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If you’re a crafter, you’ll inevitably have a collection of scrap paper and cardstock from your previous projects. Sometimes, seeing them all together just looks like an absolute mess, and it’s tempting to just throw them all away… but don’t!
Instead of tossing these scraps to the bin, you can actually turn them into a fantastic scrapbook photo mat!
As you can see below, I just pulled out all the pieces of scraps that I can find in my stash. They’re all in different sizes and shapes and it might appear impossible to still have a use for them, but trust me, keeping them is super worth it!
Once you have all your scrap pieces laid down, get your photo that needs a mat. I have this lovely black and white photo of my kids, which you might remember from my previous tip.
Working with black and white photos like this can be helpful in making it easier to work with colors since you will not be worried too much about matching them.
Now, let’s jump over to the fun part! Let’s go over the composition of the mat. The first thing you’ll need is a base, so try to find a scrap that can fit your photos just fine like the one below.
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Once you have the base, keep your photo with you to visualize how it’ll turn out as you start adding more scrap pieces to build the mat behind it.
In composing the mat, you have to think about balance. So, the first piece I tried adding are these two pink acrylic-painted papers and positioned it on opposite corners.
As you select more of the scraps to add in, you’ll eventually have to do some trimming to fit it in the base. I suggest trying the ruler-tearing technique for a quick trim. Just position your ruler in the direction you want to cut, and pull out the paper against it to tear.
To continue building the mat, I added the blue in there which is perfect as it contrasts the pink ones on the corners. To balance this blue one, I added a green paper opposite it.
Just continue adding more pieces as you go, but be mindful on balancing the elements and making sure the colors complement each other.