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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