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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Matting photographs


Matting is one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking! It's where the colors start to pop and your layout really starts to take shape!

Most photos look better when surrounded with a bit of color and/or decoration. Matting is a simple thing to do, and with some experimentation you will create wonderful mats that accent your photo(s) and enhance your entire scrapbook layout. 

Making a matte is simple. Just select an archival paper or cardstock that is complementary to your photo, then cut the matting paper a bit larger than your photo (usually from 1/8 to 1/2 inch) and adhere the photo onto the paper. That's it!

Solid papers come in every color imaginable! Metallics, heathers, glossies, pearl finish, vellum, and patterned papers... plus too many more to list. But if you are looking for something a bit more unique or custom, paint on a piece of watercolor paper or cardstock with bright colors, or pastel washes. This will make an attractive background, and is fun to create! Use decorative edged scissors to cut and matte and give an instant decorated edge. Cut all four edges with decorative edged scissors or just one, two, or three sides. Cut mattes large enough so a design can be drawn around the edge of your photo with a marker or pen. Patterned papers can be as attractive as solid papers. Matte a round photo on an oval mat, use a corner punch to make decorative corners on your mat, double or triple-mat your photos with other complementary colors. When selecting a paper for matting, you may want to lay your photos on top of several colors of papers you think will enhance your photos, then select the best choice.

White album pages, patterned papers, and cardstock are the types of papers that will be used for background, matting, and decoration on a scrapbook page. It is important that all papers and pages used in an album are acid-free and lignin-free if you intend to keep photos and other items from decomposing.

Selective matting may accent your photograph and enhance your entire scrapbook page. Select an acid-free paper or card stock that is complementary to your photograph. Small patterned papers, as well as solid papers, make attractive mats. Using the photo-safe adhesive of your choice, adhere the photographs to the paper or cardstock. Trim around the photograph with a trimmer or decorative scissors to leave a mat of the desired width. Wider mats are nice for larger photographs. When double or triple-matting a photograph, the outer mat is generally wider than the inner mats. Pre-cut mats are available and make an attractive accent to most photographs.

This photo has a double mat:

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