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LIFE for anyone who wants in!


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I've been slowly revamping my website to add LIFEsm to it ;). I have the LIFEsm catch phrase/logo/link to the website at the top of various pages.

Besides updating my website, I've created a new version of my gift certifcate that I use for donations to charities (see attached file).

Being a home-based framer, space is quite limited so putting up a 12 foot banner isn't really an option. However, posters would probably be a good alternative, which I'll will be looking into.

This just seems to be the tip of the iceberg in ideas where LIFEsm can be used.

Keep up the great work, John. Your time and effort put into this concept is appreciated! BTW, nice looking label.


j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
And yet another new partner for LIFE!

Welcome Joel Cohen (Seido) of Gallery Custom Framing / Palm Beach Florida, 33480.

You can visit Joel's website by visiting www.localindependentframingexpert.com

:thumbsup: Thanks for joining Joel,

Want to join Joel and others in LIFE? Are you wondering what LIFE is all about?

This really is all about self promotion of your Local Frame Shop. Hopefully as you promote yourself using LIFE we can build a brand that people will recognize when ever they see it. We encourage your creativity as you use LIFE in promoting your business. We will develop marketing ideas together as the program builds. We encourage you to share your ideas with other members.

You are also encouraged to invite others that you know to join as well. Some independent framers have a problem with the idea of cooperating with other local framers. I encourage you to think of it like this. Many car dealers will co-advertise together to get the reach and bang for the buck. The idea is to cooperate until you can get the customers in the door, and then you have a chance to impress them with your skills and selection. You first have to get them in the door.

The #1 objective of LIFE is to make consumers think of their LOCAL INDEPENDENT FRAMING EXPERT instead of the Big Box, Always On Sale (Never Really On Sale) framing stores.

Mission Statement to Retail Customers

What can a LIFEsm Framer do for you!

Besides giving you unparalleled frame designs and everyday fair pricing.​

• Your Local Independent Framer’s genuinely love what they do, and have the ability to go above
and beyond to make sure you are a satisfied customer - saving you time, money and stress.​

Local Independent Framing Experts contribute to your community's economic success.​

• More money stays in your community when you patronize locally-owned businesses than when you
go to a national chain - money that is used to employ local people, support local non-profits, and buy
local products.​

• Independent retailers reflect the values and interests of their communities, where you can interact
with the owners of the business.​

• Local businesses and organizations offer goods and services that you might not find anywhere else,
making your community a vibrant, authentic place that is different from other communities.​

• Local independent businesses sponsor and participate in events benefiting the community,
and donate goods and services too local non-profits. They live here, work here, play here.​

• Local business owners directly see their businesses' impacts on our environment and community,
and have the freedom to implement innovative programs to address these impacts.​


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
I think it was mine that got deleted. I sent an e-mail to you with all my info..


Keith J

True Grumbler
J Paul,

What a terrific idea! I just sent our application for Soho North Gallery & Framing, here in the beautiful Rochester suburb of Victor, NY! I look forward to being a LIFE member. Thanks for all you do!:thumbsup:

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Another One For LIFE!

Welcome to LIFE, Angela

Angela Crompton of Frames of Mind , Louisville, Ky is our newest LIFE partner. To view her website click on this link: http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

We have sent out several other info packets in the last few days, so we hopefully will see several more new members, soon.

Thanks to all that have joined together so far, John

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Can I Change the COLOR?

I have a few inquiries regarding being able to change the color of LIFE to go with individuals web-site / store color schemes. While the original colors of LIFE must be used ( unless in grey-scale) I have no objection to your using LIFE within a box or frame of your using, such as the following examples. Be creative if you want, you are a framer after all.



MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Is there a fax number to send the registration to, or do I need to send it snail mail? or is there a way to do it on the computer? I am not a computer wiz! I printed it out and filled it in.

Lauri Bray
Frame Outlet
Bremerton, WA

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Welcome Another Framer to LIFE!

Welcome to Keith Jokinen and his brother Phillip Hilden of
SOHO NORTH ART GALLERY as our newest LIFE partner.

Keith is our grumbler aka: "Keith J"

You can view their web-site at http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

I appreciate all of the folks that request information on LIFE , who take the time to respond and let me know what they think. Even if you choose not to join, your feedback is important.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
A couple ways I've been using LIFEsm...

I've been slowly, but surely, implementing LIFEsm to promote my framing business. John asked me if I'd mind sharing, so here goes:
  • I've updated a lot of my website pages to include the LIFEsm logo and link to the www.LIFEframer.com.
  • I volunteered this year to be part of the organizing committee for the WALK for ALS, which is being held on June 7th. My mom passed away with ALS in 2000 and my family has participated in the walk since 2002 (raising almost $14,500!). At the last organizing committee meeting, it was suggested to try to get coupons from local businesses to hand out to the participants at the WALK. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out the ALS Society of N.S. (by donating a % of the sales) and promote my business at the same time. I used the LIFEsm logo in this coupon (see 1st attached file).
  • I've also added the LIFEsm logo to my gift certifcate design (see 2nd attached file)
Please excuse the fuzziness in the attached files. I used Microsoft Publisher to create these files as .pub and then just saved as a .jpg to upload to the Grumble, so the text is a bit blurry.


j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
With the new features of the Grumble, I have started a LIFE partners group, which is by invite only. Here LIFE partners may share with each other marketing ideas that they might not wish to share publicly. I have extended invitations to those LIFE partners that I know their Grumbler name. If you haven't gotten an invite please pm with your Grumbler name and I will add you to the list.


SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Thought it would be useful to mention that it was only after I clicked on my "User CP" at the top of the page that I found the invite from j Paul to join the LIFE group.

Unlike private messages, these invites are not immediately visible - you have to seek them out - same with this whole "friends" thing - sheesh I am starting to feel real old.

BTW - "CP" stands for "Control Panel." ;)
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