So, I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets bored with plain matting around my photos/art. I did a little tutorial here on making your own wooden matting. This little fix is soooo much less time consuming, though! You don't even need the fancy shmancy stamp carving tools. You could just use a craft knife if that's what you have.
You can buy these big blocks/sheets of rubber for carving stamps at most craft stores. Oh the possibilities! I carved a simple geometric design for mine and I've actually used it SO many times. Hand carved stamps are a great way to dress up boring gift bags and wrapping paper, place cards or stationary... seriously, so much can be done! This particular time, I decided to dress up some plain white matting... just to give it that extra oomph. I'm loving the results and the fact that it only took 5 minutes to do! This is in my upstairs hallway. I think spaces like this so often get overlooked in the decorating process, but if you really think about it... so many people see and move through this space, so having something brilliant to catch their eye is never a bad idea!