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Picture Framing — How To

The first step in your picture framing journey would be to choose a piece of art or a photo to frame that holds some sort of value to you. This is important because you will be living with your framed work for a while.Once you’ve selected what it is that you intend to frame, the next step is figuring out where you hand to hang your picture frame. When doing this you need to think about the design of the room, the style of the picture and the style of the frame you want to use.If the room you’re picture framing in looks modern for example, you’ll want to avoid ornate frames because these two things clash. Similarly, you have to note the style of the photo or piece of art you’re hanging to avoid clashing as well. Generally, older style of pictures look better in older styled frames because their decor matches. You will have to decide what size frame you want, if you want a thin or thick frame or if you would like to use a shadow box or an other type of specialty frame.

You will also want to think carefully about the color of your picture so you can decide what color frame will enhance your image the most. Black, white and brown are safe picks because they are neutral colors which will generally match most pictures. On the other end of the spectrum, choosing colors like blue, purple, green or red can make a picture really pop and draw attention to it in a room.

Sizing is something that need careful consideration as well; not just the size of the image but the size of the frame, mat and space where it’s going to be hung or displayed.

When picture framing, do you want the picture to be the focal point of the room and take up a large amount of space or do you want to be a small added detail to the room? You’ll have to decide what works better for your design.
These are rules and guidelines that the industry adheres to when picture framing but rules were made to be broken, especially when you’re looking to make a statement with your design.  

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

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Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work and a civilization work.” His words have great meaning and hold very true in almost any aspect of work and life.

If you have a group of people working individually, not communicating, but working towards accomplishing the same goal that can easilyt result in chaos. Some individuals might be overlapping on the tasks they are doing. Some tasks might get forgotten if Sally thinks Melvin is doing a certain task, and Melvin thinks Edward is doing it, but in the end, nobody has done it.Teamwork is communicating. I believe that poeple working together to accomplish a common goal will always prove higher, more quality, results than individuals not working as a cohesive unit.

Teamwork helps us accomplish results in a more timely manner. Teamwork can be fun, it also can help improve the attitude of the team. Teamwork makes for a better working environment and culture all around. Teamwork can consist of helping people through actions to get the job done, but it also can consisty of individuals lifting other team members up through help and a positive attitude. One small gesutre of help or support can go a long way for a struggling employee, or someone just having a bad day.

I really encourage team efforts on all of the areas I manage. I try to combine efforts of separate teams and make them one. At the end of the day our goal is to create Raving Fans! Every. Sing;e. Day. So in my mind it doesn’t matter what area you work in, I really try to create a culture that we are all there for one another, no single person is left on the island alone.

Like Vince said, if we individually commit to working as a group that is what will make our team work, Frame USA work, or any aspect of our lives. Teamwork makes the team work. Or in my words, teamwork makes the dream work!

~ Jennifer Riggsby, Logistics & Quality Manager

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Presence, Sales, Marketing & People

“Fantastic actually, thanks for asking…How’s your week coming along?”

“I’m doing well & how about yourself?”

“Just trying to keep it together, and you?”

 

Delivery. Delivery. Delivery.

  Business Relationships

The foundation for any agreement, albeit personal or business, is rooted in the relationship.  Successful relationships are built with good communication, lots of understanding and no false pretenses.  Therefore, being in sales and marketing can be challenging.  You need to know your product (and know it well), believe in your product and be able to convey the value of said product.  You also need to be able to relate to the buyer and depending on their frame reference, cater to their intellectual needs or their emotional needs.  The buyer needs to be confident in your presence of product and/or your presence of person.  

Being a person who greatly enjoys the art of communication, small talk seems to come natural for me.  I’m rarely caught without words.  Maybe sometimes this will get me in trouble but usually it brings smiles.

My name is Amanda Dunaway and as the new Sales Representative at Posterservice, I’m really excited about making connections.  The opportunity to convey our product line, with its edgy concepts, is definitely something new for me.  My sales background has always been in regards to emotional purchases; I’ve sold houses/homes and baby photography.  Selling entertaining posters will be unique and I’m super amp’d and ready to rock!  Who doesn’t want to talk about “what’s in”, “what’s tried & true” and “what’s super hot”?

~ Amanda Dunaway

Frame USA November News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

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For the month of November enjoy 10% off all Grey Picture Frames with coupon code: November10 

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Grey Picture Frames are simply on of the many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary! 

Frame USA’s Annual Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31st Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual Halloween party! The party features festive food, snacks and drinks and there is a pumpkin decorating (we’ll call it decorating instead of carving because some pumpkins were painted) contest as well as a costume contest.

The origins of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally people hallowed out turnips to act as lanterns and often carved them with obscure faces. Jack-o’-lanterns were said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings (used by people to frighten others),or were used to ward off evil spirits (set in places to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home).

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In addition to all these wonderfully decorated pumpkins we crafted, there was also a costume contest which many of our employees participated in. It is thought that wearing Halloween costumes began in Scotland in 1585 with the custom coming from Celtic festivals. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on supernatural or terrifying characters but by the 30’s, costume trend took a turn with more of them being based on characters in mass media, film and literature.

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We hope everybody have a safe Halloween and enjoyed it as much as we did!

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St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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“St Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962. St. Jude’s is a pediatric treatment and research facility that is focused on children’s catastrophic diseases. The hospital costs around $2.4 million a day to run and there is no cost to be treated. 

Since St Jude was established, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common type of childhood cancer, has increased from 4% in 1962 to 94% today. Also during this time the overall survival rate for childhood cancers has risen from 20% to 80%. St. Jude has treated children from across the US and over 70 countries, with doctors across the world consulting with St. Jude on their toughest cases.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in appreciation for your online order for the month of November.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Framerica’s Corners for the Cure

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“Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer too. 

Symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple and changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast. One out of every eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime because it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Framerica’s Corners for the Cure breast cancer awareness in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Everything Happens for a Reason

It was a sad day when I learned that I wouldn’t be able to attend college and use my scholarship at Miami University. I had worked so hard to finally get to this point and within a 30 minute phone call with my student loan lenders everything came crashing down. I was lost. I had no idea of what my future would now consist of. I took a few days to think about my options. I knew that within a few months my previous loans would kick back in and that I would have to figure out a way to pay them. I realized that the part-time position that I was working wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I was unhappy with the idea of not returning to school and having to go back to work full-time.

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A few weeks went by and I had applied to several jobs I began getting call backs for interviews. I knew that I was great in sales, but I didn’t know in which direction I wanted to go with this skill. I interview with 3 different companies and turned down each offer. I didn’t feel any connection or even a spark when I was interviewing with these different companies. I took a day off from my current job to focus on finding the ‘perfect’ job. That job that would be a career, one that I would be excited to get up every morning to go to. I applied for an In-House Sales Rep position at Frame USA. As I always do; I did some research on the company, read reviews from previous employees and customers, and dug as deep as I could to find out exactly the type of culture I would be walking into.

Upon completing my interview I knew without a doubt that Frame USA was the company for me. The friendly atmosphere, the obvious team work, and positivity was undeniable. As I drove home form the interview I was excited, yet nervous. I knew that I wanted to work there but I didn’t know how well I performed in my interviews. Just a few days later I was called back for a final interview. I was still unsure, but my mind was made, Frame USA is where I belong. The next day I got the call. I was being hired on as an In-House Sales Rep. I was so excited to start this new adventure!

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The biggest thing I learned from all of this is that just because one door closes, doesn’t mean that your dreams have to end. The sadness that I had from not being able to attend Miami has since vanished as this new opportunity has blossomed. It’s only day two, but I feel like this is the start of something great!

~ Barton Eberenz

Cross Training at Frame USA

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Recently, production has been putting a lot of emphasis on cross training employees. Employees are no longer trained just for one job or one line. Now many employees are being trained and gaining the flexibility to perform multiple duties. For example, someone working on the saw might also be trained to fill or shrink-wrap. Now, a filler might be trained to work on special custom jobs which are more complex than their typical line work.

Cross training is smart because it allows employees to be more versatile and fill in when we’re short staffed or an important worker is missing. It also helps people rise to leadership positions by building skill sets. Working a day in a different department allows people to understand the unique challenges faced as an order moves from upstairs, through the saw room, to production and then packing.

In these months of large back to school orders, vacations and saying farewell to our summer help, things have been pretty hectic. Everyone at Frame USA has put in the extra effort, time and dedication to keep our numbers up and make sure orders go out on time. In order to help out on other lines, almost everyone in production has gone outside their comfort zone. Many covered new positions and learned new skills as a result. because people are willing to learn and work together we are all able to meet our goals.

Being willing to learn pays off in many ways. Learning a new skill can get you ready for a new job, such as being a joiner. It can give you more options as well. A filler who helps out on complex orders might end up spending a few days in the retail store to help.

By cross training we’re making Frame USA more efficient and flexible and creating employees that are smart, skilled and able to jump in wherever needed. I want to give props to everyone who has taken the extra initiative to help out and give our summer months a little more vacation time and a little less overtime.

~  Hannah Sypniewski, Joiner

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September 11

On September 11th, 2001 the USA suffered one of most devastating attacks we have ever faced. On this day 16 years ago there was a series of four attacks planned and executed by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda which killed 2,997 people, injured over 6,000 and caused an excess of $10 billion in damage!

On the morning of September 11th four passenger planes heading to California were hijacked by 19 terrorists. At 8:45 am an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The building began evacuations and live televisions broadcast took over what everyone assumed to be a terrible accident. That  was until 18 minutes later when a second nearly identical plane appeared and barreled into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

I can remember distinctly being in junior high school when these devastating terrorist attacks took place. Most of our teachers halted lessons for that day and instead wheeled in televisions so we could all gather around, watch the news and try to make sense of the events that were transpiring.

As everybody was watching the happenings in New York, an American Airlines plane flying over Washington, DC crashed into the Pentagon killing 125 people in the building as well all of the 64 people that were on board the flight. This happened at 9:45 am, a mere hour after the first plane struck the Towers. Less than an hour later, at 10:30 the first of the Twin Towers that was struck fully collapsed.

During this time, a 4th airplane in route to California was hijacked. The plane was delayed in taking off and because of that, passengers aboard the aircraft were able to hear about the planes hitting the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Armed with this knowledge, passengers on the plane fought the four terrorist hijackers and the 4th plane ended up crashing into an abandoned field as opposed to another important US structure. All 44 passengers aboard the plane were killed but there is no telling how many lives they saved in the process. The target of the 4th plane is still unknown but it is believed that the Capitol, the White House and Camp David were all potential targets.

The Pentagon was repaired and occupied within a year of the terrorist attacks. The temporary World Trade Center PATH Station was opened in 2003 and the new 7 World Trade Center was completed in 2006. Construction of the One World Trade Center was completed in 2010 and three more office towers are in progress of being built.

Sixteen years later the effects of this day are still being felt, we the 3,000 people who lost their lives & 6,000 injured on . Your memories will always be in our hearts and we honor the men and women who sacrificed their own lives in service to others.
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