How To

Create Your Own Child’s Monogram Decal

In this video tutorial, I’ll guide you through our Custom Design Tool, and show you how to create a personalized monogram vinyl decal for your child’s bedroom.

The whimsical frame makes a great accent to a kid’s monogram, and can be combined with different font and color options to create a completely personalized look. Experiment with your own child’s name to find the best monogram for your own home.  Here are several variations showing the versatility of this monogram style.

Monogram Font: Poor Richard
(Classic Font Category)

Name Font: Missale Incana
(Old World Font Category)

Embellishment: Elephant Family
(Animals Category)

Colors: Terra Cotta & Linen

Monogram Font: Font Diner
(Whimsical Font Category)

Name Font: Rumba
(Whimsical Font Category)

Embellishment: Frog
(Animals Category)

Colors: Chocolate & Split Pea

Monogram Font: 1822 Caslon
(Old World Font Category)

Name Font: Rockford
(Whimsical Font Category)

Embellishment: Seashell
(Beach & Nautical Category)

Colors: Warm Stone & Midnight

Monogram Font: Trajan Pro
(Titling Font Category)

Name Font: Corinthia
(Scripts Font Category)

Embellishment: Crown
(Fairy Tales Category)

Colors: White & Dark Red

Monogram Font: Miel
(Whimsical Font Category)

Name Font: Liorah
(Brush Drawn Font Category)

Embellishment: Flower
(Flowers Category)

Colors: Black & Ballet Slippers

Monogram Font: Gallia
(Classic Font Category)

Name Font: Ephesis
(Scripts Font Category)

Embellishment: Bird
(Birds Category)

Colors: Bordeaux & White

How to Design Your Own Family Monogram

The Wall Written Custom Design Tool now features frame-style embellishments, which are great for creating personalized monograms. In this tutorial video, I’ll explain how to create the monogram style below.

Begin by choosing your frame, then adding your initial(s).

Some Title Suggestions

(Use your own family name in place of “Michelson”)

The Michelsons
The Michelson Family
The Michelson House
House of Michelsons
Michelsons & Co.

Possible Tag Line Ideas:

Established 2002 (Anniversary Date)
Est. 2002
John, Cathy, Devin, Abigail (First names of family members)
Together we make a family
Families are Forever
Love is Spoken Here
Welcome Home
Home is where the Heart is
…and they lived happily ever after
Be true to who you are and the family name you bear

I hope this helps you to release your own inner artist! Enjoy!

Hot Off the Press

We’ve finally released a tutorial for our Custom Design Tool! This will be super helpful for those who want to get the most out of the tool, and also to get some design tips.

How exciting is this?!

Fixing Our Videos

So one of the little things that has been driving me crazy for almost a year is our video library. We have some awesome and dead useful instructional videos showing the step-by-step application of a Wall Written Statement.

We made these videos by borrowing my dad’s sweet video camera, then my sister, Natalie, had a five minute lesson on videography, and we cranked out some movies like it’s nobody’s business. Having no previous editing experience, I sat down for two days and put together some rough-but-good-enough videos for your viewing pleasure.

The clincher (and what’s been giving me that irritated twitch whenever I so much as think of YouTube) is: when I rendered the good-enough videos, they became blurry and not good enough anymore.

Want to see one and decide for yourself? I present to you Exhibit A: Blurry Step One Video:

BUT (eedle-deedle!) today I was able to sit down with an awesome videographer who is going to edit our videos and re-render them for us within the next week or two. I’m so excited!

Another cause for excitement, is that we’ll probably be able to make some more useful videos with application tips, design ideas and craft projects, as well as some tutorials for our website. So look forward to that for the summer.

Does anybody have a suggestion for a video project you’d like to see us make? Just leave a comment!

Another Benefit to Submitting Your Photo

Okay – One of the hidden perks of sending in your photo, is that somebody who knows exactly what the end design should look like (that’s me), will be closely inspecting your photo. A few months ago a customer sent in this picture of her design, and we noticed a couple of problems. The first was that one of her letters (check out the “G” of the last word “Goodnight”) had ripped, and only part of it was on her wall. She hadn’t complained (and maybe didn’t notice), but as I’ve said before, we take care of our customers. We immediately sent out the replacement letter – and she got it a couple days later.The other problem we found with her photo, is that she left in one of the “Alignment Diamonds”.(See it between the words “Kind” and “Prayer”?)

We see this a lot, and always have customers calling us up asking what the deal is. Basically, on all the word-based designs we send, there are arrows marking the exact center point on the left, right, top and bottom of the design. These are to help you work out your positioning. On larger sized designs, we also place a diamond or two going through the exact middle horizontally. (You know, like marking the ‘equator’ of your design.)

This is essentially to help people out with drawing that center line for the level. We try to make the diamonds close enough together that a person could have just a ruler to make their line, and wouldn’t have to use a yard stick to match up the arrows on each side of the design.

BUT- these diamonds are just tools for the application process, and are meant to be removed. :)

I feel a little guilty, because they aren’t mentioned in our instruction pamphlets, and I’ve seen lots of customer photos with random diamonds. So it’s really my fault. And we’ll get new pamphlets pretty soon, that are more clear about it.

And I hope you’ll all forgive me when I Photoshop out your diamonds.

How To Create Established Date Monogram

For this design above- I used our new Damask (Headboard Length) Monogram (shown in size: 36″ x 11″). Then I opened the Custom Design Tool. The first thing I did was click the button in the lower left side of the tool labeled: Background.Change the background size to match the width of the space you’re putting your design. In this case, I’m trying to fit the established date and last name to the monogram, so I’ll change the width to be the same as the monogram size I chose. (36″).You can also chose the color of the wall where you’ll apply your design, but keep in mind that the color you chose is just a visual tool to give you an idea of the colors – there is not a background included with the design.

Next, select the words “Make Your Statement Here”, and type in the text you want to be directly below the monogram. In my case, I typed in “e s t a b l i s h e d 2 0 0 4″ (note the spaces between each character – this is not required, and would not work at all with a script-type font). Then I chose the font by clicking another button on the lower left side of the tool labeled: FontWe chose the font “Mrs Eaves Small Caps” to match the monogram.The next step is to choose your size. Just pick whatever size you need to make your letters fit in the white part of the screen. (I even gave myself a couple of inches on either side, because I wanted this part to be slightly smaller than the monogram itself.) You can see how many inches the lettering will be by comparing the words to the rule bars on the top and left side of the tool.Because I wanted the last name portion of my design to be larger than the established date, I need to make a new layer. Find the button on the lower left corner of the tool.Now you need to click on the new layer that was created, select the text (Make Your Statement Here), and type the last name portion.

Then follow the steps above for changing the font (Mrs Eaves Caps is what we used again), and choose the size for the second layer.Since the drag tabs above each layer that let you position the layers may block your view, you can simply un-check the box in the upper right corner of the design labeled: Drag Tab Visible. (Just be sure to recheck it if you want to move anything around). To make changes to a specific layer, just click on the layer you’d like to modify.You can see the price in the lower right corner of the Design Tool, as well as the “Add to Cart” button.
After your design is in your cart, don’t worry if the layers aren’t displayed in the order that you made them; each layer will come on it’s own piece, and you’ll be able to position them however you’d like.

These same concepts can be applied to our Field of Flowers design.First choose the size for the Field of Flowers, then input the width to match (give or take a couple of inches, if you’d like). Then just make the name look the way you want, and choose the same color as you did for Part 2 in the Field of Flowers design (the color of the flowers).

Good luck, and Happy Designing!