I've had this idea floating around in my head for months for a patterned photo mat and finally made time to try it. I really love patterned paper and photo mats and I thought the two should get together. It is a great way to add some interest to otherwise plain frames. I used it to frame my Mothers' Day Text Art projects that I made for the many mothers in my life. You can read how to make them here or here.
You may wonder why one needs to attach patterned paper to a photo mat when one could just use the paper in place of the mat? To that question, I have three answers:
1. The photo mat provides structure
2. The photo mat provides depth and interest
3. I've tried it without the photo mat and it just looks less spectacular
On the easy meter, this project rates somewhere between ridiculously simple and surprisingly fast, so gather some supplies and give it a go.