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At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

Important Update on COVID-19

An Important Update From Our CEO:

The health and wellbeing of our customers and employees are at the center of everything we do as a company. We are taking the growing concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) VERY seriously. We wanted to take the time to keep you up to date on the steps that we are taking to ensure a safe working environment:

What We’re Doing:

  • We are continuing to produce our high-quality picture frames using American made products, under reduced hours.  Effective immediately, we will be closed on Fridays to further our cleaning efforts and minimize person to person contact.  However, we will be offering minimal phone coverage on Fridays, and appreciate your patience during this time.
  • We are introducing rigorous additional cleaning procedures throughout our production lines and spaces.  This includes changing out our tabletops frequently to minimize contact.
  • Offices have implemented further deep cleaning to ensure their spaces are free from germs.
  • We are ensuring that high traffic areas and merchandise within our retail store are cleaned after use.  This includes but is not limited to: moulding samples used in custom framing, door handles, countertops, computer monitors, keyboards, and telephones.
  • Aerosol cleaners are being used throughout the building.
  • We are requiring all employees who feel even a little bit sick, to stay home, rest, and get better, without any disciplinary repercussions.

From the very beginning, we have been listening to the appropriate sources for accurate and up to date information. As things progress, we will continue to make the necessary changes to ensure a high level of cleanliness and safety. We will continue to communicate with you in a timely and transparent way so you can continue to shop with us with confidence.

We understand that this is a challenging time for all and we are deeply committed to the safety of our employees, customers, teams, and communities. Our mission is and always will be simple – to create Raving Fans.

Please be good to each other, be mindful of your neighbors’ needs, and continue to keep your small businesses like us in mind during this disaster.

Dan Regenold
CEO, Frame USA, Inc

Frames 100% Made in America!

We will say it once, and we will say it again. All our frames are 100% made in America! Since the very beginning, we have pride ourselves on creating high quality products, but also that they are all completely American made.

What does “Made in America” really mean?

At Frame USA, we make sure that we source our materials locally. We purchase all our supplies and parts directly from USA companies. After we have received these supplies, we take and assemble them right here in our warehouse located in Cincinnati, OH. Manufacturing our products in the in-store warehouse allows us to offer lower prices, and ship them straight from us. This means you can be confident that when you purchase from us, you are getting the best price possible for a 100% American made product.

We strive to create the best quality, USA frames. You aren’t just receiving an exceptional frame, but a frame 100% made in America!

                     

                     

 

White Frames For Your New Instagram Wall

Instagram is one of the most popular phone applications that exists today. You take photos. You share those photos. And you repeat. It’s an easy way to quickly share your moments with the world (or at least whoever is following you). But the one thing that Instagram is missing is reminiscing. With the help of some white frames, your favorite memories, and the grid layout, you easily can bring your Instagram page to life!

What is an Instagram Photo Wall?

An Instagram Photo Wall is another version of a gallery wall, that is set up in the layout of your Instagram page. This means all square photos laid out in a symmetrical grid. If you don’t already know, the app is set up to be three columns across and then continues scrolling until it reaches your very first post. So, depending on how many photographs you want to display, your Instagram wall can be as big or small as you would like.

Frame USA Instagram page mockup         Instagram wall with square, white picture frames from Frame USA

For a clean and minimalist look, white picture frames are an excellent choice to showcase your photos without taking away from the memories themselves. We offer square frame sizes for almost all our frame series so you can easily find white frames in your perfect size.

If you want to display a lot of your photographs, our 8×8 or even 5×5 frames will be the best choice. These smaller frames will allow you to have multiple photos per column and row. However, if you are looking for a simpler layout with only a few images, you should try our larger 12×12 frames that will allow for bigger prints in the same amount of space. And if those sizes just aren’t working on the wall you’re decorating, you can use our Design A Frame application that allows you to custom create the perfect frame for you!

Square frame sizes for Frame USA Corporate white frames

Be sure to share your Instagram Walls with us, here at Frame USA! We love seeing how everybody gets creative with our frames, and we sometimes even share them on our Instagram page!

 

 

March 2020 Charity of The month — Pockets Full of Sunshine

 

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for March 2020 is Pockets Full of Sunshine.

Charity History

Pockets Full of Sunshine was started in 2015 through a joint effort between two young special education teachers and parents of a young adult with special needs. Dayna Dehlinger and Laurin Rivers were the teachers behind the idea. Carol and RJ Bartholomew were the parents of a young adult with special needs who was nearing graduation.  As a result, The foursome recognized a great need for increased services for special adults. Prior to their joining and developing Pockets Full of Sunshine, special adults who have aged out of school lost nearly all services at the age of 21. Pockets Full of Sunshine fills the void and provides them with social and employment opportunities that are both meaningful and inclusive.

Charity Mission

Pockets Full of Sunshine’s mission is to make the Low Country a ‘sunnier’ place by providing inclusive social and vocational opportunities for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Special needs individuals are some of the kindest and most joyful people to know. This organization gets its name from describing special needs adults as “rays of sunshine”.

A small piece of non-recyclable plastic was the inspiration for Pockets. This plastic was manufactured by a labeling company in Michigan. The discarded center of a label that goes over a brake fluid cap, looked just like a small yellow sun. This reminded the founders of the bright and sunny disposition of individuals with special needs. Thus, Pockets full of Sunshine was born.

The first two adults that Pockets would serve, or “Rays” as they lovingly came to be known, used the sunshine to create greeting cards, gift tags, magnets, and stationary.

In conclusion, PFS now serves over 35 Rays with that number increasing every month. As a result, they continue to produce sunshine products to this day. They have expanded their creations to other hand made goods that they create during their weekly craft and social sessions. In addition to these sessions, PFS offers the adults a weekly day of job training inside a local business and a Friday Night Social Club.

If you would like to get involved, you can contact the organization through its website here.

And remember that for the month of March 2020, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Pockets Full of Sunshine. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

 

Blue Picture Frames and Mats – 2020 Color Trend

It’s the perfect year to buy blue picture frames, and blue matboards for your decorating needs! Why you may ask? Well it’s 2020, and with a new year comes a new Pantone color of the year. In December of 2019, Pantone announced that the color of the 2020 was PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue. Making Classic Blue one of the trendiest colors around.

What is so important about the Pantone color of the year?

For starters, Pantone is a company that created the universal language of color. It enables designers and producers a way to match precise colors anywhere around the world. This makes it so a Coca Cola bottle label printed in California is the exact same red as a label printed in London. And just like bell bottom pants, colors go in and out of style as time goes on. Therefore, Pantone announces a color of the year every year. They study color trends throughout the years in order to pinpoint what color should embody the upcoming year. This color becomes extremely influential in the creative community, and you will begin to see it everywhere. You will see Classic Blue popping up on clothing items, makeup collections, home decorative pieces, social media graphics and ads, and so much more. Pantone’s color of the year is arguably the most important color for that year.

Pantone swatch of Classic Blue - 2020 Color of the year Products in the color Classic Blue

How does this affect you?

Even if you are not a graphic designer, fashion designer, or any kind of artist, you can still take advantage of this popular color. If you are looking to redecorate a room or add some color anywhere, you can’t go wrong with Classic Blue or blues like it. At Frame USA, we offer a wide variety of blue frames. Whether you prefer wood, metal, specialty, or do-it-yourself frames, we offer high quality products in that great blue color!

Colori blue picture frame with classic blue geometric art
Colori blue picture frame with classic blue geometric art

Another way that you can incorporate this fabulous color into your décor is with our matboards. If you aren’t in love with the blue picture frames, but you still want that Classic Blue feel then consider adding a mat to your piece. Our closest mat color would be our Flag Blue Acid Free Mat (9827). As an American made company, there wasn’t a chance we would pass up on this patriotic and popular mat color! We also offer Classic-Blue-like mats in Yorktown Standard Mat (B79) and Blue Wave Acid Free (B9551).

White Farmhouse Barnwood frame with Flag Blue matboard, and Classic Blue imagery
White Farmhouse Barnwood Frame with Flag Blue Matboard

Shadowbox Assembly Tips From The Experts

The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do with a Shadowbox. We’ve highlighted everything from the traditional to the unique on the blog. If the dates on the blog posts we’ve linked are any indication, shadowboxes were and still are a popular choice when it comes to picture frame design.

We’ve given you the ideas on what to put in them, now we’re back with tips on how to accomplish those projects. We got with our retail team to give us their top best tips on shadowbox design.

Materials

If your ultimate goal is to create a one of a kind shadowbox, then you must have the proper materials to get the job done. According to Ethan Clifton, Frame USA Retail Manager, these are the must-have materials for your shadowbox project.

Jersey in Shadowbox

  1. Sewing Kit

A traditional way to use our shadowbox is to frame jerseys or clothing items. When you are framing these fabrics, you want to be able to adhere them to the back of the frame. If you don’t, they will end up in a jumbled mess at the bottom of the box as soon as you try and hang the frame.

Sewing kit & Straight Pins

 

There are three ways of accomplishing this task, the first is a method that has been done for years but requires time and patience. It involves a regular old sewing kit. You will want to choose a thread that closely matches the fabric colors where you are planning on sewing. You will sew the fabric directly onto the foam core back. Another thing that you can do is order a solid sheet of matboard in a color that compliments or allows for the jersey or fabric to stand out. Whichever backing you decide allows you to accomplish your goal you will want to sew your fabric

Depending on the size of your piece you may find it easier to sew if you wrap it around a piece of foam core. This will allow for the fabric to lay totally flat inside the frame.

  1. Tag Gun

Tag Gun Hidden Tag tag inside Shadowbox Jersey

A more modern way of adhering fabrics is to use a tag gun. You know those annoying little plastic pieces that come on new clothing and attach the price tag to it? That’s what we’re talking about! You can purchase a gun from most craft stores or Amazon and the tags come in a variety of different colors. When you use the tag gun the actual tag can be almost invisible within the finished piece. If for some reason you are only able to find a certain color, you can always disguise the tag within the folds of the fabric such as the crook of the arm.

  1. Straight Pins
Sleeping Cap in a Shadowbox
1920’s Sleeping cap Framed in our Shadowbox Elite with a linen mat.

Shadowbox Straight Pins

For those fabrics that may be too fragile to sew or too important to sew you will want to choose a deeper shadowbox that has room for you to stick the piece with straight pins. This allows for there to be very little alterations to the delicate piece. The pins also serve as an interesting element to the overall design, almost as though you have a piece of a museum right on your wall.

  1. Archival Glue

Jersey’s or fabrics aren’t the only thing that can be framed inside a shadowbox so what about things that can’t be sewed or pinned? Ethan recommends using archival glue on the back of those items. Surprisingly, you probably already have this glue lying around your house; we’re talking about super glue!  A little dot on the back of the item goes a long way to ensure that it stays secure.

Composition

Now that you have the materials to secure your pieces you’ll want to decide on a layout. When in doubt, center your pieces inside. If you are adhering multiple items, the best way to accomplish a unique composition is to utilize that foam-core again. Choose foam core with a variety of depths. Doing this will allow you to elevate the different pieces to new levels. This tip is especially useful when you are using a shadowbox as a unique art piece to your home vs the traditional fabric framing.

Whatever your idea is, these tips will allow you to frame it like the pros. If your piece is delicate and you don’t want to even attempt to frame it, take it to your local frame shop or if you’re near Cincinnati, stop by and let Ethan and his team do

Custom jersey frame

A Jersey Frame For A Special Jersey!

About a month ago, I purchased a very special custom jersey frame, here at Frame USA. I finally decided that it was time to frame an important jersey that I have had for years. The jersey belonged to my dad, who was a pretty good athlete when he was younger. He was a three sport athlete in high school, and went on to play both football and baseball at Kent State before moving on to the NFL. His last two years in college, he was an all American offensive lineman and even kicked a little. In 1991, Kent State inducted him into their Hall of Fame.

From the 1930’s until the mid 1970’s the college football, all-star team would play a game against the reigning Super Bowl champs. This jersey is what my dad wore during the 1967 edition, against the Green Bay Packers. In 2007, my dad passed away unexpectedly, and I have had his jersey ever since. Knowing that Frame USA offers jersey frames, I decided that framing my dad’s would be really nice and I already knew the perfect place!

Between the frame mats, which our retail manager Ethan helped me pick out, and the custom paint job to match the jersey, the final product looks great. Before this process, I actually did not know that Frame USA could do custom paint jobs for the frames. They even put foamcore inside the jersey just to make sure it stays unwrinkled and flat. Frame USA did a fantastic job with the jersey frame. If my dad was still around today, I know that he would be very impressed as well. This jersey really means a lot to me and I am so glad to finally have it framed!

Custom jersey frame

 

Written by Jonathon Brooks, e-Commerce Markets Analyst at Frame USA

Frame Matting Basics

When it comes to framing a photo or artwork that you created, frame matting plays an important role. Frame matting is responsible for providing that extra “pop” to your artwork or photo, without losing focus of the work itself. At Frame USA, we offer not only a variety of colors, but we also offer a range of mat corner cuts and various grades of matboard. When trying to determine what size matboard you should order, think of how much matting you want to be shown. Typically this is about 2 inches on each side of your piece. However, this reveal can be as narrow, or as wide, as you’d prefer! Another thing that you need to remember when matting your artwork is that in order for your image to not fall through, there is a slight overlap of the mat and printed piece.. This will usually deduct about ¼ inch from each side. Or if there are some markings that you’d like to cover, we can make any custom opening to do so! This is done so your artwork will sit securely behind the mat.

Carefully choosing the right frame and mat to go along with your artwork adds more character, and can really help the whole frame pop!

Without frame matting

Framed piece without frame matting Framed piece without matting added Framed piece without adding a matboard

with frame matting

Framed piece with frame matting Framed piece with frame matting Framed piece with matboard added

 

Mat Designers – NEW and IMPROVED mat ordering!

One of the things that go hand in hand with picture frames is mat board. A custom mat adds another level of style to your artwork. This is one of the reasons we launched Matdesigners.com. We wanted there to be a place where customers could order both high-quality picture frames as well as custom mats to go along with their frames. When we launched the new frameusa.com last year the plan was always to upgrade mat designers along with it.  Today we are happy to announce that we have upgraded matdesigners.com.

OLD MATDESIGNERS.com

Old MatDesigners.com

NEW MATDESIGNERS

Mat Designer Feature

 

We have taken out the .com and integrated it right into Frameusa.com. You are now able to order your picture frames, your accessories, and your mats all in one transaction.

 

Mat Designer Logo

Mat Ordering Process

The functionality of our new MatDesigners is very similar to how Design A Frame works. The first step that you will do is to enter your image size. Make sure to enter the exact size of your image, so if you have an 8 x 10 image you will enter in 8×10. The color of the default mat is the same one that all of our readymade frames that include mats, come with.

Mat Designer Step 1

When we cut the opening for your image we will cut it slightly smaller to ensure that your image won’t fall through the opening. We explain this in a pop up before you are able to continue to mat width. The next step is where you will enter how wide you want the mat to be. This dimension also determines what size frame that the finished mat will fit inside.

MatDesigners Step Two

The next step is probably the most anticipated, you get to choose which color you want the mat to be! You are now able to filter by color all of our mat types. If you know you want a blue mat, select blue and it will show you every blue option available in each of the 5 types.

Mat Designers Step 3

This is also the section where you can decide if you want a double or triple mat and if you do how much of each you want to be revealed.

Mat Designers Step Four

The Final Step

The final step is to decide if you want to stick with the standard rectangle or go with something different. In addition to the three basic corners, we offer 22 different corners. Please note that hese will not show in the right-hand size preview image.

Mat Corner Options

You have now successfully gone through the brand new MatDesigners and are ready to add your selections to the cart and check out! If you have any questions about the new MatDesigners or Mats, in general, give us a call at 1-800-577-5920 or email us at [email protected]

The Honor Flight Network — February Charity of The Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com, $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for February 2020 is Honor Flight Network

Honor Flight Network

History

Earl Morse and Jeff Miller co-founded the Honor Flight Network. Morse, a retired Air Force Captain, worked in Springfield Ohio at the Department of Veteran Affairs as a physician assistant.

Many of Morse’s patients would never have the chance to visit the National World War II Memorial. Morse pitched the idea to about 300 private pilots at his local Air Force aeroclub. He proposed that the pilots themselves would personally escort the veterans around the city. 11 additional pilots formed a board in January of 2005. On the 21st of May in 2005, six small planes flew 12 veterans to Washington, DC for the very first Honor Flight. 126 WWII Veterans had the opportunity to visit their monument in that first year using a combination of commercial airlines and small planes.

Similarly, Jeff Miller, a dry-cleaning company owner, in Hendersonville North Carolina had the idea but on a much larger scale. He wanted to charter entire commercial jets! Miller formed HonorAir and began flying great numbers of WWII veterans from Asheville to D.C. Due to his great idea, by the end of 2006 HonorAir had flown more than 300 veterans to Washington D.C.

 

The pair met at their first “Summit” and merged Honor Flight and HonorAir and created The Honor Flight Network in February of 2007. Today, the network has escorted over 200,000 veterans to their memorials.

Mission

Recipients of the Honor Flight Network

The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

The Honor Flight Network

According to their website The Network:

“…is a national network comprised of independent Hubs working together in furtherance of the Honor Flight mission. “

The Honor Flight Network has the opportunity to show our nation’s veterans the appreciation and the honor that they deserve. It allows them to share a momentous occasion with individuals with similar experiences. They can come together to remember friends and comrades that they’ve lost and share their stories with other veterans.  Honor flights are available to veterans who served in the WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. Most noteworthy, all honored veterans travel at no cost.

In conclusion for the entire month of February 2020, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The Honor Flight Network. You may also choose to donate additional funds when you place an order.