Monday, May 7, 2012

Photo Mat Turned Decorative Magnetic Frame

I've been holding on to this mat for a while now...
Waiting on that special project idea to pop into my head.

Then it magically happened! Why not make it into it's own frame?

After cutting my scrapbook paper to size...
I painted the gold an aqua color. I just wasn't feeling the gold.
Once the paint was dry, I sprayed a bit of adhesive onto the mat and pressed my paper into place.
Next, I trimmed the edges of the paper, gave the edges a tiny bit of sanding and got all kinds of crazy with my ink pad.

I think I may have gotten a bit too much in some spots.

Since I'm impatient and couldn't wait on the ink to dry (well, I gave it about two minutes), I flipped it over and proceeded to make my pocket on the back.

Using card stock and my trusty scissors, I snipped up the paper (without measuring, of course). I made sure to cover the mat opening completely, but gave enough room to insert a picture and for the tape. This way, I could change out my picture.
I placed pieces of double sided sticky tape onto the card stock (sides and bottom) and pressed it onto the back of the mat.

At this point, I also added on my magnets. I just used my tape because the mat is lightweight and I *cough* didn't want to mess with glue.
Up next... I decided to cover the entire mat in mod podge just to make it a bit easier to clean and keep the paper/ink from getting destroyed on the fridge door.
The paper did wrinkle up a bit in some places, but I worked them out and once it dried... they were gone. I think this may have happened because I used spray adhesive underneath the paper instead of mod podge.
So, whatcha think?!


  1. Adorable! You did a really great job...very creative. :)

    I am stopping by from the SITS Spring Fling, nice to "meet" you! :)

  2. Love the frame! Very cute! I am also stopping by from the SITS Spring Fling. I look forward to following all your crafty projects!

  3. That is super cute! I think I'll give that a try.

  4. Hi, my name is Anne and I just found you through the hop on SITS. Love your writing style, very funny! Also love how your project came out. I'll be following you on Pinterest.
    Love for you to pop over to my Life on the Funny Farm blog sometime to say hey! I'm at Have a good one!

  5. Very cute! What a great idea. I have millions of photos and need creative ways to display them. Visiting from SITS.

  6. Great idea. Will definitely add it to my projects to-do. Visiting from SITS

  7. That is such a great project! Very cute!

  8. Stopping from SITS! What a pretty frame! I love the paper you chose!

  9. How cute!!! I may have to try that. Stopping by from SITS!

  10. I love this! My sis does something similar but she's never used the ink pad to age it... great idea! Now RSS'ing your blog from SITS and the Spring Fling!

  11. This is a great idea indeed! Looks so much nicer than a plain mat. Visiting you from SITS spring fling too!

  12. Visiting from SITS and love your blog! So many great ideas on here. Happy to have connected with you :)

  13. Love this idea! I think I need to go see what I can find to try something like this! I like the way you present your ideas and can't wait to explore more! (Stopping by from SITS)


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