Best way to make your own mat dividers??


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Jan 7, 2005
Reorganizing my mat samples...not very busy, so I am cleaning & organizing. Just read the thread on how different folks organize different ways. But, what do you use for dividers/name tabs?
My mats are always disorganized. I have sorted them into color families, and have drawn a line along the bottom for each color family. Then each successive color family has a slightly higher line on it. Then when I do un-disorganize them its a matter of lining up the lines and does help me to resort them fairly quickly.

Takes around 1/2 an hour to resort the mats, but only takes minutes to get them out of order!

As to dividers, I don't use them anymore. I had some from my distributor, then I cut some from matboards, then I just dicarder them completely!

I have however also lowered the central board that the mats rested on so that the mats now sit slanted. (Does this make any sense?) With the mats slanted and angled I can see a 1/4" of the faces and can see the color of the matboard.
My quirky Mat Maestro cut a whole bunch of very nice dividers from scrap matboard (with hardly any argument at all.)
I've made dividers out of scrap 1/8" acrylic cut on the bandsaw to look like slightly oversized mat samples. They work great.
:cool: Rick
I like the marker method, also.... Different colors at different levels on the edge of the mat sample (no marker on whites). Keep the marker side facing you, not the customer, and they'll think you're very good at what you do.

Yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, brown, black, and a silver or gold for all the metallics.