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Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by j Paul, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Here is a customized poster for Angela (acrompton ) Frame of Mind.

    If you are a LIFE partner and would like this file with your contact info on it, just let me know. It is sized to print at 20x24.

    [​IMG]
    Angela, I sent you this file for you to print locally.
    PS LIFEpartners, please check your user CP for an invitation to your the LIFEsocial group which is by invite only.
     
  2. acrompton

    acrompton MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the sign! I think it is a great idea!

    Angela
     
  3. DLB

    DLB MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    dave.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Benefit of being a LIFE partner

    Angela, & Laurie have benefited from being members of LIFE .
    They both have received the file for the Trade In Frame Sale, personalized for their stores.

    How about you? Become a member of LIFE today and we'll continue to help each other grow.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  6. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Sometimes on the road of LIFE there is a BUMP! :D
     
  7. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Same Day Framing

    Can your shop do Same Day or Quick Framing?

    Here is an idea for a poster ad if you offer this service. The details are of course up to you. If you are a life partner and want this file, let me know. If you aren't yet a life partner and would like to join just let me know.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Marketing Idea!

    I really love framing childrens artwork. After talking to a mother about it the other day, I decided to try something to bring even more of it in.

    We are going to do a KIDS' Day every Saturday and give 1 Free Mat w/Custom Framing of Kids' artwork ( Mat of our choice )

    [​IMG]


    Want this file, personalized for your store Free? Just contact me.
     
  9. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    BIG WELCOME / Paul N

    A BIG Welcome to LIFE, to Paul N from Frame & Art Gallery II of New Canann Ct. 06840.

    Paul's website has been added to the LIFE list of framers
    http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

    If you are a LIFE partner and haven't yet joined our "social group" click on USER CP and you should see your invitation. If not, perhaps I don't know your Grumble name, so just PM and we'll get you in.



    :thumbsup: Thanks for joining Paul,

    Want to join Paul 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 LIFE 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. ​
     
  10. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another one for LIFE!

    Welcome to Karen Haden of EAZE Custom Framing Inc. , Nashville, Tn. as the newest framer to embrace LIFE.

    You can view Karen's web site here
     
  11. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Does your shop offer CUSTOM POSTERS?

    Here is a LIFE tool we are going to be using in our shop.

    [​IMG]

    These are my grandkids and I have the model release. Want this file, personalized for your shop. Join LIFE today!
     
  12. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Framer for LIFE!

    Welcome to Lee Ann Peavy of Flying Frame Studio, Mason, Tx 76856 as the newest Framer to realize the benefits of joining together with others in LIFE.

    Lee Ann's contact info is on www.LIFEframer.com


    Lee Ann is known as Peavy here on the G.
     
  13. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    I want to publicly thank, Terry Scidmore, a LIFE partner for her part in getting an article on the LIFE initiative published.

    Terry, is a member of Evergreen Picture Framers Guild (EPFG) and also a LIFE partner. As such she brought LIFE to the attention of the Guild and they did a very nice half page + article on LIFE, in their June 2008 newsletter.





    Want to join Terry 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.
     
  14. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I received a nice surprise in the mail today - my very own LIFE button!

    Thanks, John! (How's that for a sneaky bump???)
     
  15. Karen

    Karen CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Received my button too!! Thanks!!
     
  16. acrompton

    acrompton MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I got my button and plan to wear it to a business association meeting tomorrow!!
     
  17. PEAVY

    PEAVY CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Wow! I got one too!
    What a nice surprise!
    I even got a giggle out of the packaging...as only a true and dedicated framer would bevel cut a hole for the pin in matt board. hee hee

    Thanks!! I am going to where it every day and see how many comments I get.
     
  18. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome yet another LIFE partner!

    A BIG welcome to Jim Paradis of Baldwin Hill Art & Framing, Natick, Ma. as our newest partner to LIFE!

    You can view Jim's web-site by visiting: www.LIFEpartner.com



    PS. Glad the nine lucky partners who received a LIFE button, like them. I had done a trial pak of 10 of the mini-buttons and decided to send them out to a few of our members. There are buttons avail. on the LIFE example page of the site for anyone interested.
     
  19. Jerry Ervin

    Jerry Ervin PFG, Picture Framing God

    Thanks for the button!

    :thumbsup:
     
  20. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    My button arrived in the mail today. Thanks so much, John! I'll be wearing mine.
     
  21. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Correction in post #118 above. I typed the wrong web-site. Don't go there. My mind was elsewhere (some family medical emerg.)


    A BIG welcome to Jim Paradis of Baldwin Hill Art & Framing, Natick, Ma. as our newest partner to LIFE!
    You can view is web site at:


    The correct link is www.LIFEframer.com or www.localindependentframingexpert.com
     
  22. RParrish

    RParrish PFG, Picture Framing God

    John did you get my letter yet? I just found it you should recieve it anyday.
     
  23. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    [​IMG]Randy finally rose to the top of the heap and decided to get a LIFE!

    Welcome Randy Parrish of :
    Parrish Fine Framing & Art , Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104 as out newest LIFE partner.

    Randy's contact info is on the LIFE website!​

    Randy your LIFE support kit is on the way via, email.


    SIDE NOTE: Nicole, you gonna let Randy get away with that. Where is you application. You don't have to have a website to join, as shown by Randy. Although it helps!
     
  24. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome another framer from across the pond to LIFE!

    Paul McCracken of framed with care.
    Bainbridge co down, Uk.

    You can view Paul's web site on LIFE , under the UK FRAMERS SECTION
     
  25. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Attention: Michael Wass

    Michael Wass of Military Framers,

    I have tried to send you the requested information, however the email address you provided will not work. I cut and pasted it, so I know I have not made a typo and I keep getting a failure notice. If you would please resubmit your request and double check the email address, I would be happy to sent you the info.


    While we're at it, here is another older request with the same problem. I had posted this earlier but just in case you are reading this:

    ATTENTION: Kathy Kerchner

    I have been trying to send you the requested information but the email address provided on the form request keeps getting kicked back to me as a failure. Perhaps you typed it wrong.

    Please try again, or you can click on my name (to the upper left ) and send me a pm with your email and I will get this out to you.
     
  26. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Australian Framer!

    Welcome Mate,

    Harold Brian Greenaway of Absolute Art Framing & Restoration

    from Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

    You can view Harold's website by going to
    www.LocalIndependentFramingExpert.com



    [​IMG]
    Harold and wife Fay had retired but just couldn't
    keep away from framing. So he came out of
    retirement and has opened a frame shop again.
    Even at 79 yrs of age he has seen the need for
    a web site. Way to go Harold and Fay! :thumbsup:

    This is from his "About Us" page.

    Our business is special because I have spent more than half my
    79 years doing this job and have developed many innovations.

    Whenever our opposition has learned the new methods and designs
    I do, I develop new ones to keep one step …. (or as many as I can)
    …. ahead of the opposition which makes me a 'leader in my field'.

    I am efficient and fast. My work has eye appeal. I believe that the
    framing must support the object in highlighting colours, textures and
    forms, not dominating them.

    I support the natural-law and principle of dominance …. where only
    one thing can be dominant and that must be in the picture, not the frame.

    I make mats interesting with many little tricks to focus the eyes on the
    picture and not allow them to wander away so that focus is maintained.

    I strongly believe in firm décor principles, and if someone wants something
    framed to fit a certain décor, then I'm the man!!!!

    Brian Greenaway
     
  27. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Framer for LIFE!

    Our newest LIFE partner is:
    Matthew J Stanley of
    Stanley's Framing & Engraving
    Columbus, Ga 31905
    ( aka Armyframer )

    You can view Matt's website at www.LIFEframer.com


    :thumbsup: Thanks for joining Matt,

    Want to join Matt 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 LIFE 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.
     
  28. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Once in a little while on the road to LIFE, you experience a little:

    BUMP! :icon21:
     
  29. Angie Pearson CPF

    Angie Pearson CPF MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    yeah I signed up! Sounds exciting!
    Angie
     
  30. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Send you the info by email, just now Angie!
     
  31. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another LIFE partner

    Welcome Sean Acker as a partner in LIFE

    Sean is the owner of "Ack Cents In Framing"


    You can join Sean and others in becoming a LIFE partner. Check it out, at www.LIFEframer.com
     
  32. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Framer 4 LIFE!

    Welcome to LORI TITTLE of Gallery of Framing, Fairlawn, Ohio as our newest LIFE partner.

    Now, that's one Creative Chick, if you ask me!

    View Lori's website at www.LIFEframer.com
     
  33. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    We now have 37 Framers for LIFE!

    Take a look for yourself [​IMG]
     
  34. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Framer Embraces LIFE!

    Aloha, Levie Gray, Molokai Frame Shop & Gallery , Kaunakakai, Hawaii is our newest FRAMER for LIFE!


    You can view all of our LIFE partners at www.LIFEframer.com
     
  35. GUMBY GCF

    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    JPaul after visiting your very well done & merchandised store.
    I thought I would join your band of Independents.
     
  36. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God


    Application has been emailed to you Jim.
    Can you carry a tune? :party:
     
  37. GUMBY GCF

    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Only if it does not wiegh more than a 100 sheet box of mat board.
     
  38. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  39. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  40. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another way I am using LIFE

    My grandkids school has a student handbook that goes home with all of the kids in the school district. Relatives with businesses can put in a business size ad for $25.00.

    So here is ours:[​IMG]
     
  41. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    [​IMG]


    Calling all LIFE partners. As all of these PPFA chapter meetings are coming up be sure to take the time to network and tell others about LIFE.

    Thanks John
     
  42. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    John, I noticed in the above post that there is a C symbol after your LIFE logo rather than the SM (service mark). Have you had the LIFE logo copyrighted?
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  43. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God


    Karen, that was an earlier version with the copyright symbol, which I hadn't noticed before posting. The SM is a service mark and is the more appropriate.
     
  44. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the clarification, John. I haven't been on the Grumble for almost a week (could it be that long???) and thought I missed something.
     
  45. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome Elaine to LIFE!

    Elaine Slater-Kogler of Long Lake Custom Framing & Interiors, Skaneateles, NY 13152 is the latest framer to embrace LIFE.

    Welcome aboard Elaine. :beer:

    You can view Elaine's new web-site by going to LIFE
     
  46. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Framer for LIFE

    Welcome to Larry & Rebecca Sterling of Music Row Picture Framing, Hermitage, TN 37036 as our newest partners in LIFE.

    Check out their website here. Scroll down to Music Row Picture Framing. Great looking web-site guys, you may be new to the Grumble, but that is one cool site and fun looking business. :thumbsup:
     
  47. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Fall Advertsing Poster

    I have either of these files available for any LIFE partner in an 8x10 counter card or a 20x24 poster. You can insert your own copy & Graphics or I will do it for you as time permits at no charge.


    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  48. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    I have purchased a button making machine for use in my store. As I result I can make custom 2.25" buttons like this one.

    [​IMG]

    I would be happy to provide them for any LIFE partner for Free, if you request them and pay postage. I will bring them to the PPFA meeting on Oct. 19th for any LIFE partner attending if they request them in advance.
     
  49. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Here is Dave's LIFE Button!

    [​IMG]

    See you on the 19th Dave.
     
  50. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another way we are using LIFE in our promotions. This is a 20x24 sidewalk and in-store sign. Have only had it out for a week and in walks a guy today for a 100 piece order.

    [​IMG]


    LIFE, it's worth doing.
     
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