Simple, Affordable Custom Mats2:59 PM
I got these 16x16 frames for a great deal--50% off, and ordered the prints from Smitten Kitchen's photo album. I love her cooking blog and recipes, and of course drool (sometimes literally) at her amazing food photography. I've loved these 2 prints for over a year, the raspberries and pomegranate. So I finally broke down and ordered them, because I couldn't think of anything else I liked to go in our dining room, and it worked out great that my two favorite were also red. I guess not too surprising since I always gravitate toward red.
But then came the issue of finding simple white mats for my odd shaped 16x16 frames.
Calling around, to have anyone cut a custom mat, started at $18.00 and went up from there. For the stupid mat! That would cost more than the frame and print combined. Custom framing is always one of those things that boggles my mind how expensive it is.
So my affordable solution was to buy a huge sheet of white mat board from Michael's Crafts for only $5.99.
I cut it down to two 16x16 squares using my Olfa Mat/ blade
Next I penciled in the 8x10 hole I would need to cut for my prints, centered vertically and horizontally.
I used the huge ruler and Olfa mat to do this also.
Then I taped my prints on the back, plopped them in the frame and hung them up.