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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