How to make a photo mat

By Dana Fox



I love framing photos and displaying them throughout my house, but sometimes I want them to stand out a little better or fit into a certain frame. I’ve purchased custom picture mats before, but it’s super easy to make your own, and you can even use your favourite scrapbook paper for a more custom finish! Scrapbook paper is great for photo projects because it is acid free… so you don’t have to worry about it ruining your images!  Here’s how to create a super quick and incredibly easy photo mat to spice up your wall art!

1. Take the glass out of the frame you wish to use. Place it on your scrapbooking paper or photo mat and trace along the edges.

2. Cut your paper to size using a blade or rotary cutter. It should be the same size as the glass.

3. Flip your paper over and place your photo in the center. Measure from the edge of the paper to the edge of your photo. The measurement should be equal on both adjacent sides. I suggest measuring slightly larger so that when you place your photo in the mat, you don’t have to line it up absolutely perfectly with the edges of the mat. I ended up measuring 1.5″ on each side.

4. Draw your measurement lines on the backside of the paper.

5. Using a thick ruler or the edge of a book as a guide, cut along your guidelines being extra careful not to cut past where the corners meet.

6. Your center area can be saved for another project!

7. Finally, grab your photo, line it up, flip it over and tape the corners to the mat.

8. Finish framing your photo, and you’re done! If you want a mat with more depth, try using a thicker mat or foam board, and angling the blade slightly for a beveled look.

There you go! A photo is instantly transformed and can be displayed proudly in your home!



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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13431152027286682830 Kimberly Bonham

    What a great idea! Looks awesome!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06413418753141179795 Cristi

    I love scrapbooking! It has been a while I don't do albums because it takes a lot of time, but this seems easy and really cute. Thanks for the idea! :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00108014697037241502 Amber

    simple and cute! Love this.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12362884678360472138 Sophierosehearts

    This is cuteee, i love it :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09908542904392865409 rosieBxxx

    love this :) please visit me at rosiebxxx.blogspot.co.uk xxxx

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05444600321874036769 Stephanie

    I hate when pictures don't fit the frame! This is perfect & you could use it for artwork too.

    Stephanie
    owlsinmyheart.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03081516677450803112 Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted

    Love this idea! I think most store mats aren't fun and attractive anyways so making your own is wayyyy better.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08769877554857471397 Nikkiana

    Great idea!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00676521242019021235 Sarah Mcdougal

    Hi Dana! You have some really great advice and posts on here… I will be visiting frequently! I was hoping that you wouldn't mind checking out my blog as well and following me if you like it.

    http://www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

    Thank you so much,
    Sarah

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16392824394487595128 Yanxia Luo

    Awesome idea! love it

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18101562121003317422 TheBizarreBirdcage

    i love your blog,
    here are so many inspirations and everything i so peacefull!
    i love everything about it and you have a very unique style bloging and of course your tutorials are great!

    I adore your blog, keep on doing this wonderful thing you do here.
    I had to follow you, you have a new fan now <3
    Hope you may visit my blog,too
    Your Amely Rose from:
    http://thebizarrebirdcage.blogspot.de/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04701839302980133370 Catarina

    aww this is lovely! great job! <3 x http://day-dreameer.blogspot.pt/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01241146466663489551 Katie Frank

    i love this dyi <3

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12406971027364555088 Tanesha-Marie

    This is such a great idea :)

    Tanesha x
    http://www.tanesha-marie.blogspot.co.uk

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08104973467452459495 Melissa

    Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03961817565970651258 tasha
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18387282070513681709 Emilie

    This is oh so cute! I liked both options though – sometimes clean and crisp is good too!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05232155737520099120 Jemma x

    Such a cute idea :) xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00484416918940164112 Amanda

    Where is the cute frame from?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04986688488417667731 Shalita Compton

    I couldn't agree with you more. All photos need a matte to look fabulous. Great idea!

    http://shalitaphotoclass.blogspot.com/