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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

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

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.

Recap: 10th Annual Fill The Truck Charity Initiative.

10th Annual FillTheTruck.Org Charity Initiative Results

During the month of December we take on a charity of initiative called FillTheTruck.org. In 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, started this initiative. Every year since it has continued to get bigger and bigger. For more information on the history of this initiative check out our recent blog post here. This past December marked the 10th annual FillTheTruck.Org. Throughout the month, our employees as well as outside volunteers and businesses came together to help bag and box items. These items went to 7 different charity organizations around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Ultimately, a Charity initiative as big as this one couldn’t have been possible without this help.  We truly appreciate each and everyone of our customers who chose to donate both online and in our retail store during the month of December. No photo description available.

2019 Totals

We counted up all of the items inside the boxes and have our final numbers.  In a total of 29 days the following was collected:

  • 52,013 items 
  • 756 boxes 
  • 44 skids 

On December 23rd the first truck of items was delivered to The Healing Center.

Our Lovely Delivery Crew!

In conclusion, we want to thank everyone who contributed to our charity initiative to make it a record breaking year.

How To Install A Sawtooth Frame Hanger

 

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving your picture frame order and then realizing you have no idea how to hang it on the wall! At Frame USA we offer two options for hanging the picture frames that you purchase. All of our picture frames that are 9×12 or larger will automatically ship with a sawtooth Frame hanger. We also sell a wire Frame hanging kit separately if you are more interested in this route. Since the sawtooth Frame hanger is not something that customers typically see when purchasing from your chain store we thought we would give you a step by step process in installing this handy dandy hanger.

 

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The back of our standard picture frame. Taped to the top is our sawtooth hanger. Poster frames come with a hanger attached to the backing, and wire hangers can be requested for larger pieces.

Materials Needed:

Total Install Time: 40 Seconds

Sawtooth Install Materials

  • Hammer
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Sawtooth Hanger
  • Picture Frame

Instructions:

  1.  The first step in  installing the sawtooth hanger is to decide which orientation you want the frame to be in. The sawtooth hanger can be installed either vertically or horizontally.
  2. Once this has been decided and your materials have been gathered lay your frame on a flat sturdy surface. We recommend using something that you can comfortably stand at such as a kitchen table.
  3. You will want to use the measuring tape to find the halfway point on the back of your frame. both vertically and horizontally. This is to ensure that the sawtooth will be centered on the frame.
  4. Mark this with your pen or pencil. This mark will be where you will sit the center of your hanger on.
  5. Now that you know exactly where the sawtooth will be adhere you want to use the hammer and tap the hardware into the frame. You want to make sure that your taps are firm but not too firm so that you don’t damage the picture frame itself.

Now that your sawtooth is fully inserted, your frame is ready to hang!

If you prefer to follow along to a video vs reading written instructions check out the video below! Interested in purchasing additional sawtooth hangers now that you have become an expert installer, click here!

How Frame USA Helps the Environment

Frame USA tries hard to protect the environment with its manufacturing of picture frames. One of the main things we do is make frames from Eco-Friendly compressed recycled board. Our leading manufacturer of this is Framerica, a New York Company that leads the national in manufacturing of Eco-Friendly wood products.   

Anyone who is looking for the consistency of color in their frames will understand how great these Eco-friendly products are. We currently have a sale going on for 10% off these eco-friendly wood frames. Use coupon code: RECYCLE until 11/18 at 11:59 PM est.

 Eco-Friendly products are one of the reasons that Frame USA was awarded one of the Recycler’s of the Year in Hamilton County, Ohio in 2009.

Metal Picture Frames are incredibly popular at Frame USA. The simple style of metal on a wall has always been something that our customers have loved. When working to make picture frames we encounter substantial waste with metal derived from these metal picture frames. This waste is almost completely recycled with a metal recycling company.

Our matboard is cut down to make different sizes, but when the matboard is inserted in our picture frames the excess board is recycled with a local paper company. Recyclers come to pick up all of the waste from cardboard and cardboard type products which are used as backers for picture frames.

Recycling has been GREAT for Frame USA because what we have found is that it has dramatically reduced the amount of regular garbage and waste that come from many of the products we produce. We are continually looking for new ways to recycle other materials that we use in the production process.

 

 

 

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation – November 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 November 2019 is Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

History

While many people may not be familiar with Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, most people know one of the founders, Chris Kyle. He is most widely known as the most lethal sniper in United States military history.  In 2009, Chris made the difficult decision to get out of the military in order to save his family .

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Taya Kyle, is the driving force behind and Executive Director of the Foundation. After her husband’s passing, she continues to honor Chris’ Legacy of service and their joint passion of helping others. As a result of her experience as a military wife, she formed the foundation on the spirit she and Chris shared. She runs the foundation with this undeniable truth:

“When one person serves in the military, police, fire or paramedic unit, the entire family serves.”

As a result of the help she got from the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation team, she was able to create a network of families and organizations that support our service members in unique and powerful ways.

Mission

The mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) is to Honor GOD, Country and Families who serve. It is focused on changing the world for this generation and the next by recognizing and strengthening military and first responder marriages through unique programs and powerful partnerships. In addition to the mission, the foundation is built on four solid pillars: Loyalty, Empowerment, Integrity, and Excellence.

  1. Loyalty: Committed to God, Country, and Families who serve

  2. Empowerment: Empowering families to thrive

  3. Integrity: Honesty and transparency in our programs, funding and communications

  4. Excellence: Reflecting the service excellence that our constituents provide in service to their communities and country

Programs

They offer a variety of resources and programs to strengthen family units and marriages, with the goal of helping future generations.

For example, some of the programs that the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation currently offers are:

  • Date Night Out – a program for military couples to spend time together and also with other service couples. It’s important to share common experiences and have fun spending quality time together.
  • Revitalization Retreats – Married service couples can apply or be nominated for a special retreat. The retreat provides accommodation for transportation, meals, activities, entertainment, and child care.
  • Empowered Spouses Retreat – a weekend retreat in a remote place where spouses can get together and meet people with similar experiences. They also offer professional guidance and a variety of fun activities.
  • Mastering Your Marriage – This is a Capstone program that combines a retreat and online curriculum to teach service couples new skills to support their marriage.

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In conclusion for the entire month of November 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

 

Calling All Artists – We Want To License Your Work!

You first met our Licensing Director, Angela, in our previous blog post all about the licensing process. As mentioned in that post, each week she pulls images to be voted on for new posters.  While Angela has gotten some really amazing posters (talking about you Catzilla VS Robot), there are bound to be countless of images and artists that were missed, passed over,  or never even found. That’s why we’re here, we’re on the lookout for new posters!

Are you an artist with super awesome artwork?

Have your friends, family, customers and/or yourself ever used the following words to describe your art:

Unique, edgy, enticing, artsy, exciting, relevant, current, top selling, old school cool, energetic, fresh, cultish, pop culture, ground breaking, timeless, striking

Do you have a piece of artwork that you’re just dying to get out to the masses? Are you just waiting on your big break?

If any or all of these fit you as an artist, Let’s talk.

Details

There are a few things we wanted to put out there, and set straight before you think we’re just sending out licensing contracts to any and every artist we come across. We’re a small company so we have to be pretty selective in what we choose. The marketing team and CEO sees and signs off on every single one of our publishing titles. The only images that get the seal of approval are those that we feel our customer base will sell and hang on their walls. There are a handful of images each week, that while we love as individuals, we just don’t see our customers wanting them, so ultimately we pass on them. So if we decide to pass on your artwork, it doesn’t mean that it is a bad piece, it just means it’s not the right fit, DON’T GIVE UP!

One of the other common issues that leads to the team passing on an image, is the proportions.  The majority of our posters are 24×36. If we get a piece that we can’t make work those proportions, no matter how much we love we have to pass on it for posters. We chose that size of poster because it is a standard size frame that people would be able to buy!  If you’re curious about the type of posters we choose to publish, all of our publishing titles are marked with a  on Posterservice.com.

The Best Part

Finally, once your image gets picked and you agree to allow us to license the image, Angela will negotiate a fair advance, (money paid upfront) and a royalty rate, (percentage of each poster sale that the artist receives). A simple licensing agreement is made for the image, and once that is signed, we’re in business!

All of our posters are printed using a local printer. The reason that we use a local printer is so that we can control and sign off on the final print of the poster. We spent this time choosing the images that we think will do awesome, we want to be able to make sure that translates to the printed piece.

If all of this sounds like a dream come true to you, then send Angela an email at [email protected] We look forward to doing business with you.