Posts Tagged ‘Monogram’

April Showers bring May Flowers and more…

Oh.. so much more….framed-monogram-for-web

After all of the wedding showers, and baby showers I went to, I find myself amazed that yet another wedding has crept up on me. So now to conjure up a truly unique gift. I prefer to give meaningful gifts based on things I know about the couple. Gift registries are only in an absolute emergency. Thank goodness I’m not there yet. I visited the Wall Written website and utilizing the custom design tool I came up with a perfect gift. Which I call “Framed Glass Monograms”. This project is a wonderful keepsake with their surname in larger letters with the word “Established” and the year married.

When huge sales come along at local craft stores I buy a variety of picture frames. The size isn’t hugely important. Nothing really big, anything within a 9″ to 24″ size.  Shape doesn’t matter much either. With this project you just go with the flow. I like that. Used frames work as well. Thrift stores are a great place to look.

Once I have the frame(s), I grab the invite and check out the soon-to-be-married couple’s last name. Let’s say for example the last name is Robertson. Then I go to  Wall Written’s website to the create your own tab. You can set the background to the same measurements as the glass in the frame you are going to use. From there, choose a font. I usually go with a simple, easy to read script font for the surname and classic print lettering for “Established 2014″.

Something like this:

Framed-Monograms

There are some really nice embellishments that can be added as well, such as ornamental lines to go between the first and second lines, imparting a certain je na sias quoi to your creation.  As for colors, I think black, slate or chocolate are wonderful, additionally, etched glass looks simply elegant. If you know their décor use these suggestions as a guide. You can choose one or two colors. The design tool will let you decide the look you want, and is super easy.

For assembly see the instructions on Wall Written’s Channel on YouTube or visit their web site.  Basically, you just remove the backing from the frame, take out the glass, clean it, apply the vinyl, and then put the glass back in the frame. Use hot glue to hold the glass securely to the frame, add some coordinating ribbon for hanging and Violà! You’re done! A thoughtful, memorable gift.

This is a great decorating idea for the Do-It-Yourself  Bride-To-Be, except use a table top picture frame or place the frame on an ornamental easel. For the back of the frame, hot glue ribbon, or braided cord in the same or complimentary color as the frame, being sure to cover the backside of the frame as well as the glass edges. Place on the tables at the rehearsal dinner and use them again at the reception. After the big day the bride and groom have their own keepsake and the remaining frames can be given as Thank You Gifts.

This design could be used for an anniversary present, as well as a baby shower gift -  recording the new bundle of joy’s birth, list the baby’s’ name and statistics creating a unique and indelible keepsake.

Nice, easy and very thoughtful, sure to be a hit no matter what the occasion!

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!

January Photo Contest Winner: Katie Bumgarner

Color Shown is Black, Size is 22.3" x 22"

This month’s photo contest winner is the fancy floral monogram submitted by Katie Bumgarner.

Just got this today and put it up–we LOVE it!! Let me know if it makes the wall of fame!
Thanks for your great product!”

Congratulations, Katie! I’m excited to see what you pick with the $50!

Designer Idea: Family Name & Anniversary

I love this twist on a monogram for the family name, designed by our new designer, Melissa. She’s the one who will answer any custom design requests sent our way, so if you want to create this design with your own family name and established date (the year of your wedding), or perhaps have one made for a wedding gift, just send us an email! (designer@wallwritten.com) If you plan to put it on a frame or other item, just let us know the exact measurements to ensure a perfect fit.

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!

Custom Children’s Monograms

I’ve been working on a new Monogram style, but it’s the kind of thing that really needs to be laid out specifically for the name that will go inside it. While I was monkeying around with it, a customer emailed in asking for something very similar for her two kids, Finley and Kannan. We sent her the choices below.Another option would be to have the main initial to be in the center, with the complete first name as an overlay. I love the little flower on the girl’s “F”, but we could change that to be a bird, a butterfly, or even leave it off.If you want us to design something like this for you, just be sure to have the colors and size that you need, as well as the name and overall layout. Then just send it all in an email and we’ll get crackin’ on your font choices.