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the chicken or the egg?

OK, so I'm not asking which came first, but which do you run our of first. When I deliver invitations to clients, I include a small overage of envelopes (usually 5%). However, when I send notecards or thank you cards, I usually send equal numbers of cards and envelopes. My reasoning is that, unlike invitations (where you're generally not writing in them), there's a very good chance you'll screw up a notecard or two. In fact,...

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(do you) like type? read this.

I love type. X-height and kerning make me a giggly inside. I know, I'm weird. I really love typefaces and typography, but I'm not a huge fan of most books the subject has begotten. See, most History of Type-type books are incredibly boring. There's all sorts of great information in them, but they're just plain old hard to read. Then came this.I purchased Just My Type (amazon affiliate link) just a couple days ago and am already...

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Nov 22 2011

giving thanks | Élan event studio

I love the different ways people say "thanks." Some of my good friends would never ever consider sending a thank you card, but they will express their gratitude in extremely sincere and thoughtful ways. I think even Emily Post might be OK with the trade-off. Of course, seeing as I make stationery, I very much appreciate friends who do send thank you cards. You can imagine my excitement when Monica of Élan Event Studio called about custom...

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a birthday party!

Earlier this week, I showed you this invitation. I want to share the beautiful party that went along with it. My wife did an amazing job bringing together a Seuss-ian experience for Annika and her friend!...

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Nov 15 2011

annika | letterpress birthday invitation

.You know the old story about the cobbler's children never having shoes? Well, I was determined not to make this the case as my own little girl turned two. We were having a small Cat in the Hat-themed party and opted for a single-panel invite (and a regrets-only RSVP). This piece is significant, as it's the first run you're seeing printed by a fine press' sister company, Swan City Press. It was printed on my recently-acquired Chandler and...

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a visit from matthew r photo

My good friend Matthew of matthew r photo (now Penny and Finn) paid me a visit last week and brought his camera along. We're working on a letterpress and photo project together about which I'm incredibly excited and can't wait to share. I cherish the opportunity to share this beautiful old iron sculpture with anyone patient enough to listen. I love beautiful pictures of her even more.Actually, I do normally print in a tie. If you want...

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we’re famous!

Hey! My friends and I are featured in this video about why we're members of NACE. If you're in the event industry, you should join!  If it's still October, 2011 when you read this, DO IT NOW!  it's $100 off this month!...

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how much is too much?

You may have noticed that a significant portion of the work being produced by a fine press is produced by letterpress, a method of printing where a raised surface, coated in ink, is applied to paper to create an image. From Gutenberg through the first half of the last century, this was the most common form of printing. It's since been replaced technologies that lower cost and increase efficiency.Then a new argument was born See, if...

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the story of color

Color is something that is often carefully planned for, but executed without much scrutiny. Whether you're planning a wedding, fundraiser or brand strategy, it's likely that someone (you, your wedding planner, your marketing/branding firm...

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