I have this habit of buying frames with mats and then never using the mats. Of course, being the hoarder that I am, I can't bring myself to throw them away. I have a stack of them collecting dust in my scrap space, so I challenged myself to use one on a layout. It was fun! Here is my process:
1 - I collected all my supplies:
2 - I cut my background paper 10 x 10, inked the edges, and adhered it to my cardstock. Then I placed my photo behind the mat and attached them both to the layout on an angle. I cut a 1 inch strip of blue patterned paper, cut them into 2 inch pieces, folded them in half and then attached them to layout - tucking them behind the mat.
3 - Then I cut 3 more strips of the striped paper and inked the edges. Adhere these down to your mat overlapping edges. Using the extra strip on the patterned paper, adhere the paw print strip to your mat as shown.
4. Using my EK Success Large Punch Real Estate Sign, I created two journaling areas. I inked around the edges and adhered them to layout. Using pop dots, I added dimension to my letter stickers before appying them to my design.
5 - Then I completed my project by adding the rest of my title directly to the photo and placing my felt embellishments!
Here is the finished project using the fun Pebbles line- Cats & Dogs!