I've seen this idea done before, so it's not original to me.
One 8x10 photo portait case made by Rice Studio Supply (can be purchased through GTA Imaging in Canada) Cost ~ $2.88
Watercolour photo paper (You can try with cardstock or heavy paper but I preferred the texture of the watercolour)
I bought the paper from Henrys http://www.henrys.com/21575-INKPRESS-WATERCOLOR-RAG-8-5-X11-25SH.aspx
Inkjet printer (I just used a regular inkjet printer.. not my Pro-10 and it worked great for what I needed)
Double sided Tape (I used stuff from the dollar store)
Small Paint Brush or Q-tips and small glass of water
(I apoligize about the lighting in these photos. I used my cell camera)
Start with a portrait case and cut off the flaps that are supposed to hold photos in place. You'll notice on these cases there are two lines down the middle.. You'll want to train the folio to fold along the second line (the line to the right) otherwise it leaves too small of a space for your paper.
For my paper, I sized my image to be around 10x7 so I had a larger border around the edge.
On the BACK side of your paper, trace a thin pencil line to the size you want it to be. I just used a mounted 8x10 print I had hanging around :)
After you have your line traced, hold it up to the light to make sure your text isnt going to be cut off.
Using a cotton swab or paint brush dipped in water, wet the line you traced. ***On my first run I wet on the outside of the line and it was still too big for the folio. Wet along the inside of the line about 1/8 inch.***
Line up your metal ruler along the edge of your line. ***NOTE I should have gone in another 1/8th of an inch,, instead I had to do it twice because it was still too big ***
Grab your paper from the top and gently tear toward the bottom. If you're having a hard time tearing, just wet the paper a little bit more.
Using double sided tape, tape around the edges and through the centre of the back of your paper and adhere it to the folio. I just used dollar store double sided tape and it worked really well! Press down hard to make sure your paper adheres properly.
I used a kraft label and my stamp for the front and tied a ribbon and twine around to match my branding.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please email me email@example.com (I don't always reply to comments on the blog :P )
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