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  #1  
August 18th, 2011, 07:45 PM
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. . . that is the question.

Okay, so I changed up that famous quote.

Just wondering, do you mat your photos, all of them, just the focal one or ones, or does it matter to you?


With me, I used to mat everyone (or very close to everyone), now I don't as much. I usually mat the focal one or ones, but not every single one now.
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August 18th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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When I first started every picture was matted sometimes multiple times. The cheat to matting is to out line in black sharpie. These days I rarely mat.

This one the embellies are pen matted in fine sharpie and the pictures in bolder sharpie.

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August 18th, 2011, 08:48 PM
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I only mat the focal ones too.
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August 18th, 2011, 09:17 PM
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You girls really have me thinking!!!

Nicole I didn't really notice the black edging around your pics and stuff. Its hard to tell on the computer and with just glancing at it I thought it might of been shadows.
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August 18th, 2011, 11:01 PM
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Nicole, I never even thought to do that but it does make sense and it would save so much time, money, and cardstock!

I mat 90% of my pictures. If I mat one picture in a layout, I mat them all. It would look off-balanced to me to have 1-3 matted and the rest not matted. The 10% of the time that I do not mat is when I have too many pictures I want in a layout and I can't cut them down small enough to add matting to them.

I have rarely multi-matted but I want to do more of that (especially if I can cut down on my other matting by using the Sharpie idea).
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August 18th, 2011, 11:37 PM
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here are some old pages Circa 2005. my biggest concideration is being stingy with my scrap supplies the day of a page take 8 sheets of 12x12 pages is long gone for me plus it takes a lot of time!



Triple mat anyone?


group mat?
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August 19th, 2011, 12:11 AM
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I Mat if I want something within the pictures to pop out. I guess that would be focal point matting. I will mat just one picture and have done double mats like in my U/S picture for our new baby girl. I don't do it often but will if the occasion calls for it. I like matting for depth it can add. I don't mat on every page anymore although at one point I did.
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August 19th, 2011, 05:03 AM
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another way to save some paper is to cheat and cut out the inside of the mat you're using. And then you have that smaller rectangle/square to use for something else. I use my exacto knife for this and it's come in handy especially if it's a paper I don't have much of and want to use for something else like letters, embellies, etc.

Nicole, that sharpie idea is very handy.
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August 19th, 2011, 05:14 AM
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thought of another thing I do to mat my photos and save paper, I print them with a white border to them.
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August 20th, 2011, 04:43 PM
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For me, it depends on the layout I am doing. Some pages I think look better with matted pictures than others. Double and triple matting are the same - depends on the page.

Nicole - I have never thought of making a faux mat with a sharpie before! I will have to remember that! Thanks for sharing!!
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