Friday, May 6, 2011


Need a failsafe way to mat your photos when you scrapbook? A coleague of mine, Rowena Valentine, taught me this one:

1. Measure your photo.

2. For a 1/4 inch mat on each side, add a 1/2 inch to each side of your measurement. If you have a  4x6 photo, cut a piece of paper that is 4 1/2 by 6 1/2. You will have a perfect photo mat, that when the photo is centered, will leave a 1/4 inch of mat on each side.

3. If you want a mat with less color showing, then add a 1/4 of an inch to each side. You will have 1/8 of an inch of mat showing on each side.

I've always just adhered the photo to the cardstock and eyeballed the measurement when I cut the photo mat. After showing the ladies in my class last night, I think I am convinced that Rowena's way works better.

I will try to post a photo of the technique later!

Thanks, Ro!

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