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Dimensional Photo Mat Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 01/19/2021 8 Comment(s) Layouts,Tutorials,


Hello, G45ers!

  Have you ever created an album and wanted to decorate the pages before adding photos? Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Carla La Vera has solved our problem by introducing us to a fun and fabulous #G45Technique, Floating Photo Mats.  In this tutorial Carla uses fussy cut flowers to decorate and add dimension, but really you could use any fussy cut images to go with any theme.  We encourage you to follow along with this step by step tutorial, and when you're done be sure to share your project with us on Instagram using the #Graphic45 hashtag. 


Floating Flowers on the Photo Mats

By Carla La Vera


“When we make an album for ourselves or especially when we want to do it to gift it, we do not know what photo we will place it in.  It does not allow us to place floating elements to decorate the pages and this is a simple technique that helps us figure out this problem..


Supplies Needed:

Black Cardstock : Piece 1= 8”x8”;Piece 3= 2 ½”x7 ¼” and Piece 5=  5 ⅛” x 6 ⅜”

Blossom Paper : Piece 2=  7 ⅞” x 7 ⅞”

Delight Paper : Piece 4= 2 ⅜” x 7 ⅛”

Brighten Paper :Piece 6 = 5” x 6 ¼”


Fussy cuts flowers and Quote - Delight Paper.

Take a Piece  of Black Cardstock (Piece 7 = 5 ¼” x 3 ¼”) and score a line at ¾” from the bottom edge and score another line at ¾” from the right edge.  

Make a mark as shown in the picture above.   


Trim the Piece 7 by the marks, fold the score section under the score line and apply adhesive on the 1” section.


Add the fussy cut flowers to the 1” section of Piece 7.


Add the image with the quote, flip over the Piece 7, open the score sections and apply adhesive on the score sections, as shown in the picture above.


Tip:  Add a piece of chipboard below the quote piece, it increases the volume even over the photo mat.


Add the Piece 6 to the Piece 5, flip it over and add the score sections of the Piece 7 to the Piece 5 as you can see in the picture above.  Now, you can see the floating flowers on your photo mat and you are free to add your photo when you want.


Add the Piece 2 to the Piece 1, add the Piece 4 to the Piece 3, then, add the mat with the Piece 4 to the right side of the 8x8 mat.

Add some flowers to the Piece 4 and, finally add the green photo mat with the floating flowers to the 8x8 mat.


TIP: To give more volume, add more flowers under the photo mat


TIP: I also added a piece of chipboard below the photo mat.” ~Carla




Happy Papercrafting!  


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8 Comment(s)

Eleanor Williams:
01/19/2021, 11:38:01 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Since I often do pages without the pics that will eventually go on them, I think this will be particularly useful for me. Thanks again!! Your pages in this post are spectacular.

Anne M. Schilling:
01/19/2021, 12:09:33 PM

Super awesome idea! Love it!

Becky S Schoelich:
01/19/2021, 12:22:16 PM

This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this awesomely amazing and problem-solving tip. I've been papercrafting for about 30 years now, and I still hadn't come up with a great way to embellish my photo mats ahead of my photos. I'm in heaven!!! This is perfect for gift-giving, as well. I love to make small albums for friends, as well as full albums for life events. When giving to a non-scrapbooker, you can't just give them a pile of embellishments and tell them to go to town. I am so excited, I can't wait to get in my craftroom!

Bev Drake:
01/19/2021, 12:28:24 PM

Thank you Carla for your great post & clear instructions. I was a lucky winner of Blossom & have been looking for ideas to use these beautiful papers & this is perfect. Well done!

Martie Rollin:
01/19/2021, 01:23:49 PM

I love the details you have provided...I know I'll be able to do this for my next project. Beautiful use of fussy cutting!

Glenda Buster:
01/19/2021, 07:10:29 PM

Love Floating Photo Mats.

01/23/2021, 11:45:23 AM

Very nice...Carla is very artistic.

Paula Pembroke:
02/06/2021, 08:37:39 AM

Love this idea, definitely will be doing this!

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