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Matting Example

Matting Example.

Matting in Scrapbooking terms is where you mount a photo either underneath or on top of stiff paper or card stock. Matting is also used to conserve the original photo by not cropping it. Instead, using stiff paper or card stock, cut away the part you wish to see, covering the rest without damage to the photo. Use photo corners to mount the matted section with the photo underneath.

Cropping Suggestions
Submitted : June 15 2006 by Rebecca Hindley.

In scrapbooking, the term cropping means cutting away or covering up that which is not wanted. You may also hear the word cropping in conjunction with parties or get-togethers. Hence, a late-night crop is an evening of scrapbooking with friends or fellow scrapbookers. But for now, we'll address the cropping of photos.

One of the saddest things I see on new scrapbookers's pages are photos that have been cut too small or crooked. Think BEFORE you ever cut a photograph. The most important part of a layout is your photographs. Cutting them smaller may defeat the whole purpose of putting them onto a page. You may someday regret that you cropped away your first car or an old friend out of a photograph.

Cut out ONLY DISTRACTING images that distract from the feel of the event, i.e., fingers that got in the way of the shutter, clutter on the floor, distracting shrubbery, or telephone lines or undies dangling out of the drawer. Some new scrapbookers see the colorful assortments of decorative scissors that are available and want to use them on everything. I have found that decorative scissors are best used on cardstock and paper instead of photos. Photos with straight-cut edges are eye-pleasing as are mats with decorative edges to complement these photos.

I suggest that you Never Crop A Professional Portrait. These will be priceless heirlooms for future generations. Your portraits may, one day, be displayed on the walls of your great-great grandchildren's homes. I strongly suggest that you NEVER mount them directly to your background papers with adhesives. Use photo corners instead. If you want a portrait to have another shape to it, i.e., oval), cut paper or cardstock as a "mat" and lay it over the portrait.

Never Cut A Polaroid Photograph, mat it. A chemical reaction takes place with air and the Polaroid image disappears. Use photo corners and/or mats on photos that are over 30-40 years old. The backs of these photos are raw paper and aren't coated like photos of today. If a photo later needs to be removed from a layout (to make copies, to put on a different page, etc.), the adhesive can rip away some of the paper backing or cause the photo to tear.

Hope you found this article informative.

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