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Design Your Own Photo Mat

By: Melissa Langer of Pug Notes

If you've ever wanted to design your own photo mat, these easy instructions from Melissa Langer will show you how.  Making custom picture frames is easy when you create your own signature picture mat to showcase your favorite photos.


Design Your Own Photo Mat



  • Flip-Pal mobile scanner (or any scanner)
  • Piece of inkjet paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Bone folder
  • Ready cut photo mat
  • Sharp utility knife



  1. Scan an image of your favorite object or design and crop it to the size of your photo mat.
  2. Print the image on the inkjet paper.

    Design Your Own Photo Mat-1
  3. Cut the white borders off of the image and use a glue stick and the bone folder to glue down and smooth the paper onto the photo mat.

    Design Your Own Photo Mat-2
  4. Place your mat on a friendly cutting surface and use your sharp utility knife to cut an X from corner to corner of your paper through the mat opening.

    Design Your Own Photo Mat-3
  5. Use the glue stick to apply a thin layer of glue above each flap.
  6. Fold and burnish down each triangle flap to the mat.

    Design Your Own Photo Mat-4
  7. Insert your favorite photo, flip over your mat and you're done!
    Design Your Own Photo Mat-5


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