Monograms have come a long way since they were first used as a royal signature on a variety of items, such as currency, to indicate a certain ruler’s mark. Today, monograms can be found in many different forms because of the versatility of design they offer. Monograms create beautiful, personalized art projects – and scrapbooking with monograms is no exception! They are fun, trendy, and can be used on almost anything you imagine. Monograms are easy to alter and add a level of dimension to a project. Plus, they are perfectly suited for gifts because everyone loves to receive something with their own initial on it!
Monograms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and choosing the perfect font for the design is important because it lends a certain look or feel to the end result. Let me show you a few different ways that monograms have been cleverly altered with fantastic results.
Monograms add depth to a scrapbooking page in a creative, personalized way. Whether used as the first letter of a title or as the title by itself, monograms make a statement and demand attention. There are a large variety of monograms to choose from, but here I’ve featured a set of stitched monograms by Dawn Inskip, a designer at Scrapbook Graphics. I love the grungy, messy styles! These monograms allow you to work within your style, even if it isn’t grungy like mine. They include messy stitches and holes all on separate layers, allowing you the freedom to change it up to fit your creative vision.
I love this idea! Wooden monogram letters are a great way to personalize a room. They are very versatile and can be hung on a wall or bulletin board, or even propped up on a flat surface like a shelf or coffee table. Consider tucking a monogrammed letter into gift baskets for a new bride or a new mom.
Kelly of Lola Monkey has produced some amazing monogram letters. Using paint, buttons, tags and bows to add just the right amount of detail, she creates the perfect design. Every letter is unique and can be customized to work with your style.
Personalizing a gift can sometimes be a challenge. Francine at Callaloo Soup shows her readers one quick and easy way to personalize any package simply by adding a monogram. While this would be perfect for Christmas gifts (what a great look for all those presents under the tree!), don’t forget birthdays, weddings, baby showers or just about any event you need a gift for. Simply choose a font from your computer stash, decorate it with your favorite digital paper, and presto! You have a personalized monogram gift tag ready to print!
Practically any room in your home can be personalized with a monogrammed picture or pillow. Scrap Girls has launched a Printable Cards and Craft Category where you will find a variety of printable crafts, including these fabulous 12-by-12-inch printable monograms by Brandy Murry. Do you like elegant or artsy? Whatever your style, you are sure to find something to inspire you on your next monogram project!
Want even more options? Then visit Digital Scrapbook Place’s Home Décor category. They have several wonderful, hand-crafted signs you can choose from. This gorgeous sign was created by Heidi Kuester and can be personalized with pictures of your loved ones. Talk about a great gift idea!
Monograms can be used in so many ways; you are limited only by your imagination! Whether it’s a gift for a friend (who will immediately know you’ve put a lot of thought into their personalized keepsake) or a colorful addition to your own home (because, let’s be honest, there’s something energizing about creating a new piece of décor for yourself), monograms are a creative way to make a one-of-a-kind, letter-perfect impact!