Here are a few guidelines that I always use.
1. Let the frame pick the background.
2. Let the background pick the pin(s).
3. Never be afraid to use something from your traders to compliment the framing as a whole.
Now, here we go...
Find your frame. I pick up nice frames when ever I see them and hold onto them until a concept hits me. This frame was $2.99. This frame had a paper backing on it that I had to peel off before I could take the frame apart. You can see once it was removed that it had staples to hold the matting in place. I use a butter knife to bend but not remove the staples.
Pick your background. I found this on google and it is actually Disney art from a Chip & Dale short called "In a Nutshell." I use a HP photosmart printer and HP high gloss photo paper. The trick to getting good print quality is to stay away from small pictures. If you start big you can always downsize and have great quality but not start small and go big without blurring everything!
Then pick some pins that you think will fit your idea.
Once you have the frame apart you typically will need that butter knife again to separate the cardboard backing from the mat so that you can insert your image. Do this slowly! Do not pull it apart like a wish bone or you are sure to get pressure creases in the front of the mat. Keep the pieces together and gently slide the butter knife between them. A long metal letter opener is good for this too.
Use tape to secure your backgound directly to the rear of the mat. ALWAYS take the glass out of the frame and place the mat and background in the actual frame before you place the pins. This will keep you from misjudging you area you have to work with on the background and it will help you to center the pins properly. (Helpful Hint: Take your photo now! Once the glass is back in it is hard to avoid the glare!) Once you have the pins in place put it all back together with the glass. I always use metal pin backs in my frames because they "click" into place and stablize the pins. I always pick frames that are deep enough that the backs do not touch the wall. (very had to show in a photo!)
Then tada! You have a finished masterpiece that you can share with all your friends on Dizpins! Notice how the grass in the image flows perfectly around the flowers and the log. Thumper is poisitioned next to the tree with the hole to amplify his thumpin' and that little bird wants to get a look at what Bambi sees too!
I was able to find 2 of the same frames when I got these. In the last photo you can see how different the outcome can look even with identical frames and mats. It's all in the imagination!