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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.

How Image Licensing Works

In addition to being really big fans of Frames, we also love us some art. We have a whole sister company, Posterservice, that is dedicated to providing the world with killer posters. We have a whole new venture that is in the works dedicated to providing great art on demand (Stay tuned for more information on this). So how in the world do we find and get these pieces? We sat down with Angela Aronow, Licensing Director for Posterservice to get the low down of how those images come to be.

General Image Licensing: How the Process Works

We love to license great art for posters, to keep our line diverse and fresh. The categories that have really started to rise in popularity in the past couple of years are Humor and Art. We licensed over half of the titles listed in our newest category on Posterservice.com. A few of the newest titles our Decay Skull, Alice in Wonderland, Beer Art History and Military Alphabet.

Decay Skull
Decay Skull PSA011490
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland PSA011530
Beer Art History
Beer Art History PSA011495
Military Alphabet
Military Alphabet PSA011485

The licensing process starts with lots of images. The images that we gather are based on theme, art style, artist or whatever is trending in our lives. Our marketing team reviews these images each week, and decides which ones would be great additions to our poster line. The ultimate goal in this process is that the selected posters are ones that people want to hang on their walls. If a poster sells out within the first two years of us signing the title, it is considered a success. As long as their is demand for a poster, we will continue to produce the title. For those posters that continually fly off the shelves, we will reach back out to the artist and license their other pieces! For example, three artists that have done extremely well are Ralph Steadman, Marc Allante and Leonid Afremov.

Chosen Posters

After the selected art has been chosen, we talk with the artist or licensing agent about the images, and if there are any others we should also consider. As a result of the artist agreeing to let us license their work, an advance and royalty rate are negotiated and agreed upon by both parties. Advances are dollars paid upfront to the artist in order to license the image from them. The royalty is the percentage the artist gets paid from each poster sale, paid out quarterly. A simple licensing agreement is then signed by both parties to seal the deal.

Credit lines get added to the poster image, both for our company and for the artist. Once the proof is approved, we send the hi-res file to our printer, who prints a whole pallet of posters for us! These are then delivered to our warehouse. The final step in our licensing process is to make sure everyone knows about our new great posters!

If you or someone you know is an artist and may be interested in having their artwork produced into posters, contact Angela Aronow at [email protected]

How To Assemble A Poster Frame

Our customers are our number one priority. One of our best selling products have been causing our customers to become frustrated. We came up with an easy solution to help ease those frustrations. As you may have guessed based on the title, we’re here to talk about our Poster Frames. Our Poster Frame series are not created equally. While they are all made of a durable plastic, keeping the cost of them low, some of them are back loading similar to a traditional frame. Three of our poster frame series, however, are made with removable sides. The assembling of those sides on a poster or artwork has caused many frustrations. As a result, we’re here to showcase exactly how you frame a poster or piece of art using our Corrugated, Foamcore or hardboard Poster Frames.

Poster Frames

The actual frame part of these three series are identical, the only differences is the backing that comes with each.

Corrugated Poster Frame
Foamcore Poster Frame
Hardboard Poster Frame
Corrugated Poster Frames

The Corrugated Poster Frame series is made from Mylar to ensure lasting quality. The four sides slide on and off for your adjusting needs. Each Corrugated Poster Frame includes a hanging system for either vertical or horizontal display. This series is available in six colors and many standard and custom frame sizes.

Foamcore Poster Frames

The Foamcore Poster Frame series is available in six classic colors: black, black marble, clear, gold, jade marble, and silver. These poster frames feature a 1/8th inch of foam core backing. This is made specifically for individuals who want a sturdy frame that’s light weight.

Hardboard Poster Frames

The Hardboard Poster Frame series are inexpensive poster frames with a hardboard backing and a hanging clip. These poster frames come in 6 different colors and a variety of sizes. They have four Mylar sides with corners that slide and snap to the backing, making it easy to insert your poster.

How to Assemble a Poster Frame

Now to the most important part–below is a step by step video starring Deborah, our poster frame expert. The video goes from receiving your shrink wrapped frame all the way to the finished ready to hang product. Let this video help you to become the expert in assembling poster frames.

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital – October 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 October 2019 is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

History

Danny Thomas

As a young man, Danny Thomas had a simple goal: to entertain people and be successful enough at it to provide for his wife and family. But work wasn’t easy to come by. Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Danny began raising money for his vision in the early 1950s. He set out across the U.S. to speak about his dream to build St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to any group that would listen asking for support.

“No child should die in the dawn of life”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors on February 4, 1962, based on Danny’s dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Since then, we’ve made incredible strides in childhood cancer research. We’ve helped improve the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20% to 80%. And ALL, the disease with a virtual death sentence in 1962, now has a survival rate of 94 percent.

Today St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. Whenever a breakthrough happens during their clinical trials and research they share them so that doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

The fundamentals of St. Jude remain the same today as when they opened their doors families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

As of today the treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

To learn more or to get involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of October 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

Happy Autumn! All Things Barnwood (Free Printable!)

If your state is anything like Ohio, you have had a pretty hot summer. While summer is great and arguably way better than winter (at least for those of you that live in a state that has snow), there is just something so special about Autumn. It’s cool enough for a sweater or sweatshirt but not so cold that you need gloves hats and scarves; Football starts back up and your weekends are spent doing activities like corn maizes or tailgating. Autumn also starts the beginning of home decorating season. Which for us here at Frame USA, is one of our favorite times (How could you blame us we sell Picture Frames!). The pumpkins have descended upon the store shelves and according to our sources, farmhouse decor is continuing to rise!

Lucky for us we have a whole line of products that fit right in with that farmhouse aesthetic. This line started with a simple product made from reclaimed wood that was taken from barns and fences in Oklahoma and Texas and it has grown to be one of our most popular lines to date. We’re talking about none other than our Barnwood Frames.  To date we have 6 wood frame series, a Shadowbox and a specialty frame in this popular line. We also have an additional specialty frame that utilizes some of our Barnwood wood frames called the Baby’s First year Collage Frame, however it also comes in one of our other popular series, Corporate.

Barnwood Product Line

Barnwood
The Barnwood picture frame is the original frame that started it all!
American Barn
American Barn features a narrow and a wide frame in three patriotic colors
Appalachian Barnwood
Appalachian Barnwood features the look of reclaimed wood with a smooth profile.
Barnwood Signature
Barnwood Signature features the same look and feel as our OG barnwood but with a kicked up a notch flair and elegance in two new profile widths.
Farmhouse Barnwood have the rustic look of Barnwood with a modern flat profile.
Timber is the newest addition to the Barnwood line is made from real Spruce Wood grown in America.
The Barnwood Shadowbox combines the build, depth and profile of a shadowbox with the rustic, reclaimed look of barn wood.
The most versatile product in our line of Barnwood is our Barnwood Tray

Current Trends

While we love all the products in our Barnwood line, there is one in particular that we want the world to know about. This product features everything we know and love about picture frames with an unique twist. It doesn’t hang on the wall and you can display things ON it as well as IN it. You may have guessed it but we’re talking about our Barnwood Tray. Based on our home decor trend research trays seem to be making a comeback. Not only are people opting for smaller gatherings at home with family and friends but they’re using trays as part of their decor. Trays are no longer thrown into the cabinet only pulled out when company comes knocking they’re out front and center on coffee tables, bar carts and fire place mantles.

Our barnwood trays feature the same rustic charm that our picture frames have but come in two different types. The first type comes in five colors: Grey , black, brown, white and traditional Barnwood finish and features a mirror in the center. This mirror is perfect for reflecting the room on a mantle making it seem bigger. The second time is the reason we’re here today gushing about these rustic beauties. It is also available in the same five great colors but this one has the same function as a picture frame, you can remove the insert and place photos, quotes, patterned paper in with the season. Whether you go with the mirror or the traditional picture frame style, this tray can last through every season!

Free Printable!!

Since yesterday marked the first day of Autumn, we thought we would celebrate by giving you the a little something to use in your decorating! This free downloadable printable is available in two sizes — 8.5×11 and 11×14. Those sizes just happen to be a perfect fit with our Barnwood Tray. Love what you see here? From now until Thursday, September 26th, all of our barnwood products are 10% off with coupon code BARNWOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Autumn 8.5x11
Hello Autumn 8.5×11

 

Hello Autumn 11x14
Hello Autumn 11×14

 

Hayden’s Helping Hands – September 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 September 2019 is Hayden’s Helping Hands

Hayden Ruth Hauskins

At 32 weeks of gestation, Hayden was stillborn on July 6th, 2010. With the irreplaceable loss of their daughter, Randy and Rebekka Hauskins decided there needed to be something good that came from this horrible outcome.

Hayden’s Helping Hands is a non-profit foundation who helps U.S. families in the midst of tragedy. Hayden’s Helping Hands assists families after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery expenses. Rebekka Hauskins is determined to keep Hayden’s Helping Hands mission alive through the memory of her daughter.

This year they are hosting the 9th Annual Hands on Hope. the proceeds from this silent auction will pay for the delivery bills of stillborn babies in the united states. It is on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 6:30-10:30pm In Happy Valley, OR.

To learn more or to get involved with Hayden’s Helping Hands, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of September 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Hayden’s Helping Hands. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

New Series Spotlight – Gun Metal Picture Frames

A few months back we introduced our brand-new Chalked Series. As of today, our Chalked series is now available and ready to be purchased. In addition to the launch of Chalked, we are also launching a second brand new series called Gun Metal.

Despite the name Gun Metal, this is not a brand-new series that we’re adding to our Metal Line. This new series comes in 3 unique profiles in wood. All of which feature the cutting-edge wood frame color: Gun metal. This series is great for a muted metallic look for any picture that you might want to put in them. They would look great for those beautiful black and white wedding or event photos. Gun Metal comes in three profiles: Narrow, Divet, and Wide.

Gun Metal Divet
Divet
Gun Metal Flat
Narrow
Gun Metal Wide
Wide

Just like all of our other frames, Our New Gun Metal series is American-made in our warehouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Buying from Frame USA means supporting an American Company and getting the best quality products! Stay tuned for more new series and great blog posts!

 

Melanoma Know More – August 2019 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 August 2019 is Melanoma Know More

In August of 2010, the world lost a wonderful young man named, Andy Caress, to Melanoma. During his fight, Andy fought to spread awareness and educate people on the dangers of melanoma. After his passing, his loved ones continued this fight by forming The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation.

If you’ve been customers with us for some time now you probably recognize that name. The Caress Family is local to Cincinnati and are family friends with our CEO, Dan Regenold’s family. We’ve written about them before, every year in fact since we started this blog, however this is the first time that we have referred to the charity as Melanoma Know More.

Here’s why, in January, the foundation joined forces with Melanoma Know More. The union resulted in a single nonprofit organization in Cincinnati focused on melanoma awareness, outreach and research. As a result, their total combined resources make a stronger and more effective organization. Most importantly, they continue to move towards one common goal: wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

Melanoma Know More History

Health Screenings Melanoma Know More

Dr. Philip Leming along with families of his patients and other melanoma advocates formed Melanoma Know More (MKM) in 2007. MKM has developed successful program initiatives, brought awareness to this relatively unknown disease, and continues to raise thousands of dollars every year to continue the fight against melanoma.

Fundraising Event Charity

MKM has a variety of program initiatives such as Skin Cancer Screenings and School and Youth Education. They also started the Greater Cincinnati Melanoma Warrior Support Network. Throughout the year they also host fundraising events, for instance their event Music for Melanoma is happening in Cincinnati on August 9th. 

Music for Melanoma Charity

To learn more or to get involved with Melanoma Know More, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of August 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to MELANOMA KNOW MORE. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.