A JustRite Monogrammed Writing Ensemble

Let’s see . . . go get coffee . . . plop down in studio . . . cup chin in hands . . . daydream a little . . . look up after an hour of wondering what to make next.   Lightbulb! . . . where is that bag of stuff from the $1.00 bin at Michaels?  Ah, there it is . . . bliss.

This is what I did yesterday.  I had a project all planned out but I just wasn’t feeling it enough to launch into making it.  I took a detour instead with some items I bought several weeks ago with a JustRite Monogrammed Writing Ensemble in mind.  This was a delightful project because it was extremely inexpensive, all the embellishment was fun and the addition of THIS JustRite set for monograms gives it that perfect polished touch I was looking for.

The purchased items here are the boxed pen, the boxed tiles, and small accordian file which originally had a bright fruit cover, and one package of four file folders that match the boxed pen.  File folders?  Don’t you see them?  That’s what I used to make the box holding the cards and the two belly bands on the boxes.  Okay that’s four items and you know where I purchased them, so besides adding the ribbon and design paper you can see what I have tied up in this project.  

The main item is the monogrammed note cards – I made a set of six.  For some reason I always prefer top folded cards and this week I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’m liking side fold cards.  This is a side fold card that leaves much of the inside layer exposed so I thought I’d pretty it up.  After designing the layout of the card I knew that adding a small, crisp, one letter monogram using JustRite Damask Centers and 60 Point Font, would be a fairly clean look.   It’s hard to tell in the photo but the monogram sits inside a small square frame that I have popped up – then the last tier (the "B") is popped up.  Below is a picture of the card set unboxed.

I get the question in email all the time in regards to what JustRite set to start with.  My advice is this set is a perfect first project – it gives you a great feel for the stamps, how they fit into the mounts and they sure stamp up pretty!!

The cards are all 7" x 5" and I just used standard cream colored greeting card envelopes to pair them up.  No mystery to the box – it is the dimension of the card plus 1 1/2" on each side.  The nice weight of the file folder made the box super sturdy and since the file folder was double sided, the inside of my box is a shiny red :-).  The top of the box is made with a sheet of acetate.  I cut just a tad smaller than the bottom then scored 1 1/2" in on all sides, folded and taped it up.  It made for a lid that would fit just inside the bottom of the box.  The box itself used one file folder and one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of acetate.  The belly band is made using a small strip of a second file folder.  

The accordian file was an easy embellish item.  It was a bright color to start with so I measured, cut and covered it with black card stock.  Once the black was in place, I then embellished with left over pieces of design paper -a monogram, border and bow finish it off.

Below is the pen set.  I simply put a belly band on the box.  For the (magnetic) tile set I simply embellished with monograms.  The magnets are recessed so these can be used as magnets or as paper weights.

Ensemble Supplies:
Stamps:  JustRite
Wood Stamper 1-3/16” with 3 Bonus Damask Centers & 60 pt Font Round 1-3/16"
Paper:  K & Co., Strathmore Art Paper, 1 Clear Acetate Sheet (for lid of box), Michaels Decorated File Folders from $1.00 bin (for bottom of box and for all belly bands)
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx
Accessories:  Spellbinders Classic Square, Spellbinders Scalloped Square, EK Success Moroccan Lace Border Punch, Purchased $1.00 Bin Items – Boxed Tiles, Boxed Pen, Ribbon

This was totally fun.  Now that I have my layout in mind, it will take no time to sit down and make additional sets.  Okay one Christmas present done, a kajillion to go!  Have a great day friends and thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Karen WOctober 27, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    This is just gorgeous, what a precious gift!ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanOctober 27, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    Oh so elegant. Very, very nice. How nice to see such fabulous work from dollar products.ReplyCancel

  • annekeOctober 27, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    soooooooooo beautyfull Becca. graet job, what a much work, wel done!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    greetings annekeReplyCancel

  • BarbaraOctober 27, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Another fabulous idea!! Can I get on your Christmas list? LOLReplyCancel

  • DianeOctober 27, 2009 - 3:04 pm

    Here I go again….. Ooooohhhhing and Ahhhhhing.
    Just beautiful.


  • NancyKOctober 27, 2009 - 3:11 pm

    Becca – thank you so much for this post. I’ve been wondering what to make for my sister this Christmas and you’ve come to the rescue. While I won’t go all out with everything you’ve done, the pretty notecards are perfect for her !!ReplyCancel

  • vicki dutcherOctober 27, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    Gosh ~~ I WISH I was on your Christmas list! I am just speechless over your creativity! Beautiful project!!ReplyCancel

  • MaggieOctober 27, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    You always manage to make your creations looks so simple, even though it’s obvious that you put much thought in them. Then they look so elegant. Excellent job. I’m going to have to go searching for that accordian file folder. It looks smaller than any I’ve seen. TFS *wink*ReplyCancel

  • MortyOctober 27, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    More beautiful work Becca. I pop into your site several times a week and you never cease to amaze me with your stunning creations. Thanks so much for sharing your work with the world.ReplyCancel

  • Judy DunavenOctober 27, 2009 - 3:22 pm

    Becca you have done it again. I love the Black and White theme. Beautiful projects at an affordable price. Thanks.

    Hugs, JudyReplyCancel

  • Jerri KayOctober 27, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Your monogram set is gorgeous Becca. What a wonderful idea! Love the black, white, and red, so elegant!ReplyCancel

  • CandyOctober 27, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    Did u stamp the black and white paper or does it come printed. I see you have K & Co as one of the companies. What is the name of it. I would be PERFECT for a project I have going………..
    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HornerOctober 27, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Becca, Becca, Becca I cannot have it all and just today I went to Quietfire Designs having looked at your quilt. Now I need this things too. Good thing they will only cost $1. That is what I have left.

    Joking of course. I love your creations and humbly copy them as best I can.


  • Loni ReynoldsOctober 27, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    I, too, am amazed by your creativity. It just never ends. This set is utterly beautiful and elegant.

    Another thing I’ve been wondering is what your photo setup is. Your photos are always so beautiful and there is very little shadow or background visible. Do you use a light box? The photos are awesome?

    Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • americaOctober 27, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    You are sssssssuper creative and i just love your amazing works of art GF!!!ReplyCancel

  • GloriaOctober 27, 2009 - 4:46 pm


    Absolutely beautiful!!I wish you lived nearer so you could teach me!!

    Love all of your work. Exactly my style but I do not have the know how.ReplyCancel

  • MarthaOctober 27, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)October 27, 2009 - 5:22 pm


    Wow, your ability to look at things in the store and alter them to look so beautiful alwasy amazes me. This is so pretty!


    Lisa AthaReplyCancel

  • Sue KOctober 27, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    WOW! – Becca this is simply stunning – so very classy and elegant – a great idea and a wonderful present – the recipient is going to be very very lucky and very very happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • MarisaOctober 27, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Fabulous!!! Love the cream and black and the border punch you used. A great gift set for someone.ReplyCancel

  • SueBOctober 27, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    Such a classy look with little cost – you go, girl – TFS!ReplyCancel

  • Denise (peanutbee)October 27, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    LOL, the start of your post cracked me up….love the *cup chin in hand and daydream a little*….too familiar! :)

    Gorgeous Gorgeous GORGEOUS set!!ReplyCancel

  • RufusOctober 27, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    Elegant, elegant, elegant! What a classy looking set! I’m glad to hear that you aren’t always in the mood to do “what should be done”. Wish I could dream up such a smashing “fun” set. Also wish I could go shopping with you! They never have such good stuff in the dollar bin when I get there!

  • Linda C.October 27, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Loads of class!! Loads of creativity! Loads of mojo!!ReplyCancel

  • lisa808October 27, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Wow!!! This is beautiful and so elegant.ReplyCancel

  • KylieOctober 27, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    I love the colour scheme of this project and elegance of your work. So so so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • patounineOctober 28, 2009 - 12:22 am


  • lois skiathitisOctober 28, 2009 - 3:29 am

    Such an elegant gift set. Anyone would be proud to get a set like this. TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherOctober 28, 2009 - 3:46 am

    Wow Becca – what can I say that hasn’t already been said!!! Would you like to add me to your gift list please????

  • Anne (UK)October 28, 2009 - 4:01 am

    Oh my goodness! Just when I think you have designed somthing that is perfection, you produce another show-stopping, mind-blowing, breath-taking project to blow us all away!

    My visits here are the highlight of my day!

    TFS Becca!


  • AmandaOctober 28, 2009 - 4:02 am

    Absolutely stunning! A very special presentReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerOctober 28, 2009 - 5:10 am

    Beautiful Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Jill HaddadOctober 28, 2009 - 6:13 am

    Fantastic! A beautiful, yet inexpensive gift set. Lovin’ it.ReplyCancel

  • Renee MOctober 28, 2009 - 7:13 am

    Becca,Soooooooooooooooooo lovely,God has truely blessed you in this matter!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy EnsignOctober 28, 2009 - 7:19 am

    I purchased some JustRite product, but am unable to stamp with it. I cannot get the beautiful crisp images you do. I get ink lines where there shouldn’t be anything. Do you ink with a stamp pad or marker? I feel I wasted my money.

    Very FrustratedReplyCancel

  • Julia B.October 28, 2009 - 9:35 am

    WOW you did it again. This is so lovely, you have to know you are blessed.ReplyCancel

  • JanineOctober 28, 2009 - 10:00 am

    This is exquisite Becca!! You have an eye for detail that’s for sure. You know I think your work is amazing!!
    Have a fabulous day!!ReplyCancel

  • jan hunnicuttOctober 28, 2009 - 11:21 am

    These are so nice, I can’t keep up with you! I love the way you’ve used the Nesties dies!ReplyCancel

  • JamiOctober 28, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    What an absolutely GORGEOUS set and how clever to use file folders like that!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BandowOctober 28, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Wow! what a nice gift and I need to go to the Dollar store more often, I guess. This is really neat Becca. TFSReplyCancel

  • Debra TalleyOctober 28, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    These are beautiful! I would love the name of the papers – besides just being K & Company. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marion (Australia)October 28, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Such a beautiful gift set.
    Very elegant in deed.
    Hugs marionReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackOctober 28, 2009 - 3:16 pm


  • ToshOctober 28, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    FABULOUS!! Gorgeous, elegant and FABULOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise TrahanOctober 28, 2009 - 3:38 pm

    Wow… awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • niseOctober 29, 2009 - 5:43 am

    Elegant and so together! Love the belly bands ~ do you think MY belly would look better if I dolled it up like that? teehee…ReplyCancel

  • PaulaOctober 29, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    Love it! So pretty and elegant! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • JarieNovember 6, 2009 - 1:58 pm


    This set is just amazing. I bought those items at M’s but hadn’t thought to spruce them up. I didn’t buy the magnets but I might have to go back and pick them up. TFS.


  • SamanthaSeptember 13, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    How did you make the lid of the box with acetate? Is there a tutorial you could send me? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie PorterNovember 19, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    You always do such beautiful job on your gifts. I really like the elegance of this one is very pretty.ReplyCancel