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SendAFrame Help & FAQs

How much is shipping?

Shipping costs (per destination) and arrival times are:

SuperSaver: Per delivery address, flat $10.95, no matter how many items are in the shipment.
Free for orders over $149

Delivery is 3-5 business days from ship date, excluding holidays (often arrives in 4 or less). Discounted from $12.50-$18.10.

Important: This is not a guaranteed delivery date option. At the discretion of the carrier, delivery may extend up to 8 business days. SendAFrame will make every effort to advise of upcoming conditions.

Extra-large/oversized items may have a nominal ground surcharge added to cover FedEx additional fees. These items are noted. Please contact Customer Service if you need faster shipping of oversized items.  We will add the discounted surcharge to your cart.  Your cart will always reflect a substantially discounted rate from the rates FedEx offers to the public.


FedEx 3-day: Three business days (or less) by 16:30 (19:00 in some areas), guaranteed, usually by air, when ordered before 4pm CST, excluding holidays. $12.95 1st item/set (discounted from $18.50-$28); $5 each additional item/set.


FedEx 2-day: Two business days (or less) by 16:30 (19:00 in some areas), guaranteed, usually by air, when ordered before 4pm CST, excluding holidays. $16.95 1st item/set (discounted from $34.45-$39.75); $9.50 each additional item/set.


FedEx Next Business Day: Next business day (but not Saturday) by 16:30 (19:00 in some areas), guaranteed, usually by air, when ordered before 4pm CST, excluding holidays. $49.95 1st item/set (discounted from $52.50-$75.00); $18.50 each additional item/set.


FedEx Next Business Day AM Priority: Next business morning (but not Saturday), usually by 10:30, when ordered before 4pm CST, excluding holidays. (not available to all locations) $74.95 1st item (discounted from $80.00 - $95.00); $18.00 each additional item. This is a very expensive routing method. Although not more difficult for us, the cost is the FedEx charge to have a special courier make the run to your location. Please reserve this method for "need to have" situations only.


Saturday delivery: If you are ordering on a Friday and would like Saturday delivery, this is an available option to many US cities. It is pricey (think: "courier going to your house") - and we only pass along the surcharge to your order. Please choose Saturday delivery only if it is Friday and you are needing next day delivery. We will confirm shipping by 7pm on Friday via email.


Want a shipping service not offered?
Check with a rep in our LIVE HELP .
They will get discounted pricing from our traffic dept and revise your cart for checkout.

Please note: SendAFrame never charges for handling. Super handling of your important purchase is why you continue to have confidence in us. We believe the freight charges are as close (or below) and fair to our cost as we can approximate in our automated shopping cart. If you believe otherwise, please note this in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS upon checkout and we will re-examine your charge against the actual expense. Or - better - ask an employee in our LIVE CHAT to check with our shipping department.

If you have your own FedEx account #, we can use it for your order and have FedEX direct-bill you. Indicate this when you choose a shipping choice. You then won't have any shipping charge from SendAFrame. Your charge will be billed by FedEx directly and you pay them directly.


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What is your Return Policy?

We have a simple "you can return any stock, off the shelf items, for any reason, within 30 days of delivery for a full merchandise value refund" policy.

There are just a few exclusions, such as personalized  merchandise and special order items.

Our full return policy is in our HELP section (Link on Top of Homepage)

click: http://www.sendaframe.com/new_help/index.shtml?a=get_section&as=11#15

Is there something in particular you want to know about?

Contact our Customer Service with any of the LIVE HELP links on every store page.


 


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Guest Accounts

Guest accounts are everywhere - we personally use them too when we don't know the website's integrity.

So why doesn't SendAFrame have a guest account process?
The answer is that our cart process includes a lot of "behind the scene smarts" for our customers who want to:

  • store photos to use in orders
  • customize frames in any size
  • engrave and add personalizing detail
  • matching items to other items in a "family"
  • keep a history of orders - especially helpful for identifying items to match again
  • store the cart detail

You can shop completely anonymously.  But when you want to add something to a cart, our website thinks you may want to use some of these tools.  So .... it asks you to "make an account".

We absolutely understand that some customers (like you - if you are reading this) don't want or care about these services.

How to shop totally without ID details
To shop with a cart before deciding if you want to actually buy anything, enter the following when asked:

  • email= "yourname@sendaframe.com" (ex: Bill@sendaframe.com. This doesn't really exist - its just a place holder)
  • password= "hello123" or whatever you want
  • name = "your name" 'Bill' in this case.  We do have a lot of Bills trying us out ;)

If later you actually want to submit an order, you will be asked for all the normal info on checkout.  You can leave this fake info or update correctly - totally up to you. Our checkout will ask you who is paying, where to ship, etc. like any guest account does.  Your credit card information does need to be real, or it won't get passed the security check.

Upon checkout, your real email address can go into the item record if you want- so you can always come back and see all your work. No one will contact you about anything except the details of your order, unless you want us to.


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Problems logging-in to SendAFrame

You may have forgotten your password.  Or (very common), when you registered you used a different email - misspelled it.

Use the forgot your password?  Click Here link to have your password sent to you.

Your Email not found?  Other problem?  Please visit our LIVE HELP center from any page on our webstore. Here's a LIVE CHAT LINKOr, look for LIVE CHAT links on every page of www.SendAFrame.com. Staffed by US employee representatives only, our customer service department is available for your questions during all business hours - and then some!


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Passwords

SendAFrame passwords must be at least 4 characters and at most 16 characters.

It is recommended that you randomly insert a number to ensure that others cannot guess your password.

Also, try to avoid common words or words associated to you like a repeat of your name or your birthday.

Forget your password?  Click the LOGIN button and have it emailed to you.

Worried about password usage?  Please don't worry on SendAFrame.  We don't store ANY credit card information anywhere on our computers.


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Trouble Seeing Shared Online Photo Albums

The most common reason users can't see friends' albums is that the friend didn't share the album with them, but might have thought so.

Owners of online albums must use the SHARE ALBUM tool to insert the email addresses of people they would like to have see their photos. An invitation is created and sent - giving that person access.

A 2nd cause of problems is that the owner entered an incorrectly spelled email address for their friend. Check to see that email addresses are spelled correctly.

You can also see albums that have been shared with you through your own account: 

  • Log-in to www.SendAFrame.com (become a member if you aren't already - its free and no risk)
  • goto PHOTO STUDIO ALBUMS / FRIENDS' ALBUMS

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Pop-up Windows on SAF

In order to use SendAFrame, any pop-up window blocking software or options in your browser should be disabled while shopping. Without pop-up windows, many of the features will not work well and can lead to a confusing shopping experience.

Not to worry, we do not sell pop-up ad space to anyone. All pop-up windows on SendAFrame are strictly used for the purpose of adding features and ease to your experience.

Who this might apply to:

  • users of AOL 10.0
  • users of Apple`s Safari browser
  • users of any pop-up blocking software

Google has step-by-step instructions to permit pop-ups on individual sites.  Here's their link: Permitting pop-ups


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Cookie Problems

You are probably reading this because you have had problems viewing pictures or logging into SendAFrame.com. We believe this is because you do not have "Cookies Enabled" as a preference of your web browser.

Cookies are little pieces of computer code that make it possible for us to recognize your browser when you re-visit.  Its the hello >>your name<< at the top of the page when you return to SendAFrame. By doing this, we can personalize your return visits and save you time during checkout. In order to enjoy the benefits of being a registered user, your browser must be set to accept cookies. Usually this is your default setting, but not necessarily.

To see or change how cookies are handled on your browser, go into the settings usually titled "Preferences" and look for the "Cookies" settings. There you will need to "enable" cookies.

Many SendAFrame.com customers have told us that enabling cookies cleared-up lots of problems they have encountered while browsing the internet - but didn't know how to correct the problems.


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Wood vs MDF (Engineered wood)

Picture frames are an essential element in home decor and art displays. They come in a variety of materials, with wood and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) being two of the most popular choices. Both materials have their own unique set of benefits and drawbacks.

SendAFrame stocks both as there are unique benefits of each.  You can filter your search with the MATERIAL setting on our webstore.

One of the main benefits of using genuine wood in picture frames is its durability. Wood is a natural material that is strong and long-lasting. It is able to withstand wear and tear, making it a great choice for frames that will be displayed in high-traffic areas of the home. Additionally, wood frames are resistant to damage from moisture, making them suitable for use in rooms with high humidity.

Another benefit of wood frames is their aesthetic appeal. Wood has a natural warmth and beauty that is difficult to replicate with other materials. The grain patterns and variations in color found in different types of wood can add unique character and charm to a picture frame. With proper care and maintenance, a wooden frame can last for many years and retain its beauty.

In contrast, MDF ("engineered" wood) frames are made from wood fibers that are combined with a resin binder. This creates a dense, stable material that is less likely to warp or crack over time. MDF frames are also less expensive than solid wood frames and can be a great option for those on a budget. Additionally, the smooth surface of MDF frames is easy to paint or stain, allowing for greater customization options for the frame's finish.

One of the main benefits of MDF frames is that they are lightweight and easy to work with. Unlike solid wood, which can be heavy and difficult to manipulate, MDF is easy to cut, drill, and shape. This makes it ideal for those who want to create custom frames for their pictures or for those who want to try their hand at DIY picture framing.

Another benefit of MDF is its environmental friendliness. Because MDF is made from wood fibers, it is a renewable resource. And also, it generates less sawdust and waste compared to solid wood.

In conclusion, both wood and MDF frames have their own set of benefits. Wood frames are durable and have a natural aesthetic appeal, while MDF frames are lightweight, easy to work with and affordable. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the individual. If you want natural, durability and long lasting frames, wooden frames will be the best options. And if you want affordable, easy to work and customize frame, MDF will be the best.


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What is a BBB rating? Why is it important?

Buying from a company with a high rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is important for several reasons.

First, companies with high BBB ratings are generally more trustworthy and reliable. The BBB assigns ratings based on a company's track record of resolving customer complaints and meeting certain standards of business conduct. A company that consistently meets these standards is more likely to provide a positive customer experience and stand behind their products or services.

Second, buying from a company with a high BBB rating can save you time and money. When a company has a good reputation and a history of positive customer interactions, it is more likely that you will have a positive experience as well. This can save you the time and money you would have to spend trying to resolve issues or get refunds from companies that don't have a good track record.

Third, buying from a company with a high BBB rating can also benefit the community. Companies that have a good reputation and meet certain standards of business conduct are likely to have a positive impact on the community, both in terms of the jobs they provide and the way they conduct business. Furthermore, companies that have a good reputation for customer service and ethical conduct are more likely to have a positive reputation in the community and may be involved in local charitable activities.

SendAFrame.com has an A+ rating for the 14th year in a row.  You can view our rating at any time at: The Better Business Bureau - National Registry

In conclusion, buying from a company with a high BBB rating is important because it indicates a company's reliability and trustworthiness, can save you time and money, and it can have a positive impact on the community. It is essential to do your research and check a company's BBB rating before making a purchase. This simple step can protect your interests as a consumer and help to support a positive business environment.


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Why can`t I pop your bubble wrap packing?

Bubble wrap is a type of packaging material that is composed of small bubbles of air that are sealed between two layers of plastic. It is used for a variety of purposes, from protecting fragile items during shipping to providing cushioning for everyday items in storage. In this essay, we will explore the many benefits of packing with bubble wrap.

First and foremost, bubble wrap is incredibly effective at protecting fragile items during shipping. The bubbles of air provide a cushion for the item, absorbing any impact and preventing damage. This makes bubble wrap ideal for packaging fragile items such as glassware, electronics, and artwork. It also minimizes the risk of injury, as if a fragile item is wrapped in bubble wrap, it is less likely to break and cause injury.

Another benefit of bubble wrap is its versatility. Our packing department can easily cut it to any size and shape, making it ideal for packaging our items that are all different sizes and shapes. It can also be used to fill any voids in a box, ensuring that the contents stay secure and in-place during transit. This means we don't need any special box or wrapping material for the items we pack.

Bubble wrap also provides insulation, which is useful for protecting items from extreme temperatures. This can be particularly useful for items that are sensitive to temperature changes, such as chocolate or medication. For SendAFrame, it is important to keep our albums that have special page types at normal temperatures to preserve their clear optical properties from any damage.

Bubble wrap is also environmentally friendly. It is made from polyethylene, a type of plastic that is 100% recyclable. Many companies and organizations have recycling programs for bubble wrap, which makes it easy to recycle and reduce waste. Also, packing with bubble wrap can help reduce the amount of packaging material required, as it is an efficient way to protect items.

However, as our customers soon discover, the bubble wrap that most people know that can be fun is NOT what we use. Many people find the act of popping bubbles to be satisfying and therapeutic. Normal bubble can be a great stress reliever; a fun way to pass the time. But we make our own bubble wrap, in proprietary machines that use polyethylene that is 2-1/2 times the normal thickness. This means that our items have a much higher protection level from the perils of travel.

:) Great protection but no fun :(


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What is special about a Gallery Wall?

Creating a gallery wall of frames can be a fun and creative way to display your favorite photographs, artwork, and other mementos in your home. With a little bit of planning and some attention to detail, you can create a beautiful and cohesive display that will make your space feel more personal and inviting.

The first step in creating a gallery wall is to gather all of the frames and pieces of art or photographs that you want to include. You may want to choose a theme for your gallery wall, such as family photos or travel memories, or you may simply want to display a variety of pieces that you love. Once you have collected all of your pieces, it's a good idea to lay them out on the floor or a large table so that you can get a sense of how they will look together.

Next, consider the overall layout of your gallery wall. You can use a variety of different layout options, such as a grid or a more organic, asymmetrical design. It's important to play around with different layouts to find the one that works best for your space and the pieces you've chosen. You can also use paper cut-outs to place on your wall as a template before you start hanging frames up.

Once you have a general layout in mind, it's time to start hanging your frames. When hanging your frames, it's important to use the right hardware and to make sure that the frames are level. This will ensure that your gallery wall looks neat and polished. It's also a good idea to use a level or a spirit level to ensure that your frames are straight.

When choosing frames, you can mix and match frame styles, materials and colors to create an interesting and dynamic display. A good rule of thumb is to use a combination of large and small frames and to vary the orientation of the frames (landscape or portrait) to create visual interest. You can also use different styles of frames to add texture and depth to your gallery wall.

In addition to photographs and artwork, you can also include mementos on your gallery wall, such as postcards, ticket stubs, and other small items that hold special meaning to you. These items can be displayed in small frames or in shadow box frames. These frames will protect your mementos and also give them a place of honor on your gallery wall.

Finally, it's important to step back and take a look at your gallery wall as a whole. You may need to make some adjustments to the layout, move frames around and keep them spaced apart. Be mindful of what will be seen behind the frames, you may need to rearrange or remove some items behind the frames. Once you're happy with the final look, you can enjoy your new gallery wall and all the memories it holds.

Creating a gallery wall is a great way to personalize your space and to showcase the things that you love. With a little bit of planning and attention to detail, you can create a beautiful and cohesive display that will be a pleasure to look at and enjoy every day. Have fun and be creative with the process!


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Why buy a Brand-Name frame?

When it comes to buying a picture frame, there are a few key factors to consider, such as the size, style, and material of the frame. One important consideration is whether to purchase a brand name or no-name frame. Both options have their pros and cons, and the decision ultimately comes down to personal preference and budget.

One of the main benefits of buying a brand name picture frame is that you can trust the quality of the product. Brand name frames are typically made with higher-quality materials, such as wood or metal, and are built to last. They are often more durable and resistant to wear and tear than no-name frames. Additionally, brand name frames often come with a warranty, which can provide peace of mind in the event that the frame becomes damaged or breaks.

Another benefit of brand name frames is that they are often more visually appealing and stylish. Many brand name frame manufacturers offer a wide range of design options, from classic and traditional to modern and trendy. This allows customers to choose a frame that matches their personal style and the decor of their home.

Another benefit of brand name frames is that they can be a good investment in the long run. Many brand name frames hold their value over time and can even increase in value as they are perceived as more valuable than no-name frames.

On the other hand, one of the main benefits of buying a no-name picture frame is that they are typically less expensive than brand name frames. This can be a big factor for those on a budget. Additionally, no-name frames can still be very attractive and well-made, so cost should not be the only consideration when making a decision.

In summary, the decision of buying a brand name picture frame vs a no-name depends on personal preference and budget. Brand name frames are generally more expensive, but they offer higher quality materials, durability, warranty and style options and can be a good investment in the long run. No-name frames, on the other hand, can be a more budget-friendly option without compromising on the overall aesthetic appeal.


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What is so special about leather albums?

When it comes to choosing materials for a photo album, both leather and plastic have their own unique characteristics and advantages. However, there are several reasons why leather makes more sense as a material choice.

One of the most obvious benefits of using leather is its durability. Leather is a natural material that is made to last, and it can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. In contrast, plastic is a synthetic material that can become brittle over time, making it less suitable for something that needs to stand the test of time like a photo album.

Another advantage of leather is its aesthetic appeal. Leather has a natural, elegant look that can add a touch of class to any photo album. It can come in different shades and textures, allowing for a wide range of design possibilities. Plastic, on the other hand, tends to have a less-refined appearance, making it less visually pleasing for a keepsake item like a photo album.

Leather is also a good material choice for a photo album because it is acid-free and lignin-free. Acid and lignin can cause yellowing and deterioration of photographs over time, but leather is free of these chemicals. This means that the photos in a leather-bound album will be better protected and will last longer.

Another important aspect is that leather is a eco-friendly material. In contrast, plastic is a non-biodegradable product that cause a lot of pollution and damage to the environment. Leather is a natural product, and it is biodegradable, which means that it can be broken down by natural processes and does not leave any lasting environmental damage.

In addition, leather can be repaired and refinished over time, whereas plastic is difficult to fix and typically needs to be replaced. This makes leather a more sustainable choice for a photo album that you hope to keep for a long time.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why leather is a better choice than plastic for a photo album. Its durability, aesthetic appeal, acid-free and lignin-free properties, eco-friendly characteristics, and the ability to be repaired and refinished all make it a material that is well-suited for this purpose. While plastic may be cheaper and more readily available, it simply cannot match the benefits that leather offers.


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Every picture I ever took is on my phone. Why SendAFrame ?

Printed photos in frames offer several advantages over viewing them on a phone.

One of the biggest benefits of having printed photos in frames is that they allow for a more immersive and meaningful viewing experience. When a photo is printed and displayed in a frame, it becomes a tangible object that can be admired and appreciated in the physical world. It can be placed in a location where it can be easily seen and enjoyed, such as on a mantel or desk, where it can be looked at and remembered every day. In contrast, photos on a phone are often quickly scrolled through and forgotten about, as they are easily accessible and can be easily replaced with new photos.

Another advantage of printed photos in frames is that they are more durable than digital photos. Printed photos can last for decades, if not longer, while digital photos can be lost or damaged due to a variety of factors, such as a broken phone, software crashes, or corrupted files. Additionally, printed photos are less susceptible to the fading or deterioration that can occur with digital images over time.

Printed photos in frames also offer a greater sense of permanence and significance than digital photos. They are a physical reminder of important moments, people, and places that can be shared and passed down through generations. They can also be displayed in a way that is personalized and meaningful to the viewer, such as in a collage or grouped with other mementos. This can be a powerful way to create a sense of connection and continuity with the past.

In addition, Prints have the ability to evoke emotions and memories in a way that digital images might not. The physical nature of a photo print allows for a more visceral and emotional response, as opposed to the detachment that can come from viewing photos on a screen.

In conclusion, while viewing photos on a phone may be convenient, printed photos in frames offer a more immersive and meaningful viewing experience, greater durability, a greater sense of permanence and significance, and ability to evoke more emotions and memories. They are a valuable way to preserve memories, share them with others, and keep them alive for many years to come.


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What is archival storage? Should I care?

Archival storage is a crucial aspect of preserving photographs for the long-term. There are several reasons why it is important to use archival storage methods for pictures.

First and foremost, archival storage ensures that photographs are protected from physical damage. Photographs, especially older ones, can be sensitive to light, heat, humidity, and other environmental factors. Archival storage materials, such as acid-free paper and polyester sleeves, provide a barrier between the photograph and the environment, preventing damage from occurring. Archival storage also provides protection from handling damage, which can occur when photographs are frequently handled or displayed.

Secondly, archival storage can help to preserve the integrity of the photograph. Traditional photographs can fade or discolor over time due to environmental factors, and digital photographs can become corrupted or lost due to technological obsolescence. Archival storage methods, such as storing photographs in a cool, dark, and dry place, and using non-reactive materials, can slow down the deterioration of the photograph and help to preserve its colors and details for future generations.

Thirdly, archival storage allows for easy access and preservation of family history. When photographs are well-preserved and easily accessible, they can be enjoyed and shared with future generations. This allows for the preservation of family history and cultural heritage, as photographs often serve as a visual record of past events, people, and places.

Finally, archival storage can also be important for professional photographers, who need to ensure that their work is preserved for future use. Photographers may use archival storage to store negatives or digital files, or to protect the prints of their work. This ensures that the photographs can be used for future projects or exhibitions.

In conclusion, archival storage is an essential aspect of preserving photographs for the long-term. It helps to protect photographs from physical damage, preserve their integrity, and allow for easy access and preservation of family history. Photographers also need to ensure that their work is preserved for future use. It is essential for anyone who wants to keep their pictures for the long term to use archival storage methods. Whether you have photographs at home or are a professional photographer, archival storage is an essential step to ensure that your pictures are well-preserved for future generations.


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Senda FRAME? Why frames?

A framed photo is a superior gift to give someone because it is both personal and lasting. Giving a photo as a gift allows the recipient to hold onto a special memory, and the physical nature of a framed photo makes it something that can be displayed and cherished for years to come.

One of the main reasons that a framed photo makes such a great gift is that it is a way to give someone a tangible representation of a shared memory or experience. Photos are powerful mementos that can help to preserve the memories of special moments, such as a family vacation or a cherished event. Giving a framed photo as a gift allows the recipient to look back on that memory and remember the emotions and feelings associated with it.

Another reason that a framed photo is a superior gift is that it is a tangible object that can be displayed in the home. Unlike digital photos, which can easily be lost or forgotten, a framed photo can be hung on a wall or placed on a bookshelf, where it can be seen and appreciated every day. This makes it a more lasting reminder of the memory or experience that it represents, and it can serve as a constant source of inspiration or comfort.

Picture frames make a space personal.

Additionally, photos are versatile gifts that can be easily tailored to suit the recipient. A framed photo can be as simple or elaborate as you like. A candid family photo can be framed in a simple and elegant wooden frame, for example, or a beautiful landscape shot can be printed on canvas and framed in a more elaborate way.

In conclusion, a framed photo is a superior gift because it is both personal and lasting. It allows the recipient to hold onto a special memory, and the physical nature of a framed photo makes it something that can be displayed and cherished for years to come. It can be a constant reminder of the memory or experience that it represents, versatile and tailored to the person it is meant for.


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Do I need to use a mat in my frame?

Matting a photo refers to the process of placing a photo in a mat, which is a border or frame that surrounds the image. Matting serves several purposes, including protecting the photo, enhancing its visual appeal, and making it easier to display or store.

One of the primary benefits of matting a photo is that it helps to protect the image. A mat provides a barrier between the photo and the outside world, which can help to prevent damage from dust, dirt, and other contaminants. Additionally, a mat can help to keep the photo from sticking to the glass of a frame, which can cause damage over time.

Another benefit of matting a photo is that it can enhance the visual appeal of the image. Matting can be used to create a striking contrast between the photo and the surrounding mat, which can draw attention to the image and make it more visually appealing. Additionally, matting can be used to complement the colors in the photo and to create a cohesive look with the surrounding decor.

Thirdly, matting can make it easier to display or store a photo. A mat can be used to create a uniform appearance for a group of photos, which can make them look more polished and professional when displayed together. Additionally, matting can make it easier to store photos by protecting the image while they are being stored.

Additionally, matting can also provide an opportunity for creative expression. There are many different types of mats available, such as acid-free mats and colored mats, which can be used to create different effects and to complement different styles of photography. Additionally, custom-cut mats can be created to perfectly fit a photo, giving the image a professional look and making it stand out from others.

Furthermore, matting also can help to preserve the condition and value of the photo. When a photo is mounted on a mat, it is physically separated from the frame, which can help to prevent damage caused by pressure or heat. Additionally, a acid-free mat can prevent any chemical reactions that can damage the photo over time.

In conclusion, matting a photo can serve multiple purposes, from protecting the image to enhancing its visual appeal and making it easier to display or store. Matting can also provide an opportunity for creative expression and help preserve the condition and value of the photo. Therefore, matting is a great way to give any photo a professional look and make it stand out.


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Do people still use photo albums?

Photo albums are a great way to preserve memories and tell the story of your life. They allow you to physically hold and flip through the memories of your past, rather than just scrolling through them on a screen.
Creating a photo album is also a fun and creative process. You can choose the layout, the design, and the pictures that you want to include. It is a way to be artistic with your memories, you can make it look like a art book.

One of the most appealing aspect of photo albums is their ability to create a tangible connection with the past. Whether you're looking at pictures of yourself as a child or pictures of loved ones who have passed away, having physical prints of those memories can make them feel more real and present.
Additionally, photo albums are a great way to share memories with others. Whether you're flipping through an album with friends and family or looking through it on your own, the memories in the album can spark conversation and bring people closer together.

Another benefit of photo albums is that they last longer than digital storage. Physical photo albums are more durable than digital storage devices, and it's unlikely that they will crash or get corrupted. There's a certain level of security and reassurance knowing that your physical albums are safely stored in your home.

Making a photo album also provides a chance to reflect on past experiences and emotions. You will have a chance to revisit the memories, and see how they fit into the larger narrative of your life.
It can also serve as a reminder of your history and identity. Photos capture not just the people, places and things in our lives, but also the moods, emotions and feelings that we felt at that time. It can be very sentimental and heartwarming.

In conclusion, photo albums are an excellent way to preserve memories and tell the story of your life. They allow you to physically hold and flip through the memories of your past, they are a fun and creative way to display your memories, they are a great way to share memories with others, and they last longer than digital storage. Photo albums provide a tangible connection to the past, a chance to reflect on past experiences and emotions, and a reminder of your history and identity.


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Some frames are described as Shadow Box. What is a shadow box?

Shadow box picture frames are a unique and versatile way to display a variety of items. These frames are typically deeper than traditional picture frames, allowing for the display of three-dimensional objects such as memorabilia, collectibles, and other sentimental items.

One of the main advantages of using a shadow box frame is that it provides a way to showcase multiple items in a single display. For example, if you have a collection of small trinkets or tokens that are meaningful to you, a shadow box frame allows you to arrange them in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to view. This can be a great way to preserve and display items that have sentimental value, such as a collection of ticket stubs from concerts you've attended, or a group of pressed flowers from a special event.

Another advantage of shadow box frames is that they can help to protect the items they display. Many shadow boxes are designed with a glass or acrylic front that keeps items safe from dust and other environmental factors. Additionally, because items are arranged inside the frame, they are less likely to be handled or accidentally damaged.

In addition to being functional, shadow box frames can also be quite beautiful and stylish. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles, so it is easy to find one that complements the items you wish to display and the decor of your home or office. For example, a rustic wooden shadow box with a wire mesh front can be a great way to display natural items like shells or rocks, while a sleek, modern black frame can provide an elegant contrast to delicate items like lace or feathers.

Shadow boxes also have flexibility in terms of what you can display. It can be used to showcase the art pieces, memorabilia, collectibles, souvenirs, and personal items. The options are endless. It can be photos, medals, postcards, coins, ticket stubs, anything that holds memories and special meanings. Not just for personal use, it can also be used for a business purpose in which it can be used as an attractive way to present an award or certificate, or to promote a product or service.

Shadow box frames can also be great conversation starters. They can be used to tell a story, share a memory, or showcase a particular interest or hobby. For example, if you have a collection of small figurines or miniatures, a shadow box can be a great way to display them and spark conversations with others who share your interest.

Finally, shadow box frames are easy to make. You can easily make a shadow box frame with a simple wooden frame, some foam board and a sheet of glass. It is a simple DIY project that can be done in a few hours. There are also plenty of online tutorials and resources available that can guide you through the process of creating your own shadow box frame.

In conclusion, shadow box picture frames are a great way to display a variety of sentimental items and other mementos. They offer a unique and versatile way to showcase multiple items in a single display, and can help to protect items from dust and other environmental factors. They are also stylish, flexible, and easy to make, which make them an attractive choice for both personal and professional uses. With all these benefits, it's no wonder why shadow box picture frames have become such a popular way to preserve and display cherished memories.


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What is a FLOAT frame?

A float frame is a type of picture frame that is designed to create the illusion that the artwork or photograph it contains is floating within the frame. This is achieved by mounting the artwork or photograph on a clear acrylic or glass panel, which is then suspended within the frame by thin metal or plastic brackets or clips.

The main advantage of a float frame is that it allows the artwork or photograph to be viewed from all sides, rather than just the front as with traditional frames. This can be particularly effective for three-dimensional artworks or photographs with interesting details on the back or sides. Additionally, the clear acrylic or glass panel can also protect the artwork or photograph from dust, dirt, and other types of damage.

Float frames are typically made from wood, metal or plastic, and can be found in a variety of styles and finishes. Some float frames feature a simple, minimalist design, while others have more ornate or decorative elements. The frames can also be found in a variety of sizes, and can be used to display artworks or photographs of various sizes and shapes.

The concept of floating frames can be used in different kind of artworks, from paintings, prints, to photographs and even sculptures. The clear acrylic or glass panel can be used to showcase the 3D aspect of sculpture, and the floating effect gives a sense of levitation which can be quite interesting to look at.

Float frames are relatively easy to use. The artwork or photograph is simply placed on the clear acrylic or glass panel, which is then inserted into the frame. The brackets or clips are then used to hold the panel securely in place. Some frames also come with a hanging system, allowing them to be easily hung on a wall.

In conclusion, float frames are an effective way to display artworks and photographs. The floating effect can enhance the overall look of the artwork and the clear acrylic or glass panel can protect it from damage. They are available in a variety of styles and finishes, are usually very easy to use, making them a great choice for both professional and amateur artists, photographers, or art collectors.


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Lots of different type of albums. What is the difference?

Traditional photo albums come in a variety of different types, each with their own unique features and benefits. Some of the most popular types of traditional photo albums include scrapbook albums, spiral bound albums, and traditional 'bookbound' albums.

Scrapbook albums are a popular choice for those who enjoy the creative process of scrapbooking. These albums typically feature large pages with a lot of space for adding photos, journaling, and other embellishments. Scrapbook albums are often decorated with a variety of different materials, including stickers, ribbon, and other decorative elements. They also often include a variety of different pockets and sleeves for storing photos and mementos.

Spiral bound albums are another popular option for traditional photo albums. These albums feature a spiral binding that allows the pages to lie flat, making it easy to add and view photos. They are often made from high-quality materials, such as acid-free paper, to ensure that the photos are protected and preserved for many years to come. Spiral bound albums are also often designed with a variety of different covers, such as leather or cloth, to give them a more personalized look.

Traditional bound albums are similar to spiral bound albums in that they feature a bound spine that allows the pages to lie flat. However, traditional bound albums are often made with a hard cover and feature a more classic and elegant design. They are also often made with high-quality materials, such as acid-free paper, to ensure that the photos are protected and preserved for many years to come.

Another popular type of traditional photo album is the post-bound album. The post-bound album features a unique binding system that allows the pages to be easily added, removed, and rearranged. This makes it a great option for those who want to be able to add new photos and mementos to their album over time. The post-bound album is also often made with a variety of different covers, such as leather or cloth, to give them a more personalized look.

A traditional photo album is a great way to preserve and display your cherished memories for years to come. With so many different types of albums to choose from, you can find one that perfectly suits your needs and style. Whether you prefer the creativity of scrapbooking, the convenience of a spiral bound album, or the classic elegance of a traditional bound album, there is a traditional photo album out there that is perfect for you.

In conclusion, traditional photo albums are a great way to store and showcase your memories. They come in different types like scrapbook albums, spiral bound albums, traditional bound albums and post-bound albums each with their own unique features and benefits. Whether you prefer the creativity of scrapbooking or the convenience of a spiral bound album or the classic elegance of a traditional bound album, there is a traditional photo album out there that is perfect for you.


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What is the difference between the different METAL types?

Silverplate, goldplate, sterling silver, pewter, and cast metals are all types of metal that are used in various applications, such as jewelry, tableware, decorative items - and picture frames! However, they have distinct differences in terms of composition, quality, and durability.

Silverplate is a type of metal that is made by electroplating a thin layer of silver onto a base metal, such as copper or brass. Silverplating is a cheaper alternative to solid silver, and it is often used to make items such as flatware and candlesticks. The silver layer on silverplate can wear off over time, revealing the base metal underneath. To maintain the appearance of silverplate, it needs to be polished regularly.

Goldplate is similar to silverplate, but it is made by electroplating a thin layer of gold onto a base metal. Goldplate is also less expensive than solid gold and is often used to make items such as jewelry and decorative items. Like silverplate, the gold layer on goldplate can wear off over time and needs to be maintained.

Sterling silver is a type of silver that is made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Sterling silver is a more durable and higher-quality metal than silverplate, and it is often used to make items such as jewelry and flatware. Normally, sterling silver will tarnish over time and needs to be polished to maintain its shine. But because picture frames aren't used for eating, they all have a thin coating of clear lacquer to stay no-need-for-polishing beautiful. SendAFrame has one of the largest inventories of sterling frames in the America.

Pewter is a type of metal that is made up of tin, with small amounts of copper and antimony. Pewter is a relatively soft metal that is often used to make items such as figurines, candlesticks, and decorative items. Pewter is less expensive than silver and does not tarnish, but it can become scratched or dented easily. A wonderful feature of pewter is its ability to be fashioned into very articulated artful forms.

Cast metals are a group of metals that are poured into a mold and cooled to solidify. Cast metals can include bronze, aluminum, iron, and more. They can be used for many different application from sculpture to architecture, and have a wide range of quality and durability.

Questions about the type of metal to choose?  Use our LIVE CHAT to work with a service rep.  Everyone at SendAFrame can help.


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What do the measurements mean when describing photo frames?

Picture frames in America are measured and described in inches. The size of a picture frame is determined by the size of the opening or aperture that holds the picture.  Almost always it is the same size as the exact dimensions of the glass lens. This opening is measured in inches, with the width being listed first and the height being listed second. For example, a common frame size is 8x10 inches, which means the opening is 8 inches wide and 10 inches tall.

The overall size of the frame, including the border or matting, will be slightly larger than the aperture. This allows for the picture to be inserted into the frame and for a matting or border to be added around the picture. The size of the border or matting can vary, but it is typically between 1/2 and 1 inch.

When measuring a picture frame, it is important to pay attention to the actual size of the aperture and not the overall size of the frame. This is because the aperture is the part of the frame that holds the picture and is what will be visible when the frame is displayed. The overall size of the frame is important for determining where the frame will fit and how it will look in the space where it will be displayed, but it is not as important for determining the size of the picture that will fit in the frame.

It's important to note that most picture frames are made with standard sizes, so that you can easily find a frame to fit a picture you already have. However, if you have a picture that does not fit a standard size, you can get custom frames made to fit the picture perfectly.

In addition, some frames can be adjusted for different size of picture by adding or removing a matting or by adjusting the width of the frame. This allows you to use the same frame for multiple pictures of different sizes.  There are also "float" frames available that accomodate a more liberal range of size art in the frame.

When purchasing a frame, it's important to make sure that the frame you choose is the right size for the picture you want to display. Measuring the picture and comparing it to the size of the aperture will help you find a frame that will fit the picture perfectly.


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Wood vs Plastic frame material

There are two main materials that are commonly used for picture frames that look like wood: real "milled" wood and faux wood made of plastic. Both materials have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and the choice between them will depend on a variety of factors, including personal preference, cost, and the intended use of the frame.

One of the main benefits of wooden picture frames is that they are durable and long-lasting. Wood is a strong and sturdy material that can withstand the test of time, and a well-made wood frame will last for many years without showing signs of wear and tear. In addition, wood frames can be easily repaired or restored if they become damaged, making them a great choice for frames that will be used and handled frequently.

Another benefit of wood picture frames is that they are aesthetically pleasing. Wood is a natural material that has a warm and inviting look, and it can complement a wide range of decor styles. Wood frames also come in a variety of finishes and stains, so they can be customized to match the specific look and feel of a room or space.

One of the main benefits of plastic picture frames is that they are lightweight and easy to handle. Unlike wood frames, plastic frames are not as heavy, which makes them easier to move around and hang on a wall. They also tend to be more affordable than wooden frames, which can be especially beneficial for people on a budget. Additionally, plastic frames are very easy to clean and maintain, which can be important for those who want to keep their frames looking new.

Another benefit of plastic picture frames is that they are versatile. Plastic frames come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs, so it's easy to find one that will match any decor or room. They can also be used for a variety of different settings, from homes to offices, without looking out of place.

To summarize: wood and plastic picture frames both have their own unique benefits. Wood frames are durable, long-lasting, and visually appealing, making them a great choice for frames that will be used and handled frequently. Plastic frames, on the other hand, are lightweight, easy to handle and more affordable, as well as easy to clean and maintain, making them a good option for those who want an easy and convenient way to display their photos. Ultimately, the choice between wood and plastic frames will depend on your individual needs and preferences.


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Engraving takes time and cost more. Why bother?

An engraved gift is often considered to be a more thoughtful and personalized option than a gift without engraving. There are several reasons why an engraved gift is better than one without engraving.

Firstly, an engraved gift adds a personal touch to the item, making it truly unique and special. Engraving allows for the inclusion of a personal message, the recipient's name, or a meaningful date, which makes the gift more meaningful and sentimental. This can turn an ordinary gift into a cherished keepsake that the recipient will treasure for years to come.

Secondly, engraving makes a gift more durable. Engraving is a permanent process that is resistant to wear and tear, unlike some other forms of personalization, such as printing or painting. This means that the personalization will remain legible and clear, even after years of use or handling.

Thirdly, engraved gifts are often perceived as being of higher quality. Engraving is often associated with luxury items, such as fine jewelry or high-end writing instruments, and can imbue a gift with a sense of prestige and value. This perception can make the gift even more special and appreciated by the recipient.

Lastly, giving an engraved gift can also be a way to show the recipient that you put extra thought and care into the gift-selection process. This can make the recipient feel valued and appreciated, and can foster a deeper sense of connection between the giver and the recipient.

In conclusion, an engraved gift is a better choice than a gift without engraving as it adds a personal touch, makes the gift more durable, is perceived as being of higher quality, and shows that you put thought and care into the gift. All of these factors combined make an engraved gift more meaningful and appreciated by the recipient, which can make it a cherished keepsake that they will treasure for years to come.


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Why Archival?

Archival storage is a crucial aspect of preserving photographs for the long-term. There are several reasons why it is important to use archival storage methods for pictures.

First and foremost, archival storage ensures that photographs are protected from physical damage. Photographs, especially older ones, can be sensitive to light, heat, humidity, and other environmental factors. Archival storage materials, such as acid-free paper and polyester sleeves, provide a barrier between the photograph and the environment, preventing damage from occurring. Archival storage also provides protection from handling damage, which can occur when photographs are frequently handled or displayed.

Secondly, archival storage can help to preserve the integrity of the photograph. Traditional photographs can fade or discolor over time due to environmental factors, and digital photographs can become corrupted or lost due to technological obsolescence. Archival storage methods, such as storing photographs in a cool, dark, and dry place, and using non-reactive materials, can slow down the deterioration of the photograph and help to preserve its colors and details for future generations.

Thirdly, archival storage allows for easy access and preservation of family history. When photographs are well-preserved and easily accessible, they can be enjoyed and shared with future generations. This allows for the preservation of family history and cultural heritage, as photographs often serve as a visual record of past events, people, and places.

Finally, archival storage can also be important for professional photographers, who need to ensure that their work is preserved for future use. Photographers may use archival storage to store negatives or digital files, or to protect the prints of their work. This ensures that the photographs can be used for future projects or exhibitions.

In conclusion, archival storage is an essential aspect of preserving photographs for the long-term. It helps to protect photographs from physical damage, preserve their integrity, and allow for easy access and preservation of family history. Photographers also need to ensure that their work is preserved for future use. It is essential for anyone who wants to keep their pictures for the long term to use archival storage methods. Whether you have photographs at home or are a professional photographer, archival storage is an essential step to ensure that your pictures are well-preserved for future generations.


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Are picture frames good gifts?

Gift-giving is a significant part of American culture, and there are many different categories of gifts that are popular in the United States. Where does PICTURE FRAMES as a category rank?  Here, here are the top 10 gift categories that are most sought after by consumers in the United States.

#1 Electronics: Technology is a rapidly evolving field, and there are always new gadgets and devices that people want to own. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and smartwatches, electronic gifts are always in high demand.

#2 Clothing and Accessories: Clothing and accessories make great gifts, as they are practical and can be used every day. Popular gift items in this category include clothing, jewelry, watches, and handbags.

#3 Home Goods: Home goods, such as kitchen appliances, bedding, and home decor (with photo frames), are popular gift options for people of all ages. These gifts can be used to improve the look and feel of a person's home, and they are often appreciated for their practicality.

#4 Books and Media: Books, music, and movies are great gifts for people of all ages. They provide entertainment and education and are perfect for people who enjoy reading, listening to music, or watching movies.

#5 Food and Drink: Food and drink gifts, such as gourmet chocolates, wine, and specialty foods, make great gifts for people who appreciate good food and drink. These gifts are perfect for foodies, wine lovers, and those who enjoy cooking and entertaining.

#6 Personal Care and Beauty: Personal care and beauty products, such as skincare, makeup, and fragrance, are popular gift options for women. These gifts can be used to help people feel and look their best.

#7 Outdoor and Sports: Outdoor and sports equipment, such as camping gear, bicycles, and golf clubs, are popular gifts for people who enjoy the outdoors and physical activity. These gifts can be used to help people stay active and enjoy the great outdoors.

#8 Toys and Games: Toys and games make great gifts for children, and are also enjoyed by adults. Popular gift items in this category include action figures, board games, and video games.

#9 Art and Collectibles: Art and collectibles, such as paintings, sculptures, and antiques, are popular gifts for people who appreciate fine art and unique items. These gifts are often appreciated for their beauty, rarity, and historical value.

#10 Services: Services, such as spa treatments, cooking classes, and travel experiences, are becoming increasingly popular as gifts. These gifts can be used to create special memories and provide unique experiences that people can enjoy together.

source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, reported June 2020


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Every photo I`ve ever taken is on my phone. Why print any?

Printed photos have a number of benefits that make them a valuable addition to any collection. One of the most obvious benefits is that they are physical objects that can be held and admired, unlike digital images which are often stored on a computer or phone and may be rarely looked at. This physicality also means that printed photos can be displayed in a variety of ways, such as in frames, albums, or scrapbooks, allowing them to be enjoyed by both the person who took the photo and by others.

Another benefit of printed photos is their durability.  You would first thing that images kept on a device last forever.  Digital images can be easily lost or damaged due to hardware or software failures, but printed photos are much more resilient. They can last for decades or even centuries if properly stored and cared for, providing a way to preserve memories for future generations. Additionally, printed photos can be backed up by making multiple copies, so even if one is lost, the memory is still preserved.

Printed photos also offer a level of personalization that digital images cannot match. They can be printed in a variety of sizes and styles, such as glossy or matte finishes, sepia tones, or black-and-white. This allows for a level of creativity and expression that is not possible with digital images. Additionally, printed photos can be decorated or annotated with pens or markers, adding an even more personal touch to the image.

Furthermore, printed photos also have emotional benefits. Holding a physical photo of a loved one or a special moment can evoke feelings of nostalgia and bring back memories, something that cannot be replicated by simply looking at a digital image. Also, printed photos can be used to create a sense of continuity and connection to the past, allowing people to see how they have changed and grown over time.

Lastly, printed photos also have social benefits. They provide a way for people to share memories with others and can be used to start conversations and connect people. For example, a printed photo album can be passed around among friends and family, allowing each person to share their own memories and perspectives on the images. This can be a bonding experience and can create a sense of shared history.

In conclusion, printed photos offer a number of benefits that make them a valuable addition to any collection. They are physical objects that can be held and admired, they are durable and can last for decades or even centuries, they offer a level of personalization that digital images cannot match, they have emotional benefits and they have social benefits. Therefore, it is still worth to have printed photos and enjoy their benefits, even in today's digital age.
 


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How many photos are best saved in a photo album?

The optimal number of photos in a photo album depends on several factors, including the purpose of the album, the number of events or memories being captured, and the individual preferences of the person creating the album.

For a general photo album that captures a variety of events and memories, a good rule of thumb is to include around 150-200 photos. This allows for a good balance between showcasing a variety of memories without overwhelming the viewer with too many images.

However, if the album is being created for a specific event or trip, such as a vacation or wedding, the number of photos may need to be higher to fully capture all the special moments. In these cases, it is important to carefully curate the photos and choose only the best and most meaningful images to include.

It is also important to consider the format of the album. A physical photo album will have limitations on the number of photos it can hold, while a digital album can accommodate a much larger number of images. When creating a digital album, it is still important to be selective and not include too many photos as it can be overwhelming for the viewer to scroll through a large number of images.

Ultimately, the optimal number of photos in a photo album is a matter of personal preference. Some people may prefer to include more photos to capture every detail, while others may prefer a more curated selection that focuses on the most meaningful memories. The important thing is to create an album that accurately reflects the events and memories it captures, and that can be enjoyed by those who view it.

In conclusion, the optimal number of photos in a photo album is not a fixed number but it depends on the purpose of the album, the number of events or memories being captured, and the individual preferences of the person creating the album, generally between 50-100 photos. It's important to be selective, curate the photos and choose only the best and most meaningful images to include in the album, also consider the format of the album, whether physical or digital.

 


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Is a picture frame a good wedding gift?

A picture frame can be a great wedding gift for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a picture frame allows the couple to display a special photograph from their wedding day, which can serve as a cherished reminder of the special occasion for years to come. Additionally, a picture frame can serve as a decorative piece in the couple's home, as it can be displayed on a mantel, bookshelf, or other prominent location.

Another benefit of giving a picture frame as a wedding gift is its versatility. Picture frames come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and materials, so it is easy to find one that will complement the couple's personal taste and home decor. Additionally, picture frames can be easily customized with engravings or inscriptions, making them an even more personal and meaningful gift.

Furthermore, picture frames are relatively affordable, which makes them a great option for those on a budget. They also can be found in many stores and online shops. Picture frames are also a great option for those who want to give a gift that will be used and appreciated for years to come, rather than something that may be forgotten or discarded after a short period of time


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What are paper photo mounts?

Paper photo mounts, also known as paper folders or frames, are a great option for displaying photographs because they are inexpensive, versatile, and easy to use.

One of the main advantages of paper photo mounts is their cost-effectiveness. Compared to other types of photo frames, such as metal or wooden frames, paper frames are significantly cheaper. This makes them a great option for those on a budget who still want to display their photographs in a stylish and professional manner.

Often referred to as "school picture frames" because American children typically brought home their class pictures in them, paper photo mounts are extremely versatile. SendAFrame stocks mounts in a wide range of sizes and styles, making them suitable for a variety of photographs, from small prints to large posters. They can also be used in a variety of settings, such as in a home, office, or commercial space.

Paper frames can be easily customized with different colors, patterns, and designs to match the style of any space or photograph.

Another great thing about paper photo mounts is their ease of use. They typically come pre-cut and pre-scored, which means that all you have to do is fold and glue them together. This makes them an ideal option for people who are not particularly handy or who don't have a lot of time to spend on making a frame. Additionally, paper frames are lightweight and easy to hang, making them great for renters who are not allowed to make holes in the walls.

Cost-effective, versatile, and easy to use, paper photo mounts also have a number of environmental benefits. They are made from paper, which is a renewable resource and can be recycled after use. This makes them a more sustainable option than metal or wooden frames, which can be difficult to recycle and may use non-renewable resources.

Overall, paper photo mounts are a great option for anyone looking to display photographs in a stylish and professional manner. They are inexpensive, versatile, easy to use, and environmentally friendly. Whether you're looking to display a family photo in your living room, or to showcase a piece of art in a commercial space, paper frames are a great choice.


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Ready-made vs Custom-Cut frames

There are two main options in the world of picture frames: a custom frame or a ready-made frame. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the decision of which to choose ultimately depends on the individual's specific needs and preferences.

One of the main advantages of a custom frame is that it allows for a greater degree of personalization. With a custom frame, the individual can select the exact materials, colors, and designs that they want, ensuring that the frame perfectly matches the style and aesthetic of their home or office. Additionally, custom frames can be made to fit any size or shape of photograph or artwork, making them a great option for those with non-standard sized pieces.

Another advantage of custom frames is that they tend to be of higher quality than ready-made frames. This is because custom frames are typically made by hand, using premium materials and craftsmanship. This means that a custom frame is likely to last longer and retain its appearance better over time than a ready-made frame.

However, custom-cut frames do have some disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages is that they tend to be more expensive than ready-made frames. This is because of the additional time, materials, and craftsmanship that goes into creating a custom frame. Additionally, custom frames may take longer to produce than ready-made frames, so individuals may have to wait longer to display their photographs or artwork.

On the other hand, ready-made frames are a more affordable option, as they are mass-produced and available in a wide range of sizes and styles. Furthermore, they are a great option if you need a frame quickly since they are literally "off the shelf" here at SendAFrame.

In conclusion, the choice between a custom-cut or ready-made picture frame depends on your need and preferences. Custom frames offer a greater degree of personalization and higher quality, but they can be more expensive and take longer to produce. Ready-made frames are more affordable and fast to ship, but they may not offer the same level of personalization or quality. 


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What size photo frame is best for gift giving?

The Best Size Photo Frame for Gift Giving

Giving a photo frame as a gift can be a thoughtful and personal choice. However, choosing the right size for the photo frame can be a bit tricky. Let's take a look at the benefits of the various sizes of photo frames available and which one is the best for gift giving.

4x6 inches

The most common size for a photo frame is 4x6 inches. This size is perfect for standard sized photographs, such as those taken by a smartphone or a point-and-shoot camera. It is also the most affordable option, making it a great choice for budget-conscious gift givers. Additionally, 4x6 frames are widely available and easy to find in most stores.

5x7 inches

Another popular size for a photo frame is 5x7 inches. This size is slightly larger than a 4x6 frame, making it a great option for larger family photos or group shots. It is also a great size for portrait photographs, as it allows for a larger image of the subject's face. However, 5x7 frames tend to be slightly more expensive than 4x6 frames, so they may not be the best choice for budget-conscious gift givers.

8x10 inches

An 8x10 inch photo frame is a great option for larger, more detailed photographs. This size is perfect for landscape photos or other types of images that require more space to showcase their details. However, 8x10 frames are quite large, so they may not be the best choice for smaller spaces or for gift giving to people with limited space. They also tend to be more expensive than 4x6 or 5x7 frames.

Can't decide? Consider giving a float frame

If the frames is realy the gift, and not the photo, a 'float frame' may be a great choice.  Float frames let a photo literally "float" in the middle of the frame. 2 pieces of clear material keep the photo suspended with air around it. This way the recipient can use it for the size of the frame, or any size smaller.

Which to choose?

SendAFrame carries all size ready-made frames, and we try to keep in-stock all 3 sizes of a style. the best size for a photo frame for gift giving depends on the specific needs and preferences of the person you are giving the gift to. If you are on a budget, a 4x6 inch frame is the most affordable option. If you want to showcase a larger image or a more detailed photograph, a 5x7 or 8x10 inch frame may be a better choice. Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose a size that is appropriate for the image and the space it will be displayed in.


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What is a Rabbet?

A rabbet is a rectangular groove or recess cut into the edge of a board or panel. It is often used in woodworking and carpentry to join two pieces of wood together, such as in a frame or cabinet. The rabbet is cut into one piece of wood, and a matching piece is then fitted into the groove, creating a tight, flush joint.

There are several different types of rabbets, each with their own specific uses. A single rabbet is a groove that is cut into one edge of a board, while a double rabbet is a groove cut into two edges of a board. A stopped rabbet is a groove that is only cut into a portion of the board, while a through rabbet is cut all the way through the board.

Wood picture frames commonly have rabbets in the moulding. By cutting a rabbet into the edges of the frame pieces, they can be securely joined together to create a strong and stable structure. Rabbets can also be used in the construction of cabinets and other woodworking projects, such as bookcases and shelves, to create a seamless, finished look.

To create a rabbet, a woodworker can use a variety of tools, including a router, a table saw, or a hand saw. The specific technique used will depend on the type of rabbet being created and the tools available. It's important to have the right tools, and the right skills to use them, to make a clean and accurate cut.


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Why no Digital Frames at SendAFrame?

Digital frames, also known as electronic photo frames, are devices that display digital images on a screen. They are becoming increasingly popular as a way to display photos, but we don't offer them.  Here's why:

Archival.  Heirloom.  Keepsake.  Memories.  All of these are words in the DNA of SendAFrame.  We produce and offer beautiful frames that, with the addition of your special photos, become part of the family.

Digital frames are not as versatile as traditional frames. Traditional frames can be used to display a wide variety of items, such as photographs, artwork, and even three-dimensional objects. Digital frames, on the other hand, are limited to displaying digital images.

Digital frames are not as customizable as traditional frames. Traditional frames can be customized in a variety of ways, such as by choosing a specific size or style, adding a mat, or engraving. Digital frames, on the other hand, are typically limited to the options provided by the manufacturer. This means that you may not be able to find a digital frame that matches your decor or personal style.

Digital frames are not as personal as traditional frames. Traditional frames are often used to display photos of loved ones, special moments, or important events. These frames become a part of the family history and tradition. Digital frames, on the other hand, can feel impersonal and temporary. They are often used to display generic or random images, and do not have the same sentimental value as a traditional frame.

Digital frames are relatively costly compared to traditional frames. The cost of digital frames can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on the size and features of the frame.

Digital frames are a gadget.  No more.  They will become obsolete and incompatible  (like your phone).

Still want a digital frame?  We suggest buying a device like a:

  • Google Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Roku Streaming Stick+
  • Apple TV stick

Cost?  About $20.  Now you have your own "digital frame". You can then send your photos from any device (your phone, computer, tablet) to your home TVs as you like.


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