Check out these amazing paper monogram letters from Typography Served! I have got to learn how to make these! 🙂
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To re-size your Wedding Monogram in Word you can follow these steps:
Note: If you are trying to re-size a design from very big to very small (or vice-versa) you may find that your design gets grainy, blurry or pixelated. If this happens, you’ll need to contact your monogram designer and ask them to re-send you the file in a size closer to what your planning to print the final design.
If you need to print your design at a specific size, and need to see how big your design is, you can go to “View” and then “Ruler” and a ruler will appear at the top and side of the word document to help you determine the size of the design.
Now that you’ve ordered a gorgeous monogram, you might feel a bit bewildered about what projects to use your monogram on, or how to get your designs onto those special projects.
I’ve created a list of projects/items which you may wish to use your monogram. In the coming weeks I’ll be posting DIY tips and featuring designers who can create gorgeous projects with your new design!
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Buy your paper in 8.5×11 sheets (standard size for most paper). We can lay out your designs so several pieces fit onto one page.
Print it first, then cut to size. If you try to work with pre-cut cards, they may be difficult to feed through your printer (or if you’re sending them to the printing press, it will cost you more to print in separate pieces!).
Buy Extras! Buy about 20% more than you’ll need. This will keep you covered for misprints & mistakes and save you lots of frustration!
Buy Online. I actually prefer online vendors for purchasing card stock, envelopes and other materials because they tend to offer much better products than local craft stores.
Buy Samples First. Order samples of your card stock and test print your items before you order in large quantity. You’ll be able to tell right away if everything is working together with your printer, ink and colors on the materials you chose. Save time, money and frustration!
Choose the Correct Weight
Paper is sold in different weights (based on lb measurements). The paper weight you choose should be compatible with the type of printing you choose.
Standard Paper Weights:
Standard printer Paper 24 – 38lb
Card Stock 64 – 110lb
Anything up to 110# can usually be printed on a regular ink jet printer.Except for metallic paper, which does not print well on inkjet printers. (The ink will smear and not adhere to the paper correctly. Laser printers work best with metallic papers. Prior to printing any heavy card stock be sure to check online with the manufacturer of your printer to ensure you aren’t overloading your machine.
Card Stock over 110# should be printed on a press.
Highly textured or handmade paper may not turn out very well on regular printers. You’ll need to send your job to a letterpress printer.
For Perfect Colors use my color chart and print the chart on the printer and card stock you are using for your stationary to make sure the colors will come out perfectly
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Monograms can bring your wedding ideas to life! By using a monogram on your wedding decor, invitations, cards, favor tags etc you can build a theme that is unique and personalized to you as a couple! But how do you create a really fantastic monogram?
The best monograms are personalized to the style of the wedding day and the personality of the bride and groom. Tell a story with your monogram! Some couples incorporate their favorite sports (like baseball) others will include landmarks or locations that are special to them. One of the most important elements to a monogram design is the way it reflects you and your style as a couple.
Consider the Final Products
Make a list of all the projects which you plan to incorporate your monogram. Will that rectangular design fit on your square favor tags? Are the small, delicate lines of a particular design too tiny to print on a 2×2 monogram for your invites? Consider carefully the size and shape you need for all your projects and you’ll save a lot of frustration later!
Limit your Color Choices
Your “fire and ice” wedding colors are beautiful and may look fantastic on your bridesmaid dresses and on your reception decor, but your monogram will need to have a more limited palate. Aim for 1-2 colors. Designs with more than 3 colors usually look chaotic or even silly.
Simplicity in your color choices will help your monogram shine!
Choose Colors that “Pop”
If you have a pale color palate incorporating colors like yellow, mint green or soft pink keep in mind that they can be somewhat difficult to see, especially when used on a delicate looking monogram. Here’s an example:
If you place those same colors on a bolder design they will stand out!
As soon as you can, run a test print of your design draft. Often you will notice things about the design that you didn’t notice on the computer screen. Every printer and ink manufacturer is slightly different, so what you see on the screen may turn out differently than expected depending on the kind of printer and ink your using.
Also, there is a bit of an optical illusion when looking at a computer monitor because there is light shining through the pixels on the screen. Most designs will print out looking a bit darker than what you see on screen. After running the test print be sure to let your designer know how it came out. If things aren’t turning out the way you expected, adjustments can be made to ensure that your prints will be perfect!