Professional framing is costly. And buying matting can be frustrating in the time and money trying to find the color or size you want.
My prior post covered unique frame matting ideas with the use of image stamps to further tell a photo's story.
So this post too provides the easy, steps for *framing photos displayed not only on your wall or nightstand but in *digital photo albums and *digital photo frames, as well as for *scrapbooking pages.
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Estimated Time to Complete
Once you have the items needed (which we’ll get to in a moment), easily under 20 minutes.
Level of Difficulty
Depends on the frames you choose. For this project, I pulled from a set of 4 frames that I purchased for under $20.
I recommend purchasing (matching) frames typically sold in sets of 4. They’re less expensive. And most projects involve multiples or grouping of “like” photos or images… even if at a later date to build upon.
I’ll walk you through the process of creating custom matting wallpaper and framing for each photo separately… Starting with the photo of my mom in the snow.
Edit Wallpaper (First)
Step-by-Step instructions based on using "Pages" App on my MacBook Pro or similar apps with simple graphic design capabilities (that you could create a flyer with).
Typically, mat board (also known as paper mat board) is made of wood pulp. This type of mat board, also known as paper mat board, is the most common and least expensive.
Ready for Display
Before Leaving this Post...
I love the clarity and simplicity of black and white photos with their adaptability to fit in any interior home design.
However, I want to share one more example of pairing matting wallpaper with a photo and its subject that is a bit more involved. Although this too can easily be completed in under 1 hour, it will probably require more than 20 minutes.
So let’s return to the photo below of me from the mid 1960s in my childhood home. We follow all of the same step as we did with my mom's project. But, let’s take a closer look at the compatibility of the photo with the matting.
Although my clothing and the old television provide a symbolic timestamp of the 1960s, I didn’t want to lose the popularity of the bold warm tones found in homes of that era. So I decided to slightly reduce the color saturation just enough to take the edge off clashing with the matting.
And because this is more of a seasonal photo displayed late November through December, I was willing to take more risks in terms of color compatibilities, particularly with red being one of the “it-colors” of that season.
So give it a try with your favorite photos. Also check out my other easy wall art and decor ideas at little to no cost in under an hour. In the meantime, get started and get going putting the fun back into functional stylish living… in under an hour!
Having Trouble Getting Started?
I used to feel the same way too. After all, who wants to put time into a project that may not work in their specific home? That's why I created this Quick DIY Check Prep (List) for getting you started on those projects that actually enhance your home. I use this when starting any home DIY endeavor... big or small.
Knowing the "whys" of your home projects not only helps you with the "hows" but keeps you focused on the DIY endeavors that will matter for you... saving you time and money.
The Under-an-Hour, Home DIY Warrior