DIY: Playful Book Cover Photo Mat

Contributor Post by Ana Maria



Hi, Ana Maria of Anamu here! During my stay with family in LA I noticed that some of my nieces' books were severely bent-out-of-shape. The girls have moved on to other stories and since the forgotten books weren't in good enough condition to donate (torn spines, pages, etc) I decided to re-purpose one of the covers into a decorative photo mat.




Pictured as part of the supplies (above) is a pair of scissors but I later found my brother in-law's box cutter that was much easier (and cleaner) to work with. The entire project took about fifteen minutes and can be repeated in so many ways! Scroll down for the step by step...



1. Pick a book and frame of your choice. I used a 5x7 frame for mine.
2. Remove book cover from spine and trace the frame's backing for a matching fit. Cut along the traced lines or a bit smaller if it looks like it might be too much of a snug fit for the frame.
3. On the back side of your chosen cover artwork, use a ruler to create your desired mat border. I chose one inch all around. Cut along traced lines.
4. Place the cut mat into your frame and set a personal photo or a page from the book for a decorative display.
5. Enjoy!



Do you (or your little ones) have any favorite books that might enjoy a second life as framed art?

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An LA native living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ana Maria is a flea market fanatic with a knack (and love) for DIY. She shares her vintage finds in her online shop, The Pond Market, and captures her adventures and inspirations on her personal lifestyle blog,Anamu.

Jan Halvarson

19 comments:

Starr Sonam said...

Thats clever... what a timely post, I've got the biggest box of Golden Books and wondering what to do with them Thanks.

Lo veo y me gusta said...

Me temo que yo yame he desecho de ellos.
:-(
Susana

Anonymous said...

Is that a white rectangle digitally placed over the mat opening to conceal the real cut edges or were the edges painted white? The actual book cover is on a brown card stock (as seen in the above photos).

Jan Halvarson said...

Anon - it is - good eye.

i wanted the image to pop - so because we didn't have an image that had a white border small enough for this frame, i added a white border to the image as if it came like that.


Sam said...

This is great! What an awesome idea for a present! Love it so much!!

xo Sam

DIY Huntress

Anonymous said...

Did you use something the cover the raw edges? It seems like it will look a bit unfinished without something but is hard to see in your picture.

Jan Halvarson said...

Anon - it doesn't but if you want to email me i can send you the original.

Melissa Kojima said...

Seems like a good way to use old book covers. I thought you were going to use the outside rather than the inside of the cover. I too would like to see what it looks like with the raw edges.

Rosa @ FlutterFlutter said...

Love this idea! And I, also, have a box of books that I was going to give away... now one of them might become matting! ;o

Jahje Ives said...

Oh my gosh - this is such an awesome idea. My father in law used to print for golden books so we have a ton of vintage books around. I now know what I am going to do with them - golden book photo wall!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that I like this idea, if it gives people the idea that cutting up books is ok. If the book is tattered beyond use it's one thing, but destroying a book instead of passing it on to a new reader bothers me.

Anonymous said...

This is an adorable and attractive idea, particularly for pictures of my grandchildren!

I'm not understanding, though, how to create that smaller white border inside the mat and beside the photo. Can you clarify please?
Thanks.

Suzanne said...

This is an original and creative idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

However, I do not understand how to create the white border around the picture and inside the mat. Would you explain that again please?

Anonymous said...

Great idea! So creative and I can envision it done with all kinds of beautiful prints.

However, would you explain how to create the white border inside the mat? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

What a creative idea. I can envision this done with lots of pretty covers.

However, would you please explain how to create the white border? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! So creative, and I can envision this done in lots of pretty papers.

However, I do not understand how to create the white border. Would you go over that again, please?

Jan Halvarson said...

Anons and Suzanne (maybe the same person)? You can get the effect by using an image that already has a white border - you can ask the place where you get your photo's made to print with a white border

or

you can buy a white border mat if you wish to get the same effect.

i did a digital white border in photoshop - but this isn't part of the tutorial. it was just to make the image pop a bit.

Suzanne said...

Thanks, Jan. I will try that.

willowday said...

This is really cute! I have a big box of books that I've been wanted to do something with and love this idea!

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