Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Just like whenever summer rolls around I wonder why I never entertained the idea of teaching as a career, when I see photos like these I wonder why I never entertained the idea of moving to New York City. This satellite exhibition of the National Folk Art Museum at the Park Avenue Armory is positively inspired in both its subject and it's presentation. It's a wonderland of red and white quilts called “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts". Thanks to Steven Heller's blog The Daily Heller for covering it.

Oh, the invitation ideas that are circling in my head right now.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Today I'm designing and designing new wedding invitations for ADP's customizable wedding invitations line called Wedding Papers. Part of my process is seeing what else is out there from the big names in weddings, but also the smaller names who may not have as loud a voice but still have lots to say. I guarantee that you're more likely to see true innovation from the small guys. Anyway, I've been very inspired by three e-magazines: Nonpareil, Utterly Engaged and Style Me Pretty's E-Glossy. The cover story on Nonpareil for this issue was designed by a few Independent Wedding Association members: Red Ribbon Studio, Just Bloomed, Cocoa & Fig and Paperista. Nice work girls.

As a quick side note: I'm loving Issuu, the publication tool used by all three of these magazines. As a print girl I love the ritual of sitting with a new publication, flipping through its pages and enjoying the spreads and stories in a designed layout. Blogs are great but you just don't get that same feeling of being told a story from them because you scroll, you don't get to flip. If we can't flip through the actual pages of a mag, at least Issuu is letting us flip through virtual ones. Of course now all I want to do is design a wedding magazine myself. But invitation design is pretty fun so I'll stick with it today. Happy Tuesday to all!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


We just finished printing this birth announcement for the newest member of the Pearson family. It is letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper in pale pink ink and comes with 4 old fashioned looking {but adhesive backed} photo corners per card so a full size picture can be mounted on the back of the piece. This way the photo can be removed for framing and there is no writing or additional design on it, just the sweet, little new face. Go to our Etsy shop for more information.

The photo above is the piece on press. Notice the inked photopolymer printing plate in the background as well as the rollers and ink plate. The photo below was taken right after the plate was set up with the right impression. It's printed with no ink, just pressure. Nice.