First of all, I want to thank all of you who have sent me such sweet thoughts & notes concerning my mother’s death. It has been a really difficult time for me – and all of your kind words and prayers have meant so much and served to really support me! I want you to know that I sincerely appreciate it!
And, as I mentioned in my last post – we are in Baby mode at our house. And focusing on the little ones has helped me a lot, too! Little Greyson is 4 weeks old already – and weighed in this week at almost 10 pounds! So, needless to say, he has outgrown those newborn onsies & is moving into the next size. And his cousin is due in just 8 weeks, with a shower for him next weekend! So Mimi needed to get busy!
This week, while doing some research on Monograms for an upcoming project (more on that at a later date — just a little tease!), I found this really cool and FREE Monogram generator. Its from a company called Mark & Graham – and they sell all kinds of awesome products that can be monogrammed! Believe me, I could get in serious trouble on this site!
But, a really cool thing I discovered there is the “Monogram Maker”, where you can “make your mark in 3 easy steps!” Its super simple! They have a variety of fonts & monogram styles featured. You simply type in your letters, select your monogram style & that’s it Then, when you click on “Save” — they actually send you an email with your monogram! Simply click on the monogram link in the email, and it opens up as a png. file. Then, just save it to your computer so that you can bring it into Silhouette Studio! Couldn’t be easier!
Now that you have this really great monogram image downloaded to your computer, its a quick process to turning it into a Silhouette Cut file! First, open your monogram file in Studio. It will be super tiny, so simply click on it & drag it larger until its an easy size to work with. Then open the “Trace Window” and “Select Trace Area”. Use your cursor to drag a box around the monogram file & you will see that it all turns yellow. (This is the area that would become the cut lines).
In order to get a nice solid object like in the picture above, you have to make a few adjustments before tracing. First “uncheck” the High Pass Filter. (This is the default in Studio) . Then, increase the Threshold up to about 90%. This will give you nice sharp lines around the outside. Then, click on Trace. Red lines will appear around your image. At this point, you can select & delete your original image, leaving only the red cut lines!
There you have it! An awesome monogram cut file! You can fill it in with color, if that helps you to see it better. Now, just select & size it to whatever size you’d like! I made mine about 5″, then cut it out of Heat Transfer Vinyl to go on this little onsie for Greyson!
When cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl, place it on the mat with the SHINY side down. The shiny side is the carrier sheet & you are actually cutting the vinyl from the back. So, just be sure to “Mirror Horizontially” – if you are cutting out of HTV! So your monogram won’t be backwards! From the top tool bar, click on Object – Mirror – then Flip Horizontally. Then, I kinda got carried away & cut some more! And as soon as Greyson’s cousin appears, and we know his name — I know I’ll be doing some of these for him, as well!
So, hop on over to Mark and Graham to check out this cool Monogram Maker! You can use these monograms for all kinds of things! Even create your own signature stationary — if you are one of those that writes hand written notes, like me! But, if not — there is no end to what you can create in Silhouette with these monograms!
Until next time — Hugs, Terri