money, but also they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when the craft is finished.

4. It can start a tradition.

You want your children to have memories of time spent with you, and you want to teach them things that they can pass down to their children. Crafting is a way to do both of those. Your children will certainly remember all the things they made with you during craft time, and they’ll be able to recreate these memories and these crafts with their own children someday. Then, their children can pass the tradition along to their children, and your time spent crafting with your own children has suddenly turned into a family tradition for many years to come.

Jessica Brown is a freelance writer and mother of four who loves frugal crafting.  She has recently been sharing some creative kids’ crafts online via blogging.

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Choosing the Right Frame for the Job

Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101

Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.

This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)

Below we will list these tips from Evelyn Henson’s blog, but add our own 2 cents as professional framers!

 

One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.

Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:

  • Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
  • Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
  • Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.

We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!

Acrylic Frames – Fun, Decorative Ideas for Any Home

Clear Acrylic Frames Acrylic picture frames allow for a myriad of choices when decorating a home. While these frames are not meant to be hanged, they do provide options that other frames do not. Oftentimes, homeowners tend to focus on bare walls, but they forget to decorate some of their home’s focal pieces such as end tables or fireplace mantles. Through the use of acrylic frames, it is possible to add life to any room.

Childhood Montage

Childhood memories are going to be seen in every family. Whether a person wants to display pictures of their children playing soccer or they want to relieve their own childhood, placing acrylic picture frames on a fireplace mantle is the perfect option. This allows a person to have a yearly photo of their children growing up or simply a collection of random memories that will never be forgotten. The possibilities are endless and bent frames even allow the option of before and after pictures to be displayed. Different clothing styles, haircuts or getting braces taken off are just a few of the ways to utilize bent frames.

Showing the Family Generations

New additions to the family become more precious throughout every generation. When a person has been lucky enough to take photographs with their grandparents and great grandparents, they will have an everlasting picture that they will surely want to display in their home. Instead of stopping there, collect photographs of all family members to make a family tree of sorts. With bent frames, it is possible to put both a grandfather and mother in one frame and their children in another. This is a great use of the bent acrylic frame and one that will really hit home during the holiday season.

Scenic Pictures to Brighten a Room

Landscape and animal photographs will be able to breathe life into an otherwise dreary room. These photographs will need to be displayed right where the sun can hit them so that they radiate the true feeling of nature. A picture of a beautiful dandelion is always better received when the light reflects off of the frame. This brings a room to life and will change a dark room into one that is truly inviting.

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Acrylic frames allow decorations to take on a life of their own. Virtually any surface will be able to have a frame placed upon it including dressers, desks or mantles. When all of the right pictures are added together, a decorative piece can instantly be created through the combination of photos.

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Metal Picture Frames: On Sale Now!

Today is the last day to save big on metal frames from FrameUSA.com! We’ve discounted all metal frames to 11% off for a flash savings event. Metal frames make a great statement for modern art and minimalistic photography, or for when you want something that needs to last for years upon years!

For larger picture frames, we recommend purchasing our U-Frame kits. These make great Do-It-Yourself projects that will give you not only a sturdier frame, but better shipping speeds and cost due to the less amount of space they take. We hope this sale will help you save some big money on your framing projects for April, and be sure to look for more big deals in May!

 

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Weekly Frame Sales – 4/21 – 4/28

This week, we have some great variety in for both our Frame of the Week and our Closeout Frame of the Week!

On FrameUSA.com, you’ll find out Tuxedo series to be 10% off. This is one of our more professional-looking mouldings with the addition of a glossy edging  on the inside. This not only adds an extra element of sophistication, but draws the eye to focus on the artwork more than a standard frame. Particularly for complex custom framing pieces, we can’t recommend this series enough!

For those looking for a more earthy tone to their artwork, our Closeouts site is taking 30% off all 5×7 walnut frames. 5×7 picture frames are a typical size for the office, collages, fireplace mantles, night stands or dressers. (But don’t let that limit you!) These deals will be running all week long, so be sure to save today!

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This week only, save 10%-30% on these select frames.
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Frame Collage meets Mobile Photography in new Kickstarter Campaign

A frame collage (Or “Gallery Wall”) is a HUGE recent trend in interior design. A recent Kickstarter campaign shows that, in framing, sometimes less is more.

We’ve talked a lot about frame collages in the past, and the great statement they can make when assembled in a tasteful manner. We’ve seen many of our customers take great advantage of this technique, from Bachelor winners to our tasteful twitter followers…

 


In recent news, however, we’ve found a great example of forward-thinking design for framing mobile photography. (Instagram lovers, this is for you!)

Meet the Fotobit: a modular framing system by Alan Yeung. This product allows you to place the frame on the wall using a single nail, balance the frame with a built-in leveler,  and attach the frame to other units to create an assmblage of frames. The concept is very modern and well-received–in fact, the Kickstarter has raised over $4,000 above the expected amount! With this trend in frame collage design on the rise, it’s obvious that this style of design is here to stay.

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You can find the creator’s Kickstarter page here.

What are your thoughts on this new product? Let us know if you’re a fan of this modular-style frame, or what you’ve done to mimic this look! (We personally thing that our Architect series could handle the challenge!)

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Save BIG on Cheap Closeout Picture Frames!

Everyone loves a good deal. And while most of our Closeouts tend to go from anywhere between 20-30% off, we also know that it can be incredibly easy to miss out on a good deal. This time, we decided to extend our sale to a week-long savings event. Not only will you save 10% on already-cheap and high-quality picture frames — you’ll have an entire week to save big on all of our closeout inventory!

Frame Closeouts allows you to pick between wood, premium wood, metal, poster and polystyrene frames. The frames then break down into sizes, which you pick and receive at random (like a “grab bag” approach). This is perfect if you are looking for a large number of cheap frames and don’t really mind what series you are receiving.

Don’t forget to save 30% on  5×7 Walnut Wood frames on FrameCloseouts.com, either! Coupon Code: 57waln. Expires 4.21.2014.

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Which of our closeout lines to you use the most? Leave a comment below and let us know!

National Photography Month

National Photo Month – May 2014

Join us in celebrating National Photo Month, the PMA’s initiative to spark creativity in photography

With the winter season (hopefully) behind us, it’s time to look forward to sunshine and clear skies. While we’re all outside dusting off our cameras and shooting anything shiny or colorful, it’s a good season for some friendly competition and encouragement! What better way to start it out with a whole month dedicated to Photography?

This coming May starts National Photo Month. Created and promoted be the PMA, this “holiday” month supports photographers and creators of imagery everywhere by promoting education, contests, resources and community involvement in regards to photography. Whether you’re a student, hobbyist or professional, everyone can benefit from Photography month.

So what kinds of things should you shoot during National Photo Month? Besides the obvious answer of “anything you want”, it’s an even better idea to use the month to take experimental photos and push the borders more than usual. Use sources of inspiration like Pinterest and Tumblr blogs to find information on different tips to try, or perhaps subject matter you’ve not yet explored!

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Pinterest provides a great source for photography inspiration.

 

Are you a practicing photographer? Leave a comment below about your experiences with National Photo Month! If you plan on getting involved this year, what are you doing to prepare?

 

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National Photo Month, presented by the PMA