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How to Mat a Photo
by CreatingKeepsakes.com

Since photos are the most important items on your pages, you want to make sure they get the emphasis they deserve. The best way to spotlight your photos, especially your favorites, is to mat them. To mat a photo simply means to adhere it to a complementary color of cardstock or other paper, leaving a border around the photo.

Once you’ve decided which photos need that special emphasis, you’ll need to select the right color of paper to mount them on. Here are a few tips for success:

• Try placing the photo on different sheets of paper to see which one complements the photo best.
• Choose a mat color that matches your photo but doesn’t make it fade into the background and doesn’t overwhelm it. A good rule of thumb is to choose a color that brings out a significant color in the photo.

Once you’ve selected the right paper, follow these steps to mat the photo:

 

  
1. Place the photo on the cardstock or other paper.

 

  
2. Decide how wide you want the mat to be, and measure and mark the border.

 

  
3. Trim the mat using a paper trimmer or scissors, and adhere it to the photo.


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