Map it. Matte it. Frame it.

To add visual interest and variation to the picture frames in your house consider altering the matting. Usually the frames can be the show stealer, but changing up the matte can result in equally appealing, if not more personalized, results.

Materials Needed:

1 Frame with a matte
Speciality paper (in my case a map)
Super 77 spray glue
Razor blade

The first step is getting your image. A sheet of music, an old map or the page of a book are all great places to start.

I started with a nautical map of one of our favorite seaside towns. I printed it out and made sure that it was large enough to cover my entire matte by just laying it over the top.

Then I sprayed my matte with a thin layer of Super 77. I love this stuff. I use it for paper projects all the time.

Warning: It is really sticky and must be used in a well ventilated area. Be sure to spray over newspaper or something else you can throw away. Alternatives could be Modge Podge, rubber cement or a regular old glue stick. I like Super 77 because it doesn’t cause wrinkles and it dries instantaneously. It’s also fast application.

Carefully align your matte to the back of your selected paper, in my case, the map. There’s only doing this once with Super 77, so be precise. Other methods of adhesion may be more forgiving.

Then with your fingers pat down the paper (make sure you have washed your hands free of Super 77!) so it’s completely mounted on to the matte. If you are having a problem with air bubbles use a brayer, or a rolling pin in a pinch.

Next use your razor blade to cut away the excess paper. Be sure to use a rubber mat, or at least a magazine, as a cutting board.

Flip it over and BOOM!

Now you just need to stick in your photo (mine is a photo of my favorite door in Rockport Harbor) and pop it back in the frame.

What would you use to personalize a matte? The possibilities are endless!

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