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Summer Vacation Means Photos!

The phrase, “Summer Vacation” packs a wallop of images, emotions and memories. You can almost smell the hot dogs cooking on the grill; hear the sound of a baseball hitting a bat and the roar of a crowd at the ballpark. You think back to running through the sprinkler on the lawn to cool off. You remember sticky ice cream melting  onto your hand as you hurry to finish your cone. But if your family ever went s away from home during the summer months, that’s probably what you think of the most when you hear “Summer Vacation.”

Road trips to the grand canyon, umbrellas and loungers on the beach, poorly erected tents in the woods; the vacation could have many different faces but their was always a pattern to the whole affair . Sing-alongs in the car the first hour maybe. The license plate game, snacks and sodas. Everyone getting along. At some point the novelty of being out and about wore off and people settled back into their habits of getting on each others nerves. But always with love, and through it all, you enjoyed sharing the experience with each other. It didn’t matter if you bickered here or there, you grew closer with every little delight and disaster. And while all of this was going on, someone was snapping pictures.

Every family seems to have at least one photo bug. Before the digital age they would have a clunky old Polaroid or Kodak hung around their necks on a strap. Cajoling everyone to, “say cheese,” and click-click-clicking away at the shutter button. Afterwards when you got home they’d get their spools of film developed and meticulously sort them and put them into an album maybe, or make a collage. These moments, captured forever on a piece of photo paper, become treasured family heirlooms. The tradition of vacation photos is as strong as any holiday tradition a family observes. It’s a way to preserve those moments for future generations and for those whose memory has maybe gotten fuzzy. They’re important.

So when you want to frame your vacation pictures, a sense of style should be considered. These are not just vacation photos, these are the ones important enough to take out of the album and put on the wall. The frame you choose will impact the way the picture is viewed.

A flat fronted profile is always a good way to go. Sleek, and versatile, you can really use them in any decor, whether it’s modern, country or shabby chic. Our corporate series of frame is a great example of this.

But let’s say you want something with a little bit of pizazz. Nothing ostentatious but with a little bit of design interest. A slim frame with a rounded face and maybe one beveled channel. Our Classic series comes in Black, walnut and cherry and can give it that extra little bit of oomph you’re looking for.

Whatever you decide, hang your summer vacation photos with pride. Let them remind you of the smells of grilling and the sounds of baseball. Let them transport you to those moments where you felt wonder alongside annoyance and love.

Our Classic in walnut
Our Classic in walnut
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Traditions During The Holidays from Frame USA Employees

Traditions for the Holidays

Today is the last full day for Frame USA Employees before the New Year. Frame USA Employees reflect on their favorite Holiday Traditions. Here is what a few of our hardworking employee have to say:

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“On Christmas Eve, my middle daughter Emily and I, take our convertible car with our dog cookie. No matter how cold it is we put the top down and drive through the neighborhoods for an hour or so. We stop at Starbucks to stay warm and stop to get our dog a treat or Christmas present.   We wear our Christmas hats and the entire drive we wave at everyone passing by and tell them Merry Christmas!  We always drive through the Walmart (which is always busy with people) and make sure to tell them all best wishes to all the people a little too stressed out. It is without a doubt one of my favorite days and things to do in the whole world!”

-Daniel P. Regenold, CEO Frame USA, Inc.


“My favorite tradition is spending quality time with all of my family!

-Kelly Ackerman, Marketing Director


“We open presents”

-Brandon Swinehart, In-House Sales Representative


“Every year we go up to my wife’s Aunt’s house in New Philadelphia Ohio and all the family comes over and the kids all get presents and we watch them open those, then we eat, and then we play bingo and there are small prize bags filled with just little stuff that you can get at Walgreens (last year I got Cocoa butter in mine). It’s fun. And we usually watch “A Christmas Story” while we’re there… We also use mini marshmallows for the bingo chips and we throw a lot of them at each other.

-Kelley Kombrinck, Customer Service Representative


“I am the youngest of four and even though I’m 22 I am still always one of the first people awake on Christmas morning. It is the only day that I’m perfectly okay with getting up early and no matter how old I get I think this will be my role in my family!”

-Brooke Skyllingstad, SEO Coordinator


“I will stay up late and sleep the entire day”

-Andy Scarth, Art Director


“We spend the day with my husband’s family.  He is the youngest of seven children.  His mother is 82 and still very much involved.  Dozens and dozens of people come to our gathering with potluck dishes, and four generations of Hoctors gather under one roof for the day.  It is always a very special day.”

-Leslie J. Hoctor, Buyer/Inventory Manager


“In our family we have the 45 minute rule for sitting and eating Holiday dinners, no one is allowed to leave the table until 45minutes has past. Reason is we realized that we would be cooking all day, and it would only take our boy’s 15 minutes at most to eat.  They are of course grown now. But we still ask them to follow this rule.”

-Jill Gugel, Administrative Assistant


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We make santa cookies using my great grandma’s butter cookie recipe, and hand decorate them every year.”

-Shannon Powell, Retail Associate


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While Frame USA employees are away for the holidays we bring you one of the company’s favorite traditions—offering a great site wide sale! Starting today take 10% off site wide with the coupon code Holidays2014. This sale expires 12-30-14 at midnight!


Let us know what your family favorite holiday traditions are in a comment below!

Wedding Story

Creating Lasting Memories Through Art Stories

Pictures are more than mere decorations. With pictures, a story can be told that shows events in a new and exciting way. The larger the pictures, the more detail and realistic an art story can be. Art stories are essentially chronological events that are shown through pictures. These can be created by anyone and will be able to be used in homes, offices and virtually any space that needs decorating. With the holiday season right around the corner, the most interesting use of stainless picture frames will be that of the holiday surprise.
Showing the Holiday Surprise

Stainless Picture Frames Stainless frames look like real stainless steel frames, but they are made of wood. This is the perfect color for the holiday season and works well with garland, Christmas lights and any other festive decoration a home may have. However, a holiday art story can take center stage in any home. The goal is to show events as they have occurred. Here are just a few of the events that are more commonly seen:


  • Present Opening: From the pickup of a present to the unwrapping, this is the ideal art story that works especially well with younger kids.
  • Proposal: From bended knee to the tears streaming down her face, a wedding proposal can always be remembered through an art story.
  • First Snow: The first hint of snow can lead to a very interesting story. With animals, the first sight of snow is priceless. A story created with these pictures will bring happiness to all that see them.

Obviously, the potential for a holiday surprise story is limitless. Simply start with the most memorable moment for you and let your imagination go wild.

A Happy Couple Starts Somewhere

Wedding photo frames are great for big wedding pictures, but stainless picture frames simply take center stage. There are quite a few ways in which the love of a couple can be presented and each will be completely dependent on your own likes.

  • Wedding Day: From smashing the cake in the grooms face to the carrying of the bride into the home, wedding day art stories are both beautiful and memorable.
  • Throughout the Years: From the first anniversary all the way through the couple’s first kiss as a married couple, these stories simply resonate with the majority of people and are a testament to their love.

Wedding Story Placing a final, larger picture at the end of the story will provide prominence and allow all viewers to truly be lost in your story of love.

Moving Into Your First Home

First-Home A first home is filled with fun, excitement and a lot of packing. This is the perfect memory to put into a story as it will be the home people remember the most. While the initial hassles may want to be forgotten, the final results will always be treasured. A few ideas to get the ball rolling are:

  • Packing: From the truck to the unpacking of the final box, a story can be told of where a person has come from and where they have finally ended up.
  • Empty to Complete: A series of pictures that show the home empty and finally being filled up with all of your possessions is a fun way to add life into a living room or dining room.

Stainless picture frames also do exceptionally well with black and white photography. When adding pictures to a story, remember to keep them in chronological order and use the beauty of the frame to truly outline the moment.


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Creating Memories During the Christmas Holiday Season

winter Thanksgiving is over. Look outside and what do you see? Lights, blow up snowmen, people rushing about furiously, insane traffic, and crazier shoppers. We all know how commercialized the Holidays have become, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in all the mayhem and forget one of most important aspects of this season — family.

This season, take a moment out of the madness to take a deep breath and prioritize. Is Christmas really about making sure you are spending enough on everyone equally, or trying to one up another gift giver by making sure you spend more. Is it about beating the shopper next to you to the last XBOX 1 or PS4? Has it become so commercial and hurried that we can’t stop for a moment and make some awesome Christmas memories? I hope not.

So, this season spend a little time thinking about how you can make some new and lasting holiday memories. Let’s take a look at some ideas from others across the internet…

White Elephant Gift Exchange

On my step-fathers side of the family we have always do a white elephant gift exchange. If you are not familiar, this is where everyone finds one gift to give from something either around the house or something under a set spending limit. The gift can either be funny or useful. I tend to lean toward the funny or gag gifts just to watch the reactions. That’s what makes the fun memories for me and everyone else seems to like smiling and laughing, as well. We wrap the gifts properly and then everyone brings their gift to our family Christmas get together and places it in the pile. Family Christmas Gift Exchange

During our gift exchange, the first person selects 1 wrapped gift from the assortment and unwraps it. The next person can then, either select a wrapped present from the pile or they can take the unwrapped gift that the previous person opened. If they chose to steal, then the person stolen from takes the next turn.

Additional Rules:

  1. A gift can not be “stolen” more than twice. Whoever steals it 2nd gets the gift.
  2. A gift can not be immediately stolen back by the person it was stolen from.
  3. All gifts must be kept in plain sight.

Get the Kids Involved

Christmas Memories It doesn’t matter if you are preparing a feast or stringing up Christmas lights and decorations to rival the Griswald’s, be sure to involve the children. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and push the kids aside and do things ourselves in the name of efficiency.  It seems there is so much to do that we don’t have time to teach or show our children how important family actually is.

Bake some cookies or make some candy and let little hands help as they learn tasty skills that they will pass on.

Involve children in decorating the home and tree. Make some decorations with your kids, or even just 1 decoration, then repeat every year to create a tradition. Stockings and ornaments are always a decent choice.

Let the kids learn from Grandma in the Kitchen. I know it’s busy, but remember Grandma won’t ALWAYS be around. This is the chance for her to spend some real quality time and pass down her years of knowledge in the kitchen. Start with something simple like rolling dough into a ball for the dinner rolls. They’ll love it.

Volunteer or Give

There are people in every community that have less than the majority of us. This brings a multitude of ways that you can help out and create new memories for your family. All you have to do is give… It doesn’t matter if you volunteer time to help distribute food at a shelter, serve meals at a soup kitchen, or just stop and ask someone if the “need anything”. Get involved and try to do something that will make an impact in someones life. You’ll be surprised how it will benefit YOU and your family, as well.

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Saving the Memories

I can’t stress the next part enough. With all the smartphones running around your household, there is NO reason to not take some snapshots to remember your time together. Capture the moments that touched your heart. Print the images. Protect them in a frame, and everyone visits your home can share in a little piece of your favorite moments. Shop for Picture Frames

Happy Holidays From FrameUSA.com!