Kraft Paper

Nope, it's not craft paper. It's Kraft Paper. Technically, kraft paper is any paper produced by the "Kraft" pulping method (treating wood chips with sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide to break them down). What most of us recognize kraft paper by is its medium-brown...

Jiyong Lee’s Glass Sculptures

One of my favorite questions is "what happens when...?" It's about exploring the possibilities that lie outside the status quo. Sometimes it's doing things they way they used to be done (before they were done they way they currently are) and sometimes it's about...

Substrates

Not every inviting experience starts with paper. Sometimes wood or acrylic or fabric is the order of the day. Because "paper" isn't always the best term to use when discussing a project, sometimes we'll use the word substrate.  That's just printer speak for the...

How To Be A More Efficient Graphic Designer

A large part of the world of stationery is graphic design. I spend a large portion of my day in Adobe Illustrator. I know my tools fairly well. Then I watch people like Aaron Draplin work and am floored by the efficiency of some designers. I know the key to that...

Bone Calligraphy Business Cards

Sometimes you just have to stretch yourself. These knockout letterpress business cards were just such an endeavour. Not every letterpress press is designed for flood printing and not every one that can do it is set up to. This was an exercise in testing those...

Do You Have What It Takes?

Hey! Things are getting pretty busy around here and we could use an extra pair of hands! We've got a business/marketing intern opportunity available. Check it out here.

This is Cool | 54×40 Laser-Cut State Maps

It's no secret that I love almost anything shaped by a laser - cut it, etch it, just make something cool. The folks at 54x40 are making something very cool. They're laser-cut topographic maps of each state. It's kind of a bummer that the two states I've called home...

A Letterpress Introduction

If you browse my instagram of late, you may notice that we've been printing a lot of business cards and personal/business stationery. The truth is, we have been printing business cards like crazy. We've been focusing on growing the letterpress printing side of A Fine...

Hillary Bold – A Political Typeface

Last week, Designer Rick Wolff tweeted an image of Hillary Bold (#Hillvetica), his riff on the infamous Hillary '16 logo. Hillary Bold. Because, America. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/Y2HRzM4tMn — Rick Wolff (@RickWolff) April 13, 2015 Now, The Washington Post has...

Combining Full-color Images With Letterpress and Foil Stamping

I'm absolutely loving the trend of combining full-color (and greyscale) images with spot-color printing like letterpress, foil stamping and screenprinting. It can create serious drama in an invitation or even business stationery. This is especially true when the...

A Busy Week of Business Cards

Not long after I started promoting Wild 166# paper as an excellent choice for business cards and the Humble Beginnings collection, my primary supplier completely ran out. Ain't that a kick in the head? I finally found another supplier and got Elise is a talented...

Beauty and the Ginger Letterpress Invitations

I love couples with a sense of humor. My friends Brian (he insists with an "i" is the only correct spelling of the name) and Kelly have it in spades. After a recent shop move, I unearthed this beautiful letterpress invitation I helped them create. Brian runs his own...

Music Mondays | Sylvan Esso

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.   How has this album been out for a year and I missed it entirely? I'm glad to now be hip to Sylvan Esso and I hope you are,...

Music Mondays | the Lamest of All Adjectives

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.   Having grown up in a pentecostal church, I rode the wave of mediocre CCM (that's Contemporary Christian Music) like a champion surfer. It wasn't until my late teen years that I started to question how a faith...

New Made-to-Order Letterpress Invitations

We've been working hard and have added two new invitations to the Humble Beginnings collection. Humble Beginnings is our made-to-order letterpress wedding invitation line. It's a chance to have your own inviting experience without the investment of a custom...

A Little Trendcasting with Creative Arts Unlimited

The good folks at Creative Arts Unlimited (have you seen their incredible work?!) posted this sometime around the new year: Now, if you've been reading my little musings for any length of time, you might know that I don't care much for trends. I think that personal...

Cutting Room Floor | Vintage Car Inspired Invitations

Cutting Room Floor is a chance for you to peek behind the curtain and see the ideas that, for whatever reason, never made it into being. It’s an opportunity to see just how we’re willing to dream for our clients. They’re ideas we’d really love to see produced. Feel...

Art as Inspiration | Andy Goldsworthy

Meet my current obsession. His name is Andy Goldsworthy. It's no secret that I love art. I believe wedding planners, wedding designers and, in general, all wedding-related people should be looking to art instead of other weddings for their inspiration. This guy...

Why Are There Minimum Quantities for Custom Invitations?

Call me reductionist, but I think it's dumb for a custom stationer to have minimum order quantities for hand-crafted stationery. Here's why they do it The lion's share of the cost of an invitation happens before ink ever meets paper. It's in the design and in ordering...

Music Mondays | Happy Birthday, Ornette

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Ornette Coleman turns 85 years old today. Happy birthday to the man who gave us The Shape of Jazz to Come. And since Spotify has apparently updated and removed its easy peasy embed options, HERE'S A LINK to this...

Music Mondays | John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. I can't believe I've not yet shared with you the music of one of the most transformational times in my life. It was 2007 and I was in graduate school. I had the opportunity to attend what would wind up being the...

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