I love monograms! I use them whenever I want to personalise something – to me they look nicer than having your name printed on a something (whether it be a notebook cover, phone case, address label etc.) and are more unique. Rachael is a common name but the monogram initials RWJ are much less common!. While I tend to make monograms in Photoshop, if you don’t have Photoshop you can also make them easily in Microsoft Word.
How to make a monogram in Microsoft Word
To enlarge the screen of the video, click the square icon in the bottom right hand corner of the video (it will say ‘full screen’ when you hover your mouse over the icon).
Mentioned in the video:
- How to make printables in Photoshop
- How to make printable labels in Photoshop
- Where to buy label paper
Choose simple block style fonts such as:
- Times New Roman
- Trajan Pro
You want to choose fonts that add a bit of a swish or are thicker on the ends of the letters. I.e avoid fonts like Calibri.
Monogram Letters Order
For tips on monogram convention, see this post: monogram etiquette
3 letter monograms
Typically in this order: first letter of your first name (in lowercase), first letter of your last name (in uppercase), first letter of your middle name (in lowercase) so if your name was Megan Emily Smith your monogram would be mSe
2 letter monograms
Typically include only your first and last name. First letter of your first name and first letter of your last name. So if your name was Megan Smith your 2 letter monogram would be MS. I like to put a dot between the letters so it would look like: M.S.
If you want your monogram to look more aesthetically pleasing you can always change the order of the letters.
1 Letter Monograms
I typically do the first letter of my first name but you could also do the first letter of your last name.
Things you can make with a monogram
While I showed how to make monograms in word, I use the same process in Photoshop to make monograms. Here are some things I’ve made using monograms over the years:
1. DIY Planner Cover
- Custom Erin Condren Planner Cover versus DIY planner cover: which is better?
- Which is Cheaper: DIY Printable Planners or Pre-Printed & Assembled Planners?
- 7 Ways to make colors POP when printing using an Inkjet printer
- How to make a DIY Erin Condren Planner Cover for less than $2 (plus free printable cover)
The rainbow stripe cover in the photo below is a free printable I shared in this post (along with a tutorial on how to add it to your planner)
I also love using monograms for notebook covers (these were made using printable binder covers from my shop)
2. Binder Covers
For recipes, memorabilia, a wedding album, cover of a household binder etc.
I made this monogram using Times New Roman font
1 Letter monogram using Rockwell font:
I shared the binder cover as a free printable in the image below in this post: ways to organize using binder covers (plus a free printable monogram binder cover)
A monogram binder cover goes great with monogram recipe pages:
And so is this calendar!
Learn how to make your own printables in my ecourse: How to make printables in Photoshop
Monogram labels are also great for Hershey’s Kisses stickers for a wedding, anniversary or birthday!
4. Monogram tray liner
I made this using a similar method as the desktop screensaver tutorial (but I used Photoshop instead). I keep this tray on my beside table to corral all those random things like tissue boxes, nail scissors, hand cream etc.
I also use 2 in my bathroom: 1 for cleansers and another for makeup!
The tray is from Poppin and comes in ton of pretty colors.
5. Desktop Screensaver & phone wallpapers
Tutorial on how I made this in Canva (like a free online version of Photoshop but not as good) in this post.
- Address labels
- A label for your planner cover, binder, school notebook etc. (sticking it over the top of gift wrap or printed digital paper looks really nice!)
- I also like to add monogram labels to my many pen cups!
Learn how to make labels like the ones in the image below in my ecourse: how to make printable labels in Photoshop
- How to organize planner stickers using folders (plus free printable labels)
- Planning 101: Need versus want versus wish list planner supplies
- 7 Planner supplies I don’t regret splurging on
- How to make a weekly planner in Photoshop
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