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Picture Framing Project

I thought I'd share my little picture framing experiment with you.  It was so easy, and I really like the look.  Of course, this was the first one I've done, and I can already see a couple of things I'll do differently on the next one.  

My Experiment
I found a print from The Graphic's Fairy that I liked and printed it to fit one of my 5x7 frames.  The paper I used for the mat is a shopping bag.  I knew I was saving it for some reason... " 

I cut a 5x7 piece out of the bag then tore an opening in the middle to create the mat for my picture.  
It was easy enough, but I did struggle with which side of the paper I liked best.

In the end... this one won out.  

 I spent a few minutes assembling the frame and have to say, 
"I like the look the torn paper gives this piece of art". 

I have a project that I'm working on that will incorporate at least two or three prints like this, 
and maybe, I'll share it with you when it's complete.  

In the mean time...I'm going to experiment a little bit more...

A couple of things I might do differently will be:

tint the art for an aged look
use a page from an old book as my mat.

You should give this simple project a try.


  1. Hi Geneva!

    That is really clever. You could have paper/ads that coordinate with the them of the picture... but those might be too hard to find.

    Thanks for joining my party :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  2. I've been a professional framer for years...and you did great!!!

  3. What a great idea. I love the way it turned out. I have some pictures I've been meaning to frame. Maybe I'll try matting some that way.

  4. That's a nice idea and the frame looks great. I, myself, prefer the other version of paper though :)

  5. That looks fabulous! Great job....I just noticed all the bees on your sidebars....I love bees too....especially love the Follow hive....darling!

  6. What a beautiful idea! I am so grateful you shared this. It is such an easy idea to beautify our homes. Have a blessed day!!

  7. Hello Geneva,
    What a lovely picture you made. I'm glad you used the printed side of the bag. It makes it look extra special! I do the same thing and save little odds and ends to use someday.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for following my blog. I am your newest follower and I will be back to view your older posts, too.
    Have a blessed day,

  8. I love that idea! I enjoyed your garden post too,

    Thank you for visiting me and your kind words.


  9. I love your creation! Frankly I like taking apart old, old photos because I like seeing what paper was used for the backing. I took apart an old family photo of my grandfather as a child. The newspaper used as part of the framing process had an advertisement for my great-grandfather's ice cream shop!
    Ladybug Creek

  10. Greetings,

    I love birds as well...your framed photo of the birds and nest is beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing. Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage.


  11. I printed off the same picture and was thinking I didn't know what to do with it. Love your idea (may have to "borrow" it).

  12. clever and special. like how the tear looked as a border
    hope i am as successful.
    when you can would you check us out at

  13. Looks great Geneva. I like the printed side of the paper for the mat and the frame is perfect. Good idea ... I am sure I can use that idea sometime. I agree with you that aging the print would look good.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  14. I really like how this turned out, Geneva. I think the old paper in the background makes it, and I love the birds. The torn paper gives it a special look. You did a great job.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  15. Geneva, this is awesome! I love your idea and you have inspired me! Paper bags are so useful and I love using them for different things. Have a great weeken.

  16. Very clever, and pretty too! Thank you for the inspiration! Cheers, Andrea

  17. Hi Geneva, Cute way to frame a print! Thanks for sharing this project at the Open House party. xo, Sherry

  18. Love this idea--I definitely like the printed side of the mat better too! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--hope you'll be back this week!

  19. Love this, especially the paper!
    I'm so glad I found your blog (through the Graphics fairy, I think).
    See you around!

  20. Hi Geneva, you had me at "bird print", great idea, and I'll be featuring you at Vintage Inspiration this week! thanks for joining in! xo

  21. Very nice look! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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