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Jaime Erin Johnson Featured Artist Interview

Jaime Erin Johnson is a young emerging artist who grew up immersed in nature in the backwoods of Mississippi. It is there that she became fascinated with the concepts of ‘quiet’ & ‘impermanence’ and explores these through her imagery. Jaime’s medium is photography and her methods involve ‘alternative processes’ where she uses digital photography to create a transparency from which she prints her photographs.

Laura Jajko | 7/8/2015 11:51:08 AM | 3 comments

Deborah Angilletta Wins Featured Artist Contest

I am pleased to announce June's Featured Artist Contest winner: Deborah Angilletta. Learn a bit more about Deborah in this press release that was sent to the media. View her gallery or website to see more work.

Laura Jajko | 7/7/2015 10:44:09 AM | 2 comments

Matting and Framing a Diploma

Graduating is an exciting and proud moment in anyone’s lifetime. After working tirelessly for years studying and writing papers you finally have the item you longed for….the diploma! So what do you do with it? After all the hard work and money you spent the last thing you want to do is file it away. That’s where American Frame can help. Frame it and hang it on the wall where you can proudly display and appreciate it everyday!

Laura Jajko | 6/25/2015 4:01:51 PM | 6 comments

Happy Father’s Day

It’s the rare individual that consistently looks forward in life, embraces change, values family above everything else, and sees oneself as a positive force and contributing member of society well into the golden years.

Laura Jajko | 6/19/2015 3:14:53 PM | 1 comments

Britanee LeeAnn Sickles Wins Featured Artist Contest

I am pleased to announce May's Featured Artist Contest winner: Britanee LeeAnn Sickles. Learn a bit more about Britanee in this press release that was sent to the media. Be sure to visit her website or art gallery to see more work.

Laura Jajko | 6/5/2015 1:56:27 PM | 1 comments

Joseph Dunning Artist Interview

I am pleased to introduce you to our December 2014 Featured Artist, Joseph Dunning. The interview with Joseph was full of surprises, from his love of astronomy and his passion for photographing the stars and planets to how taking classes tends to mess with his creativity.

Laura Jajko | 5/20/2015 12:30:47 PM | 1 comments

Neal DePinto Wins Featured Artist Contest

I am pleased to announce April's Featured Artist Contest winner: Neal DePinto. Read more about Neal and his artwork in this press release that was sent to the media.

Laura Jajko | 5/6/2015 10:13:23 AM | 7 comments

One Size Does NOT Fit All - Letter to the Editor of Wall Street Journal

Today I decided to post something that I would not usually put on this blog. It’s a letter I wrote to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to this article Google provides a Boost to Mobile-Friendly Websites It describes a major change Google made in their mobile search algorithm on April 21, and describes this change as good for the consumer. Since many of you have websites, you do have to be concerned with keeping up with Google, which I frankly find nearly impossible to do. I object to their ‘one size fits all’ approach to mobile search. Here is my case. What do you think?

Laura Jajko | 5/5/2015 9:45:44 AM | 2 comments

The Best Gifts for Mom are Free (or close to it)

The thought of Mother’s Day makes me smile. Perfectly timed in the middle of May, when our part of Earth emerges from winter’s gray, we celebrate the woman who gave us life and love. As a mom, I look forward to the sweet surprises the day brings.

Laura Jajko | 4/29/2015 11:17:53 AM | 9 comments

Every Day Earth Friendly Habits

Recognizing and celebrating Earth Day has become a modern day tradition in our culture. It’s a day we can all come together and look at ways we can be more protective of our environment. Of course I applaud big initiatives that companies make and believe me, we have many, the most significant being our carbon neutral shipping.

Laura Jajko | 4/22/2015 1:59:55 PM | 4 comments

Dave Plank Artist Interview

What a pleasure it was to interview Dave Plank, winner of our November 2014 Featured Artist Contest. He is the only artist thus far that I’ve met prior to this occasion. We’ve been handling the printing and framing for Dave for several years now, and last summer, he, his wife and their puppy paid us a visit at our Showroom.

Laura M Jajko | 4/17/2015 9:02:37 AM | 4 comments

Featured Artist Contest Winners: Ainsley and Erik Jacobs

I am pleased to announce March's Featured Artist Contest winners: Ainsley and Erik Jacobs. Read more about this husband and wife team and their artwork in this press release that was sent to the media. Visit their website to see more work.

Laura Jajko | 4/10/2015 8:53:39 AM | 3 comments

Mat Board: Drop Bottom Technique for Dramatic Results

So often we focus on color, but today I want to think about proportion—one of the most important design elements in custom picture framing. The single biggest impact on the proportions in your finished treatment is the mat board, even (or should I say especially) plain white boards.

Laura Jajko | 4/3/2015 10:49:50 AM | 3 comments

Using Custom Cut Mat Board to Enhance Your Art

I'm pleased to present interior designer and Assistant Showroom Manager, Lindsey Harrison, as today's guest blogger.

Laura Jajko | 3/23/2015 12:02:44 PM | 7 comments

Shelby Grubbs Wins Featured Artist Contest

I am pleased to announce March's Featured Artist Contest winner: Shelby Grubbs. Read more about Shelby and her artwork in this press release that was sent to the media. Visit her website to see more of her work.

Laura Jajko | 3/9/2015 11:16:12 AM | 4 comments

Alex Cesarz Artist Interview

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed interviewing artist Alex Cesarz. He is young, inspiring and adventurous! We caught him as he was waiting to be processed to join the Navy – he accidentally double booked his time that day and fortunately we caught him while he was still in the lobby.

Laura Jajko | 3/4/2015 2:34:23 PM | 3 comments

New Showroom Rendering Unveiled

As many of you may know by now, the team here at American Frame is in the midst of a giant remodel and expansion in two locations: one which will serve as our new Corporate Headquarters and the other, our existing space, will be a new and improved ‘state of the art’ retail Showroom and Gallery space.

Laura Jajko | 2/23/2015 9:53:44 AM | 12 comments

Cynthia Decker Artist Interview

Artist Cynthia Decker was our September 2014 Featured Artist. She is the first artist to have won our online Featured Artist Contest, and the first artist I have ever formally interviewed in depth. As a long time admirer of her work, I was humbled, excited and slightly nervous about conducting the interview and learned she felt exactly the same, so that was comforting!

Laura Jajko | 2/13/2015 3:07:29 PM | 4 comments

Jaime Johnson Wins Featured Artist Contest

I am very honored to announce January's Featured Artist Contest winner: Jaime Johnson. Read more about Jaime and her artwork in this press release that was sent to the media. Visit her website to see more of her work.

Laura Jajko | 2/5/2015 1:20:48 PM | 5 comments

How to Enter our Featured Artist Contest

Every month, artists and photographers who have an American Frame online art gallery are invited to enter their work in American Frame’s online Featured Artist Contest. Winners receive national publicity, cash awards, discounts, and a prominent spot on the American Frame website.
Interested? Then view our brief video tutorial.

Laura Jajko | 2/3/2015 2:08:27 PM | 2 comments

Design Trend: Soft Elegance/Modern Luxury

Soft metallic finishes, gentle monochromatic color schemes, and the incorporation of luxurious textures embody this trend in décor. Contemporary is here to stay, but is moving toward the inclusion of more opulent elements that more commonly found in traditional décor, yet in a very spare way. We saw this last year with the emergence of the Rustic Chic design aesthetic, which fused stripped down industrial/urban design with modern farmhouse. This year, the simplicity continues, but with a touch more lavish materials.

Laura Jajko | 1/26/2015 2:59:15 PM | 4 comments

Joseph Dunning Wins December's Featured Artist Contest

I am very honored to announce December's Featured Artist Contest winner: Joseph Dunning. Read more about Joseph and his artwork in this press release that was sent to the media, today.

Laura Jajko | 1/7/2015 10:41:36 AM | 1 comments

Happy New Year 2015 – A Positive Start: Embrace Art

I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season and that you’re refreshed and ready to get back to your art!

I love the New Year as each one serves as a line in the sand between the old and the new, and marks a definite timeframe for self-reflection and personal growth. Now if you’ve been following me for awhile you, know that I personally shun typical resolutions that involve anything negative like“quitting this” and “avoiding that” as I truly feel that a new year deserves a positive start, and by embracing who we are and what we love as individuals, any destructive tendencies will be crowded out by our passions, enabling us to reach our potential in life.

Laura Jajko | 1/5/2015 10:48:17 AM | 2 comments

Review 2014 with American Frame – Look Forward to a Great 2015

As I record this final video for 2014, I want to express just how grateful and absolutely humbled I am by your connection with American Frame this year be it as a customer, shopper or simply as a student of do it yourself picture framing and fine art reproduction.

LauraMJ | 12/8/2014 2:57:14 PM | 1 comments

Featured Artist Contest – David Plank Winner!

I am very honored to announce November's Featured Artist Contest winner: David Plank. Read more about David and his artwork in this press release that was sent to the media, today.

LauraMJ | 12/3/2014 9:33:13 AM | 3 comments

Wishing You a Wonderful Thanksgiving

As we approach the holidays and start marching to the beat of 'buy this' and 'buy that', perhaps we can look at this as an opportunity to slow down, and maybe even stop for a moment to simply be thankful.

Laura Jajko | 11/24/2014 7:30:00 AM | 1 comments

The Gift of Friendship and Faith

Today I am pleased to present this beautiful note written by author Amy Gustine, friend of American Frame who shares her story of how a gift of a framed newspaper article inspired her to persist in her dream of being a published author. Here, she beautifully describes her struggle with her own creative process as she worked to ‘make it’ in her field. As artists, I am sure many of you will relate to her journey and the unexpected impact of small wins and thoughtful gifts. This piece is a wonderful testament to the art of creative gift giving; so appropriate as we approach the holiday season. With that, here’s Amy!

LauraMJ | 11/17/2014 9:50:10 AM | 1 comments

Introducing the New American Frame Gift Card

The perfect gift for any art lover, just in time for the holidays

American Frame is launching a brand new gift card program. Goodbye gift certificates….hello beautiful, customizable gift cards! The launch will occur in two phases over the next two weeks. On Thursday, Nov 13 the interface will be implemented on the website. E-gift cards can be purchased immediately. Physical gift cards can be purchased but will not start shipping until approximately November 20. American Frame will honor any outstanding gift certificates held by our customers.

LauraMJ | 11/10/2014 8:55:13 AM | 2 comments

Alex Cesarz Wins October Featured Artist Contest

I am very honored to announce October's Featured Artist Contest winner: Alex Cesarz. Read more about Alex and his artwork in this press release that was sent to the media, today.

LauraMJ | 11/4/2014 11:00:28 AM | 1 comments

Innovative Solutions for Printing Art: Try Archival Plexiglas® or Aluminum

If you’ve never tried it before, now may be a great time to test your images on a clear, crisp archival Plexiglas® or matte, industrial chic aluminum. Learn about the effects you can achieve using these substrates for fine art, photography and decorative printing. For the month of November 2014, save 25% on these products! Orders must be placed by November 30 for Christmas delivery.

LauraMJ | 10/29/2014 10:33:03 AM | 2 comments

Fine Art Printing: How Can I Reproduce my Mixed Media Artwork?

Creating fine art printing reproductions of mixed media art presents its own set of challenges for the working artist. In this article, Laura Jajko, President of American Frame ( describes how to properly prepare, light and photograph your artwork in a way that accurately reflects the color and texture of the original work.

LauraMJ | 10/22/2014 10:08:09 AM | 4 comments

Do you Really Know How to Vote? – American Frame Featured Artist Contest

Here we review the important steps for voting in the American Frame monthly Featured Artist Contest. Artists who have entered will want this guidance for self-promotion.

LauraMJ | 10/15/2014 3:36:38 PM | 2 comments

Wood Frames – The Beauty of Framing with Wood

Inspiration is everywhere for the DIY decorator! Here are a few easy and attainable looks we found on Houzz, with an eye toward the wood picture frames, of course.

LauraMJ | 10/10/2014 9:21:28 AM | 2 comments

Cynthia Decker Wins Featured Artist Contest

I am very honored to annouce our first Featured Artist Contest winner: Cynthia Decker. Read more about Cynthia and her artwork in this press release that was sent to the media, today.

LauraMJ | 10/1/2014 10:32:06 AM | 3 comments

The Beauty of Natural Wood

In my last blog article, I shared how my personal aesthetic tends to morph with the seasons. In the summer I'm invariably attracted to art with a 'cool' vibe that lends itself to treatments featuring shiny metallics and bright whites. As fall takes hold, I crave cozy: home cooked meals, evening fires and, in decor, the gentle beauty of natural woods.

LauraMJ | 9/29/2014 11:44:39 AM | 0 comments

American Frame Announces Expansion

This week I am excited to announce the expansion of our Showroom. The process has just begun to transform our office space into an expanded Showroom area. Here are the details as told in a press release that was sent to the media today.

LauraMJ | 9/23/2014 2:25:54 PM | 10 comments

Infinity and Beyond – An Often Misunderstood But My Favorite Wood Frame

As fall approaches, I am increasingly inspired by the beauty of natural wood. Light or dark, smooth or distressed, the touch of wood lends a warmth and elegance to any piece of art. Yes, my framing tastes tend to follow the season – maybe it’s because of where I live and tend to travel, who knows? But for the next few months, I’ll be talking wood frames.

LauraMJ | 9/17/2014 7:30:00 AM | 4 comments

The Popularity of Industrial Chic Comes to Framing

I am very pleased and excited to introduce Larson-Juhl's marketing manager, Greg Perkins as today's guest blogger.

Some home decorating styles come and go, but the Industrial Chic look has been around for a decade and it’s still building momentum. The core of this trend comes from actual industrial pieces that have been recycled, repurposed and reclaimed, but there are also many newly manufactured products designed to coordinate.

LauraMJ | 9/3/2014 2:30:25 PM | 3 comments

Is It Professional ‘Photo’ or ‘Photography’ Printing?

As a blogger, I am always looking for the most accurate, descriptive words to describe what we do so that we can be found online for customers who might need our services. So it’s interesting to me when terms as simple and what I feel should be almost interchangeable cause a debate among our marketing team.

LauraMJ | 8/29/2014 11:19:51 AM | 3 comments

Metal Frames: Versatility of Metal in Décor

The key to designing a well balanced room is to mix materials; wood, metal, stone, and fabrics. The easiest way to add details of metal are the frames around your artwork.

LauraMJ | 8/25/2014 9:33:08 AM | 2 comments

How to Prepare for an Art Fair

LauraMJ | 8/21/2014 2:26:56 PM | 0 comments

How do You Get Over an Artistic Slump?

In the 8/14/2014 #AFchat we chatted about ways to get over an artistic slump. 

LauraMJ | 8/14/2014 3:42:56 PM | 0 comments

How to Enter our Featured Artist Contest

Every month artists who have an American Frame online art gallery are invited to enter their work in the Featured Artist Contest. Winners receive national publicity, cash awards, discounts and a prominent spot on the American Frame home page.

LauraMJ | 8/11/2014 10:26:13 AM | 2 comments

Sharing Art We Love on #AFchat 8/7/2012

This past Thursday on #AFchat, our weekly Twitter chat that we hold every Thursday 1230pm est, we were sharing the "Art We Love" and we encouraged all the participants to share as well.

Read More of the Sharing Art We Love Twitter Chat.

LauraMJ | 8/9/2014 8:30:31 AM | 0 comments

New Featured Artist Program

My name is Laura Jajko, President of American Frame and author of our company blog, A Good Frame of Mind. Today I am proud and very happy to launch our completely reimagined and very exciting Featured Artist Program: a new monthly contest that includes cash prizes (yes, I did say the word ‘cash’), national publicity, and special savings at American Frame.

LauraMJ | 8/1/2014 10:18:25 AM | 2 comments

#AFchat: Developing a Winning Featured Artist Submission

In todays #AFchat (The American Frame Twitter Chat) we got to discuss with the participants of the chat the how to create a strong entry into our newly redesigned Featured Artist Program.

Check out the chat transcript to read all the tweets about the program and how to submit your application.

LauraMJ | 7/24/2014 3:46:45 PM | 0 comments

Announcing the NEW Featured Artist Program

I am so proud to finally announce our new Featured Artist Program. This program will be invaluable to the art community and we encourage you to join us! Here is the story as told in a press release that was sent to the media today.

LauraMJ | 7/22/2014 11:47:30 AM | 2 comments

#AFchat: An Inside Look at Frame Design with Susan Losco from Nielsen

During our most recent #AFchat on twitter, we had the pleasure of talking to Sue Losco from Nielsen Bainbridge, where we discussed the design and inspiration of metal picture frames.

LauraMJ | 7/19/2014 9:30:00 AM | 1 comments

Announcing the #FramingHappiness Contest

We had such a fun time with the first #FramingHappiness contest, decided to run the second #FramingHappiness contest on our Fanpage.

LauraMJ | 7/17/2014 11:14:02 AM | 0 comments

Introducing The New Featured Artist Program on AmericanFrame

In todays #AFchat (The American Frame Twitter Chat) we share with the participants of the chat the details of our new Artist Promotion Program. Much more than an online art gallery for selling art, this is much more. 
Check out the chat transcript to find read all the tweets about the program. 

LauraMJ | 7/10/2014 5:02:09 PM | 2 comments

Aluminum Moulding: Precious Metals for Today’s Consumer

Today I am so happy to introduce our guest blogger, Susan Losco, Marketing and Product Manager for Nielsen Bainbridge. I asked Susan to share her insights on trends in metal picture framing and Nielsen’s approach to keeping their position as the design leader in the industry as we launch our annual Summer Celebration of the Metal Frame. Enjoy and be inspired!

LauraMJ | 7/7/2014 10:20:28 AM | 2 comments

History of Metal Frames on #AFchat

The #AFchat for this week was broken into two topics. The first was the history of metal frames. The second was discussing Glass vs Plexiglass. 

LauraMJ | 7/4/2014 2:33:51 PM | 0 comments

The Summer Celebration of the Metal Picture Frame

Join us as we kickoff our annual summer celebration of the metal picture frame.

LauraMJ | 7/1/2014 11:39:32 AM | 0 comments

Chicago Physician Teams up with American Frame to Help Battle Childhood Cancers

This week I am so proud to highlight the beautiful photography of Dr. Matt Plofsky. He is using his talents and our resources to fundraise for a cause very near and dear to him. Here is the story as told in a press release that was sent to the media today.

LauraMJ | 6/24/2014 9:56:12 AM | 2 comments

Facebook Marketing for Artists - #AFchat 6/19/2014

This is a summary post of our 6/19/2014 #AFchat, a Twitter chat that we do every Thursday from 1230 pm -130pm est. We chat about not only framing, but as we did this week marketing, art creation, and more.

LauraMJ | 6/20/2014 11:12:13 AM | 4 comments

Dad, Inspired

Here’s to all who are dads, who love their dads, who want to be dads, and to those who have been inspired by an amazing dad, be it their own or someone else’s. Great parenting doesn’t just “happen.” It comes from a love deep down that cannot be logically explained. We all know it, don’t we?

LauraMJ | 6/11/2014 10:30:08 AM | 3 comments

Why Should I Frame My Canvas Painting?

Quite frequently, we’re asked: should I frame my canvas? Do I have to? Why might I want to? Let’s delve into the topic here.

LauraMJ | 6/2/2014 12:09:33 PM | 2 comments

Clean, Crisp and Contemporary: Get the Look with Art Printed on Acrylic Plexiglas®

Because of the great advances in print technology, the ability to create beautiful art prints is accessible and affordable to all of us, from the DIY hobbyist to the most skilled artists. And no matter our experience, we all confront the same design decisions: color (or lack thereof), size, texture, finish. Even the shape of a print must be decided. We make all these decisions in the context of what we hope to achieve with the work aesthetically and, ultimately, emotionally. This is what makes printing both challenging and exhilarating: it extends the creative process on through installation and display.

LauraMJ | 5/30/2014 9:57:18 AM | 4 comments

10 Things You Could Have Learned From #AFchat Art and Framing Twitter Chat, Thursdays at 12:30 EST

Each Thursday from 12:30–1:30 PM EST, we host a Twitter chat, where we discuss topics related to art and framing. It’s a fairly new practice, but we are getting great response.

LauraMJ | 5/13/2014 8:38:42 AM | 0 comments

How to Order Custom Digital Printing and Framing at

Since 2003, creative professionals and hobbyists alike have relied on our printing and framing experts for superior results at economical prices. Our professional photo printing starts with your digital file. We guide you through the steps to take your visions and make it reality, beautifully and simply. Prints can be ordered in a multitude of ways, on a variety of substrates.

LauraMJ | 5/12/2014 10:05:20 AM | 3 comments

Enter Our Facebook Photo Contest: Framing Happiness

It’s spring! We are happy, so we decided to launch an art and photo contest to celebrate. Starting May 6, 2014, enter our Facebook contest, Framing Happiness (#framinghappiness) for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from yours truly, American Frame

LauraMJ | 5/6/2014 9:27:08 AM | 0 comments

The Vocabulary of Giclee – Digital Printing Technology

This month as we focus our educational content on our fine art and professional photo printing services, I thought it might be fun to dig into the evolution of the word ‘giclee’ and where it is headed today.

LauraMJ | 5/5/2014 11:00:55 AM | 2 comments

Fine Art Printing Technology – Giclee to Archival Inkjet Printing

Recent advances in fine art and professional photo printing technology have turned the art world on its head, transforming how artists make and sell reproductions of their work. Think about it.

LauraMJ | 5/1/2014 11:02:30 AM | 12 comments

Bravo: Five New Profiles Add Excitement to this Custom Picture Frame Collection

If you are in need of a strong, geometric, and substantial profile, check out the latest additions to the Bravo Collection of fine art custom picture frames; well dressed formal black picture frames for maximum sophistication and style.

LauraMJ | 4/30/2014 5:30:00 PM | 4 comments

Custom Framing your Child’s Artwork

If you have children, you know how much they love to create. You also know the excitement you feel as a parent when that happy child brings a special piece home for you to admire. And you do!

LauraMJ | 4/21/2014 12:25:41 PM | 4 comments

What Makes for Eco-friendly Picture Framing?

As artists, we tend to be more concerned than the average consumer with the effect of our habits and purchasing choices on the environment. The earth, the waters, the skies and the stars are endlessly inspiring so of course when given the choice, we err on the side of conservation. It’s the little things we do on a daily basis that add up over the course of our lives to make a difference in the ecological footprint we leave behind. So, let me share some tips and hints for eco-friendly framing.

LauraMJ | 4/16/2014 8:54:45 AM | 4 comments

Want to Talk about Art & Framing – Twitter Chat

Starting in May, American Frame will be doing a weekly Twitter chat. The chat will be on Thursdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and we will be talking (or rather tweeting) about art and framing.

LauraMJ | 4/15/2014 10:38:49 AM | 2 comments

The Gallery Framing Aesthetic

This month we celebrate the gallery framing aesthetic.
By definition, gallery framing is the simplest, most sophisticated answer to the question of  “how to frame a picture.” The very idea of gallery framing is derived from the historic guidelines fine art galleries worldwide have used for entry into their spaces: a simple frame, a single high-quality mat board, plexiglas or acrylic glazing, and usually a structured, quality backing. These standards protect the art and allow the gallery to create a unified, cohesive exhibit from varied work.

LauraMJ | 4/1/2014 9:47:41 AM | 4 comments

Designing Single, Double and Triple Mat Boards

Whether you need one mat or three for a treatment, at it’s easy to custom-design and order your mats online. Let us show you how.

LauraMJ | 3/31/2014 10:02:20 AM | 4 comments

Custom Framing of a Sacred Document

This Ketubah was brought to our Showroom in dire need of framing! Traditionally, a Ketubah is an ancient Jewish wedding contract that is used to outline the duties of a couple’s marriage. Today, it is considered a marriage certificate that uses images and words to express marriage vows.

LauraMJ | 3/24/2014 10:34:47 AM | 8 comments

Reintroducing the Gibraltar Collection: Masculine Design Meets Fine Picture Framing

Today, we happily reintroduce a beautiful solid-wood collection many of our customers have missed: Gibraltar. First compiled in 1999, these mouldings were very popular, but the manufacturer had largely discontinued the line. This left a big void in the array of weighty, formal frames available. Now with five new choices and an old favorite, this collection is back and we are so happy for that!

LauraMJ | 3/19/2014 9:28:40 AM | 4 comments

Custom Framing with Mat Board: Designing with Size

Inventive use of proportion is one of the most reliable ways to create distinctive, unexpected custom framing treatments. While the frame itself is one material to consider when manipulating size and scale, the most versatile and often dramatic impact can be achieved with mats.

LauraMJ | 3/10/2014 3:10:28 PM | 0 comments

How to Select the Right Mat Board for your Art

Have you ever sat down to select a mat board and felt completely overwhelmed? Been confused by the many special terms and avalanche of colors? If so, you are not alone, and this article was written for you. Armed with basic information and a common sense approach, choosing the ‘right’ mat won’t be intimidating. In fact, it might even be fun.

LauraMJ | 3/5/2014 2:52:36 PM | 6 comments

March Means Mat Board Mania

It’s March, 2014 and this month it’s all about mat boards, so much so, that we’ve given it a theme and a hashtag: #matboardmania.

LauraMJ | 3/4/2014 3:16:05 PM | 0 comments

Creating Art Gallery Buzz & Tracking Sales, Part 3

The last of this month’s focus on our Art Gallery is about how to promote and track the sale of your work.

Previously, I provided an overview of:

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Tips on Preparing, Uploading and Tagging Work–-part-2.aspx

LauraMJ | 2/24/2014 9:04:23 AM | 0 comments

Introducing Deco Metal Frames, Nielsen Profile 28

This week we are absolutely delighted to present this beautiful new collection of metal picture frames: Nielsen® ‘Decos’. Once again, Nielsen® delights and surprises, which is why I have forever been a loyal fan.

LauraMJ | 2/19/2014 9:29:27 AM | 2 comments

Get a Gallery Look with the Right Frame

We’ve seen this image time and time again over the internet as an example of show-stopping frame design. It’s a beautiful representation of a gallery wall with a punch of color. And we want to show you how to easily get the look with four of our different frames at

LauraMJ | 2/12/2014 7:30:00 AM | 4 comments

Framing Concert Memorabilia: Part 2

I’m in the process of designing a frame treatment for my brother, Mark Mikel's, 35th Anniversary Concert poster and press articles. Last week, I showed the first steps I took in planning my treatment, which involved recording the measurements of everything I was going to frame. This has to be done first, before you choose a frame.

LauraMJ | 2/10/2014 5:30:00 PM | 4 comments

Setting Up Your Art Gallery – Part 2

Welcome back. In the first part of this series, I reviewed the purpose of the American Frame Online Gallery and the steps one should take to get started. Today, I will go over all the basics of image preparation - to achieve the best results for your art printing, upload, tagging for search and pricing.

LauraMJ | 2/10/2014 7:00:00 AM | 4 comments

The American Frame Art Gallery, Part 1

For the next few weeks, I’ll mostly be blogging about American Frame’s online art gallery. Today you will learn the purpose of the gallery, different ways to use it, how to set up an account and how create an effective artist profile.

See Setting Up Your Art Gallery – Part 2 and Creating Art Gallery Buzz and Tracking Sales, Part 3

LauraMJ | 2/5/2014 7:30:00 AM | 10 comments

Online Art Gallery; Create & Enhance Your Free Gallery

My name is Laura Jajko, author of the American Frame company blog, ‘A Good Frame of Mind’ and this month, I am writing about our newly upgraded and very exciting American Frame online Art Gallery.

LauraMJ | 2/3/2014 12:14:35 PM | 2 comments

January Wrap Up – Farewell to DIY Custom Frame Month

Before I delve into this month’s theme, I want to thank everyone who joined in on our first annual National DIY Custom Frame Month celebration in January. With the launch of the new website and our 40th anniversary behind us, we wanted to begin 2014 with a new kind of tradition: a dedicated, focused timeframe to finish up any lingering projects, think through future ones and learn new DIY skills along the way.

LauraMJ | 1/31/2014 9:00:00 AM | 0 comments

Framing Concert Memorabilia

Last November my family experienced a one-of-a-kind evening when my brother, Mark Mikel, a professional musician, held a 35th Anniversary Concert here in our hometown of Toledo. As a family who loves art, including the audible kind, we were very proud to watch Mark’s talent and dedication celebrated alongside fellow musicians and long-time fans.  I particularly liked the event poster Mark created and wanted to hang it along with the event’s press pieces as a keepsake on our family’s “hall of fame.”

See Framing Concert Memorabilia: Part 2 

LauraMJ | 1/30/2014 8:32:56 AM | 9 comments

The American Frame YouTube Channel

Today I’d like to point out a resource that may be helpful to you as you custom frame your own art: the American Frame YouTube Channel. Here you will find a full library of video tutorials offering a wealth of information related to DIY picture framing.

LauraMJ | 1/29/2014 11:07:39 AM | 0 comments

Restorations Picture Frames with a Rustic Chic Look

Over the next few months, we are launching a series of new picture frames and the first one for 2014 is a collection by Nurre Caxton called ‘Restorations’.  These frames will fit nicely into the new ‘Rustic Chic’ aesthetic that is gaining popularity in interior design. It’s a sophisticated, minimalist take on the old American Farmhouse Country style, where traditionally rustic furnishings in natural or antiqued wood tones are incorporated into modern living spaces;  it’s a refined and elegant approach to blending the old with the new, the substantial weighty furnishings in spare environments.

LauraMJ | 1/27/2014 8:04:12 AM | 2 comments

Framing Wrigley Field: Part 2

In Part 1 of this story, I invited you to join me as I get to some personal framing projects I am trying to finish for our National DIY Picture Framing Month. In the previous piece I described this photo of Wrigley Field I’ve neglected for 3 years now, and with the piece designed and the materials received, I finally framed it last evening.

LauraMJ | 1/23/2014 11:01:20 AM | 2 comments

In honor of Dr. King

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am posting his speech in its entirety, so that anyone who comes across my blog will easily be able to read and refer to it. Over the years, I’ve read it many times, and every time I find it to be more inspiring, more profound and poetic. Freedom and Equal Opportunity: our most fundamental American values. Pass it on.

LauraMJ | 1/20/2014 7:30:22 PM | 2 comments

Framing Wrigley Field: Part 1

In my inaugural video blog last week, I promised that for DIY Framing Month, I would get on the bandwagon with you and finish some framing together. So here is the first project I’d like to share: framing Wrigley Field. This photo was a gift given to my husband (Reid) from one of his colleagues about 2 years ago. Reid, a Chicago native and diehard Cubs fan, wanted this piece framed for his office. Should be simple right? Wrong! Remember the tale of the shoemaker whose kids had no shoes? Apply it to framing. Our stuff gets done last.

See Framing Wrigley Field: Part 2

LauraMJ | 1/13/2014 10:09:14 AM | 2 comments

Happy New Year! Let’s Frame It Up!

I hope you all had a happy and exciting holiday. Ours was lovely and spent close to home due to the Web conversion that American Frame completed on December 27, 2013. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your support and feedback during the process. It allowed us to thoroughly de-bug our system during the “soft-launch” period and now we are up and running.

LauraMJ | 1/8/2014 9:11:01 AM | 6 comments

About this blog

Laura Jajko

Join in and let’s bond over our love of art and framing. Here, I’ll be sharing design inspiration and decisions, twitter chat summaries, and happenings with the company, among other things. With more than 40 years of practical experience, I bring a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that I hope will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community.

For more tutorials and articles, take a look at our other blogs -  Ask Mike or At Your Service

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