DIY: Monogram Stencil & Notebook

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Today marks my second tutorial post with Adobe Photoshop Elements.  We’re going to use Elements to design a custom monogram, make a stencil, and then use the stencil and a paint pen to dress up some Moleskine notebooks.  The best part is that after this project, you can use the stencil to monogram anything your little heart desires… a tote bag, a sweater, even a pair of ballet flats!

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In Elements, open up a new document, at 8.5″ by 11″ long.

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Click View, Actual Pixels so that you’ll be able to see the approximate size of how it will print.  (Note:  You can always hit print preview later to see it that way, too)

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Click the large “T” which is the text tool.  Add the large letter of your monogram.  I used Times New Roman and made my middle letter 140pt.

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Then, add your two smaller initials.  I used 80pt. for these.

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Print out your document.  In Elements, make sure you select print actual size.

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Tape down your design to a thick piece of cardstock, and get something to protect your workspace.  I used a binder, but you can buy cutting mats too.

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Using an X-Acto Knife, carefully cut out your design.

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Once you’ve finished, peel off your design and use the knife to clean up the stencil.

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Tape your design down to your notebook.

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Using a paint pen (I used this gold one from Sharpie), carefully fill in your stencil.

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And then you are all done!

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  1. Such a great idea!

  2. So easy…and so chic. Would make such a great personalize gift! Would love to do that to a tray!

  3. Ashley says 8.13.13

    These are great! What a good idea!

  4. obsessed. i have so much work to do but all i want to do is stop and do a monogram! just got a leather notebook that it would be perfect for.

  5. Whitney says 8.14.13

    Simple and fun. If you ask me in a month, I’m probably going to have like 20 new monogrammed items around my apartment.

  6. Maria G. says 8.30.13

    Hey! This is lovely 🙂 Appreciate all that and have a question. Do you have many more? Could you show them to us? I used to think that’s difficult until I read your article. Now, I’m on my way to start making my own.

  7. styleonthecouch says 9.23.13

    I just came back from a trip to the US South where monogramming was huge! I think this could be a nice way to do it myself, lovely post.

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

  8. Heidi Hastings says 9.30.13

    Great Idea! Love it!

  9. Very cute! Love monograms!

  10. Need to make 1 for my blogging calendar 🙂