Sunday, November 6, 2011

Personalized Monograms on Marble

I think I have found my "go to" Christmas gift for the year.

Paper Pastimes has this amazing tutorial on how to split letters using the SCAL2 program for the Cricut. Denise is so kind to share a video she created clearly describing the few steps (literally 5 minutes)  needed to create these beautiful initials. For those of you don't want to take the time to do this, Denise has actually spent the time and done this with the entire alphabet. She will email the files to you for an extremely reasonable price of $5. You can't beat that!

After seeing what Denise created, I knew I had to make these for everyone! Aunts, kids' teachers....oh the possibilities are endless. I thought these would be great gifts if I made them on an 8x8 inch marble tile. After heading to HomeDepot and Lowes, I could only find 6x6 inch marble tiles. So that is what I will have to work with (for now) until I can find my dream size.

I am not going to do a tutorial because Paper Pastimes does it so well. So please head over and watch Denise's step by step video. For those of you with SCAL, be sure to look around her site, she has great tips, ideas and template. What a wonderful resource!

I purchased the 4 - 6x6 inch tiles at Lowes for under $6 and the Cricut vinyl at Walmart for $10. I calculated I can make 8 tiles with the one Cricut vinyl package. If I had found black contact paper (for $1) I would be using it...but this seems to be impossible to find now.

Here are the tiles I used. Be sure to give them a quick clean to make sure the dust is off them.
 Another trick I learned from Paper Pastime is to mark the halfway points on the 4 sides of your tile/paper etc. when transferring vinyl.
Then mark the halfway points on the transfer paper/painters tape over the image. This allows you to easily line up the vinyl and you don't have to struggle to get it straight! Goodness...Denise is a genius.
 Secure the vinyl as you remove the transfer paper. And you are done!
 Since this is not going to be a coaster or be handled much, I am not going put a sealant on the tile.
 I had a Dollar Store plate holder that I used to stand the tile up and finish it off.
Isn't this amazing for the price. $1.50 for the tile, $1.50 for the vinyl, and $1 for the stand. $4 for a great, personalize gift.

Note: I think for my kids teachers, I will put their last name in the middle instead of first names.
I love it! Thank you again to Denise at Paper Pastime!


  1. I have been searching everywhere for a copy of the SCAL2, can't locate it anywhere. So wish I had a copy of that program, that is why I bought a cricut in the first place! So I could do my own things.

  2. That is a gorgeous Christmas present idea, very personal.

    Man, I wish I had a cricut.... must start saving

    1. Cricut is great and all but scal is no longer available for it. I got a silhouette ot comea with the software to use your own designs.

  3. I found your blog through pinterest. it looks like you haev some really good ideas that I will enjoy exploring...

  4. I love it, I wish I had a cricut!!!!

  5. You have the BEST ideas and I sincerely enjoy keeping up to date with your craft!
    Kimberley J

  6. Love your site! Where did you get SCAL? I can't find it. I work for an ad company so I have fonts and artwork out the wazoo. I want to be able to connect my Cricut and recently heard of this SCAL, can you help?

  7. Sure cuts a lot is at craftedge:

  8. Hello, I would be interested in the letter template you already have done. How do I look into getting this?

  9. Have a question, I see you cut the letters out from Cricut, I have one, don't really know how to use it. (bought it for my daughter) It's a few yrs old. If you download and buy the letters from paper pastime how can you get them to print on your Cricut? do you need a newer version of the Cricut that connects to your computer? Help, thanks so much Deb

  10. you can no longer do designing like this with new cricuts because they sued sure cuts alot software makers, however you can buy the eclips by sizzix and buy the ecal software which is the same as sure cuts alot.

    1. Thanks for the tip! My mother has been trying to find a solution!

  11. what type of sealant would you use if you were making it a coaster?

    1. Hi Kimbee,

      I would not make this into a coaster as the vinyl could melt but if you want to make a coaster similar to this, I would cut paper and adhere it to the tile with modpodge. I would then seal it with either a clear spray paint sealer or modpodge similar to what I did with my husband's running bib here
      Hope this helps.

  12. You can buy Scal 2 on with the older v1 cricuts

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