Stunning Photo Mats from Designer Susan Cobb

Hello everyone!!! I’m glad you’re here. If the Paper Wishes Blog ever gets a little bit quiet, you can be sure we are working on our next catalog filled with all kinds of amazing new craft products, card ideas and scrapbook layouts! It’s coming in less than a month (the beginning of September), but I’ll be bringing you an early look at some of my new crafting favorites that are inside!

We are well overdue for some great papercrafting inspiration, so I thought I’d bring you the best of the best, and falling squarely in this realm are Susan Cobb’s incredible matted photos! These layouts are from past Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes monthly kits.

If you haven’t heard of our monthly scrapbooking kits, they are incredible! Each month we send you 24 gorgeous sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbooking papers (before anyone else sees them!), tons of embellishments AND new crafting supplies (stamps, embossing folders, etc.). So here’s a layout that Susan did using some papers designed exclusively for our monthly scrapbookers:

 

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Here’s the first page, close up:

 

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At first glance, you might almost think Susan inked her photo mat edges black, but no! She has matted her photos on black cardstock with 1/16″ borders to provide some great contrast against the soft-colored papers. She then double-matted her photos on coordinating papers, and finished them off with a final 1/16″ black cardstock mat. I just love how clean and defined everything looks!

 

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By consistently matting her black-matted photos on yellow, and then onto her different coordinating papers, it ties all of her photos together for a unified look that I love! She used Pink Jewel Dazzles™ to add the perfect amount of sparkle, and the pink hearts paper matting her upper photos? It’s been embossed with the hearts, and then lightly sanded—what a great way to add in texture! (And yes, the embossing folder was included in the kit!)

Here’s another one of Susan’s layouts, also from our monthly Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kits. You might recognize the Artful Watercolor papers that she used. Monthly scrapbooking members get our newest papers before they are even released—another benefit to joining. In fact, most of us who work here at Paper Wishes are scrapbooking club members mainly for the papers! Yes, they are that good.

 

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So here’s her first page:

 

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Here Susan used the same black matting technique throughout to unify her look. On her photos, she used strips cut from Artful Watercolor striped paper to accent the bottom and side edges of her photos. This technique can also be used to fill the more “empty” spaces of a photo—try this next time instead of cropping!

She has also created her own artfully splattered paper to mat two of her images. You can try this out too! Just place a piece of watercolor paper and lightly brush one side with water. Then, use a toothbrush to pick up your colorant of choice (Susan used watercolor pencils) and run your thumb over the bristles to spatter your paper! You can do this with more than one color, and the colors will run together a bit more on the wet side of your paper. This technique goes great with the Artful Watercolor papers!

 

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Adding the eyelash fibers and paper blossoms to her photos adds even more interest, and the watercolor spattering is continued on the Gold Color Me™ tag embellishment. And all these embellishments (plus lots more!) come with every Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kit. I love pages like this, and I have to thank Susan for creating them. I hope you all feel a bit more inspired, and take a little time out to create. Don’t be afraid to take these techniques to your cardmaking as well! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – To check out other Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes projects and to learn more, click here!

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8 Responses to “Stunning Photo Mats from Designer Susan Cobb”

  1. Valerie Breingan says:

    There both really stunning layouts.I love the way the black really contrasts.Gorgeous job girl….????

  2. Bonnie Blythe says:

    Beautiful pages ,very nice.

  3. Diane Lynne C says:

    Simply beautiful layouts.

  4. Diana says:

    Beautiful pages. Really like these.

  5. Winnie Dye says:

    Simply stunning!

  6. Cynthia S says:

    I agree, these are gorgeous papers and stunningly appealing in the layouts. That brief hint of black really does offset the pictures beautifully.

  7. Becca Sadler says:

    Thanks for showcasing these layouts and including the close-ups! Lots of layers and details to make the pages unique and special. Kudos!

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