Monday, August 22, 2011

Photo Mat Re-Do

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Photo Mat Re-Do

As promised, this week I am posting another project that I just had to "re-do."  For some reason, the past two years the wallet size photos of my school pictures have been super sized.  This created a problem for the opening in the ready made photo frame that my mom had been using for my pictures.  When she went to add our school pictures, our faces were too big for the openings.  We looked so funny!  Not to worry, nothing a Gypsy, an ATG gun, some card stock, and a bit of creativity couldn't fix:) 

Here are a few before photos-

My brothers and I each had an individual frame and a school photo from Kindergarten through 12th grade (well mine isn't complete yet!!!).  

The frames were oak and the mats were a cream color and they kind of blended into the wall.

But the bigger problem became the super sized pictures!!  Look at Aaron's Kindergarten picture compared to his 11th grade picture.  They used to shoot the pictures differently and now they do head shots that take up the entire frame.  I couldn't even fit my face in the frame opening!  It was really funny:)  New mats were a must.

A must for this week's project! 

The mat was designed using the Gypsy:) The cut outs are round instead of oval allowing for a wider opening.

Frames, shadows... 

and grades were added around the photos.

Since these were custom made, the names and school years were added to the top and bottom of the mat.

And the after shot.  It is hard to get a good picture of these hanging since these are in a hallway.  But you can see the difference.  The pop of color from the card stock and the black shadow gives the photo mats some much needed life.

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  1. Very nice! I love that idea. Just one more reason I need a gypsy!

  2. That's a great job. I love that type of photo collage.

  3. Oh wow! They look a billion times better! Honestly, I wouldn't have even believed they were the same thing had you not shown before and after pictures. I love the colour you chose, and the black letters/numbers really do pop.

  4. This is terrific Madison!!! The bright colors & labels you added really bring the photos out!!

  5. My gosh, you are so creative and talented, Madison! These are so awesome!! They look so much better now that it is just amazing! What a great "re-do"!! :)


  6. Madison, this is so cute!!! I love it!! They look so much better now! :)
    ♥ Laura ♥

  7. Such a lovely work Madison. Thank You for sharing



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