In this age of digital photography, I don't end up with many printed photos. So when the husband and I visited a photo booth on a recent vacation, I was excited to have a printed image to frame. After the jump, I'll show you how I matted and framed my photograph.
What You Need
Materials A photo, cardstock or other material to act as matting, picture frame
Tools X-acto knife, craft ruler, pencil, tape
1. Cut the mat to fit the frame. The easiest way to do this is by tracing around the glass from the frame on the back of the mat. I'm using a heavy-weight cardstock that came in a pack of scrapbooking materials but you could also use fabric, wrapping paper, or any number of things.
2. Measure the photo and decide where you'd like to place it on the mat. I chose to mat my photo off-center.
3. On the back of the mat, measure and mark the spot where you will cut for the photo placement. You'll want this cut-out to be slightly smaller than your photo. For instance, my photo measures 2 1/2"w x 6 1/2"h so I cut out a space that is 2"w x 6 1/4"h.
4. Using an X-acto knife and straight edge, cut the opening in the mat for your photo.
5. Tape the photo to the back of the mat.
6. I usually write the date and location of the photo on the back of the mat. This is a fun way to remind myself of when the photo was taken when I later go back to replace it with a new one.
7. Place your completed mat in the frame.
8. Find a new spot in your home for displaying your newly framed photograph!
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