Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Understanding Stock Status Terms


 
At American Frame, we focus on fulfilling your orders quickly. In fact, when it comes to quick turnaround times, we’re the industry leader. And we were the first custom frame provider to ship orders in two business days, even offering SameDayService™ upon request and through our showroom. 
 
If you’re on a tight deadline, it’s important to understand stock status and lead times when you place your order. That’s why we clearly identify the real-time stock status of an item before you purchase it. No other online custom frame retailer does that. We value transparency.

Here are the terms we use and what they mean.

In-Stock: Items described as “in-stock” are available in significant quantities, based on sales performance of the item. Sales of nearly any quantity can be fulfilled quickly, so order as many as you’d like.

Low Stock: That term describes items that have a reduced stock quantity, based on historical sale performance. We can immediately fulfill small orders. Not sure if we have enough? Ask our customer service team. We’ll give you an estimated date for completing your full order. If we can’t fulfill your order by your deadline, we'll be happy to suggest an alternate frame.
Out-of-Stock : If you see that phrase next to a frame on our website, it means we’re completely out of the item. When possible, we’ll provide an estimated time frame when it'll be available. If your frame is out of stock, give us a call. We’ll help you find another frame that will meet your needs.
Have more questions about stock status? Please contact us.
 

Laura Jajko
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.




 


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Level-Up Your Holiday Photos


If you’re a photographer, you probably take plenty of pictures at holiday events.

 
But how many of them do you frame?
Odds are, not many. According to a 2015 survey by the Professional Photographers of America, 67% of people never print their photos, opting instead to store them only on cell phones, computers, and other digital devices.

That choice, of course, leaves your work vulnerable. If your computer or phone crashes, or you lose your thumb drive, your precious images could be gone forever.
And even if you never experience a digital malfunction, you’re still missing something: the joy of reliving your favorite memories every time you see your photographs complemented by a beautiful custom frame.

Don’t settle for hiding your holiday images in a desktop folder. Select the right photo frames and accessories and give them as gifts or display them in your home or office.
Here are a few tips:

Choose Candid Shots
You may already have plenty of framed photos of your family posing at various events. But what about a shot of your mom teaching her granddaughter how to make her famous holiday pie? Or your uncle’s smile while opening a gift he’s always wanted? When framing, choose unique images that tell a story about the people featured in them.

Try a Different Angle
Changing your perspective can make the same old shots interesting again. Zoom in on your child as she sees Santa for the first time. Shoot over your nephew’s shoulder when he walks through the door after a long deployment in order to capture the surprise on everyone’s faces. Those shots will convey emotions you can’t capture as well in a wider shot.

Use the Right Paper

 
At American Frame, printing and framing your photos is easy enough for the novice photographer and precise enough for the professional. Select one of our museum-quality papers and design your own custom frame treatment to accompany it. We even offer proofing if you’d like to see your photo on the paper before it’s framed. For more information, see our printing FAQs.

Add Interesting Frames
 
The right frame can elevate your image into a heartfelt gift or a beautiful addition to your décor. And our website makes it easy to select that frame. Our easy design workflow pairs a default frame and mat with your image and then lets you customize your treatment, previewing your photo with any of our frames and accessories to design just the look you imagined.

Need more help framing your photos? Contact us.
 
Laura Jajko
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thanks for a great year


“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” –Theodore Roosevelt

 
In this season of gratitude, we sincerely thank you for letting our handiwork be the means by which you feature, adorn, protect and share your art. This is our passion, and truly work worth doing.

 
Happy Holidays, from our families to yours.

The American Frame Team

 
 
 
 
 
Laura JajkoLaura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Crowd Funded Art



You’ve fallen in love - with a piece of art.
The painting is perfect in every way. You find yourself dreaming about it. It’s one-of-a-kind, and you’re confident you’ll never see anything like it again. 
The artwork is in a gallery, so you visit it whenever you can, hoping that no one else desires it as much as you do. You can picture it in your home. In fact, you’ve already chosen a spot for it. You know this painting would bring you joy every day, for the rest of your life.
The only problem is the price. Oh, it’s definitely worth every penny the gallery is asking. You just don’t have quite enough of those pennies right now.
But, where there’s a will, there’s a way. 
It’s the holiday season, so be bold! Tell your spouse, your siblings, your parents and your kids that you would LOVE that painting.
And if you and your friends normally exchange gifts, ask them to contribute to your painting fund instead.
Split several ways, the price per person might be much more palatable for everyone.
When giving a gift, the giver wants to know that it makes the recipient happy. So, with the singular goal of making that painting your own, let those who love you know that this piece has captured your heart, and that, if they join together to buy it for you, you’ll be filled with gratitude for their generosity.
Years from now, their normal gift of a Christmas sweater will be deep within a landfill, but that painting will still be feeding your soul.
So, do what it takes to make your dream come true.
At American Frame, we have a lovely gallery space. The exhibits change every month, so we give you the opportunity to see a lot of artwork throughout the year. Our most recent exhibit featured the art of Tim Gagnon, a Maine native whose paintings are stunning.


A particular piece caught the eye of one of our customers. Everything about it was perfect, except the price. So, she did what anyone in love would do: she found a way to make it work. She talked with her husband and mother and her son and convinced them that the painting would bring her joy for years to come. Her family understood, and they’re gifting her with the painting this Christmas.
It’ll be a very special day for her. One of many to come.



 
 
 
Blog contributor Christine Steven works in the Showroom at American Frame. When she's not framing art, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and playing board games. Her favorite frame package is the L989 with a nice 6 ply mat.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

These are a few of our favorite frames.


Browse Our Staff’s Favorite Frames
 

We love art and the people who create it. And we're proud that many artists work at American Frame. Each has a favorite frame and a specific way they use it to complement their work. 

Name: Rebecca Johnson
Position: Cutting Room Production
Your favorite frame: #8411
Why you love it: It’s nice to look at, simple to work with, and matches my artwork easily.
How you’ve used it: Wedding invitations and family photos.

Name: Heather McAllister
Position: Cutting Room Supervisor
Your favorite frame: #AF104
Why you love it: Its shape and
clean lines go with everything. I've framed awards, family photos and wedding invitations with it. It’s like a nice pair of jeans; you can dress it down or dress it up.
 

Name: Jamie Carlin
Position: Customer Service
Your favorite frame: #206 natural
Why you love it: It’s subtle and made from a solid American hardwood.
How you’ve used it: For all of my own artwork. It has a great gallery look that isn’t distracting to the work, but holds itself up well.
 

Name: Nancy Frey
Position: Production Manager
Your favorite frame: #80033
Why you love it: It goes with so many pieces of art. The size doesn’t overpower the art, but enhances it. The design is gentle and pleasing. I love the very slight hint of purple/red accent on some of the texture.
How you’ve used it: To frame wedding pictures and invitations.
 
Name: Janine Renard
Position: Commercial Framing Department (Dry-Mounter)
Your favorite
frame: #51407
Why you love it: Sometimes you just need some depth to make your art pop. I also like the texture.
How you’ve used it: With nature photos.
 
 
 
Name: Christine Steven
Position: Showroom Attendant
Your favorite frame: #206
Why you love it: It makes
artwork look modern. I like the clean lines and neutral finish.
How you’ve used it: To update an antique map.
 
Name: Chris Brown
Position: Commercial Department Assistant Manager
Your favorite frame: #79613
Why you love it: It’s silvery and elegant, with just the right amount of distressed detailing. I also like its versatility.

How you’ve used it: With dark mats and black and white photographs.
 
Name: Ramon Keys
Position: Showroom Attendant, Social Media, Marketing Assistant
Your favorite frame: Tarnished Pewter Wood Frame #332902
Why you love it: It’s a surprisingly versatile frame. It has an industrial texture that works well with a lot of art.
How you’ve used it: On floated Degas drawings.
 
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


3 Tips to Turn Black Friday into Creativity Friday

Picture this: It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Throngs of people are waking up before the sun to stand in endless lines for low prices on microwaves and big-screen TVs.
But not you.
No, you’ve decided to sit this Black Friday out. So while everyone is shopping ‘til they drop, you’re in your studio, sipping coffee, playing old records, and letting your creativity run wild.

 
Sounds much better, doesn’t it?

We thought so, too. So this year, we’re encouraging you to turn Black Friday into Creativity Friday. Spend the day with your canvases or camera and indulge yourself with a heaping helping of imagination.
Here are some ideas to make the most of your day.

Take Time for Yourself
The first thing you’ll want to do is kick everyone out of your work space. Being alone increases our creativity. It gives our minds the opportunity to wander, a process neuroscientists call “constructive internal reflection.” So, spending the day with your own thoughts can inspire you to create beautiful art.



Try Something New

Are you normally an oil painter? Give watercolors a try. Do you spend most of your time behind a lens? Pick up a paint brush. Experimenting with new mediums or artistic styles can expand your creativity, because it releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter tied to motivation and learning. According to the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by researchers Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire, openness to exploring new ideas may be the number one factor in predicting creative achievement.
 

Daydream

Before you touch a brush, spend some time lost in thought. Wondering how the Jolly Green Giant finds shoes that fit may not seem productive, but those nonsensical thought bubbles actually have an important purpose. Daydreaming can enhance creative thinking, planning and self-awareness. Plus, you never know when thoughts of enormous green footwear will morph into inspiration for your next painting.
 
Laura Jajko
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.
 

 

 
 








 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This Year, Give Creative, Personalized Gifts



This Year, Give Creative, Personalized Gifts

The holidays are a great excuse to get creative with gifts that will delight your friends and family. A little imagination and the right frame are all you need to turn ordinary objects into great gifts. Here are a few ideas.

A Framed Photo

As a photographer, you probably take plenty of candid snaps at your family gatherings. The right frame can elevate that photo of a rousing game of Twister or a child tearing into her presents with great anticipation, and turn it into a fond memory. Try pairing a Radius Colorcast frame and its splash of color with a black and white print. We can even print and frame your photo or artwork and send it to the recipient.

An Heirloom Decoration

Is there a holiday decoration from your childhood that means Christmas to you and your siblings? Turn it into art with one of our frames. Preserve the cardboard Santa you made in Kindergarten so your mom can display it on her wall. And your sister may have long ago forgotten about the now-frayed stocking she received as a baby, but in the right frame, it’ll take on a whole new life and add a nostalgic touch to her holiday décor each year. Pair it with an elegant Neo Florentine Nielsen 97.

Framed Holiday Music

Does Dad love Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song”? Then the framed album cover would make a great gift. Does a family member have a favorite Christmas carol? Showcase the sheet music in a beautiful frame. The wide-edged Standard Plus One will help it stand out.

Your Framed Art

Your painting, drawing or photography makes a heartfelt gift when joined with a thoughtful frame choice. Look through our wide assortment of metal and solid wood frames, or if you need help choosing a frame, stop in or contact us.

Frame Accessories



Looking for a gift for the artist in your life? Give them tools to make their DIY framing easier. Our Essentials Framing Kit is a great place to start. A Point Driver is a must-have for anyone who frames often. And our DIY Framing Fundamentals book will answer any questions they have about the process.



An American Frame Gift Card

You may not know someone’s taste enough to select a frame for them. An American Frame gift card gives her the freedom to choose the frames that fit her personality, art and décor.

For more ideas, browse our past gift idea blogs.
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