Using Monograms

I love using monograms—those oversized letters and numbers you see on scrapbook pages or cards. They’re fun, trendy and best of all, they’re easy to use! Monograms are great for adding drama to your project. Use one monogram to create a big impact or use a series of them to spell out a name or create a title.

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Because monograms are individual letters, you can have a ton of fun mixing and matching different colors and fonts. That’s one of the reasons I love Hot Off The Press’ new punch-out monograms. One book contains a variety of colors and fonts. This makes it easy to coordinate all the letters you’re using or to mix and match them for a fun funky look.

There are several different types of monograms. I’ve found the most common (and the most versatile) are cardstock punch-outs and chipboard monograms.

If your monograms are punch-outs, you’ll want to remove the punch-out from the sheet by placing the sheet face-down on your table and punching from the back. This will prevent any possible tearing of the paper. You may end up with little white tabs around the edges of your punch-outs. You can remove these by just running your finger along the edge of the monogram or using a piece of fine-grade sandpaper or an emery board. You can also just cut them off with your scissors. Cardstock monograms can be attached with a glue stick, but for monograms that have been heavily embellished, Zots™ work great.

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Another type of monogram I like to use is chipboard. Chipboard monograms add dimension to your page and they usually have a subtle texture that I love. One of the great things about chipboard monograms is that they’re usually self-adhesive. You can decorate them, then just peel off the adhesive backing and place them on your page.

There are so many ways to alter monograms, and I love them all! Altering monograms is a fast, easy way to add detail and dimension to your page or card. You can sand the edges of a monogram to create a cool distressed look. Inking the edges will make your monogram stand out on your page. And I love embellishing monograms with brads or ribbons. If I want to add dimension to my page, I can just attach my paper monograms with foam tape. Lately I’ve been stamping on my monograms. I love this look because it doesn’t have to be perfect; in fact, I like it better when it’s imperfect.

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You can customize your monograms by covering them with paper. Simply glue your monogram to the back of the paper of your choice and cut around the monogram with a sharp pair of scissors. You don’t have to cover the entire letter or number with paper either. Adding a strip of paper (like the ‘A’ to the right) can create a great unique look.

One look I love is to run a cardstock monogram through a corrugator to give it dimension. By putting your monogram through a corrugator you create a great textured look to add to your page or card.

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Monograms are a fun scrapbooking trend that is showing up everywhere. I love them because not only do they look great, they’re also super easy to use. Monograms are one of those great project accents that can be as intricate or as simple as you’d like. There are dozens of ways to embellish them but they also look great on their own. With so much versatility (and with such a great look) how could you not love monograms?


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