I was working on a branding project and quipped to my friend that it was too bad that the Swiss cross was already in the world because it’s such a perfectly simple, clean yet quietly bold design, thus re-creating a Swiss cross wouldn’t work for the new branding we were working on.  Oh, well. Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, this monogram is my ode to the Swiss cross.  This is a modern + industrial couples monogram for Denise D. and her hubby Bobby. It’s masculine enough when printed in a color like black, red, or gray to work for the hubs, but print this in pink, coral, yellow or aqua and you can easily make it more femme; It will look great in gold, silver or white too!  Endless palette possibilities! I have a classic monogram coming up tomorrow, but I am still choosing potential monogram candidates via this pin (just repin it and leave your initials in the comments) or signing up for the newsletter. You can choose either way to enter to win as I am choosing candidates from both sources. I also need to mention in case it’s not a ‘given’ that your stamp will come pre-loved as I need to use it for the photo shoot, but on the up side it will be cleaned + conditioned and your monogram will be displayed on the interwebs for many moons! Good luck!


I turned some of my calligraphy practice into Photoshop brushes so you could use in your blog graphics, scrapbooks or love letters, etc.  If you want to use these in Photoshop Elements they should work the same as the full version of PS.  Ez of Creature Comforts has a great + simple tutorial on how to load the Photoshop brushes and tips on how to use them. I hope you like them and I am hoping that I get better with more and more practice, I know I am such a newbie. I can only write a couple of words out with the letters, I find the part of calligraphy practice that is the most difficult is to be able to link the letters in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing way. I have such an admiration and respect for those letterers that excel at it and that make it look so effortless. When I lived in the South of France (years and years ago before the internet was invented), I would marvel at everyone’s penmanship, no matter who wrote (from the butcher to the fashionista) it was elegant & beautiful. I often find myself not adding personal notes to my orders because I don’t like my letters. I print ‘ok’ it is neat, but there’s something that I can’t pinpoint that bothers me and makes me crumple my note and enclose a stamped ‘thank you’ instead.  Do any of you feel like that? Not write a note because you don’t think your handwriting is up to par? Or do you think I am completely silly?  I can assure you that I am not, I have seen a few sweet + thoughtful Instagrams of parcels I sent with notes and I cringe when I see my hand looking odd and horsey; I want to request a do-over–stat! And the worse part is I probably took a few minutes to write it as neat as possible and it still turned out looking wonky!  Enough of my writing neurosis, please download the Photoshop brushes here and feel free to use them in any of your personal projects. I would love to see what you do with them if you feel like sharing!


 I thought it would be fun to show off the modern monogram in another color way in a very posh + modern orange. I used the ink pad to run it along the envelope edge to create the pretty border, you could do this on our cardstock as well since it’s so nice and thick. I was going to do a tutorial on how-to do it, but I need a manicure in a bad way, so the tute will have to wait.  I love how you can change the color and what you stamp on to create an entirely different look!


Here’s a peek at one of the new modern + industrial monograms created for Mrs. Jamie S., the winner of this design!  One of the things I always try to do is show the actual imprint made from the stamp rather than a digital rendering.  It’s very important to me to be able show off the quality of the Besotted Brand hand stamps. I know from experience (I have been making professional stamps since 2005) that not all manufacturer are created equal and not all designs translate well as a stamp. This one though, it turned out so pretty + classic, it prints like a dream and this was even on textured paper.  I like to showcase the stamps in a neutral + simple way, but if you printed this with neon colors on bright white stock you could create a whole new look.  That is what I love most about the stamps, you can change your mind repeatedly to get the outcome you want depending on the color or what you are printing on you can go boho, minimalist, maximalist, preppy, sophisticated, etc. It allows you to be creative and put your unique spin on things.  It also looks pretty professional don’t you think?  If you would like to try to win one of the new monograms that are launching either sign-up for the newsletter or re-pin this (I am choosing people from both), leave a comment at Pinterest with your initials! I have lots of new monogram designs coming down the pike so your chances to win are HUGE, plus I will be doing giveaways here and some truly lovely blogs the whole month of September, we are talking lot’s of opportunity to win! 


I have been starting and stopping on an updated blog design for what seems like ions now. I know I am missing out on some sweet, sweet functionality but I can not make up my mind.  If I were one of my clients I would have figured it out day one, but having the entire stratosphere of design at my fingertips makes me quite indecisive for myself.  One of the biggest complaints I get via email (besides being chastised for my poor grammar) is that I don’t have easily accessible links–you can’t subscribe to my blog nor can you find me elsewhere unless I make a big to-do of it. I was playing around with creating some social icons and of course started my usual course of procrastination and ended up making a free download for you instead. The zipped file is all individual png’s with a transparent background so you could in essence one-click change the color and pattern if you knew how to do so, (I pinky promise I will record a video tutorial for that for my new top secret editorial position…).  Enough of that, you want to know how you can get your hands on these right?  Well, you can just go here.  Psst-the image is just to give you a peek, the icons are much smaller in the file and there is no drop shadow.
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