Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Get Monogram Crafty in 2020

No no, this isn't a new logo for Romanovs Views, but this is an example of something you could create. I had to have a little play and see what I could come up with, so if you give this a read and come up with some cool designs be sure to add the links below for me to check it out!

I am certainly one for handmade and homemade gifts, creating something special for someone you care for is that extra bit personal when you put your own personal grit and touch into it. Even creating something for yourself can give you that sense of achievement when you put in the work, put in the finishing touches all your own and have something unique just for you. 

With the ease of the internet, access to so many videos and tutorials, creating something from scratch has never been easier. I, for example, have crafted giant paper flowers to handmade cards and scrapbooks after looking up templates and examples on platforms such as Pinterest and other bloggers sites.

But not everyone finds it that easy to do things with their hands, or get intricate details like drawing a Yoda and peony flowers from scratch; so what do you do? Where do you turn? Especially if you are wanting to design something for a brand, such as your blog or even a school project; which is required to look professional. 

You can turn to computer software such as Photoshop, free online designers and lots of free apps that allow you to come up with many designs, for a wide range of projects from Instagram templates, grids to t-shirt designs and so on.

One great way to personalize your design is to incorporate your own monogram, which simply put is a symbol made up of letters and elements, like frames and/or brush strokes, etc. They are generally used for a business logo, however, these days many people use them personally for many reasons. You may wish to create a personal monogram for your girls' trip or a family trip away which can be transferred onto a piece of clothing for example. The possibilities are pretty much endless, just look at the personalized cups, pens, cards and so on you can buy.

For me, instead of using these platforms for gifts and logos, I love to create images like the one a the beginning of this post. Where I use elements from sites such as design bundles and put it all together on photoshop. 

You can turn to many online creative tools, such as a monogram designer, where you can create an amazing imagine much like this one.

With a monogram designer, you will be asked to input your text first. This will give you a chance to play around with the fonts. After that, is the frame, depending on your end design this may or may not be for you. Finally, you can add a background, for me, I skipped this step as I would prefer to have a blank background to apply my monogram to any surface or platform.

There are many other free sites you can check out, such as chicfettidesignevodesignmantic and monogramframes.

If you are new to creating monograms, here are a few tips that should give you the best outcome;

Experiment, you wouldn't go with your first pick in a store without browsing first, so why not have a play and see what works for you.

Keep it simple, you don't want it to be too crowded. Remember the old saying less is more and the same goes here.

Try not to go overboard with the colours, this tip goes hand in hand with keeping it simple. Finding the right colour palette can be difficult and you want to find one that will go with your overall theme/ look. Colours are a great way to get across the message you want to convey, however, try to keep to just a few and not use every colour under the rainbow.

When choosing your font you need to be careful to not go too intricate with it, once your monogram is printed it may not be legible. Depending on what you are putting it on, the scale may be different from that of the one you are using to design it, so once it has been scaled down to fit your object it may just look like a blob.

Most of all have fun with it, let me know if these tips have helped you out and if you find any other useful tips along the way. Just drop a comment below.

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Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Friday, 24 January 2020

Where's Your Head At?

Where is my head at? I don’t even know, I’m up, down, three times turned around. For those that know me all too well, they can vouch for the fact that if I get turned around just the once; well I don’t know which ways left or right let alone where I began. So to even comprehend where my head is at and get my thoughts to align and stop coming up with these stupid unrealistic scenarios is just downright mental. I guess that’s the case with anxiety, especially when you try to carry and ignore you have it. Doh, run yourself ragged, keep saying yes I’m fine over and over, just cracking on will eventually fuck with your head! Insert facepalm emoji here!

No, I do not want sympathy, nor am I blaming or using the anxiety as an excuse.. I, for all intents and purposes, like to vent on my blog. It’s my platform, so if you don’t like it move on, think I’m whining move on, feel like you relate, read on and I may find an end or not - who knows...

I hate starting sentences with I, but the thing is when you’re talking about this kind of thing, what else are you supposed to start it with? Myself? It just sounds so self-centered, that’s vial to me. Though lately, I have realized that I do need to be more selfish, think more like “look after number 1”, it makes me feel sick to think this way even if I need too. I don’t know how many times I have said this, that’s the thing I just can’t switch off from caring.

Don’t get me wrong I can switch off from almost everything else, but being able to turn those close to me away? Never, wish I could, it would make like soooo much easier. Maybe it’s selfish deep down, never having anyone around that would ever take that step to help me unconditionally without any want for anything back, perhaps I overcompensate for that by never saying no and giving more than I have. Who the heck knows.

I honestly have no idea what the point or conclusion of this post is even meant to be... just had a little thought in my head about feeling like I’m turning round and round and had to write it down. Then all this spiel started coming out! I suppose that's the one thing I can control what words spill out on here, so often you find yourself worrying about what someone may construe from it. At the end of the day, that is on them, people tend to take offense to the slightest little thing and if you feel that anything anyone writes or says is aimed at you. Well, perhaps it's time to take a closer look at yourself rather than slamming the person trying to just let go of their thoughts.

People tend to forget that we are all the same and tend to have the same in life. So why is it so damn hard to be kind and supportive to one another? Is it such a stretch to want to have that and start to feel secure rather than this upside down, left, right, quantum leap? 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Sunday, 5 January 2020

Sending Hugs, Love and Hope

A lot of the time I say nothing, I keep quiet and carry on. Though I am sure I am not the only one, what a lot of people don't know is the fact that I have been through something like this before a few times. Being British with a US military father that I have only in recent years gained some form of relationship with, is difficult. 

I still remember the Iraq war back in 2003 onwards, when my father was still in active duty, although I wasn't as close to him at the time, that didn't mean I didn't care. Didn't worry or feel scared for him, that we wouldn't get the chance to have that father-daughter connection. 

At the time I was only a teenager and had little to no support around me, with the majority of those around me not wanting to discuss or acknowledge my father's existence. I was lucky in the fact that we still wrote letters to one another and I was able to contact some of my other US family, but I was still left having to deal with the emotions of not knowing where he was stationed and how he was in the long arse gaps between letters. 

Watching the news unfold, having people talk around you, speculate and judge. I must admit I always wondered whether I would have been able to talk to someone had I have lived in the US or even closer to the bases. Would I have had more support? Hearing the news of soldiers being killed and at the time I didn't have an understanding of how the ranks worked, or even what role my father played -  it was extremely hard for me to know what to react over. Even when I did have a gut-wrenching feeling I had no one to let that out too. Even my young friends at the time couldn't quite comprehend how I felt, I don't think you do unless you actually have some in the forces. 

Having a partner in the military is just as hard, you worry just as much and walk around with that hollow feeling anytime you hear something that could take them away. I'll be honest when we first spoke, I didn't know he was in the military much less American and I never expected to fall for a military guy! But here I am, like so many others who never anticipated this lifestyle. 

It doesn't get easier, but the more support you have around you the better off you will be. That I do know. Never feel alone, talk to those around you and if you don't feel like you have anyone around find support groups online. There are secure ones!

Finally - Sending Hugs, Love and Hope to all Service Men & Women! Come home safe to all. 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

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