How to make custom frames!
- Magazines, old calendars, sheet music, a book page with a favorite poem, or anything that contains something special you’d like to frame; I chose a couple of small Toulouse-Lautrec prints from the same magazines I used for this project
- Ready-made plain photo mats from your local hobby supply store; choose the standard size that best fits the object you are trying to frame (remember we are saving tons of $$$ by not custom-framing… so if the mat is not the exact size, get over it!)
- A photo frame that is much larger than your mat; for example, I used 5×7 inch mats with 3×5 inch inner cutouts, and bought an 8×10 inch frame to put it all in… the empty space in between is where you get creative!
- Fun, interesting, scrapbooking card-stock paper that compliments the object you are framing; I chose textured, shimmery, bright orange (best color EVER) paper
- Tape, preferably acid-free (to not wear away at your pictures/cutouts over the years)
- Glue-stick, also preferably acid-free
- Scissors or scrapbooking papercutter
- And as always, creativity
- Start by choosing and cutting out what you wish to frame; never cut something its exact size; leave a few millimeters around its perimeter to allow for gluing to the mat
- Place a small piece of tape halfway behind your image and halfway sticking out, with the sticky side up; do this on only ONE edge of your image (trust me, it’s easier to correct mistakes this way)
- Carefully place your mat over the image, centering it to your liking
- Once you’re happy with the placement of your image behind the mat, press down on the side with the tape so it’s fixed in place; proceed with taping the remaining three edges in the same manner the image should be taped to the back side of the mat, like this
- If you buy a double-layer style mat, use a glue-stick or double-sided tape to adhere the second mat layer to the first; if you bought a single-layer mat, ignore this step!
- Next, use the insert from your picture frame to trace an outline on the back side of your card-stock, and cut it out; by doing this, you’ve cut it the exact size to fit your picture frame
- Glue the mat with your image in the center of the card-stock cutout… I hope you chose interesting card-stock, because this is part that really customizes and make custom frames special.
- Frame the whole thing! Voila!
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