Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Framed Monogram Tutorial

After painting our media center, I needed to rearrange and accessorize the shelves.  I put an 8x10 frame on one of the shelves, but didn’t have that perfect photo for the frame.  Lauren at Simply LKJ suggested I use scrapbook paper to create a monogram for the frame.  Great idea Lauren!  Here’s my framed monogram and how I did it.

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Here’s the 8x10 frame I was working with.  The people in the photo look nice and seem to be having fun, but I don’t know them! 

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I found a trellis patterned scrapbook paper to use as the background. 

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I simply fit the paper to the frame and cut. 

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Then I played around with the fonts on my computer until I found one I thought would look good in a monogram.  I used Footlight MT Light in 600 point font for the “A” and 200 point font for the “M” and “J”, then cut them onto colored paper. 

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To give the letters a layered background I added a blue and white patterned strip of paper and a yellow strip.  After determining where the letters would go, I affixed them with scrapbook tape.

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Trim the ends and then place into the frame.

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And here it is in my media cabinet. 

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These would be especially nice with fabric and ribbon in lieu of scrapbook paper, but I didn’t have any- just used what was on hand.  So, this project was free for me (minus the cost of the new frame that I got at Home Goods for about $8.00). 

*Note, I painted the wall behind the television also and updated the Media Cabinet Makeover post here, showing how I did it, and explaining how to get clean, crisp paint lines.

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I’m sharing this post at these fantastic blogs:

320 Sycamore * A Few of My Favorite Things * All Thingz Related * A Little Lovely * Blue Cricket Design * C.R.A.F.T. * Fingerprints on the Fridge * Infarrantly Creative * Keeping it Simple * Mad in Crafts * Me and My Bucket * Miss Mustard Seed * New Nostalgia * Remodelaholic * Seven Thirty Three * Serenity Now * Super Stinky Boys * Tatertots and Jello * The Inspired Room * The Shabby Chic Cottage * The Shabby Nest * Thrifty Decor Chick * Today’s Creative Blog * Under the Table and Dreaming


  1. Great idea! I must have at least five empty frames around my house. Thanks for the tutorial! Did you trace the letters and cut them? If not, how did you do them?


  2. LOVE the color you chose for the media cabinet! So perfect. And your monogram project turned out so well. You really have a talent in styling bookcases, too. (this one and your rainbow one). Wish I had that many books to do that with (: Everything looks great!

  3. What a great idea. I can't wait to create my own. Thanks for the great idea. The paint color behind the book case looks good. It makes it pop.

  4. Desiree- I printed the letters on white paper then lay the white paper over the blue and used a box cutter to trace/cut the shape of each letter out. I just held the white paper firmly so that the shape came out clean.

  5. Now that is a great idea, and I love the media cabinet...I need to see what is was like before. Off to search your blog to find out! Nosy, nosy! Janell

  6. Megan,
    It turned out great! I love the choices of paper, they look fabulous with the paint color. Glad you painted behind the TV...we did ours too and it can be a pain, but so worth it!

  7. Wow! This looks great! I'm not sure I would have the patience for this project, but the love the finished product! Also really loving the colored wall behind the cabinet! Looking good!!

  8. What a great how this came out! I have such a "thing" for Monograms...and adore the blue backs of your shelves!

  9. That is just beautiful! I love how classic it looks. Wonderful job!

    And your baby is just adorable!!


  10. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  11. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  12. What a great wedding gift that would be! i really need to make one of these for myself!

  13. Wonderful! It's SO cute! I absolutely LOVE monograms -- and this one is gorgeous! Great job! :)

  14. Very lovely monogram and very sophisticated looking due to the beautiful paper choices. I also really like how you've arranged your display shelves, the blue is a lovely punch of color! Plus you have a talent for composition, my shelves are jam packed so not lovely at all, I need to edit! Would love you to join me at A Crafty Soiree, every Thursday.

  15. Megan, Love this - So simple and chic. Great papers. I'll be featuring this tomorrow - Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a fabulous week. Stephanie Lynn

  16. this is awesome! i have sent this link to my friends

    i can't wait to make it for my friends as an anniversary gift!

    thanks for sharing

  17. oh my word i love this! so cute! i'm heading to hobby lobby and getting materials to make my own tonight.

    what a great idea for wedding gifts too! :)

    thanks for sharing!

  18. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog via your guest post today at Serenity Now. Adorable blog and super chic frame! Can't wait to 'borrow' some of your amazing ideas.

  19. What a cute way to add some personalization to your media console. Love the paper you used too!

    Great job!

  20. LOVE it!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up at gettin' crafty on hump day :)

  21. I love your media cabinet and that scrapbook paper! Where did you find it? Thanks for joining the party!

  22. love this! come on over and link up to MMM :)

  23. This is great. I even have that scrapbook paper left from when I did grady's babybook. You keep inspiring me and causing me to have less and less free time :) Love it

  24. What do you mean?


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