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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.

6teen Rocks
Designer: LeNae Gerig

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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