how-to: create a monogram on microsoft word

Happy Monday (despite the dreary weather)!  I had the good sense to schedule a dentist appointment at 9 am this morning…yuck.  I had them check Emmeline’s gums too…yes, the little lady is still toothless.  But no worries there–if we haven’t had to look into toddler dentures yet, I’m not concerned.

ANYWAY, I thought some of you might be interested in a little tutorial on how to create a personalized monogram using Microsoft Word.  If you know me, you know that I am slightly monogram-happy.  So, I thought I’d share a way to perpetuate the happiness at home!

Now, please keep in mind I’m a self-taught, trial-by-error computer user, so I’m sure there are MANY people more adept at this than I. Also, obviously owning a program like Photoshop would give you far greater capability and customization.  But if you just have Microsoft Word, fear not–you can still create a basic 3-letter monogram!

Here we go!

After opening Word, create a text box (Insert>Text box) and size to your choosing.  Then click Insert>Word Art.

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Screen shot 2013-01-14 at 10.52.35 AMI use the font “monogram kk” for a script monogram.  If your version of Word doesn’t come equipped with the font, I’ve found success with downloading it for free online. Right-mouse click, select “Format WordArt”, and pick the font and size of your choice:

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Your letter will now look like this, so you’ll want to format the letter to the color of your choosing.

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Right-mouse click, select “Format WordArt”, then choose your color (make sure there is no “line” if you don’t want your letter outlined).

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Note: If you don’t want your Word Art to have a shadow, make sure shadow isn’t selected on your formatting tool bar.

Once your first letter is colored to your liking, copy and paste twice so that you now have a total of three letters for your 3-letter monogram!

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To change the letters to reflect each initial, double-click, and this box will come up.  You can type in each initial to reflect your own monogram.

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Now you can size and arrange the three letters to your choosing…I made the middle initial “B” larger than the “E” and “C”, to represent the last name.  If you’re having trouble with the initials not overlapping, right-mouse click on the initial, select “Arrange” and click “In Front of Text”.  This will give your initials a linked, overlapped look.

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Once your three letters are sized and overlapped to your liking, you’ll want to “glue” the monogram together, so it will be one image that you can move around.  Holding down the Shift key, click on each letter until all three are selected.  Then right-mouse click, select “Grouping” > Group.  Note: If you ever want to edit the initials individually, select “Ungroup”…then you can group them back together once you’ve edited.

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Voila!  Now you have your monogram!

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This is the method I’ve used to create monograms for my trays (also here) and pillow.  It’s also an easy way to create inexpensive yet chic stationery…I’ve printed Emmeline’s out on blank cards for “her” correspondence.

I hope this has helped and inspired you to try making your own!  If you have any questions or if anything’s unclear, feel free to email me (pwpanache@gmail.com) or leave a comment!

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Personalized Bottle Labels

Hope everyone had a great weekend…

This Saturday I celebrated a good friend’s upcoming wedding by attending her shower and bachelorette party.

For the shower, her bridesmaids requested we help “stock their bar” by purchasing a bottle of wine for her and her fiancée.

After purchasing an inexpensive bottle of bubbly, I created a personalized label, very simply, with Microsoft Word on my MacBook.  I would be happy to explain in further detail if needed, but basically you open up a New Document in Word and:

-Choose a font of your choice–I downloaded a font (“monogram kk”) for free.

-Create a textbox (Insert>Textbox), and type each letter of the monogram in a separate textbox.

-If you’d like to make the font a certain color, choose View> Formatting Palette >Fill and then the color you’d like in Formatting Palette.  I also used the Formatting Palette to outline the letters in black, and you can choose the desired thickness of your line by adjusting the Weight.

-Once you have sized the letters to your liking, in the Formatting Palette select Ordering > Grouping > Group so that they are all grouped together. You can then adjust the size of the monogram as a whole.

-I added their wedding date underneath the monogram in a separate textbox, and flanked the date with a cute crown symbol I also downloaded for free.

After printing out the monogram:

Trim the paper to size.

-Select a background paper to frame the monogram (I used coordinating scrapbook paper) and measure a border around the monogram, cutting to size.

-Glue monogram on top of scrapbook paper, creating your label.

-Attach label (on top of original label) to the glass bottle.  I used bead and glass glue to attach.  Let dry and you’re done!

I thought it looked cute pictured with the shower gift 🙂

We finished up the weekend with a trip to Lowe’s, where I purchased materials for “drop cloth curtains” and painting bedside tables for the guest bedroom–my next home projects!

First Anniversary & Fun Correspondence

Photo courtesy of Patricia Lyons Photography

This weekend Jason and I celebrated our first anniversary.  We were married on July 10th of last year, and it’s so hard to believe that a year has already passed, and so much has happened!  Even more difficult to wrap our heads around is that it’s only 1 of upwards of 60 years of marriage!  With a wedding, school year, Jason’s job changes, two moves, and a baby due Jan. 1st, it seems like a whole lot has happened.  All wonderful though. 🙂  And this milestone makes me excited for a few dear friends who will also be celebrating their 1st anniversary soon!

One of the ways we celebrated was by having a slice of our wedding cake topper, which had been kept on ice in my parents’ freezer.  Still looked beautiful! I loved our wedding cake….a basket weave design made of buttercream frosting with a fondant bow on top (which got a tad smushed after being in storage).  The top layer was carrot cake…Jason’s favorite and I thought it would be a cake that would stay on the moister side, since I knew we’d be enjoying it a year later.  I forgot how big the cake was; even the top layer could have served as a large cake by itself!

A year later, it was still delicious!  Now if only we could head back to Bermuda too….

Inexpensive Stationery:

I probably have an unnatural obsession with stationery.  I love cards, invitations, and most of all, sending and receiving both! 🙂  There is a wonderful stationery shop in Richmond called Paper on the Avenue that does beautiful, beautiful work…we had our wedding invitations done through them, and if I had an endless budget they’d help me design every piece of correspondence I sent out!  Alas, being a girl on a budget, I have to get creative at times.  Michaels’ $1 section (usually found near the front of their store) has proven very helpful in this area.  It can be hit or miss of course, but in the recent past I have found cute cards like these:

…and these adorable gift tags (so cute tied on to a bright pink bag):

At $1 for a pack of 8, you can’t beat them!  I have also taken to making some.  I have bought stamps, stamp pads, and blank cards at either Michaels or Ben Franklin Arts and Crafts for a dollar each.  Here is what I have created–each design was super easy.

The last stamp I bought but haven’t done anything with yet…thought it would be so cute on a white invitation with black or navy ink.  The envelopes that the cards come with are on the flimsier side, but when you take into account that they were just $1, it’s a small price to pay for a cute little thank you note.

The next card I made for Christmas thank-yous…I had white card stock on hand and lined each edge with a black Sharpie to create a thin border. I used this adorable stamp I bought at Ben Franklin with red ink, but I think it would be equally cute in another stamp color and used as birthday or shower thank-you notes.

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A ‘pennywise’ way to create chic correspondence!