I recently was on a trip to Hawaii and got a lot of photos that I really like, and some at high enough resolution to print at 20"x30" or larger that I'd like to frame, or at least mount to hang up. But I have no desire to pay someone upwards of $50 to do it. Consequently, I think it's time (and my dad suggested) that I learn to cut my own mats. And I think it'd be a good skill to have as I continue with photography. So I have a few questions: (1) Where do you buy your matboard? I've located a few online sites that sell 32"x40" boards for $5-6 that seems pretty reasonable (10 tries for the same price as getting a pro to do it). They're redimat.com, framing4yourself.com, dickblick.com, and matcutter.com. (2) I plan on (for the time being) getting my prints at Costco, so $1.50 for an 8x12, $3 for a 12x18, and $10 for 20x30. Since I'm not spending a bundle on the prints, I don't think I care about getting high-quality archival-quality matboard. But, what's the difference between stuff like rag matboard, museum matboard, 3x board, 8 ply, etc.? Should I just go for something simple like the cheapest stuff? (3) What tools do I need? Obviously the board and the photos. But I assume I also need a mat cutter like the Logan 3000, a large ruler, pencil, and some sort of adhesive (3M PMA?)? Can anyone make some recommendations, ¿por favor? Thanks for any help!