Why should I mat my photos? For the same reason that you frame a picture before hanging it up on the wall! A mat will act as a frame for your photos, giving a visual space or “rest” between the colors and shapes in the photos and those in the background paper. It also gives your page a more finished look.
For a lot of people, a mat is a must if you’re using patterned paper as a background. Be sure to follow the Golden Rule of Patterned Papers and always mat your photo onto a solid paper before placing it on a patterned background sheet. If the paper is very bright or heavily patterned, you can make your photo mat a bit wider, or double-mat or triple-mat it.
You can see here the difference between a matted and non-matted photo.
Designer: LeNae Gerig
- Dots & Stripes Papers
- Citrus Monograms
- Music Brad Buddies™
- Music Notes Mix Brads
- Standard Black Round Brads
- Winter Swirls Acrylic Stamps
- Acrylic Block
- Black inkpad
- Foam tape
- Glue stick
- Golden yellow and orange cardstocks
- Sand paper
- Place the blue striped paper horizontally. Cut a 9½”x6” rectangle of dot paper and ink the edges. Glue to the page 2¼" from the bottom, and stamp the side edges with the long swirl stamp, as shown.
- Mat two 4”x6” photos together on yellow cardstock, leaving a 1/8” wide border. Ink the edges glue over the dot rectangle as a ¾ mat. Or, if choosing not to mat, simply attach the photos to the dot rectangle.
- Secure the sanded treble clef and music brads around the photos, as shown. Sand the edges of the letters and glue at the top of the page.
- Journal on an orange tag and foam tape over the photo. Journal on the orange cardstock, cut into a rectangle, ink the edges and glue to the bottom of the page with brads on each side.